Mayor Menino and our fellow countrymen are now going to prevent people who follow the edits of God from owning or operating a business?
Menino is a Catholic. I keep refreshing my browser on the Cardinal's blog and the Pilot to see if he is going to publicly address the Mayor's malicious edict of discrimination, but so far, it's a goose egg.
Surprisingly, there are no announcements saying Mayor Menino is doing irreparable harm to the community of the faithful or a grave disservice to the Church, as he has repeatedly done to prolife advocates on his blog.
Maybe I'm reading into things too much, but you don't suppose the Cardinal Archbishop is tipping his hand about his personal convictions, do you?
I don't know what else to think.
But the Catholic Mayor of Boston delivers an edict in the public square that anyone who holds a personal conviction that is in compliance with the tenets of the Catholic religion is prohibited from operating a business in Boston and the Cardinal Archbishop is sitting silent on the sidelines.
Open the Cardinal's newspaper. Read the Cardinal's blog. When he says nothing, you'll know its him.
The illegal and discriminatory nature of Menino's threat is astoundingly frightening in the operation of a government.
What legal right does the Mayor of Boston have to get into the underpants of people who sell chicken and create public policies that our private, personal and religious convictions will prohibit us from operating a business? Our personal convictions about marriage have nothing whatsoever to do with selling chicken or doing any other business in Boston.
A public escalation of antiCatholicism and discrimination that we cannot let stand.
They're not even waiting for the mandate to do the damage passive/aggressively. Menino and Rahm Emanuel are coming right out and saying Catholics who hold personal convictions of their Church - and those who agree with them, shall not earn a living. They are to be discriminated against and the discrimination is starting at City Hall.
The Mayor of Boston and his thugs of intolerance can whip up a frenzy to destroy or kill us and there is not a peep from the weenies in the Chancery.
What a disgusting turn of events in a country that was founded on freedom.
UPDATE: Press release from CJ Doyle at the Catholic Action League.
CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE REJECTS MENINO "CLARIFICATION" OF THREAT TO RESTAURANT CHAIN
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today rejected the so-called "clarification" issued by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino regarding his threat to block a business license for a proposed Hub branch of a restaurant chain whose owner is an outspoken critic of same gender marriage. Menino told Chick-fil-A owner Dan Cathy that his chain engaged in "discrimination", and that it was not welcome in the City of Boston.
Menino has now backpedaled saying that he was only expressing "a personal opinion" and using his office as "a bully pulpit."
The Catholic Action League called the Mayor's clarification "entirely disingenuous and self-serving."
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle stated: "Even if Mayor Menino recognizes that his threatened opposition to Chick-fil-A was constitutionally indefensible and legally unenforceable, he is still sending an unmistakable message to those who do business in Boston that unless you are on the right side of the homosexual community, you will be on wrong side of City Hall. One cannot discount the intimidation value of Menino's words towards a compliant Boston business community notoriously subservient to the demands of the Mayor."
"No one should trivialize this episode. Menino was effectively calling for overt, government sponsored discrimination against practicing Catholics, Evangelicals, Orthodox Jews, Muslims, and other religious believers who accept the biblical definition of marriage. Evidently, the mayor saw no irony in attempting to penalize Chick-fil-A for agreeing with a fundamental moral teaching of the religion which Menino allegedly professes."
CJ Doyle - you rock.
I didn't realize the Office of the Mayor was a bully pulpit for religious bigots to keep people out of business.
Now that he's clarified that keeping Catholics from feeding, clothing and putting a roof over the heads of their families is an operation headed by Menino that takes place under the radar of the mayors office, we can all relax.