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Letters: Undeniable religious intolerance

Posted: July 27, 2012 7:49 p.m.
Updated: July 27, 2012 7:49 p.m.

There’s been a lot of discussion at The Signal website lately about religious freedom.

This issue came to light again this week with Chicago Alderman Proco Moreno vowing to prevent the construction of a new Chick-fil-A restaurant.

Even thought Chick-fil-A has already obtained a permit, Moreno is promising to block needed zoning approval because of Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s traditional view of marriage.

Chick-fil-A has never refused to serve homosexuals or discriminated against any customers. Yet, because of the personal religious beliefs of the company’s owners, this Chicago alderman is standing in the way of creating new jobs and a popular service for his constituents.

This is as crazy as an alderman, who is a Christian, blocking construction of a Jack in the Box because he disagrees with the restaurant president’s personal view on abortion.

Chicago has a lot of serious problems with weekly shootings, stabbing deaths and a substantial amount of minority children being raised by single moms.

However, this alderman has chosen to draw the line with a fast-food chicken restaurant because he personally disagrees with the Chick-fil-A president’s view about marriage.

Here’s a better idea. If you are opposed to the personal, political or religious views of a restaurant’s president, don’t patronize the restaurant. If enough people do, it will soon go out of business.

It is this kind of religious intolerance that concerns many in the faith community. Will these kinds of bigoted actions follow other religious groups by overzealous city councils?


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