Originally Posted by OutofDate1980
Chick-Fil-A has been sued in 12 incidents and counting for employment discrimination. Employment discrimination is very difficult to prove. Usually it's done in private with no witnesses. Also, it's very expensive to litigate, not unusual for a $30k retainer, which often amount to just 10% of the final cost.
Chick-fil-a was started in 1946. If it's only been sued 12 times since then (don't know what your source is) then it is way, way ahead of the curb for a fast food chain. Regardless of that, do these suits allege discrimination based on sexual orientation. If not, they're completely irrelevant to the conversation.
Dan Cathy also gives many $millions to groups that promote discrimination.
Dan Cathy is promoting the denial of a right between two individuals to enter a legal contract due to religious beliefs. He is attempting to influence laws to have government enforce his religious beliefs on others.
He is now in the public arena, so expect others to question if his business is good for the community and the public to question, if they wish to purchase the product.
Dan Cathy is not being prosecuted for his exercise of the 1st Amendment. It's just a business decision being made by local communities if what this business represents fits within the needs of the community.
So, again, you're in favor of the government denying someone the permits to operate his/her business based on the political opinions of the CEO? If so, how is that not a violation of the First Amendment?