The people are up in arms over Bloomberg's desire to run their lives.
However, compared to NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D), Bloomberg is a freakin' libertarian.
We all know how certain political profiteers, panderers and nincompoops have jumped on the anti-Chick-fil-A bandwagon because the president of the privately-held company has dared to hold a religious view on same-sex marriage (Boston Mayor Is Totally Against Even Thinking About Not Supporting Gay Marriage - July 25, 2012). But Speaker Quinn has trumped them all by actually using the power of her office to coerce the landlord (New York University) of the city's only Chick-fil-A restaurant to run the damned homophobic bigots right back to where they came from.
In the coming days, Ms. Quinn will walk back her statements and say she was speaking as a "private citizen." When she does that, Ms. Quinn will be lying through her teeth. Here's a copy of the letter Speaker Quinn sent, on official letterhead, using the phrase "I write as Speaker of the New York City Council, and on behalf of my family," to introduce her attempt at bullying the University.
Quinn Letter to Sexton
Speaker Quinn is not exercising her right as a private citizen to protest against Chick-fil-A because of their differing opinions on same-sex marriage. Speaker Quinn is using the power of her office to determine who gets to do business "in her city" based solely on whether she agrees or disagrees with the opinions of the proprietors of the business.
In Christine Quinn's world, diversity means agreeing in lockstep with her or ceasing to exist.
Democrat or Republican, gay or straight, you people better get your heads around the incredible threat to freedom people like Christine Quinn pose to the rest of us.