Pushback against Chick-fil-A is illegal

Re: "Hey, Boston: Leave Chick-fil-A alone," July 26

Michelle Malkin was right to lament the mayor of Boston's contempt for the First Amendment. The mayor said he would block Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant there because its CEO opposes gay marriage.

Similarly, an alderman in Chicago has said he will block a zoning permit needed for a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Chicago because of its CEO's views.

Under the Supreme Court's Umbehr decision, cities cannot punish firms or withhold even discretionary benefits like zoning permits over their speech. The Supreme Court long ago ruled that firms have free speech rights in its rulings in favor of Consolidated Edison and the First National Bank.

Chick-fil-A has faced unusually few discrimination claims of any kind for a restaurant chain. There is no evidence that Chick-fil-A discriminates against gay patrons, and it has restaurants in many cities than ban anti-gay discrimination.

Hans Bader


Give Obama's solar in-sourcing plan a chance

Re: "On solar, let's give outsourcing a chance," July 25

Let us give the Obama administration and in-sourcing a chance so we do not lose the solar industry to China like we lost the steel industry to China.

For every new technology, it takes time to perfect it, reduce manufacturing costs and increase employment. When we first made cars and equipment in the United States, they were not an overnight success. The automotive industry lost millions of dollars, but the government continued to provide it with funds that enabled it to succeed and employ millions of Americans.

The solar industry needs to be given the same opportunity.

Cargill Kelly


Cameron chickens out on moment of silence

While British Prime Minister David Cameron may have a number of political problems generated by his associates, he has not been a role model for sensitivity when it comes to the requested moment of silence for the eleven Israeli athletes murdered during the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

Instead of joining the chorus of those asking for that memorial minute at the start of the Olympic games in London, he has joined Jacques Rogge, the International Olympic Committee head, in favor of banning such an observance.

For Cameron, that is probably a wise political move considering the expanding block of Muslim voters in that nation, far outnumbering Jews. Cameron's pursuit of votes has become a moral failure.

This also brings into question the commitment of the present British government in upholding democratic principles.

Nelson Marans

Silver Spring