On Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s threat to prevent Chick-fil-A from opening stores in Chicago:
I think it simply is astonishing hearing Rahm Emanuel defining, according to his political ideas, who is welcome and who is not welcome in Chicago.
Everybody has a right to a boycott. Boycott whatever he wants or to organize a boycott. It’s a free country. [But] once you get government doing it, with the powers of police and taxation, imposing its views on somebody, excluding or punishing them, not for a commission of a crime, which is what government is supposed to do, but because of the expression of a view — that is the thought police. That is political repression. There really is no other word for that.
And think about this. [How is] Dan Cathy’s … opposition to gay marriage … different [from] the position that the president of the United States, Barack Obama, held six months ago on the same issue? He was opposed to gay marriage. Does that mean for the first three [years] of the presidency he was a bigot, who was deserving of ostracism and social punishment?
Remember: Rahm Emanuel was his chief of staff at the [time]. Who also supported the position against gay marriage.