Editor,

San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa should perform the duties he pledged to fulfill when he swore his oath of office. He promised to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. The First Amendment guarantees the rights of freedom of expression and religion: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech.”

Supervisor Canepa repeats misinformation regarding Chick-fil-A’s alleged anti-LGBTQ agenda. Chick-fil-A’s charitable foundation gave some of their donations to charities that the liberal left states are anti-LGBTQ. Two of the charities are the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and The Salvation Army. According to the liberal propaganda those organizations require their employees to refrain from “homosexual acts,” therefore Chick-fil-A is anti-LGBTQ for donating to these charities.

The Salvation Army works in over 130 countries; they run charity shops, operate homeless shelters, provide disaster relief, and provide humanitarian aid to developing countries. This doesn’t sound to me like an organization that leaves out any type of community, yet Chick-fil-A is deemed to be anti-LGBTQ because it donates to the Salvation Army. Wow, what a stretch.

Supervisor Canepa has no right to not allow a business to move into a location because he doesn’t agree with their charitable donations.

 Joe Galligan

Burlingame

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(5) comments

JME

In California and New York, discrimination based on sexual orientation by private businesses is prohibited by state law

Terence Y

Mr. Galligan - thank you for the letter. I'm pretty sure that Chick-fil-A does more in a day to help people than Mr. Canepa probably ever will. Unfortunately, Mr. Canepa will now be known for his stance against Chick-fil-A than probably he will ever be known for anything else. Let's hope he can begin making a positive difference. EAT-MOR-CHIKIN!

Christopher Conway

I think Mr. Canepa got a wake up call that San Mateo County is much different than San Francisco County. To put it simply, there will be a challenge in District 5 for county supervisor.

MiddleOfTheRoad

This is a call to someone in District 5. There will be MANY who will assist you with money, time and support. This has been a real wake up call to myself and the people around me. The recent actions by Supervisor Canepa are a blatant abuse of government power. Do you notice the silence from the other supervisors? It's good that we saw this behavior when he tried to bully a chain restaurant with power and resources for survival. What if he did this to a small business owner that was trying to raise a family and take care of older relatives?

MerryWidow

Chick Fil A franchises are independently owned so it is entirely possible that the owner of the franchise coming to Redwood City does have a family he is providing for as do the employees of this franchise.

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