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You thought leasing retail space was hard before. Now you have to worry about the religious affiliation of your tenants, and the political views of the local government. While there have been internet motivated attempted boycotts of various stores in the past, I don’t recall anything like what we see with the Chic Fil A attacks from senior government officials in a totally unconstitutional attempt to control what people think and say. As you may be aware, in New York City, the lesbian chairman of the City Council demanded on writing that NYU break the lease with Chic Fil A for their outlet in the campus food court. So here we have a government official demanding the destruction by lease breach of a shop because that official is against the religion and beliefs of the CEO, owner. Do you recall Crystal Nacht. The Nazis destroyed Jewish stores because they objected to the religious beliefs of the store owners. There is no difference other than the destruction proposed in New York is by illegal breach of a lease and constitutionally illegal attacking freedom of speech and religion instead of physically destroying it as the Nazis did, but there is no real difference in result and intent. The mayors of Boston, Philadelphia and Boston were little better but only because there are no outlets yet in those cities.

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