I found this at philly.com:
The city's Commission on Human Relations yesterday filed a discrimination complaint against Geno's Steaks over signs that read: "This is AMERICA ... WHEN ORDERING SPEAK ENGLISH."Clearly, the city’s Commission on Human Relations needs more to do. Are they seriously suggesting every establishment have the ability to serve customers in whatever language they damn well choose to speak?
. . . "We think it is discriminatory, and we are concerned about the image of Philadelphia," [said Rev. James S. Allen Sr., commission chairman].
According to the complaint, . . . the restaurant is in violation of two sections of the city's antidiscrimination laws: denying service to someone because of his or her national origin, and having printed material making certain groups of people feel their patronage is unwelcome.
While the blogosphere has already done it’s thing on this story, I just wanted to add one more voice of support for Geno’s. As a guy — speaking English — who has been hung up on by human resource people countless times due to a speech disability, I find it laughable that a so-called Commission on Human Relations decides this is worth pursuing.
Allen and his commission need to get a clue. Geno’s is not acting in a discriminatory manner by any logical definition of the term. The owner of Geno’s merely took the step politicians are too weak-kneed to take themselves, and announced that English is the language spoken in America.
The fact is he’s not even targeting any immigrant who has come to America to make a real effort to be part of this country. He is not denying service based on national origin, nor targeting any specific group as unwelcome.
He’s clearly tired of dealing with those who come here expecting everyone else to “respect” their culture — the one they left, hoping for a better life in America — with no intention of respecting our culture. He’s far from alone.
There’s plenty of real discrimination in this country. The Commission on Human Relations should feel free to deal with it, and stop defending those who could not care less about the city, and country, the commission serves.