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guy in Philadelphia wants to make a stand

This guy in Philadelphia wants to make a stand, which I happen to think is a good idea. We need to make English our national language. Of course, the people in charge evidently want there to be a language problem because they're trying to bully him into taking his sign down. These politicians and and people in charge know they can bully and threaten you into doing whatever they want, regardless of whether we have free speech.

Like I said the other day, it's okay for the minorities to blatantly discriminate and people either turn the other cheek or the minorities sick their watchdogs on you. If a non minority tries to make a stand, then the shit hits the fan. Do you really want our nation to become new mexico or whatever? If not, you need to make a stand.

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Philly officials eye eatery’s English-only sign
City agency expected to file complaint against cheesesteak owner’s effort

PHILADELPHIA - City officials are expected to file a complaint Monday against an English-only ordering policy at Geno’s Steaks, one of Philadelphia’s best-known cheesesteak joints that has entered the national immigration debate.

Situated in a South Philadelphia immigrant neighborhood, Geno’s has posted small signs telling customers, “This Is AMERICA: WHEN ORDERING ‘SPEAK ENGLISH.’”

“We’re alleging that the sign itself is enough of an unwelcoming message that it may violate the Fair Practices Act,” Rachel Lawton, acting executive director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, told the Philadelphia Inquirer.


Owner Joseph Vento, 66, whose grandparents struggled to learn English after immigrating from Sicily in the 1920s, said he posted the sign about six months ago amid concerns over immigration reform and the increasing number of customers who could not order in English when they wanted Philly’s gooey, greasy specialty — fried steak, sliced or chopped, in a long roll, with cheese and fried onions.

“They don’t know how lucky they are. All we’re asking them to do is learn the English language,” said Vento. “We’re out to help these people, but they’ve got to help themselves, too.”

Diverse community
The traditionally Italian community near Geno’s has become more diverse over the decades. Immigrants from Asia and Latin America have moved in, joining longtime residents and young professionals seeking reasonably priced rowhouses. In the past 10 years, an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 Mexican immigrants — many of them here illegally, community leaders say — have settled in South Philly.

Vento said his staff is glad to help non-native speakers order in English and has never turned someone away because of a language barrier.
The Inquirer also quoted Mary Catherine Roper, a spokeswoman for the American Civil Liberties Union, who said Geno’s “has a right to express its opinion, however offensive. ... But there are specific limitations on places of public accommodation, because they are supposed to be available to everyone.”

A city councilman quoted in the paper said the signs were “divisive and mean-spirited.”

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I would support legislation to make English the official language of the USA.

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I saw that the other day. I dont see it as discrimination at all. I think the owner has a point....and if people dont like it, to hell with them.

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Yea, I was the second post on that one. However, now the city is threatening him with legal action if he doesn't take the sign down.
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I think as a business owner, he should be able to do what he wants. The good thing about it is if people don't like it, they can go elsewhere.
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I saw that the other day. I dont see it as discrimination at all. I think the owner has a point....and if people dont like it, to hell with them.
Him and his family immigrated from Italy LEGALLY and learned english.
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Him and his family immigrated from Italy LEGALLY and learned english.

Yeah imagine that, doing it the right way. What a concept!!

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we should make a nationwide petition...., if i was him and they forced me to take it down, i would simply just ignore someone trying to order in another language, everyone here knows what language i am talking about...they are in our country, they dont have insurance, they take away from our economy by taking money out and instead putting it back into our society, they give it back to their home country...PHUK THEM, if they are here legally i support them, millions of people have done it the right way, why can't the 8 million illegals in texas do it.
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didnt congress just actually vote to make it our national language? Im pretty sure i read they did this recently, and the result was pretty one sided.
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didnt congress just actually vote to make it our national language? Im pretty sure i read they did this recently, and the result was pretty one sided.
typical election year feel good meaningless legislation. Passed the bill making English the national language. Not the "official" language

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Whaat? English isn't our national language already? Come on! Its been our main language(Majority) since the country was started.

Hmmm, learn something new everyday.
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Whaat? English isn't our national language already? Come on! Its been our main language(Majority) since the country was started.

Hmmm, learn something new everyday.

Because there was absolutely no one on this big ole ass piece of land before the explorers got here...

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Because there was absolutely no one on this big ole ass piece of land before the explorers got here...
except the indians....

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