Free speech upheld in Philadelphia as Geno’s “speak English” sign ruled “OK.”

Freedom is back in the city that birthed it.

Geno’s Steaks, one of Philadelphia’s most famous cheesesteak joints, has been granted their First Amendment rights by the city’s Orwellianly named “Commission on Human Relations.” 

Geno’s got into some hot water a few years ago when own Joe Vento posted signs that read, “This is America, when ordering please speak English.”  Seems some in Philly, the PC police, thought that somehow discriminated against some customers.  No one seemed to care about the fact that ordering a cheesesteak doesn’t require a mastery of English, just knowledge of what you want to eat.  Geno’s isn’t exactly the Ritz, they sell cheesesteaks.  If you can’t convey which one you want and what you want on it with limited English skills, well, you’ve probably already starved to death.

By a 2 to 1 vote, Geno’s was allowed to continue hanging their signs and avoided fines. 

Time will tell if signs like that are good for business or not, but it should be up to the business owner and not the government what kind or signs and standards they want to uphold.

Frankly, their cheesesteaks aren’t all the great, but they should be able to do whatever the hell they want, it’s their business.


1 Response to “Free speech upheld in Philadelphia as Geno’s “speak English” sign ruled “OK.””

  1. 1 PJ
    March 20, 2008 at 11:20 am

    To combine two stories into one… It appears that the govt. is the “butt-boy” of every American with the PC police running around telling everyone what they can and can’t do. Who was the one douchebag that said they should remove their sign? Their name should be printed and they should be publicly mocked for being un-American.

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