Monday, June 12, 2006

CAN YOU SAY CHEESESTEAK?

Joseph Vento 66, own Ginos Steaks in Philadelphia, Geno’s has posted small signs telling customers, “This Is AMERICA: WHEN ORDERING ‘SPEAK ENGLISH.’” This is the same restaurant that has "freedom fries" in protest of France and their opposition to the Iraq war. Vento believes it is important for people to speak English since this is the langauge of the country. From the wires;

"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.”

What a novel concept, have people learn the language of the country they claim to a part of! Well, as you can imagine, city officials and others are gearing up to protest and enact something against Genos if they can. They are all up in arms over this being "divisive and hurtful". I say good for Genos and it is a shame there are not more business owners out there willing to stand by the courage of their convictions!

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pastor tom