The free exercise thereof

A letter to the municipal governments of Boston, Chicago, New York City, Washington, and San Francisco:

I was surprised to learn that your city may have a policy barring persons with certain religious views from engaging in commerce in your city. Naturally, I have no wish to invest in your community and only then find that I am excluded from doing business there because of my religion.

Therefore, I ask that you supply me with a list of all current religious tests that must be satisfied to do business in your city. Please also explain what sorts of business are covered by your policy: is the religious test only for restaurants, or does it apply to other businesses as well? Furthermore, please clarify what percentage of a business must be owned by members of prohibited religions for the exclusion from commerce to apply.

I would also like to know how to go about obtaining an exemption from your city’s religious test, as is apparently possible in Boston.

Finally, can you refer me to any attorneys who specialize in navigating your city’s religious restrictions?

Thank you for your prompt attention.

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