A number of cities and other entities nationwide are warning the popular restaurant chain Chick-fil-A to keep out following recent statements made by its president, in which he reiterated his support of Biblical marriage.
One of the most outspoken opponents of Chick-fil-A is Boston mayor Thomas Menino, who is working to keep the company from opening a restaurant near the city’s Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail is one of the most historic locations in America, harkening back to the nation’s early beginnings with the arrival of the Puritans, who sought to purify the church of anything that was against the law of God.
“Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston. You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion,” Menino stated. “That’s the Freedom Trail. That’s where it all started right here. And we’re not going to have a company, Chick-fil-A or whatever the (expletive) the name is, on our Freedom Trail.”
Menino states that he plans on contacting the headquarters of Chick-fil-A to tell them that they are not welcome in Boston.
“If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult — unless they open up their policies,” he threatened.
Residents of Mountain View, California, which is located in the San Francisco Bay area, have also been attempting to stop Chick-fil-A from opening in their city.
NBC reports that employees of a group called HighlightCam, led by Robert Neivert, recently raised $1,000 — the amount needed to file an official complaint with city council to protest a plan allowing Chick-fil-A to open a restaurant within city limits. The group claims that it raised the money within hours due to the help and support of a payment processing business called WePay, which is similar to PayPal.
While Mountain View Voice outlines that “the company’s ‘bigoted’ practices were the last straw” for HighlightCam, the group is also reportedly trying to stop Chick-fil-A due to environmental and safety concerns.
“It’s not just a bigoted evil company,” commented employee David Speakman. “It’s a company that wants a bad restaurant in a bad spot.”
“We cannot win on any claim based upon this evil company’s hateful actions against minorities,” he continued. “But we can fight the land use change and the increased danger to our population from cars driving up and over the sidewalks to get to fast food — a danger that is not worth the risk to our otherwise bicycle and pedestrian friendly city.”
Similarly, a homosexual rights activist is working to put the restaurant chain out business in New York City. According to an online petition, the sole Chick-fil-A location in the city is on the campus of New York University.
“NYU prides itself on being a diverse, open and inclusive campus community. That’s one of the major reasons why I enrolled at NYU as a freshman last fall,” the petition states, which was created by Hillary Dworkoski of Santa Monica, California. “Unfortunately, maintaining a contract with an anti-gay vendor like Chick-fil-A undermines what makes this university so great.”
The petition, which has generated over 14,000 signatures, states that one of the reasons Dworkoski opposes the company is because it has donated $2 million dollars to pro-family groups such as Focus on the Family and Family Research Council.
As previously reported, Chick-fil-A recently faced resistance and even boycotts from Hollywood celebrities and pro-homosexual groups due to comments recently made by its president, Dan Cathy, in favor of Biblical marriage.
Cathy had told Baptist Press that he is “very much supporting of the family — the Biblical definition of the family unit.”
“We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that,” he stated.
According to The Washington Post, Cathy had also stated on a radio broadcast last month that he believed that the promotion of homosexual “marriage” was evoking the wrath of God upon America.
“As it relates to society in general, I think we’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake out fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’” he said. “And I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is about.”
Last week, Chick-fil-A released a statement on Facebook advising that from now on, it will leave the issue of homosexual “marriage” up to politicians.
“The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent owner/operators,” it read. “Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”
However, citizens nationwide have shown enthusiastic support for the restaurant chain, resolving to eat at their local franchise as a way of thanking the company for upholding Christian values.
“We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on Biblical principles,” Cathy said.