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Hey, Boston: Leave Chick-fil-A Alone
Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2012 | Michelle, Malkin

Posted on 07/25/2012 3:44:24 AM PDT by Kaslin

It's one thing for Hollywood moppets and television Muppets to protest Chick-fil-A over the fast-food chain president's support for traditional marriage. They're private citizens and entities. But when an elected public official wields the club of government against a Christian business in the name of "tolerance," it's not harmless kid stuff. It's chilling.

This week, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino declared, "Chick-fil-A doesn't belong in Boston." He recklessly slandered the company by accusing it of "discriminat(ing) against the population." And he warned ominously: "If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult -- unless they open up their policies."

Drawing on the city's history, he railed against the restaurant empire's plans to build a franchise near a famed path: "We're an open city. We're a city that's at the forefront of inclusion. 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 hell the name is, on our Freedom Trail."

Poverty is on track to rise to the highest nationwide levels since the 1960s. Boston's jobless rate has been stuck at 6 percent. The city's May employment numbers were revised downward for the second month in a row; in June, the city shed 2,600 jobs. Chick-fil-A employs some 50,000 workers across the country at 1,500 outlets in nearly 40 states and the District of Columbia. The company generates more than $2 billion in annual revenues and serves millions of happy customers looking for affordable food in a family-friendly setting.

Menino must have a darned good reason for meddling with government licensing decisions and turning away one of America's most successful private employers, right?

Wrong. Menino's beef with the beloved chicken sandwich supplier is as full of holes as Chick-fil-A's trademark waffle fries. It's Menino who is engaging in blatant viewpoint and religious discrimination against an out-and-proud company whose leadership embraces biblically based principles and values.

In an interview with the Baptist Press last month, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy talked about his personal support of traditional family values and fidelity. "(Guilty) as charged," he told the reporter. "We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that."

As I reported last year, the Cathy family's commitments to "glorify God" and "enrich the lives of everyone we touch" have made them public enemies of the progressive left. Never mind that the company's community service initiatives have supported foster care, summer camp scholarships and marriage enrichment. Never mind Chick-fil-A's family-strengthening and faith-enhancing decision to forgo profits and close every Sunday to give workers a day of worship and rest.

Anti-Christian organizers have been staging boycotts and smear campaigns against "anti-gay" Chick-fil-A for the past year. An activist lesbian reporter for The New York Times poured fuel on the fire. The proprietors of The Muppets are just the latest to take a public stand.

It's their right. It's also the right of Chick-fil-A supporters to organize social media campaigns, exercise their free speech and exercise the power of their pocketbooks to back the company.

What's disturbing is the flippant schadenfreude with which Tinseltown starlets such as actress Eliza Dushku are cheering Menino's threat to Chick-fil-A's First Amendment rights. "That's right, B!" she tweeted along with a link to Menino's attack. What's galling is the self-serving smugness of PC police such as Menino, who defended his vendetta against Chick-fil-A by bragging, "We're a leader when it comes to social justice and opportunities for all."

Social justice and economic opportunity "for all" -- as long as you hold the proper political and social views. This is ugly repressive civility enforced with government brass knuckles. Boston's Founding Fathers must be steaming in their graves.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: bluezones; boston; chickfila; gaystapo; homosexualagenda; malkin

1 posted on 07/25/2012 3:44:29 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Cute thread title, way to go Kaslin.

Here in my city, there’s an old fashioned drive-in, two locations and closed on Sunday. They do great business during the week. God’s blessing.

Someone tell realtors...


2 posted on 07/25/2012 3:47:53 AM PDT by stpio (,)
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To: stpio

I am planning to go to Chic-fil-A for lunch today and plan to take my 10 year old grandson with me if he wants to go


3 posted on 07/25/2012 4:04:27 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: stpio
What's really important to a college football athlete when choosing the right school? Location, academics, the ability to start early?

How about a school's proximity to Chick-fil-A?

That's apparently what swayed Birmingham, Ala., linebacker Cassanova McKinzy from Clemson to Auburn. When McKinzy visited the Clemson campus, there was no Chick-fil-A in sight, and that just wasn't acceptable. Take that Boston

4 posted on 07/25/2012 4:05:11 AM PDT by scooby321 (h tones)
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To: Kaslin
"If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult -- unless they open up their policies."

There's a criminal quote. Soliciting a bribe? Extortion?

5 posted on 07/25/2012 4:11:22 AM PDT by theDentist (FYBO/FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: scooby321

I drove a 1/2 hr. to patronize a Chick-fil-A yesterday. I might do it again today.


6 posted on 07/25/2012 4:13:47 AM PDT by WSGilcrest (/s)
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To: Kaslin
Personal beliefs do not equate with discrimination. If there is even one instance of discrimination in which this company has been involved, either in the area of hiring or firing I am unaware of it at this tme.

Is anyone here aware of any such instances?

If not how can an operating license be denied to this company as long as they conform to all other regulations governing their type of business?

7 posted on 07/25/2012 4:14:32 AM PDT by beenaround
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To: Kaslin

This week, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino declared, “Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston.”

That’s right, Tommy. And Lot was told to get out of Sodom. What an idiot. Even thus shall it be in the day.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%2019:27-28&version=KJV

Genesis 19:27-28

King James Version (KJV)

27 And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the Lord:

28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2017:28-30&version=KJV

Luke 17:28-30

King James Version (KJV)

28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.


8 posted on 07/25/2012 4:15:35 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Kaslin

I remember when Sunday was the Lord’s day. The only stores open on the avenue were the local bakery & the candy store to buy the Sunday papers. I miss those days.


9 posted on 07/25/2012 4:20:25 AM PDT by FES0844
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To: Kaslin

No locations nearby so I ordered a t-shirt.... they have a lot of fun stuff so if anyone else wants to do the same, the merchandise link is under “Company and Careers”.

http://www.chick-fil-a.com/


10 posted on 07/25/2012 4:29:00 AM PDT by Tamzee (Thomas Jefferson - "Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.")
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To: Kaslin

Just curious whether moslems support homomsexual marriage?
(crickets)

If not then I guess no Catholic or moslem business owners need apply to start a business in Boston. Only business owners who practice no religion or “progressive” religion
need apply.

Interesting development in “the land of the free”


11 posted on 07/25/2012 4:34:27 AM PDT by silverleaf (Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell)
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To: Kaslin

August 1, 2012, is a day to support Chick-Fil-A (started by Huckabee, maybe). We don’t have one very close, but will go to the closest one that day and have a meal — or two.


12 posted on 07/25/2012 4:44:11 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam (How to starve an Obama supporter: Hide his food stamps under his work shoes.)
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To: F15Eagle

It’s time for Mumbles to go the way of Baunee Fwank.


13 posted on 07/25/2012 4:57:15 AM PDT by Internet Walnut
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To: MayflowerMadam

I might go then too


14 posted on 07/25/2012 5:08:33 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Internet Walnut

We can see the day approaching. As it was in the days of Lot, we can see the world rushing to return to those days.

Just as Jesus prophesied.


15 posted on 07/25/2012 5:09:12 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Kaslin
Traditional morality is Banned in Boston.

The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men.

~~Psalms, 12:8


16 posted on 07/25/2012 5:57:16 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: theDentist
There's a criminal quote. Soliciting a bribe? Extortion?

Oh man! Wouldn't that be beautiful? Menino caught on tape in a sting operation taking bribes from Chick-Fila operatives working with the FBI? I'd buy that for a dollar!

17 posted on 07/25/2012 6:52:00 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (As long a hundred of us remain alive we will never on any condition be brought under Obama's rule.)
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To: Kaslin
Contact Mumbles Menino

The Kenyan commie must go.

18 posted on 07/25/2012 6:52:13 AM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: Kaslin

What policies do they need to “open up”? It’s not as if you have to show ID when you go into the shop.

Is this crook Mayor fishing for a bribe?


19 posted on 07/25/2012 6:52:33 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: Travis McGee

Social Justice.

There is another term for that. “Reverse Discrimination.”


20 posted on 07/25/2012 6:57:27 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: Kaslin

So, the mayor of Sodom, Massachusetts doesn’t want Chik-Fil-A? Fine, just build them in every other town around the city.


21 posted on 07/25/2012 6:57:54 AM PDT by arderkrag (ABOs are Romneybot trolls. LOOKING FOR ROLEPLAYERS. Check Profile.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Also known as ‘Discrimination’.


22 posted on 07/25/2012 7:12:46 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: Kaslin
Well,all righty then.
Chick-Fil-A should pull all of their restaurants out of Boston,and open up right outside the city limits.
23 posted on 07/25/2012 8:06:41 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (If you want to kick a tiger in the ass, you better have a plan for dealing with his teeth.)
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To: Kaslin

On my facebook page today: “Politically correct: A term used for whiny pussies that need shit sugar coated.”

Pardon the french but isn’t that just exactly right?


24 posted on 07/25/2012 8:37:34 AM PDT by tuffydoodle (Shut up voices, or I'll poke you with a Q-Tip again.)
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To: agere_contra

That’s what I was wondering. What policy does chick-fil-a need to change?


25 posted on 07/25/2012 10:15:38 AM PDT by tuffydoodle (Shut up voices, or I'll poke you with a Q-Tip again.)
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To: Kaslin

Apparently, the store on University Place isn’t there any more. I went by there today. Empty buidling.


26 posted on 07/25/2012 12:28:29 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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