Mayor Bill de Blasio and members of the New York City Council are calling for a city-wide boycott of Chick-fil-A – urging citizens to refrain from eating plump juicy chicken breasts tucked between hot buttered buns. Councilman Daniel Dromm was even more blunt – accusing the Southern restaurant chain of spreading a “message of hate.”
In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has told Chick-fil-A that the fast-food company is not welcome in his town because "Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values." In other words, because Chick-fil-A ownership believes in traditional marriage, it shouldn't bother opening up shop in Chicago. But Emanuel is welcoming Louis Farrakhan, who is against same-sex marriage and who blasted President Obama two months ago for endorsing the practice. -Baldilocks
The city’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, agrees with the alderman: Chick-fil-A does not represent “Chicago values” — which is true if by “Chicago values” you mean machine politics, AIDS-conspiracy-peddling pastors, and industrial-scale black youth homicide rates. But, before he was mayor, Rahm Emanuel was President Obama’s chief of staff. Until the president’s recent “evolution,” the Obama administration held the same position on gay marriage as Chick-fil-A. Would Alderman Moreno have denied Barack Obama the right to open a chicken restaurant in the First Ward?
Liberal, Hate, Character, Degeneracy, Demagoguery, Gay
CHICAGO, August 1, 2012 — What does a “hate-free” chicken sandwich actually taste like? Inquiring taste buds may want to know. With supporters across the country planning to turn out for the controversial Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day Wednesday, some Chicago restaurants are offering what they are calling a “hate-free” chicken sandwich to show their support for gay marriage.
Liberal, Government, Character, Fascism, Demagoguery
Ald.Proco "Joe" Moreno announced this week that he will block Chick-fil-A's effort to build its second Chicago store, which would be in the Logan Square neighborhood, following company President Dan Cathy's remarks last week that he was "guilty as charged" for supporting the biblical definition of marriage as between a man and woman... "Because of this man's ignorance, I will now be denying Chick-fil-A's permit to open a restaurant in the 1st Ward."
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Hate, Character, Jobs
Vante regrets the unfortunate events that transpired yesterday in Tucson between our former CFO/Treasurer Adam Smith and an employee at Chick-fil-A. Effective immediately, Mr. Smith is no longer an employee of our company.
Liberal, Crime, Character, Gay, Vandalism
Gay rights advocates defaced and vandalized a San Antonio, TX Chick-fil-A restaurant with more than two dozen Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) posters and messages on Wednesday night.
The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. -Hillary Clinton, U.S Secretary of State
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Fascism, Tolerance
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn recently sought to kick Chick-fil-A out of New York because its CEO said he opposed gay marriage. On July 28, she sent the head of New York University, which leases space to the one Chick-fil-A restaurant in New York City, stating, “Chick-fil-A is not welcome in New York City as long as the company’s president welcomes continues to uphold and promote his discriminatory views…I urge you to sever your relationship with the Chick-fil-A establishment that exists on your campus.”
Liberal, Fascism, Demagoguery, Academia, Tolerance, Pc
It's not just college students who want Chick-fil-A off their campuses. Dr. Scott Ferguson, an assistant professor at the University of South Florida, has started an online petition to get a Chick-fil-A location off the campus. So far, he's collected more than 500 signatures of support.
Liberal, Hate, Violence, Guns, Tolerance, Assault
Floyd Lee Corkins, 28, of Herndon, Virginia reportedly entered the building with a Chick-Fil-A bag and shot the guard after an argument where statements were made regarding the FRC's political positions. Corkins, who apparently acted alone, also volunteered at an LGBT center that condemned the attack and apparently had no connection to the commission of the crime. Both Chick-Fil-A and the FRC have been involved in recent heated public debate about gay marriage. Corkins allegedly said "it's not about you, it's about the policy."
Liberal, Crime, Hate, Violence, Guns, Tolerance, Assault
WASHINGTON - A Virginia man has been charged in federal court in the shooting of a security guard at the headquarters of a conservative Christian lobbying group. Federal authorities say Floyd Lee Corkins II told a guard at the Family Research Council, "I don't like your politics" before shooting him in the arm. The guard and others helped subdue Corkins, who was taken into custody. He's been charged with assault with intent to kill and with bringing a firearm across state lines. Authorities found a box of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches in his backpack.
Liberal, Hate, Character, Fascism
Dallas Police Association President Ron Pinkston said Sgt. Mark Johnson of the Southeast Patrol Division brought a Chick-fil-A sandwich to the briefing room last Wednesday. It was the same day thousands of people across the country went to the restaurant chain as part of an effort to show support for the CEO's stand against gay marriage. Two lesbian officers filed complaints against the sergeant. They said his comments and actions left them embarrassed and humiliated. Sgt. Johnson, who has been with the department for 12 years, was transferred. The internal affairs department is investigating the complaints.
Liberal, Hate, Character, Oops, Press, Lie, Jobs
The Florida reporter who wrote on his Facebook page that “the level of hatred, unfounded fear and misinformed people [who showed up at Chick-fil-A on "Appreciation Day"] was astoundingly sad” has resigned from his paper, I’ve confirmed. After his post was shared nearly 100 times, Fort Myers News-Press reporter Mark Krzos pulled the rant and left Facebook. His editor, Terry Eberle, told News-Press and Romenesko readers that the post was “completely inappropriate” and that “we will take strong and appropriate action.” Krzos resigned after a meeting with Eberle.
Liberal, Character, Protest, Gay, Vandalism
Someone sprayed glue and pasted marriage equality messages on the windows of the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Frederick overnight on Saturday, according to police. The Frederick County Sheriff's Office responded to the restaurant, at 5501 Urbana Pike, early Sunday morning after the store reported destruction of property. Cpl. Gregory Santangelo said the items glued to the store's windows included marriage equality stickers and an image with the American and gay pride flags combined. There were also several homemade signs, he said. The store hired a cleaner to remove the items early in the day, Santangelo said.
Bloomberg, meanwhile, took to the airwaves in Gotham and said he’d welcome Chick-fil-A into Manhattan with open arms. The billionaire businessman-turned-New York mayor said Menino, along with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, are wrong “to look at somebody’s political views and decide whether or not they can live in the city, or operate a business in the city.”
Liberal, Crime, Character, Degeneracy, Vandalism
A gay artist who took responsibility for painting the words "Tastes like hate" on the side of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Torrance was arrested Thursday... "Everybody is entitled to free speech, but it seems like for the gay tribe, this is more of an issue of equal rights — human rights," he said. "I'm against what these people stand for, what this company stands for. They're trying to take away what little rights we already have."
Liberal, Government, Character, Fascism
A Chick-fil-A franchise that was approved by Santa Barbara, Calif., city officials last year ran into a roadblock earlier this week, when a local architectural board tried to postpone a vote that would allow construction to begin. The Architectural Board of Review (ABR) sought to postpone the decision because of Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s well-publicized remarks supporting the biblical definition of marriage. But on Tuesday, the Santa Barbara City Council overturned that decision, allowing permits to move forward. And today, councilmembers said ABR members who tried to block the restaurant from opening should resign.
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Hate, Degeneracy, Protest, Vandalism
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has also weighed in on the Chick-fil-A debate, noting that Los Angeles has a "vibrant" LGBT community. "I'm proud to support them as we call on Chick-fil-A's leadership to reconsider their position and join the growing majority of Americans who support marriage equality," Villaraigosa said. "In Los Angeles and in America, love and liberty will always triumph."
Liberal, Character, Smears, Protest, Vandalism
The store manager of a Chick-fil-A in Torrance says the restaurant was targeted by vandals overnight. KNX 1070′s John Brooks reports a message that read “Tastes Like Hate” with a painting of a cow was discovered early Friday morning at the store located at 18200 Hawthorne Boulevard.
Liberal, Hate, Press, Smears, Lie
Fort Myers News-Press reporter Mark Krzos’ Facebook post about Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day customers had nearly 100 shares before it was pulled earlier today. (“The level of hatred, unfounded fear and misinformed people was astoundingly sad,” he wrote. “I can’t even print some of the things people said. …It was like broken records of Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh and a recitation of half-truths and outright lies.”)
MARTINSBURG - Police and fire crews closed down the Chick-fil-A on Foxcroft Avenue in Martinsburg for nearly three hours following a bomb threat that was called in just before 1 p.m. today.
Why is the fact that Chick-fil-A’s CEO opposes gay marriage newsworthy? At least half of all Americans oppose gay marriage. So what is the point? There is, indeed, a news story lurking here: public officials in at least two major cities, all of them Democrats, vowed to violate Chick-fil-A’s constitutional rights by denying them permits to operate in their cities because their CEO’s political views are not 100% congruent with those of the Democratic Party–as of today, that is; until two months ago, President Obama was opposed to gay marriage too. -John Hinderaker
Liberal, Character, Fascism, Constitution
A powerful New York politician claims she was just speaking as a private citizen when she tried to run Chick-fil-A out of town, but she used her official letterhead and even invoked her position as City Council speaker to apply pressure on the embattled chicken chain. New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who has mayoral aspirations, sent a letter to New York University president John Sexton on Saturday asking the school to immediately end their contract with the fast food restaurant.
The Recorder asked him about opposition to his company’s support of what the Recorder called “the traditional family.” Mr. Cathy replied “Guilty as charged.” Mr. Cathy didn’t stop there. Quoth he: “We are very much supportive 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 added, “We operate as a family business ... our restaurants are typically led by families — some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that.”
Liberal, Hate, Government, Fascism, Pc
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said Friday he would not support an expansion of Chick-fil-A in the District, referring to it as “hate chicken.” Gray issued his statement on Twitter after mayors in Boston, Chicago and San Francisco also stated that the company was not welcome due to president Dan Cathy’s outspoken opposition to same-sex marriage.
Editorial, Liberal, Character, Oops, Fascism, Constitution
A government official thinks that the proper “consequence” for a business owner’s “statements and beliefs” is the denial of the ability to do business. Because he’s “sure the majority of” his constituents find the owner’s “comments and attitudes repugnant,” it’s just fine for him to use the coercive power of the government to block the business from opening up a store. His “belief in equality is resolute,” and that apparently justifies him discriminating against businesspeople for exercising their First Amendment rights to speak out. They “should really reconsider [their] platform on gay issues,” or else the government of Chicago will exclude them from the alderman’s ward. -Eugene Volokh
Democrat, Liberal, Character, Degeneracy, Threats, Fascism, Gay, Tolerance, Constitution
First Boston. Then Chicago. The next city to tell Chick-fil-A to keep out? San Francisco. Edwin M. Lee, mayor of the progressive city, tweeted Thursday night: "Very disappointed #ChickFilA doesn't share San Francisco's values & strong commitment to equality for everyone." He also added a warning to his subsequent tweet: "Closest #ChickFilA to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer."
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Editorial, Liberal, Hate, Oops, Gay
As the Boston Herald’s Michael Graham pointed out, Menino is happy to hand out municipal licenses to groups whose most prominent figures call for gays to be put to death. The mayor couldn’t have been more accommodating (including giving them $1.8 million of municipal land) of the new mosque of the Islamic Society of Boston, whose IRS returns listed as one of their seven trustees Yusuf al-Qaradawi. Like President Obama, Imam Qaradawi’s position on gays is in a state of “evolution”: He can’t decide whether to burn them or toss ’em off a cliff. “Some say we should throw them from a high place,” he told Al Jazeera. “Some say we should burn them, and so on. There is disagreement. -Mark Steyn, National Review
Editorial, Liberal, Funny, Narrative, Oops
This was billed as the greatest protest since Occupy Wall Street. Thousands of scantily clad gay men and lesbians said they’d lock lips in a coast-to-coast red-hot make-out session. They were to blast anti-gay-marriage comments made by Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy. But gays preferred staying home to watch “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Tumbleweeds could have rolled through the Paramus Park Mall in New Jersey yesterday as a symbol for the lack of stamina in the national kissing campaign.
Liberal, Funny, Narrative, Oops
: People in the U.S. love Chick-fil-A's food and service. According to the latest customer satisfaction survey from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), the chicken chain was voted as the country’s favorite fast food establishment. The company scored an 86, the highest ever rating for a company in the quick service category.