To my friends on the left side of the fence who are overly gleeful about this…
A letter from Mayor Menino derided Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy for recent “prejudiced statements” against same-sex marriage, which has been legal in Massachusetts since 2004.
Posted on a Boston community page on the social media site Facebook on Wednesday, the letter has gone viral. It has been “liked” by more than 131,000 users and shared more than 46,000 times.
“In recent days you said Chick-fil-A opposes same-sex marriage, and said the generation that supports it has an ‘arrogant attitude,’” Menino wrote in the letter, dated July 20 and addressed to Cathy at Chick-fil-A’s Atlanta headquarters.
“Now – incredibly – your company says you are backing out of the same-sex marriage debate. I urge you to back out of your plans to locate in Boston.”
The fast-food company has reportedly been shopping for sites in downtown Boston, including spots along the city’s well-known Freedom Trail, a pathway that winds past many of the city’s Revolutionary War landmarks, and even within sight of Menino’s City Hall office.
Menino, noting that some of the first same-sex couples to wed in the country came to the Boston City Hall to get married, said: “It would be an insult to them and to our city’s long history of expanding freedom, to have a Chick-fil-A across the street from that spot.”
Sorry to be the asshole about this but you’re wrong.
It is one thing for me to decide not spend my money at Chick-fil-A. I have a limited amount of economic power and I want to be careful how I use it. That is my choice as a consumer.
But for a city to refuse to let a business open in their area because of their politics…Well, imagine how outraged you would be if a Southern town decided not to let, let’s say KFC, open a franchise because of their pro-gay stance?
And yes, it’s the same thing.
And as an added bonus, you have made people feel sorry for a multi million dollar fast food chain. Well fucking played indeed.
Let me make a modest proposal for the next time this sort of thing happens.
Let CHick-fil-A open their shop. Wait about six months for them to wither on the vine due to lack of business.
And then release a proclamation announcing a city wide ‘Fried Chicken Sandwich Day” and make sure the date falls on a Sunday.
Sometimes the shiv is better than the ax.