New York Mayor Bill de Blasio calls for Chick-fil-A boycott

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urges people to stay away from Chick-fil-A as the Georgia-based restaurant chain plans to open a store in Queens Center Mall, the fourth location in the city. How effective de Blasio will be in calling for the boycott is unclear. Patrons lined up around the block when the three-level, 5,000 square-foot Manhattan location (its largest anywhere) opened last year.

AP Photo/Tina Fineberg/special to the AJC

AP Photo/Tina Fineberg/special to the AJC

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“What the ownership of Chick-fil-A has said is wrong,” de Blasio said. “I’m certainly not going to patronize them and I wouldn’t urge any other New Yorker to patronize them. But they do have a legal right.”

He is referring to president and CEO Dan Cathy’s 2012 comments to a Baptist website regarding his support of “traditional marriage.”

“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said in article published in the Baptist Press. “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 it relates to society in general, I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,'” he continued.

A Chick-fil-A spokesperson said that the company employees thousands of people who represent varied backgrounds and beliefs and that the business’ main focus is on satisfactory service and food.

“The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender,” the spokesperson said.

Social media, as always, was quick to respond to de Blasio’s call for a boycott:

Because DeBlasio told me not to #chickfila

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BruceGarner
BruceGarner

I have not set foot in a Chic Fil A store since Cathy posted those comments in 2012.  I am a native Atlantan and had enjoyed Chic Fil A's since my teen years.  A more complete and in-context reading of Scripture doesn't restrict marriage to one man and one woman. It does indicate a model of one man and as many women as he could support.  Even Jesus did not endorse marriage.  He mentions it only twice in the Gospels.  One time is in the context of a discussion about adultery and the other is in the context of a discussion about divorce.  Neither are ringing endorsements of an institution that was more about the exchange of property between a man and his wife-to-be's father.  Jesus was supportive of relationships, right relationships.....those that did not involve coercion, exploitation or abuse.  Love does not restrict itself based on any characteristic but love, so why should we try to box it into an institution that was not based on love to begin with?

jallen1956
jallen1956

I guess you go to Target and drink Starbucks too

threespeed
threespeed

@BruceGarner Wow, you are most excellent at twisting the Word to fit the occasion. No doubt you can find a spiritual leader to condone your logical inversions, as long as you continue to lay a few $20 in the plate. Your emotional doubt bleeds through as you know that what you continue to try and convince yourself of is simply not true. 


Make that a large waffle fry.

JSnGa
JSnGa

As if this bozo didn't have more pressing problems..