Chick-fil-A, as we’re sure most of you know already, has come under fire for allegedly “intolerant” comments made by company CEO Dan Cathy. Anti-Chick-fil-A protest pages have popped up all over Facebook, Boston Mayor Tom Menino has vowed to block them from opening an eatery in his city, and the Jim Henson Company has broken off all ties with the company.
And here’s the latest in the "Let’s Dogpile Chick-fil-A Because They're Totally 'Intolerant'" movement: “A Chicago alderman wants to kill Chick-fil-A's plans to build a restaurant in his increasingly trendy Northwest Side ward because the fast-food chain's top executive vocally opposes gay marriage.”
Yep, first Boston and now this.
"If you are discriminating against a segment of the community, I don't want you in the 1st Ward," Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno told the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday, referring to what he said were "bigoted, homophobic comments" from Cathy.
Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno (image courtesy Alex Garcia, Chicago Tribune)
Whoa, whoa, pump the breaks there, “Joe.” Let’s rewind a bit and see what Cathy actually said: "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."
Cathy also said the following [via Ken Coleman Show]:
I think we‘re inviting God’s judgment when we shake our fist at him, you know? “We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.”
And I pray on God’s mercy on our generation, that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would have the audacity to try and redefine what marriage is all about.
“Bigoted”? “Homophobic?” “Discriminates”?
Is it company policy to deny members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) community employment? No. Does Chick-fil-A deny members of the LGBT community service? No. Outside of Cathy’s "intolerant," "bigoted," and "homophobic" comments, has Chick-fil-A -- as a company -- done anything to discriminate against the LGBT community? No. Did we redefine the word “discriminate” and nobody told us about it? Hmmm.
"Because of this man's ignorance, I will now be denying Chick-fil-A's permit to open a restaurant in the 1st Ward," said the alderman.
Of course, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who, by the way, is doing a bang-up job running that city, supports Moreno.
"Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values," Emanuel said in a statement. "They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. This would be a bad investment, since it would be empty."
Although the company has already obtained zoning for a restaurant, “it must seek council approval to divide the land so it can purchase an out lot near Home Depot,” the Tribune reports. This means they have to go through Moreno.
When asked whether his decision to block Chick-fil-A over Cathy's comments seemed contradictory to First Amendment rights, the alderman shrugged it off.
"You have the right to say what you want to say, but zoning is not a right," he said, adding that it will take "more than words" to get him to change his mind.
"They'd have to do a complete 180," the alderman said. "They'd have to work with LGBT groups in terms of hiring, and there would have to be a public apology from (Cathy)."
Final thought: Mark our words -- from Boston to Chicago -- this is just the tip of the iceberg. If there’s one thing advocates of “tolerance” won’t tolerate, it’s people who, they say, are “intolerant” [good luck figuring that one out].
Click here to read the full Tribune report.
(H/T: Hot Air)
Front page photo source: BuzzFeed