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Ovation: Boston’s Mayor Menino Vows To Block Chick-Fil-A Over Discriminatory Attitude.

07/21/2012

Many years ago, a new fast-food restaurant called Chick-fil-A was built on a small piece of property adjacent to the local mall.  We decided to explore the new restaurant and found that it was clean and comfortable.  The food was tasty, albeit somewhat overpriced, and the atmosphere was friendly.  With time, the restaurant developed a reputation for donating food to several private schools and church groups.  At first, we didn’t think it odd that the toys in the restaurant’s kids meal were Bible-based in nature, but the feeling of “getting a little church with your chicken” was more noticeable with each visit.

I’ve never had an issue with the separation of chicken and state, but this restaurant chain has established a long record of discrimination and homophobia by donating to anti-gay causes and involving itself in debates about marriage equality with the company president’s recent public comments suggesting same-sex marriage is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation” plunged the restaurant chain into national headlines.  The company’s message has called for several boycotts from customers and at least one city … Boston.

“Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston. You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. 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.” – Thomas M. Menino, Mayor – Boston, Massachussetts

The chain is reportedly considering the opening of a new restaurant on Boston’s Union Street, across the City Hall and a Holocaust Memorial, but Mayor Menino is adamantly opposed.  He was able to block the building of a Walmart last year, criticizing the retail giant’s impact on neighborhood business and lower-wage workers, and it looks like he may try to do the same to Chick-fil-A because of their discriminatory policies.

I hope that others follow suit.  While I certainly applaud those who stand up for what they believe in and put their money where their mouth is, I believe that this captain will go down with his ship.  There are many, many other places to buy chicken sandwiches that don’t come with a side of homophobia.  Fair-minded chicken-eaters will surely consider other restaurants.  I certainly will.

Will you be boycotting Chick-fil-A?

UPDATE 07/25/12Read Mayor Menino’s full letter to Chick-Fil-A here.

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24 Comments
  1. I’ll be boycotting the place. But it won’t help as I only ate there once and thought it was awful. But I think maybe we in the sphere should post on our sideboards businesses whose practices are horrible and therefore where we won’t do business.

    Of course, I’m not sure I am up to the techno-challenge!

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    • That’s a fantastic idea! Let me know if you figure out how to do it.

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      • Oh no! I thought you’d be able to tell me!

        I think you can only do it with a “Menu” — and I only have one which is in use. I’ll see if I can figure out something else.

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        • Check my right sidebar and let me know what you think.

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          • That’s great! Way far down on the page, though.

            I wish some technologically savy person could come up with a widget like the flag collector — only one made up of logos of companies that should be boycotted. I boycotted Nestle (selling baby formula to poor mothers in Africa who couldn’t afford it) and Exxon (irresponsible actions in the Exxon Valdez spill) and others for years.

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          • Another great idea! Maybe that’s how we’ll make our fortunes!

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  2. Heck yeah, I’m boycotting Chik-Fil-A. I love their food but no way am I ever setting foot in one again. Kudos to Thomas Menino. That’s a bold step, and good for him.

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  3. Sunny permalink

    I never heard of Chick-fill-A, DiaTribes. Who do they think they are that they can get away with that.
    Bunch of sickos. That is what I think of them. Is that a picture of the owner?

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    • They’re certainly welcome to donate to any candidates or organizations that they want to support. Unfortunately, the company’s management has acted somewhat underhandedly and has hidden behind a veil of “Christian morals”. I can’t help but wonder how many of the franchise owners will sue the company president when the negative publicity that he’s generated sends them into bankruptcy.

      The photo is one of Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino.

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  4. I’ve been boycotting Chik-Fil-A forever and getting anyone else I can to do the same. I wish he was my mayor…

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  5. Seeing as how I live just outside Boston, how on earth did I miss THIS one??? But now that I know, you bet your A double S that I’ll be boycotting Chick-fil-A! Some of these companies with “questionable” ethics and business practices, that do well in other parts of the country, suddenly find it rough going when they try and set up shop here in the greater Boston area… Not that we don’t have some bad apples of own in the barrel here, cause believe me, there are more than a few. But even these less desirable businesses don’t make it their business to promote bigotry and intolerance…

    I’ve always had a great deal of admiration for Mayor Menino, and right now, I’m very proud of him for taking this stand against Chick-fil-A. And Mayor Menino is NOT a guy that you want angry with you… Because he’s very effective when it comes to making people and businesses who anger him, live to regret it. So it might be best if Chick-fil-A starts considering moving their homophobic business the hell outta town, and the sooner the better. Their next public health inspection just might go very badly for them…

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  6. I’ve never eaten in a Chick-Fil-A and after reading this I never will. Kudos to the mayor of Boston!

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    • I sure hope not, for the GOP’s sake would be embarrassing for them The Democratic Convention Brought to you by the National Education Association The Republican Convention- Brought to you by Haliburton, Phillip Morris, and Colt International Firearms

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  7. D&O – I have failed miserably in trying to get a widget on my blog. I have done others, but cannot get this one on. I will try it again tonight but am technologically challenged, I fear.

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  8. David permalink

    Yet another lefty over-stepping his authority thinking he has the ability to block a private business from his city. Funny how it’s assumed that they discriminate against gays when there’s no proof. Last time I checked, we, as American citizens, have the right to believe what we want and own a business..and to have the freedom to expand the business IE “the American Dream”.
    Just because you may not agree with what someone believes, does NOT give you the right to ban them or there business from your city. Wow, just imagine if a conservative mayor aimed to ban a business from a city if the business’ owner believed in gay marriage. We all love and appreciate our freedom. Don’t be hyprocrites when someone doesn’t share the same viewpoint as you. I’m sure you’d appreciate the same in return.

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    • There is no doubt whatsoever that Chick-Fil-A discriminates against the LGBT community. The proof lies with the company’s president who, just last week, famously stated “Guilty as charged” and single handedly started the current media frenzy and, possibly, forcing many franchisees into bankruptcy.

      It’s naive to think that gay- or lesbian-owned businesses haven’t been discouraged in neighborhoods and cities across the nation for years while their owners chased the same American dream. Surely, politicians have been stating emphatically, term after term, “Those people are not welcome in my district”.

      The mayor of Chicago has taken a similar stance and, surely, other communities will follow suit. The outright hostility, bigotry and hatred exhibited by officials at Chick-Fil-A are simply not American values.

      We all must feel free to patronize those businesses whose philosophies we support and to boycott those that we do not. For me, no chicken sandwich with waffle fries is worth sacrificing the dignity of friends and neighbors.

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    • Anonymous permalink

      This one is for David. I would like for you to read your reply and then put the shoe on the other foot. Comments like “does not give you the right to ban” makes me laugh. Christians do that all the time. Very few churches accept a GLBT person into their church. Gay business owners have been harassed and people walking down the street has been bullied and even killed for being a simple customer of that business. Look at I story, look at the news reports (other than the “right wing Fox news”) and listen to people Christians are such a judgmental group all in the name of God. Well first off you need to remember that your freedom of religion is another’s freedom FROM RELIGION. Don’t get me wrong sir, I consider myself a Christian but not in today’s meaning. I have my own walk and feel the need to explain that to NO ONE period. I’ve been asked to leave a church and been on the other side of the Christian attacks and all it does is make the church, the followers and God look foolish.
      I boycott any bigoted business and will support strong men such as the Mayor of Boston, the Alderman of Chicago and the Councilman in New York that appose this behavior from any business. If the shoe was on the other foot you would as well.

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  9. I will be boycotting Chic-Fil-A (and dammit I like their waffle fries) still inhumane speaks not only to one but everyone we should be far beyond a totalitarian society in the 21st Century!!! and since when has America become a dictatorship to either you are as straight as an arrow literally! in every aspect of Life! or reviled? Seriously, Really??? Not a pragmatic ideology however my Rainbow dollars will be going to Wendy’s or McDonalds until maybe Ronald or the Ponytail Red Head says something inhumane, OMG! ROFL! what I really dammit think is this was a bigoted organized big publicity stunt to gain political patroits, monetize, and

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  10. … just a social set back

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