The past few days have witnessed an avalanche of attacks against Chick-fil-A’s supportive stance on traditional marriage. This is despite the fact that a solid majority of Americans oppose gay marriage.
What follows is a summary of some of the most outrageous efforts to hurt Chick-fil-A.
1. New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a potential NYC mayoral candidate and activist lesbian, attempted to persuade New York University to end all contracts with Chick-fil-A and sent a letter expressing these personal views on official New York City letterhead:
I write as the Speaker of the NYC Council, and on behalf of my family. NYC is a place where we celebrate diversity. We do not believe in denigrating others. We revel in the diversity of all our citizens and their families,” the letter begins.
Let me be clear ‐‐ I do not want establishments in my city that hold such discriminatory views,” Quinn, an open lesbian who recently married her longtime partner, also wrote in the letter. “We are a city that believes our diversity is our greatest strength and we will fight anything and anyone that runs counter to that.
As such I urge you to sever your relationship with the Chick‐fil‐A establishment that exists on your campus. [read remainder of story HERE]
2. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel shared Council Member Quinn’s criticism of Chick-fil-A in the following public statement:
Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values. They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents.
3. Even though the Berenstain Bears had a signed contract with Chick-fil-A to provide merchandise to the restaurant chain, it also weighed in against traditional marriage. NBC News reported the Berenstain Bear’s statement:
The Berenstain family does not at this time have control over whether this program proceeds or not,” the statement said. “We hope those concerned about this issue will direct their comments toward HarperCollins and Chick-fil-A.”
For a short time Monday evening, the Berenstain family message was accompanied by a statement from HarperCollins that read: “We have a long history of diversity and inclusiveness and are very disappointed to hear recent statements made by Chick-fil-A. After much consideration, we have decided to honor our previous arrangement, with the chain. We have no plans to work with them in the future.”
4. Then you have Shephard Smith vigorously advocating for gay marriage (again), stating on his nationally broadcast Fox News show that yesterday was the “Day of Intolerance”. Of course, this isn’t the first time that Fox News has shown its bias on the gay marriage topic. Yesterday, the network falsely described a liberal democrat as a “conservative” who had changed his mind on gay marriage.
But there are some bright points. Black pastors are becoming increasingly vocal, fighting back against attempts to ban Chick-fil-A from cities, calling such an effort the “same thing” as banning blacks from restaurants.
And it appears that Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day yesterday was a smashing success.