Yesterday morning we covered the fact that Chik-fil-A's President was quoted as saying that which he actually never said and has been villified since for words never uttered.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino is vowing to block Chick-fil-A from bringing its Southern-fried fast-food empire to Boston — possibly to a popular tourist spot just steps from the Freedom Trail — after the family-owned firm’s president suggested gay marriage is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”
“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,” Menino told the Herald yesterday.
“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.”
So to reiterate from yesterday, all the president of Chik-fil-A did was defend the traditional understanding and definition of marriage, he never mentioned gays or gay marriage. From the linked interview in that piece, the president's own words deemed controversial by so many are actually quite innocuous:
Some have opposed the company's support of the traditional family. "Well, guilty as charged," said [Dan] Cathy when asked about the company's position.
"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.
"We operate as a family business ... our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that," Cathy emphasized.
"We intend to stay the course," he said. "We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."
For those words, the man and the business are being pummelled? Seriously?
What this shows is that the mayor of Boston is misinformed at best or worse, and more likely, an opportunist who thinks inroads can be made here to further an agenda and to pander to those fomenting that agenda.
Here's to the hope that this backfires in the mayor's face and severely.
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Crossposted at Wizbang.