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Mayor: ‘Chick-fil-A or whatever the hell the name is,’ doesn’t belong in Boston

Friday, July 20, 2012

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino on Thursday vowed to block fast-food chain Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant near the city’s “Freedom Trail,” a response to comments by the chain’s president that gay marriage is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”

“Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston,” Menino told the Boston Herald.

Thomas Menino

“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,” the mayor said.

Chick-fil-A is reportedly considering opening its first Boston location at a site directly across from City Hall.

“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,” Menino said.

Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy, in a recent interview with the Baptist Press, said his company’s position supporting “traditional marriage” is based on values rooted in the Bible, and that he intends to “stay the course,” which has included donating millions of dollars to anti-gay organizations, including Exodus International, one of the world’s largest promoters of “ex-gay” therapy.

“If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult — unless they open up their policies,” Menino warned.

Last year, Menino, a Democra, blocked Walmart from a developing in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood, criticizing the retail giant’s impact on neighborhood businesses and lower-wage workers.

The company released a Thursday that said it has a history of applying “biblically-based principles” to managing its business, such as closing on Sundays, but insisted it does not discriminate.

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  1. <3 Mayor Mumbles.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:40pm
  2. the ‘or whatever the hell the name is’ is an awesome quote!

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:40pm
  3. Good man.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:40pm
  4. Why doesn’t he run for President?

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:40pm
  5. For once Banned in Boston is a good thing!

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:41pm
  6. They belong in HELL!

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:41pm
  7. Finally, a politician who isn’t morally-bankrupt. <3

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:42pm
  8. Mayor Chickenhawk

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:43pm
  9. Sign up for text alerts ( 5 a month) & when you get a text for a free item stop by, get it, walk over, throw it away & leave! Hit them where it counts! http://www.chick-fil-a.com/Connect/Text-Insiders

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:43pm
  10. This is the first I heard they donated to an “ex-gay” group. that’s kind of disturbing.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:43pm
  11. Their chicken tastes like ass, even by fast food chicken standards.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:43pm
  12. Get the haters out

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:43pm
  13. WHEW,,,,WTG,,,,

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:44pm
  14. jason: yeah its a group that does ex-gay therapy

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:45pm
  15. What people do not get is that freedom of speech swings both ways and if you want to be in a nation of liberty and justice, then you need to allow both. I support gay marriage but I am not going to look down on those who do not.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:46pm
  16. nice idea i just signed up so i can do that same thing u tallked bout justin rusher

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:46pm
  17. Way to go.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:48pm
  18. Ex-Gay therapy? I’ve had therapy for manic depresson/Bipolar II my entire life. I don’t need therapy for being in love with my husband. Other people need therapy for NOT being in love with their spouses. XD

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:48pm
  19. ALRIGHT!!

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:49pm
  20. Good for him!! What a VERY cool man…..I may need to think about moving to Boston!!!

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:49pm
  21. I am lmao right now. “Whatever the hell the name is,”

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:50pm
  22. Finally!! A politician with respect for everyone!!

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:52pm
  23. I will GLADLY LOOK DOWN on them! “Freedom of Speech” means that the GOVERNMENT will not prosecute you, NOT that I will be forced to patronize your bigotted store.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:52pm
  24. “doesn’t discriminate” yet donations millions to anti-gay funds is like the US saying didn’t take sides, yet donated millions of dollars and equipment during the Lend-Lease program during WWII.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:56pm
  25. great job to Boston Mayor for standing up for gays’ rights… we just wish all government officials are like you with respect for human rights

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:58pm
  26. Go Boston!!! My birthplace!!!

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:58pm
  27. BRAVO!

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:59pm
  28. YAY Boston!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:59pm
  29. That was the point I was making, Julia and I agree. Chick may swing to a certain direction but it doesn’t not mean they are outright against gay marriage.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 2:03pm
  30. What a mayor!! = ) Wish we could borrow him here in Anchorage, Alaska. Im sure he would clean up Jerry Prevo and his gang of haters! Just the man my city could use right now…

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 2:06pm
  31. Honestly, they have a right to be in whichever city they want. The population can protest them though, and let their disapproval be heard. I support this, in theory, but not in practice. Also, Patrick, no, they are outright against gay marriage. They’ve mentioned it themselves. Their president says the COMPANY opposes gay marriage. It’s no secret that CFA is an Evangelical business. They have daily prayers in some establishments.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 2:08pm
  32. thats right

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 2:09pm
  33. I wish more mayors would take this stance.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 2:17pm
  34. They have a right to be in whichever city they want, provided the city wants them. The mayor has been elected by the people, thus represents the voice of the people.

    Also, mayors have legally and historically prevented businesses they don’t want to come in the town. Whether or not that’s a good thing is a different debate.

    This isn’t a freedom of speech issue. Chick-Fil-A is still perfectly able to say whatever they want. Just because you can say whatever the fuck you want doesn’t mean others don’t get to react however they want.

    Chick-Fil-A opened itself up to political maneuvers like this as soon as it started donating tons of money to political causes. Don’t want to have to deal with political repercussions as a business, don’t get involved in politics.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 2:19pm
  35. Patrick – you’re incorrect. The owner of the chain has said that “we invite God’s wrath” by supporting gay rights. They aren’t “leaning”, they’ve jumped the fence. I agree – believe what you want, but when you try to legislate my rights away I will fight you to death.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 2:24pm
  36. Woohoo! You tell em, Mr. Mayor :)

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 2:25pm
  37. What a great mayor. =)

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 2:25pm
  38. Personally, it looks as tho the fat man in their pictures is “family.” Just Sayin’….

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 2:30pm
  39. New name for this restaurant: Up-Chuck Fil-A

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 3:06pm
  40. add me

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 3:15pm
  41. some more people need to take a stand

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 3:19pm
  42. I think once Chick-A-Crap knocks off the pandering to hate groups and ditches the holier than thou attitude, maybe they’ll be welcome in more places.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 4:03pm
  43. You don’t belong in Boston either. Another corrupt politician dictating what HE thinks is right for everyone else. Mayor–if you put one there and I lived back there, I wouldn’t eat there because of your narrow mind!! It’s the 21st Century–get with it old man!

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 4:09pm
  44. I find this egregious. How it’s legal to ban a business from opening up in your town because you disagree with the owners’ idiotic political views is beyond me.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 4:26pm
  45. This is the same guy who said that “civil disobedience doesn’t work for Boston.” I stopped giving a shit what that guy said a while ago.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 4:48pm
  46. Nora Butkovich

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 5:33pm
  47. Way to go Mayor, you tell those narrow minded religious nuts to go to hell.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 6:29pm
  48. Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 6:31pm
  49. Way to go Mayor, you tell those narrow minded religious fucks to go to hell. More politicians should stand up for human rights.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 6:32pm
  50. When the owner of a business right out says he’s a prejudice fuck, I think the leadership has all the right to keep them out. We need to clone this Mayor.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 6:34pm
  51. But the “chic” marketers catering to only “biblical” families is pretty shrewd! Soloman had 700 wives with 300 concubines (handy sluts) a crowd like that can put away lots of waffle fries!!!

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 4:28am
  52. has aqnyone notice the lack of pidgeons in the immediate area of their businesses? hmmmmmmmm

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 6:13am
  53. At least one city has a decent mayor.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 6:19am
  54. STRONG STATEMENT.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 9:05am
  55. Well I do not believe that “anyone can be made gay” by anyone…you are born that way! As well I do not see how or when that gays were denied the right to marry any more so that blacks, Catholics, Jews or any other group the Christains find to be “different” than themselves! I am hetrosexual but I am NOT homophobic! If you are right then you are right! You deserve the same rights I have a an honest tax paying citizen…All gays should refuse to pay taxes as you are not allowed the same basic rights as any other human in the USA! And trust me Obama does not want anyone gay to get anything but death as he is a devout muslim!

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 9:27am