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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Boston Mayor Tom Menino Is Totally Against Even Thinking About Not Supporting Gay Marriage

Dan Cathy, president of privately-owned Chick-Fil-A told the Baptist Press last week that "We [Chick-Fil-A as a corporate entity] are very much supportive of the family the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business." Here are Mr. Cathy's complete comments that have been seized by angry people everywhere as an attack on Gay rights and Gay marriage:
The company invests in Christian growth and ministry through its WinShape Foundation (WinShape.com). The name comes from the idea of shaping people to be winners. It began as a college scholarship and expanded to a foster care program, an international ministry, and a conference and retreat center modeled after the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove.

“That morphed into a marriage program in conjunction with national marriage ministries,” Cathy added.
Some have opposed the company’s support of the traditional family. “Well, guilty as charged,” said 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.”

Since that interview, Cathy has been called a homophobe and Chick-Fil-A has been assailed for being anti-Gay. Why? Because he has a religious belief that guides him down a different path from people who support Gay marriage. By that bit of logic, all you people who want Chick-Fil-A run out of business because you are angry at Cathy's words are by definition anti-Christian. Wriggle as you might kids, using the logic of the day, that's what it means.

Boston Mayor Tom Menino (D), who I have never made fun of before today, told the Boston Herald, “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.” (Emphasis mine)

Well, Mayor Menino is almost as inane as his counter-part down I-95 in New York. After reading Cathy's comments in toto my only conclusion is that Menino either didn't bother to read the quotes, or he had nothing better to do and was looking to get his name in the news.
What Mayor Menino said is that he is against the firmly held beliefs of a Christian company and he is against Christian companies that are comfortable with their beliefs doing business in his fair city. Read Cathy's words again if you still don't get it.

As far as I can tell, the Chick-Fil-A cow doesn't discriminate
when it comes to serving others.

For the record: I like Chick-Fil-A. I think the cow is awesome and they have the best chicken salad sandwich this side of my favorite Jewish deli in Montreal. I have even eaten in a Chick-Fil-A with a person of Gay minority group status and we were able to eat in piece. No Alabama crackers, religious zealots, mad cows or awnry minimum wage workers came over and gave my friend of Gay extraction a hassle for eating his sandwich whilst being Gay. Chick-Fil-A isn't anti-Gay when it comes to serving customers and hiring people, the people of Chick-Fil-A just believe certain things based on their relationship with God.

So, Mayor Menino, stop being a horse's ass and playing up to the press with your dumb media whoring. Who knows? An unemployed person of Gay heritage might even aspire to manage a fast food restaurant someday, and they may get their start at a Boston Chick-Fil-A.

While we're at it, let's look at how "open" Boston is.
  • Washington Capitals winger Joel Ward scored the game winning goal against the Boston Bruins in a playoff game on April 6, 2012. People in Boston were mad, not because Ward scored a goal against the beloved home town team, but because of the color of his skin. Check out Deadspin.com's list of racist Boston tweets, but don't bother complaining to me if you're offended by what you read. I would suggest contacting Mayor Menino to question him about the "openness of his city" instead.
  • In 1976, black attorney Theodore  Landsmark was attacked by a group of white teenagers as walked near Boston's City Hall. One of the teens used a flagpole, with an American flag attached, as a lance to spear Landsmark. Landsmark survived, but there were other casualties and deaths, both from white-on-black and black-on-white attacks as Boston tried to desegregate its school system. The violence largely occurred from 1974 to 1984.
It would be foolish of me to impugn Mayor Menino's record on race relations based on incidents that happened before he took office, but it's also foolish for Menino to tell me that his is an "open" city.

Boston Mayor Tom Menino sporting some hockey gear and
hanging with Boston's angry Bruin.
Photo copyright Metro.US

Let's look at a recent study on Boston and race.

In a 2005 study published by the UCLA Civil Rights Project:
  • 80% African-Americans and 50% of Hispanics said racial discrimination in Metro Boston is a somewhat or very serious problem
  • Almost 70% of Hispanics and 85% of African-Americans believe members of their group miss out on good housing because they fear they will not be welcome in a particular community
  • Over 50% of African-Americans and almost 40% of Hispanics say they are treated with less respect, offered worse service, called names or insulted, or confronted with another form of day-to-day discrimination at least a few times a month in the Metro Boston area
  • African-Americans and Hispanics in Metro Boston report personal discrimination in employment more often than in housing

Photo by Stanley Forman, Boston Herald American
I am in no way holding Boston Mayor Tom Menino responsible for Boston's history of racism, but I am left to wonder, is Menino standing up for Gay rights by fabricating the totality of a statement on religious views by Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy, or is Menino letting his overt anti-Christian bias show? Menino also needs to take a look at the discrimination against other minorities in his fair city before he spouts more non-sense about Boston being "open" and in the "forefront of inclusion."

I for one am not in the business of figuring out God's plan, and until the day someone is barred from eating or working at a Chick-Fil-A because of the social group they inhabit, their relationship with God is none of my business.

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