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Malkin: Hey, Boston: Leave Chick-fil-A Alone

By Michelle Malkin

It's one thing for Hollywood moppets and television Muppets to protest Chick-fil-A over the fast-food chain president's support for traditional marriage. They're private citizens and entities. But when an elected public official wields the club of government against a Christian business in the name of "tolerance," it's not harmless kid stuff. It's chilling.

This week, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino declared, "Chick-fil-A doesn't belong in Boston." He recklessly slandered the company by accusing it of "discriminat(ing) against the population." And he warned ominously: "If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult -- unless they open up their policies."
Drawing on the city's history, he railed against the restaurant empire's plans to build a franchise near a famed path: "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."

Poverty is on track to rise to the highest nationwide levels since the 1960s. Boston's jobless rate has been stuck at 6 percent. The city's May employment numbers were revised downward for the second month in a row; in June, the city shed 2,600 jobs. Chick-fil-A employs some 50,000 workers across the country at 1,500 outlets in nearly 40 states and the District of Columbia. The company generates more than $2 billion in annual revenues and serves millions of happy customers looking for affordable food in a family-friendly setting.

Menino must have a darned good reason for meddling with government licensing decisions and turning away one of America's most successful private employers, right?

Wrong. Menino's beef with the beloved chicken sandwich supplier is as full of holes as Chick-fil-A's trademark waffle fries. It's Menino who is engaging in blatant viewpoint and religious discrimination against an out-and-proud company whose leadership embraces biblically based principles and values.

In an interview with the Baptist Press last month, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy talked about his personal support of traditional family values and fidelity. "(Guilty) as charged," he told the reporter. "We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that."
As I reported last year, the Cathy family's commitments to "glorify God" and "enrich the lives of everyone we touch" have made them public enemies of the progressive left. Never mind that the company's community service initiatives have supported foster care, summer camp scholarships and marriage enrichment. Never mind Chick-fil-A's family-strengthening and faith-enhancing decision to forgo profits and close every Sunday to give workers a day of worship and rest.

Anti-Christian organizers have been staging boycotts and smear campaigns against "anti-gay" Chick-fil-A for the past year. An activist lesbian reporter for The New York Times poured fuel on the fire. The proprietors of The Muppets are just the latest to take a public stand.

It's their right. It's also the right of Chick-fil-A supporters to organize social media campaigns, exercise their free speech and exercise the power of their pocketbooks to back the company.

What's disturbing is the flippant schadenfreude with which Tinseltown starlets such as actress Eliza Dushku are cheering Menino's threat to Chick-fil-A's First Amendment rights. "That's right, B!" she tweeted along with a link to Menino's attack. What's galling is the self-serving smugness of PC police such as Menino, who defended his vendetta against Chick-fil-A by bragging, "We're a leader when it comes to social justice and opportunities for all."

Social justice and economic opportunity "for all" -- as long as you hold the proper political and social views. This is ugly repressive civility enforced with government brass knuckles. Boston's Founding Fathers must be steaming in their graves.

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Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2010).

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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    July 25, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    Mayor Menino’s attack on Christian based Chick-Fil-A resembles more of “The Boston Massacre” than any sort of freedom trail which is a 2.5 mile track about Boston which includes a visit to Old Ironsides in Boston Harbor, Paul Revere’s home, Bunker Hill, the Old North Church and various cemeteries where the likes of Ben Franklin are buried, a worthwhile tour for any patriotic American. The real action against British oppression took place 10-15 miles west near Lexington and Concord where the British soldiers left scores of dead bodies along the road on their retreat back to Boston having been trounced by gun owning minutemen who knew how to defend themselves. Back then Americans were more interested in securing and defending their individual rights, property and freedoms from an oppressive government, and were willing to spill and risk blood to get the job done. Imposing their values upon others by pulling the strings of their fellow Americans like so many Muppets to manipulate a distorted outcome, and then trying to call it Social Justice was the last thing on their minds or concept of individual freedom.

    It is only an act of freedom when people are allowed to choose, a concept that Liberals would deny their fellow Americans the opportunity to exercise as only their spoon fed socialist propaganda options are allowed to be on the table when they are in positions of power. Honest meat like Chick-Fil-A has no place at their socialist table. Welcome to the world of Socialism where the lowest common denominator of collective behavior and intolerance of decenting opinion or religious belief becomes the new rule of law, and it is “THE PEOPLE” who become food for the new age secular socialist Gods to consume in tax oppression. Indeed those 1776 patriots are spinning in their graves in Boston where modern Liberal Yellow dog Democrats freely roam the streets and continue to lift their legs in intolerance on the concepts and graves of giants like Franklin, Revere and Hancock.

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    • downdraftComment by downdraft
      July 25, 2012 @ 8:50 am

      Good post as usual inluminatuo…thanx

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    • lovemygang8Comment by lovemygang8
      July 25, 2012 @ 11:07 am

      right on Great reply

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    • agbjrComment by agbjr
      July 25, 2012 @ 11:11 am

      Every few years our Boy Scout Troop hikes the Freedom Trail through Boston. Being we live five hours away this is always an extended weekend trip staying at a BSA camp west of Boston and going into the city by taking the MBTA trains. We have been planning to again hike the Freedom Trail this coming spring however due to Mayor Menino’s remarks we have decided to cancel and hike elsewhere. Just this past weekend I sent Mayor Menino a letter detailing how our Scouts enjoy coming to Boston and spend money on public transportation, food, and souvenirs. I wrote that in light of his comments and that the Boy Scouts of America is a private organization dedicated to traditional American values and character building we feel our boys will not be welcome nor safe on the streets of a city governed by narrow-minded and vitriolic bigots. We have therefore cancelled our plans to visit Boston and will instead travel elsewhere.

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    • yomamaComment by yomama
      July 25, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

      Agbjr: Thank you! What you chose to do is taking some very positive action. Your letter to the mayor of Boston is brilliant, and I am so encouraged when people step out and take a stand for what they believe. Perhaps your letter could be sent to the newspaper there so that Bostonians could at least get an opportunity to see the possible results of the mayor’s illegal actions toward Chick-Fil-A.

      We all can do something… as for me, like many others, I will start going there for chicken much more regularly… it’s the least I can do! :)

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    • thecitizenComment by thecitizen
      July 25, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

      Maybe, just maybe, the tides of acquiescence to Political Correctness, religious and govt tyranny are starting to change.

      Check out this link which just now seems to be trying to go viral and just might help rally the pendulum to start to swing the other way.

      It’s targeted at Obama but for me it resonates for every other bureaucrat (Menino’s minions), politician (Menino), person (Menino) or power mongering entity (Menino’s Mayor’s office) wanting me or somebody to stand docilely at attention while having my rights and freedoms relentlessly challenged, eroded and eventually neutered. Ain’t gonna happen. Enough already.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=JVAhr4hZDJE&vq=medium#t=19

      I hope Bostonians stand up for C-F-A and against this Menino turkey.

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    • lanimom229Comment by lanimom229
      July 26, 2012 @ 10:08 am

      Inluminatuo you just frost my cake! As always wonderful writing and thoughts. I for one have never been to a Chick-fil-A buit am going there today. Keep up the excellent commentary

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  2. calradoComment by calrado
    July 25, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    Social justice? Tolerance? The freedom trail? Attempting to take away the right of this company and its leaders to stand on belief, truth and principles doesn’t sound like justice, tolerance or freedom to me. Your article is very well written and expressed, Michelle…I’m proud to live in the same city as you!

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  3. jcmooreComment by jcmoore
    July 25, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    Good post Illuminatuo, but work on your grammar.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      July 25, 2012 @ 10:32 am

      What are you talking about? I only found one mistake in the whole post.

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    • cxComment by genesal
      July 25, 2012 @ 11:50 am

      moore bad posting
      Work on your manners.

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  4. rustypatComment by rustypat
    July 25, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    “We’re an open city. We’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion.”

    And yet … blatantly standing staunch to intently interfere against another entity’s Constitutional rights.
    Hmmm … can you say “Salem Witch Trials” (in reverse).

    How do you spell blind hypocrisy … someone got a mirror for these people. Oh wait, soul-less vampires can’t see themselves for what they are anyway. Sadly, with each “bite” they take another victim to join the ranks of lost souls adding to their “strength in numbers” and giving them ever-more soul sapping power that continues to erode the fabric of our society into something the Founding Fathers never intended.

    “Inclusion” with selective exclusion … is anything but “inclusive” … oxymoronical hypocrisy at its finest.

    But that is the mantra of the “Obama Nation” (i.e. abomination).

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    • TaquoshiComment by Taquoshi
      July 25, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

      Actually, I am thrilled that the Mayor announced his opposition and the fact that Chick-filet-A will have a hard time getting a business license in Boston. Just think of how well that will read in court! How much better can it get??? Discrimination, anyone?

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  5. jenerseaComment by jenersea
    July 25, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    Now that Bert and Ernie have announced to the world that they are homosexual lovers, Henson has to discredit Chick-fil-A and the Cow because of their stance on traditional marriage. Chick-fil-A does a lot more for all the Communities in this country than the homosexual activist Henson does. But the socialist party drive for Queer Nation to become a minority must be shouted from the roof tops.

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    • calradoComment by calrado
      July 25, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

      Didn’t Henson die a few years back? I don’t think Jim has ANYTHING to do with this!

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    • patebooComment by pateboo
      July 25, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

      That sound you hear, is Jim Henson spinning in his GRAVE.

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    • thecitizenComment by thecitizen
      July 25, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

      Yeah, Henson’s long dead.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      July 27, 2012 @ 8:07 am

      “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones…” …Shakespeare

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  6. judy52Comment by judy52
    July 25, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    I am so sick of hearing about these politicians trying to make a stand for gay rights to further their career. Chick-fil-A is a decent fast food chain that has the Constitutional right to stand for what they believe. Who is this Menino trying to please? I agree with all the comments that were written and what happened to Freedom of Speech?

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    • gaylanComment by gaylan
      July 26, 2012 @ 8:32 am

      The “privilege” to “freedom of speech, freedom of religion and the right to bear arms” is also on the chopping blocks, just like all the other privileges you were granted for accepting benefits from the dead. (Citizen-ship) Obama has already started pushing these agendas under the guise of other political “riotous out bursts” to motivate an otherwise docile man into a re-action.

      ANYONE who re-acts to the words from the mouth of a “second hand” account is an prime candidate for this obamanation. You will believe anything you are told in a MOBOCRACY. That Citizen “ship” is sinking.

      Once upon a time there was NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION, but since you are ALL re-presented by another you are taxed accordingly.

      The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is NOT a country, it is nothing more than a private for profit corporation listed on Dun and Bradstreet and according to ‘law’ it is located in 10 square miles of Washington DC. And anyone who claims ‘residency’ in another State is is considered an enemy of the State. You are re-siding with the enemy.

      I suggest people start looking up the terms used by the lawyers such as “resident”, “domicile”, etc instead of relying on what they think the words mean in “English”. Legalize is a language they use to turn sweet into bitter, free into slaves, and the living into the dead.

      It is the grand delusion.

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  7. yourworstnightmareComment by yourworstnightmare
    July 25, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    The article and all the posts have a point when talking about freedom of religion and the freedom to express your opinions, but let’s not pretend there is no viable other opinion. The Southern Baptist Church split with the Baptist Church over the issue of slavery. They used the Bible to justify their beliefs. I suppose we could look back and still say they were entitled to their opinions and the freedom to express them, but then, as now, there is a credible other opinion.

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    • yomamaComment by yomama
      July 25, 2012 @ 10:25 am

      As much as I’d like to just wink at this, I just can’t. Slavery in the Bible is NOT, I repeat NOT, the same as the slavery our country had. You can do a touch of research and find that “doulos” or “bond-slaves” in the Bible often chose this line of work… yes, because it was the law that they be treated exceedingly well. Many, many times they were so well trusted that they were given the oversight of the entire household, and when offered to be freemen, they opted to stay. It was an honorable and rewarding life. As for “opinions”… the Bible is very clear that there are to be no “private interpretations” when referring to God’s Word, which when respected and researched will be found to be crystal clear. The Baptist leaders would not have had a “split” if they had any respect for God’s Word.

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    • jimbo999Comment by jimbo999
      July 25, 2012 @ 10:42 am

      It is often ignored, the fact that the Southern Baptists were all Southern Democrats first. They supported slavery because that’s what Southern Democrats did. They also supported the founding of the KKK by the Democrats, and the passage of the Jim Crow laws. They also fought the passage of The Civil Right Act. They also were the Southern Democrat Governors who stood in the schoolhouse doors to keep Black people from attending school. They didn’t allow Blacks to vote until they had convinced them that the Democrats were the “good guys”, by giving them money for not working. Then the Democrats took credit for all the good things the Republicans did for them, mainly freedom, right to vote, right to go to school, right to sit in a restaurant with everyone else, etc.

      Mayor Menino is just being a good Democrat by refusing to give rights to people unless they fall in line with his beliefs.

      In the words of Mayor “Mumbles” Menino, “Memph flef goob blum.” Just listen to one of his pronouncements, better record it because you’ll have to listen to it 6 times to get what he was saying.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      July 25, 2012 @ 11:23 am

      :D :D :D

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  8. bna42Comment by bna42
    July 25, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    Chick-fil-A should use the mayor’s comments as evidence in a lawsuit against the city of Boston. If this is allowed to happen and franchise licenses are denied because the city officials disagree with a private company’s beliefs and convictions, we will see this taking place in any city where the homosexual activists have a strong presence. The mayor talks about being an “open city”, “freedom”, and “inclusion”, for everyone except Chick-fil-A and that is discrimination.

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    • downdraftComment by downdraft
      July 25, 2012 @ 10:40 am

      You do realize, don’t you, that Mayor Menino is a very strong Gay, and an important member of the strategic Gay Rights eschelon that furthers the gay culture…don’t you?

      This has become more and more visible on purpose by both the mayor and the Gay Rights executive strategists…

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    • jimbo999Comment by jimbo999
      July 25, 2012 @ 10:53 am

      This is such an obvious case of discrimination by a sitting Mayor of a major city, that I would not be surprised if a lawsuit resulted.

      How would the people of Boston feel if they had to pay 50 million dollars to settle a suit caused by this boob.

      I recently went to Boston and my family decided to go to Quincy Market for lunch and to see Fanuel Hall. It took about 2 hours and we spent about $25.00 Upon returning to the parking garage we were presented with a bill for parking for $38.00 on a Sunday afternoon.

      Thank you Mayor “Mumbles” Menino, or as he says “Thank woo”.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      July 25, 2012 @ 11:13 am

      Someone else just called him “Mumbles” Menino on another blog, so that name seems to be sticking to him. I don’t know where it comes from, but it’s funny.

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    • MaryComment by Mary
      July 25, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

      Well I suppose if that’s the way the people of Boston feel, then Chick-fil-A doesn’t really need them either. I am one of those Southern Baptists, and I remember as a child, the Baptist Church is different today than it was then. I also remember the black people being required to sit in the back of the bus. I also remember three restrooms in the big department stores in downtown Fort Worth – men, women, and colored. I seem to recall two water fountains – white and colored. My dad’s best friend at work was a black men named Goodwill Parker. When mom and I took dad to work, Goodwill would always have candy for me. I remember “separate but equal” schools. I don’t recall any black person ever treating me unkindly or impolitely. Believe me the Southern Baptist Churches are a lot different today. and a lot more conservative politically, but still have the Biblical values that we were established with.

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  9. roscoebonifitucciComment by Roscoe Bonifitucci
    July 25, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    The Libtards are the most Intolerant and Shrill people on the planet. They are the True Haters in our Civil Society. They are like the Obama Marxists in that they are World Class Hypocrites. We no longer support them in Hollywood, Music or Political arenas.

    We have been waiting for a reason to try the local Chick-fil-A. Tonight and weekly thereafter, we dine at Chick-fil-A. :D

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    • MaryComment by Mary
      July 25, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

      Well, my husband and I will have to eat at Chick-fil-A more. We haven’t here lately.

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    • TaquoshiComment by Taquoshi
      July 25, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

      I live in one of the ten states that does not have a Chick-fil-A in it, but I decided to email my friends in states that do.

      One friend emailed back that the drive thru line was so long, it was out of the parking lot and half way down the street.

      And this is what I got from another friend. “Thanks for the reminder. I had it on my list of things to do today. Saw the owner/president on Huckabee on Saturday night and so decided to show my support. Headed over to Fair Oaks Mall, after getting a trim, which is closer to us than Reston. Never had a Chick-fil-A sandich, but I must say they are the tastiest, tenderest chicken sandwiches I ever had. I took out three and they wrap each individually. Very high quality. The eating area was packed and people were waiting to get in. Well, if I could, I would e-mail you one ;)”

      She also sent this link:

      http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/gay-marriage-chik-fil-a-controversy/2012/07/24/id/446402?s=al&promo_code=F8E3-1
      from Newsmax saying that the gays were stirring up this pot just to make a fuss.

      Definitely something to think about.

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  10. agb0318Comment by agb0318
    July 25, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    Well, we now have a Chicago alderman who wants to stop the new Chick-Fil-A store on the trendy northwest side of the city. Thank heaven I don’t live in Chicago! Can’t wait for the new Chick-Fil-A in my town to open so I can taste this chicken that I have heard so much about. Why can’t we just eat where the food is good and not worry about the owner’s private beliefs?

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    • KAHR50Comment by KAHR50
      July 25, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

      Exactly – if the people of Boston do not like the owners’ beliefs, the location will lose money and close down.

      Or, if the people of Boston like the meals, the location will profit and survive.

      Let the Market Force competition begin – I’m betting on profit.

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    • patebooComment by pateboo
      July 25, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

      I believe it’s Michelle Obama who is complaining about food deserts in the Chicago area if I’m not mistaken. She should be fighting to HAVE a place like Chick-Fil-A there. And where is Father Pfleger in all this, since they promote such high Christian values including being closed on Sundays so people can worship? His parish is one of my parish’s sharing parish’s. He should want a company like Chick-Fil-A around since they employ so many.

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  11. cgretiredComment by cgretired
    July 25, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    “Drawing on the city’s history, he railed against the restaurant empire’s plans to build a franchise near a famed path: “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.” ”

    Sounds like Freedom, at least in Boston, is not so free.

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  12. LAPhilComment by LAPhil
    July 25, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    I think whenever a business gets bullied by a bunch of politically correct and intolerant goons like this the rest of us should rally to their cause perhaps in this case with a petition to the mayor of Boston showing solidarity with Chick-Fil-A, which is clearly the victim here. Or maybe a boycott of all establishments with connections to these bullies. It’s rather ironic how they can push their intolerance on others in the name of tolerance.

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    • MaryComment by Mary
      July 25, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

      I find it hard to believe that all the people of Boston feel this way. Perhaps the good Christians of Boston need to demand that their mayor change his attitude. Maybe they need to have a recall election and kick him out of office.

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  13. yomamaComment by yomama
    July 25, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    Recently I drove down a scenic highway on the Atlantic coast. Had a hankering for some cappuccino and stopped at a little coffee shop on the beach. It had a big rainbow kite blowing in the breeze. I thought… “how beachy”. Upon chatting with the Barista, I found that the shop was owned and run by a lesbian couple who have had the shop for years and never had any boycotts by those crazy conservatives. Hmmm.

    As I drove away, I knew I would never go back there. Because they’re lesbians? Yeah, maybe a little… but mainly because it was the worst cappuccino ever! It’s my choice!

    My point is, I go to Chick-Fil-A because I like their chicken. The fact that they have principles similar to mine just makes me want to promote their business. As for the coffee shop… whatever. I’m sure not going to write the mayor because they have different principles than me! They’ve got the same freedoms as me.

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  14. jimbo999Comment by jimbo999
    July 25, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    “Drawing on the city’s history, he railed against the restaurant empire’s plans to build a franchise near a famed path: “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.” ”

    Or as Mumbles said before the translation was printed, “Dwaring awn the shi–y’s Histwy, wewr a shi–y that’s awn the fawfwunt of iclusun.

    You need to record his speeches and play them back several times to get an idea of his meaning. Maybe he didn’t say what you think you heard. Maybe he was welcoming Chick-fil-A to Boston and the translator wasn’t translating correctly.

    Wink wink, nod, nod.

    Go to http://www.HowieCarr.us and click the button labled “AUDIO FUN” to hear some of Mayor “Mumbles” Menino’s profound statements. Quite entertaining!

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      July 25, 2012 @ 11:29 am

      I’ve never heard this Menino guy, jimbo, but you are totally cracking me up with the way you describe how he talks! When I first saw the name “Mumbles” it made me think of the Dick Tracy villain. And pay no attention to the person with no sense of humor who’s been giving out the 1-stars.

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    • cxComment by genesal
      July 25, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

      Mumbles was just talking ‘tongue-n-cheek’.

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    • Mort_fComment by Mort_f
      July 25, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

      Genesal, perhaps the ‘cheeks’ you are referring to are his posterior ‘cheeks’.

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    • cxComment by genesal
      July 25, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

      I see you read between the cracks!

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    • canada3dayerComment by canada3dayer
      July 26, 2012 @ 12:33 am

      I listened to those and he sounds like he’s drunk in every one of them! love the pic on the page, too, but which one’s the mayor? :) sounds too like he’s planning to write a cookbook, he kept talking about “sauces” in the first clip.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      July 26, 2012 @ 11:01 am

      I discovered there’s actually an official Mumbles Menino website with more clips: http://www.mumblesmenino.us/. Boy have I learned a lot about this guy in the last 24 hours!

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      July 26, 2012 @ 11:20 am

      He reminds me a little of Mayor Daley of Chicago back in the 60′s. Daley was famous for statements like “The policeman is not there to create disorder, he’s there to preserve disorder.”

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  15. librabobComment by librabob
    July 25, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    Thanks be to God we still have people like Dan Cathy keeping traditional family values alive and well in corporate America. Chick-fil-A will be getting all of my fast food dollars henceforth, sorry McD’s we must now part ways.

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  16. lizzietookanaxeComment by lizzietookanaxe
    July 25, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    It’s getting to the point where I am embarrased to admit I’ve from Massachusetts (Fall River) :(

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      July 25, 2012 @ 11:41 am

      That’s OK, I have to admit I’m from California, no less Los Angeles.

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    • p47markComment by p47mark
      July 25, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

      Lizzie, we need people like you to influence/persuade the well-meaning (as opposed to the haters) lefties in Mass. Keep up the good witness!

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    • MaryComment by Mary
      July 25, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

      That’s alright,my husband and I are from Mission, Texas, too. We live right on the Rio Grande River. Our area is pretty much liberal, except for a few die hard conservatives like us. However, most of Texas is pretty conservative. Whereever we are from it behooves us to do the right thing and stick to Biblical principles.

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  17. slickzipComment by slickzip
    July 25, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    Boston is a town full of queers and lesbians , so what else would you expect from the queer mayor ,,,,,,

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    • phjoshuaComment by phjoshua
      July 25, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

      Dear slickzip, the whole world is full or gays and lesbians… and they all deserve the same rights, freedoms, respect and dignity that ignorant straight people who hide their social intolerance behind religion do.

      Get with the program. Someone in your office, neighborhood & family is gay. Deal with it.

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    • cxComment by genesal
      July 25, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

      slickzip
      Agreed! the whole world is full of Perverts and Evil doers@!

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    • phjoshuaComment by phjoshua
      July 25, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

      @genesal If you really think that gays are any more perverted than straights you need to remember where 50 Shades of Grey came from and how many Christian housewives have picked that bad boy up and given it a whirl. Oh baby!

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    • cxComment by genesal
      July 25, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

      Yes, you’re right, God is displeased with all sinning. He doesn’t hold one pervert up over another pervert. A pervert by any other name is still a pervert. Thanks for pointing that out.

      Oh, by the way, if you don’t know it what you did is called ‘deflecting’ a common Liberal (now Socialistic) tactic.

      We might never have figured it out but by your highly intelligent offerings, thanks.

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    • yomamaComment by yomama
      July 25, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

      I find it hypocritical of people to ask me to be “tolerant” of the homosexual lifestyle. How about being “tolerant” of my right to be totally disgusted by that lifestyle?

      Yes, the closets are swinging open at lightning speed, but my tolerance is limited. I will obey the law. But more importantly, I will NEVER cease holding forth the truth of the healing from God that is available to anyone, no matter their lifestyle.

      And no, I do not have to “deal with it” when it comes to the degradation of our society. Granted, it will get worse, but those of us who believe in redemption will not be silenced.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      July 25, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

      phjoshua,

      It’s obvious by your comments and your intolerance of “slickzip’s” opinion that you a part of the gay community. For you to tell anyone to “get with the program” is an insult and another evidence of your intolerance to anyone who disagrees with you.

      Your comment “Dear slickzip, the whole world is full or gays and lesbians…” is a lie. There are many homosexuals and lesbians, but the “whole world” is NOT FULL of them. They are a very slim minority, and there are a lot of people who will never “get with the program”.

      Your reference to “ignorant straight people who hide behind religion” is offensive and unacceptable to any straight person.

      Homosexuals and lesbians already have the same “rights and freedoms” that straight people enjoy, but if they want respect and dignity, that needs to be earned. Those will not be earned by people who are intolerant of everyone else and attack opinions and beliefs that don’t agree with your own. The people like this mayor in Boston, Barney Frank, and other homosexual activists have NOT earned the respect and dignity they demand simply because they don’t respect or dignify any who refuse to accept their perverted lifestyle. Just because I don’t agree with homosexual behavior does not give you the right to insult me, discredit me, disrespect me, or try to humiliate or marginalize me.

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    • judyg46Comment by judyg46
      July 25, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

      To phjoshua:

      Your comments to slickzip said, “the whole world is full of gays and lesbians… and they all deserve the same rights, freedoms, respect and dignity that ignorant straight people who hide their social intolerance behind religion do.

      Get with the program. Someone in your office, neighborhood & family is gay. Deal with it.”

      You said they deserve the same rights, freedoms, respect and dignity, to which I agree; we ALL deserve those things but they must be EARNED. HOWEVER, they ask for far more than that…they want special treatment and flaunt their lifestyle choices foisting them upon everyone else who disagrees with those choices and then calls them intolerant! Au contraire. They just cannot accept that everyone is tolerant of that behavior, but just not willing to embrace it. That is no reason to call those who don’t agree with it “ignorant”; name calling is just childish and unnecessary if you’re trying to make a point.

      I think that’s why people are so disgusted with issue.

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    • phjoshuaComment by phjoshua
      July 25, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

      Dear everyone,

      I’m a straight, Christian, 30 year old male in a relationship with a Christian woman who believes that after years of abuse, exclusion and exile, gays should be allowed to be themselves and marry and have health and legal benefits just like straight people do.

      If we don’t discriminate by color or religion anymore (we don’t right?) than why should we discriminate against same sex rights?

      Is it because they want a gay pride parade?
      Is it because they want to hold hands and kiss in public?
      Is it because they want to go to your church?

      I’ve been working on my relationship with God my entire life and this is what he and I have come to agree on:
      I am the LORD thy God
      Thou shalt have no other gods
      No graven images or likenesses
      Not take the LORD’s name in vain
      Remember the sabbath day
      Honour thy father and thy mother
      Thou shalt not kill
      Thou shalt not commit adultery
      Thou shalt not steal
      Thou shalt not bear false witness
      Thou shalt not covet

      Those are THE 10 Commandments. The laws that God told us to hold higher than any other. And so I do. And until, “don’t allow gays the right to be proud of the fact they are gay” the same way we allow straights to be proud that they are straight and Christians to be proud that they are Christians and Jews to be proud that they are Jews and Muslims to be proud that they are Muslims, gets on that list – I will accept them as God’s children and love them as my friends and neighbors and family.

      P.S. My mother is a minister and we gladly invite gays into our home and church. God likes it.

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    • cxComment by genesal
      July 25, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

      Somehow, conveniently, you left out
      Go and sin no more
      Remove the mote in thine own eye first.

      Maybe it’s the ‘in your face’ you don’t like my lifestyle so I’ll make your life miserable attitude and actions that we don’t appreciate. Or then again it might be that we agree with God and the prophets.

      You may tolerate what you want but leave the judgment robes at home. “Judge not” was something you also conveniently left out.

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    • phjoshuaComment by phjoshua
      July 25, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

      Hey @genesal, I didn’t conveniently leave anything out. I counted 10 Commandments. Which is what I was talking about quite specifically. I have no problem with anyone’s faith and beliefs until they take away the rights of others.

      If seeing gay people happy makes you miserable maybe it’s because they are happier than you? I hope not, that would be sad. I want everyone to be happy. Gay, Straight, Black, White, Asian, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Atheist, Liberal, Conservative, Old, Young, Tall, Short, Rich, Poor and everything in between.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      July 25, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

      “I’m a straight, Christian, 30 year old male in a relationship with a Christian woman”

      phjoshua,

      Then how can you made such a derogatory comment such as “ignorant straight people who hide their social intolerance behind religion”?

      It is sad that people who claim to be Christians disagree with God’s word, especially when Jesus said the greatest commandment is to “love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might”. How can a Christian love God more than anything else and yet ignore God’s word when he says that homosexuality is an abomination in his sight, that it is unnatural, and he gave them over to a reprobate mind?

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    • cxComment by genesal
      July 25, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

      There’s other than ‘Ten Commandments’ some of which is not to be a pervert, not to judge others and watch out for the mote in your eye. You’re supposed to Hate the Sin (no not a ‘Ten Commandment’ either.

      You seem to want to make perverts happy and comfortable, but not us Christians. What’s up with that? Closet apprehension? I’m happy when I don’t see, hear, smell or deal with perversion, get it?

      You’ve got this deflection thing down pretty well for being a Conservative. Maybe it’s the sheep wool that I smell.

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    • cxComment by genesal
      July 25, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

      You a ‘Gay Rights’ lawyer or something? or do you feel a compulsion to go some place where there’s 100 people, 99 feel different than you so you feel you have to argue with all 99? What’s up with that?

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    • phjoshuaComment by phjoshua
      July 25, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

      @genesal, you missed a part to that line there…
      “You’re supposed to Hate the Sin (no not a ‘Ten Commandment’ either.”
      You are supposed to hate the sin, and love the sinner.

      We are all God’s children. Play nice. Let me put this out there. There are members of the gay community that have taken a mission of pushing their “lifestyle” in a very open and displaying fashion. I don’t agree with that. It’s inflammatory. There’s no need for it. They should know better. They are just as wrong as the people that picket gay funerals.

      What makes me sad is that this argument and fight on BOTH sides (with innocent and guilty parties on BOTH sides) hurts the quiet, tax paying, praying members of our communities who just want to live their life with the people that they love.

      Their sins are between them and God. Just as yours are and mine are.

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    • cxComment by genesal
      July 25, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

      Didn’t miss nothing, honey. I hate the sin but love the sinner and want that ‘sinner’ to be Exalted. But alas they cannot unless they obey God’s and the prophet’s Commandments and quit their perversions. I love many things I don’t want in my face ph.

      You came here, we didn’t go there, to bother you.

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    • Rich MoneyComment by Rich Money
      July 25, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

      PHJoshua:

      Which is more loving to the sinner? To continue to act as if their sin doesn’t matter and God doesn’t care, only for them to find when they stand before Him that they had it wrong all along? Or is it more loving to tell them of their sin, and tell them that their sin is putting them in danger of the hellfire? You claim to be a straight Christian…fine, I won’t argue it. However, as a Christian it is high time you learned your own Scriptures. Leviticus 18:22 says “Thou shalt not lay with mankind as with womankind; it is abomination.” The Hebrew word translated lay here comes from the same Hebrew root as the word “know or knew”; it means sexual contact or relations, as in “Adam knew his wife Eve and she conceived…”
      Oh, but there’s a new covenant you say…the OT doesn’t count anymore. Well, Jesus quoted it a ton, but we’ll let that go for a minute. How about Paul speaking in Romans 1:26, 27: “For this cause God gave them up unto vile passions; for their woman changed the natural use into that which is against nature (27) and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one for another, men with men working unseemliness, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was due.”
      Well now, here’s Paul, AFTER the new covenant has been established, condemning homosexuality as a “vile passion” and an unnatural use of sexual expression. Let me give you a little clue about your walk with God. God will NEVER tell you something that contradicts His holy Word. EVER! To do so would make Him a liar, and He cannot lie. His Word condemns homosexuality in numerous places; He wouldn’t then tell you it was no big deal.
      As a Christian, your opinion doesn’t matter, and neither does mine. We have a responsibility to spread the truth of God’s Word, whether we personally agree with it or not. The truth of God’s Word is that He sees homosexuality as an abomination, and thus we have a responsibility to share that truth with our gay friends. To withhold that truth is to condemn them to an eternity in hell separated from God, and I can’t think of anything more unloving than that.

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    • thecitizenComment by thecitizen
      July 26, 2012 @ 2:05 am

      @ phjoshua: Perhaps you should consider renewing your perspective to a bare bones reality.

      1st, assuming you do live in America, I would remind you that America is a Republican Democracy. That means the majority rules, the dog wags the tail, not the other way around. Deal with it.

      2nd, just as numbers go, for every 1 homosexual person, statistically speaking there are 9 straight people, plus or minus. That’s a pretty strong majority. Many straights are tolerant of homosexuals but simply won’t extend that tolerance to legal status. Deal with it.

      3rd, America is an overwhelmingly Christian nation. The ratio isn’t 9 to 1 but it is still a majority, many/most of which are tolerant of homosexuals but adamantly refuse to institutionalize the homosexual lifestyle into the American cultural fabric. Deal with it.

      4th, by majority vote States across the nation have rejected the institutionalization of the homosexual lifestyle into the American cultural fabric. Deal with it.

      Synopsis: If you’re homosexual and don’t approve of laws of your state or nation then as is your right, you are welcome to lobby for a change of those laws. Failing that, by all means feel free to move to another state or nation.

      But understand this, sir. Tactics such as those employed by Menino and other off the scale, intolerant homosexual activists or commercial enablers (Home Depot, etc.) only serve to make the overwhelming majority exponentially more intransigent than ever.

      Deal with that.

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    • yomamaComment by yomama
      July 26, 2012 @ 6:36 am

      Good morning all,

      As my manner is, it took sleeping on things to help get a little clearer. In reading these posts again (mine included), I was a little saddened. We all obviously care about this subject, some because we see our freedoms diminishing, others because we have an aversion (not unjustly so) to the homosexual lifestyle. I was reminded of a story and thought I’d share it with you. It is a true story and will perhaps give some perspective to us all.

      A young pastor was serving in a small community church back in the 1950′s. It was the kind of town where everyone knew each other, hard to keep things private. There was a man who would come to church a few times a year, the town drunk. He was a hardcore alcoholic, had lost just about everything.

      The pastor decided to prepare the perfect sermon for when this man came to church. He researched the subject of this man’s sins from every angle. He fine-tuned the sermon to make sure he left nothing out… this wonderful sermon would surely bring the man the deliverance he was looking for.

      The pastor tucked this sermon into his Bible and week after week held it there to be ready for the man. Finally, he saw the alcoholic walk into church. The pastor confidently pulled out this perfect sermon and started to teach. Oh, it was just as he imagined… the words fell together, just the right amount of fire in his voice. Yes, he had done a fine, fine job.

      After church, the pastor was shaking hands at the door. The alcoholic walked up to him and said, “Reverend, I came here for some help tonight. You taught all about the evils of alcohol. Sir, I know the evils of it. I could tell you unspeakable things of the evils of alcohol and the devastation it causes. But Reverend, I came here to hear HOW to get out of it, and I did not hear that.”

      That pastor went to his office, fell on his knees, and cried. His heart was broken when he realized what he had done. He got his forgiveness from God and told God that he would NEVER do that again to another human being. From then on, he would teach people, with God’s help, HOW to understand God’s Word, HOW to appropriate it and change, and HOW to help others do the same. That man went onto help many thousands of people, including me.

      Sometimes it’s a good thing to remember that while we’re debating over things we are passionate about, we can “pause” and put a face to the issue. We may know all the right verses, Leviticus, Romans, etc. But the most important verse is Romans 10:9,10. ANYONE who believes that in their heart is born again, forever in God’s family. The homosexuals I know who believe this are my family. If they choose to want to change, I will help them. If not, I will separate myself from them. BUT, when Christ returns, we all will be together with our perfect new bodies, and perfectly renewed minds, able to love fully with nothing of our former selves holding us back. That is God’s promise… so we really need to be wiser (me included) when it comes to throwing stones.

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    • yomamaComment by yomama
      July 26, 2012 @ 8:01 am

      Just a footnote: Like phjoshua mentioned, there are some homosexuals who are on a mission to push their lifestyle on society. It is evil to the core, and that is what gets most of us so riled up. I have to remind myself that they are not the majority. There are many others who are deeply hurting and don’t know how to change. They hear Christians quoting old testament (abomination, etc.) Under the law in the OT, homosexuals were stoned to death, along with adulterers and other evildoers. So how could they ever think Christians could help them?

      When Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price, he did a PERFECT job. He gave it all. He brought an end to the law and ushered in our Grace administration. It is by him and only him that we obtain access to the one true God and Father. In the time of the law, people were servants to God. In our time of Grace, we are called sons. Everything Jesus Christ accomplished made it available for WHOSOEVER to become God’s son and have eternal life. Throughout the epistles, there are 100′s of verses that make it clear that God’s healing and deliverance is available to ALL. There are no parentheses stating, “oh, except homosexuals”. There is ONE way to God, and that is through Jesus Christ.

      So if we as Christians do not want to deal with homosexuals, I believe God is okay with that. But we can certainly pray that those who truly want to change will find the deliverance they want.

      So, having veered from the original issue a bit, I’d encourage you all to stop by a Chick-Fil-A sometime, and keep on praying for those in government, so that we may live a quiet and peaceable life. :)

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    • cxComment by genesal
      July 26, 2012 @ 8:27 am

      Please don’t turn this into a discussion that it’s not. This discussion is not about sinners. The libs try to say that Conservatives are racist because they don’t like ‘immigration’. We all like ‘immigration’, controlled, organized and legal. I love legal immigrants, I detest illegal immigrants.

      So now back to this discussion. We as Conservatives probably could care less that a gay is a gay. We could care less what they do at home.
      But this discussion is not about ‘sinners’, this discussion is about the ‘sinners’, who get in the Christians face, the harassing of Christians and the constant tearing down of our own value system (values given to us by God).
      So, these people are not just ‘sinners’ they are sinners who fight against God, an enemy to God, as it were.
      When you become an enemy to God you become an enemy to me.

      Matthew 12:30
      He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathers not with me scatters abroad.

      1963 The Communist Takeover Of America – 45 Declared Goals

      24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.

      25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

      26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

      27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a “religious crutch.”

      28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”

      29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

      30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”

      40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

      41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

      Many of these have already been accomplished, or are being worked on as we speak, by either, the communists in America, the sinners (fighting against God), the ACLU, or by us Americans. This is a war. A war, good against evil. A war, God against Satan. Choose your side now. Sinners don’t bother me in the least, but fight against God and God’s values (and thus mine) at your own peril. Get the argument right. It’s ‘illegal immigrants’ and ‘fighters against God’ I’m worried about.

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  18. Rich MoneyComment by Rich Money
    July 25, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    While it is not surprising that a politician from Boston would come out bashing Chick-Fil-A for their pro-marriage, pro-family stance, it is frightening that he would do so in such a way to imply that the government might step in to hold up a legitimate business from opening in his city due to their privately-held beliefs. I won’t even bother discussing “tolerance” at length here; we all know that tolerance only counts if you believe a certain way, and that the group that screams for tolerance the most is in fact the least tolerant of any position that doesn’t fall in lock-step with their own. That point has been beaten to death, so there’s no point belaboring it. What I am most appalled by is hearing the mayor in Boston threatening to use a political Billy club on a legitimate business simply because he doesn’t agree with a social stance of the company that has nothing to do with how the business is run. It is perfectly acceptable for him to disagree with their social position; I disagree with his. However, to threaten to use political power to try to bludgeon legitimate businesses into embracing a specific social agenda is tyranny, pure and simple. The sad irony is that Mayor Menino is quick to bring up the Freedom Trail even as he employs government tactics eerily similar to those that those original freedom fighters fled England to escape. If anyone needs to take a history lesson on the Freedom Trail, it is Mr. Menino. The founding fathers came to America to escape the government tyranny of thought control. King George and the Anglican Church had come to demand that the founding fathers, almost all of whom were Christians, worship King George as a god. As Christians, they rightly refused to do so, recognizing that if they did so they would be placing King George as an idol ahead of Jesus Christ. They suffered persecution at the hands of the government in the form of higher taxes, government harassment and other inappropriate intervention that led them to leave England altogether to start the colonies. The continued harassment and persecution of the British government even in the colonies finally pushed the colonists into drafting and signing the Declaration of Independence that led to the Revolutionary War and the establishment of the United States of America. The lesson here is that the colonists wanted freedom to worship as they saw fit, and that is all Chick-Fil-A is doing; worshipping as they see fit. They have every right to do this, just as Mr. Menino has the right to disagree with their position. What he does not have the right to do is use the power of his office in any way to try to force them to abandon their position. We shouldn’t be surprised, though…liberals always bully and threaten those who oppose them, so this is really no shock that he would resort to bullying instead of engaging in meaningful dialogue. After all, it is the liberal playbook down to the page.

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    • jscrenciComment by jscrenci
      July 25, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

      Nicely done Rich, you saved me from having to express my opinion, since you have expressed my thoughts perfectly. I will emphasize your important point – Mr. Menino does not have the right to use the power of his office to force people he does not agree with to abandon their position. Further, he is trying to inflict financial harm on the company, as well as the locals who may work there, to serve his political ends. This opens the city up for legal recourse in my opinion. Long live freedom of opinion and may those who try to suppress it be damned. I am going to Chick-Fil-A for lunch.

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  19. wolfComment by wolf
    July 25, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    Praise God.

    Just got home from eating at Chick Fil-A in my town.
    The parking lot was full, the drive-thru was wrapped nearly twice around. People were parking at other businesses and walking over to the Chick-Fil-A. hahahahahahaha What a great day of support for this business of a God-fearing owner.
    WOO HOO !

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      July 25, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

      There used to be a Chick-Fil-A less than a mile from where I live, but it’s long gone. I went to the company’s web site to see if there were any others nearby, and I only found three locations in the entire city of Los Angeles! I can’t help but wonder if there’s something Boston-like going on here.

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  21. thedoveComment by thedove
    July 25, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    Methinks the chain will do better without Boston than Boston will do without the chain. Then all the folks who would have liked to eat at that restaurant can send Mumbles a thank-you note.

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  22. mommy2Comment by mommy2
    July 25, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    Hmmm, I don’t usually comment but here goes. People have as much right to avoid Chic-Fil-A as I have to avoid Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. I will not buy B&J because of their obvious liberal politics. When I explained this to a young friend who worked at B&J she was shocked until she started doing some digging.

    Public figures, especially those elected, should stay out of business bashing due to their political ideals. For any politician to come out publicly against a business for their values and ideals is just plain wrong. But then, what can you expect in today’s political atmosphere? “If you don’t agree with me, you are obviously wrong !”

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  23. judyg46Comment by judyg46
    July 25, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

    Good! Now Chick-Fil-A won’t have to tarnish it’s reputation and integrity by being associated with the “politically correct”, liberal, immoral Muppets or the Corrupt Boston politians!

    “Wake Up America”! We’re not a socialist nation.

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  24. issyComment by issy
    July 25, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

    In light of Mayor Nutsack’s comments about Chic-Fil-A we are canceling our trip to Boston this August and instead will head down to V. Beach. I refuse to spend my money in a city run by a leftist Bigot. Mayor go play hide the Salami with your Hollywood friends

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    • lizzietookanaxeComment by lizzietookanaxe
      July 25, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

      Issy being from Massachusetts it makes me sad that you have cancelled your trip. Boston is a great town, to bad it’s Mayor Mumbles and the left wing loonies make it appear otherwise. I have nothing against gays, in fact I have family members who are gay. However, like I tell them, tolerance does not mean acceptance and that applies to a whole lot of situations, not only being gay. I’m not sure how they think people will accept them when they resort to bullying, another thing they preach against.

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  25. kenbarberComment by kenbarber
    July 25, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    I do not think i will ever see the Freedom Trail as i have decided i do not want to ever see Boston. I think I’d rather go to Arizona. :-)

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