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Chicago Mayor Targets Chick-fil-A... What Happened to Tolerance?

By Bobby Eberle

The recent dust-up between the Mayor of Boston and the owner of the Chick-fil-A restaurant company has brought to light the glaring hypocrisy of those on the left. They say one thing, but do another. Now, Rahm Emanuel -- Barack Obama's former chief stooge and current mayor of Chicago -- has stepped into the fray, saying, "Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago values."

First, let's recap what's been going on in Boston. In response to Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy's comments regarding his belief in the traditional, Biblical definition of marriage, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino went off the deep end. He wrote a letter to Cathy saying, "There is no place for discrimination on Boston's Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it." Menino went on to write: "I urge you to back out of your plans to locate in Boston."

Now, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel feels the need to add his two cents worth. The Chicago Sun Times reports on the growing controversy:

"Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago values. They're not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you're gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values," Emanuel said Wednesday.

"What the CEO has said as it relates to gay marriage and gay couples is not what I believe, but more importantly, it's not what the people of Chicago believe. We just passed legislation as it relates to civil union and my goal and my hope ... is that we now move on recognizing gay marriage. I do not believe that the CEO's comments ... reflects who we are as a city."

Wow... I'd be willing to be that there are quite a few people living in Chicago who do NOT share Emanuel's views. Does he really think that no one in Chicago believes in traditional marriage. Isn't he imposing his personal views on the entire city? Isn't that what liberals claim they are against?

Emanuel blasts a man for espousing his Christian views, but then welcomes Louis Farrakhan to the city with open arms. There is absolutely no sanity here.

This whole issue reveals how liberal have absolutely no standards. They claim they "celebrate diversity," but they do not. They claim to be the champions of tolerance, but they are not.

Dan Cathy shared his personal beliefs. There is absolutely no discrimination going on at Chick-fil-A. Anyone can go there. Anyone can eat there. No one is turned away. Yet, both of these liberal mayors want to use government and political influence to shut down a business based on an individual's personal beliefs. Who is being intolerant and insensitive?

The best thing we can do is to continue to show our support for Chick-fil-A. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, and liberals seems to be tolerant only of the opinions of fellow liberals. Shameful!

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  1. nickster99Comment by nickster99
    July 26, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

    We get rid of one MORON in Chicago! And get stuck with a bigger MORON! I think the real MORONS are moronic voters who put him in office! Its the Chicago way!

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    • SuesComment by Sues
      July 26, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

      Remember Emanuel and Obama are cut from the same Chicago cloth. How embarrassing for that city. Almost as embarrassing as mine, NYC, and our mayor. I guess tolerance to them is dependent upon us toward their beliefs and not them to ours. This country is in such a pitiful mess, I see no way out except for division. Where we would divide is another thing. But whatever, we are headed for hard times and not just economically. There seems the more the liberals push the conservative buttons, the greater the risk of entering another civil war and/or revolution. I see the battle lines, but not the battle direction. It’s hard to tell which way this is going, but it’s certainly not within a peaceful milieu. Something’s going to give and soon. So sad for this once great country. Just this week an acquaintance said she thought Obama seems headed for dictatorship. Yet another thought.

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    • cherlvComment by cherlv
      July 26, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

      You got that right!

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    • pasadenabilly1Comment by pasadenabilly1
      July 26, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

      thats it in a nut shell

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    • pasadenabilly1Comment by pasadenabilly1
      July 26, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

      Sues, you answer your own question. Yes, hes building a totalitarian central govt., also known as dictator ship, in fact he’s already practicing dictator by rule through mandate and govt controlled health care, he’s got us where he wants us. Your right, the lines are there and resistance, will be futile though I’m sure it will surface. Our stregnth.. is obamas wish, to divide. If the ’12′election dosent sweep the Senate and or the White House clean, of marxist cronies, things are going to get UGLY…sucession will be on the consertative agenda…as the last way out.
      God loves us all, why cant we rally around that, the boogies wouldnt have a leg to stand on then.

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    • sweetypieComment by sweetypie
      July 26, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

      THE STOOGE EMAUEL MUST LIKE MEN ALSO, IF NOT WHY IS HE SO RADICAL ABOUT PEOPLE THAT DONT ACCEPT THIS NASTY LIFE STYLE

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    • BillzillaComment by Billzilla
      July 26, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

      “We get rid of one MORON in Chicago! And get stuck with a bigger MORON! I think the real MORONS are moronic voters who put him in office! Its the Chicago way!”

      It’s almost certain that a lot of those voters were either dead, or morons who were allowed to vote as Democrats multiple times. That’s also the “Chicago way” doncha know?!?!

      The city was better run when Al Capone was in charge.

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    • willmc777Comment by willmc777
      July 26, 2012 @ 6:24 pm

      Lost in the whole debate is that the Mayor’s are reacting to comments Mr. Cathay never made. He never said anything negative about anybody, he only expressed support for traditional values. It was the Press who put words in his mouth about being homophobic, discriminatory etc. What really needs to happen is that people realize the media’s agenda is no longer to inform, but to influence and indoctrinate. The Press was meant to be free & independent to prevent tyranny, NOT to launch smear campaigns in support of political agendas. Leftist control most of the media,(conspiracy or not, the effect is the same) education institutions & most of the judiciary. When the agenda is complete, it’s lights out for freedom.

      Will Mc

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    • mcrankComment by mcrank
      July 26, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

      Well written, Bobby. More and more we see minority rule in this country—not just minority as regards to number—but equally to societal position. Every crybaby for every non-traditional cause wails long and loud about their oppression and their lack of rights and their discomfort with Judeo-Christian standards of living, so we have to turn the world upside down and cater to their every little whim. No bigger example of hypocrisy has ever existed as to what we see in our society and political arena today. Liberals flat out do not practice what they preach—in any given area of law and life.

      The garden of humanity needs a serious weeding out. There is entirely too much ignorance and stupidity. Comedian, Ron
      White, is noted for saying that you can’t fix stupid. If it can’t be fixed, then it becomes unnecessary and useless clutter—time to get rid of it.

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    • cynicalobserverComment by cynicalobserver
      August 1, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

      What is wrong with the Chicago voters? they must be under a political machine such as Tammany Hall from New York which spread to Chicago.

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  2. Ben_ColderComment by Ben_Colder
    July 26, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    Has these mayors checked into other businesses in their cities to access their values? Are these mayors dictators or are they dictator wannabes?

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    • nickster99Comment by nickster99
      July 26, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

      They love to throw their power around. They love to see what they can get away with! Yet dozens of young people are being gunned down in the City every month and they have no answers for that! They are useless!

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    • daveevad1Comment by daveevad1
      July 26, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

      They’re dictators – not just wannabes.

      Remember, Rahm Emmanuel trained Barack Obama in the ways of Chicago politics.

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    • jed1Comment by jed1
      July 26, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

      When I had my retail business going I had a hiring policy:

      I hired only minorities.

      Some minority sales-dude (based on his speech patterns) called one day asking about jobs and such. I informed him of this policy.

      He was elated, “oh that’s very nice” and asked which ones.

      I told him I hired ONLY White, Anglo-Saxon, Male, VIETNAM VETERANS!

      He about choked, babbled a little bit then slammed the phone down!

      Well, VIETNAM VETERANS ARE a legitimate “minority” … the rest of that “policy” was just BS, but it sure made MY day and got rid of a pesky sales call!

      True story.

      (and I am a Vietnam Veteran – River Patrol(PBRs), U.S. NAVY)

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      July 26, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

      I LOVE your story, jed!

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    • genesalComment by genesal
      July 26, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

      Thanks, Jedi you’re the best!

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  3. abelaskyComment by abelasky
    July 26, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

    stop and think for a minute, he said chic-fil-a ‘s morals are not chicago s morals right! Well I’m sure he is not speaking for all the people in Chicago . Just the immoral ones like emu & the rest of the immoral ones who agree with them! (they prove this every time they open there mouths! ) morality is not part of their vocabulary! Mans wisdom is foolishness in the eyes ofGod! Wake up America.

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    • aligoreComment by aligore
      July 26, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

      The sad part is that they act like morality is a religion and therefore has no place in our government. MORALITY IS NOT A RELIGION IDIOT LIBERALS! But then most of you seem to have no concept of morality or religion.

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    • willmc777Comment by willmc777
      July 26, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

      Mr Cathy spoke the truth.

      In a culture where the only virtue is tolerance, the only thing that cannot be tolerated is truth.

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  4. Charles MartelComment by Charles Martel
    July 26, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

    Didn’t Chicago say “no” to Wal-Mart?

    Didn’t Wal-Mart build a big store across the street in a suburb and give them the jobs and sales tax dollars?

    Since Chick-Fil-A often builds near Wal-Mart, I predict….

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  5. Arthur SimonComment by Arthur Simon
    July 26, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    IMHO, dumb question. Tolerance is for those the leftists oppose.

    Conservatives/rightists are, by definition, intolerant, so demanding tolerance of them is righteous. OTOH, the left is tolerant by definition, therefore they should by right be intolerant of the “intolerance” of their opposition, so 2 intolerances = 1 tolerance.

    Socialist math. Enjoy the mind-bending of how leftists resolve their contradictions into harmony. Oh, and don’t look behind that curtain…

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  6. jscraneComment by jscrane
    July 26, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

    I agree that Chick-fil-A and Chicago do not have the same values. Chick-fil-A honors Sunday by renmaining closed, support Christian values like honesty, integrity, family values, hard work, respect for others, marriage between a man and a woman. So the mayor is right on, those do not reflect Chicago values. How many Chick-fil-A executive are currently sitting in prison? Case closed.

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    • truegritComment by truegrit
      July 26, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

      My sentiments exactly ,and as far as the worthless corrupt mayor goes he has been known for many sleezy underhanded capers and he could likely have served time in prison himself. Real Chicago values alright. I would really like to find out how many Chicago Gangsters he has working for him. Chicago is , after all the only city in this country that when a person is found executed mob style ,they check out the mayor first to hear his story and check out his alibi and firearms .

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  7. Tony RohlComment by Tony Rohl
    July 26, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    Chic-Fil-A sponsors an annual womens professional golf tournamnent and the players love Chic-Fil-A. I suspect that the Dems stepped in with their attack onChic.

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  8. cherlvComment by cherlv
    July 26, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

    Of course, all the Christian values they display certainly are NOT the values of the people making the remarks. They do not speak for all the people of Chicago, I am sure….just the polititions.

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  9. jamessheridanComment by jamessheridan
    July 26, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    The DOUBLE STANDARD left wing believes that only it’s enemies are supposed to be tolerant. They are allowed to be as hatefull as they want. Wanna Bet?

    Sales have skyrocketed nation wide at these restaurants in the last week. Supporters are speaking with their wallets and the business is becoming EVEN MORE successful!

    Way to go, lefties. You just shot yourself in the a$$ AGAIN!

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  10. jkgould0607389Comment by jkgould0607389
    July 26, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

    I have lived in Chicago for two years…..I wasn’t aware they actually had morals or values here. They brag about their corrupt ways ….they revel in it. One of their favorite sayings is “Vote and Vote Often”. It is the MOST CORRUPT…evil place I have ever lived in or even seen with my own eyes. They are probably afraid of anyone that actually does not represent pure evil. Evil usually does fear anything that might keep it from spreading…like GOD!

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    • sweetypieComment by sweetypie
      July 26, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

      ITS TOO BAD THEY DONT KNOW HELL HAS A HOT SPOT JUST FOR THEM, A VERY HOT SPOT BURNING, BURNING FOREVER AND EVER, NON STOP BURNING THEY WONT HAVE TIME TO BE CORRUPT THEY’LL BE BURNING

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  11. rustypatComment by rustypat
    July 26, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

    WOW !

    It’s one thing to be a blind, hypocrite that flew off at the mouth. But to intentionally repeat it after having had time to consider its implications either means you are an even bigger one … or you’re just a follower. Either way, these kind of “officials” are anything but representative of their constituents … oh sure, some of the their constituents … but this is basically the Paris Hilton of political press. The more controversial they make it … the more press it gets.

    I thought Boston was incredulous as an isolated incident … Chicago piling on is scary as to how deep the abomination of the “Obama Nation” really might be. Chicago politics have always had a less than honorable flavor to them, but that was always about money & power … often times in cooperation with the local parishners of the various communtities. For the mayor to slam those who put him in office like this … one can only hope the backlash is loud, strong & effective.

    I know that the majority of the Chicago population is not as the mayor of Chicago would have just suggested … but what will it take to rally them … or incite them … I don’t know, but this is “not good” … “not good at all”.

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  12. gekruckebergComment by gekruckeberg
    July 26, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

    Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama were both members of the samae “gay” men’s club in Chicago. Are you surprised they both support “gay” marriage?

    gekruckeberg.com.

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  13. pwpmmpComment by pwpmmp
    July 26, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    To me, the most glaring hypocrisy in the response to Cathy’s statement is the horrific intolerance shown by the left. Cathy, the owner of a private company, stated his personal beliefs about what constitutes a marriage. He underscored the facts that his company does not discriminate by race, religion or sexual orientation in it’s hiring practices or in it’s service to customers. In other words, even though his personal beliefs may differ, he does not discriminate against anyone. Since when was it bigoted to state one’s own personal beliefs? I do it every Sunday in church when I recite the creeds of my religion. If someone asks me what I believe, I will tell them the truth, but I don’t expect them to necessarily believe the same thing. Nor would I criticize them, humiliate them, refuse to hire them, or refuse to courteously be of service to them. I will also not tell them to GET OUT OF MY CITY if they believe other than I do. Who are the bigots and discriminators in this story? Hands down, the mayors of Boston and Chicago – two cities I no longer care to visit because they might not like “my kind” there.

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  14. Mike ShapiroComment by Mike Shapiro
    July 26, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

    This Mayor has that little man complex. He should be concerned with his city being the murder capital. The clown alderman Moreno should also be concerned with murders. I’m glad I moved from there in 1998 to Indiana.

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  15. yourworstnightmareComment by yourworstnightmare
    July 26, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

    I’m not sure what all the fuss is about. Mr Cathy is entitled to state his opinions and he does. He’s entitled to make donations to whatever groups he wants and he does. The Mayor of any city is entitled to state whether he’d appreciate seeing any particular business open and at least two have. People who strongly disagree with Mr. Cathy are entitled to boycott Chick-fil-A, if they choose, but he’s still entitled to buy land and open a business, if he wishes. People who strongly agree with Mr. Cathy are entitled to seek out Chick-fil-A and patronize it. Whether taking strong stands on social issues is a smart business move is debatable. Mr. Cathy is a real-life lab experiment.

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    • thedoveComment by thedove
      July 26, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

      “Whether taking strong stands on social issues is a smart business move is debatable.”

      I didn’t see the interview, but it’s my understanding from what I’ve read that Cathy was answering a question. If that’s so, his choices were a) answer truthfully, b) sidestep the question. He chose to answer, and I don’t think that’s quite the same as “taking strong stands,” which implies he brought the issue up. I could be wrong, it’s happened.

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    • crunchemComment by crunchem
      July 26, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

      “but he’s still entitled to buy land and open a business, if he wishes. ”

      ahhh, but here’s the problem. The mayors have pretty much stated they will VIOLATE the LAW by DISCRIMINATING (denying a building permit illegally, for example) against a business operating that has done nothing wrong. They have nearly denied him the possibility of actually buying land and opening a business. Can you see the forked tongue of their positions?

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  16. jed1Comment by jed1
    July 26, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

    Luckily, NEITHER Boston or Chicago are on my travel list.

    Been there, done that, no reason to go back. My grandfather was a graduate of M.I.T.

    It might be interesting to know that our current broom-rider, the secretary of state; Hillary Rodham Clinton is a graduate of the Cook County (Chicago) school system. She graduated 1965 from MAINE TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL EAST – Park Ridge, Illinois (that’s a northwestern suburb about 5 miles from O’hare airport). Her attitude smacks of chicago-ese. She was a spoiled little rich brat back then, with a “I’m better than you” attitude glowing about her. She was Junior class vice-president and on the “Morality and Standards Committee”. Already she was trying to run people’s lives.

    She always seemed to have a freshman girl in tow… lackeys in training. Her homeroom was 205. She was in just one of my classes and she wasn’t good in it.

    I graduated Class of 1964 in the LARGEST class EVER in Maine East’s entire 110 year history with 999 graduates (from a class of 1049). BUT I am NOT from there – I was only in this school that one year due to my father’s travels working for the U.S. Government.

    What we are seeing in Boston and Chicago (and I’m sure other liberal mayors will jump into this Lyme Light) is exactly what happens when the welfare bums and people on the government dole are allowed to vote. They vote in nincompoops who will give them handouts while the rest of us keep working to make an income… for both our families and those of the deadbeats.

    It’s time that CONFLICT OF INTEREST LAWS be enforced – and disallow anybody on the government dole the ability to vote.

    I think a national strike is in order. Stop working, stop paying taxes, send a message to the (elected) bums – NO MORE FREE RIDES (tell the welfare recipients, too). It won’t do much but it will send a message – SOMEBODY might be listening.

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  17. jed1Comment by jed1
    July 26, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

    By definition; TOLERANCE is not ACCEPTANCE, just putting up with. SO, in that light; I tolerate liberals… barely.

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  18. westytxComment by westytx
    July 26, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

    Looks like Liberals taking same path Right-Wingers did on keeping Mosques from being built in many cities. Same principle of disagreement, same principle to voice opposition.

    Right wingers should look in a mirror before offering criticisms.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      July 26, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

      Not a good analogy, westyx. “Right-wingers” don’t use the power of government to oppress those who disagree with them by refusing to grant business licenses to operate in their cities. The example of the mosque in Nashville is an isolated case where the mayor attempted to use power of government to ban the building of the mosque, and I don’t even know if he was successful. Left-wingers, on the other hand seem to think it’s acceptable to use the power of government to impose their will on those who don’t share their politically correct positions, particularly when it comes to gay marriage. If you can cite any other examples of where conservatives have done this I’d like to see them.

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    • nickster99Comment by nickster99
      July 27, 2012 @ 8:05 am

      I will make this as short as possible. It is a true story. I live in the south suburbs of Chicago. I have a close friend who works in the cafeteria of a local High School. On 9-11 when the planes hit the World Trade Center it was soon shown on TV all over the country. Well this high school has a very large Arab and Muslim population in attendance. My friend told me that when they showed on the monitors in the cafeteria of the planes hitting the buildings all the muslims present went into a rage in the cafeteria. they were dancing on the table and hooping and hollering and shouting for joy! They had to call in the police, it was almost a near riot! She was actually scared for her safety! These people HATE Americans and America!

      I am a very tolerant person and I would to try to prevent building of a mosque or mosques any place I could! When they learn to be tolerant and live like everyone else and accept everyone else for who they are. I will do the same for them! I know they are not all the same but they dont try to control any of their own people. They are a very secretive and tight knit community and if YOU are not muslim YOU are not welcome! Dont forget that!

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      July 27, 2012 @ 10:03 am

      I hope those Muslim students got their butts whipped good for that.

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    • willmc777Comment by willmc777
      July 29, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

      Westyx, as soon as ChicK-fil-A encourages its employees to fly airplanes into buildings or place bombs in their Kids Meals, your comment will have merit.

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  19. john1234Comment by john1234
    July 26, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

    Let’s declare next week “Chick-fil-A” week! There are plenty of ways to make our voices heard. I don’t expect to change the far-left minds, but the politicians on the edge are the ones we need to make aware of our presence–”we’re here and we VOTE.”

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  20. chamuielComment by chamuiel
    July 26, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

    “And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values,”

    WHAT? We all have to be thugs or gang bangers?

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    • truegritComment by truegrit
      July 26, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

      Ya know , as I think back on that incident when Rahmbo delivered a dead fish to one of his adversarys who made him look stupid in the debate, it was probably cause he couldnt get his hands on a dead horses head.

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  21. moonshineComment by moonshine
    July 26, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    What can you expect. Don’t be surprised. Rahm is just another Chicago sleeze bag like Holder and Obama. The left has no tolerance, especially religious tolerance because they have no religion and no values. They are ruthless and condemn others vehemently, because they know that they are always right. No logic – just emotions that drive relativism, which is the lack of any absolutes. Why do you think they despise The Ten Commandments and want to ban it?
    Their actions are based on their discretion, and need not necessarily comply with the law. Laws and values are for others, not liberals. I like Christian chicken and I’ll continue to patronize Chick-fil-A. Let the dumb liberals get arterial sclerosis.

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  22. prairelivingComment by praireliving
    July 26, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    The owner of Chick-fil-A is entitled to his opinion. He runs a legal and legitimate business and as such has every right to do business in Boston or Chicago as any other business.

    If the mayors of these cities were anti-gun would they be able to ban gun sales? What about if they were against alcohol, could they keep any liquor shops from opening? While they are elected to run the cities they are not the deciders of what business is “worthy” of being in the city. I am confident that there are indeed some citizens of Chicago who still hold traditional, family centered morals and are pleased with Chick-fil-A’s owner’s statements.

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    • joelinpdxComment by joelinpdx
      July 26, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

      They’re leaving the alcohol ban to Bloomberg in NYC.

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  23. gilplynComment by gilplyn
    July 26, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

    I ate dinner there last night (chicken salad sandwich is quite tasty) and told the guy at the drive-up that I was there to support them. He said he’d been standing there for 2 hours solid. It was quite busy so I think they are getting a lot of support. If we don’t start speaking up against gay marriage now the day may come when we can’t.

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  24. LAPhilComment by LAPhil
    July 26, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    What’s going on with these big city mayors? First “Mumbles Menino” of Boston, now “Dead Fish” Emmanuel of Chicago. What exactly does Emmanuel consider “Chicago values”? Maybe having the highest homicide rate in the country? Why don’t they leave Chick-fil-A alone, for crying out loud! They’ve done absolutely nothing to hurt anyone, so what the hell’s the problem? If I were to win the lottery I would make a considerable donation to Chick-fil-A to make up for all this BS, but unfortunately that’s not going to happen.

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  25. Pamela J SolichComment by Pamela J Solich
    July 26, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

    I find it very very hard to believe these liberal are fighting to keep Chick-fil-A out as their chicken is THEE BEST ANYWHERE. This REALLY tells what flaming liberals are about. Hey, people of Chicage and Boston—–get your head’s out of your buns and think for yourselves! wow. HOW STUPID ARE LIBERALS? Oh, yeah, that’s right Barney Frank, Pelosi, Reid the UNION PEOPLE.
    AND
    they aren’t open on Sundays!
    Oh yeah, small business man that made it. Yes, he owns all the franchise’s but I understand he’s a great person and company to be with.

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  26. joelinpdxComment by joelinpdx
    July 26, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

    Why in Hell would Chick-Fil-A want to have Chicago values? A murder rate that’s out of control…hit and run driving…150,000 gang members. Yeah, great values there. These are the things ol’ Rahnbo should be concerning himself with, not who’s getting married.

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  27. pwpmmpComment by pwpmmp
    July 26, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

    Here is a poser: What if Mr. Cathy was a black Christian business owner? Would we be having this discussion? Would the mayors of Boston and Chicago, not to mention college campuses, try to run an African American business owner out of town or would he or she be given a pass on his or her statement of beliefs? What trumps what in liberal land – race or creed? Just a thought.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      July 27, 2012 @ 9:51 am

      Boy, is that a great question! It would be really interesting to see what would happen in a case like that.

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  28. beebComment by beeb
    July 26, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

    I have lived in Chicago my whole 57 years, and I live in Ward 1, Proco “Joe” Moreno’s ward, the guy who nixed Chick-fil-A in this ward. I am a rare Republican in this city, and I am furious about this stupid decision. I wonder what would happen if a gay man wanted to open a shoe store ANYWHERE IN THIS CITY and an alderman refused because we didn’t want that sort of person with those sort of values in our neighborhood.
    Rahm Emanuel, our mayor, may never have spoken truer words than when he said: “Chick-Fil-A’s values are not Chicago values…” How true. His demonstrated values are not only corrupt but perverse. He is a liar and manipulator: look at his ramming through the speed camera law under the guise of safety for children. And remember, Emanuel became mayor to insure Chicago (and Illinois) went for Obama in the next election. When Daley retired someone who could control the outcome of the election had to be put in place, or else it was up for grabs. But since Emanuel is Obama’s right hand, what do Rahm’s comments say about Obama’s and further, the Democratic party’s values? Be wary of voting these socialists into power!

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  29. stewart1Comment by stewart1
    July 26, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

    I wasn’t aware that Chicago actually HAS any values.

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  30. Colin PearComment by Colin Pear
    July 26, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

    This whole thing sounds like an episode of Doctor Who.

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  31. jen68Comment by jen68
    July 26, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

    If I were Cathy I wouldn’t think of opening his Chick Fil A in either of those cities. Both are infested with gays, food-stamp freeloaders, drug addicts, gangbangers and ghettos of the worse kind. Rahm is right…Mr. Cathy is not in sync with Chicago values, aka corrupt values…

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  32. biloak71Comment by biloak71
    July 26, 2012 @ 10:53 pm

    What a dumb comment! Chick-Fil-A’s values are not Chicago’s values. Is that the Democrat credo? There are Chicago’s values and then America’s? So, besides being value-less, the Dem’s must be idea-less(four years without fixing anything.) And you, Mayor, are certainly in the right place for a vicious wind-bag; the Windy City. Chick-Fil-A is successful because it gives good value in price, service, and product. Nothing like your former boss’s current business which fails on all counts. Tell Barry to drop his price,greatly increase customer service, and get an Honest product with Honest results. Bet you a chicken sandwich he can’t or won’t do it.

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  33. Dave KofferComment by Dave Koffer
    July 27, 2012 @ 2:14 am

    rahm “dead fish” emauel is absolutely DESPICABLE, and MUST GO!

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  34. RWComment by RW
    July 27, 2012 @ 7:00 am

    OK, I KNOW I MUST be missing sumpin’ here…how does Chik-fil-a discriminate? Do they demand to see the gay ID card that homosexuals I guess must carry, and I don’t know about, before a gay can be served? Is there a sign in the window “NO GAYS ALLOWED”?

    Just where is the discrimination? How has anyone been hurt by this “discrimination”? OK, so feelings have been hurt by this man’s opinion, and his religion. Fine, I’m sorry if someone’s feelings have been hurt, but has anything else been hurt? Did Cathy say, “We don’t allow none o’ them damned queers in here, let ‘em starve to death?”

    Marion Berry, that fine upstanding symbol of kindness and virtue claimed not 5 months ago that “the dirty Asians are taking away all the business that belongs to Blacks, damned Asians are everywhere.” Or words to that effect. Obviously, he won’t shop at a store that is Asian owned, but did anyone boycott Berry, or scream to high hell, “Berry doesn’t share my values, off with his head!”

    THIS is where freedom of speech is guaranteed by the Constitution, whereby government cannot use its power to silence someone. And that is exactly what is happening here with refusing permits and so on and so forth.

    This over reach by the government is what is not only discriminatory, but also unconstitutional and illegal as all get out.

    I am more afraid every day for my country and myself.

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  35. nickster99Comment by nickster99
    July 27, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    Now he welcomes “The minister of hate” Mr. Louis Farakhan himself to have his minions patrol the city streets to help prevent more murders! I would love to see if they are in the very heart of the worst neighborhoods! Or in the Loop sitting in Starbucks! The craziness in this city seems to have no end!

    And he tells Chik fil A to stay out because they dont respect Chicago’s values! Its absolutley nuts over here. “Beam me up Scotty”!

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  36. callanComment by callan
    July 27, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    What is wrong with special interest groups. Think about what you are asking of people who have different points of view than yourself. Their views may be wrong in your mind, but tolerance for others peoples point of view is what you are asking them to do for you. Stop being so self predicating, and understand that others have a right to have their own opinions and views.

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  37. wedeyComment by wedey
    July 27, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    I am not overly religious but I do feel people should live with some morals and values. I am sick of hearing how how gays and pedophiles can’t help it, they were born this way. But don’t take my values away from me at the same time. I have as many rights as any other group. Rahm is scum and I know a few people from Chicago and they don’t speak very highly of him. Why doesn’t he stay out of something that is of no concern to him and worry about his high crime rate. A while back, he said to the shooters, don’t do it any little kids and not say don’t do it.

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  38. warmanna2135Comment by warmanna2135
    July 27, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

    true grit, in mafia language: when someone is given a dead fish,it means that they will be killed. Not surprising in Chicago, as most cities are largely controlled by those elements.

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  39. Kevin KirksComment by Kevin Kirks
    July 27, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    Deadfish has a right to his own opinion guys and i respect that so much i’d buy the guy dinner. Tell him to meet me at Chick-Fil-A.

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  40. yank0209Comment by yank0209
    July 27, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

    Have you called your representatives in the sundry legislative bodies? Have you called Boston or Chicago’s mayors’ offices to express your displeasure? Have you considered a boycott? Would you join a boycott of a city or of an outspoken company that supports the other side and denigrates the pro nuclear family group? Well?

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  41. Andre KimbleComment by Andre Kimble
    July 27, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

    Dan Cathy has the right to express his opinion about same sex marriages just like any other American. I don’t know why a government leader thinks that they speak for everyone living in their city. Dan Cathy has always reflexed his Christian beliefs in his business practice. Everyone that goes to Chick fil A knows that it is closed on Sunday. These mayors need to stop and think, they don’t speak for everyone in their cities. Not everyone voted for them. Each individual can speak for themselves. Whether they voted for these mayors or not, it doesn’t mean that they share their opinion about everything. God’s watching over Dan Cathy, who’s watching over you mayors?

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  42. MontanabearComment by Montanabear
    July 28, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    There obviously is a lot of outrage over this issue. But it is only part of a larger issue : is there no room in this large and diverse country for differing opinions ? Will we be able to turn down the rhetoric on both sides and agree to disagree ? This sort of talk does not help either side: gays will get angrier and so will anti-gays. We have to find a way. This has been – and must remain- the last bastion of free speech and free thought in the world. And that should include this subject as well.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      July 28, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

      So what are you saying?

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    • willmc777Comment by willmc777
      July 29, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

      You are missing the whole point, you are asking for tolerance and dialogue, but the Mayors are not wanting to discuss anything, they only wish to squash the rights of private citizens with whom they happen to disagree. When a liberal calls for tolerance he is only calling for tolerance of their own point of view. What they cannot, will not tolerate are any claims to moral truth. Cathy said nothing in the interview about Gay Marriage or homosexuals, simply that they supported traditional values (what else would you expect from a food chain closed on Sunday). Traditional values, traditional marriage, 10 Commandments etc. are all based in truth as absolute, that some things are always wrong for all persons. Chicago values are those of tolerance, and in Chicago they tolerate almost everything, including sleeze & corruption. Truth is perceived as being in opposition to tolerance, and therefore people who make truth claims, are the enemy and must be silenced. And to be honest, I don’t feel very tolerant of their tolerance anymore.

      Will Mc

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  43. brightlightComment by brightlight
    July 28, 2012 @ 9:06 pm

    sin is sin and to some it matters not.Those who engage in that that is deadly risk their wellbeing but it is up to them.They well know what our position is and where and from whom we get our positions.As a christian with the eternal view in mind, not to defend ourselves is to deny and be a traitor to the faith. There is no greater crime.
    In case many have not noticed, we don’t go around making a point about homosexual marriage. Homosexuals do. They seem to want everyone to know about their individual stories when noone really cares. In addition, should we merely say we don’t agree,well, watchout for the vitriol to come our way.

    Polititions, christians at that, have condoned,perverted truth,and essentially dismissed what even they learned as a young person about homosexuality in order to get a vote.They will give you what you want today and will cater to you. In my estimation ,If it were me,Theirs would be the last voice I would listen to. I don’t care if their name is Mennino,Brown,Warren or who else, they have no right to abuse a christian way of life of anyone who is a citizen of this country because they just want more votes.I don’t know why they fear homosexuals at all, they are a small voting block, but then again their backlash is pretty venomous. In the end it’s really not about rights for homosexuals it’s about the rights of the rest of us to live our lives without being called haters and worse and having to fight off attempts to teach our children what they call an alternative life-style in public school.Shutting down a business because of political backlash is the ultimate in perverse intrusion to basic goodness, a violation of a mans free speech,and a persecution of him personally.All at the hand of cowardly christians and traitors

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  44. jen68Comment by jen68
    July 28, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

    And the filthy parasites who opposed Chick fil A caused the death of the Don Perry, Vice President of the company. He had a heart attack from all the stress I’m sure. I hope the liberal vermins die a much slower and painful death than this gentleman

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  45. jkgould0607389Comment by jkgould0607389
    July 30, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

    Mayor Rahm….has no values or morals when he lets City employees corruptly take another Jewish persons property just like Hitler that should tell you what kind of person he is. When your property gets taken to shut you up and because you are not towing the Democrat line and thinking for yourself. It shows exactly what happens to people that try to speak out, or do the right thing. Living in Chicago is like living in a corrupt Communist regime. Since I moved here I have been told how I am expected to vote (Democrat)and what issues I am expected to support. I refused I told on them….and I got my truck taken…to shut me up! That is how Chicago is!

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