It seems like everyone wants to get into this chicken fight ever since fast food entrepreneur Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press that Chick-fil-A is “guilty as charged” of being in favor of “the biblical definition of the family unit.” Cathy later added on “The Ken Coleman Show” that he prays for “God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”
Reactions came fast and furious.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino sent a strong letter on the Boston Community page on Facebook on Wednesday afternoon which quickly went viral, reaping 60,000 likes, 20,000 shares and about 4,500 comments before 5:30pm.
Responding to Cathy’s remarks and the fact that Chic-fil-A is scouting out new locations for its chain, Menino’s letter reads in part:
“I was angry to learn on the heels of your prejudiced statements about your search for a site to locate in Boston,” the letter states. “There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it.”
“We are indeed full of pride,” Menino continued, “for our support of same sex marriage and our work to expand freedom to all people. We are proud that our state and our city have led the way for the country on equal marriage rights.”
Joining the brawl was Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who says he supports the decision by a Chicago alderman to prevent the opening of an additional Chick-fil-A store in the city because of Cathy’s stand on gay marriage.
“They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents,” Emanuel said. “This would be a bad investment, since it would be empty.”
Never known to ever mince her words, Roseanne Barr tweeted her opposition to Cathy and his stance in the harshest of tones.
“anyone who eats S— Fil-A deserves to get the cancer that is sure to come from eating antibiotic filled tortured chickens 4Christ,” the comedienne and unsuccessful presidential candidate wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
Not everyone came out against Cathy, however. Mike Huckabee is asking those who support Cathy’s opinion to come and eat in one of Chick-fil-A’s 1,500 stores around the country.
“The goal is simple: Let’s affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1,” Huckabee wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday.
As of Monday afternoon 38,000 people have accepted his invitation.