Mayor Bill de Blasio and members of the New York City Council are calling for a city-wide boycott of Chick-fil-A – urging citizens to refrain from eating plump juicy chicken breasts tucked between hot buttered buns.
“I’m certainly not going to patronize them and I wouldn’t urge any other New Yorker to patronize them,” the mayor told DNAInfo.com.
Councilman Daniel Dromm was even more blunt – accusing the Southern restaurant chain of spreading a “message of hate.”
Chick-fil-A opened its first New York City restaurant in 2015 – followed by a second location in April. The mayor’s remarks came after it was announced a third restaurant would be opening in Queens – which happens to be the district represented by Councilman Dromm.
So why does the mayor and the city council have a problem with Chick-fil-A – the unofficial chicken of Jesus?
Well, Chick-fil-A is owned by a devoutly Christian family. Back in 2012 company president Dan Cathy ruffled feathers by telling a reporter that he believed marriage is between a man and a woman.
And Sweet Lord Almighty, but the militant LGBT activists and leftwing lawmakers have been squawking ever since.
“What the ownership of Chick-fil-A has said is wrong,” said De Blasio, a de-facto Communist sympathizer who eats his pizza with a fork.
So it’s not so much that de Blasio is anti-chicken as much as he is anti-Christian.
Councilman Dromm, who founded the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee and organized the first Queens LGBT Pride Parade and Festival, deeply loathes Chick-fil-A.
“This group imparts a strong anti-LGBT message by forcing their employees and volunteers to adhere to a policy that prohibits same-sex love,” Dromm said in a statement. “It is outrageous that Chick-fil-A is quietly spreading its message of hate by funding these types of organizations.
Councilman Dromm is either ignorant or a liar – or perhaps both.
“The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation and gender,” a spokesperson told DNAInfo.
Chick-fil-A is not in the business of spreading hate. They are in the business of selling chicken and waffle fries and deliciously refreshing lemonade.
And they do not have a policy that prohibits same-sex love. That’s a blatant lie. Chick-fil-A could care less whether birds of a feather flock together or not.
Another item to consider: Chick-fil-A employs hundreds of New Yorkers – adding significant tax dollars to the city’s coffers. And that doesn’t even include the cash donations they’ve made to a number of NYC charities.
But that doesn’t matter to people like Mayor de Blasio and Councilman Dromm. Full and complete compliance to the LGBT agenda is the only thing that matters – even if it means hundreds of New Yorkers lose their jobs.
Perhaps the mayor and the city council should mind their own business and let Chick-fil-A mind theirs.
Meanwhile, New Yorkers don’t seem all that interested in obeying the mayor’s boycott. As matter of fact, instead of eating less chicken – they’re eating more chicken!
There was a lunchtime line that stretched around the block at the Chick-fil-A located a block away from the Fox News Corner of the World.
Before I head over to Chick-fil-A for a snack, I wanted to make one more observation.
It was last year – just after they had opened their inaugural store in Manhattan. I noticed that after two weeks of drinking all that sweet tea and eating fried food, New Yorkers seemed a bit more – how can I put this – a bit more pleasant – and easy going.
Folks on the subway were even waving at each other – with all five fingers – instead of one.
Now, that's the power of the Gospel Bird.
Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary, heard on hundreds of radio stations. His latest book is "God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values." Follow Todd on Twitter @ToddStarnes and find him on Facebook.