The Philadelphia City Council will consider a resolution condemning Chick-fil-A for what one city leader called “anti-American” attitudes that promote “hatred, bigotry and discrimination.”
City Councilman Jim Kenney sent a letter to Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy telling him to “take a hike and take your intolerance with you.”
“My effort is to allow people to understand that in certain segments of corporate America there are folks who are using their dollars to promote hatred, bigotry and discrimination,” Kenney told Fox News.
He is introducing a resolution to “condemn this anti-American attitude of trying to deny civil liberties that every American enjoys.”
Kenney joined the mayors of Boston, Chicago and now San Francisco in blasting the Atlanta-based company for supporting a biblical definition of marriage – a union between one man and one woman.
Cathy told Baptist Press that he is “guilty as charged” when it comes to supporting traditional marriage.
Kenney said individuals who do not support gay marriage should understand there are consequences to their belief.
“If he really, truly believes what he believes, that is his right to do so,” he told Fox News. “But there is often a price to pay for that.”
San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee tweeted his outrage over Chick-fil-A’s support of traditional marriage: “”Very disappointed #ChickFilA doesn’t share San Francisco values & strong commitment to equality for everyone.”
He also warned the company not to do business in the Bay Area.
“Closest #ChickFilA to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer,” he tweeted.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued a statement saying “Chick fil A values are not Chicago values.” And an alderman vowed to block construction of a second restaurant in the city.
Boston’s mayor later backed off similar threats – saying he didn’t have the authority to banish the chicken restaurant.
Likewise, Kenney said he had no authority to shut down Chick-fil-A – but he did want to warn consumers.
“This particular individual is rabidly homophobic and wants to deny Americans civil rights that are enjoyed by every other American,” Kennedy said.
However, there is no evidence that Chick-fil-A has denied service to any homosexual. And the groups that Chick-fil-A supports are well-known Christian ministries – not anti-gay hate groups, as critics have alleged.
Fox News Channel host Mike Huckabee has launched a nationwide effort to show support for the besieged family-owned company – declaring August 1st as “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”
The company has received massive support from conservatives including Billy Graham, Rick Santorum and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Columnist Michelle Malkin criticized elected officials for trying to put the family-friendly restaurant out of business.
“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,” she wrote. “It’s chilling.”
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he strongly disagrees with the mayors and said the fast food chain’s support of traditional marriage is none of “the government’s business.”
Bloomberg, who supports gay marriage, said cities should not ask about political beliefs before issuing a permit.
With reporting from Associated Press