Since we can't quote articles any longer, I'll summarize/comment.
Chick-Fil-A is a fast food place that makes great fried chicken sandwiches. It's relatively new to the chicagoland area, but for the past couple years seems to be making an effort to build as many locations as possible. When these places go up, the lines are just silly--but justified. Their #4 is a deluxe chicken sandwich that's heads and shoulders better than Mcdonalds, KFC, BK, etc. but after tax comes out to around 7.50 for the meal. Plus, they send people around to refill your drink for you.
They're so good, I often drive well out of my way to grab lunch there.
Now, unbeknownst to me until recently, the owner of the chain is hyper-religious. He closes his restaurants on sundays (which stinks, since that's often a day I could go for a tasty fried chicken sandwich) and apparently, he's a very vocal advocate against same sex marriage.
Well, chicago the city is pretty ***-friendly. I think civil unions are legal, and there's a bunch of neighborhoods that are known as *** areas, even out in the near suburbs (not so much out in my neck of the woods, but whatever).
Anyway, so Chick-fil-A wants to put up a new restaurant in the actual city of Chicago, and some *** activist group gets wind of this and convinces the local alderman to block it because a new restaurant will interfere with their efforts to boycott the chain. The Alderman says sure, and announces he's going to fight to make sure the new location isn't put up. Then Rahm, mayor of Chicago back him up saying he also doesn't agree with the Hyper-religious owner guy and that he's going to block the restaurant too. Not boycott; block. they were going to BLOCK the location from being allowed to open.
Now, since this blew up the other day, Rahm has backed down, mostly due to a FIERY backlash from the right, but I'm still a little teed off about it. First, yes, I support same sex marriage, and the Hyper religious guy sounds annoying on Youtube, but so what? You can't just say well we don't like how you think so you can't open a restaurant in our city. I mean, I get it that some people wanted to boycott it, fine that's their deal, but this is WAY over the line. It's SO bad it makes Jmerv's paranoia look nearly rational. Now, being where i am, I get to be affected by King Rahm's decrees, but I'm well outside the city, so I don't get to vote against him, but I'm upset that basically nothing will happen to him.
I'm also a bit irritated that now I have to hide the fact that I eat there from the marauding public (lest they mistake me for hippocritical--or a religious nutjob supporter). I don't care what the politics of the guy who makes my sandwich are (more specifically the guy who makes my sandwich's boss). I don't think it makes sense to boycott someone simply because they have some disagree-able opinion. It's not like he's out there telling gays they can't have delicious sandwiches, or firing them, or really DOING anything besides having annoying non-sandwich related press conferences). Some people will not agree with you. Please let me eat my sandwich in peace.
Finally, if anyone from chick-fil-a is reading this, please open a restaurant in my area (PM me for a good intersection) and schedule the heathens for sundays so I can have week-round sandwich heaven. That is all.