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POLL: Would You Eat at a Chick-fil-A?

Where do you stand on the Chick-fil-A controversy?

One chick is ok. Two chicks? Not acceptable, according to the views of Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A.

"Christian businessman" Cathy ignited a firestorm of controversy last week when an article in the Baptist Press brought to the forefront his views on gay marriage. When confronted with the company's position on traditional marriage, including its support of nonprofits who advocate unions between a man and woman, Cathy responded, "Guilty as charged."

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino fueled the controversy even further when his letter, here in the Boston Globe, to Chick-fil-A's president indicated the company had no place in a city such as Boston. The letter is shared on thousands of Facebook pages.

A section of the letter reads, "There is no place for discrimination on Boston's Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it. When Massachusetts became the first state in the country to recognize equal marriage rights, I personally stood on City Hall Plaza to greet same sex couples coming here to be married. It would be an insult to them and to our city's long history of expanding freedom to have a Chick-fil-A across the street from that spot."

Located largely in the Bible belt, the closest Chick-fil-A to the Boston MetroWest area is in the Burlington Mall.

Where do you stand on this issue? Would you eat at a Chick-fil-A?

Please answer our poll, and share your comments in the comments section below.

Dan Fredonia August 06, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Jim.....wear the rainbow proud? Is that all you got? Wow, you are getting deeper and deeper into nonsense, aren't you? Are you just assuming that i'm gay just because I'm against bigotry? I'm not gay but who cares if i was? Just goes to show how easy you make it for people to disregard and not take seriously anything you have to say....pretty sad.
Dan Fredonia August 06, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Joe, I think I made my point abundantly clear.....you threw out a point (a weak one at best) about intolerance in a church and I threw out a BIGGER point about intolerance in a church....meaning, lets not forget about the greater threat of intolerance, shall we? Meaning people who take their beiefs to a higher extreme. You said, "Gee Dan did the shorter shoot just gay people?" I never said he shot ANY gay people....but let me throw out the wiki quote again...."Adkisson, a former private in the United States Army from 1974 to 1977, says that he was motivated by hatred of Democrats, liberals, African Americans and homosexuals". Homosexuals were a part of his hatred......such intolerance should not stand. And you used the word, "gayety"???? That pretty mmuch show everyone your ignorance.....thanks for letting them know...good job. MY marbles are all in order Joe. YOURS fell out of the bag loooooong ago and rolled into the sewer.
Chris L. August 06, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Now that this is settling down a little bit, at least compared to last week....when and where do you think the next Chick Fil A location will open in MA? My thoughts: Somewhere in the Framingham/Natick corridor of Rt. 9, within the next 18 months.
Kira Gagarin August 07, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Going into semantics, what does the word "gay" mean, Joe? Like laws, words change and evolve over time. Take "awful". This word means "full of awe" yet, over time, has come to mean something quite opposite. Which group was responsible for that? To say that a certain group of random people controls how words are used is a stretch, to put it nicely.
Andy Koenigsberg August 07, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Well, you are completely ignoring what I wrote. I said - "to me it's a waste of time to throw Bible quotes around as justifications for whatever you already have made up your mind is your belief." In other words - I was trying to give an example in the tone of - "See, I can do this too and completely turn around your arguments on it's ear". Even though you did not explicitly say you want homosexuals to be treated as second class citizens - your commentary makes it quite clear that is your opinion. I am not arguing with God here - I am arguing with you and your ridiculous use of the Bible to justify your hate and intolerance.
Joe Rizoli August 07, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Andy, where do do I say that Gays should be treated as "second class citizens" You comment is complete nonsense. Then another Andy zinger claiming I am full of hate and intolerance. The only intolerance I have is for people like you that must have money invested in dictionary companies and given a nickel for every time they use the word hate and intolerance and bigot. If I quote the Bible it is not I that said the words. God argue it with God. But when you get time away from your rants and minimal Bible knowledge go listen to Scott Lively and his talk where he gets to the meaning of "retrobate". Condoning the behavior of God condemned practices puts one in the same place as those who practice the condemnation, ( see Romans 1:32 ) just remember that. Kinda reminds me of a saying I just made up, "if the blind follow the blind, both will fall into the pit". Hmmm where did I get that quote from? So Andy, If I had a choice to where my beliefs put me and compare them to you and others as to their belief system, I'd still stick with and do my best to get on the "cramped" road, Mathew 7:13-14. We all have choices, I am no better than you. I'm glad you quoted Thomas Jefferson, he's my favorite person, we think alike actually. Joe Rizoli
Andy Koenigsberg August 08, 2012 at 01:53 PM
"In fact this all might come back to kick them in the arse..... down the road. Of course some of them might actually like that." "The militant homosexual agenda is filled with perversion,filth and lust." "MOST of the time the gay lifestyle, unbridled sexual unions with multiple partners, is the norm." Your views are quite clear and I see no one here defending them. You just keep digging yourself in deeper and deeper and making yourself look worse and worse.
David Nolta August 08, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Just checking in, and glad to see that Andy keeps answering prejudice with logic and humanity.
David Nolta August 08, 2012 at 05:15 PM
And let's not forget : "But I stand on my grounds that the gay community is out of control when it comes to their gayety." "The Bible us quite plain that homosexuality is the Biblical term for a "sodomite". (sic) "Soon the gay community that rewrote the books on perversion will get the Bible condemned also." "The radical Gays through their social terrorism made them change the disorder so now sin is ok, don't blame me blame them." All recent quotes from the posts of Joe Rizoli. It's like picking peaches in season. And Joe, if you don't like people quoting your hate, why not stop broadcasting it? Better still, why not work on overcoming it? Seriously.
Jim Rizoli August 08, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Why would anyone be defending them? If you defend the Biblical stand on marriage you would be labeled a hater ,bigot, and whatever else they want to call you. Most people on this list can't take the heat on that, so they back off. Even the "Christian" people back off, which I find a little disconcerting.How can you be considered a Christian and not believe in traditional marriage. Let me clarify my point about the gay movement.....I don't care what you do who you do it with, how many people agree with you....just don't throw it in my face and say I have to agree with it. Again I'm against the militant perverted homosexual agenda which is pretty bizarre to say the least. I might make my beliefs known on some things but I don't shove them don't your throat and say you have to believe them, or you go to jail. I might be looking worse to you and those who agree with you, but you're not the one I have to answer to. Jim@ccfiile.com
Andy Koenigsberg August 08, 2012 at 08:07 PM
The two of you are quite a pair. I disagree with you and I must be gay. You guys make my point with every post you wirte. I never said that you two could not speak you rmind, I just disagree with your views and the justifications for them. It seems the more I question it, the more over-the-top your rhetoric becomes. Incredible.
David Nolta August 08, 2012 at 11:24 PM
You're pussyfooting around here, Joe. You AND your brother make statements that you know are offensive and prejudicial to large numbers of human beings--they are, in effect, hate speech--and then you say that God is behind you, and that you know what God thinks, and your interpretations are the only interpretations. It's time for you to face the fact that your prejudices turn God--the Old Testament and the New Testament God--into a puppet, YOUR puppet, and that is not a good, nor a religious, thing to do. In short, knock it off.
Jim Rizoli August 08, 2012 at 11:54 PM
David.....We don't take ANY crap from anyone! We tell it like it is good or bad and the hell with the world. You think my thoughts are hate speech? Then you must cringe when you read the Bible and see what God has in store for mankind, not particularly pleasant if you're on the wrong side of the issue. But I will put in a good word for you, me and the man upstairs are tight. Jim@ccfiile.com
Ron Goodenow August 09, 2012 at 01:46 AM
What I can't understand is why there is not editorial control over threads like this, which are often controlled in tone by people who don't live in Westborough (or Northborough) and simply end up reading like anti-gay, anti-immigrant rants. Isn't there ever enough? Its stuff like this that is dramatically eroding the credibility of the Patches. I cannot image any publication that is serious about community standards letting this go on and on and on and on....
Jim Halpin August 09, 2012 at 09:09 PM
I agree with Ron, well said.... I have come to the conclusion that the Patch websites have become a waste of time.... Now to figure out how to turn off updates on this thread, my inbox is screaming for relief....
Joe Rizoli August 10, 2012 at 06:15 AM
David Nolta has stock in the word " hate speech". Apparently hate speech to him is anything he disagrees with. No patch isn't a waste of time if people stop attacking individuals opinions. Nothing is wrong with an opinion on illegal immigrants, the wars, or whatever. The problem here is nonsense posted about what constitutes hate speech or opinion. Then it gets personal. David Nolta has a personal diary of the Rizolis quotes going back months. That is sick. Lastly David, I never say God is behind me. I have to live under those same rules I spout. So another statement by you that is false. David I don't have the time like you after you mandated basket weaving class to find every post anybody has said here. I stand behind what I post, if you don't like it don't read it. Very little of what you said in the past needs reposting by me. Nonsense once is still nonsense. Joe Rizoli
James Walsh III August 10, 2012 at 08:32 AM
I hear ya, and completely understand why. Hypocrits who want to shut down Chick-fil-A...while the muslim faith murders homosexuals, and women. Not speaking of *everyday American* muslims, but, the *mother faith*...what it requires, and how they live, in the Mid East. I think eating a chicken because someone expressed their oppinion is much more acceptable than buying a gallon of gas from someone who endorses murder of anyone.
James Walsh III August 10, 2012 at 08:40 AM
Freedom of speach. It's not always an attractive thing to look at/hear for some of us...but it is still free. The article was sparked via an issue where one side wanted to punish the other for speaking it's mind. I think it only fitting that this thread was allowed to go where ever it would.
Kim Poness August 10, 2012 at 01:20 PM
@Ron - I believe this article was cross-posted, so you would get a mix of folks from all over metrowest. That said, I echo your sentiment on another story that civility is in too short order these days, and I do wish that people would try to be a little more polite. It's a shame that we're losing that in the name of "free speech".
Andy Koenigsberg August 10, 2012 at 02:25 PM
"The hell with the world"? Doesn't sound very Christian to me. I no more take literally the prophecies of Revelations than the story of Moses or the creation myth in the Garden of Eden. You are certainly entitled to the point of view and the right to express them, but I frankly find it, your rants and predictions of holy retribution ridiculous and silly. You are not convincing anyone here of your beliefs, but you are certainly convincing Patch Readers that you may be a few cards shy of a full deck. In the end, you and your brother will end up ignored, and probably worse for you, pitied.
Jim Rizoli August 10, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Some of you folks here can't deal with the truth....then you complain that it's anti-this or anti that. How about just excepting the facts and move on. Not everyone here is going to post all the fluff that most here yearn for. There are some that dig a little deeper into things. So for the ones that can't take the heat....you're welcome to move on. The reason why this world is like it is is because people don't push the issues they let the media feed them the news and they don't question any of it. I say question everything, keep an open mind, and let everyone have their say. It doesn't become an argument unless you argue. What gets me is some "liberals" post the worst comments but that's excepted, because they don't consider it hateful. What bothers me is the personal attacks that get posted that have nothing to do with the topic. Then you go to defend yourself and I'm the bad guy. If you're going to post a personal thing about someone make sure you can handle the backlash. Jim@ccfiile.com
Kim Poness August 10, 2012 at 02:59 PM
A line from my favorite rock opera seems fitting here . . . "And what is truth? Is truth unchanging law? We both have truths. Are mine the same as yours?". The bottom line is that it's not that some people can't deal with "the truth", it's that some people honestly abhor vulgar uncivil speech. It's a shame that we can't seem to have a civil discourse on controversial topics, but I suppose it's all in the way each of us was raised. Interesting debate nonetheless.
Maria Gutemberg August 10, 2012 at 03:27 PM
YAWN! Jimmy-Poo-Bear yaps meaningless again. Groundhog Day. My response to the poll? No, I wouldn't eat at Chick-Fil-A. I personally support gay marriage, and I do believe years from now, when it is legal and a non-issue, we will look back at 2012 like we look back at the 60's and the civil rights discussions. I like to treat my money as a source of power for the things I support. Kinda like a vote. Ie: * I don't buy beauty products that are tested on animals, regardless of how awesome they are * I buy eggs from farms that raise chickens in free-roaming space; preferable local farms * When I'm aware of a company supporting a cause or a politician that go against my beliefs, I don't support the company by giving them my money. That is the case with ChickFil-A. It's also the case with Melaleuca; they have awesome products my boyfriend loves, but we found out the company president is a huge financial contributor to Romney. Melaleuca is now cut off from the household. Your money, your vote, your voice.
Kira Gagarin August 10, 2012 at 04:28 PM
If I had a nickel for every time Jim posted: "Some of you folks here can't deal with the truth", I would retire today. Maybe there can be a limit on how many times someone can post on one thread? 3 times should be enough to voice an opinion and not badger people with it? Delicate balance of free speech v. harassment/domination...
Dan Fredonia August 10, 2012 at 04:51 PM
OH WOW.....where do i start? Joe Rizoli said, "David Nolta has a personal diary of the Rizolis quotes going back months. That is sick." WHAT'S SICK ABOUT IT JOE?? You mean, using your own words against you? Is that what is sick? Throwing out the words of a known bigot? That is what is sick? I think It's time to man up, dude.....time to own up to the ignorance you throw out (and up) on here on a daily basis. Joe Rizoli also said, "David I don't have the time like you after you mandated basket weaving class to find every post anybody has said here." But you DO have the time, Joe!!! I mean, you and your brother are CONSTANTLY on here! YOU TWO HAVE NO LIFE! And that's not a personal attack, Joe...really, it seems like you guys have nothing better to do than do spout out your drivel! Don't you go out and enjoy the sun once in a while?
Dan Fredonia August 10, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Lastly Joe....you said, "Lastly David, I never say God is behind me. I have to live under those same rules I spout. So another statement by you that is false." Now you're just nitpicking.....I mean, someone who says, "Then you must cringe when you read the Bible and see what God has in store for mankind, not particularly pleasant if you're on the wrong side of the issue. But I will put in a good word for you, me and the man upstairs are tight." is just rich. Like you have the gall to claim to have the ear of God! How laughable!!!! Can't David try and put in a good word FOR YOU??? I think you kind of need it. Oh yeah...wait, He is not pompous enough to think he has that power..... ......or delusional. Seriously, you and your brother make yourselves more and more laughable every time you "try" and push back when someone uses your words against you. Get some sun.
Dan Fredonia August 10, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Jim, you said, "Some of you folks here can't deal with the truth....then you complain that it's anti-this or anti that. How about just excepting the facts and move on." How about just accepting (not 'excepting') the fact that the Southern Poverty Law Center a long time ago classified you guys as a hate group? Oh but no....let's see you guys go ahead once again and try to dismantle the SPLC's credibility...as if it ever sticks. you fail miserably every time. (This is not really directed so much at the Rizolis, they are incapable of hearing the truth, but more so at the smattering of Patch readers on here who don't know this little factoid about these sad individuals) so there you have it....that's who you are talking to....
Dan Fredonia August 10, 2012 at 05:01 PM
FYI.....my 2 comments to Joe might have been flip-flopped as far as order goes. Whoops!
Ron Goodenow August 10, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Kim, thanks for reminding me about cross-posts. This said, there should be some standard (driven by regional editors?) to put an end to them when they are worn out or simply sucking the wind out of things -- and all too often.. As for the 'Truth', there are always those who claim it for themselves, see the other guys as not wanting heat in the kitchen, and all those cliches. I agree with Rizoli that it is 'excepted' ('exceptional'?) that liberals post the worst comments. Freudian slip? Oh, too, that we should be 'excepting' the facts and move on.... Please, the music speaks louder than the intended word. And for crying out loud, if you're going to set us straight from on high use the almighty English language correctly. Think of what is said when the Brazilians, Latinos and others subjected to all the loving comments here don't speak our language correctly. I think I'm out of Patchworld very, very soon if this continues. Very soon. It isn't the heat in the kitchen, its what's coming up from the septic tank.
Danielle Horn August 10, 2012 at 06:41 PM
I'm shutting down comments on this thread. Thanks!

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