In an unabashed display of unbridled bigotry, NY City Councilman Daniel Dromm has told multiplied hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers that they are not welcome in his city. That he made this announcement while denouncing bigotry makes his statement ironic to the point of ridiculous.
As reported by Catherine Briggs on Lifesite News, “In response to Chick-fil-A’s proposed plans to expand their business and set up restaurants in several locations, including New York City, Councilman Daniel Dromm told the Huffington Post that the fast-food chain would not be welcome in the most populous city in the country.”
“We don’t need bigots coming to New York City,” Dromm told HuffPost. “They are not welcome here unless they can embrace all of New York’s diverse community, including the LGBT community.”
In keeping with this rhetoric, the Huffington Post headline read, “Chick-Fil-A Hopes NYC Will Forget That Whole Hating-Gays Thing.”
Have these journalists and politicians completely lost touch with reality?
To set the record straight (as if the facts actually mattered to Councilman Dromm or the Huffington Post), Chick-Fil-A has never been found guilty of discrimination against an employer or customer based on sexual orientation. In that sense, in terms of providing quality service to all and being an equal opportunity employer, they have embraced everyone.
Chick-Fil-A is also famous for their customer care, often ranking first in take-out service rankings and commonly leading the way in terms of customer friendliness. Those taking your orders will often say that it has been their pleasure to serve you, while store managers have been known to go around to each table to see if drink refills or other items were needed – and they do so with a smile. (That would be something to behold in New York City, come to think of it.)
But all of that is irrelevant to Mr. Dromm, since Chick-Fil-A’s Dan Cathy committed the cardinal sin of previously expressing his viewpoint that marriage is the union of a man and a woman (what a dastardly thought!), thereby putting him in the class of intolerant bigot and gay hater. The nerve of that man!
Of course, Cathy has made clear that while his views remain the same, putting him in very good company across the country and around the world, he is now leaving Chick-Fil-A out of the culture wars, simply focusing on serving good chicken meals to his customers.
Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He is the author of 25 books, includingLine of Fire. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.