Evangelist Franklin Graham has strongly condemned Mayor Bill de Blasio’s call to boycott Chick-fil-A, which is opening a restaurant in Queens, New York.
De Blasio wants an all-out boycott of the fast-food chain because its Christian owners believe in the Biblical definition of marriage.
“I’m certainly not going to patronize them, and I wouldn’t urge any other New Yorker to patronize them,” De Blasio said earlier this week. “But they do have a legal right.”
Graham disapproves of De Blasio’s actions and wrote about it on his Facebook page.
“Can you imagine a city where a popular, successful business is singled out and attacked by the mayor who calls for a boycott — all because the business owners let it be known that they operate by Christian principles and believe in God’s definition of marriage?” Graham wrote.
“That’s exactly what just happened to one of America’s most successful businesses. Chick-fil-A has almost 2000 restaurants and sales of more than $6 billion annually. You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone that doesn’t like their chicken sandwiches — and their high quality service,” Graham said.
De Blasio is backing openly gay Councilman Danny Droom who has jurisdiction in the area where the restaurant is located. He is calling for an all-out boycott, NY1 News reported.
Chick-fil-A issued a statement in response to De Blasio and Droom.
“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 or gender,” they wrote. “We are a restaurant company comprised of 80,000 individuals who represent different backgrounds and beliefs, and we are all focused on offering great food, service and hospitality.”
In his Facebook post, Graham mentions that he has known the owners of Chick-fil-A, the Cathy family, for many years and greatly respects them.
“They just opened a new store in New York and Mayor De Blasio took the gloves off and came after them, calling for a boycott. Doesn’t this sound like bullying, intolerance, and discrimination? All because someone won’t roll over to the LGBT agenda.”
“I hope Chick-fil-A has record sales in their New York stores — and tell them how much you appreciate them in the comments below,” Graham added.
Report via CBN News
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