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Brooklyn Daily readers say they want a Chick-fil-A in the borough

Brooklyn Daily readers: We want more chicken

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Brooklynites want to eat more chicken — at a Brooklyn Chick-fil-A restaurant — according to a poll taken by this paper.

By a slim vote of 34 to 32, visitors to our website BrooklynDaily.com said they would welcome a Chick-fil-A in Southern Brooklyn.

The company, which already has one franchise on New York University’s campus, became a lightning rod of controversy after its owner, Dan Cathy, expressed his opposition to gay marriage last month.

“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’ ” Cathy said last month.

Those statements, along with Chick-fil-A’s links to organizations that support a traditional definition of marriage, sparked outrage among gay rights groups.

At franchises throughout the country, same-sex couples held ‘kiss-ins.’ Others organized boycotts of the chain.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn called for NYU to close its Chick-fil-A chain, drawing a retort from Mayor Bloomberg, who defended Cathy’s First Amendment grounds.

Russell Gallo, the head of Brooklyn’s Young Republicans and a candidate for the State Assembly seat currently held by Steve Cymbrowitz (D–Brighton Beach), said that Chick-fil-A would do well in neighborhoods like Bensonhurst and Sheepshead Bay.

“We would definitely welcome your business and the jobs and revenue it would create,” Russell wrote in his letter to Cathy, who is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. “I look forward to enjoying a Chick-fil-A Sandwich in Brooklyn sometime in the near future.”

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Dave says:
The opening sentence would be slightly more accurate if it said that those Brooklynites that don't care that some of their money will be used to lobby for laws that hurt same-gender couples and their families want to patronize Chick-Fil-A.
Aug. 15, 2012, 8:54 am
Igor S. from Sheepshead Bay says:
Looks like Russell Gallo has the pulse of the people that he wants to represent.
Aug. 15, 2012, 1:25 pm
Liz says:
Russell Gallo has the right idea, Speaker Quinn and Democrats from around NY and this country have no right to encroach on Mr. Cathy's First Amendment rights.

Need to elect Gallo and get Albany back into the business of operating for the people they represent.
Aug. 15, 2012, 1:45 pm
Dave says:
Liz -- For the last two weeks I've asked people in various forums to provide me actual, direct quotes from government officials showing that they intended to use the power of their offices to prevent Chick-Fil-A from operating in their jurisdictions. Aside from a midwestern alderman who made a pretty empty threat, nobody has been able to cite any such quotes. Even in the case of Speaker Quinn, as far as I can she all she has done is encourage a private institution to disassociate itself from Chick-Fil-A ... as is her 1st-Amendment right. Just who is encroaching on Mr. Cathy's 1st-Amendment rights??
Aug. 15, 2012, 2:04 pm
Rob from Bensonhurst says:
Dave,

How can Speaker Quinn "encourage" a "private institution" that receives taxpayer money to close down without it being construed as a threat?

NYU deals with the NYC government on many levels and depends on the city for everything from sanitation to permits for events. If the next mayor "suggests" they close down a private business they are likely to listen.
Aug. 15, 2012, 2:31 pm
Dave says:
Rob -- the notion that a NYC politician would take punitive measures against an institution like NYU for having a Chick-Fil-A on-campus strikes me as a bit of a stretch. But if you want to include her in the list, that's fine ... that would make it a local alderman and a local councilwoman who have crossed the line on this. It still strikes me as nonsensical that so many are casting this as a free-speech issue when so few have actually indicated they intend (or even have the power) to take concrete actions against Chick-Fil-A.
Aug. 15, 2012, 2:50 pm
Dave says:
Rob -- the notion that a NYC politician would take punitive measures against an institution like NYU for having a Chick-Fil-A on-campus strikes me as a bit of a stretch. But if you want to include her in the list, that's fine ... that would make it a local alderman and a local councilwoman who have crossed the line on this. It still strikes me as nonsensical that so many are casting this as a free-speech issue when so few have actually indicated they intend (or even have the power) to take concrete actions against Chick-Fil-A.
Aug. 15, 2012, 2:51 pm
Brandt Hardin says:
If companies are people and people vote with dollars then the destination of the restaurant’s donations are open for public debate. It very well should be an issue as to where peoples’ hard-earned money goes after the chicken goes down their gullet. This issue has made our little feathered friend the modern martyr as Chick-fil-A laughs all the way to the bank. Watch the poultry be nailed to the cross and pierced by the spear of destiny at the hands of those devious cows on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/08/holy-rollin-poultry-on-cross-chick-fil.html
Aug. 15, 2012, 4 pm

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