NEW YORK, April 17, 2014, (LifeSiteNews.com) – A New York City councilman has effectively told traditional marriage supporters they are “not welcome” in the Big Apple.
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.”
Chick-fil-A made national headlines in 2012 when CEO Dan Cathy voiced his belief in traditional marriage. His remarks sparked scathing reactions from pro-homosexual politicians and the homosexual lobby.
Despite the onslaught of pro-homosexuality antagonism, the fast-food chain received an even larger outpouring of support after the incident, including a nation-wide “Chick-fil-A Day,” during which the restaurant made record-breaking sales.
Cathy has recently said he wishes to expand the company and consequently not be so vocal about his personal opinions.
This pledge of silence, however, does not placate Councilman Dromm’s desire to keep traditional marriage supporters out of New York City.
“We don’t need bigoted people even keeping their opinions to themselves,” Dromm said. “They need to wake up and see reality.”
Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, has called Dromm’s remarks “outrageous” and “intolerant.”
“What Dromm has effectively said here is that anyone who believes in marriage as the union of a man and a woman is unwelcome in New York City,” Brown stated. “Christians and others are now, it seems, going to be considered guilty of 'thought-crimes' and threatened with all manner of reprisals simply for holding their beliefs.”
Brown issued an appeal to marriage supporters to take action by voicing their resentment and offense at Dromm’s statement.
“An individual's own privately-held beliefs,” said Brown, “if they conflict with Mr. Drumm's radical new orthodoxy, even if those beliefs are never publicly expressed, make that person guilty of a ‘thought-crime’ and label him or her a ‘bigot’ that doesn't belong in the Big Apple!”
Brown cited the recent media kerfuffle concerning former Mozilla CEO Brandon Eich’s past monetary support of Proposition 8 in California as another example of the readiness of pro-homosexual lobbies and politicians to jump down the throat and smother all supporters of traditional marriage.
“[Dromm’s] remarks,” Brown stated, “coming amidst a climate of such unseemly attacks on pro-marriage people as we saw with the Mozilla controversy last week, simply reinforce a growing manifestation of hostility and intimidation in the public square toward folks with traditional values.”
While the media was all-too-ready to make Eich’s “controversial” stance known across the world, they have been silent about Dromm’s incendiary remarks. Brown said that Dromm’s remarks “should have stirred public outcry and a flurry of media attention: but instead we hear deafening silence from the media, which is tantamount to a tacit approval.”
Brown is calling on the New York City Council to condemn Dromm’s remarks and issue a formal apology for them.
“Mr. Dromm has alienated and insulted millions of New Yorkers and made them feel like they don't belong in their own home city. The Council should correct this and extend an apology immediately and undo the hurt and wrong that's been done.”