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letters | ‘chick-fil-a appreciation day’ stokes controversy

Hurtful, wrong to hurl charge of bigotry

I would like to protest the lambasting of Chick-fil-A’s president, Dan Cathy, as bigoted; the unfair labeling of his company as “anti-gay”; and the malicious intentions of certain politicians, including Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, against this legitimate, law-abiding private company.

My friends in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning community have respect and tolerance for those who disagree with their views on issues such as marriage equality. In contrast, there are others in this community who say that they want equality and tolerance for themselves, but spew hate speech against those with views different from theirs.

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The time has come for understanding, tolerance, and restraint. While everyone has a right to their opinion about Chick-fil-A, no one has a right to propagate hate speech over the mass and social media.

Cathy stating his views about marriage is clearly not hate speech, but it is hateful to suggest that he is a bigot. Menino and his mayoral counterparts in other cities should publicly reverse their statements. Visiting or boycotting Chick-fil-A is anyone’s right, but it is wrong to call the company and its executives anti-gay.

Vince Golik

Mt. Pleasant, Pa.

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