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Chick-fil-A Feedback: Readers Weigh In About Proposed New Restaurant in Maple Grove

The recent plan approval for a new Chick-fil-A restaurant in Maple Grove brought in more than 50 comments from users on Patch – for and against the new business.

Less than a month ago, the Maple Grove City Council at its regular meeting.

The news of the potential new business in the city brought mixed reactions from Maple Grove Patch readers. Comments of support and excitement were expressed, such as:

  • Kayla Dean- "Chick-fil-A is the best southern fast food chain to ever exist. The UofM Coffman has a small location with a limited menu and food that's always luke-warm and overpriced. This is heaven-sent!"
  • Carly Monson - "A lot of people in Maple Grove will be very excited to have a Chick-fil-A, including me!"

Other readers opposed Chick-fil-A, citing recent comments by President Dan Cathy opposing gay marriage and the resulting Chick-fil-A response as reported by the media.

Several Patch readers responded:

  • Chad - "It's too bad they have such a terrible, discriminatory ethical policy toward gay people. I'd like to support them, since they're building a location in our community, but I can't support a company with such hateful policies."
  • Tami - “….I myself never have had eaten at this restaurant franchise, nor will I ever for 2 reasons, first, we have enough junk food/fast food places here in Maple Grove, we don't need one more, second, they are against my right to marry whom ever I want, I have a right to not grace them with any $$ from my pocket….”

Other readers urged the debate to cease:

  • Lee - "I sure wish we didn't have to drag politics in absolutely everything. You know what's also hateful? Hating everything and everyone that doesn't agree with you. Lighten up."

Around the country, Wednesday was considered appreciation day for Chick-fil-A  supporters, according to a Pioneer Press article which said opponents of the company’s position are planning a “Kiss Mor Chiks” for Friday when they are “encouraging people of the same sex to show up at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country and kiss each other.”

What do you think about Chick-fil-A opening in Maple Grove? Will actions happening around the country and/or by Chick-fil-A owners shape your view on Chick-fil-A opening in Maple Grove? Share your thoughts in comments.

If you read this, you might also be interested in reading this opinion piece on Richfield Patch:

Read all of the comments on the original article:

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Chad August 02, 2012 at 02:50 AM
No support from me, my family, or my friends either. Taking our business elsewhere, to restaurants that do not promote hatred.
Jon McCullough August 02, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Chad, I think you have misinformation (the media is pretty good about doing that) - there is no promotion of hatred by the business; rather a promotion of what they believe in.
JustzFax August 02, 2012 at 07:19 AM
Let's be clear...the owner of ChikF-A, did NOT call a press conf to announce anything. His comments were made in a Baptist newsppr intervw. Gay activists ran with it & are spreading falsehoods, as is Chad, who is saying things like CFA has a "terrible, discr ethical policy toward gay people" and that CFA "promotes hatred." Not true! They run their business according to their Christian Faith and promote treating ALL people with respect and dignity. They HIRE those with SSA, also! Just because ppl don't believe in SS "marriage," doesn't mean they hate. Pls read CFA's official statement on the matter & talk to ppl who work for them...great employers!
Chad August 02, 2012 at 12:50 PM
And Jon, what they believe in, is a hatred toward equal rights for their brothers and sisters. What is especially ironic is that a large percentage of these so-called "Christians" who are supporting Chick-Fil-A are doing quite the opposite of what Christ would have preached. “Judge not, lest ye not be judged.”
Chad August 02, 2012 at 12:51 PM
What difference does it make whether he called a press conference? They absolutely promote hatred and you're utterly blind if you cannot see that. They have lost a lot of potential customers. If anything, Dan Cathy should have just kept quiet about his archaic beliefs. Then he wouldn't have created this firestorm of anger about his company's policies.
Brenda August 02, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Well said, JustzFax. People need to get the facts right. Besides, we are all entitled to our beliefs and just because someone doesn't believe in the same thing, doesn't make them a bad person. They simply have different beliefs.
Teresa devick August 02, 2012 at 02:40 PM
It is interesting. Everyone seems to be using a "freedom" as an argument here. We all have "free speech." So to be clear, all Americans are free to speak as they please? But sadly not all Americans experience all the same freedoms because somehow the separation of church and state has broken down and certain peoples' religions beliefs are affecting other peoples rights and freedoms? So what I read in the comments here is that everyone has the right to their beliefs and speech, but there is not a problem that some people's religious beliefs limit other people's freedoms? That seems hypocritical. Obviously it is clear I will not be supporting this chain in Maple Grove, and I will proudly be another Catholic voting No is Nov.
Ken in MN August 02, 2012 at 04:31 PM
It's fun to see the same people who called the Dixie Chicks traitors, burned their cds and called country stations demanding the music of the Dixie Chicks never be played again are whining about freedom of speech. It's extra high-freakin'-larious that these people have no understanding of the Constitutional right to free speech...
Mean Mouth August 02, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Ken, you can't possibly know if the "same people who called the Dixie Chicks traitors" are the same people "whining about freedom of speech." Didn't the Dixie Chicks controversy happen in 2003?! That's quite a far reach, Kenny Boy.
Jeff B. August 03, 2012 at 06:45 AM
so what, don't go no one is twisting your arm. I will gladly go because I love their food. I could care less what the owners beliefs are he is entitled to it. Just because he doesn't see things one groups way hey lets boycott.. childish!
Jeff B. August 03, 2012 at 06:52 AM
ok he said he doesn't believe in gay marriage? I am really confused as to where that infringes on anyones rights. it's his beliefs not his hiring policy. you need a chill pill. Glad you are Catholic yet you don't seem to follow it's teachings, kinda hypocritical if you ask me.
Chad August 03, 2012 at 01:43 PM
The people who are saying, "Hey, it's a not a big deal... it's just his belief, leave him alone," most certainly fail to understand that they likely HAVE the ability to legally marry someone they love. At this point, gay people are treated as second-class citizens - separate but equal. They are not allowed into hospital rooms to see their dying spouse (relegated to being considered a "friend"), they cannot benefit from tax breaks that straight couples enjoy, and - perhaps most importantly - they are not recognized as a couple by the government. It's a sad situation when people continue to misunderstand the magnitude of this problem. All gay people are asking for is equal rights; nothing more, nothing less. Why is this such an issue?
dbourn August 03, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Is it the companies policies or the belief of some of the executives? I thought their policies were non-discriminatory. It hardly seems right to take out anger on a company for an individuals belief. Now if Chic-fil-A would not serve people based on race, gender, sexual orientation, etc it would be another story. I do not think that is the case here. It is everyone's right to hold a belief or opinion and others rights to not support a person's belief or opinion. In this case I think it is misplaced. Do you think any executive at Walmart or any other fortune 500 company has a viewpoint that disagrees with your own? Shouldn't one be able to express a viewpoint and respectfully disagree without everyone going nuclear?
jeromedinh August 03, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I for one and many of ny friends will never support this franchise,buying their food does just that. bigots is what they r!
Mark Pruhs August 03, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I've been asking what did Dan Cathy say, because the news isn't showing it, was it so filled with hate and gay slurs that it can't be repeated on the news! No one I asked had heard the actual statement and each response I got was different, some said, he said, marriage is only between a man and a women, OK, that's what many people say, many believe he used 'nasty' slurs about gays, we all agree he never should have said anything. Below is word for word what Cathy's opinion was for anyone who missed it. "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’". Dan Cathy. Some claim they will boycott Chick-fil-A, but will stay silent when their church says the same thing. President Obama's response when asked about Cathy's statement, it's up to each state to decide what marriage is. Morals, doing and saying what you believe even if you know it will cause you problems. Flexible, reversible, changeable morals = No Morals. Just my opinion.
Wendy Erlien August 03, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Here's some of what is happening nationally, as reported by Redondo Beach Patch in CA. 'Tastes Like Hate' Painted on Wall at Chick-fil-A http://redondobeach.patch.com/articles/tastes-like-hate-grafitti-painted-on-side-of-chick-fil-a-vandalized#photo-10899613
Allen J. Oh August 03, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Saying you don't believe in same sex marriage is one thing...contributing to campaigns that are engaged in shaping laws to deny equal rights is quite another. So in that sense, yes, he is infringing on people's rights. As far as it being hypocrisy to be a Catholic and yet in favor of recognizing same sex marriage goes -- it's only hypocritical if you believe that the law should reflect your religious views. For example, I could affiliate with a church that opposes homosexuality (I don't), while still believing that the state should remain neutral because I recognize that not everyone shares my beliefs, and whom others choose to love is really none of my business.
Bob Schmidt August 03, 2012 at 06:30 PM
The only hatred being promoted is by those bashing Dan Cathy for speaking up for what he believes in. This is Love speach, not hate speach. Dan Cathy has indicated that he appreciates the Biblical definition of marriage. True haters turn that into into a fanciful notion that he promotes hate. This is simply lying. Read his words and tell us what is hateful about them...When you care enough for someone to tell them that they are on a destructive path, that is not hate...Whether you believe what the Bible says about marriage is your decision, but it is not hateful for Dan Cathy to promote what the Bible prescribes for a healthy society....one man married to one woman, for life. You don't have to agree with it, but don't tell us Dan Cathy is hateful because he does believe this. The violent reactions are coming from the true haters who want to cause bodily injury to those who believe the Bible is true and relevant for today.
Mike Brady August 03, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Tolerance is not a one way word.
Chad August 03, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Bob, they are indeed words of hatred, whether or not you understand that. Dan Cathy is an incredibly self-righteous man, and it's sickening. I personally can't believe he had the gall to say that they are all married to their "first wives." So what? How do we know they haven't been cheated on? I cannot stand his patronizing tone, nor can I understand how those of you supporting him can honestly parrot his hate-speak. You want to understand how it's hateful? Imagine if someone told you that you couldn't marry the person you love. That you wouldn't be recognized by society as a couple, that you would never enjoy any of the benefits of marriage. Try putting yourself in someone else's shoes for a minute. Lastly, the Bible (and religion in general) has absolutely no place in our government. We have the right to be free FROM religion, which is why we have a separation of church and state. How would all the extremist Christians feel if suddenly our government decided to base its legislation on Islamic faith? Some things for you to think about.
Allen J. Oh August 03, 2012 at 06:59 PM
I would not presume to know what is in Mr. Cathy's heart, so I am not saying that he hates gays. What I am saying is that his company contributes to organizations that advocate public policies that result in the unequal treatment of gays before the law. That is what I am taking a stand against. I have not heard anyone advocate bodily harm against Mr. Cathy or others on his side of the issue. I am not so naive that I believe such threats have not occurred; I just haven't heard/seen them. To the extent they have occurred, I would first roundly condemn them, and second argue that they do not represent the views of most of us. Threats of physical violence have no place in public policy discourse.
Mike Brady August 03, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Thank you Bob. Reasonable.
Raymond Yterreg August 03, 2012 at 08:16 PM
It is obvious where hate, lies and intollerance come from. There is no evidence that Mr. Cathy's company funds anti gay groups or legislation, yet I have seen it repeated many times in this thread. Also, Mr. Cathy made his comments to a Christian Group, not a media blast outlet like NBC. The only reason it went viral is because the of Hate Groups that hated Mr. Cathy's comments made an issue of it. The good Lord above saw to it though that the evil comming from the Hearts of Men against Mr. Cathy Company was defeated and a resounding way. Is it?...... It is super ironic how hate filled the people are calling CFA a hate filled. The company shows true compansion for all who walk through the door. Like Christ said, "love thy neighbor" and "love your enemies"
Allen J. Oh August 03, 2012 at 08:26 PM
It's an issue because our society has conflated the religious and civil aspects of marriage. It would not be an issue if the government didn't recognize "marriage" at all, but only recognized civil unions/domestic partnerships/whatever you want to call it -- for all people. But because the government affords certain benefits to people who have the status of being legally married, just a few of which you outlined in your post, it has injected itself into an issue that should really be a strictly religious issue. My position is that ideally, there would be no "marriage" in the eyes of the state. As long as there is, though, the benefits of having that status should be available to all adults regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
Allen J. Oh August 03, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Here is a list of WinShape's (CFA's charitable arm) contributions in 2010, according to their publicly available IRS Form 990: Marriage & Family Foundation: $1,188,380 Fellowship Of Christian Athletes: $480,000 National Christian Foundation: $247,500 New Mexico Christian Foundation: $54,000 Exodus International: $1,000 Family Research Council: $1,000 Georgia Family Council: $2,500
jan schubert August 06, 2012 at 08:04 PM
OK--iif Chic fila is turned down to do business in Maple Grove then it is only fair that the council should be asking every business in Maple Grove their beliefs. Then not renewing any business licenses. Ohhhhhh my---so many buisnesses will be shut down. Rwmwmber--we live in a democracy and a capitlistic society!
Dewey Crosby August 06, 2012 at 09:38 PM
great comment Jan,, but... there will be someone who won't agree with you and will respond with a hateful comment... can hardly wait to see who it will be!!
Robert Gerhart September 12, 2012 at 04:27 PM
>>hey have such a terrible, discriminatory ethical policy Could you please provide a copy of this section of their company policy?
Chad September 12, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Robert, you do realize this article is over a month old, correct? Second, anyone with a hint of common sense would realize that a "terrible, discriminatory ethical policy" does not need to be written on paper. It's very clear to many reasonable people out there, that the CEO of Chick-Fil-A believes that gays and lesbians should be treated as second-class citizens, and no doubt imbues those values to its franchisees. In other words, use your brain and stop nitpicking semantics.
Joey Stone December 10, 2012 at 10:53 AM
So you seem to be more worried about the privileges that are given to married people not rights. How do you justify adding yourself to the class of the privileged and removing another persons rights in that process? I dont see you worried about the rights of single people who do not get the tax breaks that married people get? What justifies taking another persons rights in order to add you to those privileged. If the whole argument is based simply on adding yourself to the privileged then you really are no better than the religious right wing conservatives who you claim are taking your "rights." what about my rights? those dont matter sadly to you because your willing to ask the same government that stops you from marrying to take away my rights in order to benefit you.

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