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Evangelist Franklin Graham blasted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio with both barrels Saturday.
The issue: His call for a Chick-fil-A boycott due to the restaurant chain owner’s belief in traditional marriage.
“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?” his Facebook post began.
Chick-fil-A has a wildly successful three-story freestanding restaurant in Manhattan, and a new location is set to open in the Queens Center Mall this fall.
After Graham reviewed the chain’s long history of success, he said, “You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone that doesn’t like their chicken sandwiches—and their high quality service.”
He added that he’d known the chain’s owners, the Cathy family, for years, and had a great deal of respect for them.
“Doesn’t this sound like bullying, intolerance, and discrimination?” he asked of the mayor’s call for a boycott. “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.”
De Blasio criticized the Atlanta-based restaurant chain at a Friday press briefing.
“I’m certainly not going to patronize them and I wouldn’t urge any other New Yorkers to patronize them,” he said.
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