Down with the corporate homoprejudice ethos

The Mountain Xpress published two recent articles concerning the Chick-fil-A fast-food drive-thru that will be part of the new Harris Teeter development on Merrimon Avenue [“Chick-fil-A Coming to Merrimon,” July 24, and “Ruffled Feathers,” Aug. 7]. The articles have discussed various issues such as traffic congestion, exhaust pollution, aesthetics, ownership and city government conflicts of interest.

A very critical issue and one not mentioned thus far is the homoprejudice culture of the corporation and bigoted positions taken — positions proudly proclaimed by the company and its highest ranking executives.

In 2010 alone, Chick-fil-A, through its charitable arm, donated $1.9 million to anti-gay causes. Asheville presents itself as a progressive and LGBTQ-friendly city. Recently the mayors of Boston and Chicago severely criticized Chick-fil-A for its prejudices as Chick-fil-A sought entry into those cities.

We hope that Asheville will join these mayors in speaking out. Let’s be committed to spreading the word about the corporate homoprejudice ethos.

Let's hold the Asheville Chick-fil-A management and investors accountable for the positions of oppression they embrace. Let's object to their presence on Merrimon because their homoprejudice position, which is incongruent with this city, will pollute our moral sensibilities as Chick-fil-A’s presence will pollute our air.

— Curry First and Patricia Robertson

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