Chick-Fil-A Signs Lease To Open At MIA, But Commissioner Wants Them Banned For Human Rights Violations

Chick-fil-A, a fast food chain with a cult-like following, has signed a lease to open at Miami International Airport.

A local politician wants Miami-Dade County to rescind the lease, however, saying that the company has a history of discriminatory behavior and is not in compliance with the county’s Human Rights Ordinance.

Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Gongora placed a resolution on the city commission agenda stating that the company has an anti-LGBTQ stance and a history of discriminatory behavior.

The city commission will vote on the resolution on May 22. It isn’t binding on the county, however, and only urges them to take action.

Jackson Soul Food Inc. is the franchise operator that won the bid to operate the Chick-fil-A at MIA and is female and minority controlled. The company qualified for the Airport Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program.

 

Chick-fil-A at Dadeland mall:

(photo: phillip pessar)

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Anonymous
1 year ago

We are now living in dark times in America where we can’t have different opinions.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Very well said.

Miami
1 year ago

Yup…

Anonymous
1 year ago

So now hate and discrimination are just differences in option? Are sharia laws also just differences in opinion? Or does that term only apply when that hatred and discrimination comes from so called Christians.

Anonymous
1 year ago

This has nothing to do with Sharia laws or Christians. This has to deal with a company being “banned”. I challenge you to look at this article from a different lens rather than a script.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Hate and discrimination? Outside of the founder saying some things, how can one rationally argue that Chik fil A is anti LGBT?

The question is whether or not Chik Fila as a corporation habitually engages in anti-gay/anti-LGBT actions and the answer is certainly no. The fact that the franchisee is minority+female doesn’t even matter but just is the cherry on top for how boneheaded this is.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Agree!

Anonymous
1 year ago

What are you on about? People’s issue isn’t that the founder ‘said some things’ (which, sure, he did) it’s that they’ve given/continue to give multimillion dollar donations to organizations that are considered anti-gay hate organizations by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Fairly easy to look up on Google mate. I wanna 100% like Chick-fil-a as much as the next guy but it’s definitely fair to say their position is wrong.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Same with taxpayer money for Planet Parenthood

Anonymous
1 year ago

I’m no liberal—but I’d rather hand out $1 condoms with taxpayer money then spend tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on decades of free school lunches, snap cards, prison cells etc. for unwanted kids. Use your heads guys.

Anonymous
1 year ago

What gives you the right to dictate the standards of any company? So what if they’re anti gay. If they were discriminating against an employee or a customer based on sexual preference, then take it to court. You have no special rights as a homosexual, just as I have no special rights as a heterosexual.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Ah I dunno freedom of speech does? It’s a bit of a well-respected right in this country. Nice incorrect assumption that I, myself, am gay btw (a bit odd). Also what in hell are these “special rights” you’re talking about? You sound delusional

Anonymous
1 year ago

Far from it. Do your own research.

Anonymous
1 year ago

They are not “anti-gay”.
The founder is pro family. My intelligent gay friends know the difference. I would guess that most intelligent gay people know the difference.
The problem is that stupid people are few, but so damned loud.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Actually, you do have more special rights and protections as a heterosexual. For example, you are protected under fair housing laws, whereas homosexuals are not. Everyone should be exercising their right to dictate standards to businesses and individuals who seek to uphold discrimination or who seek to remove laws to legally discriminate against specific groups of people. It should be common sense to understand that, but I guess it isn’t.

Anonymous
1 year ago

SPLC is a joke. Google that.

Anon
1 year ago

Sure, but there’s a difference an explicitly anti-LGBT group and a primarily religious group that have a strong belief in man+woman marriage and because of that, they are framed as a hate group/anti-LGBT.

I went ahead and looked into whether Chik Fil A can genuinley be labeled anti-hate because of the donations they make. In my opinion, the argument is very weak:

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2019/03/report-chick-fil-a-gave-over-1-8-million-to-anti-gay-christian-hate-groups/

^Here’s a perfect example. Here you have an article identifying that Chik Fil A makes a $1.6MM donation to a group called Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and then the article labels that group an “anti-gay hate group”, and therefore they conclude Chik Fil A is, by extension, anti gay. It’s a reach/overreaction. The only thing the Fellowship of Christian Athletes references towards sexuality is that they believe marriage is between a man and a woman. Ok, you can disagree with that belief. But to use that as your only basis to label a religious group as an explicitly anti-gay hate group is a weak argument.

And then they use Chik Fil A’s donation to the Salvation Army as more proof. Wait so when I go and drop clothes off there to donate, I too am supporting an anti-gay anti-LGBT hate group? Ridiculous!

Sorry for the essay but these things piss me off. You’re argument doesn’t hold water if you actually scratch the surface. And then to use the weak argument to turn around and argue that an individual wants to open a Chik Fil A should not be able to do so?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Using the Southern Poverty Law Center as the arbiter of what is and what isnt hate is ignorant.
The SPLC is a misguided and partisan organization interested in fundraising.
Study the SPLC with a critical eye. You will notice that they have a couple front line minorities making minimum wage up front, and a handful of partisan academics getting REAL paid upstairs.

Chik-fil-a hires people of ALL walks of life. They deny service to know one. The create a platform for young people to learn important job skills and opportunities for people to elevate themselves.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, creates discord. They tear people down. The are parasitic in nature. They are a farce, and it would serve every critical thinker well to look at this racket.

Anonymous
1 year ago

So what if they were? Don’t they have a right to take a stand for what they believe?

Anonymous
1 year ago

One’s right to believe doesn’t necessarily make one’s beliefs right? Also a right to act on belief ends where the next individual’s begins – that’s the very basis of law.

Anonymous
1 year ago

No one mentioned Christians.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Different opinion and discrimination are two complete different things.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Donating corporately to certified hate groups is prettyy far from a “different opinion”.

Anonymous
1 year ago

“Certified”???

Anonymous
1 year ago

The liberal mob don’t Christians to have opinions.

Anonymous
1 year ago

… says the hypocritical conservative whiner who uses the word “attack” anytime he/she doesn’t like what somebody said about Trump.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Opinions, and actually going out of your way for discrimination are completely different things.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Sorry but bigotry and discrimination isn’t “a different opinion.” Nice euphemism for what’s really going on.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I’m gay and I have never been told I couldn’t eat at Chick Fil A!!

Miami
1 year ago

LMAO!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Love some Chick Fil A at MIA!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Lol minority female ran but it’s discriminatory to open it lmao Michael Gongora sounds like the typical clown that uses talking points when they can’t manage facts

Anonymous
1 year ago

The commissioner needs to get their hands off my chicken sandwich.

Anonymous
1 year ago

So true. Politicians need to get out of the bedroom, kitchen, and dining room!

Anonymous
1 year ago

This company hires members of the LGTB ?️‍? community, serves foot to any person and does not reject any customer base in sexual orientation… just because the company owners dissent with the same sex marriage the LGTB community is fighting the company

I’m a gay person and I feel that the Lgtb ?️‍? is becoming as intolerant and practice bigotry, mainly towards Christians and became what we fought against on the 60-70-80’s

I wonder if the gay couple, that destroyed the business and took to court a baker in Colorado would have done the same with a muslin baker in Dearborn Michigan or with an Orthodox Jew with a bakery in Brooklyn??

Albert

Anonymous
1 year ago

Oh Albert, I’m very against the serving of any type of “foot” at the airport. And as much as natural fibers are under attack today, I will always stand up to protect the rights of “muslin”.

Anonymous
1 year ago

This chick fil a is in downtown Miami, why is this Miami Beach commissioner in our business. Go virtue signal somewhere else.

marc
1 year ago

This article is about one opening at MIA. The one at the Virgin Trains is on private property.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yeah, but funny how they have a picture of downtown’s Miami Central Train Station in the article.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I am a gay man that loves some Chick Fil A. I just never pay for it with my gay dollars. But if anyone is buying, I’m eating…

Anonymous
1 year ago

It is a restaurant. If you don’t support them for whatever reason, don’t go there. Don’t keep the chicken from the rest of us!

Connor
1 year ago

I worked at Chick fil A and one of my leaders (what we call the manager on duty) was gay. This is just the radical left wanting to argue about something. Don’t buy into it.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yeah.. we’re lucky it’s the “radical left” with just some kind of beef, because if it was the radical right, you can bet one of them would shoot up the place.

Jersey Dave
1 year ago

Unlike the USSR, the People’s Republic of China, Communist Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, Cambodia, or any other “Socialist Paradise” government that I can think of, this eatery has committed no human rights violations to my knowledge. The Communists have committed countless ones.

Anonymous
1 year ago

What? You think the right is rosy? You think capitalist countries do not commit human rights violations on massive scales? This country is currently committing human rights violations and probably has committed human rights violations continuously since its founding. 30 million Indians died under British rule. Let’s not talk about right wing fascism in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Germany that led to the largest mass murders in history. Let’s not forget that fascism is a form of capitalism. When you factor in all deaths associated with capitalism and the right, the death tolls far exceed your tired talking point.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I’m a lesbian man and I love Chick Fil A!

Anonymous
1 year ago

“Lesbian man?”

Impossible….

Anonymous
1 year ago

Lol!

Anonymous
1 year ago

“A local politician wants Miami-Dade County to rescind the lease, however, saying that the company has a history of discriminatory behavior and is not in compliance with the county’s Human Rights Ordinance.

Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Gongora placed a resolution on the city commission “agenda stating that the company has an anti-LGBTQ stance and a history of discriminatory behavior.”

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I wonder if Michael Góngora can prove “Discriminatory Behavior” beyond the founder’s opinión o gay marriage !!!!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

That’s some tasty chicken!

Anonymous
1 year ago

lol this guys a joke

Magazine
1 year ago

Wouldn’t we also have to ban Miami Beach if that were the case?

Anonymous
1 year ago

TRUE!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Michael Góngora the rug you wear on your head is made In Pakistan where gays are repressed and even stone to death ( see a film from Netflix) you need to stop following the liberal mob agenda and do something to improve crime on South Beach !

Anonymous
1 year ago

Commissioners want to butt their heads in everything except better rail!

Anonymous
1 year ago

I really don’t see the big deal about Chik Fila food but as I do when I am hungry and driving around town , I will eat there when one is around just to cast my vote against the constant attacks they are under from the left.

Anonymous
1 year ago

“constant attacks they are under from the left.”

You mean like the constant attacks the Christian Right does to the gay community?

Jersey Dave
1 year ago

Agreed. This reminds me of when all the “Do Gooders” screamed that kids shouldn’t listen to Ozzy Osbourne, so all the kids ran out and bought Ozzy’s music. Best way to fight censoring toads is through mass consumption until they get the message that the people have voted.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I turned gay because I ate lots of chicken breast made with hormones … I don’t like chicks ?! Fill A !?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Can we mandate all severs in Miami-Dade able to speak English instead of attacking Chic-fil-A

Anonymous
1 year ago

What a waste of time and tax payer’s funding.. City commissioners should focus on real issues rather than trying to ban businesses because their views are different. Whether or not you agree, every person is entitled to have an opinion.

It’s a business transaction. Collect rent and don’t support it by not eating there.

Anonymous
1 year ago

“cult-like following” must be Republicans.. LOL

Anonymous
1 year ago

Hey millennial , I think you’re confused

Anonymous
1 year ago

Pure insanity

Anonymous
1 year ago

No LGBTQ need apply, but they’re closed on Sundays. /s

Anonymous
1 year ago

what?

Anonymous
1 year ago

As if Miami Beach is soooo anti-discriminatory.

Anonymous
1 year ago

One of the proudest moments of my life was when I showed up at the Miami International Airport, a year ago this past January, and found hundreds of others also there to stand up and speak out against the new immigration order that had been enacted. But even that paled in comparison to the thrill of accomplishment that I felt on the steps of the County Commission courthouse when it was decided that there would be an ordinance making it illegal to kick me out of an apartment over my sexuality! Back in 1998 I had gathered top some of my fellow gogo dancers that were unsure of why I would even be interested. See, we got paid to sleep until two PM, go to the beach and work on our tans, then the gym to work on our bodies and finally dance atop the bars and speakers of clubs across South Florida and entertain nightly. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Yet there we were face to face, toe to toe, with people that we soon came to realize did not even speak the language we spoke, but certainly they felt and understood the emotions. They had been brought in by the busloads to fight against our equality and rights by whatever evangelist was on their TV at the time. Most had to go back to their busses and rest and recuperate, as the day wore on, during the decision making. It was obvious that many had never expected the force with which we stood up to them. They never considered that the reason they were there, because they had both decided to be a Christian and to be led to fight against us, was nothing when held up against what we were there fighting for. They came up against the very essence of who it is was that we are. The very essence of our humanity, and they were simply stunned. Their opinions, up against our very being.
In an hour I will drive up to Lauderdale to again protest on the steps of our local government. This time for a women’s right to decide what is best for her to do with her own body. I will again gather with others on Thursday, here in Miami at the Torch of Friendship at Bayside, to again fight for the rights of others. Nobody has to fight for us, we’ve been doing that since the Stonewall Riots that we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of this summer. I don’t need anybody to fight for me, for me to fight for them. Or for you. I do it because it is how I get to define myself. How I get to define my belief in what this country means to me. And meant to the men that wrote the Declaration of our intent and freedom. It is how I get to define my humanity. And the very essence of who I am. I don’t need you to not eat that chicken sandwich, but I sure would appreciate it. Just as I greatly appreciate when our government, the one that represents all of us, takes a stand against those that wish to discriminate against us. Thank you.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Chick-fil-A is not what you think it is:
https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/summary.php?id=D000032532&cycle=2018

They might have good sandwiches, but Ted Cruz is one of their top recipients and that’s all I need to know.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Fake news