One of the bigger problems I think we as humans face in this life is allowing other people to have their own opinion and make their own choices. A characteristic that I find so distasteful is an attitude that I must conform to someone else’s view because they demand that their standards are the rule by which we must live. It’s something I see coming from fringe minorities that by population density are a very small percentage, yet they make a lot of noise, so much so that it gives the impression that they are much larger and more important than the vast majority who disagree with them.
In the U.K., the very first Chick-fil-A restaurant will have to close because a noisy fringe minority, in this case, proponents of the LGBTQ lifestyle choice, have made so much noise and demanded so loudly that the restaurant shut down, that the powers that be who decide who they will or will not do business with have declined to renew the company’s space lease at the end of its first six months. The LGBTQ-rights groups are celebrating, but for what? They’ve just forced their will on another segment of humanity that has a different viewpoint, and in my opinion, do more damage to their cause than the benefit they think they’ve achieved by getting Chick-fil-A kicked out of their place of business.
This from the Daily News:
LGBTQ-rights groups are celebrating news that the first Chick-fil-A restaurant in the U.K. will have to close.
The announcement came just over a week after U.K.’s first location opened at a shopping mall in Reading, a town located some 40 miles east of London, on Oct. 10.
Listening to the concerns and protest of LGBTQ activists, the Oracle shopping mall said Friday that it would not renew the restaurant’s lease beyond its “six-month pilot period,” adding that it “was the right thing to do.”
The Oracle mall was ceding pressure to LGBTQ-rights groups — as well as to a media backlash caused by the presence of the controversial chicken empire —because of its reputation of being hostile to LGBTQ rights.
Besides contributing to anti-LGBTQ causes, its Southern Baptist chairman Dan Cathy came out publicly against same-sex marriage in 2012.
Meeting at 10am @theblagrave for debrief and breakfast.
— Reading Pride UK (@Reading_Pride) October 17, 2019
“Get the chick out,” a peaceful protest against the restaurant organized by Reading Pride UK, is still going to happen. “Say NO to bigotry and hatred on your high street,” the LGBTQ organization said in a tweet.
“We always look to introduce new concepts for our customers, however, we have decided on this occasion that the right thing to do is to only allow Chick-Fil-A to trade with us for the initial six-month pilot period, and not to extend the lease any further,” the mall said in a statement.
Reading Pride praised the decision, adding that adding that six months was a “reasonable request… to allow for re-settlement and notice for employees that have moved from other jobs.”
The English venture was supposed to be part of the restaurant’s recently announced European expansion.