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Posted: Thursday, August 9, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 11:03 am, Thu Aug 9, 2012.

Dear Editor:

No one has accused Chick-fil-A of discriminating against any employee or customer. However, because the company’s president voiced an opinion against gay marriage, there are some politicians like City Councilman Daniel Dromm who want to punish the compan¨. In last week’s issue, Mr. Dromm wrote an open letter to the NYU president asking him to kick Chick-fil-A off campus for its “hate” speech (“Ban anti-gay Chick-fil-A”).

I find it depressing that an elected official would use his position to punish someone just because he does not approve of their position. Millions of Americans oppose gay marriage and oppose discrimination. There is no constitutional right to marry, and todemonize people who favor traditional marriage is hate speech itself.

I have several questions for Mr. Dromm. Are all the hundreds of thousands of people who showed up on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day to give the company its greatest sales day in it history hateful? Mayor Bloomberg disagrees with the Chick-fil-A president but feels it wrong to try to stop them from doing business. Since the mayor tolerates the company, is he hateful? Why does Mr. Dromm not condemn the national group of black clergy who spoke out against gay marriage? Could the answer to the last question be that it would be politically incorrect?

If Mr. Dromm feels he has to dictate morality to others, I suggest he resign his position on the City Council and become a minister.

Lenny Rodin
Forest Hills

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