Mayor Thomas Menino of Boston has a message for Chick-fil-A’s conservative Christian owner: stay out of his city. Angered by Dan Cathy’s stated opposition to homosexual marriage, Mayor Menino recently published a letter online in which he admits his anger at Cathy and brags about his commitment to gay pride, equality and homosexual marriage. Mayor Menino wrote:
I was angry to learn on the heels of your prejudiced statements about your search for a site to locate in Boston. There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it. When Massachusetts became the first state in the country to recognize equal marriage rights, I personally stood on City Hall Plaza to greet same sex couples coming here to be married. It would be an insult to them and to our city’s long history of expanding freedom to have a Chick-fil-A across the street from that spot.
Faced with the Yankee hostility and worldview of someone like Mayor Menino I am again reminded why our Southern ancestors grew to lament the tragic Union between the South and New England and eventually sought to separate from such people who in their modern form have given us the likes of Ted Kennedy, Barney Frank, Bernie Sanders, Chris Dodd and Thomas Menino. President Jefferson Davis understood such people well and described them in an 1862 speech as ‘a people so devoid of every mark of civilization.’ He went on to say of Southerners and Yankees:
There is indeed a difference between the two peoples. Let no man hug the delusion that there can be renewed association between them. Our enemies are a traditionless and a homeless race.