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We recently talked about the controversy over Chick-fil-A, whose president has publicly opposed same-sex marriage and criticized its supporters. Because of those comments, Boston Mayor Tom Menino wrote a letter to Chick-fil-A saying it was not welcome in Boston.
Tim C wrote on RadioBoston.org
"I'm a gay man but I, personally, believe that Chick-Fil-A should be allowed to open a store wherever they chose. Let them spend the money opening a store and then let the local activist groups picket out front."
Steve Safran commented on Facebook:
"Surely, there are existing companies in Boston whose heads have different opinions on gay marriage than the mayor does ... Does this mean Mayor Menino will go through each Boston company's CEO to find out what their political and moral leanings are?"
Richard Hudak wrote:
"Corporations are not people, and thus do not have free speech rights ... Mayors, and our LGBT sisters and brothers, on the other hand, are people, deserve to be treated as such, and have free speech rights. Good [for] the mayor for doing the right thing"
And then, last Tuesday, we asked if it is time for Boston to think big about its future.
Listener Mike Mennonno wrote on Facebook:
"Boston needs to think SMALL... too much urban redevelopment has been massive and monolithic."
Brian Donegan said:
"We badly need to expand the MBTA. our long term plans should shrink the suburbs and expand the population covered by mass transit."
Christopher Patzke wrote:
"This is a great topic for a LANDSCAPE architect ... It's a matter of scale. A building is an object. A landscape is a much more complex animal."
On Friday, we spoke to David Niose, author of "Non-Believer Nation: the Rise of Secular Americans."
Beata wrote in to say:
"For whatever reason, self-identifying as a 'secularist' or 'atheist' is still something many people are uncomfortable with, in a way that those who declare their religious beliefs are not."
Kurt Kaletka wrote on Facebook:
"I'm an agnostic who used to believe that it was tolerable to use God's name in traditional, ceremonial ways; [For example] that swearing politicians in with the Bible was okay, [and] that 'In God we trust' on the money was okay... However, since too many people these days take this traditional symbolic homage-making literally, it's go to go."
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This segment aired on August 6, 2012.
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