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Denver Councilman Targeted Over Delayed Chick-fil-A Airport Location

Councilman Paul D. López received hate mail after City Council delayed its decision on a DIA location of Chick-fil-A.

Councilman Paul D. López
Councilman Paul D. López

The Chick-Fil-A story centered around a potential location at the Denver International Airport (DIA) took one ugly turn, ThinkProgress reported. Councilman Paul D. López received several disturbing messages from folks angered by the possibility of denying the staunchly Christian chain a spot at the airport. One such message called the Councilman "an anti God anti Christian Mexican;" another one called him "an idiot or a Muslim or both;" and yet another called him a "worthless leftist hack."

The reactions stemmed from Denver's City Council's decision to delay the application for a DIA location for Chick-fil-A. During the discussion about it, several Council members, López included, mentioned the company's history of opposing same sex marriage. The Councilman mentioned the company's hostility toward same-sex marriage as "really, truly a moral issue on the city."

The contract in question, however, has yet to be actually voted on. Less controversial issues play a serious role in the decision-making process. One of those issues is the company's six-day work week, which would cause inconvenience to Sunday travelers.

In a post on his Facebook page, Councilman López tried to explain a few issues around the controversy. Here is his message:

First of all, my issue with Chik Fil A is not with the company being Christian-based as I am a faithful Catholic....

Posted by Councilman Paul D. López, City & County of Denver District 3 on Tuesday, August 25, 2015