Prayer meets poultry as Jesus in the City parade stops by Toronto's new Chick-fil-A - 2019-09-07
Toronto's Jesus in the City parade made a brief and seemingly unscheduled stop in front of a newly opened Chick-fil-A restaurant on Yonge and Bloor Sts. on Saturday afternoon, to pray for a U.S.-based company they feel should enjoy the right to religious freedom in Canada.
Controversial Rev. Charles McVety led a prayer asking "that we have peace and security and Chick-fil-A has freedom as any other business in this country to operate."
The grand opening of the first Toronto location of the chain restaurant Friday was met with colourful protest by members of the LGBTQ community and allies — criticizing a company they say has a history of supporting anti-LGBTQ causes. Meanwhile, long lines of customers were eager to try out the popular American fare. The operator of the downtown location has pledged that "all Torontonians" and their opinions will be welcome.