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Conservatives Rally Around Chick-fil-A

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All of a sudden, biting into a fried chicken sandwich has become a political statement.

Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain known for putting faith ahead of profits by closing on Sundays, is standing firm in its opposition to gay marriage after touching off a furor earlier this month.

Gay rights groups have called for a boycott, the Jim Henson Co. pulled its Muppet toys from kids' meals, and politicians in Boston and Chicago told the chain it is not welcome there.

Across the Bible Belt, where most of the 1,600 restaurants are situated, Christian conservatives have thrown their support behind the Atlanta-based company, promising to buy chicken sandwiches and waffle fries next week on "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day."

The latest skirmish in the nation's culture wars began when Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press that the company was "guilty as charged" for backing "the biblical definition of a family." In a later radio interview, he ratcheted up the rhetoric: "I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.'"

That fired up gay rights advocates, including a group that waged a campaign against the company in recent years by publicizing $3 million in contributions that the Cathy family foundation has made to conservative organizations such as the Family Research Council.

"This solidifies Chick-fil-A as being closely aligned with some of the most vicious anti-gay voices in the country," said Carlos Maza of Equality Matters.

A Chicago alderman vowed to block a Chick-fil-A proposed in his district, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel supported him, saying, "Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values." Boston Mayor Thomas Menino wrote in a letter to Cathy: "There is no place for discrimination on Boston's Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it."

In announcing it was pulling its toys, the Jim Henson company said it has "celebrated and embraced diversity for over 50 years." It directed its revenue from the Chick-fil-A toys to GLAAD, a leading gay rights organization.

On the other side of the debate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, declared next Wednesday "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" to support a business "whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values." Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who like Huckabee ran for president as a darling of social conservatives, joined the cause along with religious leaders.

"As the son of a dairy farmer who milked many a cow, I plan to 'Eat Mor Chikin' and show my support by visiting Chick-fil-A next Wednesday," the Rev. Billy Graham said in a statement, referring to the slogan in the company's ads, which feature cows urging people to eat poultry.

The Rev. Roger Oldham, spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention, said many Christians want to support businesses owned by fellow believers, and the loyalty intensifies "when Christians see a fellow Christian being persecuted."

"They will come out of the woodwork when a theologically based position is being politicized by individuals for their own purposes," he said.

The Cathy family has never hid its Southern Baptist faith. Since Dan Cathy's father, Truett, opened the first Chick-fil-A in 1967, the restaurants have been closed on Sundays, and the company refused to reconsider during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, sacrificing profits. It also boasts that the Chick-fil-A Bowl is the only college football bowl game with an invocation.

Chick-fil-A posted more than $4.1 billion in sales last year, most of it below the Mason-Dixon Line. Just 14 of its restaurants are in the six states and the District of Columbia where gay marriage is legal. Massachusetts has just two locations, both more than 10 miles from Boston. Illinois, which does not have same-sex marriage, has around a dozen, though only one in Chicago.

The company is well-positioned to come through the criticism relatively unscathed, even if it loses new markets in the North and elsewhere, University of Georgia marketing professor Sundar Bharadwaj said. He said that is because Chick-fil-A basically reflects the politics of its customers.

At a downtown Atlanta Chick-fil-A on Thursday, customers were divided over the company's stance.

"If you're a Christian, you believe in the Bible. The Bible says homosexuality is wrong. (Cathy's) absolutely right," Marci Troutman said over her breakfast.

Her business partner, Steve Timpson, said he chose not to eat at Chick-fil-A: "You've got to be more tolerant if you're going to operate in the wider market in this country."

Nearby, Dustin Keller offered another view of Cathy: "It's his opinion. He's entitled to it. I'm just here to eat."


 

 

by on Jul. 28, 2012 at 4:22 PM
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motherslove82
by Bronze Member on Jul. 29, 2012 at 11:37 AM
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The Chick-fil-a in our area does lots of wonderful things. They give scholarships to their employees (and some to non employees), they sponsor dorms at colleges, they have a spirit night every week and donate part of the proceeds to a different elementary school (each school gets several weeks a year), they put books in their kid's meals and other toys that encourage learning and development. They have THE BEST customer service of any fast food restaurant that I have ever been to. I really hate to see them painted as hate mongers because of one thing that they support.

Does anyone even know what group they support that is so awful? All I can find are articles saying that they "give money to Christian groups who are against gay marriage". Is that all these groups do with the money, or is there more and that is just part of it? IMO, this has been blown way out of proportion and turned into something is not.
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imamomzilla
by on Jul. 29, 2012 at 11:53 AM
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 Thank you!

Quoting motherslove82:

The Chick-fil-a in our area does lots of wonderful things. They give scholarships to their employees (and some to non employees), they sponsor dorms at colleges, they have a spirit night every week and donate part of the proceeds to a different elementary school (each school gets several weeks a year), they put books in their kid's meals and other toys that encourage learning and development. They have THE BEST customer service of any fast food restaurant that I have ever been to. I really hate to see them painted as hate mongers because of one thing that they support.

Does anyone even know what group they support that is so awful? All I can find are articles saying that they "give money to Christian groups who are against gay marriage". Is that all these groups do with the money, or is there more and that is just part of it? IMO, this has been blown way out of proportion and turned into something is not.

 

imamomzilla
by on Jul. 29, 2012 at 11:56 AM

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Quoting imamomzilla:

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Raintree
by Gold Member on Jul. 29, 2012 at 12:03 PM
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Keep eatin' conservatives! Keep on eatin'!

jcrew6
by Jenney on Jul. 29, 2012 at 12:04 PM
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This Chick-fil-a exec has been saying these things for YEARS.  Why did liberals pick NOW to go after him?  Election Year? 

Nothing in his words hinted around to there being a LAW based on his beliefs.  He was speaking his opinion, FREELY.

After speaking his opinion, liberal ELECTED OFFICIALS took it one step further by trying to push out a successfull business who brings jobs to a city. Didn't one Mayor try to get the landlord to refuse to rent to Chick-fil-a?  WOW, government interfereing in the business of a community.  Do you encourage that? 

“it will be very difficult” for Chick-fil-A to get licenses for a restaurant in Boston" Mayor Thomas Menhino, Boston.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Conservatives support their religious beliefs being put into law

Not new

Although they are too stupid to realize what that opens the door for..like the dumb republican that was crying that tax dollars were going to a *gasp* Muslim school because they fought for tax dollars to go to religious schools

Open the door..lol..dumb asses


imamomzilla
by on Jul. 29, 2012 at 12:06 PM

 Keep bumpin' libs! Keep on bumpin'!big smile mini

Quoting Raintree:

Keep eatin' conservatives! Keep on eatin'!

 

jcrew6
by Jenney on Jul. 29, 2012 at 12:09 PM
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Do you also say, Keep interfering in community business liberal elected officials? If so, what are you drinking?  How is their words working out for those Mayors? Legal officials telling the Mayors, THEY are in the wrong.  People supporting Chick-fil-a. Causing the Mayors to have to retract statements. LOL.  OK. 


Quoting Raintree:

Keep eatin' conservatives! Keep on eatin'!


jcrew6
by Jenney on Jul. 29, 2012 at 12:11 PM
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I love how they realized they lost this fight so they either resort to immature name calling or they divert to Chick-fil-a being unhealthy.  Right.  this has NOTHING to do with the nutritional content of Chick-fil-a.  Yet, it is the only defense some have.  

Quoting imamomzilla:

 Keep bumpin' libs! Keep on bumpin'!big smile mini

Quoting Raintree:

Keep eatin' conservatives! Keep on eatin'!

 


GardenerArtist
by Bronze Member on Jul. 29, 2012 at 12:11 PM

He has the right to believe what he believes, and others have the right not to do business with him.

It is painful for me to hear Christians doing the exact opposite of what Jesus told them not to do, judge not lest ye be judged.  It becomes fair play then, for the public to judge back. 

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Jul. 29, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Where did I say that

Oh right, you conservatives lie and pretend you made a point

I fully support the people taking a stand against any business they feel are wrong ...

I am a super liberal..I ate at chic FIL a yesterday

You don't know sh*t about me..it's assanine of you to think you do


Quoting jcrew6:

This Chick-fil-a exec has been saying these things for YEARS.  Why did liberals pick NOW to go after him?  Election Year? 

Nothing in his words hinted around to there being a LAW based on his beliefs.  He was speaking his opinion, FREELY.

After speaking his opinion, liberal ELECTED OFFICIALS took it one step further by trying to push out a successfull business who brings jobs to a city. Didn't one Mayor try to get the landlord to refuse to rent to Chick-fil-a?  WOW, government interfereing in the business of a community.  Do you encourage that? 

“it will be very difficult” for Chick-fil-A to get licenses for a restaurant in Boston" Mayor Thomas Menhino, Boston.


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Conservatives support their religious beliefs being put into law



Not new



Although they are too stupid to realize what that opens the door for..like the dumb republican that was crying that tax dollars were going to a *gasp* Muslim school because they fought for tax dollars to go to religious schools



Open the door..lol..dumb asses


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