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August 1 declared Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day to show support for traditional marriage
Pegasus News ^ | July 29, 2012 | J.J. Smith 

Posted on July 30, 2012 2:31:52 PM PDT by NYer


After the Mayors of Boston and Chicago and elected officials in other cities vowed to block efforts to open Chick-fil-A restaurants in their cities because the company’s president told reporters that he supported the traditional definition of marriage, thousands of Christians are mobilizing efforts nationwide to support Chick-fil-A – led by Fox News Channel host and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.


Huckabee has declared August 1 “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”


“Let’s affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday, August 1,” said the former Republican Presidential candidate.


Huckabee said the company has come under attack from militant homosexuals and is being “smeared by vicious hate speech and intolerant bigotry from the left.”


“The militant homosexual advocates have launched an all out assault on Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A,” he said. “The attempts to hurt or destroy Chick-fil-A are nothing short of economic bullying.”


What do the Rockwall Chick-fil-A franchise owners Tim and Melissa Moseley think about the controversy and how Appreciation Day will affect their location at 2835 Ridge Road in conservative, traditional, family-oriented Rockwall? Unfortunately they are currently on vacation and couldn't be reached for comment.


But Chick-fil-A did issue a corporate statement regarding the protests from Donald Perry, vice president Corporate Public Relations:



Chick-fil-A is a family-owned and family-led company serving the communities in which it operates. From the day Truett Cathy started the company, he began applying biblically-based principles to managing his business. For example, we believe that closing on Sundays, operating debt-free and devoting a percentage of our profits back to our communities are what make us a stronger company and Chick-fil-A family.

The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.

Our mission is simple: to serve great food, provide genuine hospitality and have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.


Rockwall City Council member and Lake Pointe Church member Michelle Smith supports the effort and publicly questioned whether such attacks by the gay lobby are right on her Facebook page July 25. She referred to an editorial on TheAtlantic.com entitled “In Defense of Eating at Chick-fil-A”: “This is about the right of a private business to operate as it wishes," she said. "Do we really want a country where people won’t do commerce with those who have beliefs different than their own?”


“This country was founded on freedom of religion, not freedom from religion,” she added. “I strongly support the first amendment right to free speech.”


Chick-fil-A is privately owned by the Cathy family. The company president, Dan Cathy, angered gay rights advocates and supporters when he made recent statements that some have alleged are anti-gay.


Cathy told Baptist Press that the company was unapologetically in favor of traditional marriage.


“Guilty as charged,” he said. “We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”


In a separate interview on the Ken Coleman Show, Cathy suggested that the nation could face God’s wrath over the redefinition of marriage.


“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,’” hesaid. “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is all about.”


Boston Mayor Tom Menino was the first to state that the Atlanta-based company would not be welcome in his city.


“You can’t have a business in the City of Boston that discriminates against a population,” he told the Boston Globe. “We’re an open city. We’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion.”


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel also condemned the fast-food chain, vowing his support for Alderman Proco Moreno’s announcement that he would block construction of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in his district.


“Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a statement to the Chicago Tribune. “They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents.”


“If you are discriminating against a segment of the community, I don’t want you in the First Ward,” he told the newspaper.


Mountain View California, a bedroom community of San Francisco, has temporarily blocked the chicken chain from opening there after a homosexual couple spearheaded an effort to launch a zoning challenge.


Threats to ban Chick-fil-A have drawn fire from editorial pages across the nation.


The Los Angeles Times condemned the decision, calling it far more troubling than Chick-fil-A’s support of traditional marriage.


“Public officials have a responsibility to carry out their ministerial tasks fairly and evenhandedly – and to uphold the principle of free speech – whether or not they like a business executive’s social or political stances,” the Times opined.


The Boston Globe wondered “which part of the First Amendment does Menino not understand? A business owner’s political or religious beliefs should not be a test for the worthiness of his or her application for a business license.”


Donald Wildmon, the founder of the American Family Association, is backing Huckabee’s efforts saying he hoped it would generate the largest one-day sales in the company’s history.


“I have been incensed at the vitriolic assaults on the Chick-fil-A company,” Wildmon wrote in an email. “It’s a great American story that is being smeared by vicious hate speech and intolerant bigotry from the left.”


Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, was especially disturbed by the actions of Boston’s mayor.


“This is really outrageous when you see this is the train that follows same sex marriage,” Perkins told Fox News. “This idea of the loss of religious freedom – the freedom of speech — and it’s on perfect display in Boston with the intolerance of this mayor.”


Perkins noted that Americans have overwhelmingly endorsed the traditional definition of marriage – 32 times in 32 states.


“Chick-fil-A is in the mainstream,” he said. “The mayor of Boston is in the minority.”

by on Jul. 31, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Replies (661-670):
Weinhagen
by New Member on Aug. 1, 2012 at 9:52 PM
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I absolutely stand for Chik-Fil-A's right to operate a legal, law-abiding business any way they see fit despite their proclaimed religious beliefs. That separation of church and state is HUGELY important to me as an American and I love that about our country. So, any city or state trying to stop their business growth in any way is out of line.

The other thing I appreciate about our freedom here in America is that we TAKE A STAND with our dollars and THAT is the only thing that should make... or break... a business. Personally, I would never spend a dime at Chik-Fil-A because I am not in alignment with their choices in what they do with that money they make.  I do not choose to add my energy to a company that chooses to put much of their energy, including millions of dollars every year, to support anti-gay hate groups.

It’s not just that they support “traditional. man-woman” marriage and oppose gay marriage they actually spend a lot of time and money trying to export gays from America, they lobby against a bill that would endorse  sanctions against Uganda where it’s legal to kill gays.

NOT my cup of tea. And the beauty of America is that we have many, many choices... including LOTS of places that sell good chicken! But I would no more dream of telling those who support Chik-Fil-A and all of it's actions that they couldn't or shouldn't spend their money there any more than I would like to be told I HAVE to spend my money there. C'mon people... they don't have us over a barrel here! If the day comes where people are being dragged out of their houses and forced to support things they object to THEN we have a real issue. Free Enterprise is still alive... and hopefully well -- let's keep it 'free'!

As for me... I'll choose the chicken served from LOVE... cause that what my GOD teaches me.

DOllfACE-
by on Aug. 1, 2012 at 9:53 PM
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Chick-fil-A might not believe in homosexuality, but they don't discriminate against them. My local Chik-fil-A has a lesbian for a manager, and has many other gay employees. They may not support their believes but at least they support them as part of the human race

Quoting aMarieT:

so....

let me ask a couple of silly questions here..

has Chick-fil-a ever refused service to anyone based on their perceived sexuality?

has Chick-fil-a ever refused employment to any one based on their perceived sexuality?

No? We don't know?

It amazes me that the so called tolerant progressives are only tolerant toward one set of beliefs. I am amazed that the so called open minded set are the first ones to start blathering on about hate and ignorance when confronted with a view that differs from theirs.

That, in and of itself, it hateful and ignorant. Not to mention close minded.

Way to be open minded and tolerant. 

 

by the way, I support marriage equality, and I will still eat at Chick-fil-a


lazyd
by Member on Aug. 1, 2012 at 9:54 PM
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I dont believe in chick-fil-a's views, but i will still eat there cuz i like the food. 

SweetLuci
by on Aug. 1, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Awesome is the word I thought of.  I wonder if those who first started talking about a boycott have ever thought about unintended consequences.

Quoting MandyP27:

I went! It was awesome to see so many people supporting them. 

 

tanya_marieh
by Member on Aug. 1, 2012 at 9:56 PM

  That's most likely the case.  Some of this stuff just seems to get out of hand to fast as of late and both sides of the subject like to be at each others throats.

Quoting torttia:

I think this is because someone "organized" the event. I was shocked to see how big it really was. I think some people just wanted and excuse to have some waffle fries and there awesome lemonade.

I think in a week or two there is going to be kissy day. Gay couples are going to go to CFA and kiss and see how the employees react. I don't like to see ANYONE groping in public but a peck never hurts. DH has already said they will react like they would if it were a strait couple, as long as it is not inappropriate (ie get a room lol) they don't care. If it crosses the lines they will be asked to keep it pg since it is a family restaurant.

Quoting tanya_marieh:

  I hope you Dr appt went well.  :)  Both sides of this issue are bothering me at this point. 

   It's funny to me though that the people that made today CFA appreciation day have said they were helping business because of the boycott, not for Cathy's views on gay rights.  There was no massive support for the other companies that have been boycotted before.

Quoting torttia:

I didn't go anywhere but the dr today and I don't know his views. I did however eat an oreo and it was amazing.

Oh did you know CFA has oreo shakes? so since Oreo's company supports gay rights does it kinda bridge over since CFA buys from them?

Does that mean if you buy an oreo shake you support equal rights? I seriously just blew my own mind.

Quoting tanya_marieh:

   I agree with this BUT were any of you who went to CFA today went to support JCP or many of the other companies that are being boycotted because of them supporting equal rights.  If you didn't then you are no better, most of these people aren't there to support a business they are there to say being gay is wrong. 

Quoting SweetLuci:

 Some people just don't understand that a company is comprised of people. For some reason they feel they can spew vitreol about a company, and have no concern for the damage they cause to individuals. Well, I know he'll work hard today, but I hope he'll be encouraged by the show of support.

Quoting torttia:

My DH works for them and I am so tired of the drama that comes with it. We support gay rights and I have had family get mad at us because he works there. The opinions of one should not reflect the entire company, even if it is the COO.

DH was a teen dad when they hired him to work there. We were not "traditional" but they did not judge him and now he is working towards owning his own franchise. They do not care what their employees or customers do. That is one mans views!!!! The other day someone asked what my husband did and it was the first time I felt embarrassed to answer.

I am so ready for this to blow over.

 






I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three.

                -Elayne Boosler


lullabylily
by on Aug. 1, 2012 at 9:56 PM
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I really dont care ... I will eat in any establishment as long as it serves great food and has great choices regardless of what the company's policy is.  I do however, will not choose a place who has a history of discrimination when serving their clientelles, either for race, religion, sexual orientation or social status.  If Chick-fil-A refuse to serve a gay couple ... then its a no-no!  But I never have heard they does that so for me it's OK!

I will tell you that I have been discriminated at Denny's so I will never ever go there again (I was a kid when it happens and it's still traumatizing for me)


autodidact
by Platinum Member on Aug. 1, 2012 at 9:56 PM

not in employment or custom, but they fund the fight against marriage equality. 

Quoting DOllfACE-:

Chick-fil-A might not believe in homosexuality, but they don't discriminate against them. My local Chik-fil-A has a lesbian for a manager, and has many other gay employees. They may not support their believes but at least they support them as part of the human race

Quoting aMarieT:

so....

let me ask a couple of silly questions here..

has Chick-fil-a ever refused service to anyone based on their perceived sexuality?

has Chick-fil-a ever refused employment to any one based on their perceived sexuality?

No? We don't know?

It amazes me that the so called tolerant progressives are only tolerant toward one set of beliefs. I am amazed that the so called open minded set are the first ones to start blathering on about hate and ignorance when confronted with a view that differs from theirs.

That, in and of itself, it hateful and ignorant. Not to mention close minded.

Way to be open minded and tolerant. 


by the way, I support marriage equality, and I will still eat at Chick-fil-a






SweetLuci
by on Aug. 1, 2012 at 9:57 PM

 Same here.

Quoting DOllfACE-:

Chick-fil-A might not believe in homosexuality, but they don't discriminate against them. My local Chik-fil-A has a lesbian for a manager, and has many other gay employees. They may not support their believes but at least they support them as part of the human race

Quoting aMarieT:

so....

let me ask a couple of silly questions here..

has Chick-fil-a ever refused service to anyone based on their perceived sexuality?

has Chick-fil-a ever refused employment to any one based on their perceived sexuality?

No? We don't know?

It amazes me that the so called tolerant progressives are only tolerant toward one set of beliefs. I am amazed that the so called open minded set are the first ones to start blathering on about hate and ignorance when confronted with a view that differs from theirs.

That, in and of itself, it hateful and ignorant. Not to mention close minded.

Way to be open minded and tolerant. 

 

by the way, I support marriage equality, and I will still eat at Chick-fil-a

 

 

tanya_marieh
by Member on Aug. 1, 2012 at 10:00 PM

  I meant it as a "you" not really directed at anyone specifically.  It doesn't have to be all or nothing but there was quite a bit of nothing for some of the other companies.  It doesn't seem like most of the people are there for trying to keep a business alive as they are for just going against gay people in general.  I could be very wrong and that is ok and I'm sorry if I offended you in anyway.

Quoting SweetLuci:

 So are you saying it's all or nothing? I do support some that I know of, but I really hadn't heard much about this issue until the leftist media got  hold of this. I don't understand what you mean by I'm no better...than who...for what reason? I'm not sure how you know the reason people are there unless you asked all of them, but today when I was there, I only heard people talking about supporting their right to free speech or right to their opinion, nothing being said about being gay is wrong. That's your assumption. I am for gay rights, but I'm for rights for all.

Quoting tanya_marieh:

   I agree with this BUT were any of you who went to CFA today went to support JCP or many of the other companies that are being boycotted because of them supporting equal rights.  If you didn't then you are no better, most of these people aren't there to support a business they are there to say being gay is wrong. 

Quoting SweetLuci:

 Some people just don't understand that a company is comprised of people. For some reason they feel they can spew vitreol about a company, and have no concern for the damage they cause to individuals. Well, I know he'll work hard today, but I hope he'll be encouraged by the show of support.

Quoting torttia:

My DH works for them and I am so tired of the drama that comes with it. We support gay rights and I have had family get mad at us because he works there. The opinions of one should not reflect the entire company, even if it is the COO.

DH was a teen dad when they hired him to work there. We were not "traditional" but they did not judge him and now he is working towards owning his own franchise. They do not care what their employees or customers do. That is one mans views!!!! The other day someone asked what my husband did and it was the first time I felt embarrassed to answer.

I am so ready for this to blow over.

 


 


I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three.

                -Elayne Boosler


DOllfACE-
by on Aug. 1, 2012 at 10:00 PM

other then attack others via Internet forum for not having your same views or because you misunderstand their responses...what have YOU personally done OFF the Internet about this uproar? I'm just stating unless you plan on being the next john lennon and going outside and protesting day and night OFF the Internet..stop looking to debate people unless you are marching in civil rights protests.

Quoting autodidact:

not in employment or custom, but they fund the fight against marriage equality. 

Quoting DOllfACE-:

Chick-fil-A might not believe in homosexuality, but they don't discriminate against them. My local Chik-fil-A has a lesbian for a manager, and has many other gay employees. They may not support their believes but at least they support them as part of the human race

Quoting aMarieT:

so....

let me ask a couple of silly questions here..

has Chick-fil-a ever refused service to anyone based on their perceived sexuality?

has Chick-fil-a ever refused employment to any one based on their perceived sexuality?

No? We don't know?

It amazes me that the so called tolerant progressives are only tolerant toward one set of beliefs. I am amazed that the so called open minded set are the first ones to start blathering on about hate and ignorance when confronted with a view that differs from theirs.

That, in and of itself, it hateful and ignorant. Not to mention close minded.

Way to be open minded and tolerant. 

 

by the way, I support marriage equality, and I will still eat at Chick-fil-a

 

 


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