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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 (711-720):
chloesmommy777
by New Member on Aug. 1, 2012 at 11:04 PM

I'm sorry, I misspoke... consider me truly rueful of my inconsiderate/ignorant remark. I was thoughtless. I just wish politics and/or religion wouldn't be such a huge a factor when it comes to peoples' income, and such. I see your point.

Quoting LadyByrdNest:

    Your comment was disheartening to read, because there are thousands of working poor employed by CFA, and those people rely on that job to get them through college, help make ends meet that there first job doesn't, single mom's support their kids, and not to mention helps keep them off of PA so that you and I don't have to support them with our tax dollars which is great for the economy. 

    I'm sorry you don't care either way if they sink or swim being that you probably feel that way just because you dislike the view of one single man. 

   I'm so very sorry that with your limited, internal vision, you are unable to see the beautiful forest for the one tree. 

But, it is after all, your right.

Quoting chloesmommy777:

I suppose they don't care what others think of them? Unlike you? Good chicken, tho, if you're into that... however, it's not a big deal to me personally if they sink or swim...




LadyByrdNest
by on Aug. 1, 2012 at 11:05 PM
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Speaking of Gay couples....I just got back from a photo-shoot at CFA, and got a shot of a lesbian couple just walking in the place. I'll post it soon. I've got a moving story to tell with it as well. 

Quoting evanaustinmama:

My thought is everyone is entitled to their own thoughts and beliefs. Not everyone has to agree on certain issues. I don't agree with same sex marriage but I am also not worried about what another person does with their own life. Especially if the person isn't bothering me or my kids. I could really careless. People should back the Hell off Chik fil A and Truitt Cathy. Aren't there bigger things to worry about? Not like Chik fil A is hanging signs in the windows that say "No Gay couples" or anything like that. Geesh!


queencaligula
by on Aug. 1, 2012 at 11:08 PM

They have a right to their opinion.  I disagree with Chick-fil-a and that is my right.  I have a few family members as well as friends who are in same sex relationships and I hate it when they are persecuted.  However, if the people don't want a Chick-fil-a all they have to do is not go.  Lack of business can shut a place down if they don't like it.  They are too freakin pricey anyway!  Another thing, if they fire someone due to sexual orientation, then they can be sued.  However, they have the right of freedom of speech and people have the right of not having to go there if they don't like the fact

KeeKee77
by on Aug. 1, 2012 at 11:09 PM
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Chic Fil A doesn't believe in gay marriage. Starbucks supports it. I don't give two $hits either way. I believe in America. This is supposed to be the land where people are free to express how they feel about whatever they want whether you're an individual or company.
If you don't like what the private business Chic Fil A has to say, don't go there. If you don't like what Starbucks supports don't go there. But if you believe people should keep their feelings and opinions to themselves --no matter what they are--you should move to another country


Here's what I think:

LadyByrdNest
by on Aug. 1, 2012 at 11:09 PM
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WOW...could knock me over with a feather! 

CM doesn't see the likes of you very often. Ya know the kind that apologize and actually mean it? 

Thank you for that! 

And yes, I agree, these things can and do get out of hand. Give it a couple of weeks, this will die down and something else will have taken its place. :)

thank you

PS. I just noticed you're new here....it might explain why you're so humble, you haven't been here long enough to become jaded. lol!!

Quoting chloesmommy777:

I'm sorry, I misspoke... consider me truly rueful of my inconsiderate/ignorant remark. I was thoughtless. I just wish politics and/or religion wouldn't be such a huge a factor when it comes to peoples' income, and such. I see your point.

Quoting LadyByrdNest:

    Your comment was disheartening to read, because there are thousands of working poor employed by CFA, and those people rely on that job to get them through college, help make ends meet that there first job doesn't, single mom's support their kids, and not to mention helps keep them off of PA so that you and I don't have to support them with our tax dollars which is great for the economy. 

    I'm sorry you don't care either way if they sink or swim being that you probably feel that way just because you dislike the view of one single man. 

   I'm so very sorry that with your limited, internal vision, you are unable to see the beautiful forest for the one tree. 

But, it is after all, your right.

Quoting chloesmommy777:

I suppose they don't care what others think of them? Unlike you? Good chicken, tho, if you're into that... however, it's not a big deal to me personally if they sink or swim...





hedgehog40
by on Aug. 1, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Bravo!  And very well stated.  Yes, I have yet to find a liberal or progressive person - who proclaims tolerance - to accept the "opposing point of view".    I still await the day that I can find a true non-hypocritical liberal!!!  I don't think they exist!

autodidact
by Platinum Member on Aug. 1, 2012 at 11:11 PM

they do worse, they help finance opposition to gay marriage. 


Quoting evanaustinmama:

My thought is everyone is entitled to their own thoughts and beliefs. Not everyone has to agree on certain issues. I don't agree with same sex marriage but I am also not worried about what another person does with their own life. Especially if the person isn't bothering me or my kids. I could really careless. People should back the Hell off Chik fil A and Truitt Cathy. Aren't there bigger things to worry about? Not like Chik fil A is hanging signs in the windows that say "No Gay couples" or anything like that. Geesh!





LadyByrdNest
by on Aug. 1, 2012 at 11:15 PM

LOL!!!!

Quoting autodidact:

they do worse, they help finance opposition to gay marriage. 



evanaustinmama
by on Aug. 1, 2012 at 11:17 PM

I don't care. That doesn't bother me one bit.

Quoting autodidact:

they do worse, they help finance opposition to gay marriage. 


Quoting evanaustinmama:

My thought is everyone is entitled to their own thoughts and beliefs. Not everyone has to agree on certain issues. I don't agree with same sex marriage but I am also not worried about what another person does with their own life. Especially if the person isn't bothering me or my kids. I could really careless. People should back the Hell off Chik fil A and Truitt Cathy. Aren't there bigger things to worry about? Not like Chik fil A is hanging signs in the windows that say "No Gay couples" or anything like that. Geesh!



autodidact
by Platinum Member on Aug. 1, 2012 at 11:18 PM
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I accept that people think marriage should be only one man and one woman, and I accept their right to differ from my opinion. 

They are free to let THEIR opinion determine THEIR lives, not others'. 

Quoting hedgehog40:

Bravo!  And very well stated.  Yes, I have yet to find a liberal or progressive person - who proclaims tolerance - to accept the "opposing point of view".    I still await the day that I can find a true non-hypocritical liberal!!!  I don't think they exist!





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