‘Eat Mor Chick’n’ on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day August 1

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I was out of town on vacation two weeks ago when the news hit about Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s clarification on the company’s stand on biblical marriage.

“Guilty as charged,” he was quoted as saying when asked about his corporation’s support of traditional, biblical marriage.

In an interview published in Baptist Press dated July 16, Cathy said his company is “very much supporting of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit.”

The story took off and was presented by the media as a slam against gay marriage statement. Papers such as The Washington Post, The New York Daily News, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and many others carried coverage of Cathy’s interview and stance. By now, you’ve seen comments and news postings all over Facebook and in other media.

Several days later, Chick-fil-A issued this statement: “going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena” and that the company’s approach is “to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”

Yet that statement didn’t keep Boston mayor Thomas Menino from declaring that “Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston.” Northeastern University refused to permit the corporation to open a store on campus. Other “famous” individuals, such as actor Ed Helms of “The Office,” stated their intent to boycott the business.

So, in light of this opposition, talk show host and former governor Mike Huckabee initiated and promoted “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” on August 1. Huckabee is encouraging people to eat at Chick-fil-A today to show their support for the company that operates over 1600 restaurants, is closed on Sundays, and bases their business practices on biblical principles.

Folks on our side of Atlanta certainly appreciate the Chick-fil-A family. Many corporate employees live in our county, are involved in our churches and community activities and are friends and neighbors. I literally ran up on Dan Cathy as we were running the Old Courthouse 5K back in June. I stayed with him for about two minutes until he picked it up a notch and left me behind.

There are five Chick-fil-A stores in Fayette County, and every operator is highly involved in supporting local churches, schools and other organizations. The local Fayetteville operators have certainly been good to our church. And, of course, Upscale Pizza is a Cathy operation that is also very community oriented.

Our church is located on Truett Cathy Highway (also known as McDonough Road), and Truett’s residence is right down the road. He has jokingly asked me, “Why don’t you change the name of your church to Truett Cathy Baptist Church?”

We laughed and I told him we’d consider it.

One time, a random stranger came up to me and asked if I was Bubba Cathy. I told her “no, he’s better looking than I am,” though we do share a similar hairline. (I’ve also been mistaken for the Perdue Chicken man. He, too, has a similar hairstyle).

So I plan to stop by one or two of our Chick-fil-A stores today, maybe grab lunch at one and, later in the afternoon, buy a large peach milkshake at another. Have you had one of those yet? On further thought, I’ll also need something for breakfast.

Maybe I’ll just have my own progressive dinner and hit all five.

Interestingly, in response to Huckabee’s initiative, some anti-Chick-fil-A group is promoting August 3rd as National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A. I encourage you to make your presence known that day, also, and if you see any protesters or kissers, be kind, be cordial, and don’t get drawn into controversy that will create negative publicity. That’s their hope.

Just walk up to these Chick-fil-A boycotters, interrupt their smooching, and say, “Hey, welcome to Chick-fil-A. Can I buy you a sandwich?”

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Dr. David L. Chancey is pastor, McDonough Road Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Georgia. The church gathers at 352 McDonough Road, just past the department of drivers’ services building, and invites you to join them this Sunday for Bible study at 9:45 a.m. and worship at 10:55 a.m. Visit them online at www.mcdonoughroad.org.

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Dan is entitled to free speech

the view many share is that the Corporation takes it's money and invests in organizations that wish to deny equal rights to all human beings.

As John Stewart aptly pointed out 20 years from now there will be gay marriage and Chiick-fil-A.

The marriage service or sacrament a church chooses to offer is up to the church-- offer it or not your choice..

Perhaps the marriage certificate itself should be something a minister does not sign , let that be a civil function.

Then we can all get on with really important things and stop quibbling over over the fact your neighbors just might be gay.

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Man Fired After Chick-Fil-A Protest

Gotta love it.....

After an Arizona man filmed himself berating a drive-thru employee of a Scottsdale-area Chick-Fil-A, his clip went viral on anti-gay sites, prompting internet sleuths identify the man and track down his biotech employer who fired their CFO on the spot.

Man Fired After Chick-Fil-A Protest

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Loved it, Joe!

Berating a front-line employee for earning a living; "you deserve better" - well, he WAS a CFO of a corporation - where's HIS job offer to her?!? What a pompous ass...this is like yelling at a flight attendant because there was too much turbulence on a flight!

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Come on now, Nuk

You are whining about free speech, but you keep chiding David Barlow whenever he talks about Christianity.

On the Arizona situation, the man was harassing an employee of the restaurant. We actually have laws dealing with this. It appears the Chick-Fil-A people were nice enough not to call the police.

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The fired guy at the Chick-Fil-A drive thru

BUt...but...but...what about FREE SPEECH! Doesn't this no-class guy have the same right to it? That's what people on one side would be saying if this same dude was harping at another drive thru company who donated to gay rights causes. How can u fire him for speaking out?! WAAAAAHHHHHHH!

Nowhere in the 1st Amendment is freedom of speech without any consequences mentioned. Some people have a hard time grasping that concept. You are free to say a lot of things, but aren't free of any repercussions from your speech. Don Haddix would like to think otherwise and some of the more fervent goofs on the side of Dan Cathy(Cathy I have no problem at all with..he said what he believed and so it is) also have no clue about this.

You can say most anything......besides the idiots like the Mayors of Chicago, Boston and LA who all have backed way down when they realized their stupid mouths got in the way of the law, it's OK to criticize Chick-Fil-A, or support them. There are consequences either way to the speech and there is nothing and never will be anything in the Constitution that allows you to say whatever the hell u want to and no one else can agree or disagree with it. That's not a "right"

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Speech and consequences

Absolutely, NUK_1, the fact that the government can't abridge free speech (barring whatever asterisks the Supreme Court decides to tack on at any given time) doesn't guarantee that speech must lack consequences. Boycotts and firings are certainly examples of fair consequences (vandalism is not, of course).

I must say I'm a little uneasy with companies firing employees for personal actions/speech not made as a representative of the company (and I've been uneasy with it well before this idiot recorded a video of himself), but it's understandable his employer wouldn't want to be associated with such a creep.

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Nuk & Free Speech

Sure, he had a right to say what did but paid the consequences of embarrassing his employer. Who would want to continue employing someone that stupid? Would have been interesting to see that young lady "accidently" spill his "free water" in his car.

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AHG: Yeah, that guy was a loser

He found out that while you have a right to free speech, there are consequences and your employer might not give a damn whatsoever about you "exercising" your free speech rights and looking like a real tool.

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Boy talking about turning the tables

Religion, what a touchy subject, and then Freedom of Speech,humh.
I guess there are only a hand full of people that are allowed to say what they think without reservation or repercussion of their opinion. Several groups of people, everyday speak out for what they believe in. Dan Cathy did and the are trying to "hang him on the cross".
I support Dan's opinion and true beliefs of the simple fact that Man and Woman are the only true source of fundamental life style and that it is the only moral way of life. If you decide that you approve or are active in the homosexual way of life, that is your business. What Mr Cathy said is his business and not for government officials to crucify him because thats what he believes. I know The Cathy's have placed this issue in Gods hand and he will prevail. If you don't like Chickfila because of there product, well then just don't eat it. It shouldn't be such a big issue over a product just because you believe what you believe. And thats all I'm going to say about that.

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ChicFilA

The issue is freedom of speech. BTW I am in favor of Gay marriage -- but I absolutely support Dan Cathy's right to express his personal opinion.

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Buying Chick-Fil-A doesn't make you a bigot

Buying Chick-Fil-A doesn't make you a bigot; celebrating it right now does.

Look, it's not really my concern whether you (random reader) boycott Chick-Fil-A or continue to buy delicious food as you always have. But if you're going out of your way to pat Chick-Fil-A on the back with extra zeal right now of all times, I suspect you oppose gays getting married, holding hands, adopting kids, serving in the military, or possibly existing. All this because the Bible forbids homosexuality (not to mention mixing fabrics, shaving, and so on). All this despite modern science indicating homosexuality is an inborn trait (I know, I know, science is uncomfortable). You'd prefer born-gay people to suffer a life of loneliness or self-denial (how would it feel if you, born straight, were forced into same-sex marriage?).

If this describes you at all, please try not to be surprised when you're called a bigot, and newsflash: this isn't remotely on par with you voting to deny any grown couple the right to marry (does interracial marriage make you a little uneasy too?). Chick-Fil-A has every right to continue existing, but it deserves no special celebration now.

(Disclaimer: Boston mayor Menino is nutty.)

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DILLIK - It's about Freedom of Speech

Did Chick Fil A do anything actionable toward gays? No! Dan Cathy gave an honest answer to a question. So to me this issue is about freedom of speech. Go ahead and tell me all about the rights that gays are being denied. Then explain to me how suppressing freedom of speech will fix that. BTW, if you're looking for me Aug 1st or 3rd I'll be at Chick Fil A supporting freedom of speech!

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"The rights that gays are

"The rights that gays are being denied": marriage (in most states). Wow, that was quick. Or were you suggesting gays can marry anyone of the opposite sex they want? Because LOL if so. Substitute: "Blacks can marry any black person they want."

And methinks you're "supporting the freedom of speech" as it pertains to endorsing curtailing of rights without being spoken ill of. Even supposing a boycott is completely misguided, I'm guessing you don't see that as freedom of speech?

(Side note: Again, I consider Boston's response ridiculous and make no effort to defend it.)

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The rights that gays are being denied": marriage (in most states). Wow, that was quick. Or were you suggesting gays can marry anyone of the opposite sex they want? Because LOL if so. Substitute: "Blacks can marry any black person they want."

And methinks you're "supporting the freedom of speech" as it pertains to endorsing curtailing of rights without being spoken ill of. Even supposing a boycott is completely misguided, I'm guessing you don't see that as freedom of speech?

Nice rant. Even if it didn't have anything to do with the question that I asked.

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Chick-Fil-A has clean hands, mostly

You brought up three issues by my count; I addressed the last two (rights being denied, supporting freedom of speech). With regard to the first (actionable acts), no, Chick-Fil-A has only supported anti-gay groups; I know of no evidence it's dirtied its hands in a directly discriminatory way. Okay, there's the answer you felt was missing; now feel free to rebut my non-sequiturs 2 and 3 if you wish.

Incidentally, I'm not actually suggesting a boycott over Dan's remarks alone is something that would move me to participate (if I hadn't been boycotting already). Let's be honest, though: "I support freedom of speech" apparently means, "...when a company's being boycotted for a cause that doesn't move me." And right now, "I support Chick-Fil-A" means, "...because pro-gay people are angry with them."

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Incidentally, I'm not actually suggesting a boycott over Dan's remarks alone is something that would move me to participate (if I hadn't been boycotting already). Let's be honest, though: "I support freedom of speech" apparently means, "...when a company's being boycotted for a cause that doesn't move me." And right now, "I support Chick-Fil-A" means, "...because pro-gay people are angry with them."

Have we met? Do you know me? No. You just want to twist my words to suit your purpose. So just for a second if you can take me at face value. How does suppression of freedom of speech help the gay cause? I know it's hard but try to answer without pretending that you are physic and know me when you don't.

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Helping the gay cause

Well, I was trying to put words in everyone's mouths, not just yours specifically. But realistically, few people will probably acknowledge that side of themselves even if it's there, so yeah, lost cause.

Setting aside Boston (which I often like to do), I'm not seeing much here that constitutes suppression of freedom of speech. Boycotts and insults are freedom as well; no company is guaranteed freedom of profit in the face of misguided boycotts, nor is any person guaranteed freedom from being called a jerk for their beliefs. And as an aside because it's on my mind, there's a trap here, I think, where anti-gay advocates place their platform on equal footing with the pro-gay platform (for instance, "You have your opinions, but you can't respect mine!"). But, you know, there really are senseless and hateful ideas that deserve thorough reprimand: racism, sexism, and unequal treatment of gays are examples. Religion isn't so sacred that it can't be challenged if it encroaches on the rights of others, just as some might argue a person's right to privacy isn't so sacred that it can encroach on the life of another.

But back to the broader point: do I think vocal outrage "helps the gay cause?" Ehhh, it might be a toss-up, but what DOESN'T seem to work is sitting there quietly and waiting for straight people to kindly give them the right to marry whenever straights get around to it. Protest does change some minds. But frankly, just coming out and letting their families and friends realize they actually know and care about a gay person (who may well want to marry the person they love) will probably accomplish more. I know of a number of people whose hearts have been changed by realizing they knew a gay person. I'm not sure protests are expressly harmful, though.

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Dillik- Gay cause
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But frankly, just coming out and letting their families and friends realize they actually know and care about a gay person (who may well want to marry the person they love) will probably accomplish more. I know of a number of people whose hearts have been changed by realizing they knew a gay person.

Attract more flies with honey than vinegar approach? Can't argue with that.

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I'm not sure protests are expressly harmful, though.

They are when they're offensive and/or threatening.

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But, you know, there really are senseless and hateful ideas that deserve thorough reprimand: racism, sexism, and unequal treatment of gays are examples

Sure there are. On both sides.

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They are when they're offensive and/or threatening.

Fair enough, except that just about anything can be offensive. Anyway, if I were to spearhead a protest, I'd prefer mild mischief with a touch of sarcastic whimsy.

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Sure there are. On both sides.

Okay, but I warn you, I'll laugh as soon as anyone (maybe not you) equates the villainy of denying marriage rights with castigating said denial. Because, you know, not being allowed to marry is a little worse than getting your feelings hurt by protesters. Just saying.

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Dillik, it seems people have really gone over the edge on this

one. What people seem to be overlooking is the fact that Mr. Cathy did not say he would not serve gays in his restaurant, he did not say they were going to burn in hell (as some hellfire and brimstone sorts do). He was asked his opinion and his feelings on a matter and he stated them. Nothing in his statement was defaming to gays; he simply said he believed marriage was between a man and a woman--plain and simple. All the hoopla is coming from others who misconstrue his statements.

Before you get the idea that I am a gay basher--perish that thought. I had a brother who I knew was 'different' from the time he was about 6 years old--his life became a living hell as he got older---he has been dead now for over twenty years--he took his own life because he could take it no more---things were a lot different when he was growing up--he was 40 when he killed himself. So, I know something about this situation.

I think everyone is entitled to their own feelings and beliefs. It is wrong for mayors, governors, etc. to say they do not want Chic-Fil-A restaurants in their cities and states. Chic-Fil-A refused service to no one. In fact of all the fast food restaurants, Chic-Fil-A has always had the neatest, pleasantest, most well mannered employees of them all. Also, the Chic-Fil-A company has sent many young people to college, has done many wonderful things in the neighborhood. In what is supposed to be the land of the free, why is this company being castigated for an honest statement made by it's president? Again, he did not say he hated gays, did not say they were going to rot in hell, in fact, he said nothing about gays at all.

I don't think there should be a special celebration on either side. I do think we should be as open minded as we expect others to be. Just as I think there should be no special celebration now by Chic-Fil-A, I think there should be no 'kiss-in' or whatever it is being called either. Would the people who are calling for a boycott for Mr. Cathy voicing his opinion in a non-accusatory manner feel it is right to boycott a business because the management was run by or supported by gays? One is just as wrong as the other. Just my opinion.

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I'm very sorry to hear about

I'm very sorry to hear about your brother.

Personally, the kiss-in sounds pretty silly to me, but I've been refusing to give Chick-Fil-A money for a while now, not because of Dan's recent remarks, but because of the gay-intolerant groups they've given support to in the past.

My original point was that choosing now to celebrate Chick-Fil-A makes one seem to belong to that group of people our grandchildren or great-grandchildren will be ashamed of someday. "You were one of those people who protested gay marriage. W-- why...?"

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The mirror of bigotry is one way

I am amazed that I continually see people of your ilk calling a person that supports a Biblical position with regard to marriage to be a bigot. If a bigot is to be defined as "a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices;" then you sir, are a bigot as well. cheers to you

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Bigoted against bigots? Sure

The Bible features some pretty creepy marriage scenarios (are you still obligated to marry your widowed sister-in-law, by the way?), so I'm going to assume that instead of Biblical marriage, you just mean "no homo."

Anyway, I've noticed a tendency among no-homo-marriage advocates like yourself to complain of intolerance toward their beliefs. Have you noticed anyone voting to deny you any personal rights because of your beliefs? You know, comparable to you presumably voting to deny gay couple's freedom to marry the person they love? Probably not.

Let's imagine someone complaining, "I can't even suggest blacks shouldn't be allowed to vote without being called a bigot! So much for tolerance, you hypocritical liberals!" It's still pretty stupid when you're talking about gay marriage. There's every reason to call people out on their mistreatment or intended mistreatment of a certain group of people. Bemoaning intolerance toward your intolerance is pretty weak, but if it makes you feel better, fine, I'm bigoted against bigots. I promise not to vote to deny bigots the right to marry.

Now back to the main point: If gay marriage isn't for you, don't get one. I'm pretty sure God won't be condemning you personally if you stop standing in the way of some loving couple's sinful happy life together.

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Like an endless mirror reflection....

.....being bigoted against bigots who are bigoted against bigots.....of course, each reflection gets smaller until they become meaningless.

The cha-ching of the cash registers is the lesson to be learned here, a textbook quality marketing technique and as we all know, marketing is everything.

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Bigoted against bigots? Sure

Sorry about the double post.

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Chick -fil - A!!

This company has respected my beliefs, and I respect theirs.

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Several days later, Chick-fil-A issued this statement: “going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena” and that the company’s approach is “to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”

What a terrific addition to any community. Great service; well trained and courteous staff; good food; meaningful community involvement. What more can you ask for?? My family will continue to appreciate their contribution to the community!!

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Chick Fil A, would you

puhleeze get new covers for your milkshakes? You know, the kind that don't fall off and make a mess in my cupholder and front seat in my sparkling clean vehicle?

Other than that, see you tomorrow.

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moelarrycurly

Was that Peach milkshake? I love those!!!!

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Yes, of course. I do, too! Especially when they end up in my big fat mouth, not on the upholstery!

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