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A Veteran speaks about Chick-fil-A and freedom
The Band of Patriots ^ | August 1, 2012 | Cameron Harris

Posted on 08/01/2012 4:37:56 PM PDT by orthodoxyordeath

During lunchtime today, I ventured to the closest Chick-fil-A to grab lunch and to show my support. It became evident pretty quickly that everyone else in the state of North Carolina decided to do the same. It took me nearly 45 minutes to even get close enough to the restaurant to park, and then another 30 minutes to get my food. I don’t regret a single minute of it, though.

As I was standing around waiting for my lunch, an elderly lady standing near me began to strike up a conversation. She asked me how old I was, where I was from, and then she asked me why I had decided to eat at Chick-fil-A this afternoon. I told her it was because I wanted to support the traditional, Biblical view of marriage, and I also wanted to support the rights of Chick-fil-A and other public companies to voice their own opinions, no matter what side of the political spectrum those opinions may fall. She said that her reasons were much of the same, and then she mentioned that she would like me to meet her husband.

She turned to her left and there, sitting in a wheelchair, was an older man whom she introduced to me as her husband. The conversation that I and this man had was one of the most insightful, eye-opening conversations of my life, so I will try to summarize the life and beliefs of this man for you.

This man was 89 years old. He was born in 1923 on a farm in upstate South Carolina. First, he talked about growing up during the Depression. He joked that his family was so poor that they couldn’t even tell that they were in a depression, but then he remarked more seriously about how he, his brothers, and his father would work from before dawn until after dusk just to ensure that they had enough to support their family.

This man joined the Armed Forces during World War II and served in various places around Europe. During his service, he lost hearing and sight on the left side of his face from a grenade exploding too close to him. He commented on how he lost two of his brothers during the war, but he knew that they would not have been happier dying any other way.

When he returned to America, he moved back home, bought his own land, and began working on his own farm. He married his wife, who introduced us, and because of medical complications, they only had one son.

He lost this son, his only son, during a midnight mission in the jungle of Vietnam in the 70’s.

The next words that this man spoke to me will forever live in my mind.

He said: “ I couldn’t care less whether a person is gay or straight. I will always vote to support the traditional idea of marriage, but if the majority of Americans vote and say they support the institution of gay marriage, then that is how it should be. That is democracy. But, if an individual or a company cannot voice their own opinions without being demonized by people, then there is a problem. I have given years of my life, my hearing, my sight, and my son to this nation. I have watched America go to war many times, and no matter what anyone might say, we are always fighting for our right to be free. This world took my brothers, my friends, and my son so that those that support gay marriage can say what they want. But they also died for the rights of everyone else. If they would let me go to war right now, then I would. Just to protect my freedom. But I can’t, and I have to rely on those that are able to do the fighting for me to make sure that everything that I fought for will carry on for thousands of years. For me, this is not just about politics; this is about being American, being free.”

Soon after he said these words, the man and his wife received their order, and they left. As I watched them cross the parking lot, I knew that I had just met the realest definition of an American hero.

The gay rights movement is entranced with the idea of acceptance, tolerance, and freedom of expression. They live by these things; they preach them; and they demand them. That is, until someone disagrees with them.

On the surface, this entire issue might seem like it is all about politics, one side disagreeing with the other about policy. That is not what it is at all. This is about the CEO of a company being able to say whatever it is that he wants to say. This is about people being able to have and accept different beliefs. This is about going down a two way street, not blockading one side and saying there is only way to go.

Freedom is at the core of American beliefs. No, freedom is at the core of human beliefs. While we may not always agree on where exactly a line is drawn, we should never disagree over the rights of someone to voice their opinions. Freedom is guaranteed in America. It is something that was fought for from day one, and it is something that will be fought for until America’s final day. Freedom is something bestowed upon us at birth by people like that man, his brothers, his friends, and his son.

No matter how controversial an opinion may be, when we begin to lose the ability to voice that opinion, we begin to lose the idea of American freedom.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food; Government; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: boycott; chickfila; gay
One of my bloggers posted this story today, and I thought it was a nice interview and set of ideas.
1 posted on 08/01/2012 4:38:07 PM PDT by orthodoxyordeath
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To: orthodoxyordeath

I’m imagining a kosher Chick fil-A..... Nah. -Then they would be closed on Saturday too!


2 posted on 08/01/2012 4:40:35 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: orthodoxyordeath

Thanks for posting this fine article. The only thing that needs correcting is the idea that “Freedom is something bestowed upon us at birth by people like that man, his brothers, his friends, and his son.”

We are “endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, and among them are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” God gives us our liberty. Patriots have died defending that God-given right.


3 posted on 08/01/2012 4:46:53 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: orthodoxyordeath

4 posted on 08/01/2012 4:52:42 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: orthodoxyordeath

Nice read. Thanks for posting it.


5 posted on 08/01/2012 4:53:56 PM PDT by tickedoffnow (No more...)
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6 posted on 08/01/2012 4:54:53 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: txrefugee

Well said sir!


7 posted on 08/01/2012 5:01:22 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas, Texas, Whisky)
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To: tickedoffnow

I had never been to the place. I went this PM twice as it was jammed. The crowd was lined up over 75 feet two people wide outside the door here. My wife and I liked the food that we just finished. There is no grease. I saw Christians line up and take on Obama and his hate America today. It made me feel like serving my country in war again. God Bless this business owner.


8 posted on 08/01/2012 5:09:06 PM PDT by Lumper20
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To: Nachum

Actually, to be exact, the jewish sabbath (shabbot) is on Sunday and that is the day that Chrisrians should hold sacred as well.

It was the Roman church in it’s effort to destroy everything Jewish that decided to move the sacred day to Sunday, the 1st day of the week rather than Saturday the 7th day of the week.

The Roman church in it,s efforts to replace all of the Jewish feast days with it’s own ‘holidays’ that hgas greatly hurt the churches understanding of what the Jweish feast days ment and were ment to conyinue representing to tell the story of Christ both in past and the future.

zThe 7th day was ordaned by God to be held sacred forever.


9 posted on 08/01/2012 5:24:18 PM PDT by dglang
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To: dglang

Great anti-Catholic rant /sarc


10 posted on 08/01/2012 5:37:46 PM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: orthodoxyordeath
Plenty of vets - prior service, retired and active - added to the Fayetteville, NC numbers.

“Supporters of Chick-fil-A pack Fayetteville locations”

http://fayobserver.com/articles/2012/08/01/1194441?sac=fo.local

“Lunchtime at Chick-fil-A on Skibo Road is typically busy, but the line out the door Wednesday was at least 100 people.

Many of them showed up to support the chain, which has come under fire for its president's comments about gay marriage. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister and Fox News program host, had encouraged people to patronize the restaurants by declaring Wednesday “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”.........................”

I went to the Ramsey St local around 6:00PM. Place was still packed. Got the chicken meals but had to settle for fruit cups - they were sold out of all the kinds of fries.

Everybody was friendly and having a good time.

11 posted on 08/01/2012 5:41:02 PM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: PeteB570

Glad to hear my favorite military post got the support out. I have not seen Bragg in years. I hope all are well.


12 posted on 08/01/2012 5:46:42 PM PDT by Lumper20
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To: Lumper20
"I went this PM twice as it was jammed."

The Chick-fil-A in Wichita was slammed at least until after 3:15, and how much later I couldn't say. Had a bite elsewhere. Will come back another day when they could maybe use the support more.

13 posted on 08/01/2012 5:46:42 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: PeteB570

Glad to hear my favorite military post got the support out. I have not seen Bragg in years. I hope all are well.


14 posted on 08/01/2012 5:46:52 PM PDT by Lumper20
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To: orthodoxyordeath

I agree with the sentiment. It’s sweet. But democracy conflicts with natural rights in many ways.


15 posted on 08/01/2012 5:51:04 PM PDT by andyk (Go Juan Pablo!)
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To: YHAOS

Damn. It feels great to be an American again-if even for this day. Maybe we can ride this Chik Fil A day all the way to throw out Obama and the non believers. We need to get back to English and assimilate, too. I am just grateful for this day Lord.


16 posted on 08/01/2012 5:53:51 PM PDT by Lumper20
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To: dglang

Somebody had better run quick and inform the Apostle Paul. He instructed believers to bring their tithes and offerings ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK. 1st Corinthians 16:2

The matter was settled looooong before there was a catholic church, and the reason is not obscure. Under Jewish Law, before The Lamb of God was sacrificed on Calvary, the believing Jews obtained an IOU for Salvation from God by keeping the feasts and sacrifices. The blood of bulls and goats could NOT remove sin.

Hebrews 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

They WORKED for their salvation for six days and rested on the 7th day. When Christ said, “It is finished” God stamped all those Jews’ IOUs PAID.

In Christ it is an entirely different economy, if you will. Christians do not WORK for salvation. They enter into rest by putting their faith in the FINISHED work of Christ. After one is Saved through faith in Christ they live for Christ and serve him; NOT in order to BE Saved, but because they already ARE saved. They do it out of gratitude for their GUARANTEED Salvation. They REST in Christ on the FIRST day of the week, and go out and serve their Savior the remaining six days. Christ arose from the tomb on the FIRST day of the week. Long before Constantine was even a gleam in his papa’s eye.

Mat_28:1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
Mar_16:2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
Mar_16:9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
Luk_24:1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
Joh_20:1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.
Joh_20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
Act_20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
1Co_16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.


17 posted on 08/01/2012 5:53:59 PM PDT by Tucker39 ( Psa 68:19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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To: orthodoxyordeath

At 8 p.m. my local chick Fil A was still surrounded around the store, out on the service road and to the highway waiting to get in...in rural west virginia it went on that way all day.

I was so proud.

A few gay protesters were there...a few as in 12 or so.


18 posted on 08/01/2012 6:11:18 PM PDT by Freddd (No PA Engineers)
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To: dglang

Almost everything you wrote about the sabbath is unmitigated hogwash.


19 posted on 08/01/2012 6:24:27 PM PDT by Lucas McCain ("The day may come when the courage of men will fail, but not this day.")
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To: Lumper20
"It feels great to be an American again"

It always feels great to be an American. Don't let non-Americans infect your attitude.

20 posted on 08/01/2012 6:36:00 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: YHAOS

True: I alone have allowed that rotten Obama to drag me down. I take responsibility.


21 posted on 08/01/2012 6:46:02 PM PDT by Lumper20
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To: dglang

“to be exact, the jewish sabbath (shabbot) is on Sunday”
I think you meant to say Saturday.

“The 7th day was ordaned by God to be held sacred forever.”
That’s what the Bible says.


22 posted on 08/01/2012 7:08:55 PM PDT by foundedonpurpose (It's time for a fundamental restoration, of our country's principles!)
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To: foundedonpurpose
You are correct, I meant Saturday not Sunday.

I apologize to all for my typo.

It's been a long day and I had just returned from spending about an hour and a half at Chick-fil-a in Mount Dora Fl.

The lines coming in from both sides of the store were totally backed up and one line was even circled around another business’ parking lot.

I had worked my was almost to the entry way when I looked down and saw the gas tank almost on empty.
I didn't want to run out of gas and totally mess everything up so I pulled out of line to fill up and started in at the beginning all over again.

23 posted on 08/01/2012 7:38:34 PM PDT by dglang
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To: dglang

I hope the story ended with a happy Chick-Fil-A sandwich type of ending.

Blessings to you!


24 posted on 08/01/2012 8:09:36 PM PDT by foundedonpurpose (It's time for a fundamental restoration, of our country's principles!)
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To: orthodoxyordeath

Thanks for posting - great read!!


25 posted on 08/01/2012 9:32:21 PM PDT by redinIllinois (Pro-life, accountant, gun-totin' grandma - multi issue voter)
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To: Lumper20
"I alone have allowed that rotten Obama to drag me down. I take responsibility."

Don't be so hard on yourself. Tell the 0bamatrons to go suck canal water.

26 posted on 08/02/2012 9:31:00 AM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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