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Chick-Fil-A and the Heart of America
Renew America ^ | 01 August 2012 | Tim Dunkin

Posted on 08/01/2012 7:38:36 PM PDT by Yashcheritsiy

As I write this, Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day isn't even over yet, but it is already obvious that the cultural Left in America has been handed an absolutely huge defeat today. For those who have been living under a rock for the past few weeks, Chick-Fil-A's President, Dan Cathy (son of founder Truett Cathy), was recently asked by a Baptist publication about his views on traditional marriage and same-sex "marriage." Cathy, whose company is well-known for its support of Christian principles (including closing on Sundays, something almost unheard-of these days), responded by affirming support for traditional marriage and opposing same-sex unions. For this, Cathy and his company have been roundly pilloried in the mainstream media. Radical homosexual activists immediately demanded a boycott of the restaurant chain, as well as announcing a "kiss in" to be held at franchises across the country. Accusations of "hate" and "bigotry" have been flung at the company, and leftist elected officials in a number of cities have gone so far as to announce that they will make every effort to force the restaurant chain out of their cities, or prevent them from starting any restaurants if none already exist (which is, as it turns out, highly illegal).

Clearly, the cultural Marxists in America thought that this would be yet another play from the old gay Mafia playbook — identify an offender who makes the mistake of opposing the radical homosexual agenda, fix them as a target for the hatred of the proles, threaten them with official sanction by the apparatuses of the state controlled by the Left, and watch the offender fold into a quivering apologetic lump of jello who can then be leeched for funding to be given to radical homosexual lobby groups as means of penance for their transgression.

Except that the playbook didn't work this time around.

Instead of backing down, Dan Cathy and Chick-Fil-A stood firm. They didn't apologize and walk back Cathy's comments. Instead, they affirmed their 1st amendment right to say what they want and to hold whatever moral and political positions that they deemed appropriate. And as we have been seeing, the people of this country responded overwhelmingly positively to this company that — unlike so many others that have drawn the ire of the Left on a hot button cultural issue — kept standing on its principles. And to the surprise of many a leftist who haughtily assumes that because they support homosexual "marriage" and hate Chick-Fil-A everyone else must too, a massive campaign of support for Chick-Fil-A sprang up across the internet and on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. Americans by the parcel load responded to the call to come out and eat at Chick-Fil-A as a show of support to the company, an event which came to be called the aforementioned Appreciation Day, and which is taking place today, August 1, 2012.

The response to Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day has been absolutely awe-inspiring. A post on Free Republic asked "Freepers" to share their experiences eating at (or trying to eat at, assuming you could even get in because of the crowd) their local restaurants today. I encourage the reader to visit the thread, but I will tell you what to expect — testimony after testimony of massively long lines, tied up traffic, standing room only, and crowds full of polite, well-mannered, friendly people all enjoying the blissful confluence of quality food and the opportunity to support traditional marriage and free speech. Michelle Malkin, likewise, posted up her followers' experiences at Chick-Fil-A today, in which the stories were much the same.

What explains this tremendous outpouring of support for this restaurant chain?

Frankly, this is happening because the majority of the American people are simply sick and tired of having the radical gay agenda forced off onto them. Americans are tired of being flogged as "extremists," "homophobes," "haters," and "bigots" for simply affirming traditional marriage. Americans are tired of being told that they are the dangerous, radical, hate-filled fanatics for simply thinking that marriage should be between a man and a woman by a bunch of spittle-flinging gay activists shoving their rainbow triangles in everyone else's faces and trying to destroy the lives of those who oppose them. Americans are tired of voting against gay "marriage" only to have a homosexual judge strike down the law or constitutional amendment by judicial fiat. Americans are tired of radical homosexual activists whining about how "oppressed" they are while at the same time harassing, giving out the personal information of so as to incite violence against, and threatening citizens with harm who had the audacity to exercise their rights to engage in political action. Americans are tired of left-wing mayors disregarding the 1st amendment and abusing governmental authority for the purposes of punishing businesses and individuals who stand on the opposite side of the aisle from them on this issue. Most of all, perhaps, Americans are tired of standing by and minding their own affairs while the cultural Marxists in this country tear down our institutions and civilization around us.

Eating at Chick-Fil-A today was a way to stick it in the eye of the left-wingers and cultural totalitarians who can't and won't accept that the rest of us simply don't agree with them on this and other cultural issues.

Of course, I'd imagine that the Left is not taking this very well. We know that the national media will do its level best to downplay today's events and try to make them disappear down the memory hole. Unsurprisingly, several of the reports on the Free Republic thread mentioned the presence of media reporters — who were interviewing the two or three pro-same sex "marriage" protestors present at a restaurant, while making a valiant effort to position their cameras at such an angle as to exclude the lines of customers snaking their way out of the store and around the building. While there seems to be some local news coverage, don't expect the national nightly news or CNN to give this day more than a five second blurb right before going to a commercial.

I'm sure that the gay Mafia and its supporters in the broader cultural Left are consoling themselves today with reassurances that all of these people eating at Chick-Fil-A are just morons, or toothless inbred hillbillies, or are just there because they were riled up by their Bible-thumping preachers at their Bible-thumping churches. I'm sure these poor little martyrs are clutching their bosoms and opining about the disturbing level of "hate" that still infests America and that needs to be rooted out.

What they don't understand — what they don't want to understand — is that hate has nothing to do with this. The people eating at Chick-Fil-A today don't hate them. Speaking for myself, I can say that I do not hate homosexuals. I believe their lifestyle choice is immoral and sinful, but I don't hate them. I don't wish them ill or want to see them die or to see harm done to them. I don't lay awake at night thinking about how much I despise homosexuals.

However, I get the distinct impression that there are a lot of people in the radical homosexualist movement who do lay awake at night thinking about how much they hate people like myself, and how much they'd like to harm us and shut us up once and for all.

Nevertheless, what drives the people appreciating Chick-Fil-A today is that we're weary of 1% of the population forcing the rest of us to sit down, shut up, or suffer negative consequences for not doing so. We're shaking off that yoke. By attacking Chick-Fil-A, the gay Mafia has really assaulted the living, beating heart of America. The result has been the exact opposite of what they expected to happen. We can only hope that this aroused giant will stay awake and will remain vigilant from this day forward.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aar; chickfila

1 posted on 08/01/2012 7:38:43 PM PDT by Yashcheritsiy
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To: Yashcheritsiy
Meet S. Truett Cathy, The 91-Year-Old Billionaire Behind Chick-Fil-A

Some history and historical pictures at the source of this FR thread.

2 posted on 08/01/2012 7:47:02 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Yashcheritsiy

Yes, its fairly impressive, but is it anything more than an easy gesture?

We are still being swamped by the Left and its plans - Nanny-statism, political correctness, and massive, intrusive, over-spending Gov’t. Eating chicken one day isn’t going to change that.

Everyone should ask themselves every day - what am I going to do this day to change the path this country is on?


3 posted on 08/01/2012 7:50:13 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Yashcheritsiy

Spot on article that represents everything from my Chick-Fil-A experience this evening.


4 posted on 08/01/2012 7:55:44 PM PDT by A message
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To: A message

1) What did you order?
2) How much was it?
3) How was it?
4) What’s your fav fast-food place?


5 posted on 08/01/2012 8:08:45 PM PDT by ROTB (Live holy, forgive all & pray in Jesus' name. Trust He is willing & able & eager to ANSWER BIG!)
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To: Yashcheritsiy
"What they don't understand — what they don't want to understand — is that hate has nothing to do with this. The people eating at Chick-Fil-A today don't hate them."

I'm going to postulate that if the lefties keep pushing, the feelings of the people mentioned in the last sentence might change. Not so much hate as a righteous anger and determination. Be careful what you wish for, lefties.

6 posted on 08/01/2012 8:26:36 PM PDT by Tench_Coxe
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To: Yashcheritsiy

“interviewing the two or three pro-same sex “marriage” protestors ... while making a valiant effort to position their cameras at such an angle as to exclude the lines of customers”

They’re only fooling themselves and looking like fools to the rest of us.


7 posted on 08/01/2012 8:31:01 PM PDT by Heart of Georgia (Boston's mayor is anti-Christian and anti-free speech.)
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To: ROTB

1) The regular Chicken sandwich combo w/ waffle fries and coca cola, they were out of Spicy Chicken.
2) I believe a bit over $6. Equivalent in price to any other fast food lunch/dinner menu combo.
3) Waffle fries were only ok. Chicken sandwich was quite good and even better than I had experienced on my few prior CFA experiences. The Coke though was the biggest surprise given the time at night and how busy the location was all day, it was crisp and bubbly.
4)No particular favorite though I will give a shout out to Steak N Shake.


8 posted on 08/01/2012 8:40:34 PM PDT by A message
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To: Yashcheritsiy

Darned if this writer hasn’t totally nailed it.

*Big bump*


9 posted on 08/01/2012 8:50:18 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Yashcheritsiy
We tried having lunch but lines were twice around a Chic Fil A (not to mention 100 degrees in KC), so planned to return for dinner.

When dinner time neared, we spoke with friends who also thought of having Chic Fil A but we're wondering about the crowds and the heat (it as reached 102 with heat index of 108), but we convinced them to give it a try and this time headed out to an area West of KC called "The Legends" (next to the KC, KS NASCAR track) but crowds were absolutely astonishing!

Full sun, no shade, 102/105 temps., moms, dads, kids, babies, old folk, teens, guys in overalls, truckers, blacks, orientals, Hispanics.

We arrived shortly after 5:00 p.m., got our food around 7:50 and left about 8:15.

As people were waiting to order, management might announce they were almost out of say, waffle fries or chicken salad, people would say, "give me what you have the most of," or some who had waited more than an hour asked for a shake or lemonade.

No one got angry, in fact, when orders were ready and employees were calling out names, guests would help and loudly announce, "Nancy" or some such and as the customer made their way up front to get his or her order, the crowd would cheer and applaud!

How about that for "hate," Menino or Rahm?

It certainly wasn't YOUR Chicago Way!

10 posted on 08/01/2012 9:21:49 PM PDT by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: zerosix
Forgot to mention while driving to CFA's KCTV5 News announced that they would show area CFA's at their late news (10:00 p.m.) along with "views from 'both sides'." Tivo'd news and watched later.

No surprises. No crowd shots but full coverage of four "gay couples" prancing around near the street level discussing "hate & discrimination" and "one couple" kissing for the cameras.

They did show one lady who said this was about free speech but that she also supported the owner of CFA.

What a sham of a so-called story, but the good news today is that hundreds to thousands across the KC Metro area experienced the truth, they didn't need to rely on the media to report it.

11 posted on 08/01/2012 9:36:39 PM PDT by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: Yashcheritsiy

I’d send this to my lib sister but her head would explode.


12 posted on 08/01/2012 10:13:34 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: Yashcheritsiy
This is a bolt from the blue. Something that all of the talking heads would discount as implausible, the pundits as impossible and the left as unthinkable.

But...but it just happened.

"WE" are everywhere across this great land.

13 posted on 08/02/2012 12:56:28 AM PDT by Eagles6
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To: Yashcheritsiy

Very, very, very well-written. Thanks.


14 posted on 08/02/2012 1:16:57 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Heart of Georgia

“They’re only fooling themselves and looking like fools to the rest of us.”

They know the masses oppose them, as the ballot box has indicated EVERWHERE it was voted on. They’ll simply do end runs to get their way.

FWIW, this doesn’t bode well for Obama or the Dems; it is just another wildly unpopular position they have taken, and there will be fallout.


15 posted on 08/02/2012 2:49:53 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: zerosix

The man in line behind me in Monroe, NC, around 4:00 p.m. realized that he’d gotten in the shortest line, while others had been waiting longer, so he waved half a dozen people to go ahead. One lady said, “This is the kind of people who come to CFA,” and her friend asked, “Are you married?”


16 posted on 08/02/2012 7:03:48 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Live in such a way that your life would not make sense if God did not exist.)
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To: Tax-chick
Cool! Newest place to meet up with other singles.

"CFA Mingles Night."

17 posted on 08/02/2012 7:29:09 AM PDT by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: Yashcheritsiy

“be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up”

So, maybe the “image” isn’t “golden”, but perhaps a shade of brown...


18 posted on 08/02/2012 7:33:29 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: zerosix

Not a bad idea ... at least women could probably safely assume the men were not homosexual.


19 posted on 08/02/2012 8:44:19 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Live in such a way that your life would not make sense if God did not exist.)
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To: Yashcheritsiy

I know how Chick-fil-A is doing (great) now I’d like to know how JC Penny is doing...

Watch for fun and joy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m90FsST_1p4&feature=youtu.be


20 posted on 08/02/2012 8:58:24 AM PDT by GOPJ (Political correctness is simply George Orwell's Newspeak by a non-threatening name. FR- Bernard Marx)
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To: Yashcheritsiy

I need some facts,as I am coming across some information I wasn’t aware of before,and,as a member of FR for over 10 years now, I know where to come to for commonsense truth. I have heard that Mr.Cathy gives money to “hate groups” that target gays,and the group Exodus International came up. If anyone has any factual links,info,etc. on this information, I would LOVE to bitch-slap some people who are making incorrect statements.I think if there were any truth to that,the lamestreams wouldv’e come out with it quickly to try and make Mr Cathy and his company look bad.


21 posted on 08/02/2012 9:11:03 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (If you want to kick a tiger in the ass, you better have a plan for dealing with his teeth.)
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To: GOPJ

WOW.

People don’t stand in a line like that *just* for a chicken sandwich, no matter how good it is.


22 posted on 08/02/2012 9:13:54 AM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (not voting for the lesser of two evils)
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To: Yashcheritsiy

Fantastic article that made all the important points.


23 posted on 08/02/2012 12:36:06 PM PDT by InHisService (Jesus is coming back. Are you ready?)
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To: Yashcheritsiy

Fantastic article that made all the important points.


24 posted on 08/02/2012 12:36:06 PM PDT by InHisService (Jesus is coming back. Are you ready?)
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To: InHisService
It's a good article that makes some good points.

However this wasn't just about protesting agasint the gays.

No people don't care about gays that much. It was real America rising up to fight for freeedom of speech ,for freedom and to rise up against the leftists/democrats.this was real America rising up , the only way they could against the liberals/democrats/socialists that control the media and the country and that have been destroying America and our freedom . People have had enough

25 posted on 08/02/2012 12:54:35 PM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: rurgan

This attack in not on MR. Cathy because of his stand supporting traditional marriage. This is nothing but an attack on Christianity. Rahm stood on the same podium with Farakhan the same day he lambasted Chick Fil Lay. And Louis has had some strong words against gay marriage.


26 posted on 08/02/2012 1:52:00 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: Tax-chick; zerosix

” Not a bad idea ... at least women could probably safely assume the men were not homosexual.”

We love women, and chicken sandwiches!!


27 posted on 08/02/2012 3:58:31 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: gimme1ibertee

Some bleephole on the Boston herald web-site posted yesterday that Chick-Fil-A gives money to the Westboro crowd. I went to an Equality web-site that listed who Chick-Fil-A donates to, WBC was not among them. Just a smear.


28 posted on 08/03/2012 12:37:59 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: gimme1ibertee

Some bleephole on the Boston herald web-site posted yesterday that Chick-Fil-A gives money to the Westboro crowd. I went to an Equality web-site that listed who Chick-Fil-A donates to, WBC was not among them. Just a smear.


29 posted on 08/03/2012 12:38:21 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: gimme1ibertee

They do give to Exodus International (it seems like it was a relatively small amount when you consider the 35 million they’ve given to charity) EI is often mocked as “pray the gay away” You can look up their web site to see who they really are. Several years ago in Uganda there was a movement to add the death penalty for the offense of homosexual rape, as it was already in place for hetero sexual rape, seems like there was something about HIV as well. ONE of the board members of Exodus International was in support of this law.

Exodus International as a whole, disagreed with this policy and asked for it to be changed to a lifetime jail sentence.

Basically Exodus International believes that while people may in fact be gay, they do not have to act on that. Most of their staff has been involved in homosexuality before coming to have a religious faith.

So, to the gay activist anything besides open acceptance of all things in their life equates with hate.

The other thing to know is the Southern Poverty Law Center is who many people count on to know about hate groups. However the SPLC has a very specific agenda in their lack of tolerance in calling other groups hate groups.


30 posted on 08/04/2012 12:12:22 AM PDT by porter_knorr
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To: porter_knorr

These so-called “hate” groups are essentially deprogrammers of the cult of homosexuality, which needs a social framework to perpetuate itself, since being contrary to natural law it would be expected to disappear.

“However the SPLC has a very specific agenda in their lack of tolerance in calling other groups hate groups.”

And who made THEM the authority on “hate groups”??? Shouldn’t they stick to defending the rights of poor people in Southern courts?;)


31 posted on 08/06/2012 6:49:55 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: zerosix
The pleasant dining experience we had at CFA was nothing like the "hate" agit-prop preached by Boston Mayor Menino. It certainly wasn't dancing Mayor Rahm's "The Chicago Way"....

MAYOR RAHM COUNSELS CHICK-FIL-A "It's easy to do business in Chicago when you know 'the rules,' " said Chicago Mayor Rahm. "Chick-Fil-A can open as long as it adopts 'Chicago Values.' "

(1) weekly cash pay off to the alderman;

(2) hire six of the alderman's friends who work only random days of the month,

(3) BIG AL from the Mayor's office picks up all cash donations at CFA's back door,

(4) Chick Fil A staff needs to shoot 10-12 customers per month,

(5) Any CFA customers actually killed must be registered to vote as Democrats,

(6) $100,00 campaign contribution to Obama,

(7) free food to Jesse Jackson, Jr, now "convalescing" b/c he screwed up buying Obama's Senate seat.

32 posted on 08/09/2012 4:29:34 AM PDT by Liz
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