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CFA Appreciation Day The Triumph of the Ordinary
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/2012/08/cfa-appreciation-day-the-triumph-of-the-ordinary.html ^ | 8/2/12 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Posted on 08/02/2012 11:37:07 AM PDT by rhema

The Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day yesterday was historic. It was historic because it marks a new method of mass protest. I even hesitate to use the word ‘protest’ because it wasn’t a protest. There wasn’t any anger. There wasn’t any hate. There wasn’t any bullying. There were no unwashed crowds of unhappy people holding a sit in and causing other people stress, inconvenience and expense. There were no protest signs, no marches, no noise makers and attention grabbers. There were no revolutionary slogans, no clenched fists, no class warfare, no sullen adolescents in a stroppy mood.

The classic signs of a protest movement were absent. If they were not actually violent revolutions, the great protest movements in history have often had violent undertones. Subtle threats were made. Bullying tactics, financial and political pressure was exerted. Guns were wielded. Behind the scenes in smoke filled rooms men did deals and crossed swords to determine the future of millions. In the great revolutions hoards of unhappy people filled the streets, rioting and on the rampage they took what they wanted, killed who they wanted and in misplaced zeal for justice overturned an established order.

Even the non-violent protests pioneered by Gandhi and the American civil rights movement had an undercurrent of threat. Nevertheless, they avoided violence and they opened the way to other peaceful revolutions in which ordinary people stood up against injustice and tyranny without resorting to violence themselves. In his great biography of Pope John Paul II, George Weigel shows how the Catholic Church, during John Paul’s papacy, inspired this sort of non violent revolution across the globe. The Solidarity movement in Poland lit the fuse which brought down the Communist Empire with little or no violence. The revolution of Cory Aquino in the Phillipines, and numerous other smaller scale non-violent revolutions in Africa and Central and South America were all inspired by the people and for the people–and most of them were also inspired by people of faith–working from the grass roots upward to change their society for the better.

Yesterday’s Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day was the sort of ‘revolt’ this country needs, but it was even better than the non violent revolutions and peaceful protests which have changed the world because it was so ordinary. It was just plain, ordinary Americans getting in their cars and doing a plain, ordinary American thing: going out for lunch to a fast food joint. It was just plain, ordinary Americans doing something plain and ordinary, but positive and joyful and good. In buying an ordinary tasty chicken sandwich at their corner fast food emporium ordinary Americans were expressing the wish to be left alone to be ordinary Americans.

There were no protest signs (except from a few glum pro-gays who said we were eating ‘hate’ sandwiches) There were no noisy, angry scenes. Folks in the drive through lines did not honk their horns or proclaim their Christianity with bullhorns. There were no statements against homosexuals or homosexuality. (Indeed, the only statement put out by Chick-Fil-A affirmed their commitment to serve and employ all people equally without notice of race, gender, age or sexual orientation.) The brilliance of the event that it used the network of a nationwide fast food chain as the foundation for a visible, peaceful, creative nationwide statement.

There was no bullying, no hateful anti-homosexual loud mouthed preachers. This grace, patience gentleness and community good humor contrasted with the ugly and spiteful comments from the ‘other side’. Nobody wished their enemies to get cancer the way ‘comedian’ Roseanne Barr proclaimed. Nobody was using back room political and financial pressure to bully the majority of Americans the way mayors of Boston, DC and Chicago were doing. For all the talk of the traditional marriage supporters being full of hate, there was not hatred apparent. It was just ordinary suburban Americans sticking up for their way of life by buying a chicken sandwich with their friends and neighbors. These were not scary people like the folks from Westboro Baptist who tote guns and hate homos. They were the folks next door.

Yesterday’s demonstration was a truly American form of revolution. Where else could it happen but the USA?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News
KEYWORDS: aar; bloggersandpersonal; cathy; chickfila; homosexualagenda; moralabsolutes; sourcetitlenoturl

1 posted on 08/02/2012 11:37:12 AM PDT by rhema
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To: rhema

...a triumph of good over evil.


2 posted on 08/02/2012 11:40:12 AM PDT by Mister Anderson (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the Idiots)
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To: rhema

The story that the media isn’t touching is the fact that this turnout of average citizens (as SanFranNan refers to it as astroturfing) portends dire consequences for Obama and the dem party in the upcoming elections.

Americans are mad as hell and are not going to take it anymore.


3 posted on 08/02/2012 11:42:40 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: rhema; neverdem; Liz
The brilliance of the event that it used the network of a nationwide fast food chain as the foundation for a visible, peaceful, creative nationwide statement.

There was no bullying, no hateful anti-homosexual loud mouthed preachers. This grace, patience gentleness and community good humor contrasted with the ugly and spiteful comments from the ‘other side’. Nobody wished their enemies to get cancer the way ‘comedian’ Roseanne Barr proclaimed. Nobody was using back room political and financial pressure to bully the majority of Americans the way mayors of Boston, DC and Chicago were doing. For all the talk of the traditional marriage supporters being full of hate, there was not hatred apparent. It was just ordinary suburban Americans sticking up for their way of life...

Beautiful post. It's what happened... good people defending their beliefs with quiet dignity...

4 posted on 08/02/2012 11:45:04 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: rhema
we just got back from Chick-Fil-A and they were still packed. Not as much as yesterday but it took me a half hour to get through the line.People there who came in yesterday and were back again The manager came to our table and talked about how they stayed open till 12:30 last night to accommodate the customers who kept showing up.
5 posted on 08/02/2012 11:47:16 AM PDT by ontap
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To: Hotlanta Mike

I agree. November will be a landslide. Not one of those people will vote for a democrat party that embraces the queer relationship plank.


6 posted on 08/02/2012 11:51:02 AM PDT by henkster (We're the slaves of the phony leaders...)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
this turnout of average citizens ... portends dire consequences for Obama and the dem party in the upcoming elections.

I live in Oklahoma which is a little more conservative than the rest of the country, but the enthusiasm for conservative values is unbridled.

We kicked out Re. John Sullivan, an OK conservative because he started to look like a RINO. This could be a landslide.

I just wish we had someone to vote for, instead of just voting against 0bama.

7 posted on 08/02/2012 11:52:21 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

The story that the media isn’t touching is the fact that this turnout of average citizens (as SanFranNan refers to it as astroturfing) portends dire consequences for Obama and the dem party in the upcoming elections.
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You betcha they’re not.

But have no doubt that the members of the Jarrett-Axelrod Team are losing more than their average amount of sleep after watching yesterday’s YouTube highlights.

They know that the Chick-Fil-A crowd will be out in force come Election Day 2012. And they won’t be there to vote for Obama.


8 posted on 08/02/2012 11:53:18 AM PDT by InterceptPoint (.)
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To: ontap
The manager came to our table and talked about how they stayed open till 12:30 last night to accommodate the customers who kept showing up.

I'm surprised they had any food left. So many stores ran out.

9 posted on 08/02/2012 11:55:12 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: henkster

The sheeperals are horrified...

They know what this means.


10 posted on 08/02/2012 11:57:27 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: ontap
...the Chicken Sandwich that resonated across the country ....
11 posted on 08/02/2012 11:58:08 AM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Exactly.


12 posted on 08/02/2012 11:59:33 AM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM (Sin Makes You Stupid.)
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To: spokeshave

The Chicken That Roared


13 posted on 08/02/2012 12:00:10 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: InterceptPoint

I love the fact that many Wendy’s locations put this up on their billboards:

“Go to Chick-Fil-A today”

Guess all those hard working individual franchise owners do NOT think ‘someone else built your business—not you”.....like Obama says.

Of all the dumb things Obama has said, this one will leave the biggest imprint on America for the longest time, IMO.

I am not only thinking of all the small businesses -—like mine—but I am also thinking of the athletes who worked so hard & are competing at the Olympics.

I am far from a world class athlete, but 24 years ago, I went for championship points nationwide in a horse riding discipline.

I rode that horse-—NOT someone from the government.

I hauled that horse & trailer all over the country—NOT someone from the government.

I paid for the entries & rode the 50 or 100 miles of each event-—NOT someone from the government.

I put in all the extra hours at my business so I could be absent from my desk for 61 days that year-—NOT someone from the government.

I drove over 30,000 miles—NOT someone from the government.

I have the award for Reserve National Champion in that sport on MY wall-—NOT someone from the government.


14 posted on 08/02/2012 12:04:12 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Brian Williams on NBC was reporting last night that it was “organized” by Mike Huckabee. Possibly he had the idea, but I think neither the media nor the dems understand that it was NOT “organized”.


15 posted on 08/02/2012 12:12:29 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: MrB
They know what this means...
16 posted on 08/02/2012 12:17:08 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: rhema

I drove to the CFA in Cedar Hill texas to get a grilled chicken sandwich and waffle fries. You couldn’t get within 20 feet of the place, in 108 degree temps outside people were standing 10 deep outside in lines to get food, there were no parking places and the cars were lined up waiting to get in. This wasn’t at noon, this was at 1:30 in the afternoon. I LOL, great show of support. I didn’t get my lunch that day.


17 posted on 08/02/2012 12:21:45 PM PDT by jyro (French-like Democrats wave the white flag of surrender while we are winning)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
There is so much off their radar....

I'm still predicting that 0bamao gets Carterized in three months.

18 posted on 08/02/2012 12:24:36 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walked into a bar; barkeep said "Hi Mitt")
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To: Hotlanta Mike
And with an eye to November 5, here's what the independents are hearing from the imperious left:

Banned-in-Boston Mayor Menino: "[t]here is no place for discrimination on Boston's Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it."

Banned-in-Chicago Alderman Proco Moreno:“If you are discriminating against a segment of the community, I don’t want you in the First Ward."

Banned-in-San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee: "Closest #ChickFilA to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer."

Here's what independents are not hearing from the right:

Dark imprecations and vows from conservative elected officials to ban Starbucks or [fill in liberal company's name here] from their cities because the company or its CEO supports gay marriage

19 posted on 08/02/2012 12:34:07 PM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: rhema

To me this is not about what some homosexuals wish for - or how they see the world - or what they want and demand. It is about a blatant attempt to SHUT ONE MAN UP - trying to forcefully deny his Freedom of Speech Rights through the use of threats, bullying, intimidation and hate mongering. It should have to go without saying - but we have Constitutional Rights to exercise Free Speech, Free Religious Speech, Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Association. Therefore, we have to show complete resistance to these Fascist attempts to shut down our God given rights embodied in our Constitution. And we did it in grand style. If you look at all the photos of the massive turnout at all the Chick-Fil-As across the nation - you can see November...


20 posted on 08/02/2012 12:53:15 PM PDT by ICCtheWay
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To: ontap
we just got back from Chick-Fil-A and they were still packed.///

Same here. I was there about 3:30 and the business was brisk.

21 posted on 08/02/2012 1:03:41 PM PDT by Know et al (The greatest argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with a voter: Churchill)
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To: NEMDF

Exactly - Yesterday was a decentralized near spontaneous massive gathering - very much Tea Party like. This type of action against the tyranny of the rabid and radical homosexual Left is just a rehearsal for November. After all the rabid homosexuals of the Left are just a branch of the overall obama political left who insist on taking a gun to a picnic to FORCE others to believe as they do. It just didn’t occur to the tyrannical Fascist Left that we wouldn’t cooperate. In addition to not cooperating we massed all over the nation in a very visible way and said “NO”... no we won’t give up are free speech rights or our religious belief rights, or our rights to assemble and associate freely ... We will express our opinion and if you don’t like it - go such an egg...


22 posted on 08/02/2012 1:05:06 PM PDT by ICCtheWay
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To: ICCtheWay
"Yesterday was a decentralized near spontaneous massive gathering - very much Tea Party like."

And scared the very beJeezus out of Williams, 0bama, Reid, etc.

23 posted on 08/02/2012 1:40:31 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: Mister Anderson

At my CFA, in Fairfield, CA, I got in line at noon and finally got my order by two p.m. And by the time I got to the door, the line behind me was longer than it had been when I got in it. Some folks drove two hours just to stand ANOTHER two hours in line. Some black church folks were their own choir, singing as they went through the VERY LONG line. There were many hundreds if not thousands of folks there of all colors.

There was one gal, just one, who drove up, pulled a sign out of her car and then trooped the line, taking video of all the “haters” there. We all just laughed at her, in a most non-hateful way, of course.

Several TV stations also showed up. It was great and the waffle fries were superior!!!


24 posted on 08/02/2012 1:54:19 PM PDT by dcwusmc (A FREE People have no sovereign save Almighty GOD!!! III OK We are EVERYWHERE!!!)
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To: dcwusmc

Great to hear about the Fairfield CFA! I’m an hour’s drive away and couldn’t make it yesterday.


25 posted on 08/02/2012 2:07:35 PM PDT by whinecountry (Semper Ubi Sub Ubi)
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