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Chick-fil-A faces vandalism, ‘human rights violation’ complaints for defending marriage
Life Site News ^ | August 3, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT

Posted on 08/03/2012 1:30:33 PM PDT by NYer

SPRINGFIELD, IL, August 3, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A gay rights advocacy group in Illinois has launched a series human rights complaints with Illinois state government against Chick-fil-A for supporting marriage, the day before a national homosexual “kiss-in” was planned to take place.

After filing the complaint Thursday with the Illinois Department of Human Rights, Jacob Meister, Governing Board President of The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA) said that Chick-fil-A’s stance on marriage was to blame for a widespread stigmatization of homosexual individuals.

“In our current high speed media and social media environment, Chick-fil-A has announced and caused to be published, to hundreds of millions of people, that LGBT people are unacceptable and objectionable,” said Meister. “They have made it clear the lives of LGBT individuals are unacceptable to them and that same-gender families are unwelcome at Chick-fil-A.” The attorney alleged that Chick-fil-A’s “intolerant corporate culture” violated Illinois law.

Meanwhile, gay rights supporters on Friday launched a “Kiss-In Day” in front of Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country in response to the August 1 “National Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.” Both events came in reaction to CEO Cathy’s statements last month supporting Biblical values for traditional marriage, words that prompted the mayors of Boston and Chicago to call for the banishment of the chicken chain. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray followed suit, dubbing the company’s famous sandwich “hate chicken.”

Chick-fil-A officials confirmed this week that the sales on August 1, which saw thousands of supporters clog lobbies, drive-thrus, and even nearby traffic as they waited for a turn at a hot chicken meal, broke records. Pastor Rick Warren had tweeted that CEO Dan Cathy said the chain had surpassed a new world record.

The homosexual “kiss-in” has been used by the gay lobby in several protests, particularly in Europe against the Catholic Church, where supporters planned such an event in front of Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Spain in 2010. French demonstrators attempted the same in front of Notre Dame Cathedral the same year.

In terms of social media, the event has left less of a mark than Wednesday’s show of support. While Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day garnered over 670,000 supporters on a Facebook event page sponsored by Mike Huckabee, as of Friday afternoon, about 14,000 had signed up on the “National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A” Facebook event, and only two “kiss-in” images had been uploaded to the Tumblr account posted on the page.

Employees faced backlash both inside and outside their stores this week. A California Chick-fil-A was vandalized with large black graffiti spelling, “Tastes like hate.”

A viral video captured a man in Tuscon, Arizona, badgering a female Chick-fil-A employee on Wednesday for working for a “hateful corporation.”

“I don’t know how you live with yourself and work here, I don’t understand it,” said the man, Adam Smith, in the video of himself he posted on YouTube.

The company for which Smith was acting as CFO, the medical supply manufacturer Vante, said this week it immediately fired him after seeing the intolerant behavior in the video.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: chickfila; homosexual; kissday; liberalism; marriage

1 posted on 08/03/2012 1:30:40 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer

Keep pushing, homos.
Every action you take in this matter is another percentage point of defeat for your party in November.


2 posted on 08/03/2012 1:31:58 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: wagglebee; little jeremiah
Rush Limbaugh gives an excellent definition of Liberalism.

You know, when you get right down to it, maybe one of the best ways to explain liberalism to the uninitiated is to simply say that it is intolerant. It's a philosophy of "no." It's a philosophy of domination and "no," and it's not at all what people think it is.

It's not open-mindedness. It's not tolerance. It's not good intentions. It's not sweetness and light and love and all that. It's a philosophy of "no." It is intolerant. Socialism, fascism, communism, all forms of liberalism dictate behavior. You must conform. Individuals? Private businesses? You must conform to what they say. And if you don't they'll pass laws and regulations that force you to. And in order to have uniformity, there must be an enforcement mechanism, because people are not the same.

The Intolerance of Liberalism

3 posted on 08/03/2012 1:32:44 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: NYer

Another thread had an article about how Amtrak (your Gov’t owned and funded railway) is promoting “Ride with Pride” for homosexuals

https://www.amtrakridewithpride.com

Beyond even this though - Note how this Amtrak site provides links to far left editorials and websites. Again, this is a Gov’t owned, taxpayer funded railroad.

How brazen it is. Government agencies are no longer even bothering with the pretense of political neutrality. They are openly political, and have declared war on conservatives.


4 posted on 08/03/2012 1:34:37 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: MrB

That dummy who harassed the young lady at the drive-thru window has been fired....oh the irony.


5 posted on 08/03/2012 1:36:15 PM PDT by brwnsuga (Free, Black, Conservative and Proud)
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To: NYer

Where did Gilbert come up with 670K supporters? I’d bet Georgia alone came up with that number.


6 posted on 08/03/2012 1:37:11 PM PDT by Mach9
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To: Mach9

I think this number may include the number of “likes” on a facebook page?


7 posted on 08/03/2012 1:39:20 PM PDT by ruralvoter
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To: MrB
Every action you take in this matter is another percentage point of defeat for your party in November.

And another bump upward in the customer base for good ole Chick-Fil-A.

8 posted on 08/03/2012 1:39:53 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: "If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.")
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To: NYer
"Jacob Meister, Governing Board President of The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA)"

I never heard of it, but from the Facebook page, it looks like it's a huge organization! (Is that Mister Meister on the left? I doubt he's the one on the right, although you never know!)


9 posted on 08/03/2012 1:40:47 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: NYer
Every overstep by the left will insure more anti-Obama votes on Nov 6th.
10 posted on 08/03/2012 1:42:13 PM PDT by JPG (Mount your steeds. Nov '12 is for all the marbles.)
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To: NYer

that Chick-fil-A’s stance on marriage was to blame for a widespread stigmatization of homosexual individuals.


So, let’s see. They take the comments Cathay made on a somewhat obscure radio interview and they blew it up into a national issue. And then they blame Chick-Fil-A for “widespread stigmatization”. Unreal.


11 posted on 08/03/2012 1:43:01 PM PDT by rbg81
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To: brwnsuga
That dummy who harassed the young lady at the drive-thru window has been fired....oh the irony.

And is now unemployable (FOREVER) in his chosen field.

He will soon be looking for work in the fast food industry ("Hey, I hear Chick-Fil-A is hiring, Adam!").

12 posted on 08/03/2012 1:44:22 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: "If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.")
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To: NYer

Anyone can “file” anything they want, no matter how ridiculous, just as long as it’s in the proper format.

Totally without merit. Dismissed. Next case.


13 posted on 08/03/2012 1:48:26 PM PDT by Walrus (Restoring America starts today! Let's roll!)
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To: Sooth2222
Jacob Meister, Governing Board President of The Civil Rights Agenda

Jacob Meister was my high school classmate in suburban Milwaukee (Nicolet High School, 1983). This loser gained access to our class reunion database and improperly used it to solicit campaign contributions for his Senate campaign.

Never knew he was gay, but I'm really not surprised. He's always been a liberal nutbag.

14 posted on 08/03/2012 1:53:50 PM PDT by Sideshow Bob
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To: MrB

Seriously? I’m speechless.


15 posted on 08/03/2012 1:54:35 PM PDT by Jaded (Really? Seriously?)
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To: NYer
These human rights complaints filed by a gay rights group in Illinois are totally bogus and blatant harassment. The Chick-fil-A owner said absolutely derogatory about 'gays' or that 'same-gender families' are 'unwelcome at Chick-fil-A'. They are putting words in his mouth and equating the support of tradiational marriage with 'hate'. What a crock! Mr. Cathy simply stated that he adhered to the Biblical definition of marriage; one man/one woman - and was glad that he could have a difference of opinion with others under our constitution. Apparently not, if the gay groups get their way.

Fortunately, although Americans have become very tolerant of gays and their endless demands to have their 'relationships' defined as a 'marriage', a majority of Americans see the screaming hatred being spewed by the left toward Dan Cathy and his popular business - and they don't like it. Not one bit. It's the rankest example of bullying over a disagreement on an issue that almost every major religion in the world opposes - homosexual behavior and that behavior being codified as 'marriage'.

The left and gay advocates will lose this fight because they picked on the wrong guy for the wrong reason. People are getting sick of left-wing bullies trying to ruin anyone who dares have an opinion different than theirs. As others have noted, this brouhaha will not help Obama one bit. The public revulsion with the left's bullying and Democrat politicians grandstanding as they condemn a man and a business for holding a very reasonable POV on a serious issue is going to cost Obama and the Democrats votes in November. Fortunately, they're too wrapped up in their fascist ideology to realize it.

16 posted on 08/03/2012 1:58:29 PM PDT by Jim Scott (Obama must be defeated)
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To: PGR88
How brazen it is. Government agencies are no longer even bothering with the pretense of political neutrality. They are openly political, and have declared war on conservatives.

Again, citing Rush Limbaugh from the article linked in my above post ...

People don't want the same things. They don't believe the same things. But if you are going to have uniformity -- which is what liberalism wants, 'cause that's equality to them: everybody being the same. Outcomes especially. Being the same. Nobody richer than anybody else. If you are to have that, you must have an enforcement mechanism that shuts down what? Creativity, choice, and innovation. You have to shut down all the things that differentiate people.

And in a free society, the things that differentiate people are creativity, choice, and innovation. And that has to be shut down. That is why, folks, an ever-expanding government is job one for liberals. Whatever expands government, whatever makes it bigger: Global warming, feminism, amnesty for illegals, whatever. Whatever needs more regulation, whatever needs more control, is sought "for the common good" and uniformity.

"It's all for the common good," they say. But anything that grows the government, that's job number one for liberals.

Government is the enforcement mechanism.

Government is the practical manifestation of the ideology of "no."

Government is where the intolerance is.

Government is the all-powerful engine that prevents innovation and choice and creativity.

You realize, of course, that NOT ONE STATE HAS VOTED FOR GAY MARRIAGE. It has been legalized through governmental means, be it the judicial system or, as is the case here in NY, through the State Legislature. This is how the GLBT community imposes their will on the masses.

17 posted on 08/03/2012 2:01:25 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: Jaded

We’re fed up with them. The “turnout” on 8/1 was demonstrative of that. The turnout on 11/6 will be even higher.

The more they push, the more we’re going to push back.


18 posted on 08/03/2012 2:05:54 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: NYer

“After filing the complaint Thursday with the Illinois Department of Human Rights, Jacob Meister, Governing Board President of The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA) said that Chick-fil-A’s stance on marriage was to blame for a widespread stigmatization of homosexual individuals.”

Having a perverse sexual lifestyle is a human right violation.
The day in which 2 individuals of the same gender can copulate and populate without any assistance of the opposite gender, well...never gonna happen.....so!


19 posted on 08/03/2012 2:08:29 PM PDT by Fully Awake DAV (Navy Vet when homosexuality was not tolerated)
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To: MrB

Some people just can’t adapt when the rules change. The Liberals have been pushing the envelope, having their own way, for so long they can’t even conceive the the idea that the other side would push back.

But they should. By all accounts, Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day was friendly, fun, peaceful and covered a vast spectrum of America — but it was also a warning.

We’ve had enough. Stop pushing. Take your winnings, leave the table, sit down and shut up.

There are a lot more of us than there are of you.


20 posted on 08/03/2012 2:13:16 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: NYer

No homosexuals making out at our mall location in Monmouth County as of 1 pm today. Maybe they were scheduled for later.

HOMOSEXUAL, because there’s nothing GAY about it!


21 posted on 08/03/2012 2:15:10 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed
Monmouth County

Is that the one in Woodbridge?

22 posted on 08/03/2012 2:38:46 PM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: NYer
This is exactly why we need tort reform, specifically "loser pays."

They know they aren't going to win. They just want to cost Chick-Fil-A a lot of money.

What needs to happen is that when they lose, they pay up or go to jail.

23 posted on 08/03/2012 2:41:12 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the collectivists.)
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To: NYer
Queers: "We are the 2-3%."

My, my but they are a noisy group.

I doubt any of the IL law suits are going anywhere. Chik-Fil-A does not discriminate against anyone in any way. They wouldn't be a multi billion dollar company if they did.

24 posted on 08/03/2012 2:53:42 PM PDT by upchuck ("Definition of 'racist:' someone that is winning an argument with a liberal." ~ Peter Brimelow)
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To: NYer

The Chick-Fil-A appreciation day was an outstanding example to conservatives on how to organize. As someone who spent nearly 20 years in local government, the Lord knows that conservative folk don’t know how to organize. Now, let’s take this lesson and apply it to local village councils, planning and zoning committees and county board seats and kick the fascists and commies out. And while you’re at it, Mr. and Mrs, Conservative, vote in a Constitutional sheriff into your county.

You’ll feel so much better after you secure your neighborhoods for yourself and your family. It’s what the founders did before taking on King George and the Tories.

There’s a fun story of how the local Committee of Safety in South Carolina ran the King’s governer out of the state in 1775. He tucked his tail between his legs and had to seek refuge on a British warship in the harbor outside of Charleston.

Conservatives can exercise tremendous power in local governemnt if they learn how to use it.


25 posted on 08/03/2012 2:54:11 PM PDT by sergeantdave (Public unions exist to protect the unions from the taxpaying public)
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To: NYer

Roe Conn, a Chicago WLS radio talk show host interviewed Jacob at 4pm this afternoon. While Roe believes that same-sex marriage should be allowed he totally destroyed the case that the Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA). Jacob should be totally embarrassed about how that discussion went.

...eat mor chikin...


26 posted on 08/03/2012 2:59:42 PM PDT by ne1410s ("We will not tolerate your intolerance!!!" ...huh?)
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To: NYer; MrB

Chick-fil-A: Deep Fried Civil War
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-08-02/chick-fil-a-deep-fried-civil-war


27 posted on 08/03/2012 3:03:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: NYer

The LBGTXYZ Community is el Nutso!


28 posted on 08/03/2012 3:04:30 PM PDT by Leep
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To: NYer

Oh...

Landmark SC Case: Puss-I-As. vs Chic-Fil-A


29 posted on 08/03/2012 3:07:03 PM PDT by Leep
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To: NYer

Homo sexuals are responsible for widespread stigmatization of homosexual individuals.


30 posted on 08/03/2012 3:27:18 PM PDT by ontap
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To: RoosterRedux

No, he will be welcomed with open arms into some lefty organization. ACORN anyone?

ALso, I’m sure he probably met with a lawyer today and will WIN, but not because any laws were broken, but because our judicial system has gone slap crazy. How else do you explain Roberts and Obamacare?


31 posted on 08/03/2012 3:33:42 PM PDT by a real Sheila (no comment)
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To: Mach9
Where did Gilbert come up with 670K supporters? I’d bet Georgia alone came up with that number.

Agree - it's in the millions, easy.

The Dragon is waking up.

32 posted on 08/03/2012 3:37:40 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: NYer

How can they be sued for a civil rights violation when “gay marriage” is not alllowed in most of the 57 states?


33 posted on 08/03/2012 5:05:18 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Mach9

“Where did Gilbert come up with 670K supporters?”

That’s the number of people who said the were going on the Huckabee events page. 671,871 to be exact. Of course, we know there were many more than that who actually came.


34 posted on 08/03/2012 5:55:43 PM PDT by rwa265 ("This is My Beloved Son, Listen to Him.")
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To: rwa265; Talisker; ruralvoter

Thanks for the clarification—I’m totally ignorant of these social-network workings. Huckabee said his tweet (or whatever the heck it’s called) got 21 MILLION hits. Is 671,871 simply those who “liked” or replied? If so, it’s manifestly NOT a measurement of “support.”


35 posted on 08/03/2012 8:13:00 PM PDT by Mach9
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To: NYer

I’ve already posted this comment on an article, but I want to make sure as many people see it as possible: The name was redacted because the complainant is a hypocrite. How do I know? You can see his name in the upper right on most pages: John Zaharakis, 44 y/o, owner of the gay bar Cocktail in Chicago. They regularly have mostly naked men dancing for the customers, so his claim to be a Christian is more propaganda. His lawsuit doesn’t even state he entered a Chick-Fil-A. Also, look up the Illinois statute. You read further and it plainly states the free exercise of religiously based views shall not constitute a civil rights violation! There’s no record of him having a daughter with his partner, Dusty Hoffman.
But the most hypocritical thing about this all is that his bar discriminates against straight women...they even have a sign! CFA doesn’t bar anyone from their restaurants in ANY way, but John will. Don’t believe me, just google discrimination and Zaharakis. Many of the gay blogs that talk about it even admit that it’s discriminatory. So where’s Rahm & Moreno now? Public records also reveal 15 liens/judgments from the IRS, the state, and private individuals - one of whom was the General Manager of Cocktail! The most recent liens were on July 16, 2012. This is the same day he alleged he felt discriminated against. Someone needs money badly.
This is the best complaint they could muster? The suit itself is baseless and the complainer is the one who should be sued. The arguments these GLBT extremists have are hollow and sensational. Just question their sources before believing the hype.


36 posted on 08/03/2012 8:20:34 PM PDT by eelynek (Pinnacle of Hypocrisy)
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To: PGR88

“Ride with Pride” for homosexuals

Ick. I would go out of my way to avoid THAT.

Disgusting what a tiny fraction of the population can accomplish through threats.


37 posted on 08/04/2012 6:11:41 AM PDT by Heart of Georgia (Boston's mayor is anti-Christian and anti-free speech.)
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To: Heart of Georgia

...not a good idea to fall asleep on the train anymore...


38 posted on 08/04/2012 6:22:58 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

“...not a good idea to fall asleep on the train anymore...”

Be sure and take along plenty of 5-hour Energy.


39 posted on 08/04/2012 7:51:06 AM PDT by Heart of Georgia (Boston's mayor is anti-Christian and anti-free speech.)
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To: Mach9

I do not use Twitter, but my understanding is that a tweet represents a hit in which someone comments on another’s Twitter account.

You can see the Huckabee numbers yourself by going to the article above and clicking on “a Facebook event page” which is underlined and in red. As of now, there are 3,944,404 guests. 3,207,727 were invited to attend, 672,703 responded that they were going, 64,404 said maybe, 177,820 declined. If you click on “Facebook event” in the same sentence, you will see that yesterday’s kiss-in event page has 129,114 guests. 110,536 were invited, 14,618 said they were going, 3,960 said maybe, 9,457 declined.


40 posted on 08/04/2012 8:44:47 AM PDT by rwa265 ("This is My Beloved Son, Listen to Him.")
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To: NYer

I don’t need to even watch his long ass apology full of self vindicating caveats and lies.

As I posted somewhere else, and considering the attacks on CFA by mayors and politicians and cretins like this:

I for one would like to know where and when he lands. His new employer should have some semblance of whom they are hiring and let them risk their company value structure by retaining his employment if they so determine it is worth it.

No mercy. The liberal world has no mercy upon religion and values and morals. This smarmy self avowed atheist who claims to have been Christian for 25 years (his wife claims this same thing too) have four children they are destroying and this so-called supporter of gay marriage and insufferable narcissist with a closet so deep that he is hiding in needs to learn that leaving Christ has a penalty. Liberalism is a mental disorder, no doubt about it.


41 posted on 08/04/2012 8:49:18 AM PDT by commonguymd
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To: ELS

Woodbridge?

No, that’s the one in Eatontown, Rts. 35 & 36; a few minutes from Monmouth Park race track.

Woodbridge is in Middlesex County.


42 posted on 08/04/2012 9:29:46 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed

Thanks for the clarification. I’m not familiar with that part of NJ.


43 posted on 08/04/2012 1:21:25 PM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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