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Chik-fil-A-Quake: What the Media Didn't Say
Townhall.com ^ | August 6, 2012 | Shawn Mitchell

Posted on 08/06/2012 5:56:17 AM PDT by Kaslin

If the media reports an earthquake was a breeze in the forest, did the earth still move? I’m not sure TownHall Finance is the natural venue for that question, but I’m also not sure why the Denver Post—my local paper—put a significant political and cultural event on page umpty-something, in the business section. If you didn’t see it with your own eyes, you might have missed something big last week. Under fire by gay activists and their media amplifiers, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy unapologetically confirmed he supports the biblical definition of family as he understands it. This modern heresy quickly went viral. Reaction was harsh. Big city mayors and councilors channeled Al Capone with a badge: “Don’t file no stinking permit applications in our town, Chick-fil-A!” Pundits nodded righteously. But, what happened next didn’t follow the script.

Backlash welled up, not just from social conservatives, but fiscal conservatives and libertarians, outraged that politicians would trample the First Amendment, brandishing political litmus tests for the right to do business. Social media and web commentary buzzed with rebellion. A great day of fried chicken and Chick-fil-A appreciation was proposed.

Last Wednesday, I met friends in north suburban Denver at about 11 to beat the rush. Fail. The lot was packed, the drive-thru and building tightly coiled by a boa of cars, tail extending to the street. Inside was standing room only, with a switch-back line that triggered post-Disney traumatic stress. Yet, amid the din, cheer was high. The besieged staff moved helpfully and efficiently, and the line shuffled like a smooth deck of cards.

The friendly mob cycled through, holding steady in size the hour I was there. Judging scientifically by anecdotal Facebook posts, it stayed that way all day and evening, at every Chick-fil-A around Denver, throughout the state, and across the nation. The outpouring was unforeseen, the magnitude unimaginable. The chain’s coffers got a short- and probably long-term boost.

After 20 years around politics, I’ve seen how activists can generate pretty good ink just from a press release and 50 people on the Capitol steps in front of a borrowed guitar amplifier. I also know how hard groups sometimes have to hustle to assemble their 50. So I was eager to see what the media would make of this human tide.

Thursday’s Denver Post business page answered: “Coloradans voice their opinions on Chick-fil-A; Outlets flooded by supporters and opponents.” Not even close. Without space to fully deconstruct, I’ll acknowledge the article did say the crowds were large and the protesters few. But the headline and details caught maybe half the story and missed the essence. A few thoughts, on the event and the coverage:

Especially without any central organizer or major media promotion, the numbers were staggering, and broadly replicated across the country. If a protest warrants a story, this event deserves a Pulitzer-nominated multi-part investigative series.

It wasn’t a forum about the First Amendment, Cathy’s marriage views, or even political bullying. Whatever their motivation, the crowd arrived as a smiling, hungry lunch and dinner crew. It was a massive show of implicit support and protest, for reasons that deserve examination.

My table included a friend who supports civil unions, one for gay marriage, and one who thinks government should get out of the marriage business, letting people and churches make their own agreeable arrangements. We didn’t discuss the fourth person’s view, or anyone else’s that day, because lunch was don’t ask don’t tell.

It’s clear many diners intended to rebuke bullying politicians and the un-American idea that approved political views are required for permission to be in business. Does this resentment go further, and reflect anger at transgressed lines between private and public management, corporate and government bedfellows sharing money, policies, and favors? Is that resentment building toward a November eruptian?

Another strong positive is rejection of a vicious double standard: One side airs views through a respectful media, while others get vilified for different opinions. It’s breathtaking that liberals seek to redefine fundamental cultural concepts and muzzle the opposition; those who question or disagree should be attacked and cowed into silence, even while they speak for majority opinion. That happened with California’s ballot measure on marriage, as more than one financial supporter was hounded from high profile jobs. Wednesday was a salutary fist at that ugly trend.

Finally, what to make of the subdued coverage. Did our scribes not recognize an important cultural moment? Because it doesn’t interest them or flatter their vision? That’s the fish-don’t-know-they’re-wet view of media bias. Or, do they know full well and work carefully to contain the story? Of course, either way, the effect is the same.


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1 posted on 08/06/2012 5:56:25 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I think its a bit of both: They both failed to grasp the import of what occurred, and also instinctively sought to contain it. As the author says, in any case the effect is the same. You can’t unring a bell.


2 posted on 08/06/2012 6:05:07 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: Kaslin

Good news alert.


3 posted on 08/06/2012 6:07:49 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Kaslin
The Tea Party is the earthquake, and Chick Fil A is the tsunami.

Hundreds of aftershocks to come...

4 posted on 08/06/2012 6:09:20 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: Kaslin

I was listening to the 7:00 news and morning edition on NPR on my way to work the following day. Not a peep. Nothing.

This thing affected hundreds of thousands of Americans and there was no “here’s what finally happened in the Chick-Fil-A event yesterday” story.

I posted it on a liberal site and the consensus was, “nobody outside of far right wingnuts cared.” Which is, of course bunk but the fact remains that it was completely missing from NPR.

My personal take is that liberals really want the story to go away. They lost this one, big time.


5 posted on 08/06/2012 6:12:11 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Kaslin
Especially without any central organizer or major media promotion, the numbers were staggering, and broadly replicated across the country.

There is much conservative enthusiasm out there:

Entirely pi$$ed off and fed up with liberals and progressives
Not going to take it any more
Tired of high taxes
Hungry for Liberty
Unwilling to negotiate America’s enemies, foreign AND domestic
Sick of business killing regulations
Intolerant of RINOs
Aware of the danger
Sick of Mainstream Media Bias
Mobilized to finally do something about the left’s encroachment on liberty…

6 posted on 08/06/2012 6:18:34 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Kaslin
Our local C-f-A in podunk GreenAcres was just slammed mid Saturday afternoon as it was full, inside, outside and the drive-through. It was mid-afternoon...not lunchtime, not supper...

Makes me smile again just thinking about it...

7 posted on 08/06/2012 6:22:37 AM PDT by Prov1322 (Enjoy my wife's incredible artwork at www.watercolorARTwork.com! (This space no longer for rent))
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To: Kaslin
I took my kids to Chick-Fil-A on Saturday.

This is the same Chick-Fila that I tried to get into last Wednesday and couldn't get near.

I was there from 9 to about 9:30. The place was *not* mobbed. I'd call business "steady" or "normal", prob 3-4 dozen people going through the restaurant while I was there. Plus whoever went through the drive-in, I couldn't see that.

I talked to the girl behind the counter for a bit. She said that she'd never seen anything like last week. Frankly, she looked like she was glad for a "break", if you'd call normal business traffic a break.

As a side note, probably 1/2 of the people who came through either asked the same question I did, or were talking (positively) about the prior week's events. IMHO, what's happening at Chick-Fil-A is a huge event, something that we might not see (or fully understand) the end result of for a good while. You wouldn't think that buying a chicken sandwich is an earth shattering act of political defiance, but I'm sure that other significant moments in history were only understood with hindsight, as well.

8 posted on 08/06/2012 6:23:33 AM PDT by wbill
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To: scottjewell

Woodstock for the Tea Party.


9 posted on 08/06/2012 6:27:00 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: scottjewell
Sadly the MSM still believes that they control the narrative. For to long they were the ones that decided what got covered and how it got covered. The advent of Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, etc.... coupled with the Internet has thrown them completely off balance.

They are no longer in charge and waking up to this fact has terrified them.

10 posted on 08/06/2012 6:32:46 AM PDT by Hope for the Republic (The 1st amendment is guaranteed by the 2nd amendment.)
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To: cuban leaf

heheheh this is great. This is the weakness of the left. They pretend the evidence is not there.. just because they do not acknowledge tsunami doesnt mean the potential energy is not present. In the mean time the wave grows larger and faster... let them dilute themselves.


11 posted on 08/06/2012 6:35:34 AM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: Hope for the Republic

I would agree, and they have ample reason to be terrified.

With this CFA incident alone already much has changed.

From all of the articles and OpEds I have read and from viewing hundreds of declines to gay events on Facebook, I would say that the CFA dibacle alone has accomplished the following:

1. Revealed the ground swell of support for first amendment rights and traditional marriage.

2. Revealed the Rainbow Agenda to be an over-reaching, obnoxious and selfish affair, and caused not only moderate conservatives and libertarians, but from what I’ve seen also a good number of liberal sympathizers, to lose interest in the gay marriage movement. I have noticed a whole secion of liberals who seem to have suddenly broken from the movement. This is good for social conservatives.

3. Sounded a note to many that the liberal gay agenda is dangerous and must not be allowed to hold sway. Ergo, Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage and the Democrats including the plank in the DNC now looks like bad, bad timing.


12 posted on 08/06/2012 6:39:34 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: Kaslin

“Working in the newspaper business used to be great. 3 martini lunches, smoking cigarettes at my desk, knock out a sob story article and the readers lapped it up begging for more.”

“Stupid f’n internet. I hope Al gore rots in hell!”

(News propaganda writers across the country)


13 posted on 08/06/2012 6:45:13 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: cuban leaf

I think many propagandist’s are crushed by what they saw and didn’t report on.


14 posted on 08/06/2012 6:46:54 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Night Hides Not

That’s a great observation!


15 posted on 08/06/2012 6:47:42 AM PDT by FamiliarFace
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To: Kaslin
Start a monthly or quarterly Fil-A-Day and the media will start pumping out stories about how chicken sanmmitches cause homophobia rather than admit the vast majority of people are against, strongly against, queers legally marrying one another. Forget the media, they've been preaching the fascist gospel nonstop since LBJ called for "The Grant Society".

I still remember reading an article about how horrible LBJ was for bombing in Vietnam on page one of a news paper with the story continued on page 2. Right beside the continuation, with a nice large title, was a story about what a wonderful man LBJ was for trying to rebuild the cities and raise poor black folks out of poverty. All this while cities all over the country were condemning and taking control of the black business section of cities rather than paying black folks what their commercial properties were worth.

The fascist media has long advocated the elimination of both black folks and "poor white trash", they just periodically change the euphemisms they use for those two groups to keep up with the current democrat propaganda terminology. The media is just another part of the democrat fascist machine the same way the entire education system has become little more than a recruiting and brainwashing tool for the fascist machine.

The whole democrat fascist machine has to be brought down if we're going to take America back. Look at the horrible consequences of having had Carter in office and consider the fact that the democrat party suffered very little overall in spite of the Carter fiasco they sponsored and put in place. The democrat party was able to recover from and distance itself from Carter in because the dedicated academic machinery was there to provide good jobs for all the democrat pols who were voted out of office and begin to immediately revise history in a way that excused or ignored the blatant failures of not just Carter, but the entire party that groomed and supported him.

The democrat fascist party has to be eliminated as a national political force and that includes the democrat propaganda media heretofore called "the media" as well as the whole academic system that the democrat party has totally integrated into their political machine. It all has to be replaced and the democrat party has to be fought until democrat is only spoken in Hell. JMHO

16 posted on 08/06/2012 6:50:26 AM PDT by Rashputin (Only Newt can defeat both the Fascist democrats and the Vichy GOP)
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To: scottjewell

—With this CFA incident alone already much has changed.—

One thing that changed is that I discovered Chick-Fil-A.

Their food is excellent and healthy for fast food. I’ve been there twice now since last Wednesday, and I gave up fast food back in 1997 (except for the rare trip to Subway - once or twice a year on road trips).


17 posted on 08/06/2012 6:55:09 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Kaslin

The greatest thing for me about all this is that it shows that normal America is starting to refuse to be bullied by our betters in the ruling classes.


18 posted on 08/06/2012 6:59:33 AM PDT by jtal (Runnin' a World in Need with White Folks' Greed - since 1492)
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To: Paladin2

Good way of putting it.


19 posted on 08/06/2012 7:02:30 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: wbill

You wouldn’t think that buying a chicken sandwich is an earth shattering act of political defiance,

And, I guess people didn’t see that throwing tea overboard was a political defiant message either but as we know, it was.

IMHO, the Chick-fil-A stand was our tea moment. All it takes is that last straw.


20 posted on 08/06/2012 7:06:46 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: Walkingfeather

Same thing is happening with the polls oversampling Democrats by 19% over Republicans and reporting the results as news.

Let them drink their kool-aid. Their credibility will erode even more, although it is hard to see how it can get much lower.


21 posted on 08/06/2012 7:09:59 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Kaslin
I will no long go to KFC because Nancy Peplosi supports them. Only Chic-Fil-A from now on for Chicken.

This should be the next stage in the evolution of CFA support, e.g., declaring non-support of KFC until they disavow Nancy!

22 posted on 08/06/2012 7:17:09 AM PDT by Jumper
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To: Kaslin
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23 posted on 08/06/2012 7:19:59 AM PDT by DFG ("Dumb, Dependent, and Democrat is no way to go through life" - Louie Gohmert (R-TX))
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To: Kaslin

A good question right now is “How are Chick-fil-A sales going to continue?” That is, is this just a one-day blow out, or are lots of these people going to increase how often they eat at CFA?

For this reason, I am encouraging folks to consider getting CFA on a regular basis for groups of all sorts.

For example a boss who regularly gets his staff donuts might consider providing them with a CFA lunch every now and then.

Clubs and teams could also patronize CFA, as such, everyone from Boy Scouts, softball teams, church groups, a very long list there.

And for political meetings, like Tea Party groups, and election night rallies, they might be large enough to get the CFA catering service.


24 posted on 08/06/2012 7:20:16 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: cuban leaf
My personal take is that liberals really want the story to go away.

Agree. If Appreciation Day had "failed" (in the eyes of the media), then it would have been front page news and an NPR broadcast. The media are not our friends. Let's treat them the same.

25 posted on 08/06/2012 7:26:13 AM PDT by jeffc (Welcome to the United Socialist States of America)
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To: Kaslin

Chick-Fil-A Wednesday saw a rock through a big glass door at the church building where I worship. The glass shards were such a mess that it necessitated the carpet in a large area to be replaced. Just a quiet little church building.


26 posted on 08/06/2012 7:30:00 AM PDT by Texas Gal
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To: DFG

LOL That’s good.


27 posted on 08/06/2012 7:32:23 AM PDT by madison10
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To: cuban leaf
One thing that changed is that I discovered Chick-Fil-A.

Ditto for Mr./Mrs. RightField. We had not realized that they serve grilled chicken, and salads. We ate there twice last week and the food was so delicious. Call us regular customers now, and we rarely get any kind of fast food.

28 posted on 08/06/2012 7:47:44 AM PDT by RightField (one of the obstreperous citizens insisting on incorrect thinking - C. Krauthamer)
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To: RightField

— Call us regular customers now, and we rarely get any kind of fast food. —

Same here. We are not alone.

I’m anxious to try their diced chicken sandwich, btw.


29 posted on 08/06/2012 7:52:43 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Hope for the Republic

you can’t control the narrative if your narrative is held in equal with the cartoons. Hard to decide which contains more truth, the comics or the MSM. I’m not interested in opinions of liberal news readers, especially when what I hear them saying doesn’t jive with what’s going on around me in fly over country!


30 posted on 08/06/2012 7:59:26 AM PDT by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty this day!)
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To: Walkingfeather
heheheh this is great. This is the weakness of the left. They pretend the evidence is not there..

One thing is unarguable - the libtards hate FACTS and just ignore them. This will be the ace card in the Nov 6 election. Libtards are ignoring the facts like many polls oversampling RATS and then hanging their hats on the results that show the king ahead in their faulty sampling.
31 posted on 08/06/2012 8:01:08 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Texas Gal

Considering that this whole CFA thing is less about homosexuality and more about rabid, seething, boiling hatred of Christ and everyone who follows him?

Not surprised. Not surprised at all.


32 posted on 08/06/2012 8:12:37 AM PDT by Luircin (Don't like Romney? Blame the conservative circular firing squad.)
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To: Kaslin
Meanwhile, back at JC Penney, the parking lot is empty.

OMG! catering to the 98% seems to be a better market strategy than pandering to the 2%.

RNC should take notice. RINO's especially should take notice.

Those same people who swarmed CFA's across the land, are all voters.

Give them someone for whom they can "enthusiastically" vote.

33 posted on 08/06/2012 8:13:22 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: Night Hides Not

Bump!


34 posted on 08/06/2012 8:27:12 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

I think that’s my new tagline, with a slight edit.


35 posted on 08/06/2012 8:35:38 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: scottjewell
Ergo, Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage and the Democrats including the plank in the DNC now looks like bad, bad timing.

I beg to differ with you. From my point of view it was the perfect timing to get the silent majority, sleeping giant into action.

36 posted on 08/06/2012 8:49:46 AM PDT by Hope for the Republic (The 1st amendment is guaranteed by the 2nd amendment.)
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To: Hope for the Republic

Agreed. It was bad timing for the Democrats.


37 posted on 08/06/2012 9:07:31 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: FatherofFive

“T” ....Tired of HALF of the country PAYING NO TAXES!!!


38 posted on 08/06/2012 9:41:59 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Jumper

“I will no long go to KFC because Nancy Peplosi supports them. Only Chic-Fil-A from now on for Chicken.

This should be the next stage in the evolution of CFA support, e.g., declaring non-support of KFC until they disavow Nancy! “

Are you actually calling on people to punish KFC, (and their employees & suppliers) for what some politician, not even connected to it says?
Do you really think KFC should have to “disavow Nancy” or suffer a boycott if they don’t?

/sigh


39 posted on 08/06/2012 10:26:10 AM PDT by Melvalena
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To: Melvalena
You don't need Pelosi's endorsement to bad mouth KFC.

Yum Brands pledged $80 mil to the Clinton Global Initative

40 posted on 08/06/2012 10:33:33 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: nascarnation

“You don’t need Pelosi’s endorsement to bad mouth KFC.

Yum Brands pledged $80 mil to the Clinton Global Initative”

I’m not defending KFC... I’m saying leave unconnected utterances out of it.

Be very clear on what one is calling punishment for.


41 posted on 08/06/2012 10:59:28 AM PDT by Melvalena
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To: Kaslin

It is in my view, once again, a symptom of a sense of entitlement that transcends the law, the notion of a civil society, and the Constitution. The reaction against CFA is the perfect paradigm of leftism.

The left thinks it is smarter, therefore it thinks it has not only the right to its opinions, but the right to enforce them upon others, and further, to squash the Constitution by muzzling the freedom of speech and opinion of others. And they don’t even think about it; they don’t weigh their reaction against any external set or hierarchy of standards. Because they do not have one.


42 posted on 08/06/2012 11:11:26 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: Ann Archy
“T” ....Tired of HALF of the country PAYING NO TAXES!!!

That is better, and I will substitute. I use 'sick' twice - any other suggestions?

43 posted on 08/06/2012 1:20:38 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Hope for the Republic

What the MSM found out the hard way is this: They carry the water for the gay cause, but by doing so they grossly inflate their influence on society. So when such a scenario comes up, the gay cause doesn’t have a chance, and their media supporters were caught up a creek without a paddle.


44 posted on 08/06/2012 3:33:45 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: scottjewell
...and caused not only moderate conservatives and libertarians, but from what I’ve seen also a good number of liberal sympathizers, to lose interest in the gay marriage movement.

I do wish more conservatives would properly recognize what the movement is really about. Much of society long ago recognized that there was considerable value in having something resembling generalized reciprocity on behalf of permanent family units; one major purpose behind government acknowledgment of marriage is to allow those who would bestow benefits upon the heads of a permanent family unit to distinguish those who qualify from those who do not.

What proponents of "gay marriage" are really seeking to do is compel those who would voluntarily bestow benefits upon what they would recognize as permanent family units, to also bestow those benefits upon couples whom they would not so recognize. The issue is not what gay people should be allowed to do among themselves--the issue is the extent to which others should be involuntarily compelled to regard their unions as being the equal of marriage.

I have no problem with laws which would allow any couple to register as a civil union for purposes like hospital visitation, survivorship, inheritance, etc, without regard for sex or sibling/cousin relationship (if parent/child relationships could be so registered, many such "relationships" would likely be formed as an inheritance-tax dodge; it would probably be best to disallow such relationships unless or until tax laws are changed so as to not encourage such a thing). Indeed, there may be some situations where it might be entirely reasonable for siblings to establish such a relationship (e.g. if two siblings, both with children, are widowed, it may be logical for them to share a household, and for each to want the other recognized as guardian of the children in case of death or incapacity. Curiously, however, proponents of same-sex marriage consistently seem to insist that civil unions should be unavailable for siblings, perhaps because if they were available to siblings, they would not imply legitimate sexual relations.

45 posted on 08/06/2012 4:42:08 PM PDT by supercat (Renounce Covetousness.)
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To: Kaslin

Ah, don’t tell me they misspelled “Chick-fil-A” in the dang headline.


46 posted on 08/06/2012 5:01:58 PM PDT by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: supercat

“Curiously, however, proponents of same-sex marriage consistently seem to insist that civil unions should be unavailable for siblings, perhaps because if they were available to siblings, they would not imply legitimate sexual relations.”

Excellent analysis and I am in full agreement with all you say - as for the above passage, obviously if all they were really seeking were some legal benefits as per passing of property, hospital visitation, civil unions would serve them fine, even if granted to non-sexual couples such as siblings or even mother/daughter who are both widowed.

But we both know what their beef is: They are looking to be normalized and celebrated, and to transform marriage, and thus society itself. And they do not give a hoot n holler about any siblings needing civil unions.


47 posted on 08/06/2012 5:03:39 PM PDT by scottjewell
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To: Theo

They sure did and probably don’t have spellchecker


48 posted on 08/06/2012 5:19:19 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

I do have to confess that “Chick-fil-A” is a clumsy name for a restaurant. It took me a while to remember how to spell it. :-)


49 posted on 08/06/2012 6:00:24 PM PDT by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: Hope for the Republic
My table included a friend who supports civil unions, one for gay marriage, and one who thinks government should get out of the marriage business, letting people and churches make their own agreeable arrangements.

I think the author couldn't wait to undercut the anti-homosexual marriage message.

50 posted on 08/06/2012 6:08:44 PM PDT by donna ("...gay couples raising kids. That's the American way..." -Mitt Romney, 2007)
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