Skip to comments.Romney’s silence on Chick-fil-A may cause voters to ‘simply stay at home,’ Donohue warns
Posted on 08/08/2012 5:35:12 AM PDT by IbJensen
LAS VEGAS, August 7, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) Mitt Romneys decision not to condemn mayors threatening to deny Chick-fil-A the right to do business was a missed opportunity and may cost him votes in November, a growing chorus of social conservatives warn.
Last Friday in Las Vegas, when a reporter asked the Republican presidential nominee about the controversy over Chick-fil-A and charges about a diplomats ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, he replied, Those are not things that are part of my campaign.
After company president Dan Cathy said he supported Biblical marriage, homosexual organizations called for a boycott, and several prominent Democratic mayors threatened to withhold permits for the Christian business to operate in their cities. The fast food chain broke sales records during the August 1 Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day called by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Christian radio talk show host Bryan Fischer asked, Well, governor, exactly what was not a part of your campaign? The part about natural marriage? The part about freedom of religion? The part about freedom of speech? The part about freedom of entrepreneurship? What? If you will not publicly stand for those values, what will you stand for? These questions were echoed by talk show host Mark Levin.
Social conservatives have to make up their mind whether they should just simply stay at home, or go out there and vote for Romney, Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, said. Im astonished that he couldnt even come to grips with the question. Leaving gays out of it, do we want the chief executives, the mayors of large cities trying to intimidate, using the power of government against private enterprises whose politics they disagree with? I think its a pretty simple issue.
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Several conservative writers confessed to being flummoxed by Romneys absence, calling it a missed opportunity.
I dont understand why Mitt Romney doesnt just get his Secret Service detail and take his press corps down to a Chicken-fil-A and show solidarity with these people, said columnist and former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan. Its instinct. Reagan would have walked right on down there naturally.
To excite the partys base, Richard Viguerie, a conservative activist for more than 50 years, has suggested the GOP invite Dan Cathy to address the Republican National Convention. Republicans should oblige President Obamas desire to make same-sex marriage a central issue in the November election, and campaign unequivocally as the party of the traditional values Dan Cathy stood for, Viguerie wrote.
Even prominent members of the partys neoconservative wing, which has little time for social issues and generally supports the homosexual lobby, encouraged Romney to stop at Chick-fil-A. Didnt happen, wrote Bill Kristol.
Some supporters of same-sex marriage have defended the beleaguered chicken chain.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a social liberal who considered running against Romney as an independent presidential candidate, said its inappropriate for a city government or a state government or the federal government to look at somebodys political views and decide whether or not they can live in the city or operate a business in the city or work for somebody in the city.
Congressman Barney Frank, who recently married his boyfriend, agreed, I dont think government should discriminate against Chick-fil-A because of the views of the owner./
Even Antoine Dodson, the flamboyantly homosexual subject of a viral video, has said, A lot of people from the gay community was [sic] actually telling me not to eat at Chick-fil-A and then you know, I started having these flashbacks, because I started believing like, the gay community we have went [sic] from being bullied to becoming bullies, he said. And I dont think that that is fair, because Im like, arent we like in America? Like, we have freedom of speech.
I dont think its American, he said.
What a wimp. He must be a plant from the democrats. They base their health care system on his Massachusetts plan. Oh, this is just great. At a time when this country is begging for leadership we get Mr oatmeal!
There goes the election.
I could understand if Appreciation Day had been a flop, but people came out in droves! He can see the American people clearly have spoken on this issue. It seemed a slam dunk to me to just stand up with the other hundreds of thousands of Americans. He's going to make people doubt where he stands on the subject.
I won’t be staying at home on November 6, but I won’t be voting for this turd.
Yes, many people are saying that Romney is shrewd and correct to be silent on this issue, but I don’t agree. It is insulting to social conservatives and will in fact cause people to stay away from the voting booths.
Jeez thats lame ..he has come out for business. thats better than Obama
All signs point to Romney being the epitome of a limp-wristed girly man.
Romney is a liberal.
Why would Romney support people who support traditional marriage?
America is more than business. A LOT more.
The simple fact is that most of the social issues that little lord Mittleroy doesn’t have the courage to face, play a huge part in our economic situation now.
Nice! The country is ‘burning down’ from a Socialist arsonist and people are actually thinking of ‘staying home’ on account of a ‘Chick-Fil-A’ fight the RATs started. Why don’t these people just pack up and leave all together, and leave those of who WANT TO REALLY FIGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY AGAINST THE SOCIALISTS GET TO WORK!
Just because someone is not voting for the liberal Romney DOES NOT mean they are staying home.
Supporting gay Boy Scouts will be his downfall.
We are still in the wilderness, starving for a like-minded leader. We had one, his name is Gingrich, but was way too mean-spirited for the Republicans. Right now, he would be eating at CFA everyday. Will never forget the discussion he had with a gay activist, wanting to know what he would do for the gay community. Newt responded with belief in traditional marriage and if you are looking for something more you should probably vote for Obama. Wish I could post it because it is incredibly enlightening and relevant right now. How sad that ths man is not our nominee.
You’re either going to do all you can and support the fight against the Socialists, or you might as well be ‘dead wood’ in this fight come November!!!
sorry...yes it does.....
and you dont think Obama’s have taken a tole on this couontry?
“Nice! The country is burning down from a Socialist arsonist and people are actually thinking of staying home on account of a Chick-Fil-A fight the RATs started. Why dont these people just pack up and leave all together, and leave those of who WANT TO REALLY FIGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY AGAINST THE SOCIALISTS GET TO WORK!”
Agreed! All of you who say you’renot going to vote for Romney because he doesn’t perfectly toe the conservative line are fools! Total, utter fools! If you don’t cast a vote AGAINST the lying Kenyan usurper, by pulling the lever FOR Romney, you are anti-American. Period.
Fine, you might feel happy about your ‘ideological’ stand, but you’re also making the Socialists happy!
It’s the same sort of thing that caused us to get Romney in the primary in the first place.
Too many ‘conservatives’ are so stuck ‘ideologically’ with ONE single candidate, that they can’t UNITE behind a common goal to defeat the worst enemy, so what you have then, is the worst case scenario resulting!
Keep it up. I hope you feel good (and I hope you felt good in the primaries also).