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Chick-fil-A, One Year Later
Citizen Magazine ^ | June/July 2013 | Dan Gainor

Posted on 12/28/2013 12:09:31 PM PST by rhema

Last summer, gay activists tried to destroy the national chicken chain. They wound up helping instead.

Victory tastes like chicken. Despite a year filled with protests and a smorgasbord of media scrutiny, recent evidence shows Chick-fil-A didn’t just survive becoming the target of a boycott led by gay activists last summer. It’s flourishing.

The popular fast-food chicken restaurant found itself in the crosshairs of media attention and activist protests after CEO Dan Cathy said in interviews with Christian media that he supports “the biblical definition of the family unit.”

Liberal groups had protested Chick-fil-A’s charitable contributions before, especially unhappy that the firm’s WinShape Foundation had donated money to groups like the Marriage & Family Foundation and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After Cathy’s comments ricocheted around the Internet, pro-gay organizations targeted the company. That, in turn, spurred hundreds of thousands to support a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” led by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Aug. 1.

The results speak for themselves: The restaurant chain grew both in profits and locations last year. While the 500 largest U.S. restaurant chains showed sales growth of 4.9 percent, Chick-fil- A nearly tripled that result with 14.1 percent, according to Tech- nomic Inc., a Chicago-based consulting and research firm serving the food industry.

“The fast food giant, the nation’s second-largest chicken chain, ended 2012 with $4.6 billion in sales,” reported the Atlanta Journal- Constitution. “The company also opened 96 new stores, four more than the year before.”

And its reputation actually improved—a lot. It made the annual Harris Poll Reputation Quotation for the first time in February, landing at 33 on the list of the top 60 “Most Visible Companies,” just three slots behind ever-popular Mc- Donald’s and two ahead of Burger King. The numbers caught the media off guard. USA Today headlined one piece:

(Excerpt) Read more at media.focusonthefamily.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: chickfila; dancathy; homosexualagenda; marriage
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1 posted on 12/28/2013 12:09:32 PM PST by rhema
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To: rhema

Good for them.
I posted when this happened I hoped the employees had a nice profit sharing program.


2 posted on 12/28/2013 12:11:01 PM PST by nascarnation (Wish everyone see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
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To: rhema

Before I make a trip to Missouri, I have to find the Chicken restaurants on my route.


3 posted on 12/28/2013 12:11:27 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: rhema
Ho, ho, hey, hey,
I'm still BUYcotting Chick Fila.
4 posted on 12/28/2013 12:12:43 PM PST by TwelveOfTwenty (See my home page for some of my answers to the left's talking points.)
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To: ridesthemiles

http://www.chick-fil-a.com/Locations/Locator


5 posted on 12/28/2013 12:12:53 PM PST by nascarnation (Wish everyone see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
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To: rhema

Marriage & Family Foundation and Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Sounds like some commie groups, no wonder the liberals were upset......


6 posted on 12/28/2013 12:13:29 PM PST by minnesota_bound
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To: rhema

This news will cause a lot of hissy fits in Queersville.


7 posted on 12/28/2013 12:14:01 PM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: rhema

Chick-Fil-A opened a restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas. They brought free chicken sandwiches to businesses to promote themselves. Another time I went into their restaurant and received a free customer appreciation sandwich. Not hard to see why they are successful.


8 posted on 12/28/2013 12:23:44 PM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: rhema

I rarely eat fast food, but when I do Chik-fil-A is at the top of my list. I’ve always liked their “Closed Sundays” policy, and offending the perpetually offended gay thugs is an added bonus.


9 posted on 12/28/2013 12:25:22 PM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: rhema

Great article. Thanks for posting.


10 posted on 12/28/2013 12:26:50 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: rhema

When they explain it away - as in, “Even bad publicity is really good for business” - I wonder how many readers actually buy the lie.


11 posted on 12/28/2013 12:33:52 PM PST by madprof98
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To: rhema

I had not eaten at Chick-fil-A before that - basically because I had never heard of it before ... LOL ... When I was in Portland, Oregon - the closest one was 340 miles away.

And when I got to Tulsa, I never paid attention to them, as a result of my prior experience.

BUT ... last year put them on the map for me and I’ve gone there a number of times now!


12 posted on 12/28/2013 12:33:59 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: rhema

Victory tastes like chicken and Duck!


13 posted on 12/28/2013 12:35:35 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: ridesthemiles

“Before I make a trip to Missouri, I have to find the Chicken restaurants on my route.”

While this was going on, I stopped every night and got their salad. What a nice place. Great employees. Joy to the world...


14 posted on 12/28/2013 12:36:29 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: rhema
Victory tastes like chicken.

I rather like that.

15 posted on 12/28/2013 12:37:47 PM PST by VRW Conspirator ( 2+2 = V)
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To: rhema

The Spicy Chicken Deluxe did it for me.


16 posted on 12/28/2013 12:40:24 PM PST by EricT. (ARBEIT MACHT FREI- now get back to work you taxpaying peasant!)
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To: Pollster1
I eat fast food all the time because I don't cook.

I love Chik-fil-A but I hate their "closed Sundays" policy.

If you're open for business, you need to be open for business.

17 posted on 12/28/2013 12:49:30 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: rhema

We have one of their restaurants only a few blocks from us. We had gone there once or twice prior to the boycott. Now we go about once a month.


18 posted on 12/28/2013 12:52:38 PM PST by notpoliticallycorewrecked (The more you know, the more you realize that you don't know.)
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To: Star Traveler

If you ever get the chance to attend a Chic Fil-A Leadership Conference, do so. You will find it very inspiring and uplifting.


19 posted on 12/28/2013 12:52:57 PM PST by gitmo (If your theology doesn't become your biography, what good is it?)
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To: elkfersupper

I’d never visited until this protest and found I loved the spicy chicken. I’ve visited dozens of times since and that never would have happened had the gay mafia not stepped over the line.


20 posted on 12/28/2013 12:53:22 PM PST by chiller (NBCNews et al is in the tank and should be embarrassed)
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To: elkfersupper

Coming back from Moab after Thanksgiving, I went to the Grand Junction, CO one and sat in the drive thru line for several seconds before it dawned on me it was Sunday. So disappointed.


21 posted on 12/28/2013 12:54:36 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: elkfersupper

I was pleasantly surprised to find them open on Christmas Eve though...until 6 p.m.


22 posted on 12/28/2013 12:55:30 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: elkfersupper

Actually, when you own a business, you get to chose what hours you are open.

I admire the fact that they close on Sundays as the family that owns these restaurants are Christians, and it is against their religion to work on Sundays.


23 posted on 12/28/2013 12:59:09 PM PST by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: Starstruck

My favorite Chick Fil-A is located next to the University of South Carolina main campus. When the faggies launched their protest last year, they bought billboard space nearby that harrumphed, “When You’re Eating Chick Fil-A, You’re Eating Anti-Gay!!”

CFA’s business only increased as patrons basically responded, “And your point is.....?” Interestingly, there were no direct action incidents, none. On the big protest day, Chick Fil-A was packed, without a demonstrator in sight.


24 posted on 12/28/2013 12:59:11 PM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: elkfersupper
I love Chik-fil-A but I hate their "closed Sundays" policy.

I love both. Sunday is the Lords day, not a business day.

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

25 posted on 12/28/2013 1:07:33 PM PST by mc5cents (Pray for America)
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To: elkfersupper

I’m sorry, but yours is a particularly ignorant comment. The owners of Chick-Fil-A believe Sunday is the Lord’s day, and are willing to forego the profits that could be made on Sunday by staying closed. Who are you to question it? Chick-Fil-A is a private business. I don’t care if they’re only open from 2-4am every other Tuesday. Their choice. And this choice has turned out to be immensely profitable. What business are you successfully running?


26 posted on 12/28/2013 1:09:45 PM PST by bigdaddy45
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To: gitmo

That sounds like a company event - and I’m not part of the company.


27 posted on 12/28/2013 1:21:48 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: basil

Same for Hobby Lobby. I give both of them my business because they stand on principle.


28 posted on 12/28/2013 1:21:58 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: rhema
Great story about how easy it is for us to marginalize these fringe pressure groups. I can still remember when the homosexuals decided to stage a "kiss-in" at the restaurants and it was a major bust. At one restaurant, you had two boys kissing each other and people were just walking around them like they didn't exist to go get their chicken sandwiches. A few minutes of that and they just slunk away to whatever rock they slithered out from under.

It's time to stop letting the tail wag the dog!

29 posted on 12/28/2013 1:26:50 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: All
No less a sophisticate than Esquire Mag named Chick-fil-a one of the nation's best sandwiches.

ESQUIRE REVIEW You can get a chicken sandwich anywhere, which may explain your low expectations. Boneless breast. Bun. Blah. But down south, there lives an eye-opener.

A come-to-Jesus sandwich. The Chick-fil-A. Seasoned, breaded breast served on a toasted buttered bun with dill-pickle slices. No mayo. No sauce at all. Deceptively simple, yet transcendent. The hook is the breading: spicy, with an intoxicating crunch.

The meat is always juicy, never chewy. The bun is like lingerie -- there, but not, providing delicious support without obscuring the main flavor. The first bite changes everything you think you know about chicken. And about the need for condiments. --Allison Glock

Read more: http://www.esquire.com/features/food-drink/sandwiches#ixzz211NacUiU

Here's your deluxe Chick-Filet-a sandwich:
w/ frilly lettuce leaf, vine-ripened tomato slices
cheese slice; side of hot, crisp waffle fries and large
iced lemonade. Couple containers of CFA's luscious
"special sauce" and you got lunch.

30 posted on 12/28/2013 1:27:21 PM PST by Liz
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To: mc5cents

I agree with you in respecting those businesses that close on Sundays to give their employees time to worship and spend quiet days with their families.

And the Lord’s example of working hard six days and resting on the seventh is as relevant today as it was at Creation.

That said, Sunday isn’t THE Sabbath, as Saturday was back in OT times under the Law of Moses, when it was forbidden to do work. We’re, thankfully, no longer under those restrictions — although the principles are still worth following. If we truly still kept the Sabbath, we’d cease all work at sundown Friday until sundown Saturday, then go about our regular business on Sunday. But most of us are no longer Jews, and none of us still live under the Law of Moses.

In fact, the earliest Christians (because they were Jewish) observed the Saturday Sabbath, then got up to go to work on Sunday, the first day of their workweek. Because Jesus rose on Sunday, they met to worship very early in the morning, then went about their normal workday, then came together again that evening for a communal meal and to observe the Lord’s Supper.

I’m not making this up. The Romans, suspicious of the new movement who followed the crucified Jesus, spied on them. Those written reports tell the tale.


31 posted on 12/28/2013 1:31:08 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: Red_Devil 232
Victory tastes like chicken and Duck!

The libs are crying "FOWL".

32 posted on 12/28/2013 1:31:57 PM PST by immadashell (The inmates are running the asylum.)
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To: bigdaddy45; mc5cents; elkfersupper

The trouble with that is I don’t take off one day and week and quit eating ... :-) ...

SO ... what that means is that I simply eat somewhere else. And if Chick-fil-A is okay with that, I don’t care. There is absolutely no shortage of places to go to eat on Sunday, and I’ll just have to spend my money elsewhere - and do so by necessity.

Many times, on Sunday, I’ll be at Woodland Hills Mall in Tulsa, where there is a Chick-fil-A on the food court. It does kinda look odd that all the other food places are lined up with customers, while Chick-fil-A is dark and empty.

SO ... how this actually turns out with me, is that while I do spend my money there - I actually spend a whole lot less there, than I would otherwise.


33 posted on 12/28/2013 1:32:45 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: rhema

I don’t eat at Chik-fil-a for its values. I eat at Chik-fil-a because their employees don’t look like they are going to rob me or rape my children in the bathroom.


34 posted on 12/28/2013 1:35:46 PM PST by stuck_in_new_orleans
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35 posted on 12/28/2013 1:36:35 PM PST by narses (... unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.)
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To: Star Traveler

They’re open to other companies and to the public. They do quarterly simulcasts so groups around the company can participate.


36 posted on 12/28/2013 1:39:47 PM PST by gitmo (If your theology doesn't become your biography, what good is it?)
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To: rhema

I recall some “Business Chair” at a University (educated above his intellect) claiming that this would “hurt their brand.”

Chik-fil-A didn’t fall for it because they’re smarter than the Republican party so they don’t take advice from their political enemies.


37 posted on 12/28/2013 1:42:48 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: gitmo

Oh ... okay ... I’ll look at it, then.


38 posted on 12/28/2013 1:43:17 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: elkfersupper

If you’re open for business, you need to be open for business.


Start your own business and run it as you wish.


39 posted on 12/28/2013 1:44:29 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: rhema; All

GayKK Fail...

Good news...Congrats Chick Fil A and customers


40 posted on 12/28/2013 1:45:48 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: rhema

Since that day (I hadn’t paid much attention to them before - maybe ate there twice in my life) I am hooked. The breakfast burrito and that salad with the chicken and fruit are fantastic. Fortunately there is one down the street from my office so I am a regular customer now! Thanks stupid gay people!


41 posted on 12/28/2013 2:00:44 PM PST by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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To: basil

So! Hire Jewish people to work on Sunday!


42 posted on 12/28/2013 2:06:13 PM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: mc5cents

The Sabbath day is Saturday, not Sunday.


43 posted on 12/28/2013 2:08:46 PM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: meowmeow
I love their hot oatmeal. I don't like the too sweet oatmeal served at other places. At Chick-fil-A, the sugar (along with nuts & fruits) comes in separate packages, and I just disregard the sugar.
44 posted on 12/28/2013 2:10:31 PM PST by Dante3
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To: reg45

“The Sabbath day is Saturday, not Sunday.

Neither day is even mentioned in the Bible...so no.


45 posted on 12/28/2013 2:12:49 PM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: Star Traveler

“I had not eaten at Chick-fil-A before that - “

Same with this damyankee. Until I saw one roadside outside Greenville SC - I couldn’t pass it by. Good thing too, the food was great, the atmosphere was pure family, and we sat near the play area so we heard the happy children through our meal — wonderful music.


46 posted on 12/28/2013 2:18:32 PM PST by Peet (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: reg45

They, too, stand on their principles. Is that a hard concept for you?


47 posted on 12/28/2013 2:31:51 PM PST by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: rhema

It would make sense if the “tolerant” haters and other queers would shut up to keep from losing ground with their agenda, so you can bet they won’t shut up.


48 posted on 12/28/2013 3:14:22 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian (Vote Democrat. Once you're OK with killing babies the rest is easy. <BCC><)
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To: immadashell
Victory tastes like chicken and Duck!

The libs are crying "FOWL".

...ok..THAT is funny!!! :)

49 posted on 12/28/2013 3:26:19 PM PST by CaraM (Faithless is he who quits when the road darkens.)
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To: rhema

Lots of people came to support. After they tasted the product, they kept coming back. I wonder if Huckabee owns any of the company. If not, Cathy should give him a consulting fee.


50 posted on 12/28/2013 3:32:03 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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