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A Christian Business in the Left's Crosshairs
Townhall.com ^ | February 2, 2011 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 02/02/2011 4:57:38 AM PST by Kaslin

Here's a modest proposal for liberals who say they support job creation: Stop smearing successful, law-abiding private companies whose values don't comport with yours. I'm looking at you, New York Times.

Chick-fil-A is an American success story. Founded by Georgian entrepreneur Truett Cathy in 1946, the family-owned chicken-sandwich chain is one of the country's largest fast-food businesses. It employs some 50,000 workers across the country at 1,500 outlets in nearly 40 states and the District of Columbia. The company generates more than $2 billion in revenue and serves millions of happy customers with trademark Southern hospitality.

So, what's the problem? Well, Chick-fil-A is run by devout Christians who believe in strong marriages, devoted families and the highest standards of character for their workers. The restaurant chain's official corporate mission is to "glorify God" and "enrich the lives of everyone we touch." The company's community service initiatives, funded through its WinShape Foundation, support foster care, scholarship, summer camp and marriage enrichment programs. On Sunday, all Chick-fil-A stores close so workers can spend the day at worship and rest.

For the left, these Biblically based corporate principles constitute high social justice crimes and misdemeanors. Democrats are always ready to invoke religion to support their big government, taxpayer-funded initiatives (Obamacare, illegal alien amnesty, increased education spending and FCC regulatory expansion, for starters).

But when an independent company -- thriving on its own merits in the marketplace -- wears its soul on its sleeve, suddenly it's a theocratic crisis.

Over the past month, several progressive activist blogs have waged an ugly war against Chick-fil-A. The company's alleged atrocity: One of its independent outlets in Pennsylvania donated some sandwiches and brownies to a marriage seminar run by the Pennsylvania Family Institute, which happens to oppose same-sex marriage.

In the name of tolerance, the anti-Chick-fil-A hawks sneered at the company's main product as "Jesus Chicken," derided its no-Sunday work policy and attacked its operators as "anti-gay." Michael Jones, who describes himself as having "worked in the field of human rights communications for a decade, most recently for Harvard Law School," launched an online petition drive at www.change.org "demanding" that the company disavow "extreme anti-gay groups." Facebook users dutifully organized witch hunts against the company on college campuses.

Over the weekend, New York Times reporter Kim Severson gave the Chick-fil-A bashers a coveted Sunday A-section megaphone -- repeatedly parroting the "Chick-fil-A is anti-gay" slur and raising fears of "evangelical Christianity's muscle flexing" with only the thinnest veneer of journalistic objectivity. Severson, you see, is an openly gay advocate of same-sex marriage equality herself and the former vice-president of the identity politics-mongering National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association.

In a bitter op-ed on gay marriage laws not changing quickly enough, she asserted: "I don't want the crumbs. I want the whole cake." Severson has voiced complaints about her social and economic status as an unwed lesbian with a partner and child in several media publications.

None of this was disclosed in Severson's advocacy journalism hit job on Chick-fil-A. But therein lies the unofficial motto of The Gray Lady: All the ideological conflicts of interest unfit to print.

Progressive groups are gloating over Chick-fil-A's public relations troubles exacerbated by the nation's politicized paper of record. This is not because they care about winning hearts and minds over gay rights or marriage policy, but because their core objective is to marginalize political opponents and chill Christian philanthropy and activism. The fearsome "muscle flexing" isn't being done by innocent job-creators selling chicken sandwiches and waffle fries. It's being done by the hysterical bullies trying to drive them off of college grounds and out of their neighborhoods in the name of "human rights."

Remember: These were the same tactics the left-wing mob used in California to intimidate supporters of the Proposition 8 traditional marriage initiative. Individual donors were put on an "Anti-Gay Black List." Businesses who contributed money to the Prop. 8 campaign were besieged by fist-wielding protesters. The artistic director of the California Musical Theatre was forced to resign over his $1,000 donation.

Message: Associate with the wrong political cause and you will pay. So much for national "civility."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: cathy; chickfila; economicterrorism; homonaziagenda; homonazism; homosexualagenda; homostalinism; homoterrorism; homotyranny; leftwingterrorists; malkin; michellemalkin; truettcathy

1 posted on 02/02/2011 4:57:40 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: justsaynomore

I love Michelle Malkin ping!


2 posted on 02/02/2011 5:01:40 AM PST by Tucker822
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To: Tucker822

Support Chick-fil-A today. The queers on the left are trying to make wrong into right.


3 posted on 02/02/2011 5:04:49 AM PST by shankbear (Al-Qaeda grew while Monica blew)
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To: Kaslin

I often hear from non Christians how ‘hypocritial’ Christians are. Since homosexual acts are clearly labeled sin in the Bible, wouldn’t it be hypocritial for the Christian community to vote for and condone gay marriage?


4 posted on 02/02/2011 5:08:03 AM PST by sweet_diane (Adoption, the beautiful choice!)
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To: Kaslin

I often hear from non Christians how ‘hypocritial’ Christians are. Since homosexual acts are clearly labeled sin in the Bible, wouldn’t it be hypocritial for the Christian community to vote for and condone gay marriage?


5 posted on 02/02/2011 5:08:09 AM PST by sweet_diane (Adoption, the beautiful choice!)
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To: Kaslin
I can only wonder why FOX this morning thought it was a good idea to have a Log Cabin spokesman defend ChickFilA ????...rather than someone from the restaurant chain?

I was listening rather than watching and the first half of his comments sounded appropriate as someone defending ChickFilA.....but then he goes on to say he's GAY and gays are not mutually exclusive to spiritual values or Republican politics....(paraphrasing)....

Brian was interviewing him....

....I was not amused.

6 posted on 02/02/2011 5:10:01 AM PST by Guenevere (....)
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To: Kaslin

makes me hungry for Jesus chicken ;-)


7 posted on 02/02/2011 5:14:58 AM PST by vanilla swirl (We are the Patrick Henry we have been waiting for!)
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To: Guenevere
It was sickening to watch, these log cabins were found to be lefty';s pretending to be republicans and they always voted for the Dems. Many of them after they were found out set up a new group called GOProud. Why FOX had this homosexuals on is beyond me but to guess I'll say it's because FOX is a very liberal channels when it comes to social issues, hell the likes of Hannity does not even mention the homosexual agenda because he's a coward . Right I will be going to chickenfila later and I will be giving them more of my money now. It';s OK for businesses to give money to perverts and their agenda but not alright for a good family business to donate free burgers and chicken even if they do great charity work in their towns. Here in town they';re very involved in the schools who give out free meals to those who do good at school and they do a lot of good but I guess that is why the left hates them. They want no one to do good at school and just want a bunch of dummies so they can be told what to do and what to say. mmmmmm reminds of the the left with their pre made signs etc
8 posted on 02/02/2011 5:15:57 AM PST by manc (Shame on all who voted for the repeal of DADT, who supported it or never tried to stop it. Traitors)
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To: Kaslin

Lunch today at Chick-Fil-A.
Tell the gay to go away.


9 posted on 02/02/2011 5:15:57 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: Kaslin

Hmmmm......I feel like taking the family to Chick-Fil-A today. Maybe taking home some extra for tomorrow, too. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Chick-Fil-A’s business went up now?


10 posted on 02/02/2011 5:16:59 AM PST by rightly_dividing (1 Cor. 15:1-4)
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To: IronJack

I’ve passed Chick Fil-a every day of my life, knowing nothing about it. Me and my little dog are going to become regular customers.


11 posted on 02/02/2011 5:19:16 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: Kaslin

EAT MORE CHIX’N


12 posted on 02/02/2011 5:34:16 AM PST by Marty62 (Marty 60)
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To: miss marmelstein
It's a great place....it's a happy place!

I personally know some young people they hired in our local community...and these kids are cream of the crop!

The company has high standards and the customers are always treated with respect and courtesy!

I really like the food and the place is very clean.

13 posted on 02/02/2011 5:34:46 AM PST by Guenevere (....)
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To: rightly_dividing

I might do that too


14 posted on 02/02/2011 5:41:45 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: IronJack
Lunch today at Chick-Fil-A.

Tell the gay to go away.

Is it true that gays boys will only eat a Chick-Fil-A sandwich made from a Rooster and lesbos will only eat one made from a hen?

How can they tell?

15 posted on 02/02/2011 5:44:27 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, in honor of Standing Wolf.)
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To: Kaslin

I’d bet a thousand buch that CFA’s sales go way up whenever a heathen hit piece like this comes out of the media. Christian’s are very good at rallying to support the faithful. I went the very day I first read of this.


16 posted on 02/02/2011 5:47:54 AM PST by circlecity
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To: Kaslin

The power of gay agitators is incredible. Their propaganda would never work if it were not for the incessant brainwashing about “tolerance” in our public schools.


17 posted on 02/02/2011 5:49:07 AM PST by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: Kaslin
I'm surprised they never freaked out over In-N-Out Burger's packaging.


18 posted on 02/02/2011 5:49:22 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: shankbear

Hubby and I get Chick Fil A a few times a week. It is called the Dwarf House here and has a sitdown section complete with sweet waitresses who call us Sug and Hon. Met the pie lady at a local wholesale club and we talked awhile about our dogs. The waitstaff invisibly refills our sweet tea that we inhale and gives a wink when we order extra sandwiches for our basset hounds (no pickles) and fried sweet potato pies for my inlaws. They now have a delicious spicy white chili made with grilled chopped chicken and bring me extra sour cream ‘because that is how they like it’. When anyone steps up to the spot to be seated, a genuine smile is flashed and every single time I thank an employee, I get a pat or an arm squeeze with a ‘my pleasure’.

And for Pete’s sake, their sandwiches are out of this world with their buttered buns, the juicy fresh fried chicken and the snap of the pickle slices when you sink your teeth in them combined with their huge waffle cut french fries that are ALWAYS served piping hot, the golden crunch combined with the creaminess of the potato that is served just right is nothing short of a religious experience.

Come on people. Where else can you get a hug from the waitress when you leave any restaurant and walk out feeling like you are family??!!

Matter of fact, I propose a Freerepublic ‘lunch-in’ at the Newnan, Ga Dwarfhouse on the corner of Bullsboro Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 1 pm which concidentally is Tuesday -Buy- One-Sandwich= Get -One-Free -when -you- dine- in day.

By God, I’ll be there.


19 posted on 02/02/2011 5:50:21 AM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Kaslin

Every Christian worth his salt will stop in and support the local Chick-fil-A, if they aere fortunate enough to have one nearby. That is part of “encouraging one another in the faith” that St. Paul wrote about. The ungodly should be resisted when they attack fellow Christians.


20 posted on 02/02/2011 5:52:19 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: Kaslin

I plan to be going to Chik-Fil-A once a week for the foreseeable future. I started Monday. I wish I could get going early enough on Saturdays for their breakfasts - the burrito is great.


21 posted on 02/02/2011 6:23:19 AM PST by nina0113
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To: madprof98

It is purposeful. The goal is to criminalize Christianity and destroy the family,

with the end goal of totalitarian communism.

See tagline.


22 posted on 02/02/2011 6:25:45 AM PST by MrB (Tagline suspended for important announcement on my about page. Click my handle.)
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To: IronJack

Ha ha ...two days in a row you’ve made me laugh. No Chick-Fil-A in Michigan, but I hope everyone will support them. If everyone fed-up with this socially forced tolerance of gays made a point to eat there several times this month, these gay apologists might regret the profits they pushed to the company. Then maybe they’d STFU and think twice about the next target.


23 posted on 02/02/2011 6:34:07 AM PST by Mich Patriot (...politics is the second oldest profession...it bears a striking resemblance to the first." RReagan)
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To: Kaslin

What the “gaystapo” is doing is nothing short of economic terrorism.


24 posted on 02/02/2011 6:36:59 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

Thanks for sharing this info, Cowgirl. No CFA in Michigan, but maybe someday. I always enjoyed their commercials and support of my #2 passion, College Football (craft beer is #1!). Now I have a more informed appreciation for the company. Great stuff!


25 posted on 02/02/2011 6:41:12 AM PST by Mich Patriot (...politics is the second oldest profession...it bears a striking resemblance to the first." RReagan)
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To: Mich Patriot

Glad I could put a smile on your face. And you’re completely right about this homo-terrorism. They’re a tiny bunch of loudmouthed malcontents who make a noise way out of proportion to their numbers. We need to say it loud and say it proud: That’s “the Way,” Chick-Fil-A!

By the way, what was the other post that gave you a chuckle?


26 posted on 02/02/2011 6:53:19 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: IronJack

I’m not sure, but I think we were discussing “food for crude”. I just remember responding to one of your posts.

“...noise way out of proportion to their numbers.” EXACTLY! This is why I wish more people and companies like CFA would stand by their beliefs and not back down. I realize the CFA incident wasn’t intended as anti-gay, but they should not have backed down.

I’m not out there gay-bashing, but I won’t have it shoved at me and bow (or is ‘bend’ the right word?) to their demands for false acceptance. False acceptance is all I could ever give, and that’s not in my makeup.


27 posted on 02/02/2011 7:03:50 AM PST by Mich Patriot (...politics is the second oldest profession...it bears a striking resemblance to the first." RReagan)
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To: Kaslin
Great column by Michelle Malkin. I have the privilege of knowing some of the Cathy family, many of their corporate employees, and several restaurant operators. They are some of the finest people in the world. Chick-fil-A delivers great food in a clean and friendly atmosphere with outstanding service.

Chick-fil-A is a privately held company, built by Truett Cathy and still owned by Mr. Cathy and his family. Their business is a great force for good in every community it serves. Chick-fil-A funds children's homes, camps and countless local philanthropic endeavors, and even provides scholarships for its part-time employees. Chick-fil-A closes on Sundays because the Cathys want their employees to enjoy the privilege of spending time with their families away from work. It is apparent that God has blessed their work.

It is great to see a business honor its customers, its employees, its suppliers and its communities, and to honor God in the process. One must harbor a terrible bitterness to find any fault with those practices.

I am going to Chick-fil-A for lunch today!

28 posted on 02/02/2011 7:11:55 AM PST by Always A Marine
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To: shankbear
All three of my daughters got their first job in high school at Chick-fil A. Two of them were hired for food service jobs in college solely on the basis of a phone interview and their experience with Chick-fil A. The third wanted something other than a food service job, so had to get it with a personal interview.

Friday night for the Mrs. and I used to be Chick-fil A so we could watch our girls ar work. Now, we only do it monthly. Maybe we need to do it weekly again.

29 posted on 02/02/2011 7:17:30 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Mich Patriot

I don’t think Chick-Fil-A has backed down. And with God’s grace and a firm belief in His righteousness (along with some visible support from conservatives) they won’t.

Too bad a simple business has to become a battleground, but our enemies do not rest.

A Fil-A a day keeps the poofters at bay.


30 posted on 02/02/2011 7:52:30 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: IronJack

“Poofters” - too funny.

Indeed our enemies do not rest. They won’t be satisfied until we’re all walking around in pink tights.

Not sure where you’re at, but we’re snowed in up here. Have a great day.


31 posted on 02/02/2011 8:02:55 AM PST by Mich Patriot (...politics is the second oldest profession...it bears a striking resemblance to the first." RReagan)
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To: Guenevere
The stores are bright, clean.... and SPACIOUS - the lobby in front of the order counter is like a hotel mezzanine! Managers are always making their rounds in the dining area, asking customers if everything is o.k. Food is great, service is fast and friendly, and the personnel speak English!
32 posted on 02/08/2011 4:58:48 AM PST by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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