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Chick-fil-A had it coming
by Sean Cary
Jul 28, 2012 | 20504 views | 52 52 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Georgia-based fast-food chain Chick-fil-A is in a bit of a pickle following comments made by the company’s president, Dan Cathy, who said the company was “guilty as charged” in its stance against gay marriage.

Cathy’s comments sparked a political firestorm across the country, but Chick-fil-A’s political activities and beliefs are no secret to anyone. It was only a matter of time before they erupted, and now they are embroiled in a controversy that shows no signs of ebbing.

The controversy began when Cathy expanded on prior comments about the fast food chain’s prominent social beliefs in a recent interview on an Atlanta radio program.

“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.’”

Yikes.

Whether or not you agree with its stance, the fast food chain has brought this controversy on itself. Chick-fil-A has had a longstanding opposition to LGBT rights, and over the years the Cathy family, its WinShape Foundation and other associates have donated millions of dollars to anti-gay groups such as Exodus International, Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council. Yes, that’s right, Exodus International, which is “Proclaiming Freedom from Homosexuality since 1976.”

Isn’t it nice to know that a portion of the money you’re spending on waffle fries is going to fund efforts to “pray the gay away?”

Emotions are running high in this ongoing story of bigotry, homophobia and regressive thinking, but here’s where the story gets sticky. I applaud the Jim Henson Company for severing its ties with the fast food giant complete with a healthy dose of embarrassment, and I support those who are actively protesting and boycotting Chick-fil-A. But when city officials in Boston, Chicago and San Francisco attempt to actively bar the chain from opening stores, I can’t agree.

From foxnews.com: “The government can regulate discrimination in employment or against customers, but what the government cannot do is to punish someone for their words,” said Adam Schwartz, senior attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. “When an alderman refuses to allow a business to open because its owner has expressed a viewpoint the government disagrees with, the government is practicing viewpoint discrimination. What the government cannot do is to punish someone for their words.”

Chick-fil-A may be a deep-fried hate group disguised as a restaurant financed by the dollars of unsuspecting lunch-goers, but the ACLU is correct. It’s not the government’s place to intervene in this manner.

It’s improper, and if anything, it lessens the impact of Chick-fil-A’s opponents. Let the free market do its job. If you feel that strongly about the restaurant chain’s actions and beliefs, then get up, get organized and get active. Organize protests, or pass out fliers. Should you really be eating fast food anyway? Forget the chicken sandwiches and French fries, go to the market and buy this weird thing called a fresh vegetable.

Once upon a time, dinner came on a plate and not in a bag. Do you truly want to strengthen the family unit here in America? Shut off the television, put away the iPad and actually cook dinner with your children. Bring them into the kitchen and interact with them. Sit across the table and have a conversation with your spouse and your loved ones and stop worrying about the lesbians who live two streets over. I can almost guarantee you they are spending less time worrying about your marriage then you are about theirs.

Chick-fil-A deserves to be maligned, and I hope it doesn’t stop until its owners stop funding hate. Yes, they have the same freedom of speech we all enjoy, and their supporters are right when they point this out. But, I suspect if Chick-fil-A was giving money to the American Socialist Party or the Earth Liberation Front, windbags such as Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee wouldn’t be championing their constitutional right to freedom of expression.

Chick-fil-A may work to deny the LGBT community the rights they deserve, but do not sink to their trans-fatty level. No matter how repellant, the Cathy family has the right to be bigoted hatemongers, but they also have the right to operate restaurants. What they don’t have the right to is success at the expense of others’ freedom. It’s time to start voting with your dollars, folks. They won’t listen to anything else.

Sean Cary is a local business owner, freelance writer, host of Nevada Matters heard on Fox News Radio (www.nevadamatters.us) and pundit on the television show “Nevada Newsmakers.” Contact him at sean@seancary.com and read his blog at www.seancary.com.
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ChipE
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August 03, 2012
Looks like Chick-fil-A will pay a price for its intolerance:

Chick-Fil-A's Brand Approval Rating Plummets After Anti-Gay Controversy: YouGov REPORT

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/30/chick-fil-a-brand-approval-rating-anti-gay-controversy_n_1719359.html
z12344321
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August 01, 2012
Well, looks like they had a record day in sales today.
Shannon HideNSeek
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August 06, 2012
So did Woolworths in the deep south over their refusal to serve blacks at the lunch counter. Chick-Fil-A and the people who came out in drives on their "appreciation Day" will be on the wrong side of history. Separate ("Civil Partnership") is NOT equal ("Marriage").
cody jackson
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July 30, 2012
http://theoatmeal.com/comics/religion
Tina L
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July 30, 2012
Well stated, Sean. Support for the right of free speech when they are in opposition to your own is difficult to do.

It confuses me that a religious group would claim to be pro-family and yet many of the comments on this piece are bashing the author when he quite clearly states that one should spend more time with their family. An argument for argument sake?

And to those who are in support of hate: Believe in the myths of your book if you want, but only if you stand by all of it. Not just your favorite soundbites.

Don't tell me that homosexuality is unnatural when it occurs in nature. Marriage does not. You are not pro-American, you are not even pro-humanity.
Old Broad
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July 31, 2012
Tina--

In many primate bands when a new male takes over the band he kills all of the offspring under a certain age of the old alpha male. The function is for the females to be ready to conceive again so that the new male's genes can be passed on.

So by the reasoning in your last paragraph (Don't tell me that homosexuality is unnatural when it occurs in nature.) when a woman hooks up with a new boyfriend/husband it is ok for him to kill her children. He's got to pass his genes on. By killing the girlfriend's/wife's children there will be more resources for his offspring (genes) to be successfully spread.

who dat
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August 06, 2012
Old Broad,

There a a number of step-parents that assault the kids of the previous marriage.
Old Broad
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August 12, 2012
who dat--

thanks for supporting my second paragraph.

joann
longun45
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July 30, 2012
Tell it to the Imams. See if they agree. In those countries they hang Gays.

To pillory a man for his traditional view on marriage and to have people threaten his business is a great showing liberal tolerance. The same tolerance shown by muslims.

Real Christians do not hate. Real Americans do not hate, but they wont stand for such drivel either.

who dat
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August 06, 2012
Real Christians would love to hang gays if they could. They also would love to stone adulterers, single mothers, and drug addicts. If the NEW GOP has it's way, the country's legal will change.

Chick-fil-A does support murder of gays in Africa.
mimibebe
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July 29, 2012
I know that those that use the bible to say it is ok to "hate the sin" do it out of convenience. It helps them ease there minds that is is ok to be hateful. Its in the bible right? o you also believe divorce is strictly forbidden in both Testaments, as is remarriage of anyone who has been divorced. Did you know that if it is discovered that a bride is not a virgin, the Bible demands that she be executed by stoning immediately. It gives you a reason and excuse to hate. IT GIVES YOU A REASON AND EXCUSE TO HATE!
Ruth White
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August 03, 2012
Mimi,

This depends on if you know the translation of the Bible and if you understand that hating an act is not the same as hating a person. Homosexuality is not a Civil Right. No one can tell if someone is Homosexual, until their actions show it. On the other hand Interracial Couples are discriminated against, because of the skin color and the act of superiority of those who think their skin color is superior to others. God is the same Yesterday Today and Forever and the act of Homosexuality is an Abomination, but I like Sean. I just had him on my radio program
sup rmedism
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July 29, 2012
In 1802, President Jefferson wrote a letter to a group of Baptists in Danbury, Connecticut, in which he declared that it was the purpose of the First Amendment of the US Constitution to build "a wall of separation between Church and State."
Lauren Scott
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July 29, 2012
"We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate. All are free to believe or not believe, all are free to practice a faith or not, and those who believe are free, and should be free, to speak of and act on their belief."- Ronald Reagan, from a speech to Temple Hillel, 1984.
Joey S.
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July 29, 2012
Goodness the fact that so many of you people are ok with the fact that by giving them business you are funding their hatred towards gays! Being gay myself I find it absolutely disgusting that a company would do this, why is it that everyone thinks by being gay were ruining a good christian life and the morals you all say you up hold. Last time i checked when you get into the religious aspect of everything god loves everyone....Correct? How would heterosexuals feel if we started boycotting marriage between a man and a woman because you all just end up in divorce anyways. Ruining childrens lives, breaking apart familys and putting more hate into the world. You let me know how you would feel if you had all your rights taken away and you were told loving the person your with is wrong and its destroying america.

Its disgusting how you all talk about going to Chick Fil-A on august 1st to show your appreciation for hatred in america and discrimination. Dont bash Sean cary either he is actually a great person who I have had the honor of working with at Fox News. Someone who actually voices their opinion and lets the world know the truth behind the bullshit the media feeds us every day.

You all just need to open your eyes to the bigger picture and stop giving your dollar to a company who promotes ignorance,stupidity and lack of morals.
Lev. 18:12
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July 29, 2012
we should remember to pray for bro cathy, his family, and our country.
;)
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July 29, 2012
i meant Lev 18:22 my bad
Justin M
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July 29, 2012
You guys really dont understand. Its not because Christians are being bashed for their beliefs. Its because Christians beliefs, are constantly being forced on other people. I dont even like abortion, but Pro-Life policies, means forcing your views on other people. Anti Gay, means forcing your views on gays on other peoples lives. Pro Choice, means its their choice. Gay, or Pro Gay, means that they get to do what makes them happy in their lives, not harming anyone else. Do you truly not understand that you are the agressors, and that your are the ones forcing your views on other people? If so, than thats truly just sad and blind.
anonymous
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July 29, 2012
I know way more people who have come out in support of Chick-fil-A than those who have come out against it. Many of them have even told me of Aug 1 being "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day". I'm inclined to make a visit or two.

Obviously, Americans do appreciate Chick-fil-A and Dan Cathy. Otherwise, it would not taste the success it has (no pun intended). Maybe Sean Cary is just uptight because he can't write a decent article. He's probably the first guy you'd see rushing into the McDonald's drive through too.
albert g
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July 29, 2012
yes, the initial financial reaction will probably be positive for chick-fil-a, but its far easier not to go to a restaraunt than it is to constantly support and go to a restaraunt. time will pass and the people who disagree will still find it easy to drive by chick-fil-a but who can constantly eat chick-fil-a at the level that will cause the initial bump? so overtime, there will probably be a decline in the robust growth of the company.
Rena75
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July 29, 2012
I don't eat at Chick-fil-A that often but this makes me want to eat there more! I'm so glad that someone finally stood up for Christian's rights to our opinions and beliefs!!
lyricman55
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July 29, 2012
Why is someone labeled as "funding hate" when they hold a contrary view of homosexuality? Cathy did not say he hated them nor do I as a Christian... He is funding his point of view... When someone funds the opposite view... do they hate Christians? Are they funding hatred of Christians? Just wondering...
albert g
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July 29, 2012
funding organizations that help gain rights for gay people has no direct effect on the everyday lives of christians, they may not like it, but no one is trying to block access to churches or stop traditional marriage. the organizations being funded by people such as the cathy family directly effect gay peoples lives (marrying the person we love, employment, medical issues, adoption, etc.)so it is considered hateful. if there were groups blocking your entry to your church and directly effecting your life in a real way you would think those people were pretty bad, right?
mimibebe
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July 29, 2012
Is ignorance bliss?
anonymous
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July 29, 2012
“He spilled his seed on the ground… And the thing which Onan did displeased the Lord: wherefore he slew him also” (Genesis 38:9-10).

For Jewish writers of Scripture, a man sleeping with another man was an abomination. But it was also an abomination (and one worthy of death) to masturbate or even to interrupt coitus (to halt sex with your spouse before ejaculation as an act of birth control). Why were these sexual practices considered abominations by Scripture writers in these ancient times?

Because the Hebrew pre-scientific understanding was that the male semen contained the whole of life. With no knowledge of eggs and ovulation, it was assumed that the man’s sperm contained the whole child and that the woman provided only the incubating space. Therefore, the spilling of semen without possibility of having a child was considered murder.

The Jews were a small tribe struggling to populate a country. They were outnumbered by their enemy. You can see why these ancient people felt it was an abomination to risk “wasting” even a single child. But the passage says nothing about homosexuality as we understand it today.
albert g
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July 29, 2012
i don't only think that certain speech should be censored, it is. the n word, saying black people aren't fully human, that jews should be killed. no one would tolerate it, it wouldn't be seen as just another opinion, its taboo. i think we all agree that if the nazi party decided it wanted to open a shop or meeting house on the corner of a crowded business area, to sell uniforms and hate literature and had a big sign of hitler in the window, people would do everything to push that store out of the community and god help the politician that didn't help push it out of that community! and there would be no articles being written saying the nazi party has the right to hate jews and open their store (even if they technically do). so why is it that its ok for so many that a business run by people who think gays are a disease and use the profits to fund hate orginizations, gets the whole "they have the right to their opinion, lets all be civil" treatment? because we're all so use to hearing people say they hate gay people, even friends and family, that we have to allow ourselves to tolerate it on some level or we'd be worn out dealing with it. if someone said that they think black people aren't fully human none of us would consider that just "another opinion" it would be seen as racism and hate, but a person saying that gay people are a disease or they don't deserve full rights like other humans, well,"that's how my daddy, or sister, or my husband's brother thinks" so let's not get to crazy here! there aren't two sides to black people, they are fully human, period, anything else is just hatred, and its the same for gay people, we are fully human, period, anything other than that isn't a tolerable point of view, its just hatred and it shouldn't be toerated either and the business should be blocked without any protest, just like the nazi store or meeting house would be.
trooperrufus
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July 29, 2012
I applaud the honesty of Cathy. I am less than smitten with the reporting of Sean Cary. Blatant slant to his words. Shame!
Jimmy333
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July 29, 2012
So - the Cathy family's belief (albeit repugnant) is acceptable but Sean's is not?

I think your bias is showing ...
Joel Goldsteinberg
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July 29, 2012
The real root of the problem is that America was built upon judea-christian morals but is now run on liberal thought as our nation is wrecked by reckless liberal media. If they cathy's truly are strong Christians they are not hateful or ignorant. They love everyone as a brother as Jesus Christ taught us to do. However, the act of homosexuality is a sin. The act is bad, not the person and that is what liberals do not understand. God loves everyone, even gays. It is the act that is sinful and bad.
TT Austin
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July 29, 2012
No, America is not a Christian nation, it is a free nation, where everyone is free to believe whatever they want. Love it or leave it. People get to choose for themselves what is sin and how they want to live, you are a simple human who does not have the right to assign sin or judgement upon people. Worry about yourself.
RickyD.
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July 29, 2012
Amen. I think it's crazy that people are applauded for coming out and being pro-choice, but the second anyone comes out against it they are slammed, and stomped to the ground. That's ok though, completely ok. The bible said we would be persecuted for what we believe in, so I am ready for that and hope the Cathy's are too. Homosexuals want to be loved and embraced but then hate and slam a person that believe in straightness and not homosexuality. The actions of some of them, I will not say all cause it might not be all, but their actions speak volumes.
J P
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July 29, 2012
Thank YOU!!!!
Rena75
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July 29, 2012
Ricky D....I couldn't have said it better myself!!!
Justin M
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July 29, 2012
Joel, that simply is wrong. It wasnt founded on judea-christian morals. Thats just something that people have allowed to be believed because they wanted it to be. But the Founding Fathers; George Washington, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Sam Adams, John Adams, James Monroe, Patrick Henry, etc; were not christians. They did not like christianity, and didnt want Christians teaching in schools. They were hymanists, leaders of the enlightenment, and ardent Deists. Im not making this up, look it up, read up on it.
FBGy
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July 30, 2012
This is what you get when people preach about things they've only heard about in passing rather than actually studied themselves. America was not built on Christian morals, and the founding fathers were not Christian.

Oy...

People keep talking about what this country was 'founded' on. What it was founded on was rape, pillaging and genocide, or is it more convenient to forget that part? But it has changed; we are no more the people that started this nation than we are the people that lived in biblical times. We have EVOLVED. Or at least, some of them have.

The bible thumpers obviously didn't get the memo.
Trippy99
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July 29, 2012
So if you agree with this guy, you are tolerant but if you disagree, you are "bigoted hatemongers."
old poop
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July 29, 2012
The only person that I see name calling and hate mongering is the person writing this article. This is still America in spite of what the libs hope for and a person has the right to run their business and believe any way that they choose. No one said anything about hating gays. We as Christians love the person but hate the sinful life that they lead. Gays hate and despise anyone who doesn't accept their weird, corrupt, abhorrent life style.

TT Austin
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July 29, 2012
We are all sinner old poops, I highly doubt you are without sin. Just simply by living in this materialistic society we are living in sin. Get off your self-righteous high horse and worry about your own life instead of judging others.
Amylee8
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July 29, 2012
This is very true!!! Cathy didn't say anything about hating anyone and yes Christians hate the sin, not the person! I cannot speak for everyone but this is what we are told to do and this is what I do. I have many gay friends and I love them all, but I am a christian, so I do not believe in same sex marriage, and I make sure they know that. It is the homosexual people or supporters that are bashing and name calling a man and organization that did nothing of the sort to deserve the ridicule. I think the angered response to Cathy's opinions speaks volumes. Apparently this is no longer America and people are no longer entitled to their own opinions. This is truly saddening and pitiful. I'm ashamed.
trooperrufus
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July 29, 2012
So very well said old poop.
mimibebe
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July 29, 2012
oldpoop - me fears you may have felt these was about "negros" in the 60's. Hate is Hate dude.
The Man
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July 29, 2012
I know the Cathy family is right in what they believe. The Bible defines marriage as one man and one women which the one who created the universe, God almighty just happens to be the one who wrote the Bible.People think Christians hate the gay and lesbian people, nothing could be futher than the truth.We just hate the sin and any way the argument is silly anyway if God says it is wrong it is wrong.You can argue all day long that you don't believe that 2 2=4 but,it is!!
Ali T.
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July 29, 2012
I agree with you 100% and it boggles my mind that people are so upset that a CHRISTIAN organization would support biblical principles!!! It is just ridiculous. Also I thought we were titled to our opinions in America, but now it seems that we are only able to speak our mind if it is in agreeance with the worlds thoughts. Cathy was asked this question in an interview, it was not information just volunteered, yet I admire him for making his beliefs known even though people would undoubtedly be upset. The level of outrage however is simply ludicrous. Cathy said he beliefs in the biblical principles of marriage. Did he say he hated anyone? NOOO!!! He only stated what he believed which he is allowed to do. But for some reason people are thinking EVERYONE is pro-choice, and only EVERYONE pro-choice can speak out! This is just not true. Chik-fil-A has many supporters and people who will continue to go to their restaurants, so I hope they do not let this media attention get to them. They are great, the unrightfully angered are the first to yell and scream and cause a fuss. Turn your ear away and keep on keepin on!!! You cannot make everyone happy!
TT Austin
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July 29, 2012
God did not write the bible, people did. People can choose to believe whatever they want. Quit pretending that you and others speak for God.
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