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Patton: Marriage, Free Speech and Chicken Sandwiches

By Doug Patton

I have never eaten at a Chick-fil-A, mainly because, until recently, the restaurant chain did not have a location in my area. Now that they do, I intend to try it very soon. I would have done so today, August 1st — dubbed "Chick-fil-A appreciation day" by former Gov. Mike Huckabee on his Fox TV show — but instead I am here slaving over a hot laptop, writing this column for you fine folks. Duty trumps chicken, at least for today.

Tomorrow, however, I intend to try the fowl fare at Chick-fil-A, not because I am a huge fan of fried chicken sandwiches but rather because I am a gigantic fan of free speech and traditional marriage, both of which are under assault from the Radical Left — a term once used to describe a far flung periphery of the political spectrum but which today connotes the Democrat Party. Don't think so? Google same-sex marriage and the Democrat Party platform. (Hint: they're for it.)

For those who may have been vacationing in Katmandu, Antarctica or on the lunar surface for the last two weeks, this whole brouhaha with Chick-fil-A started when their Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy had the unmitigated gall to express his support for traditional marriage between a man and woman. Until recently, such a statement would have led the PC Gestapo on America's kook fringe, which now runs our big cities — Chicago, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, etc. — to simply whine, harrumph and stomp their feet about "discrimination" and "homophobia."

However, since President Barack Obama suddenly "evolved" into a supporter of same-sex marriage a few months ago, his now-emboldened supporters have come to believe that anyone expressing an opposing point of view should be punished. One who seems to believe such things is former Obama Chief of Staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who may have thought he was being bold and standing tall on behalf of civil rights or human rights or marriage rights or whatever other rights he thinks he's defending. However, Emanuel may well have taken on more than even his pugnacious personality can handle when he declared that "Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago values."

Really, Mr. Mayor? Have you seen the line stretching around the block today at the existing Chick-fil-A locations in your city? I'm hearing reports of Chick-fil-A restaurants all across the country being inundated by supporters who seem to think that this company's values are America's values.

Even worse than Emanuel's bloviating are the statements coming out of the mouth of Chicago Alderman Proco (Joe) Moreno, who is attempting to use his office to block Chick-fil-A from opening more locations in the windy city. This man actually had the audacity to state that before he will consider allowing zoning rights to a Chick-fil-A restaurant in his ward, the company's corporate board must put in writing that they "won't support any groups with a political agenda, including those with an anti-gay marriage stance."

One wonders if the alderman has ever bothered to read the First Amendment.

To their credit, the Chicago Republican Party has filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights and Attorney General Lisa Madigan over this blatant discrimination by Alderman Moreno. They later expanded their complaint to include Mayor Emanuel's statements as well. The complaint states that the alderman and the mayor have broken civil rights laws pertaining to religious freedom and the First Amendment in denying Chick-fil-A a permit to operate its business in the City of Chicago.

"Chick-fil-A may have a pretty good case under the First Amendment if the city uses their religious or political beliefs as a basis for denying a business license or ability to do business in the city," said Hans von Spakovsky, a former Justice Department civil rights attorney, now a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

God bless America. She isn't finished yet. I don't know about you, but I know where I'm having lunch tomorrow.

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© 2012 by Doug Patton - Doug Patton describes himself as a recovering political speechwriter who agrees with himself much more often than not. Astute supporters and inane detractors alike are encouraged to email him with their pithy comments at dpatton@cagle.com. Now working as a freelance writer, his weekly columns are syndicated exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. For info on using his column at your publication or website, please email Cari Dawson Bartley at cari@cagle.com.

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  1. RWComment by RW
    August 2, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    What frosts my mug on all this is that so many people are so ideologues, that they completely become irrational about what was said, totally twist it to mean more than what was said (and meant, but Mr. Cathy was pretty clear, in less than 100 words)and flip completely out!

    When pressed to say exactly what the flipped out thinks it should mean, they begin frothing, a tiny lil lightbulb goes on above the head and off they go into the wild blue yonder, babbling about sumpin else.

    FaceBook darn near blew up yesterday as well as Twitter over this!

    ZIPPO to do with gay marriage. Nada, nuttin, zero. It’s free speech as outlined in the Constitution. Clearly stated in the vernacular of the streets, “Da gubbmint can’t come after you for thinking out loud what yer thinkin. The Man ain’t got no bidness in yer bidness.”

    What is absolutely hilarious and scary at the same time, is that the Left, refers to the Right as fascists! huh? They couldn’t hear the jackboots of Chicago gubbmint marching down the street for their first victim, to be made an example of?

    Sheesh…

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    • annelgelinasComment by annelgelinas
      August 2, 2012 @ 9:18 am

      All they want to do is keep chipping away at Americans taking rights away as they do. Their philosophy is to treat us like rats in a cage. Train us to find our food, train us to find our way, and train us to count on our trainers.! Sounds like a page out of communism. The so called great leaders of the communist party know full well that you take charge, how, by bulling people, and then you claim you didn’t bully them, and then you say you didn’t mean it, but ….but you have done your dirty work. You have hurt an American business enterprise just to show how big a bully you can be. You hurt any business by your bullying and look surprised when they go out of busines. It is a game being played. Tell any story, make a story, make others hurt because of your story, then
      sit back and watch people squirm. Disgusting isn’t it.?????
      Just think that the bullies in our government not only hurt innocent business operations, but hurt all the people who love to do business with that business. The bullies trying to destroy private businesses need to be voted out. November is not far away. No business owner should ever have to endure
      the wrath of a mayor or governor who comes after them for their freedom and their rights under our Constitution. I wish and pray that We The People remember this ****, and vote them
      out as fast as possible. This is a true story of bullies with the power to do so, and stand back and watch how many people they hurt. Then they claim they had nothing to do with it.
      Wrong, Wrong, Wrong. We will hold all bullies up on the pulpit and show Americans who they are and put an end to their bullying. Report every bully so the American people know what is happening and it could happen to them. It is time to put a stop to this. Report, document, and make sure every American sees what is going on. It is just wrong.

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    • calradoComment by calrado
      August 2, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

      Cathy was “baited” when asked what his stance on marriage was. What did the reporter expect an evangelical to reply? That anything goes? Speaking of the “gubbmint”, when they regulate or punish people and businesses for political, social or religious expression, THAT is fascism. God save us from these idiots!

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  2. annelgelinasComment by annelgelinas
    August 2, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    It has become very clear that a large group of Un-Americans have chosen to TRASH all other Americans who do not think as they do? Can you imagine we would come to this? Un-Americans who want to not only trash everyone’s elses right to free speech, but to trash the Founders of this great country, trash the Constitution, and trash family and friends who do not agree with their ideologies. Talk about bullying and it is coming from the White House as a huge source of contention about just about anything! Why would our president trash what other Americans think? Our president serves us by the way it is not the other way around. He is our servant and We are The People. Don’t forget that. Any respresentative who takes an office takes an OATH. No where in that OATH do they have the right to tell anyone to shut up. Rather it is up to us to stop them when they do. How? Vote them all out this November. That will end the tryranny amongst Americans that is going on now.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      August 2, 2012 @ 9:32 am

      “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values.” ,,,,and Chicago’s Values are definitely not Chick-fil-A’s. Thank God Chil-fil-A’s values are not Chicago Values or Americans would never be allowed access to, or a taste for honest meat in an honest political environment where freedom of worship and freedom of choice is allowed.

      Chick-fil-A‘s management represents true American eagles who still roam the American skies and feed in individual freedom at the top of the food chain as designed, upon the real chickens rather than act like socialist collective flocks of Liberal chickens who get cooped up in a sanctuary city like Chicago and feed off the handouts of the Orwellian Animal Farm Democrat Party farmers in an former once proud “City with the Big Shoulders” which now slumps its shoulders in free handouts designed to fatten the citizen chickens up, only to be fed off of by the socialist Democrat party leaders whose real talents and agendas lie in the gay inspired moral and economic choking of their chickens, who then get throw into the political frying pan for future consumption.

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    • callenComment by callen
      August 2, 2012 @ 9:41 am

      Inluminatuo – your eloquent prose is so impressive. You do realize that huge last paragraph of your post is one very long run-on sentence. I’m sure clint eastwood is amazed. Obviously the concept of K.I.S.S. never occurred to you. Unfortunately there are “agendas” on both sides of the aisle and just trying to throw out the “majestic eagle” images doesn’t deal with issues and/or transcend yours to the forefront.

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    • ttopeComment by ttope
      August 2, 2012 @ 10:23 am

      Callen,
      You’re so misguided. There aren’t two sides of this “issue”. The First Ammendment is our Right and the Law of the Land. If you don’t like the side Chick-fil-A takes, tuff chicken ****. Get over it. Acknowledging your K.I.S.S. statement, I believe the long lines at Chick-fil-A is answering your ‘side’ of a thought process too. The stupid comments from the Mayor of Chicago is just that. “We The People” will not stand up for his “Agenda”.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      August 2, 2012 @ 11:43 am

      Callen,,,,,,,It was a Democrat like Judas who betrayed mankind’s best hope with a K.I.S.S. As for enlightening long sentences versus short manipulating sound bites,,,,I prefer to talk up to my audiences rather than down to them,,,,,to get them to realize that they were born to be free and independent like American Eagles and dwell on the mountaintops where the view and perspective of reality is a lot better than the dependent ground dwelling wing-clipped chickens who can no longer fly let alone soar in their lives,,,who only see 10 feet ahead of them for their next bankrupt government farm bill handout in their government build cages and chicken coops of dependency. Truth is the only thing that becomes eloquent and my faith tells me to pursue it like a warrior. The problems in America reside in the Eagles who forgot the truths and purpose for which they were designed and now have embraced the culture of the vulture and can only feed off the flesh of their fellow Eagles in order to make their way in the new age Socialist world that Obama and the Democrats offer in a change with no hope. The new age world of the Democrat sponsored socialist Cuckoo nest where the Liberal brood parasite hens go out and get their pleasure, then drop their post pleasure consequence eggs like Cuckoo’s into the nest of others for them and their government collectives of Chicago Stockyard Socialist meat processors, to raise to adulthood where the battle cry of the American Eagle becomes the whimpering crowing of Feed Me, Feed Me, Feed Me. This is not the American future I or any sane human would envision for their children.

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  3. csbridgComment by csbridg
    August 2, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    Does Chick-fil-A have the right to support pro-family causes with the money THEY make? Absolutely! Does Target have the right to support pro-gay causes with the money THEY make? Absolutely! Do we as consumers have the right to boycott a company that puts their money to a cause we don’t wish to support? Absolutely! That is the American way.
    However, we do not have the right to deliberately set out to harm someone just because they do not believe as we do and that goes for both sides. The way this “tolerant” spiteful herd spewed their hatred and twisted the words and intent of Mr. Cathy was beyond my comprehension. Ironically many in the gay community actually supported his RIGHT to believe what he believes. To me this just comes down to our right of truly free speech. I don’t care what I believe, I support Chick-fil-A just because they have stated beliefs and have not waivered under the strong-arm tactics of the opposers like Planned Parenthood and others like them did. I respect someone who stands behind what they believe despite such violent opposition.
    By the way, I am really impressed that Mr. Cathy has not responded to all of this. His self-restraint has been a reflection of his superior character.

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    • RWComment by RW
      August 2, 2012 @ 9:33 am

      Actually, after the statement was released and this horrendous brouhaha began, Mr. Cathy’s brother, Don, I believe and a member of the board of directors of CFA,died suddenly of a heart attack. With no previous indication of a heart condition or heart disease, the death was attributed to the stress of the virulent reaction of the left.

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    • hlguidryComment by hlguidry
      August 2, 2012 @ 11:06 am

      To RW,
      Don Cathy did not pass away…. please check your facts. Don Perry died of a heart attack – very suddenly due to his mess. Don Perry was the VP of Public Relations and was with CFA for 29 years.

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    • RWComment by RW
      August 2, 2012 @ 11:51 am

      My deepest apologies. Wrong name, right cause of death…Don Perry…R.I.P.

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  4. callenComment by callen
    August 2, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    Whenever an individual/group says something and there’s backlash, we immediately hear the “what happened to free speech” cries. Cathy is entitled to his free speech – but others don’t have to like it and/or support him or his business. Imagine if the head of a restaurant group voiced his steadfast support for gay marriage and his company provided significant funds in support of those causes. Do you not think there would be protests or backlash? You can’t have it both ways. If an individual on either side of an issue wants to make public statements (and putting his company’s funds behind it), that’s perfectly fair and allowed. That doesn’t mean everyone else will agree and that they in turn aren’t allowed their own free speech, which might include protests and boycots. Think back to the Dixie Chicks – they ran their mouth, the public reacted. Same situation here.

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    • jayleighComment by jayleigh
      August 2, 2012 @ 9:59 am

      i don’t think the point of this discussion is whether or not an individual has the right to “boycott” a business that does not subscribe to a particular political or religious belief. The point is that the government does not have a right to punish a business for holding a particular viewpoint by refusing to allow them the right to establish a legitimate, free market enterprise in their “ward” or city. The gays may boycott C-f-l – that’s their choice. It won’t destroy that business. They overestimate their power because of the current admin’s political stance on homosexuality. That same type of refusal to grant permits happens to churches, but not to mosques and muslim educational facilities (same thing by a different name). When the government chooses a particular viewpoint and does not check it by the U.S. Constitution, we have power-mongers making new rules and decisions that are clearly in contradiction to the U.S.C. Since Target has decided to support the gay agenda, i have the right to choose to spend my dollars elsewhere. That’s my right and does not violate the U.S.C. But, if the Mayor of my city decided to jerk Target’s permit and license to operate at their various locations, the mayor would be in violation. Individuals have personal rights that cannot be abrogated by a pol’s particular viewpoint!

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    • freethinkerComment by freethinker
      August 2, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

      callen, you are correct that all have the right to free speech, and their own beliefs. However, It is wrong to use a gov. position to try and control the opinion of others. Emmanuel, and Moreno, have threatened to block any attempts by chik-fil-a, to locate a new business in Chicago, simply because Cathy has expressed support for the traditional view of marriage. There is no record of any type of discrimination on the part of the company. This has resulted in lawsuits being filed against the city for free speech violations. Or is free speech only free if it agrees with the political left? If gays and the left choose to boycott chik-fil-a, more power to them. But to try and use gov. positions to force your values on others is WRONG

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  5. Comment by AcadGrad81
    August 2, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    Equally shocking and disgusting are the personal, hateful, mean-spirited bile that the left poured out following Don Cathy’s passing. Tolerant, my foot!

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    • hlguidryComment by hlguidry
      August 2, 2012 @ 10:52 am

      Don Cathy did not pass away. Don Perry, the VP of Public Relations, died of a heart attack during this whole mess. He was with Chic-fil-a for 29 years. Yes, it is very sad how all of this has escalated. A man honestly answers a few simple questions from a reporter and he is being crucified for it.

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  6. cjonsonComment by cjonson
    August 2, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    I can’t help but wonder what the reaction would be if the shoe were on the other foot. What would happen if a city proposed banning a company that supported pro-homosexual marriage? City Hall would probably be burned down.

    I just can’t comprehend the logic. How can you complain of intolerance while being intolerant? How can you claim diversity and yet ban a company because of a held view? Isn’t that just another view in a diverse country?

    The utter stupidity is mind boggling. The funny thing is, all the man did was respond to questions regarding fatherhood (on Father’s Day). During the interview the subject of marriage came up and he simply stated that he supported the traditonal definition of union between man and woman. He never said anything negative about anything.

    It is disgusting how words are put in his mouth or twisted to make him into some monster. This is a good, successful company that I wish was closer to where I am. I plan on going to one in New Jersey that is not too far just to support Chic Fil A this weekend.

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    • TaquoshiComment by Taquoshi
      August 3, 2012 @ 7:24 am

      I wondered about that, also. However, I happened to be reading “Londonistan” by Melanie Phillips and she made this comment which clarified the issue.

      “The Human Rights Convention was originally conceived in another era altogether. Drafted in the wake of World War II, it was an attempt to lay down a set of principles to ensure that totalitarianism would never deface Europe again. … The emergence of a culture of hyper individualism gave rise to a radical egalitarianism of lifestyles and values. Morality was privatized, and all constraints of religion, tradition or cultural taboos came to be seen as an attack on personal autonomy. … Moral judgements between different lifestyles or behaviors became discriminatory; and prejudice, the term for discrimination between lifestyles became the sin that obviated the moral codes at the heart of Judaism and Christianity, which had formed the bedrock of Western Civilization. … The values of the dominate culture thus had to be replaced by the perspective of the self-designated victim groups. … The only taboos now was the expression of normative majority values such as monogamy, heterosexuality, Christianity or Britishness. Because they were rooted in the particular, they were by definition discriminatory. The only legitimate values were now universal, detached from particulars such as religion, tradition or nation.”

      pp 25-25, Londonistan, Melanie Phillips, 2006

      Basically, if it is a traditional believe and considered “normal”, then according to the “liberals”, it’s discriminatory by its very existence. So, by extension, the fact that I normally eat three meals a day is discriminatory towards those who do not. It’s also why the New Black Panther Party leader can tell his fellow blacks with a straight face NOT to celebrate the Fourth of July, simply because everyone else is.

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  7. Comment by AcadGrad81
    August 2, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    Staying with chicken for a moment, if Tyson Foods (long-time Democrat supporter and Friend-of-Bill) were to open a chicken-based restaurant chain, we can sure as anything know that the thugs on the left would support them. Dittos to the previous posters on “The American Way,” versus targeted attacks and blocks to commerce. The Chicago Way includes cutting off their nose to spite their face in denying WalMart permits to open a Super Center within city limits due to the company’s non-union employment philosophies. WalMart had the last laugh when they opened their complex within spitting distance of the city boundary! Perhaps Chick-Fil-A would like to consider the same response if their market research has told them that this would be a favorable place to do business.

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    • TaquoshiComment by Taquoshi
      August 2, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

      And it must have really ripped them when Walmart got something like 3,000 applications for the 200 plus jobs they had open. Nope,nobody in Chicago wanted a Walmart anywhere near them.

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  8. Gabrielle SymeComment by Gabrielle Syme
    August 2, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    Mayor Emmanuel and Alderman Moreno are a bit disingenuous. If they were really considering boycotts to push human rights issues, they’d no longer ride in a car, bus, or plane nor would they enter a building heated by oil. In case they haven’t been paying attention, someone should let them know that the oil-producing countries STONE gay people.

    Their lack of consistency rather proves that they are selective about where they’ll push the gay agenda. Bullying Christians, they’ll do; making statements against Islamists, they’ll not do.

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  9. elderalComment by elderal
    August 2, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    Morals and those who have and/or support morals are deemed evil by the truly evil people of America. Next on the agenda: “normalize” child molesting. They will argue that if an older person and a child want to have sex together, it is their business & not yours. If you say otherwise, you will be accused of “age bias.” This will be followed by some justification for “non-consentual” sex (rape). America is not near the edge; it is deep down the hole toward hell.
    Just remember that a few years ago, homosexuals were (rightfully) thought of as evil. Now the door is open to further degradation.

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  10. jayleighComment by jayleigh
    August 2, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    There already is a push for pedophilia to be taken off the list of sexual crimes. NAMBLA (North American Man-Boy Love Assoc.) has been pushing for that since the 1970s. There is also a group of liberals who believe that teaching a girl about sex when she is very young is helpful to her because she will learn about it before she develops fears and prejudices. My son was given a pamphlet by NAMBLA when we lived in CA. Free speech protected this predator…as a child protective service worker i once had to rescue a five month old baby girl from a grandfather who had raped her. That was shocking, but even then i knew there was a push by various groups to legalize sex with any child at any age. We think it can’t happen, but look back in history and you will see that these things were common in degenerate societies of the past. We are no more enlightened than they, but we are as godless!

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    • middlegroundComment by middleground
      August 2, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

      In reply to jayliegh and his comment on NAMBLA pushing to legalize pedophilia

      The Penn State scandal was basically about this issue and whether certain administrators considered pedophilia a serious enough crime to call in the police and report an assault or at least ask them to investigate. The president of Penn State was probably chosen because he was very tolerant of PC issues including putting pink triangles on faculty office doors to indicate support for the gay and lesbian agenda, and many of our nation’s current college presidents were chosen because of a similarly tolerant attitude rather than the demonstrated academic accomplishments of earlier times. In fact I know of only two well known large schools where the presidents were selected because they were outstanding scientists or scholars and both these schools are private universities, I’m sure there are many others, but the tendency has been to cater to academia’s special interest groups and one of those groups is the gay-lesbian group.

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  11. loriecComment by loriec
    August 2, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    Way to go Mr Patton. Our country is going down the tubes like Sodom and Gomorrah, the cities that God destroyed because of their wickedness. The Left agenda is to squelch anyone that goes against their torrid views, but it is time for Christians to stand tall and take back their country. If that means making a statement by eating at a Chick-File-A, by all means I will find one and more.
    First Amendment Right-Freedom of Speech-For Christian Values has spoken. God loves you but not your sin.

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  12. noveldogComment by noveldog
    August 2, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    Eat more chicken and vote for more Republicans. Be free. Stay free. Let us abolish slavery for once and for all. Send those Democratic slave makers home!

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  13. joelinpdxComment by joelinpdx
    August 2, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    It’s time we put this chicken sandwich story to rest. Obozo and the Obozo loving MSM want us to be concentrating on fast food chicken rather than concentrating on the matter that will get Obozo fired…THE ECONOMY.

    Polls have shown that homo marriage is not an issue in the election nor is Chick-fil-A. But as long as chicken is at the top of the news, we aren’t talking about how horrible the economy is and that’s just the way Obozo wants it.

    Look at the numbers and you’ll see that Obozo is up in the past week. Why? Because Obozo has twisted the subject to something that doesn’t matter. Just like he did when he changed the subject to contraception during the Republican primary.

    When the subject is the economy, Obozo goes in the tank…where he should be. When Obozo and his buddies in the MSM change the subject to something else…anything else…it is good for Obozo.

    So, when you see the jerks trying to change the subject tell them you aren’t interested in discussing anything but what really matters and that’s jobs and the economy. If you think it’s important to discuss chicken sandwiches, then you’d better be prepared to discuss a lot more dire subjects during Obozo’s second four years.

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    • TaquoshiComment by Taquoshi
      August 2, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

      Well, we can comment on the economy. All those nice people who went to Chick-fil-A helped the economy. All the employees were employed and paying taxes.

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  14. librabobComment by librabob
    August 2, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    My wife and I had dinner at Chick-fil-A last night, we even rounded some friends to join us. The line was long, as was the wait time, but it was well worth it. The manager came out to the people standing in a line that wrapped around the building to thank us for the support. The employees all had smiles on their faces. The operation was extremely well organized considering the volume of people being served. It was amazing. I would have thought the employees would be a little frustrated because of all the additional work brought upon them by the large crowds. I hope they were all given bonuses for the day. I never met a nicer group of people than the ones we visited with while standing in line for an hour waiting for our dinner. These are the kind of people you see, at ball games and patriotic events standing silent with hands over their hearts during the playing of our national anthem, you see them in church Sunday mornings with their families worshiping God, and you see them volunteering their time to civic events or helping the poor and needy. These people are the ones who make me proud to be an American because of the traditional family values they have. God Bless America!

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    • Mary SComment by Mary S
      August 2, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

      librabob – we had a very similar experience in my community at Chick-fil-A yesterday at lunchtime. Once again, a gathering of like-minded people that doesn’t descend into debauchery or vandalism or destruction of property. I think there are more of us out there than we are often led to believe. Thank God.

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  15. JDZComment by JDZ
    August 2, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    This Chic-fil-A incident just shows again how far off the reservation the leaders in this country have allowed our country to go as they concede over and over again our laws and culture to the left wing special interests who have gained control of so many states, cities, and, under the Obama administration, our national government.

    These liberal/facist radicals have gained a strong foothold in our judicial system and, under the umbrella of political correctness, has allowed the interpretation and legal findings to be bent so far over that the country is walking on egg shells for fear of being charged with bigotry, racism, or worse for an innocent comment or expressing traditional beliefs (like traditional marriage) publicly.

    Something has to change soon before we have another civil war in this country. There is only so far the public will allow these radicals to push their own self-serving agenda on the majority of Americans who are not buying it. I know that I am getting more stressed out every day seeing what is going on, and it is no wonder one of the Cathy brothers had a heart attack and passed. This is crazy. It has gotten out of hand.

    We need REAL leadership in our governments at all levels and it is missing in spades. The Obama administration has empowered the most radical factions within this country to take control and has fostered what is going on and they love it. Have you heard our President publicly come on camera and give his opinion about the Chic-fil-A incident? You will not because he is on the wrong side of this incident and he does not want to make it public.

    If the American people have not as yet awakened to how our country is being taken over by the most radical within our ranks, then maybe it is too late to save it.

    Every major problem we are experiencing can be traced to the liberal policies that have been pushed on the American people over the last 50 years. Helping the down and out, affirmative action, etc. are not the problem, it is the fundamental ideological differences behind the massive socialist/facist movement that has taken over the country that is at fault. It has pushed the limits of rationality and reasonableness beyond the capacity of our country to deal with it either culturally or financially. This is one of the fundamental problems with socialism in that as it grows, like a cancer, it gets to the point of being mastiscized into an uncontrollable disease where it eventually kills off its host.

    The Tea Party movement in our country sees what is happening and is an attempt at trying to stop it through the support of elected officials who want our country back from these zealous liberal activists who are ideologically contrary to what made America great. The Tea Party is ideological in itself because it is based on our traditional conservative Judeo-Christian values that are the foundation of the country. These values were embraced by our Founders that designed our government which was based on minimizing the worst government experiments in the past while emphasizing the best features of government. It is unique and has been the most successful government in the history of the world, but, it is on its way of others in history…which is down, unless..UNLESS..the American people save it by getting together, regardless of political party or race, etc…and vote out these radicals starting with Obama.

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  16. biloak71Comment by biloak71
    August 2, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    Marriage, free speech, and chicken. Three Positive topics. How about some sobering poll results? Hate to do this under this good headline, but today’s polls have this despicable president leading by 11 in Fla., 9 in Ohio, ahd 7 in Pa. What’s to be giddy about? Job%1 is the defeat of Obama and please correct me; isn’t the Senate contest uncertain at this point? Mass & Utah are problems, etc. His defeat is imperative ,or else marriage, free speech and chicken fingers will be a thing of the past also.The dependent bunch have us outnumbered.

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    • RWComment by RW
      August 2, 2012 @ 11:54 am

      Those polls are skewed, and called Democrat+11. They are not considered accurate as a real sampling of all possible voters, just Democrat ones.

      And yer right, POTUS is the least of our problems at this moment. HUGE, but there are bigger:we HAVE to take the Senate!

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      August 2, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

      Take the Senate before they give our right to carry arms over to the United Nations. Obama has already signed off on his end and all that is required is for the Senate to approve of the treaty.

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  17. Allen SComment by Allen S
    August 2, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    The more and louder the left protests against the way consevatives and Christians think and live the more we will come out and support our way of life that lines up with God’s way according to His Word. We need to continue to speak out in such a way that we can reach others for the Lord Jesus Christ and cleanse our land.

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  18. handymanherbComment by handymanherb
    August 2, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    Today the lines are at Chick-fil-A, next it will be at the voting booths, time for real Americans to take the USA back and quit letting the one percent run our lifes

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      August 2, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

      Right on, Right On, Right On

      The sleeping American sane Giant of an American majority has arisen.

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    • wildfireComment by wildfire
      August 2, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

      I pray Ted Cruz will be the first of many, many more staunchly Conservative legislators. We the people voted for him. The establishment RINOS are frothing at the mouth for ‘our’ audacity.

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  19. krodrichComment by krodrich
    August 2, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    Doug: To your point about one wonders if the Alderman has read the First Amendment. One also wonders if the Alderman has any appreciation for the economic benefits of a Chick-fil-A in terms of jobs created, secondary and tetiary economic ripple for suppliers, increased sales tax & income tax revenues, etc.

    As for the company’s right to its opinion – why of course they are protected under the Constitution to express it (as interpreted by a load of court cases to uphold that tenet). So what if they take a public stance on a morality issue. They’re not putting signs in the windows saying we don’t serve gays and lesbians; they’re not even saying we don’t hire them. What they said was that their core values are based in Christianity and they define marriage as the union of a man and woman.

    I worked 5 years of my life for Ross Perot when he ran EDS. We had the same policy, in fact it was a fire-able offense to cohabitate with a woman out of wedlock or to engage in homosexual practices. They told us this in the first interview as part of their vetting process. If candidates didn’t like it, they could apply elsewhere. Plain and simple. The company that owns EDS today – HP (Hewlett-Packard) has a very pro GLBT policy and even extends benefits to same sex partners. They say that up front as well. No one ever boycotted Ross for his stance; and no one boycotts HP for theirs. That’s free speech.

    I don’t do demonstrations and the closest Chick-Fil-A to me is further than I’ll drive for a sandwich – but I support their right to their opinion and their right to choose. As is the case for all of us – it’s protected speech.

    And I’m proud and blessed to be able to say to all – God Bless America.

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  21. craigComment by craig
    August 2, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

    I am not sure how you can say “since President Barack Obama suddenly “evolved” into a supporter of same-sex marriage a few months ago, his now-emboldened supporters have come to believe that anyone expressing an opposing point of view should be punished.” He has had the same pro-gay marriage – pro-abortion rhetoric since 2008. With George Soros and Oprah Winfrey funding, and Hillary Clinton at his side, pushing this agenda around the world has been a primary focus.
    I was initially proud of Cathy’s pro traditional marriage comments too, but saddened when he backed off of his comment saying this was a government issue. He also did not allow any of his restauranteurs to speak to the press on August 1. Either we stand for truth or we keep our mouths shut. I wonder if Huckabee made a few buckabees from Chick-Fil-A for promoting the event???

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    • RWComment by RW
      August 2, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

      Craig, can you provide links to obama’s pro-gay marriage prior to 90 days ago when he stated that he felt “as a Christian, I uh, believe that marriage is between a man and a woman”? Pro aborton, yes, he supported quite vocally the right of a fetus, born alive from an abortion, to die on a shelf, but pro gay marriage prior to his DOMA support 90 days ago? I believe that is wishful thinking on yer part.

      Mr. Cathy, to my knowledge never said this was a government issue” re: gay marriage…anyone have a link to that?

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  22. sallyComment by sally
    August 2, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    What gets me (in addition to the obvious free speech issues) is that Cathy’s comments were made to the BAPTIST PRESS – not some mainline media outlet or at a political protest! These leftists are constantly scouring the horizon for any opportunity to make trouble every chance they get! Can you just IMAGINE if anyone had made similar comments about a business, as were made by Emmanuel & others about Chick-fil-A, because the owner or CEO was Muslim, or homosexual, etc???

    Yesterday the crowd at the Chick-fil-A we visited (in a large metropolitan area) was not only large, but very pleasant & filled with smiles. There was no profanity, no yelling, no obnoxious behavior, no complaining about the hot sun as we stood on the asphalt, no jostling for seating inside, etc. – and no trash lying around (even though Chick-fil-A provided free ice water to anyone who wanted it.) There were families with children (well-behaved btw) and a lot of young people who came on their own. (And the employees were efficient & phenomenal in their pleasantness!) What an amazing statement was made yesterday! Proud to be a part of the REAL America – not the 2% crazies!

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  23. pebearComment by pebear
    August 2, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    It comes down to free speech. The Gay and Liberal communities want to have it and want to push their ideas down our throats. But the Gay and Liberal communities do not want anyone outside of their political ilk to have free speech. They will persecute anyone who objects to their opinions and beliefs. Mr. Cathy stated his Religious, moral and social convictions. He never once ever discriminated against someone from the Gay or Liberal communities, he just stated his beliefs. By circumventing building and zoning permits they are squelching free speech.

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  24. Lech DharmaComment by Lech Dharma
    August 2, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    Until last night, I hadn’t been to a Chick-fil-A in over 20 years, because there wasn’t one nearby. I drove 12 miles (one-way) last night to add my voice to the chorus of patriots who were making a statement about government infringement on the freedom of speech and freedom of conscience.

    Some people were there to support Dan Cathy’s statement about traditional marriage—and God’s displeasure at the arrogance of liberal government in redefining what a “sacred union” is—but for ME, it was mainly about the fascism of liberal government officials. …especially since citizens can now be arrested for protesting if a Secret Service-protected politician is nearby.

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  25. rllarsonComment by rllarson
    August 2, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    the gall of the politicians to ask in writing that they not support any groups with an political agenda! lets look at the groups that are sending money to your reelection campaign they have a political agenda!
    I am more upset about the freedoms that those specific mayors are trying to take away, than the gay and lesbian thing I could care less if you want to give half your possessions away to another man or women, and I don’t care if you give money to the biblical marriage view that’s your prerogative.
    If I lived in Chicago or Philly I would be looking at impeachment of those mayors,over abuse of powers.

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