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Big Government Hammer Hits as Chick-fil-A Caves

By Bobby Eberle

By now you might have heard the story about Chick-fil-A and its efforts to open a store in Chicago. The restaurant corporation, in order to appease the strong-arm tactics of one of the city leaders, agreed to stop funding traditional marriage advocacy groups. That action is shocking enough, but what cuts equally to the core of American fiber, is the fact that the "government" dictated how a business should be run, and the business listened.

As I covered back in July, the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain was thrust into the national spotlight, because its president, Dan Cathy, publicly commented on his beliefs of the Biblical, traditional definition of marriage. This caused the mayor of Boston to threaten the company and write, "There is no place for discrimination on Boston's Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it. I urge you to back out of your plans to locate in Boston."

Of course, neither Cathy nor the restaurant chain discriminates against anyone... ever. But that didn't stop Chicago officials like Mayor Rahm Emanuel from jumping on the bandwagon too:

"Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago values. They're not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you're gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values," Emanuel said Wednesday.

"What the CEO has said as it relates to gay marriage and gay couples is not what I believe, but more importantly, it's not what the people of Chicago believe. We just passed legislation as it relates to civil union and my goal and my hope ... is that we now move on recognizing gay marriage. I do not believe that the CEO's comments ... reflects who we are as a city."

The attack on the company by left-wing officials became a rallying point for conservatives, and the popularity of the restaurant skyrocketed at its existing locations. But this story does not have a happy ending.

As reported in The Washington Times, in its pursuit of opening restaurants in the Chicago area, Chick-fil-A has agreed to STOP funding organizations like Focus on the Family and other, similar pro-marriage groups.

Chick-fil-A stopped funding traditional-marriage groups in an effort to open a new Chicago restaurant, but the company initially kept quiet about the decision, prompting gay rights groups to speculate that the company feared a backlash from conservative customers.

The Christian-rooted fast food restaurant agreed to stop funding groups such as Focus on the Family that oppose same-sex marriage in a meeting with the Chicago politician who had been blocking the company's move there. Chick-fil-A wrote a letter to Alderman Joe Moreno affirming this, according to his spokesman, Matt Bailey, but the company initially wouldn't allow his office to release the letter to the public. Three weeks later they relented.

Moreno, the alderman opposing Chick-fil-A's efforts to open a store in his ward, called the move "a win for gay rights."

"Prior to today, Chick-fil-A had a poor record when it came to acknowledging equal rights for all of our citizens, regardless of their sexual orientation," he said. "But today, we have a new path: For the first time, Chick-fil-A has changed their practices and promised the workplace protections that all of our citizens deserve. Instead of being a company that openly promotes discrimination, Chick-fil-A has vowed to move forward."

No! Not the Obama "forward" phrase!

Chick-fil-A released a "Who We Are" document in response to the political chaos. In the statement, the restaurant company states: "A part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. Because of this commitment, Chick-fil-A's giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities. We will continue to focus our giving in those areas. Our intent is not to support political or social agendas."

But backing off from groups that support traditional marriage is EXACTLY what Chick-fil-A is doing now, and they are doing it, not from consumer pressure, but from government.

This is exactly why this whole situation is wrong, and should be a wake-up call to all Americans. I know most will be focusing on the fact that Chick-fil-A appears to be throwing its beliefs overboard in the name of corporate expansion. It is certainly disappointing that their desire to open restaurants in Chicago led to this action, but, to me, the main point is that Chick-fil-A's actions were based on pressure from the government.

If a restaurant chain or corporate owner were facing heat from consumers because of a statement or action and the restaurant were losing money because of a public boycott, then consideration of possible changes to corporate philosophy might be deemed necessary. After all, if the business can't keep enough consumers happy, then it will soon be out of business.

Chick-fil-A's actions are certainly going to raise the ire of traditional marriage supporters across the country, but at least if Chick-fil-A's response were consumer driven, it would be more understandable. But these actions were government driven, and that is just plain scary. The government essentially told a business how to act and how to behave in order for that business to be ALLOWED to set up shop. Chick-fil-A complied.

This is America, right? Businesses should succeed and fail based on how well they satisfy consumers. The success of a business should NOT be based on whether it has the blessing of government officials. This should have EVERYONE, including the media, outraged. What's next... government saying what soft drinks can be sold and at what sizes? Oh wait...

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  1. camzComment by camz
    September 21, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    Thanks to the wonderfully effective Chicago school system most potential chicken-sandwich eating consumers can’t even read the menu. No big loss.

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    • jimnjoyComment by jimnjoy
      September 21, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

      They still can vote, though. God help us.

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    • bizzybuzzerComment by bizzybuzzer
      September 21, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

      Might want to check this one out before placing any bets:

      http://michellemalkin.com/2012/09/21/no-chick-fil-a-did-not-cave/

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    • yomamaComment by yomama
      September 21, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

      Thanks to bizzybuzzer and others for setting the record straight. Chick-Fil-A did NOT cave!

      http://michellemalkin.com/2012/09/21/no-chick-fil-a-did-not-cave/

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    • foxmulderComment by foxmulder
      September 21, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

      So it looks like the liberal fascists have won again. It is clear that our freedom of religion and freedom of speech are under attack by Obama and other intolerant liberals.

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    • MorganComment by Morgan
      September 21, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

      To all those who are posting here. Please read this article. Chick Fil a did not cave and once again, Michele Malkin comes out with the truth.
      http://michellemalkin.com/2012/09/21/no-chick-fil-a-did-not-cave/

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    • mcrankComment by mcrank
      September 21, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

      The Media shapes the news—twists the news—and conspires to influence everyone with inaccurate propaganda. According to everything I see in the mainstream Media, Romney doesn’t have a prayer—they are intent upon getting Obama back into office—especially if that means misleading everyone.

      Do I hear “Dirty Laundry” by Don Henley playing in the background?

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    • 2chestnutsComment by 2chestnuts
      September 21, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

      I AM SORRY TO HEAR THEY CAVED LIKE MANY OF OUR POLITICAL LEADERS, CHURCH LEADERS AND LOCAL POLITICIANS. IT IS QUITE STRANGE THAT OUR MILITARY IS THE ONLY SOURCE THAT RECENTLY HAS SURFACED TO TAKE A FIRM STAND AGAINST CURRENT POLITICAL OPERATIVES, PHONIES AND CRIMINALS. THAT IS NOT A GOOD SIGN WHEN THE MILITARY STARTS TO OPPOSE THE ADMINISTRATION.

      LOOK AT MANY OF THE COUNTRIES THAT HAVE UNREST IN THE STREETS. NOT GOOD. THIS ADMINISTRATION MUST BE STOPPED ON 11-06-2012!

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  2. billwvComment by billwv
    September 21, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    I have many things that I know and could say about Chick-fil-a and Winshape, but suffice to say ‘We should never sacrifice our convictions and values at the ‘altar of big government’. We as a nation are ‘known’ for our ‘backbone’ and we should stand firm in our God-given freedoms.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      September 21, 2012 @ 10:12 am

      First they come for your chick-fil-a, then they come for your Bible, then they come for your guns, next they come for YOU! Fight them with every breath and every vote.

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    • gopluvaComment by gopluva
      September 21, 2012 @ 10:39 am

      This is a sad day for all the people who fought for this restaurant to be able to voice their views. I guess the new restaurant and more money wins again.I am so sorry. Our values are weighing less and less as time goes on.The trouble with a secular govt is just this.No values to look up to ad live by because they simply dont count.I am so glad I live in a small town in KS that has values.Now chicago is happy because chick fil A fell in line and now so will others.

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    • gopluvaComment by gopluva
      September 21, 2012 @ 10:58 am

      It looks like my post above may have been in error. Michelle Malkin writes that this article is not true. I am sorry if so.

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    • xman3Comment by xman3
      September 21, 2012 @ 11:12 am

      Maybe not so fast. Is this misinformation? See post by Jean Pauley below and the link she posted:

      http://michellemalkin.com/2012/09/21/no-chick-fil-a-did-not-cave/ ,
      part of which said: “Contrary to reports first made by the gay-activist group The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA) on Tuesday and later picked up by mainstream media outlets, Chick-fil-A and its charitable-giving arm, the WinShape Foundation, did not agree to stop making donations to groups that support the biblical definition of marriage in exchange for being allowed to open a franchise in Chicago.”

      Anyone who votes for Obama or most any Democrat at any level of Government must be an idiot.

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    • sexysadieComment by sexysadie
      September 21, 2012 @ 11:25 am

      HELLOOOOO! Just read the article by Michelle Malkin and Chik-fil-A DID NOT cave! The marxist-commie-leftist media LIES! They are nothing but a propaganda arm of the dried up old commie hippies who never grew up. Like everything else they “report” it is all agenda-driven. I don’t listen to them or read them anymore. I hate liars. Period.

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  3. AMVoterComment by AMVoter
    September 21, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    Pity Chick-fil just didn’t bypass Chicago, and if the Hammer and Sickle president is reelected this is only the beginning.

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    • CarmineComment by Carmine
      September 21, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

      With all the flack they were getting from Chicago Chick-fil-a should have just looked for markets somewhere else. They will eventually be able to put stores in Chicago, but not at this time. Looking at the store location map it seems like the entire western part of the country is virgin terriory.

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  4. txjulieComment by txjulie
    September 21, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    I really don’t understand WHY Chick-fil-a did this. They have not been hurting at all since the owner of the company voiced his opinion – which is still legal in America. The were not refusing to serve anyone or hire anyone. I’m a bit disappointed that they bowed down to government like this. I’m sick of the government pressuring people to do things and share the wealth.

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    • nickster99Comment by nickster99
      September 21, 2012 @ 10:11 am

      I am sure they were forced too do it. The heavy hand of the hammer and sickle president (I like that phrase) and his minions probably threatened them enough since it happened so they had no choice! If he is re-elected you havent seen anything yet!

      Its like you either do what we say or we are going to make your existence as miserable as possible and I dont doubt that thats what happened! God save this country!

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      September 21, 2012 @ 10:14 am

      I’m sure they received various threats from the IRS, the new ObamaCare enforcement arm of Liberal Progressive tax redistribution retribution.

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    • Mary SComment by Mary S
      September 21, 2012 @ 10:28 am

      They weren’t forced to open a store in Chicago. They wanted to open a store in Chicago as certainly their due diligence showed it to be a financially worthwhile market for them. I understand that. But I’m disappointed nonetheless. Do they stand for traditional family values, or not?

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    • vevaComment by veva
      September 21, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

      http://michellemalkin.com/2012/09/21/no-chick-fil-a-did-not-cave/ ,
      part of which said: “Contrary to reports first made by the gay-activist group The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA) on Tuesday and later picked up by mainstream media outlets, Chick-fil-A and its charitable-giving arm, the WinShape Foundation, did not agree to stop making donations to groups that support the biblical definition of marriage in exchange for being allowed to open a franchise in Chicago.”

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  5. way2coolComment by way2cool
    September 21, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    Perhaps what Chick-Fil-A should have done is wait till after the election…I hear this all day long from corporate America.

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  6. Arleen BlackstoneComment by Arleen Blackstone
    September 21, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    I say SCREW CHIGAGO Nd their crooked politics.. Stay out of the city! Contact Chick Fil A and tell them so!

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      September 21, 2012 @ 10:18 am

      Chicago is unfit to domicile a dispenser of righteous food. Let them eat the Santuary City cake of their own well-earned tax poverty and civic redistribution of their dwindling tax base and dwindling wealth, rewarded by the dwindling reason of their own self-inflected Liberal ideology.

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  7. judyg46Comment by judyg46
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    I’m VERY disappointed in Chick-fil-A! Now, under this new ruling Chicago should mandate that ALL businesses stop funding the organizations of their choice, also! If not, then this should be viewed as an open attack by government against wholesome, family and traditional values and businesses, not to mention an attack on Christian businesses.

    Business people and the general public should be appalled at this mandate and scared at government intrusion into their businesses and their daily lives.

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  8. thinkerComment by thinker
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    Rahm was kicked out of the WH, so he came to Chicago to become a mayor….Elections? RRRight…I mean FAAAR left.
    Now in the spirit of Russian commies he forbade Chick Fil A to open the store in Chgo – oh yes! He can! – and the owners capitulated???
    I don’t think I will ever buy their sandwich.
    Shame on both parties (pun intended)

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  9. nononsense4uComment by nononsense4u
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    Chick-fil-a caved to the dollar god.

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  10. Rhonda Renee AlbrechtComment by Rhonda Renee Albrecht
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    They should just forget about Chicago… go to a suburb, like just across the state line, in Indiana… then they don’t have to deal with the likes of Rahm Emanuel and his aldermen. If the residents of Chicago want Chick-fil-A, then they can go to them!

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    • vevaComment by veva
      September 21, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

      GREAT IDEA ! Nothing like keeping the upper hand. Indiana folks need more business, jobs and revenue. Hurt Chicago, and Rahm, as much as they can!

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  11. Chris SavardComment by Chris Savard
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    I agree with most this is a 1st amendment issue I despise the government this is no longer a Republic All this over gays wanting to be in your face if you dare disagree or follow your religious beliefs! You know what get together if you want don’t call it a marriage has not enough damage been done to traditional principle already? No one is preventing you from living the way you wish draw a contract and call it civil union ? get your parody with America and shut the hell up already I’m not changing my mind this FEDZILLA gov or local gov’s are going to follow the law. This is small potatoes to other issues .The thought of any Level of Government straight up disregarding the 1st amendment to the Constitution is some scary ****, what the hell can FEDZILLA or local Governments not tell you to do?once president is established I suppose some idiot nut jobs will marry animals and oak trees you can’t avoid this unintended consequence stuff get your mind out of your crotch and THINK.Word from Detroit

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  12. garris1Comment by garris1
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    Did Chick-fil-A really atate that it agreed to stop funding groups such as Focus on the Family that oppose same-sex marriage or is that merely Alderman Joe Moreno’s interpretation of Chick-fil-A’s “Who We Are” document?

    I didn’t read any such change in the document. I read a commitment to its long-established values. I didn’t read anything about no longer supporting Focus on the Family.

    Did I miss something?

    “A part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. Because of this commitment, Chick-fil-A’s giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities. We will continue to focus our giving in those areas. Our intent is not to support political or social agendas.”

    Kenn

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  13. mrsgunnut10Comment by mrsgunnut10
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    Sorry Mr. Cathy, YOU have just lost about seven Customers from your Cape Giradeau Area Resterant. Sure was proud when you stood up to the Original Chicago Mafia threat. Maybe you were threatened by the Chicago Mobsters – we, the public probably will never know.

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    • BadgerComment by Badger
      September 21, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

      wooooowww there mrsgunnut10 … read Michelle maulkins article that xman3 posted above … this is an outright lie spread by the mainstream media most likely to cause just what you suggest your family is gonna do … if you can’t punish them with the truth do it with a lie … it’s scarey to think these treasonous fools in the media and Hollywood can be so worshipped in our society … time to boycott Hollywood and the media … when the followers stop showing up at their movies and buying the products advertised on the tv maybe they will wake up … of course the Washington campaign money is nothing to sneeze at either …

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    • mrsgunnut10Comment by mrsgunnut10
      September 21, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

      Thank you Badger. I pulled up and read Maulkins Article from somewhere else. I will apoligize here and now to Mr Cathy of Chick-Fil-Lay. I’m sorry Mr Cathy and will probably eat at your place tomorrow or Sunday at the latest. Thanks again Badger, Now, I, even feel better. Thank you for your time. TSgt., USAF Retired.

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  14. calradoComment by calrado
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    From my viewpoint, Chick-Fil-A didn’t really change their viewpoint, they just stated it a bit differently. What changed is the perception of these self-appointed civil rights monitors.
    Government telling businesses how they can operate is socialism.
    I know people who work at Focus on the Family, two of them recovering gays.
    This organization is pro-family, however that looks in today’s society. Of course, the liberal interpretation of ‘pro-family’ is ‘anti-gay’. In 17 years, I’ve never experienced intolerance from any Focus employees I’ve met. It seems the left has to fabricate enemies from their own imaginations!

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  15. sunnybluesComment by sunnyblues
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    I am sad to read this. I believe this decision will come back to haunt them. Focus on the Family had their backs as did the American people. I do hope they will reconsider.

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  16. garytgsrComment by garytgsr
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    Yes another item added to the already loooooong list of reasons to vote Obama out !
    Say NO to l(ing Obeyme in 2012 !

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  17. jimnjoyComment by jimnjoy
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    Reading this has given me a stomach-ache. Where is the courage of their convictions? They caved. The Bible says that homosexuality is a sin. It should not be approved or endorsed. Christians are supposed to be the light of the world. “…be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine, Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers, to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth…” II Timothy 4:2-4 (part). God says in Revelation 3:16: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold-I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” I think that applies here. This is just another notch on the belt of our corrupt government as they circumvent the constitution.

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  18. nhpollackComment by nhpollack
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    We are now at a point where “gay rights” trump Constitutional rights and the rule of men takes precedence over the rule of law. This is a big country with over 300 million people and I’m sure Chick-Fil-A could have opened a restaurant someplace else without having to kow-tow to anyone. It’s already been demonstrated that nobody in the government has a working pair, but it would be nice to see someone in the private sector stand up and exhibit the independence and testicular fortitude which used to be a characteristic of America and Americans.

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  19. john635Comment by john635
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    UPDATE: Chick-fil-A did NOT cave-
    http://michellemalkin.com/2012/09/21/no-chick-fil-a-did-not-cave/
    from Chick-fil-A’s response: “Contrary to reports first made by the gay-activist group The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA) on Tuesday and later picked up by mainstream media outlets, Chick-fil-A and its charitable-giving arm, the WinShape Foundation, did not agree to stop making donations to groups that support the biblical definition of marriage in exchange for being allowed to open a franchise in Chicago.”

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    • LenaComment by Lena
      September 21, 2012 @ 10:48 am

      Yes, I’ve read that statement, but it does not support Malkin’s title. What it says is that Chic-Fil-A is no longer going to take sides on political issues and their political views have been mischaracterized. Really? I thought they were standing up for traditional marriage. Now they are no longer taking sides. All righty then, I will no longer take sides on who has the best chicken sandwich.

      It’s too bad that Cathey didn’t keep quiet in the first place if he doesn’t have the guts to follow through.

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    • nhpollackComment by nhpollack
      September 21, 2012 @ 10:55 am

      Thanks john635. Didn’t see the update. Now even “conservative” sites are getting their information from the Leftmedia?

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    • jimnjoyComment by jimnjoy
      September 21, 2012 @ 11:07 am

      They didn’t have the courage to stand behind their convictions and they caved. They obviously are going to be doing something different or Chicago would not have backed off.

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  20. Gary HinesComment by Gary Hines
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    Call me conservative, but I was proud when Chick Fil A stood up to our communist governments leftist bullying. I would have told Chicago and Boston to go outside and play hide and go f&*k themselves! Chick Fil A serves quality food to quality people, they can stick with serving trash to trash!

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  21. afichComment by afich
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    I can’t believe you fell for the Chicago spin-machine. Chick Fil A did NOT cave in! They will continue to support family-friendly organizations, including Focus on the Family. Go to Focus on the Family’s website, or to Chick Fil A’s website, and read the truth for yourselves, before adding to the false information that the liberals are spewing!

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    • passthewordComment by passtheword
      September 21, 2012 @ 10:52 am

      What they said was they were going to keep their position quite. Yeah they may give, but they will not take sides. Whatever that means… No courage to take a stand, even when they are right. I make my chicken sandwiches from now on.

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  22. judyg46Comment by judyg46
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    Well, now I hear that this article is bogus. One never knows for sure what one is hearing or reading. As far as this goes, there are definitely two sides to the story. Check it out here: http://michellemalkin.com/2012/09/21/no-chick-fil-a-did-not-cave/

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  23. rustypatComment by rustypat
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    I’m confused by this …

    I realize that we don’t have sufficient information, but …

    Why does a God fearing man that has been blessed by God, “sell out” to bring his product into a society that has positioned itself as anti-Godly.

    We can “bash” on the government influence (and should), but I still don’t get why Chick-Fil-A wouldn’t simply continue to prosper in the areas that God has blessed them accordingly.

    Paul wrote much about being “content” in the circumstances that God has brought you to … remaining faithful to God and trusting Him to see you through as He has done before. Why then, would Chick-Fil-A “seemingly” not be contented with what God has brought them and feel the need to compromise to the pressures of others with an unGodly agenda.

    I don’t “get it” … but I of course don’t have enough info to fully understand all the pieces.

    I mean if Chick-Fil-A were to go from a Billion $$$ a year in profit to a Million $$$ a year in profit (gross exaggeration) … hmmm, isn’t God still blessing them in such a way that they should remain faithful to Him and the principles that you aspire to uphold.

    Lest anyone think it’s easier said than done … I’ve endured the rocky road of integrity on multiple occasions as have many of you and millions of others with much less Blessing than Chick-Fil-A seemingly would have … with or without the likes of Boston or Chicago.

    I don’t “get” this one … as it just doesn’t “add up” or make sense as presented. :-(

    Unless of course … it isn’t true and it is only propaganda of liberal agenda spreading falsehood … I’d “get” that.

    I hope that the truth becomes revealed that Dan Cathy, Chick-Fil-A & others remain faithful to God … and God Blesses and Protects them accordingly.

    Let us be diligent and discerning before we make any rash assessments and pass judgments of Chick-Fil-A based on liberal media.

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    • jimnjoyComment by jimnjoy
      September 21, 2012 @ 11:19 am

      They had to have changed something or Chicago would not have backed off. Are we going to care more about pleasing God Almighty, or pleasing man? Not being politically correct is soon going to be a crime and entail being judged by the un-godly men of this world. May God have mercy on us.

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  24. Ma WihiComment by Ma Wihi
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    This from the same government who codifies “free speech” as to a Crucifix in urine, elephant dung on the Blessed Virgin Mary…as artistic expression… Face it. The real argument is what the left cries afoul “Separation of Church and State”. But alas, it is the left violating a “line” between Church and state in pushing for changing marriage; for marriage is a Sacrament, the domain of the Church, not the government (unless the government wants to issue civil unions), but to change the definition of the Sacrament of marriage is to to dictate to the Church (by the State) how it must define the Sacraments established by God. In short, the State now has appointed itself God.

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  25. jimnjoyComment by jimnjoy
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    I can see it coming, really soon: No longer will charitable organizations that are not “politically correct” be able to claim tax-exempt status. We will no longer be able to claim charitable contributions to any organization (our church, Boy Scouts, Focus on the Family, etc.) that stand for traditional, Bible-based values. May God have mercy on us.

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  26. 125grainComment by 125grain
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    After the overwhelming support Chik-fil-A got from “freedom” loving Americans I am very disappointed in their decision to cave in to tyranny. They were right to keep their weakness quiet… it’s a disingenuous slap in the face. There will be a backlash…F them…

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  27. Jean PauleyComment by Jean Pauley
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    Chick-fil-A did NOT cave-
    http://michellemalkin.com/2012/09/21/no-chick-fil-a-did-not-cave/
    They will continue to support family-friendly organizations, including Focus on the Family. Go to Focus on the Family’s website, or to Chick Fil A’s website, and read the truth for yourselves, before adding to the false information that the liberals are spewing!

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    • LenaComment by Lena
      September 21, 2012 @ 10:53 am

      Read the statement, not just the Malkin headline. The statement says that they will no longer take sides on political issues.

      From the statement:

      Our intent is not to support political or social agendas.

      The fight to preserve traditional marriage is both a social and political agenda. We fight for it or we lose it. Cathey has dropped out of the fight.

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  28. passthewordComment by passtheword
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    Chick-fil-A witnessed our support, now let them witness our boycott.

    This is the future. The left is as bad as islam, convert or die. That is their motto.

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  29. Paul WheelerComment by Paul Wheeler
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    So what story is correct? Yours or this one:

    http://michellemalkin.com/2012/09/21/no-chick-fil-a-did-not-cave/

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    • LenaComment by Lena
      September 21, 2012 @ 10:58 am

      I think it’s going to be a matter of each person’s interpretation of the statement.

      To me no longer taking a position on political or social agendas is caving in. It means that they have bowed to political, media and government pressure.

      Obviously, many disagree and think it’s ok to step back from their original support of traditional marriage to not taking a position.

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  30. patrica40Comment by patrica40
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:54 am

    Much of the information given in this article is not accurate. Please check out the CitizenLink Team website:
    Chick-fil-A Sets the Record Straight
    by Karla Dial

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  31. dallas41Comment by dallas41
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    While Eberle’s comments are certainly understandable, they demonstrate a fundamental misunderstanding of Chick-fil-A’s business structure. It is a franchise operation. Each location is individually franchised (owned) by an individual or corporate business.

    Dan Cathey, as CEO of Chick-fil-A, has a dual responsibility. First, he must be true to his core beliefs. But he must also balance how he handles any public discussion of those beliefs with his obligation to Chick-fil-A franchise owners. What impact do his comments have on the long term success of his franchise operators and their thousands of employees?

    Certainly, in the early days after his comments, the public rallied to his defense. Franchise owners had a record day, thanks to Mike Huckabee. But one of Cathy’s responsibilities to his franchise owners is to be forward thinking. That responsibility must include his consideration of the effect on franchise holders of his own personal actions and comments.

    Therein, I suspect, lies the reason for the current position the company is taking. It’s unfortunate, given the “politically correct” climate in this country – but probably necessary.

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    • gopluvaComment by gopluva
      September 21, 2012 @ 11:13 am

      Yes therein it lies.The problem is he said he believes in traditional marriage. Big foorah after, now he will not take sides. Maybe if he just keeps his mouth shut we can get on to something important.I dont know who or what to believe except my own beliefs.

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  32. stevieboy69Comment by stevieboy69
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    So much for his Christian values. Selling out for his 30 pieces of silver. Shame on him, especially after the support that he received from conservitives. He could have opened somewhere else and enjoyed being true to his views and would still have made his profits. Here I thaought that we finally had a man that stood strong against the liberal tide of intolerance of their ideals, but now I see that he is just in it for the money. Hopefully, his profits will tank, as most intolerents (liberals) are not as free with their money as conservatives are. Now, any conservative that supports this company is selling out his or her values. SHAME on him, he is a SELLOUT.

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    • namreh1Comment by namreh1
      September 21, 2012 @ 11:02 am

      I was going to say exactly what you said, stevieboy69. I am disappointed in Chick-fil-A. I am sure that his business will suffer now, as a result of what he has done. Shame on him for not standing up for his beliefs. I will no longer patronize Chick-fil-A.

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  33. lowell71Comment by lowell71
    September 21, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    to bad that the folks that live in chicago are so damm dumb in
    the first place to elect rom as the lord and master
    just goes to show how people will bow down to crony politics,
    shame on the folks that let rthis happen!

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  34. jdj17Comment by jdj17
    September 21, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    Let’s hope the true facts will be that Chick-fil-A did not cave. It would be a shame if future businesses had to adopt a new motto. instead of “The customer is always right!” …the new one would be: “The government is aways right!”

    Pray for our country’s future for 1 minute at 8 p.m. CST every night! It was reported that when enough people prayed at a certain time in England during the war, the bombing stopped. The power of prayer is underestimated.

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    • CarmineComment by Carmine
      September 21, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

      I’m in. How about the rest of you characters?

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  35. MarcusComment by Marcus
    September 21, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    Whenever a business enmeshes itself in political and religious controversy, as Chick-fil-A has done, it is rarely an asset to its business. And when the public profile of a business becomes one of hostility toward a significant segment of the public, it is even worse.

    I wouldn’t want to eat their unhealthy food in any case. Those “yummy peach shakes” that Rick Santorum tweeted about feeding to his children each contain an astounding 144 grams of sugar, according to Chick-fil-A’s own website. Overall, their food is loaded with calories, salt, sugar, and grease. What responsible parent would put politics ahead of the welfare of his own children?

    And isn’t it about time we started using accurate terminology concerning where people stand? It took years of debating to finally settle on the terms “pro-life” and “pro-choice,” based on whether someone gives greater priority to the protection of the life of an unborn child or to the right of an expectant mother to choose whether her child should be born.

    Now we have a debate over whether there should or shouldn’t be discrimination in the issuance of marriage licenses based on the gender of the individuals applying for the licenses. One group favors “marriage equality” and supports the elimination of such discrimination, providing equal rights for all. The other group favors continuation of “traditional marriage [discrimination],” providing differential treatment based on gender. The use of the term “pro-marriage” for this group is bizarre, since they are the only ones trying to limit the opportunity of individuals to marry. That makes as much sense as calling a group trying to limit access to schools as “pro-education.”

    I have never heard of any individual who has any desire to abolish or alter in any way the right of opposite-sex couples to marry (“traditional marriage”). So the issue is one of either treating all couples fairly and equitably or separating people into two legal classes and granting one class superior legal rights and privileges, while denying those rights and privileges to the other disfavored class. America’s history is one of gradually eliminating legal discrimination, and the trends in public opinion obviously suggest that will be the result here, too.

    Chick-fil-A has realized that maintaining a public image of hostility toward a significant group of Americans is not going to be a smart long-term business plan. They also realize that no intelligent consumer would accept their professed faithfulness to “Biblical definitions” when they are serving the “Chick-fil-A Bacon Platter,” which Leviticus tells us is an abomination to God.

    I don’t think Chick-fil-A is bowing to the will of liberal politicians. I think they’re just being smart “job creators” who want to be around for a long time and make lots of money selling “yummy peach shakes.”

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    • jimnjoyComment by jimnjoy
      September 21, 2012 @ 11:27 am

      Leviticus said that to the Israelites while they were living under the law. Now under the age-of-grace all food is allowed. I Timothy 4: 1-6. That doesn’t mean that bacon is good for us, though…but it is allowed.

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  36. thomasjeffersonComment by thomasjefferson
    September 21, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    Just say “No” to chicago. They can eat Micky D’s

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  37. yzernowComment by yzernow
    September 21, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    Maybe it’s because Mayor Rahm Emanuel belonged to the same bath houses that Obama belonged to in Chicago. See link below. I’m a believer in live and let live. Mayor Emauel has no right to tell Mr. Cathy how he should feel and what he should believe in.
    http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/video-was-obama-member-of-gay-bath-house-mans-country-in-chicago/

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  38. Robert Edward JohnsonComment by Robert Edward Johnson
    September 21, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    Looks like Chick-fil-a is turning into its own product. We’ve come from the Catacombs and Christians being slaughtered in the Roman Arena until Constantine realized he was creating NEW believers this way and stuffed the pagan ***** of Babylon down our throats, which then continued its slaughter of REAL Christians right up at least until the St. Bartholemew’s Day Massacre, to “Christian” “Heroes” wimping out at the first sign of trouble. The reason that Christianity is FINISHED is that Islamofascists are willing to die for their idiotic beliefs and “Christians” are too wimpy even to do something like give a Chick Tract to a friend that needs it. All our daughters will be sold to hareems to be used by the Imams, all our sons castrated and turned into eunuchs or gay slavebois for the Imams. Glad I got a tek-9 before Clinton started clamping down.

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  39. jspolgardiComment by jspolgardi
    September 21, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    This is a LIE!
    Do not believe this!

    Nothing has changed in CFA’s policy, and they did not, I repeat, DID NOT, cave.

    “No concessions of any kind were made to satisfy the Alderman in Chicago in order to advance a real estate deal. As it always has, our giving focus will remain on three primary areas:
    1. Educating Youth
    2. Strengthening Family and Enriching Marriages
    3. Supporting our Communities

    We are committed to serving everyone that walks through our doors with honor, dignity and repect.”

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    • jimnjoyComment by jimnjoy
      September 21, 2012 @ 11:34 am

      They had to have changed something or Chicago would not have backed off.

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    • BadgerComment by Badger
      September 21, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

      Jimnjoy … What exactly did chicago do to stop them from opening … nothing, just one loudmouth liberal politician … constitutionally they would have been tarred and feathered had they tried to stop a business for the owners beliefs or charitable contributions … this was the media attempting to give that loudmouth a victory which he could never have achieved …

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  40. richlinderComment by Rich
    September 21, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    Since my personal ‘values’ obviously exceed those of the government of the City of Chicago, I will do what I can to avoid that place like the plague it is.

    From Meggs Field to this, the Chicago Government disgusts me. Emanuel is just right for such a corrupt place. Hopefully, Obama will get the opportuntity to return to that den of inequity in a couple months. The DESERVE each other.

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  42. misterjackComment by misterjack
    September 21, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    Is what happened any different than a politician demanding money under the table to get his support on a building permit requiring a zoning variance? Or, perhaps next time somone will demand a large financial donation to the Obama campaign in order to build a Walmart in a particular city. Stuff happens all the time, and it makes me sick, but I had hoped that Chick-fil-A had enough chracter and ***** to tell them all to go to hell. If this story is true, I’ll never feel as good about Chick-fil-A as I have for many years.

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  43. oatmeal19Comment by oatmeal19
    September 21, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    CFA DID NOT GIVE IN CHECK OUT CITIZEN LINK SEP.20

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  44. TheHygienicHippyComment by TheHygienicHippy
    September 21, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    Monsanto owns the government. #GMO Both sides win in government, regardless of outcome. Cannot wash it off.

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    • camzComment by camz
      September 21, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

      All-righty then. Might be time for your medicine.

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  45. BengalComment by Bengal
    September 21, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    As a gay conservative (yes, we are “out” there) I am disappointed that Mr. Cathy backed down on his backing of tradtional marriage. As a son from a “traditional” mom and dad, I support the values that they handed down to me. Marriage other than between a single man and single woman is by definition a sham marriage. Marriage is and always has been a heterosexual institution. If we allow men to marry men, and women to marry women, why not allow polygamy and polyandry as well? For that matter, why not group marriage? Minnesota has a constitutional amendment on the ballot this year which is promoted as “restricting the freedom to marry.”

    What hogwash! There is no absolute freedom to marry. Brothers and sisters cannot marry. Minors cannot marry. Those already married cannot remarry until and unless they are legally divorced.

    And for good reason, in Minnesota, men still cannot marry men and women cannot marry women. No one is being discriminated against. But legalizing sham marriage will not only further weaken what is the foundation of our civilization–the family unit. For what benefit? So two people who obviously cannot be husband and wife can pretend to be married by having a piece of paper that says they are? What a joke!

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  46. cucumberdrxComment by cucumberdrx
    September 21, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    I’m not gonna put the cart ahead of the horse until this news has been verified, but I hope and pray that Chik-fil-A didn’t cave to the benefits of corporate fortitude in Chicago.

    To have compromised their freedom and values in the name of profitability and/or social acceptance, AFTER all those proud Americans took such a bold, supportive stand in helping them not only break all kinds of food-sales records, but also to send a CLEAR message to our Secular POTUS and government, would be a despicable slap in the face. Not only that, but it would set a devastating precedent to businesses going forward…..government will decide how you run your business, who you make contributions to, etc.

    I can only pray that this has not happened.

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  47. cwh1009Comment by cwh1009
    September 21, 2012 @ 11:50 am

    well if you dont like cfa then don’t go there, government has NO right to dictate terms to business they are there to satisfy customers and shareholders not he government !
    All of those that voted for BO wanted hope and change right now I would like to hope for change and let a busisnessman run the country

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  48. Tony SantucciComment by Tony Santucci
    September 21, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    I don’t think Chic-Fill-A have caved on their convictions. God ordain marriage being between one man and one woman. All the hell raising that is being done to change the defination of marriage will not change the truth. God won’t change what He has ordain for his creation. As Christians we are called to be a witness and testimony first for God’s love, mercy, and offering eternal life thru the sacrifice and shed blood of Jesus Christ. From this point God has given us his word to live by. God’s word outlines what is right and what is wrong in the way we live. When Jesus was going to Calvary the woman on the side were weeping and Jesus turn to them and said “Don’t weep for me but weep for those when the Son Of Man returns because there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth”. Those who have not accepted Christ and or have been disobedient to all His Word will come under the judgment of God. God has given us a free will the question we all need to ask ourselves is; the way I’m living my life is the road going to lead to destruction and death, or will it lead me to receive eternal life?

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    • jimnjoyComment by jimnjoy
      September 21, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

      I agree with you. Keeping that in mind: We are called to be the light of the world. We are to shed light on error. What is error? Whatever is contrary to the Word of God. Romans 10:14 tells us to spread the word of God. This is all part of the word of God. To not point out the truth of what God has said about homosexuality is not being loving to a human race that is heading straight to hell.

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  49. rogrdane2012Comment by rogrdane2012
    September 21, 2012 @ 11:59 am

    Human beings… each has an opinion and unless you are in a burning building with others the ‘opinion’ is always different. Manipulation by headlines or emotions plays to opinions and, as several astute members have noted, there is more than one side to this issue. I am not talking about the moral issues here because for me (right, ‘this’ is an opinion) homosexual marriage is incapable of propagation and thus unsustainable.

    The issue is ownership of the individual franchise and if corporate forces “their” ideals upon owners who don’t, for whatever reason, subscribe then you have oppression and not just ideologically but monetarily! It is a tightrope. Walking it takes patience and wisdom. I don’t think Chick changed their corporate philosophy or giving strategies one bit but they realized that others had, shall we say, different opinions and in buying a franchise they had “paid” to be allowed to keep those opinions and, in the Chicago situation, try and comply with their rules (now that said, anyone opening a franchise of any kind in Chicago should realize that a very heavy hand of government will dictate their operations. THAT is not capitalism in any way… be wary!). I denounce Chicago politics completely. But Chick doesn’t own the franchise in question nor should they dictate because then they are as bad as the Chicago mob political machine!

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  50. Lucille F H AtwaterComment by Lucille F H Atwater
    September 21, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    I guess profit wins over principle. It is too bad they had not more courage. I felt bad that there are no Chick-fil-A close to me so I could support them. Now I don’t feel bad anymore.

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