Where do you stand on Chick-fil-A controversy?

Chick fil A Culture WarsDon’t be surprised if you found it more crowded than usual at lunchtime today and throughout the rest of the week at your nearby Chick-fil-A as the brouhaha over President and COO Dan Cathy’s comments about the sanctity of marriage continues to reverberate.

Today is “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” and Friday is “National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A,” but supporters for the events are at polar opposites when it comes to why they are descending on the chain’s restaurants.

Cathy’s comments in the Biblical Recorder newspaper that the nation is “inviting God’s judgment” because it is trying to “redefine” marriage have caused a firestorm of social media and public protests, and calls for demonstrations at and boycotts of the chain’s 1,600 restaurants, which are mainly in the Bible Belt.

While Cathy, son of Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy, did not specifically address the issue, gays and lesbians, led by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation or GLAAD, say Cathy has, in effect, openly come out against same-sex marriage. They’ve called for a boycott of the chain and want same-sex couples to visit its restaurants for Friday’s “Kiss Day.”

Christians and others, however, led by former presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, are urging followers to support Cathy by buying meals at his restaurants, starting today. Check out AJC staffer Leon Stafford’s latest story on what supporters are saying at metro Atlanta locations.

Here’s part of what Cathy said, comments that were reprinted July 16 in the Baptist Press:

“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage. I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is all about.”

“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

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Rick in Grayson

August 1st, 2012
11:40 am

I would go there to eat! Their political/moral leanings have nothing to do with eating their chicken.

We all disagree with the views of our politicians, what’s the problem with the owner of Chik-fil-A?

GINGER D. LEE

August 1st, 2012
11:44 am

I AM A CHRISTIAN & I STAND BEHIND CHICK FILL A AL THE WAY

Sam

August 1st, 2012
11:45 am

I hope this will encourage other businesses to stand up for their honest, conservative beliefs.

Michelle

August 1st, 2012
11:46 am

Why didn’t Chick-Fil-A take a stand against Divorce and Adultery, he made the statement that they are married to their first wives. Maybe that would have cost them money, instead of making $! To many divorced church goers….

David Ross

August 1st, 2012
11:46 am

GLAAD and others want everyone to be tolerant and accept their values, but they cannot tolerate anyone else’s values. Chick Fil A hires gays and serves gays and in no way does the corporation descriminate against gays. Why cannot this man have his religious values? And are they going to boycott other companies whose owners are also Christian with similar values?

puntthemarxist

August 1st, 2012
11:47 am

Support them 100%. Love me some chick-fil-a. If you support gay rights, fine, but no need to blast someone who does not support your positions. This is America and we all enjoy freedom of speech. If you don’t like their stand, go eat somewhere else. Lastly, to the mayors of cities in MA, IL and CA who threaten chick-fil-a by vowing to keep them out of their cities…the last thing your cities need to be doing is keeping businesses away who pay business taxes to your community and employ your residents. Quit being so moronic! Now go eat some chicken sammies…

Bob

August 1st, 2012
11:48 am

Seems to me that it’s OK to have free speech, just so long is it isn’t against those in support of same sex marriage.

Regardless of where I stand on the issue, if one advocates for free speech, than it must apply to all, not just a select portion of society.

Rafe Hollister

August 1st, 2012
11:50 am

I’ll have a number 1 with a coke, love that Chick-Fil-A.

TJ Anderson

August 1st, 2012
11:50 am

I visited our chik-fil-a in morristown and it was packed at breakfast. I am glad to see people coming together for this purpose. Everyone, including Christians should be able to voice their beliefs.

Chris

August 1st, 2012
11:50 am

I believe the president of the company has a GOD -given right to his opinion just as everyone else.The company does not open on sunday and it is one of the best chains around.Thank you sir for saying what others wanted to say but fear backlash from others.WE MUST STAND FOR SOMETHING .God Bless.

Coriolana

August 1st, 2012
11:55 am

I’m a vegetarian and do not touch fast food. But if I did, I would never so much as walk on the same side of the street with such a place. Rancid chicken with a side of hate is not healthy for anyone.

Samwise

August 1st, 2012
11:56 am

What if the CEO of Little Ceasars decided he would support Gay Marriage? We certainly wouldn’t ban that restauraunt in the south. Those against Chick Fil A are treating them the same EXACT way that they do NOT want to be treated. Instead they are breading hate with their intolerance of others that do not believe the same as they do.

Chi Town

August 1st, 2012
11:56 am

Word around town is every chickfila is packed and doing better than normal.

#CF

King of mean

August 1st, 2012
11:57 am

Dan is not the founder – his dad Truitt founded it. Get your facts straight.

Mike Franklin

August 1st, 2012
11:58 am

What is abundantly clear is that those who demand tolerance from the rest of society, don’t have an ounce to share with anyone who publicly disagrees with them. Their excuse is that they don’t have to tolerate the intolerable… the latter being any segment of society that dares have an opposing view.

What is also crystal clear is that they won’t be able to tolerate being the intolerable ones when it comes back around to bite them in the butt.

J. Lee

August 1st, 2012
11:58 am

Tired of this hyper sensitive gay crap! It’s just chicken!

Helen

August 1st, 2012
11:59 am

FREEDOM OF SPEECH. He has the right to say his opinion, and to run his business accordingly. Does this mean we should boycott all businesses, that are owned or run by GAYS? No, we should treat them equally. I do thank them for all the business they have sent to CFA on Appreciation day. Maybe we will just close on Friday, to avoid the 2nd wave designed to draw attention to GLAAD. How insecure they must be.

LuvU2

August 1st, 2012
11:59 am

I hope this will encourage other businesses to stand up for their honest, liberal, and humane beliefs.

karmafeast

August 1st, 2012
11:59 am

What an ugly mask we wear when mocked ignorance or intolerance is commonplace in dealing with complex issues in public scenarios. We pretend like we’re stupid and play out stereotypes.

Whether you like it or not it is ‘legal’ to descriminate against homosexuals in many ways, including employment.

basis for condemnation comes from books on spirituality, normally from social times where human rights on the whole were terrible. should we really look to Hesus’s supposedly transcribed (by many hands and languages) diatribes on homosexuality as the verbatim word of a universal creator? That is dangerous madness.

the chick-fil-a thing is an old man clinging to a world that’s changed and that must upset him sufficiently to try shape outcome for people long after he passes.

What goal of God will be advanced by the persecution of a subset of the population? have people not used similar excuses to launch attacks on intraspecial groups in the past? How can you wield such blind punishment and continue to look at the sky?

Keith Johnson

August 1st, 2012
11:59 am

I support Chick-Fil-a stand against Gay marriage.
As in Joshua 24:15 and Rommans 1:18-34 in the Bible.

Linda

August 1st, 2012
11:59 am

I accept their beliefs and freedom of speech. Doesn’t mean I have to support them. Never been to Chick fil a , never will.

Jennifer Chambers

August 1st, 2012
11:59 am

LuvU2

August 1st, 2012
11:59 am

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Dan

August 1st, 2012
12:00 pm

The issue here is not over freedom of speech. It is completely not the reason people are asking you to boycott it. The reason is Chick Fil A’s donations of more that 5 million dollars to organizations that are denying LGBT their basic human right. Hence the boycott has now shot to national level.

ToniCounter

August 1st, 2012
12:00 pm

Is this why Tom Cruse doesn’t eat at Chik-fil-A? (because of their comments on gay or gay marriage, as well as the first wives thing?)

myname

August 1st, 2012
12:00 pm

Stand for something………or you will fall for everything. God’s word remains and it will not return to Him void.

puntthemarxist

August 1st, 2012
12:00 pm

“I would never so much as walk on the same side of the street with such a place…with a side of hate” By these comments, its quite clear who is the (hetero) hater…

Jim

August 1st, 2012
12:00 pm

Mr. Cathy, Chic-fil-a owner, has first amendment rights to his opinion and the freedom to voice them. Those trying to stop that are bigots, unAmerican, prejudice, and narrow minded hate mongers. Hum, sounds like they are acting the same way they say they dislike. Wars were fought, lives lost to give us all a free voice of our opinions. Should people that agree with Mr Cathy of Chic-fil-a start a movement to ban and boycott businesses owned and operated by gays?

Mangler

August 1st, 2012
12:01 pm

The issue isn’t whether the food is good or bad – which as the owner of a restaurant chain you want the focus to be on your product and maybe a little on your restaurants.

By expressing that his personal opinion is the official opinion of the chain as well as its employees, he turned the entire concept of eating there into a religiously backed political decision, similar to choosing to attend a certain church. That wouldn’t be an issue at all, except that the chain also financially supports political groups who have hard core religious views and try to target ideas that run contrary to their own – in this case trying to create a separate class of citizens. Is there anything wrong with that? It depends on whether agree with the hard lined views of the company or their political groups.

At this point, you, as the consumer, are buying more than chicken, sweet tea, and waffle fries. You are openly supporting the views of the company and the political groups that company supports financially. Just like supporting a politician or fighting against him, by injecting personal and political views into the business model, Cathy is essentially saying by eating here you’re with him and support what he support. It took the focus off of the food, and that was a business mistake.

Rob

August 1st, 2012
12:01 pm

Funny how bent out of shape we get about one man’s opinion.
Yet we are all wearing clothes, watching TV’s and using computers built in China. Where people are under the oppressive rule of a government that dictates everything they do or can’t do.
Want to REALLY stand up for human rights then don’t buy products made in China

Cherry

August 1st, 2012
12:01 pm

In the last days “What was once good will become bad and what was once bad will become good” It was prophesied thousands of years ago. Never thought I would actually see people standing up and fighting for bad.

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Rich Steiner

August 1st, 2012
12:01 pm

A customer who chooses not to frequent an establishment because of corporate policies (in this case, the giving of donations to groups which are actively anti-gay) is simply exercising his right as a customer. That’s how a free market works. Why is this an issue?

Jan

August 1st, 2012
12:02 pm

Just got my Chick Fil A lunch. Supporting freedom of speech!

Finiker

August 1st, 2012
12:03 pm

I agree with Samwise. Why is it okay to be tolerant of every opinion and lifestyle EXCEPT for those of Christians? Basically, marriage is a faith-based institution anyway, so why should those of faith (and I am including Jewish and Muslim beliefs here) have to redefine what the parameters of marriage are? Let homosexuals have rights and benefits of marriage, but without it BEING a marriage. I see no reason why they should have to impose upon the beliefs of faith to receive those benefits…? Anyway, that’s my two cents.

NinJustin

August 1st, 2012
12:04 pm

The first comment says, “Their political/moral leanings have nothing to do with eating their chicken.”

I disagree, I’m not going to eat somewhere that will profit people that hold belief that others should not have equal rights no matter whether it is a religous belief of not.

I can support any number of other resturaunts that don’t actively attack others rights.

Braves #17 Fan

August 1st, 2012
12:05 pm

The gay community is acting just like Westboro Baptist Church.

Nancy P

August 1st, 2012
12:05 pm

Why does the gay community feel so threatened by one man’s stand for his beliefs? Our country was founded on the concept that we are free to air our beliefs and others do not have to agree. For them to be so vindictive says a lot about them. I admire Mr. Cathy’s courage and stand whole-heartedly by his affirmation of Biblical truth. For others to retaliate indicates that they have not done their homework on the Scriptures or our country’s founding principles. Why not learn to think for yourselves rather than taking others opinions about what truth might be?

DanD

August 1st, 2012
12:05 pm

For me it boils down to this:
1. The Chic president has every right to his views, however quaint.
2. There is no reason for me to patronize his establishments if there is any chance the profits would go to causes that work against my interests.

Abby

August 1st, 2012
12:05 pm

Freedom of Speech enough said

shanny

August 1st, 2012
12:06 pm

just tried to go to Chik-fil-et for lunch..line around the corner!! Maybe make it for dinner..

David Northington

August 1st, 2012
12:06 pm

I support the right of Chic-Fil-A to express its opinions and, in the case of the same-sex marriage issue, I happen to agree with them. I am a loyal customer and will continue to be even more so now.

LarryM

August 1st, 2012
12:06 pm

could this have been an elaborate marketing scheme by an over zealous marketing director to increase sales at the restaurants in a downward economy? Just a thought

Justin

August 1st, 2012
12:07 pm

J. Lee

August 1st, 2012
12:07 pm

Exterminate religious nitwits. There must be a spray for these people.

Seth

August 1st, 2012
12:07 pm

I think that the three mayors who spoke initially for their respective city should be held criminally liable for damages in loss of revenue or fallout from their statements inciting hatred and showing extreme prejudice towards personal beliefs. I haven’t heard or seen anything like that from governing authorities since the times of Hitler’s German or Stalin’s Russia. How is it that we cannot disagree with a view point without being labelled or slandered?

robert10001

August 1st, 2012
12:08 pm

Although Mr. Cathy probably could be more enlightened, he is certainly entitled to express his opinion, which is held by at least half the country.

The reaction of various dem mayors around the country, however, reminds one of KristalNacht, where Jewish businesses were destroyed solely because of the beliefs of the owners.

OneFreeMan

August 1st, 2012
12:08 pm

I’m not surprised that hate and discrimination would be supported by many Americans especially in the south.

Steel Magnolia

August 1st, 2012
12:08 pm

Not only was our Chick-Fil-A in Cumming packed this morning, but it seems as if everyone was paying for everyone else’s meals!!! When I got to the window the Lady told me my meal was “taken care of”……..so I “took care of” the person behind me. Another Lady in the window said she had never seen anything like that…………that it had been going on all morning!!!!!!!!!!!! I remember eating at the Dwarf House (in Hapeville) as a little girl………our Dad worked for Motor Convoy which was right across the street. Mr. Cathy used to come to our table and spoke with our family every time we were there. It is just so sad to see what is going on in our country. If you had told me then – that I would ever see anything like what is going on in our country in my lifetime – I would have never believed it.

Rufus Carlock

August 1st, 2012
12:09 pm

My wife and I are christians and we stand by Chik-fil-et