Henson Company breaks off relationship with Chick-Fil-A over gay marriage stance

The Jim Henson Company has announced via it’s Facebook page that it no longer wishes to partner with Chick-Fil-A because Henson’s company supports gay marriage.

The Huffington Post:

“… on Friday, the Jim Henson Company posted the following statement to their Facebook page:”

“The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD. (http://www.glaad.org/)”

“With this, The Jim Henson Company joins the ranks of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who has vowed to block Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in the city, office star Ed Helms who tweeted that the chain had “lost a loyal fan,” and the countless individuals who have taken to social media to voice disapproval, including those planning a National Same Sex Kiss Day on August 3, in condemning the Chick-Fil-A’s CEO’s opposition to same sex marriage. “

A fan site reports that Chick-Fil-A kids meals were featuring a Jim Henson Creature Shop make-your-own puppet toy from mid July to Aug. 18th.

How do you feel about  Chick-Fil-A’s stance on gay marriage? Does it influence your decision to buy your food there either way? If you are offended, it is hard to give it up? (That is some yummy chicken.) Do you think the owners should stop talking about their views?

(I know this is a polarizing issue but please try to stay polite and discuss it like adults. No name calling please.)

1,331 comments Add your comment

gimmeabreak

July 24th, 2012
12:20 am

Chick-fil-a should be applauded for standing by their beliefs, just like the pro-gay people are doing. Whether you agree with the pro-gay groups or pro-marriage groups there is no difference here. Two groups standing up for their beliefs like they should. But for me…make that a number one with sweet tea.

gimmeabreak

July 24th, 2012
12:21 am

Enter your comments here

gimmeabreak

July 24th, 2012
12:22 am

Sorry lagging computer and comcast internet.

Richard

July 24th, 2012
12:23 am

“pro-marriage groups”? We are all pro-marriage between two consenting adults. One group wants equal rights. One group wants to stop equal rights.

Amy

July 24th, 2012
12:27 am

Chick-Fil-A has ALWAYS been a Christian owned and operated franchise! Hense, they are closed on Sunday’s! Anyone who is truly a “fan” of theirs would know this, and instead of condemning them, they would be proud to be a “fan”, because even though their views might be different, they would know that the Chick-Fil-A company sticks by their beliefs and values even when it’s not the “popular” thing to do, which is far more admirable than planning a day to spite everyone in the country who doesn’t have the same views as you do.

Julia

July 24th, 2012
12:28 am

I highly doubt that Truitt Cathy or Dan Cathy will lose any sleep over this or even shed a tear. It amazes me that the christian group is bashed for saying their beliefs when the other side is trying to shove it down social media’s throats. Why can they not have their own opinion?

Carol Roberts

July 24th, 2012
12:29 am

I am not at all sure what chicken sandwiches have to do with the rights of gay people to marry, but the Chick-fil-a owners have made this an issue. I am a heterosexual and a Christian, and I believe that God loves everyone, every single person. I also believe that in this country everyone is entitled to equal rights and opportunities. I have gay and lesbian friends, and they are as deserving of the right to marry as I was 42 years ago when I got married. Will this hatred and exclusion ever end? We had to fight for the rights of women and people of color years ago. Now the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people need all of us to stand up for their rights. I will miss those chicken sandwiches.

cynthiam

July 24th, 2012
12:30 am

As usual, the homosexuals can call for a boycott and say they are defending their rights. A conservative Christian stands up for what he believes and they call for his head on a platter! The press proudly waves their flag of double standards yet again! And Richard, they can call homosexuals unions “marriage” all day long, but it does not make it so. I can call my car a Jag, but I still get in an Altima everyday!

The_V

July 24th, 2012
12:32 am

Thanks for the positive comment! :) I personally am a huge supporter of equal marriage rights, but as a privately owned business, Chic-Fil-A (and the owners) are entitled to their opinion. I might not agree with said opinion, but that’s what makes America great. Everyone can have their own opinion, and I’m cool with that as long as it doesn’t harm anyone. As long as no one gets kicked out of the place for being openly gay, I won’t boycott them or anything.

The_V

July 24th, 2012
12:34 am

Not you though, cynthiam. That was rude.

Dave

July 24th, 2012
12:40 am

All those involved with The Jim Henson Company better trade in their stock options. With their strong belief of men marring men and women marring women, there won’t be any children to entertain with their muppets any longer and the company will go broke. And all the parents that do have children will hopefully keep there children from The Jim Henson Companies views………………………….

Rio

July 24th, 2012
12:40 am

Whatever happen with having an opinion? Are we living in Afghanistan?

Kerri

July 24th, 2012
12:42 am

I suppose I would normally applaud any person/group standing up for their beliefs except the type Chick-Fil-A is a part of. I put them on the same par as racist and sexist groups: they’re homophobic and ignorant and sadly this issue is bringing out the worst in people because it’s such a painful controversy: people are being murdered and raped and bullied over it. You can’t just let it slide that it’s their right to have a belief. It’s a very harmful, hateful belief, and not all Christians have it (thank goodness).

Julia

July 24th, 2012
12:43 am

Really Kerri so they are not allowed to have their own opinion?? smh

Kim

July 24th, 2012
12:44 am

I’m going to chic-fil-a FOR LIFE!! And boycotting the muppets…I believe this and you believe that so I’m going to be intolerant to your belief but want you to be tolerant to my belief. HILARIOUS!!!!!

BehindEnemyLines

July 24th, 2012
12:45 am

Made two extra trips to CFA last week in support of the position they’ve taken. Can’t say that I’ll particularly miss the Muppets who’ve been in steady decline for quite some time.

Kim

July 24th, 2012
12:46 am

Haha – Kerri people who believe what God says don’t hate gay people. They love them. Sorry you’re confused.

Kim

July 24th, 2012
12:47 am

Yay Dave – I wish I could like comments posted here!

hello

July 24th, 2012
12:49 am

“to each its own” everyone is entitled to their own beliefs. Grow up muppets!

MyPatootie

July 24th, 2012
12:50 am

That’s OK, Carol Roberts, I will just go 4 times a week now instead of 2 to make up for your asinine choice of not going. This would make Jim Henson and his Muppets, and a lot of you “bigots” for your views against him and his company, if you will look up the definition of the word. I used that word because that is what the LGBTSRVCFETYGRDSCDRSEVVGT crowd usually calls anyone who disagrees with them.

Kerri

July 24th, 2012
12:52 am

Kim, funny way of showing your love. Some Christians actually love gays and accept them into their church and don’t mind their way of life. Being gay is someones choice and some others un-choice and is between them and whatever god they believe in. Opinions are one thing, chasing around gays and bashing them is another and not allowing them to marry should be a crime in this country.

W Tom

July 24th, 2012
12:53 am

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I’m not sure why it was brought into the public arena… As far as I know the owners of chik-fil-a are not running for office. I do whole-heartedly disagree with Dave though… I have a young child and I would feel better about allowing him to see Jim Henson productions because I am interested in him growing into the type of person who accepts others for who they are. People being fearful of muppets is silly quite frankly.

Robin

July 24th, 2012
12:54 am

I think a lot of you are letting your religious beliefs get the better of you. Some of you are seeing Chick-fil-a as some pioneer in the anti-gay rights movement. They may be, but they’re promoting hate. It doesn’t matter how you try to justify it. Personally, I’m an atheist freethinker. If there were an almighty deity, I don’t think he or she would hate anyone. The Jim Henson Company is simply standing up for their beliefs in diversity (yes, diversity) and ending a partnership with a company that doesn’t believe as they do. They aren’t glorifying the gay community. They just believe in equality, and that’s a beautiful thing.

Julia

July 24th, 2012
12:56 am

Robin and SO ARE they.. and why is Chick-Fil-A not allowed to have their opinions?!

Andy

July 24th, 2012
1:00 am

I remain fascinated by the incompetence in discussing this issue. I’ve known for years this was a Christian based organization. I think CFA makes a great product. Apparently for many, this is where the conversation gets “tricky”. While I’m not surprised by Dan Cathy’s statement and his opinion this was been taken a step further. Chick Fil A has donated almost 2 million dollars to highly divisive and anti-gay causes. While the company PR statement is one of inclusion and serving all, their actions, their “donations” are quite the opposite of their statement. In simplest terms, this is corporate sanctioned bigotry in attempt to deny human rights. I can no longer support their “donations”. Ask yourselves what else could have been done with almost 2 million dollars.
Andy

The WinShape Foundation is Chick-fil-A’s charitable arm, created by Chick-fil-A founder and chairman S. Truett Cathy in 1984. WinShape has received a substantial amount of funding from Chick-fil-A: in 2009 alone, WinShape received $7,814,788 from Chick-fil-A Inc. (Winshape 2009 Publicly Available IRS 990 Form via Foundation Center. In 2009 alone, WinShape donated $1,733,699 to multiple anti-gay groups:
• Marriage & Family Legacy Fund: $994,199
• Fellowship Of Christian Athletes: $480,000
• National Christian Foundation: $240,000
• Focus On The Family: $12,500
• Eagle Forum: $5,000
• Exodus International: $1,000
• Family Research Council: $1,000

cuppaYoshi

July 24th, 2012
1:03 am

I applaud Chic Fil A for voicing their opinion, and by applaud I mean a a series of slaps to the owner’s faces creating a sound that is quite joyous to me. I know Chic Fil A will regret this because they will lose so much from this decision once mainstream catches wind of this ignorance, their children will lose out on the familys fortune unless they change stances. Tell the world how you really feel please! Get the response that’s coming to you.

jake

July 24th, 2012
1:03 am

Didn’t the CEO just say that marriage is between a man and a woman?? Isn’t that why the Jim Henson Company is “Taking a stand” against them. I just googled “define marriage” and here’s what it said..mar·riage/ˈmarij/
Noun:
The formal union of a man and a woman, typically recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife.
….Now lets see the Jim Hensen Company take a stand against google and pull everything from Google…yea right

Unbelievable...

July 24th, 2012
1:04 am

Ugh this is really not necessary. Political beliefs should not interfere with business. I for one support Chick-fil-a and their beliefs. It’s not like they said they aren’t going to serve gays food, they were just stating their opinion, which is their God given right. It’s shame that that company is so blinded by their own beliefs that they make irrational business decisions just because Chick-fil-a doesn’t agree with them. Pathetic.

Lisa

July 24th, 2012
1:07 am

Sexual orientation is not a choice. If it were, would those of you who identify as heterosexual say that you want to have sex with people of your own sex but choose to only be involved with people of the opposite sex? You likely cannot even imagine wanting a same sex relationship so how can you call that a choice?
That’s why this issue is not about opinions and choice and is rightly about discrimination. One cannot choose skin color, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

What is a choice is how you treat your body. I just looked at the ghastly ingredients this restaurant chain uses. I’d boycott them on that basis alone- factory farmed chicken grown in antibiotics, MSG and other chemicals. I believe many religions address that we should treat our bodies with respect and care.

BW

July 24th, 2012
1:08 am

I Love Chick-fil-A..Last I remember this is America if you don’t like don’t go. If you stay home its your lose. I drove 32 miles the other day to get a chick-fil-a.

Robin

July 24th, 2012
1:08 am

Julia, I don’t think you understood what I said. Chick-fil-a is promoting hate. The Jim Henson Company is promoting diversity. These are two different things. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Unfortunately, people don’t always agree with opinions. I don’t think that the backlash that they are getting on social media is about their religious beliefs. I think it’s about their complete intolerance for homosexuality and equal rights. I don’t see how anyone could hate another person for their religious beliefs. God and goddesses are typically created to teach their followers to love, so why aren’t Chick-fil-a spreading love? Fortunately, I’m vegan and I’ll never eat at a Chick-fil-a.

Shane

July 24th, 2012
1:15 am

Carol, you are correct. God does love every human being on this planet. Jesus died for all our sins. Just because He loves us does not mean He loves us with all our junk too, hoever. Anyone who reads the Bible will understand that God is a God of judgment as well as love. If the Bible makes a definitive stand against something and people choose to deviate from what the Bible says is right, their actions do not change the Bible. God is God and He can do anything in anyone’s life including deliver anyone from the bonds of homosexuality. We are in the last days, Jesus is coming back soon for a people who have made themselves ready. Repent, be baptized in Jesus’ name and give your life to Him. He will baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire. And what you thought was pleasure (which is only fulfilling for a very short time) is dwarfed be the love, forgiveness, restoration, and true joy God provides through His salvation. No one has ever done anything that God cannot heal of redeem them from. He loves you so much that he left His throne in Heaven and became a man for us. God sent the man Christ Jesus to the cross to die for every sin ever committed to restore a relationship Adam destroyed through the fall; the first sin. God does love all of you out there no matter what your situation. Open your mind to Him and allow Him to soften your hardened heart toward to Him. Allow Him to fill the void you have filled with so many other things and bring you true peace and joy.

Will in Roswell

July 24th, 2012
1:23 am

When Google announced recently that it as a company will begin to promote marriage between homosexual couples, hardly a peep was issued from the national media.  But, when Chick-fil-A’s president expresses his personal views on the subject, homosexuals and their close friends go berserk, and the story is plastered on the front page of all the major newspapers and media channels for days.  What a bunch of hypocrites.  It’s as though this country has gone a long way down the road to Orwell’s “1984″ as well as becoming a country of Sodomites.  To paraphrase a famous line, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to relive it.”

Atlantarama

July 24th, 2012
1:41 am

Even though I’m gay and support gay marriage, Truett Cathy has every right to donate to whatever cause he wants. As long as the restaurant continues to provide high quality food and service, that’s what really matters to me, and I will be their customer.

jake

July 24th, 2012
1:43 am

@ Robin “Chick-fil-a is promoting hate. The Jim Henson Company is promoting diversity” How is Chic-fil-a promoting hate?? Because the CEO said marriage is between a man and a women??? If you ask me the Jim Henson Company is promoting hate and discriminating, the pulled away from Chic-fil-a because they stated there opinion, so sounds like the Jim Henson Company isn’t to good at being diverse. I mean Chik-fil-a was willing to partner with a company that had openly supported gay marriage, so Chic-fil-a seems much more tolerant than the Jim Henson company. Now tell me how I ‘m wrong

jacob

July 24th, 2012
1:43 am

@ Robin “Chick-fil-a is promoting hate. The Jim Henson Company is promoting diversity” How is Chic-fil-a promoting hate?? Because the CEO said marriage is between a man and a women??? If you ask me the Jim Henson Company is promoting hate and discriminating, the pulled away from Chic-fil-a because they stated there opinion, so sounds like the Jim Henson Company isn’t to good at being diverse. I mean Chik-fil-a was willing to partner with a company that had openly supported gay marriage, so Chic-fil-a seems much more tolerant than the Jim Henson company. Now tell me how I ‘m wrong

Julia

July 24th, 2012
1:54 am

Thank you Jake and Jacob… and yes it is a christian company and they donate to christian companies….

ryan

July 24th, 2012
2:34 am

Chic Fil A has a good product and better service than other fast food joints. Their marketing prowess is to be celebrated. I personally support gay marriage but I am not going to stop buying chicken sandwiches because of their political positions. If you take this a step further and look into political donations from major companies you would find many that disagree with you whatever side your on. Linked In primarily supports Democrats but Republicans network there, same with Progressive Insurance and what about Berkshire Hathaway companies like Helzberg or CORT- does that mean GOP consumers should stop shopping at those establishments.

Sometimes we take politics too far- I highly doubt the cashier or salesperson at the local Chic Fil A or Helzberg follows in lock step with their employers idealogies.

Lou

July 24th, 2012
3:29 am

I personally don’t care who marries whom. However, I do care when people are denied the right to express their views. For those who don’t support the views of the CFA company and choose not to eat there, fine. It’s America. However, it’s also America for the Catheys and they have the right to have views, too. Their restaurants welcome all who want to eat there and they happen to run the best fast food business in the country. As for me, I’ll eat there more often now that I know there are people who want to strip them of their rights as citizens.

Jason

July 24th, 2012
6:00 am

Good job Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-a for being obedient to God’s Word even when it is not popular and is not PC. To paraphrase, Jesus told his disciples that they would be persecuted and hated for following Him. Please pray for revival in the land.

bjjsmith

July 24th, 2012
6:17 am

I agree with Chic-fil-A. Truett Cathy started a great Christian Restaurant and I for one am glad to see that they still are for a marriage of a man and a woman. I will continue to patronize this establisment and give them my support.

Colin

July 24th, 2012
6:22 am

Lisa you have just answered your own question, Yes it is a choice and the fact is that you choose not to have a relationship with the same sex. A person can either choose to do something or not to do something. You are also wrong on the skin color. Look outside once and a while and you will see that there are more and more white people that are tanning, why because they would like a darker complexion, or what they call a bronze complexion, so that is choosing your skin color, as far as sexual orientation, when you are born, you know nothing about sex, you don’t start developing a knowledge of what you are and what you want to become until you get older and for the most part the environment around helps you determine what you would want to be. Look at some same sex homes that have children, once the child becomes older they choose whether they want to follow along the same path as their parents and end up gay, or choose a different path and live straight. So no one can say that you are born gay, because that is a load of crap.

The real question is:

July 24th, 2012
6:23 am

Enter your comments here

shaggy

July 24th, 2012
6:28 am

I couldn’t care less about anything either of these companies has to say about ANYTHING! PERIOD!
Chik-Fila – Make me a delicious chicken sandwich, and that is all.
Jim Henson – Make your muppets funny, and that is all.

If either fail in those two simple points, I will eat/watch something else, and that id FINAL.
I refuse to go about life worrying about whether some company or celebrity has the required political mantra…REFUSE! If you have what I seek to buy, with MY money, I might buy it, or I might not, based on quality and price, NOT ANYTHING ELSE!

Now go back to your whining.

Bob

July 24th, 2012
6:30 am

Dan Cathy never mentioned “gay marriage” in his interview. As part of a larger interview, he said CFA supports the traditional family. Newspapers are in business to sell newspapers so the headline become ” CFA against gay marriage”.

Ace

July 24th, 2012
6:33 am

Sounds like the Henson corporation company is promoting “hate”: If you don’t agree with our beliefs we won’t buy your products, sounds reasonable (insert eyeroll); maybe the other side should start boycotting all products made by people with differing beliefs

Miss Daisy

July 24th, 2012
6:33 am

I have started eating at Chik-fil-A three times a day and plan on keeping it up.

BubbaDaBaller

July 24th, 2012
6:34 am

Stand for what you believe in is the American way. Privately held Company that is very successful…Take note, you don’t always have to bend to popular pressure…Just keep doing what you’ve been doing…

Im just saying

July 24th, 2012
6:37 am

People need to stop twisting God’s love. Yes. God loves all people. However if you are gay you are going to Hell. Some people should read and study the Bible. Gay people need to repent from their lifestyle just as other sinners including myself need to repent from our sins. Homosexuality is a sin. It has nothing to do with who God loves and doesn’t love. He loves us all but if you don’t repent from your sins, you are going to hell with God loving you.

bob

July 24th, 2012
6:39 am

“The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them” . when a lefty group declares they want inclusiveness that means they will not tolerate someone else’s position. The Henson company wants diversity by being intolerant and exclusive.

Bearcrazyman

July 24th, 2012
6:40 am

Invigga Please!

Sammy

July 24th, 2012
6:42 am

Is the “progressive” position that we should all be free to express our views except if they contradict the left wing hobby horse of the moment? Then we should either be viciously attacked or just keep quiet.
Progressive politics always lead to stalinism controlling our speech and eventually our thought.

bob

July 24th, 2012
6:42 am

Robin, how is it hateful to support marraige between a man and a woman. The only hate is the hate you may feel for people that have a differant opinion.

Ain't That the Truth, Ruth

July 24th, 2012
6:44 am

I don’t think “yummy” is an adjective that meets professional newspaper standards. Oh, wait, this is the AJC.

Smooth

July 24th, 2012
6:48 am

1st: I have a problem with the CEO of The Jim Henson Company for taking the donations that Chick-fil-A has given them and donating it to an organization that they know has views directly opposite of Chick-fil-A. If you do not want the money then return it.
2nd: How dare the Mayor of a major city, who claims diversity openly oppose a company because it does not agree with the views of another organization. As Mayor he is suppose to represent the entire city of Boston, not just the ones who agree with him(Diversity).
I guess based on his logic, he is only representing the republican population of the city. Sorry democrats, but you will have to wait your turn.

Gail

July 24th, 2012
6:51 am

Dan Cathy’s comments regarding marriage were in an interview with the Baptist Press.
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=38271
He did not just go out and make a statement regarding same sex marriage. In fact, he never mentioned it. Just said they are supportitive of the family – the biblical definition. Surprise, surprise!
Don’t believe he ever said they wouldn’t serve gays.
And regarding anti-gay donations, how is the FCA is anti-gay?

SMM

July 24th, 2012
6:52 am

I suppose I’m a bit confused by two things — I don’t understand the hoopla, and I’m not sure why the CFA leadership waded into this. From the tiime Truett Cathy came to our class one evening at GA State nearly thirty years ago, I’ve viewed him as one of my corporate heroes. Anyone who listens to Mr. Cathy for five minutes couldn’t possibly be confused about where he stands — and I appreciate his strength of position – even if I don’t always agree with it. So it should be no surprise that CFA would have this position. I’m very left-leaning, but I respect this family’s right to have it’s views. In fact, I remember a few years ago when I heard that Truett Cathy was going to address a group at a local church. After his speech, he spoke to me about wanting Bibles in every school library. That was something very important to him. I thought it a wonderful idea and pressed my local school system for that — and to have those Bibles alongside the Quran and any other religion’s “Book”. So you see, we don’t have to draw these thick lines in the sand.

Something else: CFA’s investment in its young people is unmatched. Every young person should be exposed to CFA’s customer service training program. If there is a nefarious plot on CFA’s part to rid the world of people who don’t think like them, it certainly isn’t infecting their young store staff. My youngest will be 16 in a few days and I actually aspire for him to work for a while at a CFA.

Most of us are not privvy to CFA’s management activity, but think of just the Cow Campaign (that’s what I call it) alone. I wouldn’t think that in its agreements with advertising executives, etc., CFA would have a requirement that only a certain type of artist work on the campaign — and having decided to go “big-time”, it surely has run into a diverse group of people it works with. While I am troubled by CFA wading into this, and by some of those donations I read of above, I’m willing to stretch a bit to give them the benefit of the doubt.

bob

July 24th, 2012
6:53 am

Robin
July 24th, 2012
1:08 am
“Julia, I don’t think you understood what I said. Chick-fil-a is promoting hate. The Jim Henson Company is promoting diversity” Really Robin, promoting diversity by excluding those with beliefs that differ ? Henson & Co are saying that if you don’t share the same beliefs then you are no longer welcome, how is that promoting diversity ?

Ronnie Raygun

July 24th, 2012
6:55 am

Sorry, but when your company contributes millions to promote an anti-gay agenda, it’s more than “stating your opinion”. It’s promoting your so-called “christian” lifestyle choice by using the law to enforce your ignorant opinion.

Alan

July 24th, 2012
6:59 am

I support chik fil a if everyone had strong Christian beliefs this world would be a better place and by eating there at least I know who’s handling my chicken

Sunny

July 24th, 2012
7:02 am

What gays believes should stay with them. They shouldn’t push others to go with them. Cathy’s and CFA will prevail in this childish game.

I'll miss my CFA lemonade

July 24th, 2012
7:02 am

CFA has every right to express their opinion, as does everyone else in this country. However, as a company, if they are using any of their money or influence to further the cause of anti-gay-marriage legislation (which is what has not been addressed), then that’s a different story. I love my CFA chicken biscuit and lemonade, but if any penny of my money goes towards preventing any of my friends from entering into marriage in the sight of the law, then I will make the sacrifice to give up that craving. BTW, I am a Christian but I believe in a God of love who doesn’t care whether you’re gay or straight or whatever…

DWILEY

July 24th, 2012
7:03 am

i AM VERY PROUD OF CHICK FIL A!! THEY ARE A TOP NOTCH FAST FOOD COMPANY THAT STILL HAS STRONG MORALS.

gdrla

July 24th, 2012
7:06 am

CFA is a private company so they are free to believe whatever they wish – they are committed to treating all customers with dignity, good service, good product, etc., and personally that is ALL I wish to receive from a company providing a public product or service. On the other hand their customers are also free to believe whatever they might wish and take their business elsewhere – is basically a NON-ISSUE in my humble opinion.

GB

July 24th, 2012
7:08 am

What the Jim Henson Company does is the business of the Jim Henson Company. But the comment by the mayor of Boston is most interesting. Like many liberal politicians, this Menino is a tyrant waiting to happen. He obviously has no regard for the law. Does he really think it is ok for a the mayor of a town to block a business from opening a location there because he disagrees with the owner of business on a political issue?

mike

July 24th, 2012
7:11 am

5 words: Why is this news?

Proud of Chick Fil A

July 24th, 2012
7:11 am

Why should this revalation be a surprised to anyone? As a privately owned company, they can take any position they want. However, just because they don’t support gay marriage doesn’t mean they are “anti-gay”. I know of several gay people who work there. Being gay is not the sin- the sexual sin part is! Same as adultery, premarital, etc. We are ALL sinners and fall short. But don’t expect Chick Fil A to publicly take a position that is clearly not biblical. This is a no-win situation for them. I applaud the Cathys for taking a stand in what they believe. If you don’t like it, don’t eat there! The food is delicious, and their business model is sound.

David Hall

July 24th, 2012
7:12 am

Let me see if I understand this. Diversity means that we celebrate our differences and if we differ in our thoughts or beliefs, we are haters. If we agree with those on the left, we are wonderful and if we agree with thos on the rright, we are wrong. Being gay does not give one more of less rights to how one should think or act. Don’t try to force me to think or act like you or to force me to accept your actions if I disagree. Chick-Filet is right. I will have to go support them now.

mike

July 24th, 2012
7:12 am

computer’s being cute, the last word should’ve been folks

Eric

July 24th, 2012
7:14 am

“Im just saying”, that’s some funny stuff. I forgot, we live where the invisible man in the sky is the answer to everything and you can’t use critical thinking or be analytical about anything.

I’ve always known that Chik-fil-A is run by a right-wing Christian family and they choose to have their “values” and I choose to not visit their business. That’s their right to run their business as they choose and my right to not spend my money there.

If it wasn’t for your religion, what would you rationale be for being such homophobes? I can’t seem to ever find an answer. Usually just a bunch of stammering and back to irrationality.

Neal White

July 24th, 2012
7:14 am

That’s why Chic- FIL-A is so prosperous because they live by the bible and not the world’s ways! I applaud them! Big deal on the Muppet’s. Who watches them anyway anymore.

Larry

July 24th, 2012
7:15 am

I am sure this decision by the Jim Henson company caused Truett Cathy so much distress he had to take half a baby aspirin to sleep last night.

We Run the East

July 24th, 2012
7:16 am

Good for Chil-Fil-A. This is a tempest in a mainstream media tea pot. CFA will continue to thrive (can’t get in the parking lot) and LGBT supporters will continue to whine and wallow in there own SELF HATE. LGBT supporters know the truth (lifestyle and gay values are abhorent) but they feel so guilty (God gave them a conscience also) they need to squash all those who would dare oppose them. Same as women who have had abortions who are racked with guilt over killing another human, they need us to tell them it is ok. Get a spine, listen to that still, small voice (hello, its me, God) and quit trying to bring society down into the primal gutter that you dwell in. There is right and wrong in this world. CFA is right, gay marriage is wrong President Romney will do what he can to fix the damage by Obama and his gay administration..

Kevin

July 24th, 2012
7:16 am

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Thrash

July 24th, 2012
7:19 am

The Muppets ceased being relevant about 2 decades ago, who needs their hate or bigotry toward decent moral people.

Bob

July 24th, 2012
7:19 am

As an American, I respect Cathy for his right to make a stance. However, as gay man will never eat at Chilk-Fil-A. And as a Christian, I would like to engage in a conversation with Mr. Cathy about why we disagree and how harmful his position is to millions of GLBT people, particulary young people.

dcb

July 24th, 2012
7:20 am

As the gay rights movement people have a right to their position, so do the Chick-Fil-A’s of the world. I fail to see the connection when it comes to boycotting any group that stands for a value different from yours. I don’t eat at Chick-Fil-A all that often. But should it fit into my plans, I will continue to do so. What I do object to, however, are name stars or politicians taking a position with the biggest fanfare possible attempting to sway the opinion of others. While I will fall short of blaming them for going to the airwaves to gain additional stature with their public, I have to strongly suspect the same.

Anne

July 24th, 2012
7:20 am

Why do we all have to agree with something we don’t believe in. Why is it okay for one side to sing aloud that they believe gay marriage is right, but the other side has to keep shut and not even say otherwise? This is AMERICA people, we are free to express our opinions and have our beliefs right? So why is CFA being punished for expressing theirs? CFA is a Christian company, it’s the only business I know in this very money based society that is America, that is closed on Sunday! Why is it then a surprise that it does not support gay marriage? I suppose it’d have being okay if they believed it, but never said it. How is that equal rights then? When one side can spout it’s beliefs without fear of punishment but the other side gets punished by the likes of the Henson group, when it voices it’s opinions? I applaud CFA for sticking to it’s beliefs at a time in America when it seems everyone is expected to follow the status quo just to remain popular or profitable.

LtCol Razorback

July 24th, 2012
7:20 am

I don’t like chicken, but I do agree with Chick-Fill-A’s rejection of same sex marriages. Think about it….if only males married males and only females married females, the human race would become extinct in a generation!!! :(

Mid Town Joe

July 24th, 2012
7:20 am

Are any of the gay muppets married? This is assuming that some of them are gay.

Angela

July 24th, 2012
7:22 am

Kermit The Frog and Fozzie Bear can both get terminal STDs and Burn in Eternal Hell.

The Muppets are controlled by, and have all their thoughts and dialogue for them, written and mandated by Leftist Hippies with radical ideals that won’t to shove their “values” down everyone’s throats but don’t want to tolerate any counter ideals to them.

Chick-fil-A isn’t forcing its or its ideals on anyone. Nobody is forcing us to patronize them.

The Liberals can boycott CFA all they want. The more-tolerant, Non-Leftists can, in turn, decline to support The Muppets. That is what once made America great.

I loved The Muppets as a kid, but they will never taste as good a Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich with extra pickles.

Phil

July 24th, 2012
7:22 am

I support CFA for standing up for what the Bible defines marriage between One Man and One Women. But the press again has failed to report other companies who throw money and sponsor Gay agenda. Home Depot signed on as a “festival” vendor, conducting Kid’s craft workshops for children in the midst of lewd activities including nudity and Homosexual activates. Office Depot is a Guaranteeing one million to help “teach” children that they are born “Gay”. They are teaming up with Lady Gaga to push the homosexual agenda in public schools by encouraging our children to believe gay people are born this way. Why does the press continue to ignore companies who support gay agenda but slam a company for supporting marriage? I have no problem reporting what CFA gave but let report what Home Depot and Office Depot do with their money.

MrDan

July 24th, 2012
7:23 am

As a Christian, Chik-filet is the only fast-food chain I support and not a week goes by that I don’t make a purchase. And I’m sure, even though homosexuals only make up about 2-3% of the population, I’ve been in line with one or two homosexuals now and then at the restaurant, and they were treated with the same respect and given the same service as everyone else. Chik-filet is a great restaurant with a great product. They’ve been criticized for not opening on Sundays because Truett Cathy believed that employees should have a day to spend with their families. Wow. Someone still believes and cares about the time-tested traditional God-given method for the family unit. And now you have some politicians and a puppet company criticizing that? Why is that? Could it be that some people want to completely tear down the husband/wife, father/mother family unit in order to legitimize their own narcissistic self-gratification lifestyle? Think I’ll go have breakfast at Chik-filet and ponder that one.

Raymond

July 24th, 2012
7:23 am

I find it interesting that so many so-called liberals, who stand for diversity of thought, will take such a stand as the Boston mayor is taking. They believe in giving everyone a right to do what they want, except for those who think differently than they do. Hence, those who oppose what they believe in (gay marriage), should somehow be denied the right to operate a business, just because they believe otherwise. Disgusting, frankly. Hooray for Chick-fil-A for having a stand and sticking to it. It is their right to do so, and based on their Christian beliefs, it would be two-faced of them to do otherwise.

Lunchman

July 24th, 2012
7:24 am

I have discovered that it is extremely hard to fight against God and stating that God made a mistake.

Keith

July 24th, 2012
7:25 am

I support Chic-Fil-A’s ability to support any issue it chooses. There is a difference between closing on Sunday and supporting gay marriage. Closing on Sunday does not discriminate against anyone. The issue with supporting gay marriage is, it gives the appearance that the company might discriminate against homosexuals. This is one issue that Chic-Fil-A should have avoided. If Chic-Fil-A was still a small business, does anyone think they would take this stand. I applaud anyone who stands up for their beliefs, but Dan Cathy needs to think about the effects of his employees and company and refrain from putting his company in the middle of a political debate.

Van Jones

July 24th, 2012
7:28 am

Supporting heterosexual marriage makes one anti-gay? Does supporting gay marriage make one anti-heterosexual?

Beck

July 24th, 2012
7:28 am

Yes, this is America and everyone has a right to their opinion. no one is saying Truett Cathy, ChicFilA, et. al. do not have a right to their opinion. People who are for marriage equality are just letting people know about the ChicFilA stance. This way people who are for equality can make a choice about where there money goes.

Conversely, people who are for marriage between a man and a woman ONLY can feel free to stop using google ANY TIME NOW. Just don’t expect there to be an economic backlash, as google is a free service.

Carol Roberts – thank you for being an example of the kind of Christian I had hoped Truett Cathy was. Yes, to all of the above who mentioned ChicFilA is closed on Sunday, it’s not like we didn’t all know they were Christian. What we didn’t know is that he’s a bigot.

Lynn

July 24th, 2012
7:29 am

Chick-fil-a is a privately owned company and their owners have the right to believe how they want to believe and spend their money how they want to spend it. I think the Jim Henson Company has made a terrible choice but that is their choice because they want to jump on the Hate Chick-fil-a bandwagon because they dont believe like we do. Chick-fil-a’s record speaks for itself and it is a proven business that does well. It’s a shame that people disguise hate and intolerence by being bigots toward Christians because they dare to believe something different. I will be supporting Chick-fil-a now and forever. It’s a free country, go eat at Zaxby’s or KFC if it bothers you that much but oh my gosh what if their store owner believes like Dan Cathy??? What will you do??? I guess the ones that dont support Chick-fil-a will have to start questioning the places you frequent to find out their stance on gay marriage before you spend your money.

Larry

July 24th, 2012
7:30 am

Okay, Okay. I have an announcment to make!!! I’m HETEROSEXUAL………I’m headed to CFA to celebrate. Gosh I feel much better.
You ask, what does my statement mean? Nothing. I know you don’t care what my sexual orientation is, well I don’t care what yours is either.

Robert GM

July 24th, 2012
7:31 am

Chick-Fil-A has the right to voice their views about biblical marriange. They do not state they will not serve gay /lesbian couples or individuals, they simply claim to not support it. Those folks can still get their chicken, however, if they choose not to, then that is all right as well. Any company who can uphold the company in this nature and not work on Sundays is doing something right. I applaude Chick-Fil-A’s stance. Married 27 years to a beautiful woman – I am male by the way.

Ol' Timer

July 24th, 2012
7:31 am

I support Chick-Fil-A’s right to take whatever position they choose. They are, after all, a privately held company.

Likewise, I support the public’s right to choose if they want to patronize the establishment. I guess my question is why they decided to go public on this devisive issue. It’s like they are pandering to their base.

Frankly, I like their chicken sandwich but without the condiment of religion they serve with it.

Kelly Taylor

July 24th, 2012
7:32 am

I applaud them for taking a stand for what they believe in. They have closed on Sundays since the beginning and it hasn’t hurt them. It is good to see a company not bend under the pressures of society to do something against their moral and ethical principles. I will continue to eat their chicken. They have never said that they hate homosexuals but they do not approve of same sex marriages. On this point, I must agree

Dawg88

July 24th, 2012
7:32 am

I like the Muppets… I like Chick-fil-a. Still will love the Muppet Show. Still will eat chicken biscuits.

jsscott

July 24th, 2012
7:32 am

This is America, CFA, being a privately owned company can voice whatever policy or opinion regarding a totally personal choice that they want. The Muppets, the Hnesons can also choose to believe what they want and voice those opinions. Good luck to them both. If you don’t support these freedoms then you are the problem, you do not have a solution.

Angela

July 24th, 2012
7:34 am

The Muppets sure haven’t made any protest or public declaration against Penn State or what happened to children there, but they sure want to bash Chick-fil-A.

I guess The Muppets don’t have any problem with what happened at Penn State, but sure want to whine about an “opinion” Chick-fil-A has about adults.

Muppets

July 24th, 2012
7:34 am

The Muppets are owned by Disney, not the Jim Henson Company. They transferred ownership in 2004. Please fix your article title.

Angela

July 24th, 2012
7:35 am

Disney, which now owns The Muppets & left-wing ABC News, can all Burn in Hades for all I care.

We can do without any of them, unlike the sustaining value of food.

zazu

July 24th, 2012
7:35 am

I Applaude Chick- File-A for its strong stand on this gay issue…. Although I really dont know what being gay and a chicken sandwitch have to do with each other ….oh well…
It seems to be the in- thing to say today that it is just ok to be gay…well I really dont know what the Creator had in mind when He created people with this inclination but I do know that as far as I am concerned I really don’t care..and why should I, and Why are the muppets taking a stand on this issue , I mean they are puppets right ? Two things for sure…All of the Holy Books from the Torah to the Bible to the Qur’an condem this practice..not just ONE religion all the major religions say in one way or another that this practice is a abomination… And sencondly I for one am tired of being bombarded by the Gay Rights Movement to be forced as I see it to accept their life style as cool. Now unless someone is being harassed for their sexualality or being denied services, then why should we the other people have to accept their lifestyle as cool and ok….Good Job Chick -Fil-A

Call It Like It Is

July 24th, 2012
7:36 am

Well I say boycott them. But its not for the Gay’s, it for the fact they stop selling lemon pies. Boy I sure miss those pie’s.

motherjanegoose

July 24th, 2012
7:37 am

No time to read all the comments…sorry.

As a former WalMart Employee ( in HS and college) I have followed some of the news as to how their employees are treated regarding scheduling, promotions and hourly salary. They hire and schedule just under the bar of having to pay benefits. Salary increases are locked for some employees. All to save THE CONSUMER $$$. Yet people shop by the droves. THAT is where I put my money where my mouth is…I shop WalMart about 6 times per year…only if I have to. Rarely at home and typically when I am on the road as I do not know where other stores are located. I hate going in there! At least, as much as I can tell, Chick Fil A is a good place to work. They appreciate their employees.

I am in contact with those who worked at WalMart with me ( almost 40 years ago) and they tell me that Sam Walton would have a fit if he saw what was going on now. Anyone out there a WalMart employee that can tell us how wonderful it is to work there? Not many are willing to stand up to boycotting them and not saving $2 I would guess. I could take that challenge easily. Anyone else?

Monon

July 24th, 2012
7:37 am

Do I agree with the opposition to gay marriage? No. However, I’m not going to boycott an entire company based on a disagreement of beliefs. The Chick-Fil-A in our neighborhood has for years brought platters of fingers and sides to the local funeral home for grieving family members, on a regular basis and at company expense. The positives that come from this company outweigh any disagreement I may have with their beliefs.

Sloan

July 24th, 2012
7:38 am

Hurray for Chick-Fil-A! I will double my support for their products! I have always been a fan, but in response to the public outcry by the left leaning members of the media and our society at large against what is Chick-Fil-A’s right to freedom of expression, it is apparent to me that the left is only seeking to advance the agenda of gay “rights” in this country. That Chick-Fil-A is guided by Biblical Christian principles and is willing to publicly affirm these principles is admirable and deserves the support of like-minded Christians everywhere! To those who posted here that they are Christians but believe that God loves everyone and are upset with Chick-Fil-A over their stance on gay marriage, I say that God loves the sinner but not the sin. To stand in support of gay marriage is to condone behavior that is called sin in the Bible and grant that behavior the same status in this country as deserving minority groups like women and blacks. Secular society is concerned with tolerance at all costs and the left leaning members of the Christian church universal are enabling that agenda as well. God loves practicing homosexuals just as much as He loves adulterers, alcoholics, thieves, murderers, etc. But because He loves sinners does not mean that He tolerates their behavior!

LETSMOVEON

July 24th, 2012
7:38 am

Chick-Fil-A CEO ,was only asked a question about what constitutes a marriage. He correctly stated his Christian views and the origin of marriage, I personal don’t see the problem here. If you are gay or believe in gay marriage, that is your view as well. Isn’t this America? We have right to voice our opinions or beliefs just as long as those opinions aren’t slanderous and malicious in nature. His comments wasn’t slanderous or malicious concerning what constitutes a marriage.

Weldon

July 24th, 2012
7:38 am

I don’t see how “gay” marriage is any threat at all to traditional marriage. If you’re not gay, don’t worry about it. Beyond that, why should the contractual rights and benefits afforded a married couple be denied anyone? Don’t give me your Christian B.S., either. We separate church and state in this country – this is an issue about human & personal rights and legal benefits. By the way, I’m not gay and I’m not afraid of people who are.

Mavis Beacon

July 24th, 2012
7:38 am

Given the atrocious level of accuracy, diction, grammar and elementary-level spelling errors in many of this newspaper’s blogs, exclusive of comments, I am pretty sure several of the Chick-fil-A Cows write and report for the AJC.

Jack

July 24th, 2012
7:39 am

The Gay Community wants tolerance and understanding but is completely intolerant when it comes to the beliefs and opinions of others. Just because the President endorsed Gay marriage they think that everybody supports it. I applaud Chick Fil A for taking a stand and not folding. The Gay Left in this country is relentless and down right nasty anytime someone disagrees with them. I came on here to comment but I dont support the AJC anymore. Stop reading it when they allowed this left wing attack dog columnist woman to write hit pieces on people. Can we please get a conservative newspaper in the South? (I digress) I dont believe in Homophobia or discrimination against gay people. They have to the right to be who they choose to be and should not have to live in fear but make no mistake I have a right to disagree and I have a right to say I’m sorry but I believe that marriage ought to take place between a Man and a Woman and if you dont like it tough. If that makes me archaic and old fashioned then so be it. I will not waiver. I support Chick Fil A and what they believe. The Gay Left wants everyone to believe what they believe. You can line up Anderson Cooper Frank Ocean The Green Lantern (Alan Scott not Hal Jordan) Ellen Don Lemon and all the other Gay Leftys and it still wont make it right. President Obama who I respect but at times agree with did not change my mind. Gay marriage is wrong and Chick Fil A should be respected. The same people who moan and complain about intonlerance are intolerable. Amazing.

Tired

July 24th, 2012
7:40 am

I really don’t see why anyone’s relationship is a restaurant’s business.

And I do realize they’re not turning people away at the door after a pop-quiz on their beliefs on marriage equality. But apparently they’ve decided it’s their issue and that they need to be vocal about it. I miss their waffle fries, but there’s hardly a shortage of fries in this town. I can see, though, where my sister and her husband – who have 4 young children – won’t eat there but they’re probably not going to force the issue on their kids.

GaVet

July 24th, 2012
7:40 am

If they are forced to accept “Gay Marriage” the next step, logically, would be to force them to open Sundays. I’ll continue to do business with them as long as they stand by whatever principles they have and “Gays”, as far as I can tell, are just as welcome there as I am.

Mavis Beacon

July 24th, 2012
7:41 am

I am sickened by the fact that The Muppets will bash Chick-fil-A, but they haven’t said a word about Joe Paterno, Jerry Sandusky or Penn State.

Gonzo must have matriculated there.

T Man

July 24th, 2012
7:41 am

I am having a Muppett burning party Saturday. Anyone want to join me?

Jenny

July 24th, 2012
7:42 am

First of all , I could care less who marries who, however I believe in the right to disagree with something you don’t support. CFA didn’t make a public statement against Gay marriage, Cathy was asked by a religious group if he believed in gay marriage and he said no, a lot different than a company actively denouncing or discriminating against gays. In fact the company said it believed in freedom of expression of all groups, no matter what sexual orientation. In the end i really don’t think 1% of the population is going to impact CFA , especially since its exposure ( other than ATL) in the West and North is limited anyway, and the fact that whatever minuscule loss that might occur, would be offset by the 50% of religious groups.

Reality_Check

July 24th, 2012
7:42 am

The problem with the biblical “definitions” is that you can cherry-pick verses throughout the bible to find support for your views. Present your beliefs as your beliefs. Don’t try to use the bible as a source for specifics such as the definition of marriage.

Keith

July 24th, 2012
7:44 am

In response to several previous posts. The Muppets are still relevant. The film grossed $88,586,976 with a budget of $45 million. Sounds like a profit to me. The Jim Henson Company did give away the donation, they gave away the payment, made by CFA, for the use of Jim Henson property. A payment is money paid for goods and services provided. I get tired of both sides of the aisle accusing the other of being narrow minded and upset when an opinion the support is not agreed to. When you make negative comments about homosexuals, you can’t complain about democrats mjaking negative comments about CFA. Morality should never be determined by legislation. My parents disagreed with the lottery from a moral perspective. For years they refused to use gas stations that sold lottery tickets and would go out of their way and pay more money to get gas. They no longer continue this practice. Because you morally disagree with an issue does not make it wrong. It just makes it wrong to you.

ChristianOnTheFlint

July 24th, 2012
7:45 am

I think most everyone on this blog is missing Mr. Cathy’s true message.
Mr. Cathy, because he is a Christian, cannot condone what the Bible states is certainly a sin.
That being homosexuality.And as a person who puts Christ first and in the center of his life,
also as the Bible teaches, Mr. Cathy would be what non-Christians call a hypocrite if he supported
or condoned homosexuality in any sense of the word. Also, Mr. Cathy is not showing any disrespect
towards members of the gay community by stating his objection to homosexual marriage. He is simply
stating that his definition of marriage is between one man and one woman. He is merely expressing
his right as a free American to his freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment.
Now, would you rather do business with a person that stands by what he truly believes and states that belief for the record? Or would you rather do business with someone that lies through their teeth and has no conviction at all, unless it will benefit their wallet or their election? I know I would much rather eat at Chick-fil-a!

Leonard

July 24th, 2012
7:45 am

This is America…We have a right to our own opinion!!!

Jason

July 24th, 2012
7:45 am

I think the pro-CFA people are missing the point. It’s not an issue of whether CFA has a “right” to their opinion. People can hold whatever beliefs they want. The problem is that they use corporate funds to support homophobic organizations. Boycotting CFA is not so much about punishing a restaurant for its beliefs, but rather to make sure that the consumer’s money doesn’t reach these organizations via CFA

Inquisitive Ike

July 24th, 2012
7:46 am

If Chick-fil-A caught one of its Cow employees milking a naive, young calf on the Penn State campus on a Sunday afternoon, would Joe Paterno have banned the restaurant from campus and brought in The Muppets to perform at halftime of a game and deflect attention?

Tom

July 24th, 2012
7:46 am

It’s not like CFA refuses to hire or serve LGBT. That would be a much bigger problem (not to mention illegal). There was a similar fuss a year or so ago over a couple of groups the Winshape Foundation supports, but that blew over….just as this will.

Now, if they were supporting actual anti-gay HATE groups like American Family Association or their hausfrau offshoot One Million (not quite) Moms, then I’d have a huge problem with that. Bryan Fischer and Monica Cole have a cozy corner table waiting for them in hell.

Mike

July 24th, 2012
7:46 am

Some of you posters are not very bright. You have redefined the word “hate” to mean any disagreement with your beliefs. That’s just plain stupid.

Fozzie Bear

July 24th, 2012
7:46 am

my CFA sandwich tasted just a bit better today….waka wakka waka!!

Just saying

July 24th, 2012
7:47 am

Seems odd to me that a company (Jim Henson Company) that relies mainly for children would be so against this. Where do all these children come from? Two guys having sex? Two women having sex? Just saying…

Sparta_Bubba

July 24th, 2012
7:47 am

Muppets are gone from my life, Chick-Fil-A will continue as a regular part of my life.

howard

July 24th, 2012
7:48 am

There are plenty of fast food choices that do not offend me….or my friends….Chick-fil-a does and so they are off my list.

Cow Girl

July 24th, 2012
7:48 am

Isn’t it ironic that Chick-Fil-A is willing to do business with a company that obviously “embraces gays” and yet Jim Henson Prod, won’t do business with someone that embraces traditional family….who is the hater here? Gay activists need to give it a BREAK and quit shoving their sin tolerance down our throats. I would think that by now almost everyone in America has an extended family member, co worker or friend who is gay…we love them and that is great…but it does NOT mean you can bully us into accepting your definition of marriage!!! God defined marriage…take it up with Him…..He loves you, but He is a God of Absolute Truths and He isn’t changing His mind. You can tell yourself all day long, “I believe what I believe and you believe what you believer and we are all ok”….guess what, WRONG! Chick-fil-a has more guts that anyone…standing up against the big Gay Bullies!!! They will succeed on their character and product!

O W

July 24th, 2012
7:49 am

As for me and my house we will continuie to enjoy Chick-Fil-A.

Grew Up at The Dwarf House

July 24th, 2012
7:49 am

Can you believe it, the Muppets and Chic-Fil-A are going at it! And everyone wonders why there is a wing nut in Colorado shooting people. Is this truly supporting and embracing diversity and inclusiveness or does it show those who say they embrace tolerance are intolerant of those who do not agree with their views? Will everyone stop eating at Chic-fil-A? No. Food is too good. Will everyone stop watching the Muppets? No, well maybe if you are over the age of 7. Going to be interesting in Heaven and see a Chick-fil-a on every corner and a little green frog is eating a #1 with a sweet tea and in the Kid’s Meal the prize is a Big Bird toy. Why can’t we work together on solving the top 5 issues that affect our lives and planet like Hunger in the US and the World, Homelessness, Healthcare, the Environment and Jobs for Americans? If we don’t start pulling on the same end of the rope, this won’t matter.

Mike

July 24th, 2012
7:50 am

I believe gays should be allowed to marry. I also love a good chicken sandwich. So I get the best of both worlds. Problem solved.

I suggest you all do the same. Quit letting other people’s opinions have so much priority in your life.

Augusta

July 24th, 2012
7:50 am

Where’s a bruhaha for the Boy Scouts….they have held fast they do not allow gays in their organization……..

I don’t really care for Chik-fil-A or any fast food for that matter, but I will NOT support any organization that does now participate in equality. I won’t support the Boy Scouts anymore either.

That’s one of the great freedoms we will have in this country, and it’s freedom to express our opinions OPENLY. If businesses chose NOT to allow gays, or don’t support their lifestyle, that is their choice. We chose to support or not support these businesses with our MONEY….and that my friends, is the bottom line…..MONEY……it IS the root of ALL EVIL!!!

Tired

July 24th, 2012
7:50 am

“The Muppets sure haven’t made any protest or public declaration against Penn State or what happened to children there, but they sure want to bash Chick-fil-A.”

Angela, really. The Muppets terminated a business arrangement with Chik-Fil-A. So far as I know they had no similar arrangement with Penn State.

O W

July 24th, 2012
7:50 am

and who is Jim Henson anyway?

Inquisitive Ike

July 24th, 2012
7:51 am

Truett Cathy was being a decent man and running a successful business BEFORE The Muppets, BEFORE Gay [ahem] “Marriage” and BEFORE 0bamaJiveTalker from Kenya was fraudulently elected President.

That will not change.

Steve

July 24th, 2012
7:51 am

Chick fil a has every right to state their opinion and I as a consumer have every right to decide if I want to give my money to an organization that discriminates against a part of society. I would be interested to know if Chick fil a would choose an openly gay man or woman to allow to buy a franchise? I seriously doubt it and that my friend is being intolerant and exclusive.

Larry

July 24th, 2012
7:51 am

Since gluttony and greed are each one of the seven deadly sins, the fatties shoveling down CFA food are worse than a gay couple and the Cathy’s, who are cashing in on it, are worst of all. I’ll stay away, thank you.

Michael Corujo

July 24th, 2012
7:51 am

We should have a “MISS PIGGY ROAST” to go along with a French delicasy called “KERMIT FROG LEGS!!!” LOL!!! Shhhhhh! Unbelievable the crap that people lose sleep over. The 1st ammendment works BOTH WAYS, so HENSON Corp is WRONG!

Dave

July 24th, 2012
7:51 am

It’s a conspiracy, all the pro gay folks becoming healthier by boycotting Chick-fil-A, and all those chicken eating “Christians” dropping like flys from obesity and heart disease brought on by the consumpution of Truett’s treats. Rome used lions, we’re using a menu!

Nan

July 24th, 2012
7:52 am

I applaud the owners of Chik-Fil-A for making their medieval beliefs and bigotry public knowledge. By doing so, they’ve given anyone who wonders whether or not patronizing a business may result in inadvertent support of a cause they don’t believe in a clear choice. It is Mr. Cathy’s right to believe as he pleases, but it is also my right to quietly express my distaste for his beliefs by avoiding his business.

I am, however, a little curious as to how quickly Mr. Cathy will hear the voice of God telling him he was wrong if the bottom line for the company begins to be affected. If he sticks with his beliefs, good for him. If he caves and does a retraction of some sort because of declining revenue, then we’ll all know he was just another bigot using religion as an excuse for his hate.

Joseph

July 24th, 2012
7:53 am

I will no longer allow my kids to watch or take part in anything Muppet. It works both ways you fruits….

Jeff

July 24th, 2012
7:54 am

Chic-fil-A has the right to take the stand they took. And everyone has the right to react however they like. If Chic-fil-A is willing to deal with the consequences, so be it.

But for the critics who don’t think a company should take a social/political stand, do you feel the same about Ben and Jerry? Or are you a big supporter of theirs?

Inquisitive Ike

July 24th, 2012
7:54 am

Tired @ 7:50 am,

The Muppets terminated a business arrangement AND used it as a protest and loudly voiced their opinion as to why while bashing CFA, all while getting publicity for their properties.

Get Your Facts Straight, Tired.

Gregory

July 24th, 2012
7:54 am

Isn’t Chick Fil A being hypocritical?

Gail

July 24th, 2012
7:55 am

Theresa, please post the link to the article in the Baptist Press in your blog posting. People need to see the context of Dan Cathy’s comments. Thanks.

Inquisitive Ike

July 24th, 2012
7:56 am

I hope the next bacon I get on my CFA Chicken Sandwich comes from the backside of Miss Piggy.

Hopefully, the frying process will kill all of her STDs she collected from her omni-sexual lifestyle.

Bilbo

July 24th, 2012
7:56 am

Bravo Chick Fil – A.

?

July 24th, 2012
7:56 am

So I wonder how many Gays and Lesbians Chick-Fila has hired over the years and currently employs that it is now discriminating against? If my employer came out and publicly discriminated against me I’d have to think about filing a lawsuit. Since it’s a Southern based company what if they come out next and say they really don’t tolerate feeding or employing blacks? It’s really not out of the realm of possibility.

Suq Madiq

July 24th, 2012
7:57 am

Is anybody really surprised by this reaction from the JHC? More will follow.

HB

July 24th, 2012
7:57 am

Sure, Chick-fil-A has a right to their opinion, but I also have a right to mine (and the Hensons have a right to theirs). No one is saying they don’t have a right to continue operating, just that we don’t want to indirectly support the causes they support. Chick-fil-A has given millions to groups fighting against marriage equality. I choose not to support that and will spend my money elsewhere.

Call It Like It Is

July 24th, 2012
7:57 am

This just in the NRA is pro guns…….yeah I know just as shocking at Chick fil A stating they are pro traditional family. I’m just saying.

Just Jack

July 24th, 2012
7:57 am

I am a gay man, and a big fan of Chick Fil A. I have never been a Muppet fan (they kind of creep me out). I am not a supporter of Gay marriage per say however I do support equal rights. I think the millitant lesbians that are pushing this marriage agenda are setting gays back decades. The point should have been on equality and civil unions. They should have never involved religion into the discussion. Marriage is a civil union in the eyes of the government not religious. You do not need to be married in a church to be legally married. Has anyone ever considered that there are thousands of married atheists in this country and no one either cares nor chastises them? Just a little food for thought…..

Rational

July 24th, 2012
7:58 am

The Jim Henson Company’s reaction to one individual’s opinion on this issue is the height of hypocrisy. Most of you have ignored the fact that Chick-Fil-A of their own free will entered into a marketing agreement with the Henson Company and paid them millions of dollars. Do you think for one second that the decision makers at Chick-Fil-A did not know The Jim Henson Company’s stance on same sex marriage before this? Seems like Chick-Fil-A is a lot more diverse and tolerant than you want to give them credit for.

Forrest Gump

July 24th, 2012
7:58 am

Stupid is as Stupid Does! I am continually amazed that God put so many stupid people on the earth at the same time!

BigDAD

July 24th, 2012
7:58 am

I love Chik-Fil-A not just for their food, but their philosophy, values, and support for their cummunities. Does everyone have to support gay marriages? Have we been wrong about what constitutes a marriage for all these years. I tolerate gays, but I hate the way they try to shove their lifestyle down our throats (for lack of a better expression).

Lisa Walker

July 24th, 2012
7:58 am

Chick-fil-A I support your decision not to support gay marriage whole heartidly. Your decision and my support is not out of hate. I’m so tired of people claiming this to be a hate issue just because you don’t agree. Chick-fil-A I fully support your core religious ideals and wish I could work/be a part of your organization. I hope more companies follow your example of character.

rexdogma

July 24th, 2012
7:59 am

Yeah, you can have an opinion, that is fine. but your dealing with a diverse public and want their money in your business. opinion ok but stupid!!!!

"personal"

July 24th, 2012
7:59 am

Cathy is a founder who gave a “PERSONAL” statement about what he believes regarding the definition of marriage. Lisa Henson is said to be “PERSONALLY” a strong supporter of gay marriage. Key word “personal” check the definition below:
per·son·al   /ˈpɜrsənl/ Show Spelled[pur-suh-nl] adjective
1. of, pertaining to, or coming as from a particular person; individual; private: a personal opinion.
2. relating to, directed to, or intended for a particular person: a personal favor; one’s personal life; a letter marked “Personal.”
3. intended for use by one person: a personal car.
4. referring or directed to a particular person in a disparaging or offensive sense or manner, usually involving character, behavior, appearance, etc.: personal remarks.
5. making personal remarks or attacks: to become personal in a dispute.

Keith

July 24th, 2012
7:59 am

Christianontheflint, would you do business with a business owned by a member of the KKK. KKK members practice their beliefs and stand by their beliefs.

Some people keep throwing out the term, “biblical marriage”. Are you referring to the explanation of marriage in Genesis or the other areas of the Old Testament that discuss men like Abraham, Jacob, or Solomon who had multiple wives and concubines?

Paula

July 24th, 2012
7:59 am

I will always support this wonderful company! Chick-fil-a has strong values and they are afraid to stand by them. I think if the gay community/ supports would stop being so sensitive over every comment or dislike then there would not be an issue. Just as people are tried of African-American pulling the black card ( I am AA), I am tried of this card being pulled. Just respect a person/ company for there opinion and keep it moving. Why does everyone have to believe in the popular trend?

Tom

July 24th, 2012
7:59 am

Cow Girl, sorry….but marriage, like everyting else in our lives, was defined by mortal men. It has existed in various forms within countless civilizations as either a religious rite or cultural norm for millenia. Aboriginal tribes that have never heard of any of the various ‘mainstream’ religions throughout history have recognized forms of ‘marriage’….some sanctioned by some mythological being or force, some not.

There have been almost 3,000 various entities that meet the basic definition of ‘god’ that we know of from the record of our species, going back to the first known Sumerian writings. There’s a significant percentage of the species that doesn’t believe in the existence of any of these man-made beings…..including the Christian-Judeo-Islamic God of Abraham.

mom

July 24th, 2012
8:00 am

Why should I be offended because a private company makes a statement about how they feel? What is wrong with supporting real marriage and family? Just because they don’t agree with a certain segment of the population is no cause for people to vilify them. They have never discriminated against anyone, have been awesome neighbors in all circumstances and have helped endless organizations including Relay for Life. In this nation, everyone has a right to their opinion whether you agree with it or not. In this culture, if you don’t agree with the very vocal gay rights group, then you are hateful. They are so intolerant of anybody else’s beliefs that it is getting downright scary the way they are bullying private corporations into signing up for their agenda. Sad day. Truth is hate for those that hate the truth. We will double up our support of Chick Fil A and conversely, never have anything to do with the Jim Henson group for their intolerance of the Christian beliefs. Last time I checked, it is called religious discrimination and what an uproar it would be were it against a Muslim belief.

Jason

July 24th, 2012
8:00 am

I think some people are a little confused here. I haven’t heard anyone “bash” Chick Fil A for their opinions like many on this post have said. Chick Fil A can do anything they want! I think it all goes back to something about freedom of religion or something…The Jim Henson Company are simply withdrawing support of them due to their beliefs as are many supporters of the LGBT community. It’s like anything else that you may or may not choose to support. I don’t support wearing dead animals around on your shoulders because it’s “fashionable” however, that automatically mean I’m “bashing” their beliefs just because I have chosen not to support it. Lets get real here people???? No one is going to support something/someone who’s belifes they don’t agree with.

sally

July 24th, 2012
8:01 am

Most of us already knew that Chick Fil-A is a company whose owners espouse conservative Christian beliefs and, as such, that it would be very likely that they would have these beliefs about marriage. While I don’t agree with the stance, I stand up for their right to speak their mind. And the same goes for everybody!

Will I still go to those restaurants? I don’t eat fast food often, but I probably will, as their salads are a lot fresher-tasting than other fast food places. I eat at Chinese restaurants with Buddha statues, to whom the owners have given offerings, and I eat at a place that serves Halal meat. It’s the restaurants where I see people being treated rudely because of who they are that I would stop frequenting – and I have never seen that in a Chick Fil-A.

In Dan Cathy’s / Chick Fil-A’s case, the belief about marriage is an expression of their religious beliefs.

Then again, it’s everyone’s right to choose to eat there or not! It’s not like they’re our sole food supplier or have a monopoly on the fast food industry. If you don’t like it, eat somewhere else; it’s cheaper, anyhow.

Duh

July 24th, 2012
8:02 am

The Henson Company and Chic Fil A are both practicing their right to have opposing opinions and stand behind them, however flawed they may be. What difference does it make to you personally, if everyone is granted their individual right to become one in the eyes of God and the government. Just because you don’t understand or approve of someone who differs from yourself, doesn’t mean that they are wrong. Teach your children to accept and respect everyone, even those with different morals and lifestyles and beliefs. If you don’t, you are judging others WHICH IS WRONG. God loves one and all. Besides, think of the lavish weddings that would pour money into our economy :)

mew

July 24th, 2012
8:02 am

It’s been my observation that Chick-fil-a actually benefits from being closed on Sundays. I hear lots of customers, including myself, state that they frequent Chick-fil-a BECAUSE they stand on principle and are closed on Sundays. The same will apply here.

I love the Muppets, but their politics, not so much…

Who gives a .......

July 24th, 2012
8:03 am

Then to hell with the Muppets.

Sonya Rolle

July 24th, 2012
8:05 am

I am a Christian, and have two gay sons who I support 100%. I neither support nor condemn same sex marriage. It amazes me how everyone is up in arms regarding CFA stance on this matter, since it has been widely known for years. This is a traditional faith-based company grounded in the Word of Christ. I firmly believe the owners/founders will continue to seek God in this matter and if there is correction it will come and if not the company will prevail.

Personally, I believe it is a matter between those involve and God. The bible teaches us ‘love covers a multitude of sins”. This is not the love of a man/women, man/man, women/women but the love of Christ. The love of Christ will sustain the parties involve; and as believers we are only called to pray God’s love over this matter.

potstirrer

July 24th, 2012
8:06 am

I’d rather have STRAIGHT CHICKEN ethics then gay twisted green frogs!

Dianna

July 24th, 2012
8:06 am

I can make my $ speak for me. Chick-Fil-A will not get another $1 of my money. Will they miss it? No, they won’t but I will know I have taken a stand for what I believe.

Ana Logy

July 24th, 2012
8:06 am

Screw the Muppets and Boston. I stand by The Cathay’s 100%!

Joseph

July 24th, 2012
8:06 am

It’s just horrible that Chick-fil-a stands for the traditional family. They should be for selfish homosexuals who can’t have kids on their own… LOL… This is laughable… Homo marriage has been rejected at every turn at the ballot box so Mr. Cathy stands with the people on this one…

ali

July 24th, 2012
8:07 am

I’ve never seen so many ignorant comments on this site before!! CFA has a right to its opinion the same as the Jim Henson Company. They are two entities with different beliefs and that’s ok. One business terminating business with another is not uncommon. They simply have different views and are going their separate ways. I am straight and I support equal rights and opportunities for all. I am not in a place to judge how someone chooses to live their lifestyle and that is clearly written in the Bible in verses Matthew 7:1-5; Romans 14:12-13; Luke 6:37; James 4:11-12 and Galatians 5:14. These are just a sample of the verses that specifically address that we are not to judge one another.

Sparta_Bubba

July 24th, 2012
8:07 am

Hey Robert GM, I have a great idea! Let’s start a Heterosexual Pride day to make sure everyone knows that we use our body parts like God designed them and have sex with people of the opposite sex.

DoctorJ

July 24th, 2012
8:08 am

Good riddance.

Romans 1:25-28

July 24th, 2012
8:08 am

SODOMITES. Why does the Heathen rage!

Jenni

July 24th, 2012
8:08 am

Personally, I hope all these obnoxious homo-types who force their opinions on the rest of us and blindly call us “bigots” merely disagreeing with them start boycotting all Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide so that the rest of us can eat our delicious, yet slightly overpriced, food in peace.

YUM!

david

July 24th, 2012
8:09 am

I’ll never watch the muppets again. But, I will visit CFA more often.

ed

July 24th, 2012
8:09 am

Many of the same people who condemn Sanduskey the child molester support gays. Sexual deviates are sexual deviates no matter the sub-strata term that’s applied to them. My sentiments are not persuaded by Jim Henson or anybody else who tries to put a pretty face on perversion. My advice to everybody is to GO STRAIGHT to Chick-Fil-A and EAT MORE CHICKEN!

Truth

July 24th, 2012
8:09 am

Seriously, I am supposed to care that a nerd playing a nerd (who is actually a nerd) no longer eats chic fil a? Or that a puppet company no longer supports CFA? Again, I say puppets. This is front page news??

CFA will be fine. They are a Christian company. Always have been and always will be. I mean, they have been ok so far opening six days a week even though nerds and puppets have never liked that either.

Ill take a #1 with a coke please.

"personal"

July 24th, 2012
8:10 am

I believe Lisa Henson should not be able to personally make a contribution to another organization without consulting Chik-Fil-A first. There is no business without a contract, so as long as what she did falls in line with their contract, then so be it!! im wondering if the Board approved of this? It is absurd to personally make a donation to another group without consulting both groups involved. Her backlash is unprofessional. Jim Henson is “For The Children” which many cannot voice their opinions any way. LGBT is comprised of mainly adults who have made personal commitment to themselves. Listen, Everybody does not have to agree to openly support your alternative to the norm lifestyle.

Tom

July 24th, 2012
8:10 am

I’ll never understand the urge to quote 2,000-year old religious narratives written by a bunch of very human Bronze Age stoners.

Kermet

July 24th, 2012
8:11 am

I am going to boycott the Muppets. Piggy and I like believe marriage is between a man and a woman!

Ace

July 24th, 2012
8:12 am

So if they (Henson Co) can call for a boycott because Chic Fila does not fall in line with their beliefs, how about everyone who is opposed to gay marriage for whatever reason, boycotts any company that supports it, is this the road we really want to go down, boycott everyone who disagrees with us

Truth

July 24th, 2012
8:12 am

YAWN — Can we discuss TSPLOST or something?

Pamela

July 24th, 2012
8:13 am

I’m so happy that the Muppets people showed their true colors. I will make SURE NOT to support anything they do! They are NOT of God. What the owner of Chik-Fil-A said IS TRUE! It’s amazing how people want to go against REAL Men and Women of God! Marriage IS between 1 man and 1 woman. If you don’t believe me or anyone else, then actually pick up your bible and READ IT!

A lot of you are sick puppies to THINK that same sex marriage is real and actually is honored by God. The devil IS a liar!

I will go to Chik-fil-A much more often now! God will continue to bless this man and his company!

A lot of you are heathens! You KNOW that homosexuality is dead wrong! But yet you CHOSE to accept it. Then you may as well accept those other perverts! Those people who have sex with children and animals! It’s all DISGUSTING!!!!!

You will have to answer to God for YOUR actions! So sad. You will reap with what you sew!

God Bless the REAL TRUE believers of God!

Riddle me this

July 24th, 2012
8:13 am

Isn’t Jerry Sandusky married? So he be welcomed with open arms by Chick Fil A right? God Bless America.

Tom

July 24th, 2012
8:14 am

Ace, moonbat groups like AFA keep trying to do just that. Ironically, they’d be living with less technology than the Amish if they actually carried it out. ;-)

MT

July 24th, 2012
8:14 am

Hey Folks, now we know where we can go eat and not have the “funny folks” around us.

Read The Bible

July 24th, 2012
8:14 am

The Bible tells the truth. Gay marriage is wrong!!!!!!! All these queers keep pushing it in everyone’s face. Send all the gays to an island of their own!!!!!!! God will take care of them in His own way. Wrong is Wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tom

July 24th, 2012
8:15 am

Which god, Pamela?……there have been thousands of gods invented by our species.

Good job, CFA!

July 24th, 2012
8:16 am

Guess what, gay folks – not everyone agrees with your agenda and it’s nice to see a major company come out and say it. If you don’t like it, don’t eat there. Seems like it’s always “believe what we do or you are wrong!” with the gay population. It’s too easy to just side with every special interest group in America – it takes a very brave and very moral company to say “we don’t”. Bravo CFA!!!!

Curtis

July 24th, 2012
8:16 am

I strongly disagree with CFA’s stance on the issue. I sure do love their food and their exemplary service, though. I’ll try not to eat there in protest of their official corporate stance (which I believe perpetuates archaic prejudices), but it’s going to be tough sometimes! Too bad it wasn’t Checkers that came out and took a backwards moral stance. They’d be a lot easier to boycott.

Tom

July 24th, 2012
8:16 am

Now tell me the one where the planet is only 6,000 years old and the human species has only ever existed in its current modern form.

Oh, and then the one about the three bears.

MT

July 24th, 2012
8:17 am

Isn’t Jerry Sandusky married?

Probably not for too much longer.He won’t ever be going to a Chick fil A

Anthony

July 24th, 2012
8:17 am

Really good suggestion from a friend of mine in Chicago for people who like the food and respect the company’s right to operate as it pleases:

Go ahead, eat the sandwich, but then give a donation to GLAAD for twice as much as you gave CFA. Everybody wins.

Here we go!

July 24th, 2012
8:17 am

Business 101 – every person is a potential client, lesson two – don’t offend your potential clients. I am glad the owner of the chicken chain personally feels the way he does. I am proud I feel differently than him. I think this was a very poor business decision to effectively piss off potential customers but hey, if that’s what he wants to do then speak publicly about how you are not inclusive. It just doesn’t make good business sense. For me, I am not a fast food person anyway, but I am much better than to patronize a place who doesn’t share my belief that God created all people equal.

Boycott the Muppets

July 24th, 2012
8:17 am

Seriously, we care that the Muppets think? Thank God for Chick Fil A

Latonia

July 24th, 2012
8:17 am

In the beginning GOD created Adam & Eve…..that is all I have to say about this matter.

voice of treason

July 24th, 2012
8:18 am

I can’t believe this is still an issue. Please learn the difference between “its” and “it’s.”

PR

July 24th, 2012
8:18 am

Chick-fil-a is run by a bunch of right wing homophobic bigots. Hope others wake up to the fact that CFA is not in touch with today’s society and stop supporting them. Keep your religion out of your business and my life!

OTP

July 24th, 2012
8:18 am

Isn’t choosing to not do business with them a prejudice in itself?

Riddle me this

July 24th, 2012
8:18 am

@MT lol… Maybe he’ll order it for his last meal. They’ll supersize it because he’s Christian.

Noon

July 24th, 2012
8:19 am

No more Muppets for me

T Man

July 24th, 2012
8:19 am

Good by Howard and Dianna. We won’t miss you and the line wil be less crowded…..or maybe it will be more crowded. I’ll be sure to tell them not to hold your orders or send them straight to….

Greg

July 24th, 2012
8:19 am

Wow, I see no where that Chick Fli A said they would not serve, love, or pray for homosexuals, they stated they do not agree with them.

I guess the day has past that if I have a different opinion then others, they are going to take their toys and go home, protest, and discriminate against me?

So I guess it is OK for the city of Boston to discriminate against Chick Fli A? Is this the only company they discriminate against or is it part of a long list? I am sure the city of Boston does not allow it’s employees to discriminate in any form, but yet they are going to publicly make a statement of discrimination against Chick Fli A? Such a sad time to live in Boston.

RiverDawg

July 24th, 2012
8:20 am

I’ll be eating more Chick-fil-A sandwiches in the future and saying to good bye to the muppets. Marriage is union/comittment between a man and a woman. period. America has gotten to far away from the core values from which it was founded. Does Sodom and Gomorrah ring a bell ?

Candace

July 24th, 2012
8:20 am

I would like to remind the conservatives here that they’re supposed to be boycotting JC Penney for using Ellen DeGeneres as a spokeswoman. Conservatives have used boycotts countless times to make their views known to companies with which they disagree. Gays and lesbians have the same right to choose where they spend their money. If companies, either conservative or liberal, cannot recognize that all money is green, then they deserve to be boycotted by those who don’t want their money used in ways they don’t like. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, so don’t attack liberals for doing exactly what the conservatives do as well.

Joe

July 24th, 2012
8:20 am

This discussion reminds me of another chicken restaurant that came down on the wrong side of history. Remember that Lester Maddux refused to serve African-Americans at his Pickrick Restaurant in Atlanta? Now it’s true that Chick-fil-a is not refusing to serve the gay community, but the corollary is at least worth considering. How many people today would argue that Lester Maddux, a private property owner, had every right to refuse service to whomever he wanted? Let me be clear, Chick-fil-a is not guilty of discrimination in fact. But, by publically stating that they do not support gay marriage, they certainly are guilty of inferring that not all people are worthy of the same equal rights as heterosexuals. Just as I hope I would not have supported Lester Maddux, today I chose not to support the tacit discrimination of Chick-fil-a. You can make your own decisions, but I’m betting that, looking back, I’ll be on the right side of history.

mgdawg

July 24th, 2012
8:20 am

I think what people are missing here is that dan cathy simply expressed his view, chickfila does not discriminate against gay people. I rarely, meaning once or twice a year, go to mcdonalds, burger king, wendy’s, etc. because of the way in which their employees act towards the customer. At Chickfila they treat every customer great and believe the customer is always right. Dan Cathy simply expressed his opinion, is this a country where you do not have a freedom of speech. Keep in mind most states still believe marriage is only between a man and a woman.

Having said that, people do have the right to disagree with your opinion and boycott if they want to, that is their right. Here is my opinion. God does love everyone, but that doesn’t mean that he loves all your actions. He will forgive you for all your sins, but that doesn’t mean he accepts sins. We should all strive to do the right thing, if you are living in a lifestyle contradicts this then you need to change your lifestyle. God is a God of love, but he can hate certain actions.

Lynn

July 24th, 2012
8:20 am

Chik-Fil-A is entitled to their opinion and should not be condemned for stating what they believe.
I am not gay, but I firmly believe in and support gay-marriage and will continue to do so. Chik-Fil-A is not refusing to serve me, or anyone else because we have different opinions. I will continue to enjoy Chik-Fil-A food. And I will continue to support everyone’s right to their opinion.

MT

July 24th, 2012
8:21 am

Now tell me the one where the planet is only 6,000 years old and the human species has only ever existed in its current modern form.

True. If God didn’t make it who did? Who made the matter, in the falsely named big bang.
It takes more faith to belive that evolution crap than it does, In the beginning God created…

Dionne

July 24th, 2012
8:21 am

Thank goodness Zaxby’s just opened down the street! Now I can eat my chicken salad while I watch the muppets!! ANimAl Forever!!! And I think if Ms. Piggy and Kermit can talk about getting hitched, then equality for all! FYI for those outside of GA, not everyone knows about Chik-fil-A’s no sunday, all Christian all day thingy, lol. It’s a big chain but it’s been based in the south For Ever till recently. I think that’s where they’re struggling against people who don’t accept their beliefs and policies. But Zaxby’s, yumm yumm yuuuummmmm!

Involved Parent

July 24th, 2012
8:21 am

Team Muppets all the way!

Lets be real

July 24th, 2012
8:22 am

Chick – Fil – A came across as this superior better than others attitude. How quickly this company has forgotten that they made their wealth off the backs of gays, people who had children out of wedlock, people who have married more than once, and people who think they have it made because they have been married once to the same person. It takes more than superior attitude. We live in a world that people have to live and be themselves. You do you and others will do them. Chick – Fil – A should have kept their mouths shut.

Eddie Long

July 24th, 2012
8:22 am

I loves me those little Chick Fil A, boys behind the counter. Wish I could preach the word to them. Also enjoyed taking y’all suckers money. Do as I say not as I do.

ToomanyLatinos

July 24th, 2012
8:22 am

I don’t care about chick-fil-A family’s Crhistian believes, once their CEO started spreading their morals views they in fact opened a platform of discussion, I do not share their hate extreme opinion of gay people and their right to get married, and that’s by far more important and decisive than getting a chicken sandwich. Me , my friends and my family share as well those feelings, therefore we will NEVER again support their business ! And I applaud progressive companies like Jim Henson for pushing away ultra conservative business that promote hate, segregation and not equality…

Rodster

July 24th, 2012
8:23 am

To my christian brethren… just offer the love of christ. If you’re going to quote or imply the laws in Leviticus about homosexuality, then you’d better adhere to all the laws and regulations in Leviticus. Go read it. See where this becomes a slippery slope?

Mike

July 24th, 2012
8:23 am

Call It Like It Is

July 24th, 2012
7:57 am

“This just in the NRA is pro guns…….yeah I know just as shocking at Chick fil A stating they are pro traditional family. I’m just saying.”

Now that’s funny.

dre

July 24th, 2012
8:24 am

What are all of you pro-muppet fanatics worried about? What are the muppets to you anyway, a gay lifestyle, yourh indoctrination tool? Eet mor chickin!!!

Bobby

July 24th, 2012
8:24 am

Chick-fil-A is NOT a Christian restaurant. Nor is the Cathy family Christian. They twist the Bible to support their own personal narrow minded beliefs. They neither support nor love Jesus Christ.

Charles Hines

July 24th, 2012
8:25 am

I have been watching this gay rights movement for a number of years. It is appalling how so many people have jumped on its wagon. That is, supporting perversion and sin according to the highest laws of the universe. Gay marriage is anti-family in the truest sense. And “God made the male and female and said unto them be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:27-28). If two women and two men could multiply, then they may have somewhat of a point–somewhat. However, their union still goes against nature.

The thing that really bothers me about this whole issue is that so-called Christians are advocating it. They are so deceived that they are like the people in bible who had lost sight of God and started calling “wrong-right,” and right-wrong.

And another thing–I get offended when gay and lesbians try to compare their perversion with African-Americans plight of the past. I am a product of the Jim Crow laws of the South—I was denied my rights in America because of my skin of which I had no choice in the matter. I had to go the back-door of the restaurant to get my fries and hamburger—I could not go to certain stores or colleges. They are not denied those rights. In fact, they have a choice—remember; “God made them male and female.” There is no third sex. Jim Crow laws were states laws, but legal. However, it did not make it right. If people are going to authorize or legalize sin and perversion, then go ahead and do it for adultery, child molestation, murder, rape, etc. Don’t they all have rights? You get my point–I hope. Hooray, for Chick-fil-la!

Norris

July 24th, 2012
8:26 am

Yeah for Jim Henson! This is exactly what is wrong with this country. Too many people spend way too much time worrying what other people do in there bedrooms! It’s always the same; let’s bring up smoke screen issues so we don’t have to worry about any real problems. I am not gay but I support those who are. Sorry folks but they are the way god made them. It sure is funny how republicans are so up in arms over this yet they tend to be the ones in the closet! Hummm……

Tom

July 24th, 2012
8:26 am

MT, ever hear of ‘the scientific method’ or ‘peer review’? Evolution carries the weight of both.

AMoon

July 24th, 2012
8:26 am

It all comes down to people thinking they are entitled. Chick-fil-A just voiced its opinion about what marriage is. It is so pathetic that “special interest” groups think it is okay for them to (just short of literally) bash those who do not agree with their lifestyle. Aren’t they doing the EXACT same thing to Chick-fil-A that they accuse Chick-fil-A of doing to them?! Chick-fil-A has not said they will not serve gays nor have they said anything derogatory toward gays. They simply said they do not agree with that lifestyle. If I like apples and you don’t – does that make you discriminatory against apples?! Grow up people. You aren’t that special.

JustaMomsThoughts

July 24th, 2012
8:26 am

I have more respect for Chic-Fil-A and their leadership more than ever now, standing up for what is right & biblical, for they what they have always believed. This is a behaivor, not a disease, ethnicity or anything that can be helped its a choice, I now have lost respect for Jim Henson company, they took a stand for their beliefs as well but that is something I won’t support.

Littlefoot

July 24th, 2012
8:27 am

I love Chic Fil A…I’ve gone extra this past week and am happy someone is standing up for what they believe in. People are entitled to their opinions whether you agree or not.

Blake

July 24th, 2012
8:27 am

Oh Theresa – really? Is there nothing better to write about than this polarizing, dividing topic? Every now and then I will see your column, peruse it and wonder why you bother. Somehow I bet you live in a suburban zip code, are not a journalist by education, and that you are pretty, well – base. For the record, gay, educated, liberal, and yes….I eat at Chick Fil A. Perhaps people should boycott you, your articles, and the AJC for employing you! Haha ( not really I just think you write nothing but foolishness, and I don’t think it is helping the declining circulation of the AJC) So I say it all with a smile but go get a makeover, broaden your horizons, and write about something. Write – Theresa – Write, don’t simply pose divisive questions to the community with the tag of “be nice in your replies”. Sheesh. How did you do in journalism school?

Scott

July 24th, 2012
8:27 am

Same sex marriage leads to human extinction. Homosexualism is a disease, not a civic right. Homosexualism is biblical crime that is punishable by death. I support Chick-Fil-A woth all my heart.

Jerome Horwitz

July 24th, 2012
8:28 am

While I do not agree with the Cathy’s view, they are entitled to their opinion and free to support the causes they agree with. I have the right to hold different values and express them by getting my fast food chicken somewhere else. No problem – you respect my values and I’ll respect yours.

Whirled Peas

July 24th, 2012
8:28 am

It is funny that those who declare themselves to be tolerant are so intolerant to people who hold beliefs different from themselves.

The Stodge

July 24th, 2012
8:29 am

Chick Fil A should release a new chicken sandwich, and call it the Big Bird!

Creflo Dollar

July 24th, 2012
8:29 am

What’s next… They gonna make it where you can’t punch yo ho’in daughter in the face when she git’s uppity?

MT

July 24th, 2012
8:29 am

Now it’s true that Chick-fil-a is not refusing to serve the gay community,

I don’t ever remember going in a Chick Fil A and being ask what my sexual preference is( BTW there is only one method of sex) homosexuality is not really sex,its preversion.Anyway nobody is not going to be served because of their persuasion.

Grits

July 24th, 2012
8:29 am

I stand with Chick-Fil-A. The retards can have the Muppets.

jim cassell

July 24th, 2012
8:29 am

I am sure Chick Fill can live w/o my business, I’m certain I can live WITH OUT the chicken butchers.

Texas Pete

July 24th, 2012
8:29 am

Following Christ and.biblical teaching on sexual behavior has always been offensive. Stating that you choose unashamedly to run your company on biblical principles is also offensive. The Cathy family knows this and they are willing to pay the price for being true followers of Christ. I applaud the Cathy family. May other believers take courage from their example.

Someone

July 24th, 2012
8:30 am

What’s the purpose of announcing their beliefs? True, everyone has a right to believe what ever they like and speak their oppinions, but I don’t understand why any company would feel they need to publicly announce their support one way or another. I personally dont care for the food, never have and never will so I have no reason to eat their food, doesnt matter that I’m gay or atheist. It would make a difference in my opinion if they said they would fire any employee that outed themselves after this. I am friends with lots of folks who are religious and spiritual and love me for who I am as a person not my sexuality or non-beliefs and that’s all that matters in my opinion.

Marsh

July 24th, 2012
8:30 am

All you so-called “christians” make me sick. Judge not lest ye be judged, morons. Don’t forget to spit on a Girl Scout while on your way to church Sunday! I look forward to having you tailgate me on your way home from Golden Corral. Moooo.

Motocross Survivor

July 24th, 2012
8:30 am

YAWN. Let ‘em knock themselves out. I ate at Chic fil ay once. The food is standard fast food at best, the prices hearty, and the idiot at the register didn’t give me proper credit for the coupon I had. As far as the homos mad at them? Who cares?

Willa Boswell

July 24th, 2012
8:30 am

I support both sides on the issue of Gay rights. I don’t feel that either side should be punished because of their viewpoints. I’m sure there are gays working for Chick fil-a that mamagement is unaware of and because they are gay, this hasn’t affected their job performance. This is the bottom line, are the employees doing their job, regardless to their sexual orientation? Pulling a relationship just because there is a difference in opinion about a certain group of people is bad business. Both sides should look at the situation and ask the question. . .”If I was drowning in the ocean and someone pulled me to dry land and had to administer mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, would it matter if the person is gay or not.” For me personally, I would like to live and if that person is gay administering life support, so be it. If I’m the one giving life support, it would not matter because all I’d want to do is save a life. Think about it!

JANICE

July 24th, 2012
8:30 am

I am proud to say, I support Chick-Fil-A and their stand. As a Christian and one who believes in the same values, I comend them. It truly amazes me how weak people can be when called upon to show or tell what they believe, they back down, but T. Cathey and family have no. Their stand causes me to want to support their restaurants more.

Glad I do not have young children, they would not be watching the muppets as a support for CFA, however, I am going to encourage all those I know who do, to not watch them.

The Word of God, which I believe in, read…..marriage is between a man and a women

MT

July 24th, 2012
8:31 am

MT, ever hear of ‘the scientific method’ or ‘peer review’? Evolution carries the weight of both.

Yeah its called sitting on the fence.

Mike H

July 24th, 2012
8:31 am

It is funny that the media/Hollywood and others in the arts feel like their beliefs are the only ones around. Hollywood does not represent the majority of what regular people’s actual beliefs are. I think it is great Chick fil a has taken a stand.

root4au

July 24th, 2012
8:31 am

It’s what Chic fil a believes in. Always has and always will. So if you don’t like their stance on gay marriage don’t eat there. I love the fact they don’t cave on their belief system like most people and companies do. I applaud them for standing up for whats right and not caving to the itsy bitsy minority.

Pamela

July 24th, 2012
8:31 am

Tom if you are asking me that question then you are NOT saved! The God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob. Some call him Allah. I call Him God/Lord/Savior Jesus Christ! I pray for your salvation. There is ONLY 1 GOD!

Taylor Wooten

July 24th, 2012
8:32 am

Kudos to Chick-Fil-A!

Who gives a crap what the Muppetts say or do.

Ill keep showing my loyalty to Chick-Fil-A. They stand for things that are good and right.

Fidlin1

July 24th, 2012
8:32 am

Shut your piehole Miss Piggie or Chic-Fil-A will start with you selling BBQ.

Live and let live.

July 24th, 2012
8:32 am

I don’t care if your’e straight or gay, as long as it isn’t interfering with my corner of the world. On the other hand, I don’t force my beliefs on anyone, and I don’t appreciate others trying to force their beliefs on me. We get it, OK? You’re gay. Maybe it was a big deal 15 years ago, but now, not so much, because nobody cares that you came out and that you’re boycotting a resturant chain that doesn’t agree with your lifestyle. Again, you’re trying to force your way of thinking on others…..and I am sure that Mr. Cathy doesn’t give a hoot in hell about a boycott, and I would imagine that Chick-Fil-A will continue to make boo-coodles of money, whether gays eat there or not. You need to look at my handle and follow the same advice…..live and let live.

Mateo

July 24th, 2012
8:32 am

Actively working to prevent a group of people from obtaining a right that the vast majority of Americans have is discrimination, pure and simple. They are entitled to do that because of the 1st amendment just as I am entitled to spend my money elsewhere because I don’t agree with their view. All I can say is thank God for the separation of church and state, for now at least.

David

July 24th, 2012
8:32 am

We have lost sight of the reality that what we call rights are the God given privelidge to choose between right and wrong. Christians know that God loves His creaion which include humanity. It His desire to see all turn to Him so the inheritance of salvation may be bestowed upon them, but when His love is rejected and a person chooses to do whatever he/she wants against His commandments then there is no choice left. You suffer the consequences of your choice.

Chris

July 24th, 2012
8:32 am

I guess that means our family will stop purchasing muppet products and watching their movies. Mr. Cathy is entitled to his opinions like everyone else. To have to deal with boycotts – and the fury that followed his comments – just tells me how intolernt the folks are who have a problem with it.

ronald

July 24th, 2012
8:32 am

this will actually increase sales at chick-fil-a. cleaner bathrooms too…

Ryck

July 24th, 2012
8:33 am

I am gay and went to Europe last year to marry my European partner and I am planning on moving there very soon to live with my spouse. Now…..I love Chick Fil A and I also think everyone is entitled to their opinion. I also feel that as long as I am treated with courtesy there and no one lets me feel that I am a person of second class to them, I will buy from this company. I don’t expect anyone to understand what gay people want for themselves but I want to be treated fair and want to be judged as a person , not because of my sexual orientation. If people would take time out and just try to understand what we have to go through, that we are people with feelings just like heteros, that we want to secure our life with out partners as well as heteros do, maybe there would be less dislike for us. Being European by birth myself and having lived in the Atlanta metro area for the last 34 years, I have never completely understood the ignorance of the people here. I thank my parents for bringing me up with values and instilling in me the ability not to hate people for being different. The South is still full of religious bigotry and a lot of those so called Christians should question their believes. Back to the Chick Fil A issue……I love their food and I will continue to be a customer as long as they continue to give me the good service that I am accustomed to.

Yes I am GAY

July 24th, 2012
8:33 am

I hope that someone in the Chick-fil-a family comes out as a gay male/female and see how they react to having someone in there own family living through all this hate. Having all this hate towards is why we have issues today. We should not have to judge people by what they so behind close doors, as the same as we should not judge people by the color of there skin. I am white gay male and this is not a “Choice” as some people think and for those who want to marry shoudl be allowed to do so as that is between the state and them not the Church as so many of you think it is. What does the “church” have to do with someones partner of 20 years when they are in ICU because of a car wreck or dying of cancer and because they we are not family can be allowed to make choices for our loved ones that know us best and would want us to follow out there wishes of the ones in need. I think some are taking this way to far and not looking at the big picture. However it is great to educate all those who want to cast stones on the relailty.

Fledrec

July 24th, 2012
8:34 am

Please make sure to get this right, Chick-fil-a did not come up with this. You are not fighting Chick-fil-a but you are, if fact,trying to tell God that He is wrong. Chick-fil-a is agreeing with what God said. They have the right to agree with God and so do I. Don’t criticise me for my beliefs.

Taylor Wooten

July 24th, 2012
8:34 am

Theres a REASON you don’t you see Male Lions humping other Male Lions….Or Elephants…Or Birds…et.al.

Mike

July 24th, 2012
8:34 am

I applaud Chick-Fil-A. Enough said.

Speed Racer

July 24th, 2012
8:34 am

This is so silly. CFA has not, as far as we know, denied food to homosexuals nor denied employment to homosexuals. No evidence of homosexual harassment on the part of CFA has been put forth.

bob

July 24th, 2012
8:34 am

The muppets now push welfare on their show. Maybe they should teach values instead of how to be a moocher. The character lily spreads the word about how easy it is to sign up to get other people’s money. The left preaches collectivism early on.

ronald

July 24th, 2012
8:35 am

Ryck says ” I have never completely understood the ignorance of the people here (atlanta).”

What you are talking about is your own intolerance of their views. Remember THEY are entitled to an opinion too Ryck.

Pamela

July 24th, 2012
8:35 am

Everyone who is truly a Man or Woman of God PLEASE PROTEST AGAINST MUPPETS AND EVERYTHING THEY DO! PUT IT ON YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE…TWEET IT AND ASK EVERYONE TO PASS IT ON AND REPOST IT!!!! I DID!!! :) WE ALL KNOW WHO WINS IN THE END! GOD! THE TRUTH IS WHAT IT IS…JUST THAT…THE TRUTH! I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT ARE PARENTS THAT USED TO SUPPORT THE MUPPETS…NOW IT IS A HASBEEN! THEY LOST AND WILL CONTINUE TO LOOSE SUPPORT! EVENTUALLY THOSE HEATHENS WILL BE OUT OF BUSINESS! YES GOD IS GOOD! :) AMEN!!!

Saul Good

July 24th, 2012
8:35 am

Great topic to bring out all the kkkristian bigots here. Thanks!

Occupy Muppetville

July 24th, 2012
8:35 am

The Cathys are hypocrites. They espouse their support of families yet condemn the same sex partnerships that stand at the center of many happy, healthy families. Sure, they are entitled to voice their opinions, and I am entitled to say that they are harmful to the institution they caim to revere.

Geo

July 24th, 2012
8:35 am

Everyone should eat at chic fil a on Wednesday.

KG

July 24th, 2012
8:36 am

I’ve always loved their food and they seem to treat everyone kindly when I’m there. Who cares about all this political stuff. The bottom line is people are different and they all have the right to believe what they want to believe. There is NOTHING that’s going to stop me from going to get that brownie sundae. I’m just sorry. I love their food!!!

AH

July 24th, 2012
8:36 am

I agree – double standards!!
Whatever happened to freedom of speech / freedom of choice / freedom of belief ??
Isn’ that what this country strives on / and fights for??
FREEDOM!!

DBChen

July 24th, 2012
8:36 am

I stopped eating there years ago because I knew about their attitudes

marc

July 24th, 2012
8:36 am

This is a crying shame. I applaud Chick-Fila for standing up and acknowledging that they believe as well as God required that marriage is between a man and a woman. Thats what the marriage institution is and just like Gay people have an opinion..We have one too. Trying to change what is normal by saying that people who dont believe in gay marriage is different and racist is so damn laughable to me that i feel sorry for whomever thinks that. You are gay not me!! Your normal is not my normal and that doesnt mean anything except that you have your choice and I have my choice. God Bless You All.

A. S. Mathew

July 24th, 2012
8:37 am

If the Chick-Fil-A owner has no right to speak what he believes about “marriage”, then we are in serious trouble. Are we living in the former Soviet Union? He didn’t say that he hates the rest, but he simply said his religious conviction with regard to the subject of “Marriage”. I am a Christian and believe that JESUS CHRIST came to the world to save the sinners, and HE is living today, love people of all religions and have friends in various religions. If some of the non-Christian friends are trying to
isolate me in any way because of my religious conviction, I will not be the least afraid or bothered.

KC DAWG

July 24th, 2012
8:37 am

Who cares about Jim Henson Company, I didn’t know they even exit. Good riddance JHC. It is funny the liberal believes in the constitution only when they agree with it. Bunch of losers.

Jessica

July 24th, 2012
8:37 am

I admire the Cathy family for their integrity and courage. It would have been so much easier for Dan Cathy to bow to public pressure when asked about this issue, but he chose to stand up for his faith.

It would be more convenient for him to ignore the Bible’s prohibition against homosexuality, or find some way to twist the meaning of God’s Word (as some have done in recent years) to somehow suggest that God is okay with it. Instead, Mr. Cathy has held steadfast to the truth: homosexual behavior is a sin, and allowing same-sex marriage in our culture is an affront to our Creator.

God hates sin, but he loves people, ALL people, even people living in sin. Unfortunately, the nature of this particular sin makes it very, very difficult for those caught in it to repent and seek God’s forgiveness.

Jerry Sandusky

July 24th, 2012
8:39 am

I was married in a church, am a christian and will see you in Heaven…. That’s what God says.

typical

July 24th, 2012
8:39 am

and now people are starting to preach.

oneofeach4me

July 24th, 2012
8:39 am

WOW. LOTS of comments already for today!! I am with Shaggy on this one. Companies should stay OUT of the political arena and keep their opinions to themselves on things like this. Just make me a sandwich, or some GREAT ice cream, and make movies my kids can watch and leave it at that. The way I see it, I don’t care what anyone does as long as it doesn’t effect me or my kids. And gay marriage, well, it does neither. Now gun control.. that’s another story.

zincc

July 24th, 2012
8:41 am

Well said, Will in Roswell!!! “When Google announced recently that it as a company will begin to promote marriage between homosexual couples, hardly a peep was issued from the national media. But, when Chick-fil-A’s president expresses his personal views on the subject, homosexuals and their close friends go berserk, and the story is plastered on the front page of all the major newspapers and media channels for days. What a bunch of hypocrites. It’s as though this country has gone a long way down the road to Orwell’s “1984″ as well as becoming a country of Sodomites. To paraphrase a famous line, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to relive it.” ”

I personally believe in the rights of both Chick-Fil-A and Jim Henson, that they have the right to their own opinion and to stating that opinion. And Will in Roswell is right, for some reason the media has taken the comments of the Cathy family and made them into more than what they are. It would be nice to see the media actually print truth rather than embellishment, but I guess that may be asking too much from them. After all, they wouldn’t survive without some sort of controversy, even if that controversy comes that their own hands (or words in this case). However, for the record, I too believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, not two men and not two women.

Who Cares

July 24th, 2012
8:41 am

Do you really think the people at Chick-fil-a care what the Jim Henson Company. Its funny how these liberal idiots are all for freedom of speech, but if someone has a different view from their own beliefs, the freedom of speech is wrong. Who Cares about the Muppets!!!!! I boycott Jim Henson Company…

The Truth

July 24th, 2012
8:41 am

The media and liberal America’s new stance on the gay issue…If you disagree or dont openly celebrate a gay position, you are a hater. The issue that drives the gay community crazy is Christians love all…they just dont agree with all. The freedom of speach is for all in America…not just for the liberals and gays. Mr. Cathy is being condemned for not agreeing or celebrating gay marriage. I will go the extra mile to eat at Chick-Fil-A now more than ever.

Mateo

July 24th, 2012
8:42 am

I love how when a company publicly states they are against equal rights for a group of people those that disagree are “intolerant” of that company’s views. They are actively promoting DISCRIMINATION! There was once a time when people believed that black people should use different bathrooms and women weren’t smart enough to vote, would you stand up and say that those opinions should be tolerated today? Gay marriage will happen, there is no “agenda”.

You might as well get over your irrational fear based on a few lines in the OLD testament that was re-written who knows how many times to fit the views of the current dictator of the time.

bob

July 24th, 2012
8:42 am

@Yes I am gay, the left pushes the nonsense that everyone should be treated equally yet pushes affirmative action, do you believe in affirmative action ? If so, how can you ask to be treated equally while supporting affirmative action. Also, men have to register for the draft or risk arrest and losing gov student loans, another case where some are not treated as equals. Another example of discrimination is in divorce court, women win custody unless the man prooves she is a danger to the child. Inequality is all around yet the left has no problem with the above sanctioned discrimination. When the left wants to take about eqaulity then they can explain affirmative action and why it is fine for some to be singled out and discriminated against.

Pamela

July 24th, 2012
8:42 am

I don’t hate anyone! I hate the sin period! It doesn’t matter if it’s a person that is a liar or a homosexual! It doesn’t matter. Sin is sin period. Ryck I admire some things that you said. I have friends that are gay. Unfortunately they all died of A.I.D.S. I loved them like anyone else. No one said that you all aren’t people with feelings. The owner of Chick fil a didn’t say that either. I pray that you get delivered from homosexuality! Jesus loves EVERYONE. That is why He died for ALL of our sins! God Bless You. :)

bronco

July 24th, 2012
8:42 am

What is it with homos and democrats, if they have something or want something, they want everybody else to have it. If you want to go after another hairy legged dude so be it. I just prefer a woman without a five oclock shadow.. Thank you Mr. Cathy I admire you please stick by your guns

SomeGuy

July 24th, 2012
8:42 am

No surprise here. Taxpayer-subsidized group says it won’t take money from Chik-Fil-A. Big deal. Watch as they now turn around and demand that the taxpayers make up the difference. Reason number 1,764,322 to end taxpayer subsidies for PBS and indeed all left-wing groups.

SR

July 24th, 2012
8:42 am

@Imjustsaying – That is NOT accurate. God’s word states that we are to merely BELIEVE and be Saved. No man is able to pluck us out of His hand and NOTHING seperates us from the love of God. We will all die short of total sanctification and will not be glorified until we reach His presence. Period. BELIEVE…anything else is based upon WORKS.

I believe that Mr. Cathy is entitled to his opinion. It’s his business. He made that public and now others are making their decisions on whether or not to continue buying his product. That’s their right also. I believe in Civil Unions. I understand both sides in this issue. I believe that under our Constitution as written it will be found that we can not discriminate in this matter. I will keep eating Chik-fil-a sandwiches. However, if I EVER find that they are discriminating against employees and candidates for employment because they are gay…It WILL be OVER.

Ryck

July 24th, 2012
8:43 am

Ronald….and you obviously totally not read my entire post…..I said exactly that…everyone can think what they want. You are exactly one of those people I talked about.
Off to work, got more important things to do than spend my time any further with likes as yourself.

MUSTANG100

July 24th, 2012
8:43 am

Hey, JH Co. is simply supporting Bert and Ernie.

Ekim

July 24th, 2012
8:43 am

BW: “I Love Chick-fil-A..Last I remember this is America if you don’t like don’t go. If you stay home its your lose. I drove 32 miles the other day to get a chick-fil-a.”

Wow. If your gas cost is 15 cents per mile (I drive a Honda Civic, and that’s what it costs me), the price of your sandwich was what you paid Chick-Fil-A plus almost five bucks. Hope you enjoyed it.

As for Chick-Fil-A and the marriage issue, I think Andy @ 1:00 a.m. said it best. Follow the money. Chick-Fil-A supports organizations that many consider to be anti-gay hate groups.

globeflyer

July 24th, 2012
8:44 am

Have you ever noticed that the LBGT community always seems to throw around the word “hate”. I heard it years ago from a gay co-worker and thought it contrived, at best. Just because I don’t agree with you doesn’t mean I hate you. In fact, I have relatives that I love dearly who happen to be gay. I don’t agree with their lifestyle, but I’m not going to exclude them in any way. They are adults who have no one, here anyway, to answer to for their actions. I happen to admire Chick-Fil-A for their closed-on-Sunday policy, even though I get aggravated when I can’t get a Peach milkshake on Sunday! Make my waffle fries a large, please!

Last Man Laying Down

July 24th, 2012
8:44 am

I guess that confirms Bert & Ernie are partners. Seems like the least tolerant folks are sometimes the ones who seek tolerance. I’m in favor of gay marriage. Maybe acceptance will take some of the promiscuity out of their relationships and like heterosexual couples only 50% will cheat.

Brian

July 24th, 2012
8:44 am

Im going to give a politically correct response and then im going to give my own personal response…..This is america everyone is entitled to their own opinion we have free will to believe anything we wanna believe in. With that being said As a christian this country has gotten extremely sensitive by words. We cant badmouth gays or will get boycotted or shut down but people can openly bad mouth the president whomever that is in office. For those who read the bible and for those who believe in the bible it clearly states homosexuality is an abomination more than once. So thats that. I saw too many postings saying Chick Fil A was spewing Hate…..No where did they come out and say they hate anybody they simply said They dont support gay marriage…how is that hate? Gays dont support heterosexuality nothing is said about that.

Long Gone

July 24th, 2012
8:44 am

I showed my kids this article. I want them to see what happens when a group of people are intolerant and exclusive – like the Left and now apparently Jim Henson. I want my children to understand that being an American is hard. It is difficult to stand up and say what you think and have others try to shout you down. It is difficult to stand up for other’s right to speak out even if you don’t agree with what they are saying – and many times those same people want to keep you from speaking out.

I loved Chick-Fil-A before this and I still do. I won’t watch anything with the Muppets anymore, and I could never give a crap about what they do in Boston anyways.

So go ahead and hate and bash those who don’t agree with you. Close YOUR ears and minds to other viewpoints and positions. Call others names just because you don’t agree with what they are saying or what they believe. Just don’t say you’re an American because THAT’s not what we do, that’s not what my Father, and Brother, and two Uncles died for.

Aloysius

July 24th, 2012
8:44 am

I guess it’s big news that the Muppets are storming off the CFA set because of perceived meanness towards the LGBT crowd. I don’t get it but I do get that it’s supposed to be big news. If the media hadn’t have tried to make a big deal out of it this probably never would have happened. So wretchedly boring. Where’s my new media?

NorthGaDawg

July 24th, 2012
8:44 am

I also applaud Chick fil A for their stand. I am so tired of people/companies being forced to accept the gay lifestyle. It is true that we should treat all with respect, but that does not mean we all have to accept their choices. If you don’t like what Chick fil A stands for, go somewhere else. I think they will do just fine without you. They do fine closing on Sunday and I venture to believe there are more who support them than are against……

Clay

July 24th, 2012
8:45 am

The CFA stance on gay marriage isn’t different from the stance Obama took up until earlier this year. I doubt the people calling for a boycott of CFA voted for anyone BUT Obama.

Enough

July 24th, 2012
8:45 am

Romans 1

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

fitzgerald

July 24th, 2012
8:45 am

Now, all yall listen up. I love all yall. Yer hea? And I damn sure love Chick-Fil-A because it has great food and for no other reason. Should gay folks stop working at Chick-Fil-A? And how do ya know if none work there? Huh? I sure damn wish Waco would have one more Chick-Fil-A. I can’t even get within one mile of the one they have because of all the traffic. And I know it is because of all the Baptist and gays in the the line in front of me. So there.

Natural Occurance

July 24th, 2012
8:46 am

Why are animals not gay? Why can gay people not reproduce? It is disorderly as it is not natural. Please point to some evidence that states otherwise.

Business First

July 24th, 2012
8:46 am

It is easy to pass judgement when you have the funding, and the wherewithall to pass judgement on a lifestyle that is the total opposite of your own, especially if you are Baptist by nature. When you separate yourself from people who are gay, it is easy to lump them into a catagory of sinners. My first shock in Cathy’s decision to take a stance is that from a business perspective and how blatantly STUPID he is for making such a comment, when as a business, you are there to make a profit.

When you are selling something, you don’t walk into the house of a Georgia Bulldog fan and say “I hate the Dawgs, I’m a Gator fan.” As CEO of Chick Fil-A, I would approach it from a personal level only. Keep re-enforcing your Christian principles into how you run your business, and maintain the level of service and kindness that people are accustomed too.

All Cathy has done is shown that he does not walk in a Christ like manner. He is spewing a hatred for a lifestyle he does not agree with. In the Whole of the Holy Bible, there is only one verse that addresses homosexuality and it is First Corinthians Chapter 6 verse 9. The New International Version is the only one that states anything about “homosexuals.” King James Version, as well as the Catholic Bibles mention “Boy Prostitutes” and “Effiminates.”

Again, The Bible and what it means in the verse as to who shall be allowed into the Kingdom of God is fuzzy as so many people have interpreted The Apostle Paul’s words for their own agenda.

Remember, Jesus walked among the sinners, and performed healings and miracles on the sabbath, much to the chagrin of The Church. If you want to be “Christlike,” get in the soup of the so called sin and meet a gay person, and see what life is like from their perspective. I am heterosexual, and was raised Baptist, so I know where you are coming from. I used to have the same attitude toward it, but life dealt me a different situation, and I know that gay people need to love and be loved.

Sorry to say that my wife and I have decided to pass on Chick-Fil-A as well, even though it is 2 minutes from my house. That saddens my 6 year old, as we used to eat there at least once, sometimes 2 and 3 times a week. You do the math.

OldSnarkey

July 24th, 2012
8:46 am

Homosexuals are totally wrong. This fact, they will find out after they pass away unless they repent and turn from their wicked ways! Those who believe that homosexuals are ‘born’ that way have been deceived by Satan and shall NOT see the kingdom of heaven. Man shall NOT lie with man and woman shall NOT lie with woman. That my homosexual friends is taken straight from the pages of
The Holy Bible. Just remember, there are NO second chances. Once you enter the gates of Hell, it is for eternity. Deviant gays need to really study that scripture and give it some serious thought! Jesus first and forever. When you accept Jesus Christ, he gives the strength to repent.

Support free speech and ChikFA

July 24th, 2012
8:47 am

I wrote Chik-Fil-A the other day to say THANK YOU for standing up for their Christian beliefs, just as so many others are caving to societal pressure.

It would be really nice if the gay/homosexual community would realize that because we don’t agree with their lifestyle, if that’s what you want to do, that’s on you. But we do NOT have to alter societal rules because of who you want to SLEEP with! Stop putting your sex life into the public and trying to change everything to fit yoru agenda!

Also, people can have different opinions about homosexuality, just as we do about other things, but that’s no reason to be so vicious and give people a hard time about it, attack their businesses, etc. It is the homosexuals who are politicizing this issue. Sleep with who you want, but we don’t have to know about it NOR change our belifs to accomodate it.

Below is what I sent to Truett:

THANK YOU for standing up for the Bible and the definition of marriage. I am so SICK of the homosexual community trying to alter everything of our society! If they want same-sex relationships, that’s up to them. But we don’t all have to know about it nor change our social structure to accomodate it! STAND STRONG. Do NOT waiver or cave to them!

Later for Boston, [same for the Muppets], and if you take a hit somewhat, don’t worry. You will be fine with the support of others.

And no, being “gay”" is not the same as being Black or a woman, because those are neither a sin nor a choice…which for many in the “gay” community, it is exactly that–choice. GOD didn’t make that many people be that way because it would go against the propogation of humanity.

Saul Good

July 24th, 2012
8:48 am

The REAL name of the company (as well as those who support their bigotry):
CHICK-KKK

Straight Talk

July 24th, 2012
8:48 am

I admire and respect Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A for standing by their beliefs. He was not on a soap box when he answered an interviewer’s question…merely giving a truthful answer. The only folks on a soapbox are the same-sex marriage crowd who continually try to force the majority into adopting their views through mean-spirited, obnoxious intimidation tactics. Their hypocrisy is amazing. They claim to want diversity…but in truth all they want is for everyone to hold one ‘politically correct’ point of view – theirs. EAT AT CHICK-FIL-A!!!!.

Really?

July 24th, 2012
8:49 am

It makes me so sad to read these comments. It is a disheartening state when “Christians” (whom are supposed to love and respect EVERYONE) are so against the equal right of other people.

Tychus Findlay

July 24th, 2012
8:49 am

Do we really want to live in a world where people don’t do business with other people because they have different world views? That’s pretty much what the LGBT community has decided. CFA never refused anyone service over their socioeconomic ethos.

What??

July 24th, 2012
8:50 am

Exactly how many people have died in the name of religion? Yeah, I’m sure that’s what God had in mind. Enjoy hell bigots.

Tau

July 24th, 2012
8:50 am

Carol Roberts, Chick fil a did not make this an issue. They were quoted at a religious organization about their beliefs. They stated their beliefs. Chick fil a did not make this an issue. I hear what you are saying, but this whole battle is spiritual. God speaks clearly in the Bible about marriage and the union of a man and woman. As a Christian, you understand that the basis of marriage was to procreate and teach, protect and provide. This is why God demanded marriage between a man and woman. Same sex marriage does not provide for procreation. “Unions” and adulterous relationships do not provide the grounds to teach, provide and protect because the commit to endure is not there.

Chick fil a did not make this an issue. If expressing ones beliefs is making it an issue, God help us.

The funny thing also is that the company never said it hated anyone, wouldn’t serve anyone or even openly funded groups fighting against anyone. It only stated that, as Christian men and women, they took a biblical view on how to run their business and they hold to the Word of God.

Now, as a Christian, I cannot tell God what I want him to do. Also, Chick fil a’s belief system does not infringe on any gay couples living in the U.S. No one is forcing gays to eat at Chick fil a. They can, if they want, just opt not to eat there.

Do you have the same feelings about Muslim companies? They hate gays and in Muslim countries, execute openly gay citizens…. If a woman has sex outside of marriage, even if raped, she will probably be killed after her trial. Do you have the same feelings when you frequent a Muslim owned company?

As a Christian, God speaks clearly on his concept of marriage and union between two people. Never, in God’s Word, does he promote gay unions. I have to lean on that as my basis.

I have gay friends also. I love em. Their decision is their decision.

Adolph Hitler

July 24th, 2012
8:50 am

The Nazis should be applauded for standing by their beliefs, just like the pro-gay people are doing. Whether you agree with the pro-gay groups or pro-Arian groups there is no difference here. Two groups standing up for their beliefs like they should. But for me…make that an all white city with everyone hating anyone who is different.

“gimmeabreak

July 24th, 2012
12:20 am”

“Chick-fil-a should be applauded for standing by their beliefs, just like the pro-gay people are doing. Whether you agree with the pro-gay groups or pro-marriage groups there is no difference here. Two groups standing up for their beliefs like they should. But for me…make that a number one with sweet tea.”

jj

July 24th, 2012
8:50 am

Why is it that if I agree with your position I am “enlightened” and if I disagreed I am full of “Hate”? I am not gay and do not agree with everything they stand for but I can’t think of a single gay person I know that I hate. I am not Black and do not agree with everything they stand for and I can’t think of a single Black person I know that I hate. And on and on………..
CFA is and has always been Christian, is anyone surprised by this position?? Must have been a slow news day.

zeke

July 24th, 2012
8:50 am

I guess I will have to go to Chick-fil-a every day to counter the blatant morons who think homosexuals are normal! There is NOTHING NORMAL ABOUT HOMOSEXUALS! I do not hate the people, they are just lost! I do hate the lifestyle because it is perverted! I love Levis and especially Dockers clothing. But, when Levis pulled their 100 year support from the Boy Scouts because the Boy Scouts refused to change their stand against morally unacceptable behavior, I stopped buying them, and, have not since! I think Levis either went bankrupt or had to sell out, didn’t they? Anyway, I SUPPORT CHICK-FIL-A 100%. Mr. Cathy did not say that they would not hire or discriminate against homosexuals, only that he did not believe in or support pervert unions being defined as marriage!

SBinF

July 24th, 2012
8:50 am

What confuses me is how Cathy is supporting the biblical definition of marriage. Didn’t Abraham have 3 wives and several concubines? Is that what Cathy is advocating??

breasonable

July 24th, 2012
8:51 am

Good bye Burt, Ernie, Cookie Monster. Why can’t you be more “tolerant” instead of heterophobic?

Fidlin1

July 24th, 2012
8:51 am

In support of the Gay rights advocates I have decided to show my support by not eating at any Chic-Fil- A on Sundays.

gatorbait12

July 24th, 2012
8:51 am

I don’t understand the big deal with what Chick-Fil-A has got the gay community so upset about. If anyone believes that this is going to hurt what they stand for then you really have a more issues then you think. If there were more companies regardless of what they sell and promote would come out and be honest as CFA has no telling who would jump off the band wagon. Once it all dies down you will see the same people eating @ Chick-Fil-A as was before they will come out the closet just as much !! God Bless everyone !

David

July 24th, 2012
8:51 am

Good for him, and Dan Cathy the Chik-fil-a franchise will be better off without Jim Henson and his liberal influence.

Pickle Sniffers

July 24th, 2012
8:52 am

Good! Never liked The Muppets anyway!!

Speed Racer

July 24th, 2012
8:52 am

@Business First — Can’t really have an intelligent debate via blog comments but I do want to say that while, yes, Christ walked among the sinners, that does not mean he condoned their sin. And, to say that Dan Cathy has “spewed hatred” by expressing his disgreement with homosexuality is way over the top, don’t you think?

Big Al

July 24th, 2012
8:53 am

This makes me want Chick-fil-A for breakfast, lunch and supper! Congrats to Chick-fil-A for taking a stand instead of riding the fence or dancing around the subject. Don’t back down!

BlondeHoney

July 24th, 2012
8:53 am

Well, TWG, I see you’ve attracted all the, ahem, posters from Kyle’s blog today. Nice job. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and to express it, and everyone is equally entitled to disagree with said opinion. And this is not a political issue at all, it’s a issue of equal rights. My gay friends should have the right to be just as miserably married (no sex, nagging, spouse let themselves go, etc) as my miserably married straight friends :) Please don’t drag your religion into the conversation; bad form to let ONE religion determine what ALL can do.

I'm Confused

July 24th, 2012
8:53 am

Why are owners being asked their views on SAME SEX MARRIAGE??? What does it have to do with Muppets or Chicken??? NOTHING. America is the Land of the Free. People don’t need to all have the same beliefs and they never will! It is wrong to judge anyone based on their beliefs!!!

Kim S.

July 24th, 2012
8:53 am

Bottom line: This is America and EVERYONE is entitiled to their opinion. Whether you agree with it or not is entitled to the individual and you shouldn’t be penalized for what you believe in. If the Henson Company decided to pull out of the agreement based on Cathy’s beliefs they’re only hurting themselves. That being said, if you’re gay or lesbian and don’t eat there, again, you’re only hurting yourselves. I have friends that are gay and lesbian and their sexual preference is their business, not mine and just because I don’t believe like they do doesn’t give me the right to condemn them. They’re my friends and I love them and pray for them. Judge not lest ye be judged.

Saul Good

July 24th, 2012
8:53 am

Actually straight talk (homophobe perhaps?)… the MAJORITY of those polled SUPPORT same sex marriage. When those 18-29 are polled… it’s over 70% that support gay marriage…THAT is our future. THEY are the ones who will vote, and create the new laws that do away with the bigotry, hate, and division of other humans that you still embrace.

Tom

July 24th, 2012
8:53 am

Google or Bing (I mean, those of you who haven’t stopped using Google or Bing over Google’s ‘Legalize Love’ campaign or MicroSoft’s endorsement of same-sex marriage in the State of Washington)…the phrase “ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance”.

jsmooth

July 24th, 2012
8:53 am

Kudos to Chick Fil A and Dan Cathy! I mean, what in the name of beef did you guys expect? I applaud this stand of courage and principle. God’s design for marriage is in the Bible as a union of a Man and Woman only! Read it for yourself. Dan did not make this up and neither did I. Too bad all of the so-called christians who comment here do not read their Bible or bother to understand it’s text. It is not about ONLY loving your neighbor, it is about understanding and standing on God’s Word

Seriously?

July 24th, 2012
8:54 am

@ Carol Roberts — No, Chick-fil-a did not make this an issue. The interviewer did. That person asked about how Dan Cathy how he felt about gay marriage and a truthful answer was given. Mr. Cathy never said they would not serve homosexuals nor did he say he hated them, he just said he doesn’t agree with gay marriage. That’s it. What’s really funny about all this is all these so-called “tolerant” people behaving rather intolerant toward people who take a stand for their own personal beliefs. It really baffles the mind that only one particular group is allowed to have an opinion but the rest of us better keep our mouths shut. As a Christian, yes, we should love everybody since that’s what Jesus did and taught. Homosexuality is just as much a sin as lying, stealing, cheating, and killing. Christ can forgive if asked, but it does not make the act of sin o.k. and as a Christian, you should know better. You people are mistaking a statement of belief for a statement of hatred and that is NOT the case here. I have family who is in a “civil union” and I adore them because they are precious to me, but they also know what I believe and where I stand. It is not for me to be the Judge (because one day we will all stand in judgement for what we have done), but it is necessary to stand firm in my beliefs just as Dan Cathy has done regardless of the outcome. I applaud him for being a man and taking a stand on something he believes in and not conforming to the whims and minds of this world just because it is the popular “modern” belief of the time.

Roberto

July 24th, 2012
8:54 am

The very first post and bob @ 0639 sums it up perfectly.

I have known Mr. Cathy for over 40 years. There is no more kind and decent man in America, if not the world.

Next on the hit list will be Edwards Pies. “The best meals end and begin with prayer.”

Skitty Fritty

July 24th, 2012
8:55 am

It is ok to have your opinion as long as it supports Gays. This was Dan Cathy’s opinion. He did not speak for CFA. What a double standard. This makes me want to boycott Boston & the Muppetts because they don’t respect other’s opinions.

Tom

July 24th, 2012
8:55 am

Saul, conservative commentator/columnist Charles Krauthammer says ten years from now the same-sex marriage issue will be resolved anyway.

a_mom

July 24th, 2012
8:56 am

It gets under my skin when groups spout the “inclusive” & “diversity” line, but they have ZERO tolerance for and will not include any others who have diversity of thought! It sounds like Chik-fil-a is much more tolerant because they were willing to partner with the Muppets in spite of their pro-gay marriage views, but Muppets won’t tolerate Chik-fil-a’s pro-traditional marriage views.

I believe the Cathys have every right to hold their own traditional beliefs, which most in America also hold. They have an outstanding product and the best service in the fast food industry. They do not discriminate against hiring gays or serving them in their restaurants.

Who would’ve ever thought it would one day be considered radical to support traditional marriage between a man and a woman?!

We’re getting to a dangerous turning point in America where the liberals are so vehemently opposed to anyone even stating an opposing view. Isn’t this America? Founded on freedom of speech ability to have opposing viewpoints? Or are we becoming Middle East, where the Taliban punishes any who dare think or speak out with a different opinion?

Mike

July 24th, 2012
8:56 am

I am gay and have no problem with Dan Cathy stating what he believes. I am still going to eat at Chik-Fil-A. Now, if he had stated he didn’t want to have gay people patronizing their stores, then I would probably not continue to be a customer. If others want to boycott them, then that is their right to do so; however, just because I am gay, I do not have to particpate just because another gay person or gay rights proponent said I should. We are all entitled to our beliefs. Sorry to have to break it to you, but there probably isn’t another person on earth that shares all of your beliefs.
Until every business owner, stockholder and board member comes out and tells everyone their stance on gay marriage, this boycott just looks silly.

Roekest

July 24th, 2012
8:57 am

All this BS makes me like Chick-fil-a more. When most companies cower to the angry mobs, they hold their ground and stand firm with their beliefs. And in the end, does it matter? They serve a great product with great customer care. That’s their business, and they do it extraordinarily well. Who cares what their personal beliefs are? Operative word being “personal”.

Chuck Allison

July 24th, 2012
8:57 am

I appreciate you informing us of Henley’s muppets being an advocate for deviate sexual behavior. We really need to know which organizations are against our children. CFA shouldn’t have been involved with them in the first place. There are plenty of decent organizations who provide a similar service.

Rusty Card

July 24th, 2012
8:57 am

Gay marriage is a biological and sociological impossibility. Marriage has evelved to provide protection and nurturing for the offspring of a given couple who have pair-bonded and feel a bonding with their progeny. You can call a zebra a horse … but that does not make it a horse.

Support free speech and ChikFA

July 24th, 2012
8:57 am

Also, Chik-Fil-A isn’t discriminating against any group of people; they serve everyone. They are free to voice thier opinion. If you want their food, fine; if you don’t fine. Gays, stop politicizing everything!

And lastly, standing up for our beliefs as a Christian, or just our take on the human body (man/woman), doesn’t make one a “homophobe.” No one’s “afriad” of homosexuals; that’s a misnomer. NOR do we have “hidden homosexual feelings” (WTF!). So stop the rhetoric.

RichardmissedSundaySchool

July 24th, 2012
8:57 am

@Richard and ALL of the “them-theys” (my personal derogatory term): “One group wants to stop equal rights.”????? It never began that way. God created a woman for the man.
Homosexuals marrying is NOT equal to God’s word for a Man to marry a Woman and be fruitful with children. You can’t compare Man+Woman = FAMILY to man+man /woman+woman….yuck!
Did you not get that part? What did you interpret from that chapter in Genesis?

Have an awesome week EVERYONE…..
P.S. Richard, THAT’S an equal statement for you.

Truitt Cathy

July 24th, 2012
8:57 am

Good for CFA. Interracial marrage is an abomination and should be banned!!

Ms. Progress

July 24th, 2012
8:57 am

What everybody fails to mention is that Jesus Christ preached goodness, tolerance and non-condemnation of those whose lifestyle was not acceptable to them. The so-called Christians who preach the opposite of what Jesus preached and practiced should refrain from calling themselves Christians. Shame on all who condemn sexual diversity. They are not Christians, merely bigots who have created their own version of “Christianity.”

SBinF

July 24th, 2012
8:58 am

Gosh, it’s going to just burn you all up when legal gay marriage is the law of the land in a few years.

I imagine you all stomping yourselves out of existence, a la Rumpelstiltskin.

james

July 24th, 2012
8:58 am

i dont see anybody opposing equal rights..stay on point…..i see people standing for their freedoms and rights..if you dont want a delicious chic filet …then go somewhere else…why are some of you making this about hate….
majority of country doesnt want to call it marriage..so change the name. have the same rights and benefits…i dont care..
embrace diversity doesnt make you better or more right….i see being tolerant needs to be on both sides
@im just saying..do you take the bible literally…you make christians look bad..please dont speak for God. youre the reason why people get extreme on comments from both sides..
go live your life and live under your religion, but dont come preaching to me….
and all you cool people who support gay mariage..dont push your beliefs on the rest of the country and then spout out “hate” when its convenient because majority of the folks dont want to change the laws just to appease you

Mateo

July 24th, 2012
8:58 am

OH. MY. GOD. I can’t believe anyone would think that being gay is a “choice”! Yeah people choose to be beaten to DEATH, choose to be bullied and subjugated their entire lives. People that think that obviously have never met a gay person or don’t know which of their friends is gay. Homosexuality is not a “trend”, it has been around for thousands of years. The only choice here is whether you will believe in a God of love or intolerance and fear.

Blade

July 24th, 2012
8:59 am

All he’s doing is just stating what what the bible says a marriage is between a man and a woman. Eph 5:31 I don’t understand why their making such a big deal about this.

Cayce

July 24th, 2012
8:59 am

The problem is not that they’ve always been a Christian business. Most people know this. The problem is when they decided to make their beliefs on this topic part of their public image. I don’t know how McDonald’s feels about gay marriage. I don’t know how Burger King feels about it either. I was fine to let them be who they were until they made a public stand about something that has absolutely nothing to do with chicken. When they decided to do that, they lost me.

Others are happy with the decision and want to “eat mor chicken.” Fine. That’s the American way.

Michael

July 24th, 2012
9:00 am

I think people are really missing the point on this. Chik-fil-A and it’s executives have every right to believe in whatever they want and every gay person and gay supporter does too. If you share the same beliefs as Chik-fil-A then you can support them, if not, then you have the right to voice your opposition. This is America and you have a choice. Everyone has a voice Christian, Atheist, Muslim, gay, straight, black, white, etc. and you don’t have to agree with your neighbor, but you should be able to be tolerant of their viewpoint. If you don’t agree, then agree to disagree and leave them alone, don’t try to push your belief onto them, either side. I am not a supporter of Chik-fil-A because I disagree with their position, but they can have every right to believe what they do. I just don’t think they should be out there trying to openly or covertly support an agenda monetarily that discriminates against a particular group. People may think that is not discrimination, but it is. We continue to muddy up the definition of civil marriage vs. religious marriage. While I agree that religious marriage is defined between a man and woman under God, I believe that a civil marriage should be defined as two partners who love each other and have committed to share a household under the state and are extended the same rights and benefits under the law. While we were founded a Christian nation and established our laws based on that, we have grown over time to be much more than just Christian and need to be aware of that in the way that we treat all of our citizens.

Emjay

July 24th, 2012
9:01 am

Never heard of Jim Henson company. But now a fan of Chick-Fil-A

Rob

July 24th, 2012
9:01 am

I hear Wendy’s hates people who have turtles as pets….

Big Al

July 24th, 2012
9:01 am

I just cut ties with The Jim Henson Company! And my BFF in Mississippi says that goes for her too!

Kim S.

July 24th, 2012
9:01 am

Thank you, Tau! :)

Time4Bama

July 24th, 2012
9:02 am

Way to go Chick-fil-a! Stand up for what is right. Chick-fil-a and the Boy Scouts will take a hit for doing what is right but Christ said following him will not be easy in this world From President Obama to the muppets, they are againstthe Word of GOD. If only other the accepted evils of society could be taken reversed.

james

July 24th, 2012
9:02 am

im boycottng this blog because its gay…

Techmom

July 24th, 2012
9:02 am

TWG – congratulations on such a polarizing blog. 9am and over 326 comments already. I doubt anyone is actually reading everyone’s comments at this point though so I’ll catch up with your next blog tomorrow.

ole dawg

July 24th, 2012
9:04 am

God destroyed Sodom and Gemorrah because of his displeasure with their sinful lives and disregard for him. How much longer will God spare the USA? I applaud the Chick-Fil-A chain. I don’t necessarily like their food that much but I will take my family there more often and support their position. Love the sinner but not the sin! Take a stand against groups that are not tolerant of the Christian viewpoint. Good bye Muppets.

james

July 24th, 2012
9:05 am

i heard CFA cooks the gay chickens first

Steve Dawn

July 24th, 2012
9:05 am

It’s belief in superstitions like gods, and following the false ideas conjured by men, illiterate preachers, wandering around the dessert two thousand years ago that modern people still cling to that this hatred continues. The Cathy’s are being fed exactly what they want… publicity. And they are attracting just the kind of bigoted customers they are after by stirring this controversy. They are closed minded and that’s the kind of simple minded customers that they desire. I nor my family will give one more cent to these bigots.

GLAAD i'm hetero

July 24th, 2012
9:05 am

Boycotts are gay.

Ms. Progress

July 24th, 2012
9:05 am

Wow! I just read more comments from the uneducated bigots of this country. I guess the people who commented above on condemning homosexuality and approving of those who are homosexual haters are uneducated imbeciles with brains the size of peanuts and mouths producing neurologically deficient, meaningless rhetoric.

All of you who commented in this manner probably don’t understand what I just said since you barely made it through kindergarten.

GLAAD i'm hetero

July 24th, 2012
9:05 am

Enter your comments here

Carlos

July 24th, 2012
9:05 am

Truett Cathy his son and the Chick Fil A organization should be commended. In a day where people curtail their feelings and are politically correct and go along to get along, Chick Fil A stood on what is true and what they believe in. They haven’t discriminated against gays and lesbians. They haven’t called them derogatory names nor treated them differently than anybody else. The gay and lesbian community has to understand that just because that people don’t support your lifestyle doesn’t mean they are being judgmental or condemning. The truth is two people of the same sex are not and will not ever be considered married under the biblical defintion of marriage which is where it ultimately counts. Mr. Cathy has stood by his convictions and has stood on the word of God and look where it has gotten him. He was one of the most successful businesses in the country and giving his employees the day off on Sunday. Chick Fil A should be the model for all businesses today. Holding fast to your beliefs in spite of what society says and treating everyone with respect. All of us who know what marriage is and we stand on what the bible says should be proud that we aren’t alone in proclaming the truth. Because of this I will eat at Chick Fil A more and I encourage everyone else to support companies like Chick Fil A who have God first in what they do. Truly refreshing in today’s world.

Ace

July 24th, 2012
9:05 am

The only thing that will keep me away would be if it was full of gays everytime I went.

GerryT

July 24th, 2012
9:06 am

No one could or can say it better than “Im just saying” God bless you.

Charles Darwin

July 24th, 2012
9:07 am

I find most same sex marriage supporters also believe in the “theory of evolution”, not God. Kind of an oxymoron don’t ya think…? (Ok, let me break that down for you; same sex marriage cannot = procreation)!

Mark

July 24th, 2012
9:07 am

Why is it everytime someone disagrees with the gay community, it is said we “hate” them? I don’t hate anyone, straight or gay. I simply do not agree with the gay community on several issues. I am not practicing “hate” , just because disagree. I know Chick will stand their ground, good. I know the gay community will speak out, good. This is America. Man, those sandwiches will really be good.

Skinny Ginny

July 24th, 2012
9:07 am

God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Adam or Eve and Eve. I love me some CFA!!!

allan

July 24th, 2012
9:07 am

I guess marriage means whatever you choose it to mean? What about the other million words in the dictionary? Guess I will have to eat more chicken to make up for lost business.

Buzzboy

July 24th, 2012
9:08 am

I vow to – EAT MORE CHICKEN!!!

Rose

July 24th, 2012
9:08 am

Let me get this right. Mr. Cathy is standing on his “Christian” principles. But if he doesn’t agree with you, you take your marbles and go home? Then I think you should go home. I am sick and tired of everyone having to give in to what the gay and lesbian community wants. Ok, get married if you wish and anything else the law will legally allow you to do. But don’t force me to like it. Don’t hate me if I don’t agree with it. Just accept my beliefs as you are trying to make me accept yours. It just seems to be a one way street with this issue. Chick fil A patrons will still stop in to eat and bring their gay friends a carry out.

jarvis

July 24th, 2012
9:08 am

Or Ms. Progress, maybe they didn’t understand because your educated self wrote such a long run-on sentence that diciphering what you actually were trying to say was nearly impossible.

BK

July 24th, 2012
9:08 am

Stand firm, CFA! As the family goes, so society goes….hmmmm!?
I will be visiting their restaurants more often now. ….Be in the world, not OF IT!
Tebowing on a corporate level….I love it!

Jim Henson is gay

July 24th, 2012
9:09 am

So the Henson Company is intolerant of Christians. Where can I return my Tickle-my-gay-elmo doll?

Steve Dawn

July 24th, 2012
9:10 am

And as far as infringing on people as some commenters have said. Yes they do. I know people who are friends with managers at CFA and they generally refuse to hire someone in a managerial position if they are not straight, married, preferably with kids. Christians, as a generality, are very closed minded. I mean they still believe a guy lived in a whale’s belly for crying out loud!

T.C.

July 24th, 2012
9:10 am

Score one for God’s Team! The Muppets? Give me a break!

mark

July 24th, 2012
9:10 am

The bible also states, that if I rape a girl she is then my wife. If my brother dies, I now get his wife as my wife. There is something about foreskins as well being traded for a girl. Thank you Jon stewart for picking those passages out on monday nights show.

timbo in augusta

July 24th, 2012
9:11 am

Amazing that gays can voice their opinion but cf cannot. Good riddance of the muppets. I love cf.

LaverneJ

July 24th, 2012
9:11 am

I say let the Muppets and whomever else wants to stop patronizing Chick Fil A because of the stand for Jesus that they have made.. I never cared for the Muppets anyway. What Chick Fil A is doing is stanidng up for “real” Christians and God’s Word and I will keep on visiting Chick Fil A and encouraging all like -minded people who cherish God’s Word to to the same. As long as they are standing up for Jesus, they and their business will flourish and may I say even exceed the profits that they are generating right now. I will just pray for these people who are insistent on trying to push the pro-gay agenda down our throats. In the end…………we win.

SBinF

July 24th, 2012
9:11 am

http://news.yahoo.com/attackers-said-carve-gay-slurs-nebraska-woman-police-175746210.html

Stuff like this happens because of closeminded bigots like many of you.

OMAHA, Neb (Reuters) – Police in Lincoln, Nebraska, said Monday they are investigating a possible gay hate crime against a 33-year-old woman who was tied up in her home and had words sliced onto her body by three masked attackers.
The attack prompted a vigil by about 500 people in the state’s capitol Sunday.
The woman told police that three masked men entered her home in south Lincoln early Sunday morning, tied her up and carved words into her body with a knife, according to a police report. Local media reported that the words were gay slurs, but police declined to confirm this.
Police did confirm that the woman was injured and treated at a local hospital. Anti-gay graffiti was spray-painted inside the home, according to police. A fire also was set in the kitchen, but burned itself out after causing about $200 in damage, according to a police arson report.
———————

Just like Jesus would do!

effin’ hypocrites.

Mark

July 24th, 2012
9:11 am

Truett should fill proud to be persecuted for standing on his beliefs His rewards will be greater and they will have to answer for persecuting one of Gods chosen ones. I do not understand how people can stand behind anything that causes Aids and other diseases and against NORMAL human instinct. Which is to mate with the opposite sex.

Dekou

July 24th, 2012
9:11 am

I didn’t know Chik Fil A was a Christian chain, with that being said, their decision makes sense now. Discrimination.. I read the bible (unlike many of you sheep who’s just been conditioned to follow it blindly) and i must admit that that god in there is a piece of work. This god is drowing kids, (destroying the whole world), allowing satan to murder kids all to see if this job would be strong, blessed lot even after he allowed his virgin daughters to be raped, slavery is condoned, just murdering people just because he’s mad.. Why is this nutcase so mad? My thing is.. and this is someone, thing diety i’m suppose to say loves everybody? Drinking the blood and eating the body of jesus.. if this was said to be done in ANY other religion, you people would call it nuts, guess what?? I’d be concerned about what Chik fila is doing to these dead yard birds with these practices! GTHOH!!

Nathan C

July 24th, 2012
9:11 am

@ Miss Daisey – I’m certain your extreme obesity and horrible dietary decisions will play a perfect roll in the over-all majority of clientele Chic-Fil-A is seeking.

Nikki

July 24th, 2012
9:12 am

As a mother of a gay son, I have always supported him, with PFLAG and our own special group in the country. We live outside of the metro area where the gay population is not so well known. I wonder if our chif fil a knew it employed my son as well as several other gay teenagers when they were in high school. McD’s southern chicken will have to do for me for breakfast as well as lunch. I won’t be eating at a company who is promoting anti-civil rights. That IS the issue, not marriage. People lose sight of that when they hear the words gay marriage.

logic

July 24th, 2012
9:12 am

So if someone truly believed with all their heart that whites are the superior race they should be applauded as well for standing up for their beliefs and not serving minorities? Surely you all can come up with a better argument than that.

Clay

July 24th, 2012
9:12 am

Let me know when Chic-f-la takes an “Anti Hand Washing” Policy or any other stance that directly affects their product and myself. Otherwise, I care about as much about their opinion on gay marriage as I do Wal-Mart’s stance on abortion. Get over it.

james

July 24th, 2012
9:13 am

@STEVE And Progess

really im a bigot….lol…..so i need to be an educated non bigot gay person to get it…
wow…your as preachy as these bible thumpers

Dan is the Man

July 24th, 2012
9:13 am

This fact is lost in the conversations; that Dan did not refuse to do business with the Muppets because of their stance on Gay Marriage. The Cathy family does not insulate themselves from all that have differing beliefs from them. They purchase goods and services from all manner of vendors, whether they are Christian or not. The norm is that they (Chick-fil-A) has such a positive influence on those they come in contact with that they tend to attract like minded business partners. The same thing happens with Susan Henson and her company.
Dan simply agreed with the biblical principal of marriage. His dad has said since the founding of the company that he runs the company on biblical principles. There may be some people on the planet that are unfamiliar with CFA and their stance on biblical principles, I mean it’s only plastered on the walls of each location they have and they are closed on Sunday so their employees can worship and spend time with their families; So why is there such a reaction from the Gay and Lesbian community over Dan’s comments that are so obvious?

Norm

July 24th, 2012
9:13 am

Oh, well. See ya, Kermit!

k483

July 24th, 2012
9:14 am

Typical of the pro-gay community…if you don’t believe as we do we will beat you into submission. Talk about being all-inclusive…….

Lets be real

July 24th, 2012
9:14 am

Gos did say anthing about gay people in the bible. It was some other man in the bible talking about gay stuff. Period!

NATL

July 24th, 2012
9:14 am

Good for you Kermit! It’s important for those who believe in equal rights for EVERYONE to stand up for what is right. Too many times people use Christianity as an excuse to justify and promote their own bigoted ideas. If your religious beliefs prohibit you from marrying someone of the same sex, then don’t marry someone of the same sex. If you wish to carry that belief into the corporate sphere, be prepared for those of us who believe otherwise to cut ties with you.

foodfight

July 24th, 2012
9:14 am

WELL. (think Jack Benny) Next trip to CFA, I will move up to large drinks, get extra fries,and buy a milkshake for a random customer(maybe he/she will be gay), just for the heck of it. Cant wait to spend my money there. No more muppet toys for the kids. That will show em. Yeah, that will show em.

dd

July 24th, 2012
9:14 am

So the Muppets are being intolerant and excluding Chick-Fil-A on the grounds of Tolerance and Inclusiveness. Huh?

Mike

July 24th, 2012
9:15 am

It’s not hate to state a belief based on Biblical principal. Either you choose to believe it or not. I don’t see where Chick-Fil-A intends to refuse service to gays. Chick-Fil-A is involved in a number of ministries that support the disadvantaged. As usual, this is political haranguing to compel change. This Christ honoring organization that also chooses not to operate on Sunday is motivated by love not hate.

Ace

July 24th, 2012
9:15 am

Thursday night is now gay family night. Hand holding, occational kissing and Chicken.

Taylor Wooten

July 24th, 2012
9:15 am

Its the Muppets! LOL
Im thinking they came out with this to get some free pub for their dying little enterprise.

james

July 24th, 2012
9:15 am

@nikki,
are you totally missing the point…they arent against rights, gay or any other, just they have an opinion..like yours….the dont want gay marriage..marriage is the operative word…

steve

July 24th, 2012
9:16 am

Count me and my straight son in as other Christians who will fully boycott CFA now, that their policy is official. I truly expect once thier founder is gone CFA will change thier positions on both women and GLBT issues.

Andy

July 24th, 2012
9:16 am

This whole controversy just means one thing. I will proudly eat at Chic Fil A more often!!!

Atlantan

July 24th, 2012
9:16 am

As long as one doesn’t violate the rights of another no one should care what two consenting adults do. Frankly, I’d wager DIVORCE has done much more harm to individuals (see children) than gay marriage. Also, why is the government even involved in this RELIGIOUS ceremony (what about that separation folks love to claim).

With that being said, I’m humored again by the Gay Marriage supporters who are mad at CFA for being “intolerant” and discriminatory of gay marriage as they are being very intolerant and discriminatory of CFA’s choice.

CFA doesn’t discriminate – get over it Progs and knock the chip off your shoulder while you are at it.

"Hand" the Puppets Their Walking Papers

July 24th, 2012
9:17 am

Puppets…Smuppets. Watch a puppet show or go to the dentist? I choose root canal! Can’t wait to BUY EVEN MORE Chic-Fil-A NOW
Same sex kissing day? Are you freakin’ kidding me.
Kudo’s for standing on true biblical beliefs Truett & Family, when our world and our adminstration are weak in leadership and weaker in morals.
Number 1 with extra pickles please!

james

July 24th, 2012
9:17 am

@dd…you got it…lol..this sooo gay…

Road Scholar

July 24th, 2012
9:17 am

This may have already been asked, but…Does Chickfila allow gays to work for them?Married gays? If not, how do they know they are gay?

Ms. Progress

July 24th, 2012
9:18 am

Of course you didn’t understand what I said, Jarvis. You just proved my point.

Thomas

July 24th, 2012
9:18 am

Freedom of expression applys to Chick Filet also. If you don’t like their stand, go eat a “cow”.

VoiceOfReason

July 24th, 2012
9:18 am

“‘Homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’ They are contrary to the natural law…. Under no circumstances can they be approved.” (Catechism, #2357)

Ed

July 24th, 2012
9:19 am

Great! I will no longer support Jim Henson!

james

July 24th, 2012
9:20 am

our country is in shambles…and this is your stance and arguement you want to tackle..mindless much?

Hardhat

July 24th, 2012
9:21 am

If you say you are never going to eat at Chick-fil-a again because of this then you never should of started eating there in the first place. Geez from the 1st time you ever heard of the Cathys and the business being closed on Sundays you should of known what to expect. You can’t be that stupid!
Don’t think your fav Chinese restaurant or your corner laundry that just opens the drawer and drops your check or cash in isn’t punching it in because it is quicker. No they arent paying taxes. Tell me as an adult you never noticed that. But yet you still go there and contribuate to a criminal operation! So all you virtuous Americans get off your soap boxes. You make a choice go where you want based on what you get in return Half the anti chick folks will be back eating there(or going to the drive thru) in 6 months.
I am not against civil unions everyone should get that chance of such highs and lows it really brings out the best most of the time in the human spirit. It is all about choice except in health care.

Mandrake

July 24th, 2012
9:21 am

All I can say is “Eat mo’ chikn” my friends. It is so nice to have a company that always supports values over the prospect of making more money. Top notch company with good products. Looks like no more muppets for me–how about a cow hand puppet and a rubber chicken instead?.

Robin

July 24th, 2012
9:21 am

We don’t have a Chick-Fil-A here in my area, but if we did, I would support them 100%. They are a Christian resaurant and I am glad that they are standing up for their rights. Good job, Chick-Fil-A. Keep up the good works!

David

July 24th, 2012
9:22 am

Apparently, in the Gay community, free speech and the freedom to pursue your own values is reserved only for those who believe the same way the Gays do. Shame on Lisa Henson!

BK

July 24th, 2012
9:22 am

Ms. Progress….Jesus said, for example, to the prostitute….”Go and sin no more” I think we can apply that to all sorts of behaviors…Guttony, Lying, Stealing, Murder, Drunkenness, Homosexuality, Prostitution, Adultery, Child Abuse….wow, the list is a long one. Jesus hated sin, not the sinner. Sure he hung with all sorts of sinners, but he effected change in their lives. No amount of PC talk and tolerance talk will make it right in the eyes of God…the Bible tells me so.

Michelle

July 24th, 2012
9:22 am

Everyone of these so-called “Christians” are applauding these bigots for “standing by their beliefs” What if they said they opposed inter-racial marriage? Would you still say they’re entitled to their Christian beliefs?

I SUPPORT CFA

July 24th, 2012
9:23 am

God may love each person, but he does not love the sin of homosexuality.

Bible Beater

July 24th, 2012
9:25 am

So if Chick-fil-a expressed their opinion that they were opposed to african american people, would that be ok too? This is bigotry, no matter how you want to twist it people.

LG

July 24th, 2012
9:25 am

For me it is not so much about Chick Fil A voicing their opinion against Gay rights, it is the amount of money they have contributed towards anti Gay causes. The amount is in the millions. I don’t want any of my money going towards this cause therefore will not be buying anything from Chick Fil A.

Inquisitive Ike

July 24th, 2012
9:25 am

Michelle,

Is everyone a “bigot,” in your infinite wisdom, who disagrees with your social agenda?

Catch a Clue Already, Michelle.

H.G. Pennypacker

July 24th, 2012
9:26 am

Why did God create homesexuality, (it has been evidenced in over 70 species of animals as well), if it is a sin? Is he a sadist creating a trait that will result in eternal damnation?

David

July 24th, 2012
9:26 am

Shall I now boycott my friend’s gyro wrap restaurant because he is a Muslim and does not believe in gay marriage either? This is asinine. Let people stick by their religious beliefs without boycotting their restaurants and condemning them. Talk about intolerant! We’re talking about a freakin chicken sandwich here. People are just complete idiots nowadays.

Dekou

July 24th, 2012
9:26 am

you know it’s bad when god kills more people in the bible than satan. What was satans only crime, pride?

I don’t understand with all the craziness god does and allows in the bible that you people blindly follow it? smh for “african americans …the same bible that was used to keep us in bondage is the same one you blindy shout, fate and protect for your lives. It’s time to let this book and all of gods madness with it go.

Jill

July 24th, 2012
9:26 am

I applaud Chick-Fil-A for standing up for Christian values rather than the demoralization of America!

Aaron Peak

July 24th, 2012
9:26 am

I am deeply saddened by so called Christians who say they support gay marriage. Being a Christian doesn’t mean you just believe Jesus died for our sins and you’re good to go. Truly believing in Jesus means to follow Him. And you can’t follow Him and have different opinions from His at the same time. Yes, He loves all of us but that doesn’t mean He accepts our actions. If God is against homosexuality, how can we be for it?

Anti All

July 24th, 2012
9:26 am

Let’s see Chick-Fil-A is still willing to serve sandwiches to gays, it is just that they are honoring what they believe to be true! But Henson will not deal with Chick-Fil-A because they don’t like Chick-Fil-A’s ideas on marriage. Who here is being discriminate in their practice. Henson should voice there opinions as all Americans should do but continue to support them and work in changing attitudes – Oh that won’t work because it may be there own attitude gets changed. Oh well I have to side with Chick-Fil-A on this issue!

Makers, yea, Takers are scum

July 24th, 2012
9:27 am

Guarantee the link to the hate crime in Omaha, Nebraska was a fake and phony crime perpetrated by the victim herself. Make sure you link to the story when it is discovered she committed this crime herself. naw, that story will get buried.

Mike

July 24th, 2012
9:27 am

Michelle… your comments are indeed scary if you’re saying Chick-Fil-A is not entitled to their Christian beliefs.

BravesFan

July 24th, 2012
9:27 am

Dude…I’m still going to Chic-Fil-A man. It’s a franchise model, so all your doing is hurting the local Franchisee whose opinions on certain issues may be different that Mr. Cathy.

james

July 24th, 2012
9:27 am

beater…your twisting ..wtf are you talking about…do you understand the topic..blacks vs belief in marriage… go away, really?

Bevely

July 24th, 2012
9:28 am

Why is it that the gay rights people think they can say and do anything they feel like saying or doing, but when Christians stand up for their rights,they are lambasted. This is just wrong. I can guarantee you that I will eat at Chick-fil-A even MORE now than I used to. Thank you Cathey family for sticking with your morals. The Lord will settle this matter one day. I just hope some of you can take the heat.

Carla

July 24th, 2012
9:28 am

The Word of God states: “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination” (Leviticus 18:22) The Bible is right anyhow. The same is for a woman and a woman! May God continue to bless those who stand up for what’s right when everything around them is going wrong! Praise the Lord Saints of the Most High God everywhere!

Anne

July 24th, 2012
9:28 am

When I woke up this morning I thought this was a free country with free speech and as a country we openly respect those with support or non supportive opinions. Chick FilA is free to express they will not support gay marriage. It is their right. The Jim Henson Company rather than looking at this as Chick FilA’s opinion and keeping it on a business is business; they are taking it too personal. So what if the company does support or doesn’t support. They are a good company and provide a quality product. They don’t short change their customers and you never hear a customer getting sick eating their food. Their employees are well trained and never met a rude employee. If the mayor of Boston vows to keep them out of Boston, that’s just fine. But they need to remember, if you are keeping companies out becuase they have a moral standard, you lose jobs and income and nobody wins. I have gay friends who I love. But even I do not condone gay marriage.

Ed

July 24th, 2012
9:28 am

CFA, is doing what all christians must do,take bold stands for their faith and beliefs.But most importantly not forcing their beliefs down anyone’s throat.There is no political agenda with CFA. They didn’t just come out of the closet, they have the same rights to their opinion as any other group, that’s what makes us great as a nation and as a people to be different have different views and still respect each other and live together.CFA did not condone or condem anyone’s life style, just stated their position.Christians can love the person and dislike the life style.

Momma S

July 24th, 2012
9:28 am

I am tolerant of gays and fundamentalist Christians. Why can’t people disagree with Gay Marriage without being attacked?

Miss Obvious

July 24th, 2012
9:29 am

“Bigot” and “Racist” are terms easily thrown at others by the simple-minded who cannot compose a coherent counter-point when someone intellectually confronts them and forces them out of their comfort zones to confront their own ignorance.

Oh well

July 24th, 2012
9:29 am

I am a Christian and gay and I am not sure why Dan Cathy even is discussing anything other than chicken. It was a stupid, exclusive, hateful comment that should have been kept to himself. I and countless others will miss Chick fil A but I can’t wait to start eating more Zaxby’s. Peace Out!! I will also continue to pray for those who preach hate.

Dekou

July 24th, 2012
9:30 am

True it’s over a sandwhich, but don’t come talking about this god is all loving and right when he allows women to be raped or children to be drowned just because he doesn’t like how the world is going. The rainbow is supposedly (according to most christians) the symbol and promise that you will not be drowned again, but Burned..like thats suppose to make people feel better. LOL

100 yrs ago this would’ve been an argument for not allowing people of color to eat in the front of their restaurant.

Mr. Obvious

July 24th, 2012
9:30 am

I agree with Gimmeabreak, Amy, and some others…. Chick-fil-A should be applauded for not giving into the “popular” opinion of today’s (American) society and standing by their beliefs. I guess at the same time, some may say that Truitt (and whoever) else owns or has big stock in Chick-fil-A are money hungry badgers for their outrageous prices to which some people would say is ‘UnGodly” but that just might make for a different debate later on…..

Peter M

July 24th, 2012
9:30 am

Screw the Muppets. They’re anti-family.

Keith

July 24th, 2012
9:31 am

Good for Chic Fil A!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Finally a company in this country that isnt afraid to stand up for what they honestly beleive in and not worry about being “politically correct”. Maybe we can learn a lesson from it……

splavistic

July 24th, 2012
9:31 am

Anybody tried the new Chick-On-Chick-Fil-A, yet?

Needmorecowbell

July 24th, 2012
9:32 am

The left have become the most intolerant element of our society. They are all for free speech and equal rights as long as it is speech they approve of and their rights.

Gayville Newnan

July 24th, 2012
9:32 am

A value should build society up and not break it down. Just because the bible says so doesn’t mean you should use it as a weapon. Jesus taught tolerance and not pride.

This is exactly why we don’t attend a Christian church, religious community can be such a prideful shame.

Rev Al

July 24th, 2012
9:32 am

I’m sure this will hurt Chick-Phil-A in their profit margin…..ROTFLMAO!!

DB

July 24th, 2012
9:33 am

So , , , Chick-Fil-A was willing to work with the Henson group, in spite of their support for gay marriage. But the Henson group won’t work with Chick-Fil-A because they have a strong Christian belief in the purpose of marriage.

And that makes Chick-Fil-A intolerant? Umm . . . no . . .

Do Some Research

July 24th, 2012
9:34 am

Chick-Fil-A donates to anti-gay marriage groups! They are not just stating there stance, they are actively using the profits from the company to discriminate against a group of people. As for gay marriage, if the supreme court has clearly said that there is a separation between church and state, then why would the government have a leg to stand on when it comes to blocking gay marriage? Regardless of whether it is right or wrong in the eyes of the Lord, a life partner should have the rights to make medical decisions on behalf of there loved ones, jointly own property, etc. etc. Before you bash me for being a homosexual liberal communist devil worshiper, know that I am a married man, who is a christian and attends church and I am a registered republican. Chick Fil A can have any beliefs they want, but once they take profits and donate them to any anti-HUMAN BEING group, then they open themselves up to this.

splavistic

July 24th, 2012
9:34 am

No Mo’ Chikkin! That fried crap is lousy for you, anyway. I’m sure most of the people posting in support are a. TeaBaggers b. Suburban and c. Fat.

MadasH*ll

July 24th, 2012
9:34 am

I’m disgusted. How dare you people say that Chick-fil-A’s owner can’t have an opinion. The only hateful people are those people trying to cram gay marriage down peoples throat. I am perfectly capable of believing that same-sex relationships are wrong without hating anyone, but apparently all of you people are not. You don’t know how to simply disagree, instead you go shouting that people “hate you”. That simply is not true. You will not pressure me (and apparently Chick-fil-A) into accepting what God said is clearly wrong. The one thing you all forget is that real Christians will not place your worldly opinions higher than that of God.

Anti All

July 24th, 2012
9:35 am

To Bible Beater:

The difference is that Chick-Fil_a is still willing to work with society as a whole they are just letting you know what they believe in, you have the choice to go have a sandwich or not! Me I choose now not to watch the muppets just as in the past I stopped watching the Dixie Chicks, Barbara Streisand, Alex Baldwin and several others who have open their mouths and voiced their opinions. Before then I supported them but when they say something I dislike it is my right to not support them anymore. I will now buy extra chicken at Chick-Fil-A!!!!

Dekou

July 24th, 2012
9:35 am

FREEDOM of religion does not mean Christians only(that means if you choose not to practice one at all). I think gay people are simply saying hey..don’t discriminate against them. The issue is that you christians think it’s the only religion in America. You do realize that its a minority religion when it comes to the whole world right? In the most 100 influences in history Jesus is 3rd? Expand yourselves- everyone doesn’t care about the bible.

Anti All

July 24th, 2012
9:35 am

to splavistic:

Too stupid to comment on!!!!

Jerome Horwitz

July 24th, 2012
9:36 am

For all you biblical scholars out there – I respect your belief that Bible is against homosexual marriage. I hope you’re not eating the pulled pork at the BBQ joint or hitting the shrimp and lobster at Red Lobster. Remember – Leviticus states that these are unclean. Either you follow the Bible or you don’t. If pick and choose which verses to follow to support your prejudices that would make you a hypocrite. And we can’t have that.

H.G. Pennypacker

July 24th, 2012
9:36 am

Carla,

Leviticus also says it is okay to have your way with a slave that is soon to be another man’s wife as long as you pay the guy. It also tells us not to wear clothes made of two types of fabric, a violation I am sure you ignore frequently. I could go on all day with the inanity of the Bible.

VoiceOfReason

July 24th, 2012
9:36 am

Eat Mor Chicken! Kermit is green and gay.

ANN

July 24th, 2012
9:38 am

I FULLY SUPPORT CHICK-FIL-A AND WISH MORE PEOPLE AND COMPANIES WOULD STAND UP FOR TRADITIONAL BELIEFS.

Oblama

July 24th, 2012
9:38 am

Jim Hensen died years ago – this is not his opinion. I stand by Chick – Fil – A and their right to their beliefs. They do not refuse to serve gays and indeed treat all their customers the same when they enter the store – with a smile. Truett Cathy is a great man of integrity and Christian faith. These hypocrites complain about Christians imposing their views on them when, in fact, THEY are the ones doing the imposing. I support Chick – Fil – A. and the charities that have helped thousands of young people have a better life. God bless Chick – Fil – A.

Marsha

July 24th, 2012
9:38 am

At least with Chick-Fil-A you know what you are dealing with!!! I will continue to support them and enjoy the food. Eating their food doesn’t confirm or deny my I believe in. I don’t see a sign in the window say you are not welcome…

Hooray for Chic Fil A!!!!!

July 24th, 2012
9:38 am

Why is this a news item? You media boobs are not going to keep this going and force this Chick Fila to host homosexual weddings on their front lawn. So please give it a rest. Believe it the majority of the people on this planet agree with Chic Fila. Hey, I know, next week publish something about Muslim people coming out against homosexual marriage…see if you can pressure them since everyone already knows their belief it would be very similiar attack for you media boobs.

H.G. Pennypacker

July 24th, 2012
9:38 am

Enter your comments here

Texas Tea

July 24th, 2012
9:39 am

Half of these comments are off base and pathetic. Just because Chick-Fil-A doesn’t believe in gay marriage doesn’t mean they won’t serve gay people. I love how it’s the cool thing these days to stand up and be loud for what you believe in, except when a few people disagree. It’s not like Chik-Fil-A is making gays eat out back and drink from different water fountains, they just simply believe marriage is for a man and a woman. Since when are they not entitled to an opinion? They have done more for communities around this country than any gay club or group, so stick to the actual issues instead of getting off the path and making stupid comments that aren’t even related.

DebDoes

July 24th, 2012
9:39 am

Businesses should keep their political views to themselves otherwise reap the consequences. Truitt Cathy has always done his own thing and I venture to say one day the Company will be run very differently including being open on Sunday. Anyone that is involved with the children’s networks knows that there is a very large ‘gay population’ running/working/involved with them. Henson being supportive of GLAAD should not be a surprise. Hey guys, I heard ‘Barney’ was gay….I’m just saying. Wake up, its 2012.

Ekim

July 24th, 2012
9:39 am

@Natural Occurrence: “Why are animals not gay? Why can gay people not reproduce? It is disorderly as it is not natural. Please point to some evidence that states otherwise.”

You haven’t looked. Google “homesexual behavior in animals.” There are thousands of sources.

Christy Logan

July 24th, 2012
9:40 am

Who cares what the Muppets think, they are make believe and over rated!!!

Jim

July 24th, 2012
9:40 am

I didn’t realize the Henson company was like this. Muppets will never play in our household again and we will eat more chicken.

Cat

July 24th, 2012
9:41 am

Love you Chick-Fil-A. Stand up for your beliefs. I am with you.

Goat chin

July 24th, 2012
9:41 am

To the GLBT group, no matter how you try to redefine it or push your radical agenda, there is a difference between two men or two women in a relationship than what has been defined as marriage for centuries. I have no problem with civil unions but this radical push will be the fall of your support, but only HOLLYWOOD will support you. In the final judgement, all this will be solve. This is nothing new in history, SATAN is hard at work trying to deceive the masses. How about agreeing we don’t agree and have tolerance for other beliefs and its not bigotry or discrimination since you can marry but its not recognized by certain entities.

ANN

July 24th, 2012
9:41 am

I THINK WE SHOULD RESPECT THEIR DECISION AND CONTINUE TO PATRONIZE THEIR RESTAURANTS.

Dekou

July 24th, 2012
9:41 am

These Christians on here know they don’t really beleive in that madness. They simply pick and choose whats beneficial to them. i

drew

July 24th, 2012
9:41 am

To the person who said . “I can call my car a Jag, but I still get in an Altima everyday!”
Yes, you can also call yourself a Christian but that doesn’t mean you are one.
The hardest part of being a Christian…is actually acting like one.

Tea

July 24th, 2012
9:42 am

Being anti-gay is not “an opinion”, as many on this board have characterized it. Rather it is a deliberate act of discrimination.

Mel

July 24th, 2012
9:42 am

Although I am not shocked, I really wish the CEO of CFA would have said “we’re just here to cook food for people and not get into politics”. But they came out with their statement, so here’s mine: Good for the Jim Henson Company. Can only hope others follow suit. I won’t be eating at Chick-Fil-A again.

EatMorBeef

July 24th, 2012
9:43 am

If Chick-fil-A is going to take my money and then give a portion of it to rapid anti-gay groups, then I will choose to spend my money elsewhere. They make decision about how to spend their profits, and I make a decision about how to spend my paycheck. Seems pretty simple.

Dekou

July 24th, 2012
9:43 am

@ Christy logan… So is the skydaddy in the bible

Lois

July 24th, 2012
9:43 am

Whatever happened to “free speech?” We need to appreciate the fact that we live in one of the few countries where we still have the freedom to think and speak differently from one another. Let’s respect, if not treasure, that fact. We’re off to Chick-fil-a for one delicious sandwich.

Goat chin

July 24th, 2012
9:44 am

The last time I check Chick-Fi-la had gays working for them, gays have never been turned away for service. What is next boycott them for not being open on Sunday’s because of their religious beliefs? You would never try this crap in an Islamic country because the penalties would be severe if you came out as gay. GLBT, we are tolerant, sic!!!!

Do Some Research

July 24th, 2012
9:44 am

Is it wrong to donate to a hate group? Saying you believe in something and donating to a group that actively pursues the discrimination of a group are two different things. If you are going to argue a point, at least have the facts. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/popular-chicken-chain-under-fire-anti-gay-marriage-20110131-090004-945.html

Damon

July 24th, 2012
9:45 am

One question, Who cares?! The Homosexual community wants rights and I will stand proudly with them so they can have those rights and defend them even though I am a heterosexual. Chick-fil-a does not believe in gay marriage again I will stand proudly them chicken sandwich in hand and defend them as well. That is the great thing about America we can all have differing opinions but still get along, except in this case everyone wants to throw Chick-fil-a under the bus for their beliefs. What if I wanted to throw all the supporters of gay marriage under the bus because of their beliefs? I mean honestly people it took nearly 100 years to get women the rights they have today and they still do not have them all. It took nearly 80 years for the blacks to get their rights in the US. This is not going to happen overnight and sensationalizing stories like this do not help the LGBT community. Chick-fil-a said we do not support gay marriage, they didn’t put up a heterosexuals only entrance.

Let Freedom Ring

July 24th, 2012
9:46 am

Yes it is a free country…freedom of speech…blah blah blah…republicans love free speech when they’re spewing hate…tell it to the Dixie Chicks

Glenda

July 24th, 2012
9:46 am

I see a trip, or two or three to Chick fil a in my future. Eat more chicken!

JB

July 24th, 2012
9:47 am

Pure genius and just stating his beliefs. Gays need to take a deep breath. Most Americans believe in Marriage between and and and a woman. This man is not saying he hates gays, and if you believe that, you know nothing about Christianity.He hates the sin not the sinner. And if you don’t believe the Bible, chill out and enjoy a chicken sandwich….and just think, the Muslim would just cut your head off, not deny you a sandwich.

TERRY

July 24th, 2012
9:47 am

I COMMEND YOU CHIC-FIL-ET FOR YOUR COMMENTS. TO THE OTHER SIDE,HELL IS A REAL PLACE..HOMOSEXUALITY IS AN ABOMINATION. GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOULS.

Angela

July 24th, 2012
9:47 am

Jerry Sandusky probably hated Chick-fil-A, too, but he likely found THE MUPPETS most useful in his endeavors.

Marie Dillon

July 24th, 2012
9:47 am

Sorry guys but I believe marriage is between a man a woman. If you are gay and want to be together thats cool but not marriage and the benefits to being married. I dont believe that is right. I give cudos to chik-fil-a for standing up for their beliefs. Each person to their own I guess.

Chik-Fil-A supporters, listen up

July 24th, 2012
9:47 am

As a guy who despises hypocrites (and bad spellers) all you Chik-Fil-A supports listen to me. If you boycott all things Jim Henson you are just as bad as the people you are criticizing. You are punishing those who exercise their free speech and free market rights. I won’t get into whether you’re right or wrong about “the gays” but you are definitely as guilty as gay marriage supporters of soapboxing and hypocrisy. Think about it.

Jeffrey

July 24th, 2012
9:48 am

As a gay man I applaud Chick-fil-a for standing up for what they believe in. If Mr. Cathy isn’t allowed to say what he believes in then where does that leave everyone else?

atlgirl

July 24th, 2012
9:49 am

@ Im just saying. YOU ARE SO CORRECTTTTTT!!!!!

I guess I need to come out and say I am addicted to Life saver gummies. I guess people will start hating me.
In my opinion, the Jim Henson Copmany was probably a successful company because of the partnership with the Chic Fil A chain.
Jim Henson company already knew that Chic Fil A was a christian based organization with strong beliefs.

David

July 24th, 2012
9:49 am

“applauded for standing by their beliefs” ?

The problem is that this belief system embraces discrimination. African-Americans haven’t always had their freedom. They haven’t always had the right to vote, and neither have women.

We attempt to improve as a society by adapting. We right wrongs where we find them, and this is the latest example.

In the 1800s there were Americans fighting (literally) to continue slavery. In the early 1900s, not everyone thought women should be able to vote. We look back now and think of these positions as examples of bigotry, or foolish at best.

Ask yourself, do we “applaud” todays white supremists for “standing by their beliefs”? Maybe it is time to adapt, and improve.

marie brown

July 24th, 2012
9:50 am

to the homosexuuals,get the book and read (bible) it all started in the beginning there is nothing new,GOD!!! created male and female and he told them to be fruitful and filll the earth multiiply..now the the last time i checked it still took a male and female to produce a child, which means being fruitful and mutiplying.now two women cannot do this or two men.so the bottom line is you dont have a problem with chickfila,or the president,or governor. you have a problem with GOD!!, these are his words take it up with him,and chickfila won’t lose a dime because, GOD,blesses even more when we stand on his word not the world. bravo chickfila.

Angela

July 24th, 2012
9:50 am

I was initially going to spend a great deal of money, but I now think I will have Chick-fil-A do the catering for my REAL, not pretend, wedding.

(That means I am becoming the wife of a guy, an actual man with real, working MAN plumbing.)

Snellville Dave

July 24th, 2012
9:50 am

You must remember that the Henson organization HAS to support their idea of diversity. Otherwise they would also lose business and revenue. Remember they promoted a wedding between a PIG and a FROG. And I think that one of their characters has a romantic thing for some of those chickens that cluck around the stage. Maybe the HENSON organization is concerned that their chicken characters are offended that the CFA company is frying, grilling and serving their relatives. Just a thought.

Mike

July 24th, 2012
9:50 am

When will all of you old people just die so my generation can take over and start making smart decisions for America?

Atlantaphotog

July 24th, 2012
9:51 am

Bravo to The Jim Henson Company. If CFA can take a stand, so can others who no longer wish to give them their money.

Kathy Marshall

July 24th, 2012
9:51 am

I heartily commend Chick-F-A for taking a stand against marriage between the same sexes. Marriage needs to remain as it is, a union between one man an one woman.

JB

July 24th, 2012
9:51 am

The gay population is around 2%. The main stream press and hollywood want you to think it’s about 40%….and if the 2% of gays quit going to CFA in protest and the 98% go more in support, ….the question is, Do they have that much chicken?

mgdawg

July 24th, 2012
9:51 am

Ekim, I guess you are telling us you have the intelligence of animals. Animals do whatever feels good to them, animals also kill each other and eat each other, are you also in support of cannibalism?

I took a class in college, a liberal arts college, and basically the professor talked about all the different kinds of sexes, and the teacher was very much in support of all of them. His basic theme was it doesn’t matter if you think you were born that way or not, it’s about what makes you feel good. We always questioned him about that, asking him should we always do what makes us feel good? I’m sure the guy that killed all those people in theatre a few days ago, when he was doing that it probably made him feel good. So should he be allowed to do that since it makes him feel good?

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
9:51 am

People in the US are more concerned about the view of marriage by a Chick Fil A exec than they are about the fact that a person can freely buy as many assault weapons and explosives as he or she wants….and kill 6 year old kids in theaters. We are truly a society that has lost its way.

With that…..let me finish my chicken w/egg biscuit. Yum.

Parents: What video game is your child playing right now? Do you even know or care?

Not Thinned Skinned

July 24th, 2012
9:52 am

Just because I don’t agree with you or support your cause does not make me or any other person a racist, bigot, homophobe, mean spirtited or any other nasty trait some people want to label conservatives. People who throw these insults only want to shut down debate and silence those who disagee with them. It’s not working anymore…grow up.

Jim in Atlanta

July 24th, 2012
9:52 am

Chick-Fil-A made the same exact statement that voters in 29 states did (including CA) when they passed constitutional amendments defining marriage as a union between on man and one woman. Now the libs are trying to turn the tables by saying you are discriminatory if you believe in the traditional definition of marriage. Just like they tried to take the true meaning out of Christmas, the libs want to take the meaning out of marriage. This type of uproar will only make me patronize Chick-Fil-A even more.

David

July 24th, 2012
9:52 am

“applauded for standing by their beliefs” ?

The problem is that this belief system embraces discrimination. African-Americans haven’t always had their freedom. They haven’t always had the right to vote, and neither have women.

We attempt to improve as a society by adapting. We right wrongs where we find them, and this is the latest example.

In the 1800s there were Americans fighting (literally) to continue slavery. In the early 1900s, not everyone thought women should be able to vote. Most of us look back now and think of these positions as examples of bigotry, or foolish at best.

Ask yourself, do we “applaud” todays white supremists for “standing by their beliefs”?

Maybe it is time to adapt, and improve once again.

Not an issue

July 24th, 2012
9:53 am

Who cares? What’s more who’s surprised? If this is an issue in your life with all the real problems this country faces, please don’t vote. I go there for the chicken,not the politics.

LAK

July 24th, 2012
9:54 am

I grew up in Hapeville, home of the Dwarf House and Chick-fil-a. This was a source of pride for me and my home town. No more, this is a time when everyone should stand up and do what is right. To Truitt Cathy and his business, you are wrong. You depend on the public to survive. Gay people are the public. I will never eat another Chick-fil-a. I hope you have enough class to apologize before everything you worked so hard to accomplish is gone.

JB

July 24th, 2012
9:54 am

Jim Henson Company……………..Nobody hears a tree fall in the woods………and your product is adored by children…………WHO COME FROM MARRIED MEN AND WOMEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Al.B.

July 24th, 2012
9:54 am

Good job Chick-Fil-A. I don’t understand why get upset because of the company belief. A lot of us would love for Chick-Fil-A to open on Sunday but you don’t see us boycott the company…. Oh well, It Is What It Is…….

myother

July 24th, 2012
9:54 am

I thought marriage was between a man and a women.

a_mom

July 24th, 2012
9:55 am

“I’ll never eat there again!” – really? Like you had no idea before all this happened that they probably supported traditional marriage? All the gay folks going beserk about this remind me of the police chief at the end of Casa Blanca: “I’m shocked, shocked I tell you!”. What a bunch of hypocrites.

The Cathys have never made a secret of the fact that they are devout Christians and even close down on Sundays to allow their employees to worship and spend time with their families. I’m sure this has cost them millions in profits over the years, but they are living out their beliefs to do so. I whole-heartedly commend them for that. So why are some people acting so shocked now to hear that they support traditional marriage?!

For the record, they don’t require their employees or customers to be Christians and don’t discriminate against hiring or serving gays. I know that seems to be stating the obvious, but reading some of these comments makes me wonder if some of you know this.

Nate Miami

July 24th, 2012
9:55 am

@ Jerome Finally! An educated post on here! I was beginning to think the Atlanta education and over-all intelligence level was in further decline!!

@ Carla Take heed to Jerome’s comments – you might acually learn something!

Truett

July 24th, 2012
9:55 am

I knew it! I always thought the Muppets were a little light in their loafers,

Goat chin

July 24th, 2012
9:56 am

Dekou as followers of the way, you have free will to chose and it was decided at the beginning of time how marriage was defined. The backbone of this movement is redefining SIN and EVIL exist. If this was an Islamic country this discussion would be over and there would never be a debate. Execution throughout history is their judgement,. Christians preach tolerance and let GOD be the judge. We put bigots in jail for discrimination against GLBT and Chic-fi-la has not discriminated, there are gay workers at Chic-fi-la.

Bill

July 24th, 2012
9:56 am

Let Freedom Ring, last I heard the Dixie Chicks were still allowed to make music and sell their product to whoever wanted to buy it. Yes they were boycotted. No issue with that. No issue with people boycotting CFA. I do have issues with people who say that the Dixie Chicks OR Mr. Cathy have no right to an opinion or to speak out on their opinion.

Jon Mercer

July 24th, 2012
9:56 am

How ironic! If the mayor of Boston or any other city tried to block a pro-same sex marriage business from operating in his or her city because of their religious/political beliefs, the uproar would be tremendous. However, since the business supports traditional/Biblical values, it’s ok. I thought the pro-same sex marriage movement was about freedom of expression and speech. I guess that only applies to those with whom they agree.

Frankie

July 24th, 2012
9:57 am

THis is and has been my position from the very beginning. Why do I need to know your SEXUAL orientation. I can planly see that if two men walk int a store together hand in hand that more than likely they are not brothers but lovers. Same goes for the women,but in some case with the women you acan not differentiate…

But my pointis whay do I need to know your sexual orientation. THe Kathy’s felt that they needed to make a political statement concerning gay marriage…I did not read anywhere where they said that they would fire anyone who was gay or who had a gay marriage…they would get sued for discrimination…

TO me there is lot of posturing whether by choice or because of political affiliations..
Maybe Mr Cathy was putting the word out so that the assocates at his company who are gay and married would leave the company…I don’t know and that is fight for Mr. Cathy to take on…
I am not for Gay marriage, I stay in my lane and you stay in your lane…

Bizarre

July 24th, 2012
9:57 am

Robin, why is it no surprise that you go out of your way in your various responses to indicate you are an ‘athiest’, ‘vegan’, ‘freethinker’ and even go as far to state that ‘I don’t see how anyone could hate another person for their religious beliefs’, yet you appear to hate a good person in Dan Cathy because he is expressing his religious beliefs….Interesting you are….
I can just about see you now…..Probably 24-25 years old. Frequent Satrbucks customer. Believed everything your political science professor told you in college. I am guessing you make about 30,000-33,000/year and you probably are thrilled with the state of the country now and see no need to improve anything. Oh, my goodness, and to think people like you can actually vote. Extremely frightening. Have fun reading blogs and sipping lattes every night. I, on the other hand have a job to go to and a family and home to maintain. Thanks.

JB

July 24th, 2012
9:57 am

LAK……………The problem would be if he refused to serve them………..But take your stand, just as I have done with Hollywood…..I have not bought a movie ticket in over 20 years………..The Anti America, Gay and violent agenda is something I DON’T APPROVE OF, so I guess we both have strong feelings.

steve

July 24th, 2012
9:57 am

@Road scholar…No you can’t work at CFA and be openly GLBT, the employees who are gay have to lie or hide in sham marriages….

Randy

July 24th, 2012
9:57 am

I think it would be a good idea for all Christians to show its support by not buying anything associated with the Muppets until Mr. Henson stops Christian bashing. Followers of Christ are to be a peaceful people but we are not to stand on the sidelines and watch our freedom of speach constantaly being attacked.

jules

July 24th, 2012
9:57 am

So I’m guessing that they’re (Chick-fil–A) against adultery, envy, greed, gluttony (that one may hit them hard), a woman wearing men’s clothing, and ALL those other things the “Bible” tells them are immoral?
I will NEVER understand what makes people of ANY religion/denomination think they can pick and choose what they’re going to believe/support/adhere to in their “Bibles”.
Frankly I think if we’d all concentrate a lot more on cleaning up the “sin” in our own lives and worry less about what other’s do in their lives, we’d all be MUCH better off.
All I really want from any food serving establishment is that there food be good, their servers be healthy and clean, and their place of business be clean. The rest…not so much.

CherylS

July 24th, 2012
9:57 am

Chick-Fil-A has a right to express it’s policies & opinions. But it has to be ready to accept the fallout that comes as a result. I love Chick-Fil-A and have been a supporter for over 40 years. No more. Maybe when they are hit hard in the pocketbook they’ll suddenly decide same sex marriage isn’t so bad after all.

Ted

July 24th, 2012
9:57 am

I stopped eating at Chick-Fil-A a long time ago as I knew all along what they were up to and the food started making me sick (it’s truly bad for you). What I think is tragic is that the $2 Million they donated to these “hate groups” could have done so much good somewhere else. Just think how many hungry children could have been fed for that or underpriveledged kids sent to camp or something positive and constructive and frankly pleasing to God. God does not like, approve or condone hate. God has two realy tennats for man; love him and love each other and I just don’t see a whole lot of that going on.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 24th, 2012
9:57 am

Look at some same sex homes that have children, once the child becomes older they choose whether they want to follow along the same path as their parents and end up gay, or choose a different path and live straight.

When was it exactly, that you made a conscious decision not to have urges for the same sex, sport?

Let Freedom Ring

July 24th, 2012
9:59 am

I have been in a loving committed relationship since I was 18…am 46 now. I cant get multi car discounts unless my partners car is titled in my name….no hospital visitation rights….no rights PERIOD…..there are 1000’s of things we can not do….because of the fact that haters are in control of our government… and society… call themselves “christian” while spewing their hate. Jesus NEVER ONCE condemned gays….GOD NEVER ONCE condemned gays. The writers of the “Holy Bible” put the hateful comments in. Read those 10 Commandments you “christians” like to display in your yards. It’s not even in the top 10. Meanwhile as you “christians” lie, cheat, steal, hate, and committ adultery in your “traditional marriages” Why arent you protesting “Who wants to marry a millionaire” or “Bachelor or “bachelorette” ? Seems like that and your over 50 % divorce rate says you are doing a fine job of destroing marriage yourselves. Not to mention the mockery you make of “christianity”

Harold

July 24th, 2012
9:59 am

I don’t know about the rest of you all but I’m sure getting sick and tired of having liberal dogma shoved down my throat, constantly being told my traditional values around family, marriage and worth ethic are discriminatory, racist and homophobic if I don’t fall in line with the liberal agenda. I hope the good people continue to stand up and join forces in resisting these attacks. It must start by throwing out the number one perpetrator sitting in the oval office come November.

thisiscrazy

July 24th, 2012
9:59 am

Did I miss something and CFA banned gay people from their restaurants? We are all entitled to our opinions and they don’t all have to be the same. CFA is a quality restaurant with quality food ran by a family who has strong beliefs that they have stood by and shared with the world by remaining closed on Sunday for years. Any sort of “protest” is just as bad as the Republicans refusing to listen or play the Dixie Chicks music because they didn’t like George Bush. That was stupid and so is this!

steve

July 24th, 2012
9:59 am

@Frankie, CFA can’t be sued for firing GLBT employees, they are not a protected class of employees…

Let Freedom Ring

July 24th, 2012
10:00 am

Bobby Bee

July 24th, 2012
10:01 am

I love Chick-fil-a’s stance for what they value and believe in, PERIOD. They espouse what they believe in spite of the “expected” backlash. I eat there because of what I view are Christian values, gospel music, and family atmosphere. I eat there for their food is also good. I don’t support companies that don’t support what I believe in and/or that support what I do not believe in. I support Chick-fil-a’s position.

Angela

July 24th, 2012
10:01 am

Atlanta-area Men who are “ON THE DOWN LOW” usually take their business to KFC, anyway.

(These are the ones typically listening to hip-hop/rap music with the “0bama 2012″ stickers on the backs of their vehicles that are backed (often very poorly) into parking spaces.)

gail

July 24th, 2012
10:01 am

GOD BLESS THIS COMPANY!!!!!!!!IT’S ABOUT TIME TRUE CHRISTIAN’S STAND THEIR GROUND!!!! IF EVEYONE LIVED BY THE WORD OF GOD THIS COUNTY WOULD BE A MUCH BETTER LAND TO LIVE IN. THIS COUNTY IS DESTROYING ITSELF BY THE WAYS THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE LIVE AND NON-BELIEVERS IN GOD. I DO NOT HATE THESE PEOPLE…I FEEL SORRY FOR THEM!

Pray

July 24th, 2012
10:01 am

Chick-Fil-A has the right to their opinion….they are so blessed one company does not stop a show….just like they close on Sunday to reference God…he will really bless them now…for standing up for what is right in the eye sight of god….God loves all people but he hates the sin(any/all sin). Read Leviticus 18:22…1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Innocent Bystander

July 24th, 2012
10:01 am

It never ceases to amaze me how the gay crowd whines and moans about equal rights, yet that equality stops the second your opinion differs from theirs. Isn’t there a word for that? Oh yea: H Y P O C R I S Y

Smitty

July 24th, 2012
10:02 am

Hey….I got an idea…let’s count the number of Christian and then count the number of gays. WOW…..there are a lot more Christians……I think Ckick-Fil-A is going to keep the doors open. I don’t care either way but facts are facts.

JB

July 24th, 2012
10:03 am

Muppets taking a stand hoping someone will notice their dying, so yesterday company.

Chuck

July 24th, 2012
10:03 am

Chik-fil-a and the Cathy family are entitled to their opinion. The Jim Henson Company are entitled to their opinion. We’re all entitled to our opinion. We’re also entitled to express it any legal way we want. The Cathy’s choose to donate funds to organizations that oppose gay marriage. Which means that if you don’t want a company doing that, don’t spend your money there. If you do want a company to donate to organizations that oppose gay marriage, spend your money there. That’s called living in a free society.

Let Freedom Ring

July 24th, 2012
10:03 am

Did I miss something? Did the Dixie Chicks stop republicans from riding Bush’s sack into Iraq and Afghanistan and thru the destruction of the world’s economy? You are still free to hate anyone who doesnt vote your way or agree with you. Can’t have it both ways haters. Either your for us or against us.

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
10:03 am

In addition……Gay marriage is not about……SEX…..or sex with the same sex……it is ALL about having the same legal rights as any couple committed to each other in a marriage or marriage type relationship. If two people truly love one another….no matter their sexual makeup…..and spend their lives together supporting each other emotionally, physically, and economically…..should not their partner be protected under the law? Just seems right to me. And that question has nothing to do with sex or sexual preference. It seems to be that the term “marriage” could just be eliminated from this debate….and maybe the debate would just go away. Simply eliminated the word….marriage….because it has little meaning anymore anyway. SImply write on the legal books: Union of partners. Have one for (A) oppoisite sex union and (B) Same sex union……both protected equally under the law. Problem solved. But….of course…..this has more to do with RELIGION than anything else….and nothing good comes out when RELIGION becomes the main reason for doing or no doing something. God help us……and my wonderful wife seconds that with a big bite of her Chick Fil A biscuit.

Smitty

July 24th, 2012
10:03 am

And besides have you ever seen a puppet eating chicken.

lesbo who guy's never wanted

July 24th, 2012
10:03 am

@Kerri
“I suppose I would normally applaud any person/group standing up for their beliefs except the type Chick-Fil-A is a part of. I put them on the same par as racist and sexist groups:”

I put you on a par of dumb as$. Or is that hate speech?

Frankie

July 24th, 2012
10:04 am

tell that to the AFL-CIO….

Say What??

July 24th, 2012
10:04 am

Over 50% of all marriages will end in divorce. REAL sacred there hypocrites.

My Two Cents

July 24th, 2012
10:05 am

I find it interesting that this is front page news. Companies disassociate for all kinds of reasons in business. There are differences of opinions and there are other companies that would be glad to work with CFA. If you don’t want to eat there …there are plenty of other fast food businesses who would also serve you.

Atlanta Lover

July 24th, 2012
10:05 am

Good gosh, people. How many have you have even read what Dan Cathy SAID? All he said was that he and the company support the biblical definition of the family unit. He did not condemn any other “definitions”. The Jim Henson Company looks like a bunch of fools for rushing out to wag their fingers and to “shame” the Chick-Fil-A company. Cathy wasn’t showing himself to be intolerant or anything, just supportive of his own beliefs. Lighten the heck up.

missnadine

July 24th, 2012
10:05 am

I stopped going there, but not because of this instance, but because there was a similar instance a while ago. WOW – so many comments on this topic. I also stop patronizing companies where there has been a mass settlement with regard to unfair hiring practices of preferential service, or companies that have stood by (or removed their support) when something is known. Examples would be NOT going to Cracker Barrel for their treatment of black people (there was a settlement), but DOING business with Carbonite when they stopped advertising on Rush’s show. Yes I know my support or last thereof has no impact to their bottom line, but I tend to vote with my pocketbook.

Bulldawg

July 24th, 2012
10:05 am

To all those who say they are “Christians” and support homosexuality, I would point you to 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and Romans 1:26-27. God’s word could not be any clearer about what he thinks of the issue. Anyone that denies what these scriptures say is twisting God’s word.

Truett Kathy and his company are not supporting divisive groups. They are supporting groups that promote God’s definition of marriage. Just because the gay community doesn’t like those organizations doesn’t make them divisive or hateful. There is still the right to choose your own opinion in this country.

Let me say personally that I am a Christian and I have never met a gay person that I hated. I have a gay relative in my own family. I don’t approve of the lifestyle, but that doesn’t equate to hatred. My faith in God forces me to live by what His word actually says, not what I wish it said.

lesbo who guy's never wanted

July 24th, 2012
10:06 am

Tampa Gator
July 24th, 2012
10:03 am

In addition……Gay marriage is not about……SEX…..or sex with the same sex……it is ALL about having the same legal rights as any couple committed to each other in a marriage or marriage type relationship.

Then write a will and a living will and leave everything you have to your “partner”. Then you will have all the rights. Then STFU.

Chuck

July 24th, 2012
10:06 am

One more thing. Who is “shoving dogma” down people’s throats? Are same-sex couples who only want the same rights as other married couples shoving their dogma down your throat? Or are people who use the Bible as an excuse to prevent those couples from having the same rights the ones shoving dogma down people’s throats? I tend to believe it’s the latter.

JB

July 24th, 2012
10:06 am

Say What?? and 100% of children come from a marriage or relationship with a man and a woman. What’s your point. Guess where you came from?

Bobby Bee

July 24th, 2012
10:07 am

Good to know about Jim Henson’s views. I won’t be buying anything for my gran kids related to him or his company. I won’t stop eating at Chick-fil-a because of what they stand for.

Let Freedom Ring

July 24th, 2012
10:07 am

Innocent you are whining now. You whined about the Dixie Chicks expressing their opinion. Go eat some freedom fries and drink a big glass of stfu

pj

July 24th, 2012
10:07 am

W Tom, I’m glad it was brought into the public arena so that those of us who choose to let our money do the talking can. I also like the thought that I’m sure they are paying gay employees and will never know the difference. and I’m with Lisa about the healthiness of their food – what’s the big deal about Chick Filet? It may be tasty but it’s certainly contributing to the obesity of America.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I’m not sure why it was brought into the public arena

LAK

July 24th, 2012
10:07 am

I grew up in Hapeville, home of the dwarf house and Chick-fil-a. This has always been a source of pride for me and my hometown. No More! To Truitt Cathy and his business, YOU ARE WRONG.
You depend on the Public to support your business. Gay people are the Public. I hope you have enough class to apologize before everything you worked so hard to accomplish is gone. I will never eat another Chick-fil-a Again. Shame on you!!!!

Alex

July 24th, 2012
10:07 am

I love my LGBT family and friends…and I fully support the right to marry the one you love. It isn’t about sex and people have a hard time distinguishing that. To those of you that have divorced, cheated on your spouse, had a baby out of wedlock…chik-fil-a believes you are just as wrong. But eitherway, in my life I have come to realize that there is just no sense in wasting time and emotion on things as stupid as this…I will use my love for God to love others, to accept others as they are because in God’s eyes everyone is beautiful. I wish to go into Heaven with love in my heart and the knowledge that I knew my place in the world…which isn’t to damn those when I am not God. I will continue to eat chik-fil-a…perhaps while watching the muppets, because I like both and I see no point of depriving myself. “Love will conquer all” isn’t just a line…it’s a truth…if you love someone, the way everyone in life deserves to be loved and to love…You will find you do not need a piece of paper signed by the government to know that. Quit asking for your love to be validated, because, the fact that you are simply loving is validation enough that you are blessed by God.

Rodney

July 24th, 2012
10:08 am

I do not agree that LGBT are the same as a Heterosexual man and woman and their rights to marry. The human race is designed to procreate its self for the continuation of mankind. LGBT does not promote the continuation of mankind and therefore do not deserve the same rights. I’ll take a #1 with a diet and you can take the muppets and put them in the garbage.

Say What??

July 24th, 2012
10:08 am

@ JB….. A VOW to God is a serious thing. People should practice what they preach before casting judgment.

pj

July 24th, 2012
10:08 am

oops, didn’t meat to add that last line…

cats hav fleas 2

July 24th, 2012
10:09 am

What’s with the Chick-Fil-A is “promoting hate” garbage? They simply disagree with gay marriage. Thanks to some of the “hate” now being directed at Chick-Fil-A by groups that think they should force others to see things their way, I WILL EAT MORE CHICK-FIL-A.

melanie

July 24th, 2012
10:09 am

I applaud Chick – Fil -A for standing on their morals & principals as a company. A company can run their business any way they see fit. They have strong christian values (never open on Sunday as to spend time with family) & they are very successful. This will not hurt them in the least by Henson pulling out of this restaurant. Henson can their company how they see fit & if they want to have diversity and support gay marriage then they can.

Tom

July 24th, 2012
10:09 am

Deb

July 24th, 2012
10:09 am

I did not know CFA was a Christian based company. Praise God. I will start going there. Our Country was founded on “In God We Trust”, we have drifted away from this principle. May God have mercy on us and may we return to the Living God.

Chick-Fil-A Forever

July 24th, 2012
10:09 am

I fully support Chick-Fil-A and the stand they are taking in support of heterosexual marriage. I vow to never again allow my children to buy, watch, or rent any further Henson company products. Instead, I will make it a point to eat at Chick-Fil-A more often. I want to thank the Cathy family for standing up for what is right and refusing to comprimise and accept a sinful and disgusting lifestyle like so many people do today (this is not “hate;” this is truth).

Ann

July 24th, 2012
10:10 am

So, Dave, just because the Henson company supports gay marriage, heterosexuals will stop having children, too? How will there be no children left to enjoy muppets? I don’t understand your logic. The gay population represents about 10% of the overall population. This leaves plenty of heterosexuals to procreate, of which I am one.

anon1

July 24th, 2012
10:10 am

What effect will this have on the Chick-Fil-A bowl in Atlanta? Not sure this has anything to do with anything other than one person’s beliefs. Unless they base their hiring on that question, I doubt the employees of CFA are 100% behind Mr. Cathy.

Lisa

July 24th, 2012
10:11 am

I am a firm believer in the idea of marriage being between a man and women. Those that believe otherwise are very confused. God made Adam and Eve not Steve and Steve or Eve and Eve. I applaud Chic-Fila for standing their ground. For those that say otherwise are why this country is like it is. We have lost sight on why God created this world. Yes we are to love everyone regardless of what they believe but NOT their SIN. God said he will judge us. We aren’t judging anyone we are stating a bibical fact. Those that don’t like it too bad. I for one am tired of being stero-typed “anti-gay, anti-abortion, prejudice.

Say What??

July 24th, 2012
10:11 am

@ Melanie, Really. What if a business refused to serve Blacks….would that be okay? I don’t believe business has the right to run their business anyway they want. If that were true, labor unions would have never have been created.

The Truth

July 24th, 2012
10:12 am

I love Chic-fil-a! And, I could give a rip what the Henson Company does. Means nothing to me… And truly I would rather eat chicken than choke one.

Kay

July 24th, 2012
10:12 am

For crying in a bucket!!!! If Chick-Fil-A (and may I remind you they are a privately owned company) decides this, then that is their own business!
Why everytime someone decides against the current counter culture, then they are hung out to dry. Every time I pass a Chick-Fil-A on a Sunday and see their doors shuttered, I silently say to myself “it’s good to see someone have the courage of their convictions and not worship at the altar of the almighty dollar”!
If someone has a problem with Chick-Fil-A on this, then they need to go to the hamburger joint down the street for a meal!

Dan is the Man

July 24th, 2012
10:12 am

@Chuck, it’s a dogma eats dogma world out there, especially if the dogma eats other dogmas. LMAO

Chris

July 24th, 2012
10:12 am

I saw Bert and Ernie making out in a car in the Zaxby’s parking lot.

JB

July 24th, 2012
10:13 am

Gay crowd………Are you going to do a support/non support litmus test on every place you do business. What if your Doctor or Dentist is a Christian ? Being Christian doesn’t mean hate. As a Christian, you are taught to pray for non believers, sinners. Talk about the Lord. Mr Cathy was setting the perfect Christian example. What’s he taught, his belief, …….He certainly means no harm to you…or wants to deny you a chicken sandwich.

Who gives a .......

July 24th, 2012
10:13 am

steve
July 24th, 2012
9:57 am

Oh, brother, cry me a river. If you’re straight and work at CFA you need to dial it back as well.

kurz

July 24th, 2012
10:13 am

Everyone has a right to his/her opinion. The problem I have with gay activists is that if you don’t agree with their views, you are full of hate and should be scorned. How is that being open-minded? Chick-Fil-A (as well as any other business) has a right to support whatever causes they want to and should be able to do so without being scandalized. While I don’t agree with the gay agenda, I do agree that gays have the right to express their views. I will continue to support Chick-Fil-A.

Broc

July 24th, 2012
10:13 am

You know, I think it’s AWESOME that we have so many bigots in this comment string … and I bet you all enthusiastically support the No Bullying campaign … hmmmm … I just pray that each and everyone of you are teaching your kids to have the same views so that future generations can also have as much enjoyment as you are judging others. I wonder how much support you would have if Chick-Fil-A actually came out saying they only support marriage between a white man and a white woman. LOL. Or that they don’t like Asians … too funny. I love how people pick and choose what they want to get on their soapbox for. Spread love … not discrimination and planting seeds for bullying.

Tom

July 24th, 2012
10:13 am

I ran over your dogma with my karma.

Innocent Bystander

July 24th, 2012
10:14 am

I’m starting to see the same old tired line about gays wanting the same rights as everyone else. Let’s be honest, you DO have the same rights as everyone else. You have the same right that I do to marry a member of the opposite sex. The truth is, you want SPECIAL “rights” created just for you. I hate to have to be the one to break it to you, but you are not a unique snowflake.

Who gives a .......

July 24th, 2012
10:14 am

JB
July 24th, 2012
10:13 am

Amen, brother!

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
10:15 am

“I want to thank the Cathy family for standing up for what is right and refusing to compromise and accept a sinful and disgusting lifestyle like so many people do today (this is not “hate;” this is truth).”

@ChickFilA Forever…..

Sure sounds like hate to me. But…if not….is sure is intolerance of others….which breeds more intolerance and then lots of hate of others different than myself or ourselves….and even worse (see circa 1940s)…….some would like to take us back to those second dark ages.

Mike Geigerman

July 24th, 2012
10:15 am

Eat more chicken …. Homo cows hate Sundays now.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 24th, 2012
10:15 am

I don’t know about the rest of you all but I’m sure getting sick and tired of having liberal dogma shoved down my throat…

I have found that those who complain the most about having something shoved down their throat are the same ones who will swallow anything.

JB

July 24th, 2012
10:15 am

Say What?/…………….Boy you jumped out off the tracks. No one is denying no one anything.

Dan is the Man

July 24th, 2012
10:16 am

@ Tom, is that the new hybrid karma?

Jlt0729

July 24th, 2012
10:16 am

Sounds like a great place to have lunch or dinner…you won’t have to deal with the lifestyle since gays and lesbians are boycotting.

Progress

July 24th, 2012
10:18 am

It’s amazing to me how many people are so eager to deny others equal rights on an issue that will have no effect on them. Nobody is trying to force anything on you; you’re trying to impose your religious beliefs on others and prevent gay people from being married. And what’s worse is that you’re justifying your views based on the bible, which is an immoral work of fiction. Your religion will someday soon go the way of all the other ancient myths. It’s amazing that in the year 2012 anyone still believes that foolishness. It’s straight out of a fairy tale and unethical to boot. Christians are the scum of the earth.

BT

July 24th, 2012
10:18 am

Llike the song says…”take a stand for something so you don’t fall for anything!” I for one am proud of what Chick-fil-a stands for!

Jerome Horwitz

July 24th, 2012
10:18 am

The Bible was written by humans who were giving you their interpretation of their God’s word. Outside of Jesus don’t think anyone has actually met God, except in a vision, and still roamed the planet. So be very careful. And hope when you meet your maker you weren’t being handed a line all these years. We’ll all find out one day and no one knows. And faith doesn’t count.

anon1

July 24th, 2012
10:18 am

In this case Chick-Fil-A is not refusing to serve anyone or restrict their hiring practices. You have the owner expressing his opinion, but his opinion does not determine who is served or hired by his business. If you disagree with him, you have the right to express your opinion or avoid his business. I don’t necessarily agree with him, but he isn’t exactly someone that I see as a role model for the youth.
I do like his cow commercials though.

Businessman

July 24th, 2012
10:19 am

Hate. Intolerance. Discrimination. Those are words Cathy’s opponents keep using to bash him. But read his statement. Nowhere in there will you find hate. He never even suggested that any employees, customers or store owners should be discriminated against. And people who tout “tolerance” are completely intolerant of those who hold different views, no matter how diplomatically try to express them. And what the Boston mayor wants to do is no less a violation of church-state than having a pregame prayer.

Chicken Man

July 24th, 2012
10:19 am

I’m not a huge fan of Chick-Fil-A but I absolutaly admire the managment of Chick-Fil-A for stating their views without regards to how it affects the finiancial bottom line but more concern about how they are viewed by God. I’m going to Chick-Fil-A today for lunch!

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
10:19 am

Innocent Bystander…..

In the 1700’s….the people of 13 North American colonies wanted “special, individual rights” created just for them…..it was called the Declaration of Independence…..and they asked those special rights from the oppressive King of England. And after they fought for those rights…..they then wrote something to protect those rights…..called the U.S. Constitution…..and that included a Bill of Rights that has been amended over and over again to include additional individual rights that needed to be protected. But…..what would our forefathers know about anything….right?

Sam

July 24th, 2012
10:19 am

GAY, STRAIGHT,BI or TRANSEXUAL ……. Who Cares? WHO ARE WE TO JUDGE OTHERS? This World would be a better place to live, if we all put our difference a side and learn to respect others.

Marie

July 24th, 2012
10:19 am

I am proud of the stand that Chick-Fil-A has taken. We will all wish we had taken the same stand when all is said and done. If God is against sin, why should we stand with it? What we as a people fail to do is to realize that God IS GOD and nothing we can do will change that. What I would like to know is, Is there anything that is a sin? Is it a sin to steal? Is it a sin to commit adultery? Is is a sin for families to be broken up because of adultery? Is it a sin to go against the Word of God? Yes it is a sin to commit murder with a weapon, however, is it a sin to kill when we go against what God has ordained in His word?

a_mom

July 24th, 2012
10:19 am

Gay people would have a lot more support from mainstream America if they would put their efforts into civil unions instead of calling it “marriage”. Push for legal rights similar to marriage (inheritance, hospital visitation, etc.) that you say you don’t currently have now. By trying to make it a religious marriage, rather than a legal one/civil union, you are asking people to go against their religious beliefs. Not sure about this, but I believe Jewish and Muslim faiths as well as Christian all have tenets regarding homosexuality.

atlgirl

July 24th, 2012
10:20 am

Who cares The CEO of Jim Henson Company go offended. Sooo what!!!!!!
Only children still get offended. In other words the CEO of Jim Henson COmpany is the one with the problem.
Who cares if she got offended. He/She is still acting like a spoiled kid.
Business should be business and should reflect whats best for the company. Also, business decisions should not be made emotionally.
The CEO of Jim Henson Company is making a very bad emotional decision and it wil leventually cost her company to potentially fail.

I would be extremely happy any day if I was partnered with a Christian based company. This CEO just cut off their blessing on becoming a prosperous organization. Those muppets were already washed up and Chik Fil A company was doing them a favor.
Lastly, the CEO for Jim Henson company made a very bad emotion decision…..Oh he did not speak to me.

Dr. C. Edward Koop, M.D.

July 24th, 2012
10:20 am

At Chick-fil-a, at least you don’t have to worry about any homo-types working there putting their STDs in your food like you do over at someplace like that Clowny McDonald joint that scrapes the bottom of the societal barrel for their paycheck drawers.

Dan

July 24th, 2012
10:20 am

Persons in business should not interject their political or religious beliefs, no matter what they may be.

Kelly

July 24th, 2012
10:20 am

I think this is almost reverse discrimination. Why is it not okay for them to feel this way? They have always held to Christian beliefs. This is nothing new. Their food is great and their customer service is hard to beat. They are always so friendly. They aren’t refusing to serve homosexuals or treat them with respect. They just don’t believe homosexuals should get married, just like some people believe they should. I think people look for ways to get offended. I’m proud of their integrity to stand by their beliefs, even if it means upsetting some.

bev

July 24th, 2012
10:21 am

I think it is fine for Chick-fil-a to have a stance on the gay marriage—I also think it is fine for the Muppets to have their stance on this issue too.

JB

July 24th, 2012
10:21 am

Jerome………………….FAITH………..The believe in someone or something that you cannot see, or touch or hear……..Stop in a church sometime for a lesson if you’re gonna play.

Lynn O

July 24th, 2012
10:22 am

I echo the sentiments of many here on this page. I believe everyone should fight for their rights as individuals. I support freedom to choose. If you are gay and you wish to have legal partner benefits that have been denied, by all means, stand up and be counted. I also believe that it is the right of any to have DIFFERENT and separate opinions and beliefs and they should not be persecuted because of them. Truett Cathy is one of the most decent human beings I know (and I have had the pleasure of meeting him.) He has mentored many hundreds of young men and women and didn’t harm or molest any of them as so many “fine leaders” of today are doing. I believe his business and his character should not be assaulted because of his beliefs just like all the Hollywood folks that seem to guide and direct our nations thoughts should be persecuted. Believe what you will, but do not make EVERYONE out to be bad guys because they don’t believe what you do.

Colleen

July 24th, 2012
10:22 am

We should not compromise our Christian values. The bible clearly defines the joining of man and woman. In addition, the bible condemns the sin of homosexuality. I applaud Chic-Fila for taking a stand on family values. I will join the people who support the initiative on Chic-Fila’s position on family values on 8/1/2012.

JB

July 24th, 2012
10:23 am

DAN, does that go both ways? ( no pun intended)

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
10:24 am

another point…….

Every been to a Chick Fil A and just admire how they run their business and treat customers? Also…when was the last time your order was messed up by someone working at CFA? I am sure it happens, but not very often….as in a lot at other fast food places who have lesser standards of operation. I admire CFA for business operation….and their quality food production….without compromise so far. I do not fully agree with Mr. Cathy’s view….but I understand it and fully support his right to voice it. And his view will not have any impact whatsoever on me eating at CFA. If they lower their food production standards and hire poor employees….then those things will change my eating habits.

Dan is the Man

July 24th, 2012
10:24 am

. “Guilty as charged,” Cathy said when asked about the company’s support of what the Press describes as “the traditional family.” “We are very much supportive of the family—the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy explained. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.
Chick-fil-A gave about $2 million to anti-gay groups in 2010, according to a report by Equality Matters.
“We intend to stay the course,” Cathy said in the Baptist Press interview. “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share out values and operate on biblical principles.”

Pops

July 24th, 2012
10:25 am

Chick-Fil-A is the best fast-food restaurant chain in the world, because they care. They stress cleanliness, friendliness, consistency and quality. Truett Cathy is a great philanthropist from the bygone era when sex wasn’t discussed in the open, out of respect for children. He simply stated his personal belief, which is a constitutional right in our great country.

The Muppets were once a great media phenomenon but have been irrelevant for the past twenty years. My six year-old grandson has never cared for them. Lisa Henson has overreacted here. I don’t necessarily agree with Cathy’s remarks on this issue, but Henson has blown them out of proportion, making this a heated, divisive issue. But she is free to choose not to partner with Chick-Fil-A, just as we are all free to choose whether or not to dine there, or whether or not to buy Muppets products.

As a citizen of America, I believe gays and lesbians should have the same rights as anyone else. But as a grandfather, I find their over-the-top antics, like “National Same Sex Kiss Day,” rather distasteful. I think they would garner a lot more sympathy from the populace if they would stop parading down main street in day-glo Speedos and show a little social restraint, out of respect for children.

JB

July 24th, 2012
10:26 am

You are 2%…………..not the 40% Hollywood and press want you to believe. Go eat at McDonalds.

JB

July 24th, 2012
10:27 am

Amen Pops…..Lot’s of them giving their social efforts a bad name.

Wanda

July 24th, 2012
10:28 am

All I can say is I would rather eat at Chik-fil-a than any other fast food restaurant. The food is good and the employees are polite. Can’t say that for burger king, mcdonalds most of the time. This is so silly.

Robert

July 24th, 2012
10:28 am

I can’t stand CFA food! But I’ll start eating it to offset all the other bigots that decide to quit eating it.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 24th, 2012
10:29 am

Also…when was the last time your order was messed up by someone working at CFA?

Three weeks ago, and the punk working the drive thru was determined not to give me my $1 change back. I had to remind him and he still wanted to argue.

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
10:29 am

Finally…..

This society has much bigger issues than Gay marriage…..if you don’t believe me……ask the families of those people killed in that theater in Colorado….or the families of those who were sexually molested by a mentally sick coach at Penn State. And the list goes on…….like the ease of someone being able to purchase, own, or have assault weapons and explosives. I doubt the majority supports assault weapons purchase…..but DON’T DARE TRY TO CHANGE THE GUN LAWS in this country….even though 6 year old kids are being killed by the laws that currently exist.

Jerome Horwitz

July 24th, 2012
10:30 am

JB – Grew up in very church orientated family. Actually a liberal Protestant church that’s very accepting. If being Christain means believing what most of the Christain posters here believe I’ll stay a secular type.

ACC

July 24th, 2012
10:30 am

Wow it disgusts me that do many in these posts defend hate and bigotry as “good moral values”. I’m not certain they understand the meaning of good moral values.

a_mom

July 24th, 2012
10:30 am

The thing that upsets me about how the gays are reacting is this… they aren’t mad because Dan Cathy/Chik-fil-a is discriminating against serving or hiring them, they’re going beserk because he has a different OPINION than them. Be careful, because the Thought Police may come after you next!

OTPVol

July 24th, 2012
10:30 am

I’m not sure I’d want Miss Piggy plugging my sandwiches anyway.

JB

July 24th, 2012
10:31 am

Sales at CFA will rise 20% the rest of the year.

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
10:31 am

Kamchack…..

Like I said….I am sure it happens…..but not very often at Chick Fil A. More often at Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Voice of Reason

July 24th, 2012
10:31 am

I think it’s time for a gay Muppet.

Ace

July 24th, 2012
10:32 am

Go there look around, the picture you see is not like Atlanta as a whole. Segregation as defined.

gerald

July 24th, 2012
10:33 am

Isn’t it inspiring to see how incredibly tolerant libs are! Allowing everything to have & live their beliefs.

Chick-Fil-A is Awesome

July 24th, 2012
10:34 am

God loves everyone. He hates all sin. And yes, homosexuality is sin. God will win this battle; satan will surely loose. As Christians, we can not allow homosexuals to make a mockery out of the sacred institution of marriage.

Here We Go Again!!

July 24th, 2012
10:34 am

if people are really being ask to pick between a Chick-fil-a sandwich and the Muppets toys I would make the argument that is really no choice at all!!

I guess it is no wonder Chick-fil-a justs keeps getting bigger and better!

red hill

July 24th, 2012
10:35 am

I, for one, will eat there more often. Chick-Fil-A should be applauded for standing up and saying what a majority of Americans believe.

WBuckATC

July 24th, 2012
10:36 am

Our country was founded on Christian beliefs. I wonder what our founding fathers would think of what has happened to the morals of society. What would they say to a President who believes in same sex marriage?
As a Christian, there are many verses within the Bible that explain what the definition of marriage is and that homosexulityis a sin.
God gave us the ability to make our own choices in life. The CHOICE of homosexuality is a sin.
The downward spiral of the US is found in the fact that our Christian beliefs are falling to the way side. Our laws and constituation are based on the Bible.
CFA is a major destination for our fast food fix. It will be even more of destination for standing up for morals. CFA was built by hard work and beliefs of thier founders. Do you think the fact that thier Christian beleifs have helped make them the great franchise they are? For those who are CHristinas, I am sure they do. For the non believers and liberals out there, they will say no.
According to Obama philosophy, they did not build the complany, someone else did.
Gays, Adulterers, Alcoholica, etc are all welcomed in our church. This nis where they need to be.

Matthew 19:5 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’

William

July 24th, 2012
10:37 am

This statement by Mr. Cathy is bad for his business, I suspect. It certainly disappoints me as a CFA customer. Might have been better to keep his views to himself.

Jane

July 24th, 2012
10:38 am

Mayor Menino seeks to ban Chick-Fil-A because it “discriminates.” How? Does it refuse to sell sandwiches to gay people? Refuse to hire them? No evidence of this. Chick-Fil-A is being condemned b/c its founder believes the same thing about marriage that every other great moral thinker in history has believed. It’s being condemned for committing a thought crime. Welcome to the Soviet Union.

Southern Hospitality

July 24th, 2012
10:38 am

All full-size Chick-fil-A locations have fudge brownies for sale & prominently displayed on their counters, packed in clear plastic containers.

You’d think that would make the man-man couples feel especially welcome and at home there.

Besides, aside from maybe heterosexual diabetics, who doesn’t love fudge?

art

July 24th, 2012
10:38 am

No more Henson products in this house !

JB

July 24th, 2012
10:39 am

This debate all ties in to the master plan of progressives. Their aim is to have anything negative of the gay lifestyle have the same shock value as the N word for racism for African Americans. If a white person uses that word ( and rightly so to be clear) their life professionally is pretty much over. There is big big difference in that “slang ” word used to denigrate African Americans than to tear down a worldly supported religion based on the creation of the universe. Their aim is convince that the bible was written by a few rich, mean white men and has no basis for moral authority.

Loki

July 24th, 2012
10:39 am

Despite all of the facts on the issue, I find it odd that a show for children, that champions *tolerance* does this.

OTPVol

July 24th, 2012
10:39 am

I’m just glad they didn’t bring up the “Dwarf House” thing. Then CF would never show up on Game Of Thrones.

Torpedo

July 24th, 2012
10:39 am

1) I guess “open mindness” only counts when your own opinion is being expressed. So its ok to have an open mind about folks who approve gay marriage but not one for those who peacefully say they are against it?

2) I have seen MANY gay other cultures working at Chickfila even managers SOOOOO they don’t seem to discriminate against any type of minority gay/lesbians included or seem to be on a crusade to against it.

Gene Warbuck

July 24th, 2012
10:39 am

Gotta love the morons who accuse others of being intolerant of their intolerance and then think they won the argument with that little “zing”.

Donna

July 24th, 2012
10:40 am

I thought everyone was entitled to their opinion. This is crazy.

cary

July 24th, 2012
10:40 am

The owners of Chic-fil-a have a right to voice their beliefs as long as they don’t refuse to serve gay people which they would never do. Jim Hansen has a right to do business with whom ever he chooses. I don’t have the right to judge either for their opinion. I will continue eating at Chic-fil-a and have no problem with the muppets. Thanks to people who actually have an opinion and it doesn’t change everytime the wind blows.

Dale

July 24th, 2012
10:40 am

Some people who are defending Chik-Fil-A are missing the point here. The Muppet people aren’t saying, “burn down Chik-Fil-A,” they’re saying, “we rather not work with this company anymore due to their position on something we feel strongly about. Chik-Fil-A will find someone else who doesn’t care about that position to take the Muppets place, the Muppets will find another company to produce products for, and everyone moves on. Gay groups are saying the same – “I rather not eat here because I can’t support a business that publicly is against my beliefs.” Nothing more. The only people who seem to be getting upset are the Conservatives that take the Muppets group’s position and that of Gay wishing to not eat there as some type of personal attack on them. Calm down, folks! Chik-Fil-A is going to survive this.

Voice of Reason

July 24th, 2012
10:40 am

It is extremely bad business to alienate a large portion of your customer base. I don’t care what your personal beliefs are.

Southern Hospitality

July 24th, 2012
10:40 am

As evidenced by this story, it is too bad that The Muppets in 2012 are not teaching our children about TOLERANCE of people whose culture and beliefs differ from your own.

William

July 24th, 2012
10:41 am

For all those who are using the Bible as a weapon, remember that marriage in the OT included polygamy, as the Mormons used to practice it. Frankly, heterosexual marriage is pretty shaky these days — 50% divorce rate?

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
10:42 am

Colleen….

I am sorry to inform you……but the BIBLE is not the end all of all truth. You may believe or think so…..but it is not so…..(if you don’t believe me…..read the U.S. Constitution after you read your Bible today). It clearly states…..”with freedom….comes responsibility.” Reponsiblity is making sure ALL of our citizens….regardless of sexual preference…..have their individual rights protected……

Examples:
1. The people living in the 13 colonies whose rights were being abused (with the Bibleused to support it)
2. Women in America whose rights were being abused (with the Bible used to support it)
3. Blacks in America whose rights were being abused (with the Bible used to support it)
4. Gay people whose rights are being abused (with the Bible used to support it)
5. Next???

This is why we have the U.S. Constitution to guide us…..and not the Bible.

Jen

July 24th, 2012
10:42 am

I bet they’ll be homosexuals eating Chick-fila. It’s an addicition! I don’t care who you are…

C Cash

July 24th, 2012
10:42 am

What happened to freedom of speech and freedom of choice. We are all entitled to our own opinion and our own choices. This would never sway my position on eating at CFA. I would still go there since these are the choices and beliefs they have.

Tom

July 24th, 2012
10:43 am

More savants parroting the ‘Christian nation’ canard, I see.

Jen

July 24th, 2012
10:43 am

Tampa Gator – you listen to too much talk radio. Get a life – bafoon.

daniel reid

July 24th, 2012
10:44 am

Where was all of this moral outrage from liberals four years ago when Dem presidential front-runners Clinton and Obama (who was against it before he was for it) also stood against gay marriage? Of course, selective outrage isn’t limited to liberals, but my, they do seem to excel at it. As I friend of mine wrote yesterday, “If I boycotted every organization that didn’t hold to my religious and political views, I’d go broke, hungry, naked, and homeless.”

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 24th, 2012
10:44 am

Like I said….I am sure it happens…..but not very often at Chick Fil A.

My experience with them is they are no better or worse than any other FF chain. The FF industry’s work force is mainly young people and they are pretty much the same whether you are purchasing a burger or a chicken sandwich.

Me

July 24th, 2012
10:44 am

Well, I certainly have more to worry about than topics of this nature! Not much more, mind you, but this bothers me not at all. I don’t care who is for or against gay marriage; I don’t care who believes in the moon landing; I don’t care what Chick-Fil-A “stands for” when I want a sandwich; likewise, I don’t care what the Henson’s “stand for” if I want a Tickle Me Elmo. Geez — who freaking cares??

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
10:45 am

William…..

The term…..MARRIAGE…..is a outmoded term today. It should be change to “temporary union of two people”……regardless of sexual makeup or orientation…..and be used solely to protect the rights of those adults and children involved in that temporary union.

FCM

July 24th, 2012
10:45 am

@ VOR…..Bert and Ernie have long been the gay muppets

Sad But True

July 24th, 2012
10:45 am

So…it appears we are all going to hell for something. Why not enjoy a tasty Chick-Fil-A sandwich while awaiting that dreaded eternal sentence? Hey, does the judge know that Chick-Fil-A is around? Somebody get the judge some Chick-Fil-A…maybe he’ll change his tune. I support same sex unions, Chick-Fil-A doesn’t. I can love my neighbors as myself, and Chick-Fil-A can selectively love whomever they like. I like Chick-Fil-A food and Chick-Fil-A likes my money. I choose to stick with things we can agree on. Cosign on the #1 with a lemonade!

Erik

July 24th, 2012
10:45 am

So are we going to have to hear about Chick-Fil-A’s opinion on foreign policy next? Abortion? Health care?

EATMORECHIKEN

July 24th, 2012
10:47 am

MOOO….Thank goodness for values and Chick-Fil-A

Michael

July 24th, 2012
10:47 am

To Carol Roberts and all: Someone once said, ” If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.” If you profess to be a Christian but support gay marrige, aren’t you sending a mixed message to those who are not Christian? If I support or agree with adultry, isn’t that wrong? Where do you stand? What does eating chicken have to do with what goes on in someones bedroom?
Give me a #7 with a Cookies and Cream milk shake

Harold

July 24th, 2012
10:47 am

@ Kamchak – I’m pretty sure I know what it is that you like to swallow…

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
10:48 am

Kamcheck….

I beg to differ. I know a lot about the employee training programs at Chick Fil A vs. other FF chains.

JB

July 24th, 2012
10:48 am

Who’s with me for a ” gay lookout” at CFA today…….there will be plenty, because if polled, most wouldn’t care………There are hundreds of fine companies with the same feelings. Whatca gonna do.

Jerry

July 24th, 2012
10:48 am

Chick-Fil-A all the way!!!

paul greenspan

July 24th, 2012
10:48 am

down is up, hot is cold. wrong is right. taking a stand is more important than the stand you take. they are running a business based on closely held beliefs. let the chips (or fries) fall where they may. I bet they never give into pressure to do something they do not know to be true.

Richard Bunn

July 24th, 2012
10:49 am

I stopped being a customer of Chick-fil-a years ago as I realized their lack of inclusiveness and support of diversity. Anyone can have their own personal beliefs, but as my father always said, businesses need not let their personal beliefs become the issue for customers’ non-support.
This principle in many respects follows the principle of separation of Church and State as enumerated in the US Constitution. Our country was formed in opposition to England’s stance that the Anglican Church ruled the affairs of state. Any institution purporting to be a religious institution that proselytizes from the pulpit on matters of state needs to be taxed as any other business.
The rights granted to those who decide to marry are rights granted by the state. Our nation is founded on equality of all and therefore when two loving individuals decide to enter into a legal marriage they are granted equal rights under the law. To deny one class of citizens of this right is simply unconstitutional.
In this regard, Chick-fil-a has committed the biggest sin of their Church as well as the teachings of Jesus by not loving and embracing all mankind. By supporting inequality for all citizens they choose to go against the principles of our nation.
Frankly, it saddens me to see the views expressed herein of hate-mongers and those who cast stones at others.

Jean

July 24th, 2012
10:50 am

I applaud Chick-Fil-A on their stance and previously I didn’t care to much for their food, now I will eat there alot. To those who say marriage should be between two adults, what about and dog and a human. when do you draw the line. Marriage is a union between a man and woman and the right morals will convict you of that. You don’t need to be a religious fanatic to understand that. The most diverse country in the world and it seems other Power countries don’t have this issue. Get it together people.

Dan is the Man

July 24th, 2012
10:50 am

@ Tampa Gator, Don’t change the subject to Gun Control…If the theater was full of well trained and armed soccer moms sitting with their kids, the guy would never had a chance. But that argument is for another post.

Tom

July 24th, 2012
10:51 am

I love CFA’s sandwiches, but I waffle about the fries.

Backdoor Bob

July 24th, 2012
10:51 am

Chik-fil-A … should make a NEW SANDWICH consisting of a WHOLE CHICKEN with a HOTDOG up it’s BUTT ………….and name it the GAY-FIL-A !!! hahaa

Deb

July 24th, 2012
10:52 am

Another “tolerant” liberal reaction….I respect your right to your opinion and belief, but only if it is the same as mine…..I am sure Chick Fil A won’t miss you! =)

ken

July 24th, 2012
10:53 am

cynthiam, the glaring double standing is the inequality of the right to marry. i didn’t choose to be gay, this is the way God created me. i’ve been in a loving relationship with the same wonderful man for 18 years. yet i have no legal right to marry him. Double Standard. this makes us feel like 3rd class citizens. perhaps we should sit in the back of the bus? what if your son or daughter were gay, would you be happy that society treated them differently? it’s a terrible feeling. because, homosexual or heterosexual, you can’t change who you are.

Aquagirl

July 24th, 2012
10:53 am

Give me a #7 with a Cookies and Cream milk shake

I swear this is part of the homosexual agenda. Rally all the anti-gay nuts and get them to eat fast food 5x a week. That oughtta remove them from the voting pool pretty quick.

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
10:53 am

“Tampa Gator – you listen to too much talk radio. Get a life – bafoon.”

Jen…..

First….I have had a wonderful life….and still do living on the beach in Clearwater. Second….I do not listen to talk radio. I do not believe in mind control. Third…..you can think (I am a bafoon in your humble opinion) whatever you like about me….and express it freely…..and that is what makes America great….don’t you agree? Now….don’t be late for church on Sunday….you need to continue the Sunday school lessons on harsh judgement of others….for not thinking just like you,

Iconoclast

July 24th, 2012
10:53 am

In truth, “conservative” and “christian” are oxymorons.

Most who profess a belief they’ve bought their place in salvation are in for a brutal surprise.

As a man, Christ clearly had little in common with the political right in modern American life and would likely have little patience for their misplaced and frequent invocation of his name.

Mike Gibbs

July 24th, 2012
10:53 am

With all the positive things Truitt and Chic-fil-a do, He is not suppose to have an opinion, right. This is what is wrong with this country. I will just support Chic-fil-a even more!

JB

July 24th, 2012
10:54 am

Richard………….Your father was mostly right……..But you are looking at one side…….There are lot’s of companies that support, even promote the gay lifestyle……What about us who are offended at that? I quit buying movie tickets 20 years ago due the anti America, Gay lifestyle promotion. What else can I do?

TrishaDishaWarEagle

July 24th, 2012
10:54 am

Being anti- gay marriage is not “Hate”. I support traditional marriage because it has been the cornerstone of society for several thousand years. I do not hate all gays (I of course hate the liberal gays , just I hate the liberal straights), I do not even think about gays enough on a daily basis to elicit a strong feeling about them. That being said, I am strongly (read utterly) spiteful, and when things are thrust in my face ( “we’re hear, we’re queer and were in your face!”, was their cry), I generally push back in the opposite direction. I am an atheist, but when I worked at chick-fil-a in high school, their christian viewpoint was always present, and I did not whine and moan about it. I only wanted my paycheck, I was not working there to make a social statement or change the world. So many people think the world should give a damn about them..when in fact, were busy.

p.s., Other than Dr. Julius Strangepork, the Muppet’s have always kind of sucked, in my opinion. Puppetry is not a very 21st century medium.

Mel

July 24th, 2012
10:55 am

Chick-fil-A’s “beliefs”??? Their “beliefs” are rooted in discrimination. Not so Christian, if you ask me. Then again, maybe it is if I’m to base Christianity on all of those posting here.

OTPVol

July 24th, 2012
10:55 am

Bob. Maybe there’s a reason God didn’t give chickens lips.

JB

July 24th, 2012
10:55 am

Gay support or Christ……………….I’ll take my chances with Christ. Thanks.

timbo in augusta

July 24th, 2012
10:57 am

Lunch today at Chick -fil-a.

Ann

July 24th, 2012
10:57 am

@ Angela – The Muppets had a business partnership with Chick-Fil-A. That is different from Penn State. As far as the “sustaining value of food”, fast food with it’s high sodium and other junk is not exactly life sustaining. Much of their sales are for fried chicken, including the fried chicken biscuits mentioned a few times in this blog. Those of you who are increasing your visits due to this controversy, be careful about that or your lot will dwindle out.

Who Cares!

July 24th, 2012
10:58 am

Does anyone really care what Henson or that bleeding heart liberal mayor in Boston really thinks?? NO! Everyone and all businesses are entitled to their own opinion and beliefs. That includes Chick-Fil-A. Would all the gay marriage supporters stop trying to impose your beliefs and opinions on everyone else! Thank you!

Jeff

July 24th, 2012
10:58 am

GOOD For CHICK-FIL-A, Gonzo and Jim Henson Industries can Pddle their wares Elseware…, Everyone is Entitled to Holding to their Traditional Beliefs especially Those Which CHICK-FIL-A Has ALways adhered to, and Everyone who has Ever Purchased anything at CHICK-FIL-A, Knows They are a Cut-Above any Competition, Anywhere. Their Employees are ALways willing to go the Extra Step to make your Visit a Pleasant experience. I am Thankful for the Convictions Held by Chick-fil-A, We Should make it point to go there for Lunch or Dinner TODAY, Support their Positive Impact on our Community !

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
10:58 am

Dan the Man…..

Just what we need…..heavily armed soccer moms in theaters. Yeah boy! That will solve the problem for sure. Hey….why not just let all those soccer moms shoot all the “libs” and “gays” in the country….Yeah boy! That really solves the problem. Hey….why stop there. Lets get the black and the Jews why we are at it. Yeah Boy! That’s the ticket! I am foaming at the mouth right now….heck….what stop there…..let’s shoot everyone that is not a member of the Tea Party and the NRA….Yeah boy!!!! Heck….what are we waiting for…..let’s get started right now.

Ace

July 24th, 2012
10:58 am

They don’t want gays; the gays are giving them what they want.

JB

July 24th, 2012
10:58 am

And yes, Christians fall short EVERYDAY.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 24th, 2012
10:59 am

@ Kamchak – I’m pretty sure I know what it is that you like to swallow…

I am certain that you know no such thing, sport.

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I beg to differ. I know a lot about the employee training programs at Chick Fil A vs. other FF chains.

I worked for Chick-fil-A as my first job in the early 70s so I have experienced that employee training. Of course back then they were mainly a mall oriented food service industry with only the Dwarf House and an East Point location as outside the mall stores and the training was up to the individual store managers.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

July 24th, 2012
10:59 am

@Ann..

Yes, that gay lifestyle of chick-fil-a avoidance has done wonders for the Svelt Chaz Bono.

Hmmmmmm!

July 24th, 2012
10:59 am

Words from the #1 hater of all time.

John 8:34Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35“The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. 36“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. 37“I know that you are Abraham’s descendants; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. 38“I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father.”

39They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said * to them, “If you are Abraham’s children, do the deeds of Abraham. 40“But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do. 41“You are doing the deeds of your father.” They said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father: God.” 42Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me. 43“Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. 44“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45“But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. 46“Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? 47“He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”

Lord my prayer is that you would teach me to not be like the people of this world. To tolerate anothers views is not love, it is intstead not caring enough about the others well being to speak the truth no matter what it may cost me. To tolerate is to not know the love You give to those who earnestly seek You.

More words from the hater Jesus.
Luke 16:13“No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

It appears Mr. Cathy has chosen to love God.

More words from the Hater:
42Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me. 43“Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. 44“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45“But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. 46“Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? 47“He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”

Again:
John 14:15“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

Again: John 14:“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. 24“He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.

I believe the Hater Jesus would say His Father was the Father of the Old Testament also.

Again some words from the Hater Jesus:
Revelations 3:19 ‘Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. 20‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. 21‘He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

Seems Jesus believed in hell:
Matthew 10:28“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Seems Jesus understood He and His people would be called haters:
Matthew 10:34“Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35“For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. 37“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38“And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39“He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it. 40“He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. 41“He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42“And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”

And some final words from the Hater who hated you enough to give His life for you so that you would no longer have to be ruled by what ever sin you are a slave to.
16“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19“This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20“For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21“But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

One final thought. If I do not believe exactly all of the words of Jesus can I really say I have believed in Jesus?

REGEE

July 24th, 2012
10:59 am

I’m going to Chick Fil -A from now on, sounds like a great american place to eat with nornmal people.

JB

July 24th, 2012
10:59 am

OK, a little more for those who have darkened a church door…..They fall short to the Glory of God. All are sinners.

Jared

July 24th, 2012
10:59 am

Jill wants to marry her first cousin. Frank wants to marry both Becky and Sarah. Why does marriage have to be limited to two people who are not related? Where does it all end? Marriage is what it is and there are limits on everything. You don’t have the right to walk naked down the street, and marriage is something reserved for a man and a woman. If gays don’t like it too bad. There are civil unions that give gay couples rights, so don’t come on here and whine that you can’t visit your gay partner in a hospital or claim their inheritence. It’s simply not true, so stop spreading lies to advance your agenda.

JB

July 24th, 2012
11:00 am

s/b who have not darkened a door

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
11:00 am

JB….

You might be surprised when you pick Jesus….that he picked the gays and not you.

REGEE

July 24th, 2012
11:00 am

I’m going to Chick- Fil -A from now on, sounds like a great american place to eat with normal people.

Rebecca

July 24th, 2012
11:01 am

CFA is a Christian company. I know that when I pass by one each morning on my way to work. The founder, his family, and his executive staff do not represent me or my beliefs in any way shape or form. While Cathy certainly has the right to believe and say what he wants, he also has to know that his views can and will be seen and judged.

I have yet to see why he felt the need to make a statement on something that has no bearing on his company. If I want to hear about chicken, I turn to the Cathy family. If I want to hear about civil rights, then I turn to my own heart.

Jed

July 24th, 2012
11:01 am

All these comments make me hungry. I think I’ll buy some Chick-fil-A for lunch, support a good cause.

beth

July 24th, 2012
11:01 am

People really eat at Chick-Fil-A? I don’t care whether they are for or against same sex marriage, I still would never eat there.

MikeC

July 24th, 2012
11:01 am

Good move, Muppets! Just because CFA doesn’t agree with your set of moral values, you’re gonna take your ball and go home? Great example of inclusiveness, there…………

Oblama

July 24th, 2012
11:02 am

To the uniformed, Christianity is not a religion. If you study religions that exist in the world today, you will discover that they are all rooted one of three concepts, or a combination of the three. These concepts are : Epistemology: In this system you must discover and master a set of truths and faithfully pursue them throughout your lifetime. In this concept of religion thinking or knowledge becomes the means by which you reach God. 2) Existentialism. In this system the objective is to engage in the mythical. In other words, to reach out to God with your feelings, and discover some new kind of mystical experience that will redefine life for you and set you on the path toward God. In this system of religion feeling and experience become the means through which you reach God. 3) Pragmatism. In this system of religion, the emphasis is upon actions, or in other words, what you do. It consists of a set of rules ( often lengthy) that you must follow. If you faithfully do these things then you will eventually get to God. Christianity is not rooted in ANY of these concepts: hence it is not a religion. Jesus did not come in to the world to give us new knowledge about God, nor a new experience of God, nor tell us new things to do to become like God. He came to be God among us. In other words, if you look at Jesus you re actually seeing God. His claim was ontological (nature of being), based on His actually being God in the flesh. In John 1:1 we read the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Christianity is vastly different from the religions of the world for three reasons: first, it does not rest upon mastering a set of beliefs: second, it does not rest upon having certain mystical life – changing experiences: third, it does not rest upon living a good life. Rather, it rests totally upon the person and work of Jesus Christ. In Timothy 1:12, Paul did not say I know what I have believed, but rather I know in whom I have believed. There is a major difference! If you take any of the religious founders out of their particular brand of religion, i.e. Buda, Mohammed, Confucius, etc., it will not make much difference. The important thing in their religion is not the founder, but the teachings they passed on. By their own confession, they were just prophets or the means through which God’s message was channeled. But, if you try to take Christ out of Christianity, the whole system collapses. You cannot take Christ out of Christianity for Christianity is Christ! It is based solely upon His work, and absolutely nothing else! In conclusion, we note three compelling reasons why Christianity is the only true way to God: 1) Incarnation. Jesus did not come as a representative of God, but as God. None of the religious founders ever claimed to be God. But Jesus did! He said, if you have seen Me you have seen the Father (John 14:9). 2) Salvation. Jesus came in to our world for one purpose – to save us from our sins. He went to the cross, and took upon Himself our punishment, thereby becoming the means through which we are saved. His resurrection proves that He accomplished what He came to do. None of the religious founders ever claimed to be the means through which one might be saved. They could not, for they were acutely aware of their own need for salvation – hence their personal search for God. 3) Transformation. Jesus said you must be born again. (John 3:3). You cannot become a Christian by merely accepting a set of beliefs, or by having certain types of mystical experiences, or by attempting to live a good life. None of these things will make you a Christian. The only way to become a Christian is to be born again by the power of almighty God (2 Cor. 5) No religion in the world can make the claim that you can b born again and start life anew. So, are there many paths to God? The world, even many evangelical Christians, would say yes! But the TRUTH is, regardless of the system of religion you choose, it will not get you to God. Th Apostle Paul made it clear – God saved us, not because of righteous things we that we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5). And, just in case there is still some question regarding the issue, Jesus, who was Very God, said, I am the way, the truth, the life. No man comes to the Father, except through Me (John 6:4), issue settled!

Paul

July 24th, 2012
11:03 am

Yes, Chick-Fil-A has always been very open about their Christian beliefs. But what I don’t understand is that that Christians claim to follow the teachings of Christ. Christ taught love for all unconditionally. The only passage inside of the Bible that speaks against man lying with man is in the Old Testament. The Old Testament was written for and by jews before Jesus was born. If this is where they get their justification, then why do they serve bacon?

Scooby

July 24th, 2012
11:03 am

Who cares about Chick-Fil-A? Their food is ugh.

JMS

July 24th, 2012
11:04 am

If I boycotted every company I disagreed with from their social or political stands, I would have to just about everything myself. You are not endorsing their veiws by merely buying a product they make and people that work for them do not always share their veiws, so you would punish them too? Calling for this type of backlash is not about CFA’s being honest about their founders belief, it is about the gay rights activists flexing their muscle, with no thought to the employees of CFA. What happened to this is a free country and each individuals choice. I think it is silly and do not subscribe to boycotting over differing veiws. Last I looked America was a free country and we should be able to disagree, this idea that if you do not agree with me you shall cease to exist is VERY UN American! It is also the liberal way of bulling people to change their veiws yet they are the ones talking about being accepeting of everything from abortions to gay marraige to what ever, yet they refuse to accept that someone does not share their view on gay marriage or abortion. I refuse to have my thoughts a idea’s controled by others unwilling to accept or agree to disagree to differnt opinions. Come on people you have minds of your own do not become someone elses puppet on a string to push their agenda what ever it may be….think for yourselves! Diversity, does that not include someone who believes in traditional marriage?

Woody

July 24th, 2012
11:04 am

For a group of people that want to be accepting of every lifestyle under the sun in the name of inclusiveness. The gay community is the least inclusive group I know of. Chick-fil-a has stated what it views a marriage to be and I accept that.

Pops

July 24th, 2012
11:04 am

I am not opposed to gays and lesbians marrying each other, if that’s what they, as two consenting adults, want to do. At the same time, I don’t begrudge Truett Cathy’s opinion. I admire and respect him as a gentle, old-fashioned, hard-working man of principles and integrity. My parents were the same way, and they would have opposed same-sex marriage, too. In America, the way it’s supposed to work, is you have your opinion, and I have mine; and, since we disagree, we’ll discuss it politely, and then vote on it. But nowadays, if someone’s opinion differs from someone else’s — my God! You start hearing words like “hate-mongers” loosely tossed around, when in fact no one has said they hate anything at all. We’ve become a bunch of spoiled brats who cry “mommy” every time we don’t get our way.

That being said, I think I’ll have a Chick-Fil-A, waffle fries and a fresh-squeezed lemonade today. You boycotters enjoy your nasty Wendy’s “chicken” sandwich.

Jon Pulicicchio

July 24th, 2012
11:04 am

It is nice to see that there is still some form of morality left in this country. Hmmm muppets a childrens toy and stories and are promoting immorality. Makes you wonder the next time you are looking for that toy for Christmas.

Bill

July 24th, 2012
11:04 am

Good for C-F-A, as they support the traditional family. This subject is a personal issue and it should stay that way.

Good- bye Muppets and Company….small children should not be exposed to this subject matter. Take your “progressiveness” somewhere else.

GAtor

July 24th, 2012
11:05 am

Everyone is entitled to their opinion and beliefs…likewise, everyone is entitled to spend their money where they please. While I disagree with the leaders of Chick-fil-a on this, they have every right to speak out on their beliefs.

Chickens

July 24th, 2012
11:05 am

Chic-fi-la > muppets

JB

July 24th, 2012
11:05 am

Henson company may miss all that money they could have continued to donate to pro-gay groups and other groups. Seems that Chick-Fil-A never blinked an eye when donating that money knowing about the Henson company associations that differed from their own.

Jay

July 24th, 2012
11:05 am

If Jim Henson thinks I am going to choose his Muppets over a delicious number 1 combo…he is beyond crazy. Long live Chik Fil A!!

TrishaDishaWarEagle

July 24th, 2012
11:06 am

As the christian population dwarfs the gay population , it is smart business to side with the larger group..from a purely strategic standpoint. But they could always lure the gays back..maybe a free strapon with purchase of 20 value meals.

Gene

July 24th, 2012
11:07 am

I’ve long wondered why the State should care enough about whether two people are enjoying a bodily function to issue a license. Now if a child results there is a vested interest – there is an interest in having that child, a new citizen, reared well. Let’s just let the churches ( or whatever ) “marry” couples as they choose, but issue State sanctioned licenses only if a child is born.

JB

July 24th, 2012
11:07 am

CFA is a gays kind of place…..clean, friendly, good food and good service. I really don’t think most “normal Gays” ( Anderson Cooper would be a good example) really will take offense to it. The kind who dress in pink speedo’s with make up and get in every parade they can are the types that won’t go back. Good for us I say.

SafenSound

July 24th, 2012
11:07 am

I think it’s disturbing that because the owner of Chick-Fil-A has differing beliefs or opinions, would excite such a response resulting in boycotting and at the same time promote such social media cruxificition and not realize at the same time Lisa Henson and others are also denying them their rights to believe otherwise. What a bunch of hypocrites!! So because they don’t support gay marriage, we’ll just pick up our marbles and go home?! What kind of social tolerence is that?! I’ll keep patronzing Chick-Fil-A, but what I’m wondering is will every business in the country take inventory as to an owner’s belief before they will donate or do good business or have good faith business practices in the community based on their beliefs? Where does that leave us because this Nation is made up of diverse beliefs, values, opinions, not only in family but in business, so I guess I can take a stand and never purchase any Jim Henson products because I don’t agree with their, aka Lisa Henson’s opinion, about purchasing a chicken sandwich and use the media to express that opinion. Huh? Where does that leave us people?!! C’mon already!!

Samantha

July 24th, 2012
11:08 am

I am a firm believer in equal rights for all, I do believe that the homosexual community should be allowed to get married, but I do understand Chick-Fil-A’s stand on the topic. This company has a strong Christian foundation and they are holding true to that, so I understand and respect their stand on the issue and will continue to support Chick-Fil-A as well as the homosexual community. I think it is applaudable that a company is staying true to their foundation, so I completely understand.

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
11:08 am

Well…..let’s just keep on polarizing America…..just what the haters of freedom truly want. If you don’t believe it is happening….just look at what is going on in Washington. That polarization is destroying our country from within. Moderation is what works…..just as Ronald Reagan (second term) and Bill Clinton (second term). They both learned this truth from errors made in their first terms. We need less of the Tea Party right wing and less of the legal left wing……and more compromise and solution…..and denying the rights of any group……is right wing wrong….and trying to attacl those who speak their minds according to the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution…..is left wing wrong. Providing rights to everyone and accepting the opinions of others….is middle wing right.

HockeyDawg

July 24th, 2012
11:08 am

Andy, Richard, and all others opposing Chick-fil-A on here, why is it that liberals cannot understand the difference between supporting the traditional definition of marriage, and being anti-gay? Andy, most of the organizations you mentioned that the WinShape Foundation supports are simply conservative organizations that support a Biblical worldview and standing up for traditional Christian principles on a variety of issues. I believe only one of those groups, Exodus International, has the traditional definition of marriage as its primary or close to primary focus. None of these groups teach hate, bigotry, or intolerance. They teach that God loves all of us, regardless of our lifestyle and our faults, and that He can do a tremendous work in our lives if we will allow Him to. But they do uphold the Bible as the ultimate source of truth, and contrary to what some liberal theologians or those on the left would lead you to believe, the Bible is crystal clear that homosexuality (like lying, cheating on your spouse, lust, premarital sex, and many other things that straight people do) is sin.

Same sex couples can have domestic partnerships and civil unions all they want (depending on where they live), and most conservatives don’t get too upset. But when they want to call it MARRIAGE, that changes the very definition of a word that represents one of the very foundational institutions for our country. Once you change the term MARRIAGE to include two people of the same sex, you have changed the very essence of what the word has meant for centuries and centuries. Who’s to say we can’t call 3 men and 1 woman a marriage? How about a man and a dog? How about 4 men, 2 women, and their cats? At that point, the term “Marriage” ceases to have any real meaning. It’s not same sex couples that most conservatives are opposed to – it’s allowing them to call their relationship “marriage”.

Now for folks who choose not to believe the Bible, you can choose to believe what you want. But why the insistence on insulting the leaders of Chick-fil-A, who are simply seeking to live their lives and lead their company according to the values they believe in? Please get it through your heads: Supporting the traditional definition of marriage IS NOT ANTI-GAY! It is simply PRO TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE!

Love Chick Fil A

July 24th, 2012
11:08 am

I will be going to Chick-Fil-A for lunch today. I will make sure to go 2x more than I normally do

Richard Simmons

July 24th, 2012
11:09 am

As usual, conservatives get their panties all twisted in a knot when someone dares question their ignorance. Henson, and gay people, are not burning down CFA nor attempting to deny CFA their rights to believe and say whatever idiocy they desire. What is being said is that Henson and many gay people will no longer do business with CFA because of their beliefs. You spout off that CFA has the right to their beliefs, but obviously you don’t think Henson or gay people also have the right to their own beliefs, too? Why is only CFA’s belief sacrosanct?
As a gay man, I have refused to purchase anything from CFA because my self-respect and dignity is worth more to me than a soggy chicken sandwich. And as evidenced by the wide load signs needed on some of your butts, you’d do well to avoid them, too.

Sophia

July 24th, 2012
11:09 am

I support Chick-Fil-A! I’m going to eat lunch there today! Love the muppets2, but I’m going to enjoy my Chick-Fil-A salad and tea! mmmm mmmm good delicious! I support the Cathy family! I support the Cathy beliefs! I support Chick-Fil-A!

pj

July 24th, 2012
11:09 am

@ Taylor Wooten, no but you might see any of this extensive list of animals exhibiting homosexual behaviors (reminder: humans are animals)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_animals_displaying_homosexual_behavior

Harmon

July 24th, 2012
11:09 am

Finally an organization stands up for their beliefs and does not bow down for the almighty dollar. Since reading this story I will eat more at chick-fil-A and will never again buy a muppet for my kids or grandkids. Bravo again chick-fil-a.

Kathryn

July 24th, 2012
11:10 am

Makes me want to eat more chicken!!

BlondeHoney

July 24th, 2012
11:10 am

And a big welcome to those who usually hang out on Jay’s blog (Kamchek, Paul, etc); welcome to Momania :) Can we get a few more of you over here while Jay’s out on vacation? Please?

Erik

July 24th, 2012
11:10 am

Yet another example of religion’s poison. Yawn.

GAtor

July 24th, 2012
11:11 am

Amen Tampa Gator…

once again

July 24th, 2012
11:11 am

I do not believe in gay marriage. but that doesn’t mean I will condemn the Muppets. The Muppets are for entertainment – Chik-fila is for food. As long as the muppets invite everyone in – just as Chik-fila does – what does it matter. Therein lies the hypocrcy of the left and the liberals.

Butter Pecan

July 24th, 2012
11:11 am

Who cares-EAT MORE CHICKEN!

JB

July 24th, 2012
11:11 am

great post Samantha

Scott

July 24th, 2012
11:11 am

If I hear the term “equal rights” one more time in regards to gay marriage then I think that I will scream. The current marriage laws in Georgia are indeed equal. A man can’t marry another man whether he is gay or normal, and a gay man has the right to marry a woman just like a straight man can. There is nobody saying “Hey, you can’t marry because you are gay!”…. they are just saying that you can’t marry the same sex.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

July 24th, 2012
11:11 am

Boogerman refugees must be in withdrawl to slum in momania..

Love Chick Fil A

July 24th, 2012
11:11 am

Also… I WAS going to travel to Boston later this year. Trip cancelled. I don’t need to be spending my money in a town that harbors a close-minded mayor.

Dr. Reginald Wells

July 24th, 2012
11:11 am

This will be difficult to explain to those who do not believe in God but according to the Bible sin brings punishment. We as Christians know that every person has a right to choose what they will believe in and do but what is the biggest problem here is that people do not see any form of punishment from these acts. Perfect example-if you tell your child to not touch the stove it is an expectation because you know the ramifications from touching the hot stove. The child does not and doesn’t understand what the problem is until they touch the stove. It is the same with sin period and that is not just with homosexuality but lying, divorce, any sex outside of marriage, murder, and other things God stated not to do. It was the agenda to remove the 10 commandments from the public, remove prayer from school, and to criminalize certain Christian acts (people have been arrested and kicked out of public places for praying for others when the people asked as an example) so that now moral relativism steps in-”do as thou wilt as along as no one gets hurt.” The problem is that punishment comes to a nation when sin is allowed to take precedent over God’s law. Oh and the “well what about the shellfish law, the stoning your children when they are disobedient law, divorcing you wife law”……..Acts 15 explains why those specific laws have now served their purpose but laws dealing with sexual immorality, murder, lying (the 10 commandments) still stands. This nation is in trouble (Romans 1:23 onward)

Get It RIght

July 24th, 2012
11:12 am

Read as much of the message from Dan Cathy as you can find and you’ll see that he never said anything “anti-gay”. He only stated his view, and the view that CFA will support, that they believe marriage is betweena man and a woman. It is unfortunate that some of us are not allowed to suppor the things we believe in, such as traditional marriage, family values, etc. , without being labelled as “anti-gay” or “homophobic”. I’m neither against gay folk nor am I afraid of them. Live yor life and let me live mine. The word “tolerance” comes to mind…

Just Me

July 24th, 2012
11:12 am

They support-with huge amounts of money-organizations whose sole objective is to deny civil rights to others.

I wouldn’t spend another dime there if my life depended upon it.

Homophobic, hateful “christians.” Lower case “c.”

sane one

July 24th, 2012
11:12 am

The south is sure doing a good job of embarrassing itself. This is 2012. It’s time to evolve and stop hating in the name of religion.

Omg

July 24th, 2012
11:12 am

“Sexual orientation is not a choice”

That is a lie of course it is a choice.

GaDawg

July 24th, 2012
11:12 am

I applaude Chic-Fil-A and the Cathey family. BUT as usual, Christians don’t have the right to disagree with the liberal agendas of pro gya groups or any other liberal agenda. Liberals say they are the group who accept everyone UNLESS you are a group who has different views than they do. Always one sided!

In any case the company has operated under Christian principles from their very beginning and have the right to do so. If you don’t like them, don’t go there because I assure you they will not suffer any REAL loss of business from those who try to push their agendas down the throats of those who disagree.

Some guy

July 24th, 2012
11:12 am

Chick-fil-A is the only fast food I will eat not. I will make it a point to go there at least twice per week. The mayor of Bean Town is an idiot. The Islamic faith is staunchly opposed to homosexuality. Will he act to prevent additional Mosques from opening in Boston? Oops, too PC for that one. Will he run the Boy Scouts out of town? Idiot.

Omg

July 24th, 2012
11:13 am

Just Me

What civil rights? Please eloborate.

JB

July 24th, 2012
11:13 am

Richard Simmons…………Are it’s your right…..As Mr Cathy has a right. We will miss you.

Sara

July 24th, 2012
11:14 am

Hypothetical question: If this was the 1950’s, and if Chick-fil-A was ALL FOR the segregation of the races, would those of you who don’t believe in equality for all applaud them for standing up for their beliefs? Beliefs or not..denying someone their pursuit of happiness is unconstitutional, unethical, and UN-AMERICAN. I’ll take the Muppets…you guys can have Mike Huckabee. I really hope someday you’ll all find that rainbow connection.

non-religious opinion

July 24th, 2012
11:14 am

Okay folks…here goes. Firstly, let me say I have been married, divorced, had bisexual flings at a younger age, and am a God-fearing, non-churchgoing black female in my 40’s living in Atlanta metro. I am a lot of things, as most people are. I have a right to my opinion and so does Chik-Fil-A. Apparently, most of the states in our nation hold this same opinion and have made it LAW. So why aren’t these folks boycotting their entire country? Gay marriage is really NOT an issue because it doesn’t actually exist most places. Gay people need to stop whining so much! Please GET OVER the need to be accepted by people (or an entire nation). They just want everyone to stamp ‘NORMAL’ on their forehead so that they can pretend that people aren’t still thinking what their thinking.

GAY is not the norm, although it is a normal lifestyle for some people. I am not the norm either – single, divorced, raising children alone, eccentric as hell, etc., etc. I don’t have to scream to the rooftops for someone to accept me, I ACCEPT ME!!

Realize that no one will respect your opinions when you won’t even let theirs be heard. Also, legislation cannot change the heart of a man or woman. Allow for the natural progression of things in that arena and some people may come to a better understanding. NO ONE wants to be force fed!

Lastly, Gay folks, PLEASE speak to some of your brethren and sistren…they give you a bad name with the way they carry themselves…We have this problem in the Black community as well. But, at least you all aren’t fighting against CONSTANT misrepresentation in the media. There are plenty of respectable, well-spoken, logical GAY people in the media, BUT what about those living in our neighborhoods acting in ways a LOT of folks don’t agree with? Work on them and maybe you’ll change some opinions. BUT, as long as your flaming friends walk the streets offending people’s sensibilities, your group is likely to garner bad reviews.

I should know…I see it on the streets, on TV, everywhere they’ve (ignorant Black folks) got black folks looking like buffoons….IT IS NOT TRUE!! And your sistren and brethren have the GAY population painted the same way. PEOPLE BELIEVE WHAT THEY SEE and what we see here in Atlanta is not pretty.

Take heart, at least they take great pains to make you all appear MAINSTREAM in mass media. Black people would have to fight the battle on both fields. Good thing we got over whining in public about it (well, at least most of us).

One more thing, please know that GAY RIGHTS does not = ACCEPTANCE. Nor is it a violation of anyone’s civil rights to say you don’t like their views or lifestyle. Chik-Fil-A has not decided to ban GAY folks from the restaurants. I actually applaud Mr. Cathy for being an American who exercises his civil liberties…EVER HEARD OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH?!!

JayBee

July 24th, 2012
11:14 am

I applaud Chik-fil-A for standing firm on this “controversial” issue. As a private business, they can state their opinion! It is not about hatred or exclusion or anyone’s rights–it is about what the Cathy family believes and is a part of their faith. I have never heard the folks at Chik-fil-A state they refuse to serve an LGBT person? Not at all. This is NOT a “civil rights” issue, folks, and for those of you who believe it is…do your research. Dr. King would NOT be marching in the streets for the “civil rights” of those who choose to live in sinful relationships.

Fred C. Donovan

July 24th, 2012
11:14 am

I was in the same Harvard Business School class with Dan Cathy in the late 80’s……he was then, as he is now, a very straight forward and honest person and we all admired his ability to think things through and arrive at long term solutions in lieu of immediate benefits…..his case study analyses were based on strong principles and consistenty correct….his personal ethics prevailed over “short term” results…….

All I can say is that to be “politically correct” is very seldom “correct”…..this is the very reason we our nation is in the “polotical” mess we are in…….we need more Dan Cathys as our leaders and fewer Jim Hensons……

Omg

July 24th, 2012
11:14 am

sane one

Prove your theory because it is not fact.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

July 24th, 2012
11:14 am

@sane one, what part of the south is California, Iowa, and Michigan in? you have a funky map. The residents of those states all passed constitutional ammendments to bar gay marriage.

once again

July 24th, 2012
11:14 am

Remember this – the South will protect its own .

Adam

July 24th, 2012
11:15 am

Kerri-You probably need to be mum on this subject because you are sounding like an idiot. I have three gay siblings. I love them very much. But I appreciate Chick-fi-la’s stance. By the way, you are best advertisement they have had in years. Forget the cows, you are the best press they have gotten in a while. I am very happily married and tend to think that a unionis is between a Man and a Woman.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 24th, 2012
11:15 am

How about a man and a dog?

Ah yes, the zoophilia card. :roll:

This is known as a false equivalence. A marriage is a legal contract and animals cannot enter in a legal contract.

Smarter trolls please.

Jay

July 24th, 2012
11:15 am

Chickfila has always been my first choice to visit. Their stand is a great reminder of why!!! If only we all had the backbone, faith, and values of the Cathy Family.

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
11:15 am

Question: Did Cathy make this statement as a representative of Chick Fil A…..or did he make it from a personal point of view. Just curious. It really doesn’t matter either way. Since Chick Fil A is a private company….and Cathy lives in America. Until CFA becomes a public owned enterprise….the company and its execs are free to say anything they want in public without responsiblity other than unto themselves and their families. Period. Also….each individual has the right to eat at or not ear at CFA. I have a feeling that their business will stay what it is…..a good place to have a quality chicken sandwich.

sam

July 24th, 2012
11:15 am

Typical attitude of the world – “We have the right to say and be who we are (gay rights) and you can do the same – as long as you agree with us. If not, we’ll wage war against you.” Hey, if you gay and want to get married, fine. But if Cathy’s opinion is different, why can’t you (gay marriage supporters) just say fine. The world always points to the church and claim a double standard (and there has been at times), but perhaps the world needs to examine it’s own standards. Cathy made it in this world through faith (and part of that was not opening on Sundays) – do you really think Boston or the Henson Company is gonna make a difference. Get over yourselves!

TrishaDishaWarEagle

July 24th, 2012
11:16 am

@sara..when I want to taste the rainbow, I reach for skittles, not a dental dam.

Don Scott, Jr.

July 24th, 2012
11:17 am

I think I will patronize Chic-fil-A more frequently from now on!

Chick-Fil-A Forever

July 24th, 2012
11:18 am

To Tampa Gator: “Sure sounds like hate to me. But…if not….is sure is intolerance of others….which breeds more intolerance and then lots of hate of others different than myself or ourselves….and even worse (see circa 1940s)…….some would like to take us back to those second dark ages.” The truth is what it is. It has nothing to do with hate or intolerance. Marriage was ordained by God for the purpose of creating and raising a family in a two parent (male and female) household. That should be obvious to anyone with any knowledge of history or biology. If you believe the earth is round (based on facts = truth), does that automatically mean that you hate those who belong to the flat earth society? Does that automatically make you intolerant???? Accoring to your own logic, if you think you are right and I am wrong, that means that you automatically hate me and are intolerant of me. You can’t have it both ways. Think man…THINK!!!

Sooo Typical

July 24th, 2012
11:19 am

I love how conservatives applaud Chick-Fil-A for standing by their beliefs then bash the Henson Company for standing by their beliefs.

Rob

July 24th, 2012
11:19 am

Works both ways….We’ll cease watching Muppets movies and buying their products as well because they don’t line up with our beliefs.

Out There

July 24th, 2012
11:19 am

I want to walk down the street naked, wearing only a purple silk bow tied around my genitals. But I can’t do it because of all you hate-mongering genitalphobes. I’m not going to eat anywhere, because every food manufacturer in the world is intolerant of my lifestyle. I’m starving to death.

Illegal Immigrant

July 24th, 2012
11:19 am

Oblama is right. If you are uniformed this is a very good description of what Christianity really is. It is NOT a religion. Jesus (God) loves us all no matter who we are or where we come from. If you want God in your life you must invite Him in. Just ask Him to be part of your life and He will make you a better and happier person.

Lynda

July 24th, 2012
11:19 am

I commend Chick-fil-A on its stance! There are many that feel the same way. So if the Muppet Show wants to cut ties with them, so be it! It will not stop me from buying their food.

Mitch (the one in Rome)

July 24th, 2012
11:19 am

It’s ok to be free as long as you don’t break any accepted societal taboos, then you are not free to say so, or others will seek to have you shut up. That is not free. That is old Soviet Union. At least CFA didn’t break any real laws. Really, Henson is just showing their ignorance and folly. Oh well. Their loss.

Chick-Fil-A Forever

July 24th, 2012
11:20 am

To Tampa Gator: Use your head! Think!

kendall

July 24th, 2012
11:20 am

This is really getting old. When i was a child and thought about marriage, i thought of one man and one woman. Even as young as i was, i can remember knowing that two men and two women being together in that way was wrong. And no one had to teach me that. I wish people would stop trying to change the way the majority of us think, and just drop it. Feel free to do what you want, just don’t try to force feed me your sins………i got my own to deal with!!

Teresa

July 24th, 2012
11:20 am

Stand by your values Chick-Fil-A. Just because the entire world agrees with gay marriage does not make it right. I am proud of the stern position the company is taking. Glad your not bending over and taking it like the rest of these morally corrupt companies

Torpedo

July 24th, 2012
11:21 am

My guess is those raising cain about this will now begin to research all restaurants they visit to see if they are pro-gay marriage or not before eating there.

Gregg

July 24th, 2012
11:21 am

I am not homosexual but can’t understand why someone’s personal preference has to do with selling chicken. Keep your bigoted attitudes to yourself. This attitude is one of the reasons i could never call myself a Christian. If this is Christian behavior then its clearly not for me. I preferred Chick-fil-A over other fast food choices and a Peach Bowl fan. Unfortunately, I can not look myself in the mirror if I were to give them another dime. We are going to petition to have them removed from our elementary school – Chick-Fil-A Friday’s too

Whatever

July 24th, 2012
11:21 am

HUGE fan of Chik-fil-A! Great to see they stand up for what they believe in. Now days you are an cast down if you stand up for what you believe in. Gay people say and do whatever they want. You know, the protected people who live in sin.

Michael

July 24th, 2012
11:22 am

I agree that the company has the right to “believe” in what it *thinks* the bible meant, but to physically put money towards organizations that promote hate, supression, and un-equal rights? That is what goes beyond the line. I have no doubt Chic-Fil-a would also donate to anything anti-black (and THEN what would everyone say???)

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
11:22 am

Omg….

You are so wrong in my opinion based on what I have seen in life. Often….it is not a choice for some. With some, it is. Some have tried to change their sexual orientation for various reasons (trying to please family and church primarily) and it is just not in their true nature. It is natural for me to be with a woman….and….for me….unnatural (repulsive actually) to be with a man. I could not change to being gay no matter how much I tried (and I have no physical desire to try)…..it just comes natural for me to NOT be gay. But not so for some.

tepinatlanta

July 24th, 2012
11:23 am

We all will have to take a stand on this and other Biblical truths now and in the near future. Chick-fil-A is right on when they warn about God’s judgment on taking pride in lawlessness, the Church should be doing that as well. It’s coming one day that unless you have his mark you can’t buy or sell. How will you stand on that issue? The Bible is plain if you have eyes that see and ear’s that hear! As for me and my house we will follow the Lord. Any questions read the book.
tepinatlanta

Sheila Wooods

July 24th, 2012
11:23 am

I thought freedom of speech was for every one including business owners. I applaude Mr. Cathey for his stand on marriage. I and my family will continue to support Chick-Fil-A. May God bless and keep you. He is the one that gives increase.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

July 24th, 2012
11:23 am

you could see this coming from the episode of the Muppet show with Elton John..

brent

July 24th, 2012
11:23 am

gosh i love chick fil a. i will eat there even more

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
11:24 am

Whatever…..

Nice judgemental opinion of others different than yourself…..well learned….in church and the Bible….I bet.

Omg

July 24th, 2012
11:24 am

Sooo Typical

You dont get it do you ST? The muppets are boycotting Cick-Fil-A for their beliefs. I now will not watch the muppets and will destroy those muppets movies in my collection. I will not purchase any muppet toys or paraphernalia. How thats Soooo Tyyypcial?

Dan is the Man

July 24th, 2012
11:25 am

@ Tampa Gator, glad to hear you say that the right of my group (NRA) will be protected under your reign.

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
11:25 am

Sheila Woods…..

Praise Rev. Dollar….and pass the offering plate on to him.

sangee

July 24th, 2012
11:25 am

I am a Catholic, not a Baptist, Jew, Muslim, athiest, etc. Just because we have different beliefs does not mean I love and respect them any less. Some Catholics are butts. There are butts in every religion and organization. My beliefs do not hurt anyone. Every person or organization has the right to their own beliefs as long as they are not hateful. I honestly do not believe the comments made by C-F-A were hateful. If they were hateful I would drop them like a very hot chicken. Marriage between two people of the same sex is not hateful, it is their religious beliefs. They are not saying homosexuals are not allowed in their place of business, that homosexuals must sit in the back of the bus, can’t drink from the same water fountain or use the same toilets, can’t attend the same schools as their children do, or burn crosses in front of their homes and places of worship. I don’t see them conducting war with, and killing people because they are homosexuals. CFA is stating their beliefs, not being hateful. I believe homosexuals have the right to marry someone they love. I believe that CFA has the right to express their religious beliefs. EVERYONE has the right to express their beliefs. I will not stop believing homosexuals have the right to marry someone they love of the same sex, nor will I stop frequenting CFA because of their religious belief. Come on folks, which of you have the same beliefs as everyone else on every thing? Are you going to stop going everywhere? Stop talking to everyone? etc.?

Tommy

July 24th, 2012
11:25 am

No one wants a Muffett-Fil-A sandwich anyway.

Omg

July 24th, 2012
11:27 am

I think we should get together and send AJC/CNN a big bucket of Chick-Fil-A.

brent

July 24th, 2012
11:27 am

I checked today –
My 4 yr old still thinks ‘piggy’ and ‘kermey’ are cool, my 10 yr old will still eat CFA every day if we let him, and the line at my local CFA has been no shorter for lunch since the story broke. Something tells me that at the end of the day, the politics of this will not matter.

Chick-Fil-A Forever

July 24th, 2012
11:28 am

To Tampa Gator: Why was the 1940s the “dark ages?” “The “Dark Ages” was a historical periodization emphasizing the cultural and economic deterioration that supposedly occurred in Europe following the decline of the Roman Empire.” If anything, that term would more accurately apply to today than in the 1940s, when America defeated the axis powers and liberated Europe from Hitler (the most hateful and intolerant man who had ever lived) and the Nazis. We are witnessing the cultural and economic decline of our nation today by people who proclaim the virtures of diversity and intolerence while at the same time being non-inclusive and intolerant of ANYONE who disagrees with them. Think man…THINK!

ChristianNotBotheringAnyone

July 24th, 2012
11:28 am

All of you “enlightened” and “educated” liberals/atheists who claim to not believe in He ll, all while mocking God and viciously attacking those whose opinions differ from your own, are in for a real surprise.

ricardus

July 24th, 2012
11:28 am

I stand with Chick-Fil-A as their response to gay “marrriage” is the same as mine. I don’t buy any of this “diversity” and “inclusiveness” garbage as it diminishes me personally. I am a Christian. a Catholic and an American, therefore I can’t buy into any of this stuff.

ctommyw

July 24th, 2012
11:30 am

JIM HENSON just lost all my business… what you wanta bet—- henson gets hurt the most in this spat..

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
11:30 am

Dan is the Man….

They have every right to exist under the U.S. Constitution….as long as their organization does not start to abuse the rights of others…..and that might have happened in Colorado……with the NRA helping get passed the assualt weapons laws (or prevented the curbing the limitation of the sell of them). I have no issue with people owning shotguns and handguns….legally….for hunting and other recreational activities that make sense. But why do American citizens need multiple assault weapons and tons of ammo to go with them? That collection has only one purpose….to kill people….including those who just want to watch a movie with friends and family. I am hoping that something good comes from thir horror….please God.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 24th, 2012
11:31 am

Question: Did Cathy make this statement as a representative of Chick Fil A…..or did he make it from a personal point of view.

He was speaking on behalf of the entire corporation

Just curious. It really doesn’t matter either way.

And I disagree. Had he stated that this is his personal view and not dragged the Chick-fil-A name into it, I would still buy their product.

Even were he to recant his statement, my relationship with Chick-fil-A would still be over. In fact I would lose what respect for the man that I still have.

And all this crap about denying him his free speech — BS. No one here has said that Dan Cathy doesn’t have a right to his views or he doesn’t have a right to express them.

The point is, that by expressing his views, and dragging Chick-fil-A into this, Dan Cathy will have to face consequences.

Mel

July 24th, 2012
11:31 am

What if Chick-fil-A donated to the KKK? What would everyone say then?

lexman

July 24th, 2012
11:32 am

EAT MORE CHICKEN!!!!

Mel

July 24th, 2012
11:32 am

And Chick-fil-A has the right to “stand up” for what they “believe” in but the Jim Henson Company doesn’t? Are some of you listening to yourselves???

jake

July 24th, 2012
11:32 am

I vow to eat chick fil a at least twice a week.

Ace

July 24th, 2012
11:33 am

Planned marketing strategy, no doubt about it. They know what kind of customers they seek.

Atlbilly

July 24th, 2012
11:33 am

In my business, I’m not going to deny service to anyone with religious beliefs, because that would be discriminatory. But I will donate proceeds of my business to promote anti-religious groups. Hey I’m entitled to my opinion right? RIGHT!?

Billy Hill

July 24th, 2012
11:34 am

Those weird little nuggets are mucho nasty….no big loss to stop eating there. Forget the controversy, the food itself is the best reason to boycott. Eat real food…it’s healthier.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

July 24th, 2012
11:34 am

Chick-fil-a cows….”ete mor chikun”

The late Jim Henson…”Anyone got an aspirin, I feel a cold coming on..”

my2cents

July 24th, 2012
11:34 am

Muppets do NOT eat. Jim Henson is dead – who has the agenda and is hiding behind a popular kids show? Show yourself.

lovechickfila

July 24th, 2012
11:34 am

I think that chickfila can do whatever they want, and it isnt hard to see that they would choose this because they are a strongly christian based restaurant and i think they would get more approval if they did stop talking about their ontroversial views but they have the right to say whatever they want and if it insults you so much good for you dont eat there its not that hard. I support gay marriage but that isnt going to stop me from eating at chickfila

Mel

July 24th, 2012
11:34 am

Jake, your heart doctor will love you for it.

Native Atlantan

July 24th, 2012
11:34 am

Jeez, no surprises here. You’d have to live under a rock to not realize Chik-fil-a is a Christian based private organization. As a gay man, I’ve recognized this for years but I salute them for publicly sharing their beliefs. Do I see them differently now — nope, not a bit. Still love their food and especially their excellent service. Kudos to Chik-fil-a for taking a stand. Do I agree, no — but that’s ok.

ChristianNotBotheringYou

July 24th, 2012
11:35 am

All of the “enlightened” and so-called “educated” liberals/atheists on this blog who claim to not believe in H ell, all while mocking God and viciously attacking the innocent whose opinions differ from their own, are in for a real surprise one day.

Wiser Than Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
11:35 am

Come on Tampa Gator, you don’t really expect us rational and logical people who know right from wrong to buy into your BS do you???

Hhmmmm

July 24th, 2012
11:35 am

@Michael, what an ignorant hack, what in the world would lead you to believe that Christian beliefs would suppport racist organization contributions . . . what a smuck . . .

Rules

July 24th, 2012
11:35 am

None so intolerant as those who preach tolerance.

ken

July 24th, 2012
11:36 am

Jon Pulicicchio:

Immorality, really? You think homosexuality is immoral? I can’t stress enough to those that seem not to understand, homosexuality is not a choice. You are either heterosexual or homosexual, you can’t change that. It’s no one’s fault that they are gay. Just as it’s no one’s fault they are female, black, Asian, etc. Yes, CFA is entitled to voice their opinion, but the root of the matter is same sex marriage. Why prohibit equal rights? Why should same sex couples not be allowed to marry??

ADD

July 24th, 2012
11:36 am

What is the purpose of prolonging this comment posting? Obviously, the purpose is to fan the flames on this issue. Everyone has already said everything that can possibly be said about this situation – all the columnist is doing at this poing it milking the controversy – and there is already enough dvisiveness on this subject. Shut down the post, already. Enough is enough.

Hypocrisy is a two way street

July 24th, 2012
11:36 am

Don’t eat chicken but if I did I would buy it from Chick-Fil-A if they served good chicken. Freedom of speech and opinion is guaranteed in the Constitution even if you don’t agree with what others believe. I also would eat in a good restaurant if it was operated by gay owners or folks who backed gay marriage even if I personally do not. What makes this a great country is the fact that each of us is entitled to our own views on issues even the devisive ones and we should respect the rights of others to respectfully disagree without being hateful about it. Heck..even my wife and I disagree at times although I am smart enough to keep my mouth shut when we do. Hypocrisy is indded a two way street!

Mel

July 24th, 2012
11:37 am

Hhmmmm – the organizations Chick-fil-A is supporting are discriminatory.

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
11:37 am

ChickFilAForver…..

I don’t need a history lesson on the Dark Ages…..it was a time of nearly total religious, social, and political intolerance and abuse of individual freedoms where anyone who did not think according to the church led governement was either severely tortured (mentally and physically) or killed. I think Hiter and the Nazis fulfilled each one of those three categories…..and therefore came my association of the Dark Ages to what happened in the 1940s.

….and I think I have clearly stated that I agree with your last sentence this morning. You can’t have it just one way…..and that moderation is the solution…..not polarization of left and right points of view. And there is a lot of polarization on here this morning……and very little compromise of solution being discussed. But that is America today….isn’t it?

ChristianNotBotheringYou

July 24th, 2012
11:37 am

It sounds like “Kermit The Frog” is now…

KERMIT THE INTOLERANT.

OHNO!

July 24th, 2012
11:38 am

Are you telling me that Gonzo is gay?

ChristianNotBotheringYou

July 24th, 2012
11:38 am

Frog tastes just like Chicken, anyway.

Disneyownsmuppets

July 24th, 2012
11:39 am

If people are going to boycott The Muppets, be sure to boycott Walt Disney Company since they OWN The muppets….so be sure to throw out all your kids Disney movies and music and do not go visit his theme parks…oh you already did?? Be sure your take all your pictures down of that magical trip down off of your facebook page!!

Smarter Than Kamchak

July 24th, 2012
11:39 am

Kamchak (what a silly name): You said Dan Cathy will have to face the consequences for stating his opinion. I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU. He will have to face increased revenue and growing sales from all of us across the nation who support him and the stand he is taking. Face the consequences Dan, we are behind you all the way!!!!

Sadchicken

July 24th, 2012
11:39 am

I support free speech, but have a hard time understanding why being Christian (and i am one) gives me the right to discriminate against anyone based on race, sexuality, etc. i don’t know how many gay people have eaten at CFA, but i’m assuming their money is not welcome either. Will CFA be offering refunds? Will CFA post CLEAR signs on their doors saying who is allowed to eat there? I won’t be eating there anymore. My god loves everybody.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 24th, 2012
11:39 am

Frog tastes just like Chicken, anyway.

No, it really doesn’t

Mel

July 24th, 2012
11:40 am

ChristianNotBotheringYou… Christians can be pretty intolerant as well. As evidenced by the many “tolerant” and “loving” and “Christian” posts here.

Way to Go Chick Fil A

July 24th, 2012
11:40 am

Way to go Chick Fil A for standing up for what they believe in! I’m so tired of everyone having to have the media’s opinion or it’s wrong. I will continue to eat at Chick Fil A and support them.

Dan is the Man

July 24th, 2012
11:40 am

@ Tampa Gator there ya go again limiting my freedom based on your opinion of what is enough.

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
11:40 am

Wiser than Tampa Gator…..

I feel much better now that I know YOU know what right and wrong is…..and I have no clue.

Adrian

July 24th, 2012
11:40 am

You didn’t really think Gonzo used that long, curved nose ONLY for sniffing and breathing, did you?

Smarter Than Kamchak

July 24th, 2012
11:41 am

Great idea Disneyownsmuppets! I WILL GLADLY FOLLOW YOUR ADVICE AND DO JUST THAT BEFORE LUNCH TODAY!

Out There

July 24th, 2012
11:41 am

I prefer the vanilla shakes at Chick-Fil-A because, personally, I believe they taste better than chocolate. Apparently, that makes me a “hater” of chocolate and a chockophobe, and unworthy of having relationships with those who prefer chocolate. I plan to march down Peachtree this afternoon wearing nothing but a Speedo with a vanilla milkshake tied to the front of it.

Atlbilly

July 24th, 2012
11:41 am

ricardus – “I stand with Chick-Fil-A as their response to gay “marrriage” is the same as mine. I don’t buy any of this “diversity” and “inclusiveness” garbage as it diminishes me personally. I am a Christian. a Catholic and an American, therefore I can’t buy into any of this stuff.”

Thanks for exemplifying the very reason that I can’t buy into any of that “religion” stuff. Religious people don’t worship God. They worship themselves.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 24th, 2012
11:42 am

I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU.

I TOTALLY THINK YOU SHOULD SWITCH TO DECAF!

Nancy

July 24th, 2012
11:42 am

I support the Muppets and Jim Henson Company. Everyone has a right to marriage, no matter what, “straight” or “gay”.

AmVet

July 24th, 2012
11:42 am

I bought their overpriced, tasteless cr@p once a few years ago. I never made that mistake again.

That others are easily swayed by clever Madison Avenue manipulators into thinking it is not, is their choice.

At any rate, good on the Hensons.

Not that the agents of intolerance care, they have enough money that they don’t have to…

Eat Mor Chikin

July 24th, 2012
11:43 am

Actually, I hope more gay supporters boycott Chick-fil-a. That’s more chicken for me and less time waiting in line because the Chick-fil-a’s around here are always crowded…

Chas Foster Kane

July 24th, 2012
11:43 am

a chikken shid outfit. scroo ‘em!

MNATL

July 24th, 2012
11:43 am

I’m done with Chick-Fil-A forever. They can take their stand and so can I.

Wiser than Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
11:44 am

Glad to hear that Tampa Gator finally has realized the weaknesses and irrationality of his perverted views!

j

July 24th, 2012
11:44 am

Quite frankly, this is more of an issue regarding civil rights. Very similar to when the government didn’t allow women to vote or the black rights civil movement in the 60s. Chick-Fil-A’s owner should have not said anything. we all know they are a religious based company. i’m fine with that … but rarely do i stop buying from somebody based on their religious beliefs. However, i have family members that are gay and friends that are gay, and this is a strong issue i support. This is why i choose not to eat Chick-Fil-A anymore. it saddens me b/c i LOVE their food and they have great employees and service.

ADD

July 24th, 2012
11:44 am

What is the purpose of prolonging this comment posting? Obviously, the purpose is to fan the flames on this issue. Everyone has already said everything that can possibly be said about this situation – all the columnist is doing at this point is milking the controversy – and there is already enough divisiveness on this subject – and most other subjects as well.

Shut down the post, already. Enough is enough. No one is going to change their minds on this matter, at least not any time soon.

Adrian

July 24th, 2012
11:44 am

Mel @ 11:40 am clearly has unresolved personal issues with Christians themselves, regardless of whatever beliefs those Christians hold.

ConcernedMom

July 24th, 2012
11:44 am

I support Chick-Fil-A in their decision and stand by them… Heterosexuals…we seem to be the minority and if we say No.. we won’t conform.. or accept… then we’re wrong… we’re biased.. no.. we made a decision.. Just like you did… so if I don’t agree with it.. You won’t MAKE ME… that’s disgusting and I feel bullied… Furthermore…I won’t be supporting anything related to the Jim Henson Company.. EVER… BULLIES

Mike

July 24th, 2012
11:45 am

I agree with something I heard someone else say – marriage licenses were created as a way to raise tax revenue. Why not allow counties to issue “civil union” licenses to both heterosexual and homosexual people and allow churches to “marry” people. Some denominations support gay marriage, other’s don’t, but then the marriage issue wouldn’t be an issue. If you don’t attend church (straight or gay) then you would be legal via civil union.

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
11:47 am

Dan the Man……

I have no idea what you are talking about. How am I limiting your freedom? I am just expressing my opinion….under the U.S. Constitution. But I do feel…..you do little reading of my posts with little or no understanding of point expressed…..and just a lot of immediate overreacting to them…..which is typical of a reactionary…..but you also have that right under the U.S. Constitution…….but the lack of reading comprehension and critical thinking skills….as I have seen on a bumper sticker…..”should be painful”….in my opinion…..and that opinion is protected by the U.S. Constitution as well.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 24th, 2012
11:47 am

Does anyone have a ConcernedMom to English dictionary?

G.I. Joe

July 24th, 2012
11:47 am

I support Chick – Fil – A 100%. For those of you spewing hate about
Christians and calling Christianity a religion go to Oblama (11:02 a.m.) and read the best description of Christianity and what it’s about that I have ever seen. You should not be speaking out of ignorance when you criticize Christianity. Read and be educated.

DH216

July 24th, 2012
11:47 am

Is ANY of this really a surprise? Chick-Fil-A is closed on Sundays. Jim Henson gave us Bert and Ernie. Seriously people!

John

July 24th, 2012
11:48 am

WinShape donated $1,733,699 to multiple anti-gay groups:
• Marriage & Family Legacy Fund: $994,199
• Fellowship Of Christian Athletes: $480,000
• National Christian Foundation: $240,000
• Focus On The Family: $12,500
• Eagle Forum: $5,000
• Exodus International: $1,000
• Family Research Council: $1,000

Wow!!! I am shocked and appauled at the HORRIBLE groups Chick-Fil-A has donated to. On the contrary, these are some of the most well respected organizations known, worldwide.

LESLIE HANKINS

July 24th, 2012
11:48 am

There is a BIG difference between standing up FOR a civil liberty and coming out AGAINST one.

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
11:49 am

Wiser than Tampa Gator……

Preverted thinking…..only according to you……which seems somewhat preverted to me.

j

July 24th, 2012
11:49 am

The bible is a guide. If you want to take everything it says for face value, then so be it. However, God does not judge and God will not judge me for my beliefs. I have an equal chance of going to Heaven of those of you who are anti-gay supporters. So stop the preaching and trying to reference the bible.

Marietta

July 24th, 2012
11:50 am

can’t wait to eat at Chick-fil-A!! Looks like my kids will not be watching the muppets….soooo sad, Oh Well!!! Why does everyone make a big deal of this….?? What about the boy scouts? Common on people, let it go!!! What about Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948, states that:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

HOT AIR

July 24th, 2012
11:50 am

Jim Henson died a long time ago. This is not his opinion but the head of the company that NOW OWNS the former Jim Henson company – which is no longer owned, obviously, by Jim Henson. Long live Chick – Fil – A.

Can't Stand MNATL

July 24th, 2012
11:50 am

To MNATL: Thank you for not eating at Chick-Fil-A ever again. I would not like eating in the same restaurant with you anyway. Please go start your own restaurant just for people like you so the rest of us normal people won’t have to socialize with you or tolerate your perverted ways.

j

July 24th, 2012
11:51 am

and nobody is bullying anybody here, we all are set in our beliefs (as backward as some may be than others). i agree with an above post. shut this thread down.

Voice of Reason

July 24th, 2012
11:51 am

As long as a same-sex couple is not having sex in the middle of my front lawn while I’m trying to mow it, they really are not keeping me from living my life the way I choose to.

Can't Stand MNATL

July 24th, 2012
11:52 am

To J: You said, “God does not judge.” Who told you that??? Better read your Bible and find out the facts!

Ekim

July 24th, 2012
11:53 am

@mgdawg

Blog poster said provide evidence. I did. That is all.

U Can Bet

July 24th, 2012
11:53 am

You can bet your sweet butt that Lisa Henson has not instructed the Muppets to stop selling their products in North Carolina, a state that recently voted NO to gay marriage.

g

July 24th, 2012
11:53 am

wait. people still watch the muppets?

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
11:54 am

John…..

They have that right to do so……as an American company…..that is based on very conservative Christian beliefs and the fact that those organizations are legit and well known for their conservative Christian points of view. If it bothers you, then don’t buy the product they market. It is that simple. It does not bother me that they give money to those organizations….many of which do wonderful things to help people in need….even though I am not a “conservative Christian.”

reality

July 24th, 2012
11:54 am

The Mupets are fantasy, Chic-Fil-A is reality. Same sex marriage is an unsustainable path that can only lead to the distruction of the human race, since there is no procreation it is a dead end street. It is based on lust, not love.

Jaine

July 24th, 2012
11:54 am

So very very pleased some of the comments on here…and honestly, I did not even like Chik Fil A food…until now. The double standard is so blatant…I live in fear of being bashed by my friends if I stand up for what I believe…thank you Cathey family for your courage on beliefs in one true God…and His word,,,

J Williams

July 24th, 2012
11:55 am

I’m so very proud of Chick-Fil-A. A business that stands behind its beliefs and values is a refreshing idea. Gay marriage is not a valid union and cannot procreate.
Equal rights for all, I thought we already had. Corporations dictate what policies are implemented and that includes insurance companies and hospitals. So let’s change corporate policy.

James

July 24th, 2012
11:55 am

I am offended that the Muppets and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting get almost $400 million every year from the taxpayers. Money that could be far better used than paying for Miss Piggy and Kermit.
Why are the US taxpayers paying for the Muppets, Sesame Street, etc. ?
Why can’t they pay their own way like the rest of TV!!

Dwayne

July 24th, 2012
11:55 am

I seen Bert and Ernie, dressed up as Batman and Robin, holding hands at Chik-Fil-A.

CHI

July 24th, 2012
11:55 am

Did you ever notice if you disagree with a gay person on their opinion of gay marriage, then you’re BASHED. How funny that is!!!

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
11:56 am

Let the polarization of America continue……and it will…..obviously……for me….however…..my mind remains open to new knowledge and ways of thinking……and I will always be supportive of the rights or others…….no matter who they are.

Justin

July 24th, 2012
11:57 am

@ Can’t Stand MNATL

July 24th, 2012
11:50 am

To MNATL: Thank you for not eating at Chick-Fil-A ever again. I would not like eating in the same restaurant with you anyway. Please go start your own restaurant just for people like you so the rest of us normal people won’t have to socialize with you or tolerate your perverted

This has to be one of the most idiotic post! Just who do you think prepares your food in the grocery store and other fast food places. Do you think they are are heterosexual? You most likely have this so called “perversion” sitting right in your family.

veemmmgee

July 24th, 2012
11:57 am

See ya, Kermit – when Christians exercise their beliefs they are always labelled as hateful biggots. This smells just like a double standard to me!!!! The Bible says to love the sinner; hate the sin. Kudos to CFA for standing on the word. I will eat there as often as I can afford to!!!!!

Love Chick-Fil-A

July 24th, 2012
11:57 am

Hey “J,” wouldn’t your lifestyle be more “backwards” than what is normal and practiced by the vast majority of human beings on earth? By anyone’s defintion of the term “backwards,” it is you who is out of step with the normal behaviors of the human race.

David the Preacherman

July 24th, 2012
11:57 am

I support Cathy. Why? Because just as Jim Henson, the Boston Mayor, and anybody who supports gay marraige, which I don’t support gay marraige or “domestic partnership” either, has a right to their beliefs just as much as LGBTs do! Jim and anybody else can POUT all they want. People need to stop “running scared.” Just because we don’t believe in gay marraige and you do doesn’t make either of us right, it says we have the right to believe and stand on what we believe.

I’ll leave the Bible out for now because this whole debate goes far beyond “gay rights.” This country (looking at crime, the joke called Wall Street, homelessness, rise in STD’s, etc., etc., etc.,) is turning to a bigger and bigger “dung hill” because morality is no longer important to many.

For example, a single woman can do an absolute wonderful job raising a son, but it’s impossible for her to teach him to be a MAN, because she doesn’t even know what it is to be a MAN. A MAN can’t teach a GIRL to be a woman. Don’t you see, this is whack. You use the word NORMAL and somebody asks “What’s NORMAL?” There will always be an opposing side to whatever you believe.

Slave masters used the Bible to support Slavery. Terrorists come up with “reasons” to strap on bombs. Murderers think it’s alright to kill. Where is any of it going to stop? Biblically, it’s written where (oh I forgot….many don’t believe in the Bible either) all this will end.

Just because I wouldn’t hurt or slander LGBTs doesn’t mean I have to support them. The whole issue, as well as others have become distorted because “I want to have it my way.”

People need to stop being so “politically correct” and bring back the moral fiber that built this country.

I hope there are just as many people who will not be afraid to stand alongside Cathy and stop being held hostage because “I stood my ground and so what you don’t like me.” Boo hoo… GETOVERIT!

Right on Cathy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By the way….I know how to delete emails:)

Saddened by comments

July 24th, 2012
11:58 am

I did not have the time or desire to read all 832 comments posted up to this point, but I want to express my views on this. I have loved Chick-Fil-A food since I was a young girl. At 35, I will now choose not to eat there, not because the owner declared his beliefs, but because as a company they are choosing to donate to organizations that are actively trying to stop me from being able to legally marry the woman I love. I have no problem with them having their beliefs or expressing them, I am just choosing not to give my money to an organization that will in turn donate part of that to a cause I very much am against. I do not hate the company, owners, Christians, or any other group, but I can most certainly choose not to actively support them with my dollars. I want them to be able to enjoy their free speech as much as I can enjoy mine – given that we all avoid inciting violence or threats.

OLE Days

July 24th, 2012
11:59 am

Oh how I wish for the return of the good ole days when gays were in the closet. There’s nothing worse to read or hear than a flaming gay. Damn the Democrats for ever letting them out.

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 24th, 2012
11:59 am

Bert and Ernie were Gay so of course the Muppets don’t like Chick-fil-A.
I can’t EAT am Muppet
I didn’t know there was a Muppet Preacher.

Voice of Reason

July 24th, 2012
11:59 am

@CHI

Did you ever notice that if you disagree with a closed minded overly religious zealot about ANYTHING, then you are bashed for it?

Door swings both ways there pal……

Slick

July 24th, 2012
11:59 am

So the Jim Henson Company, that prides itself on embracing “diversity and inclusiveness”, is going to join in an effort to block a business that has a different opinion? And apparently the Jim Henson Company doesn’t seem to find that hypocritical?

Atlbilly

July 24th, 2012
12:00 pm

J Williams – “gay marriage is not valid union and cannot procreate.”

So the hetero couples who cannot have children because of medical reasons are not “valid unions”? Do some of you people even think for 5 seconds about what you’re saying before you spout nonsense? I think not.

Dan is the Man

July 24th, 2012
12:00 pm

@ Tampa Gator, Are Liberal Christian beliefs the opposite of conservative Christian beliefs? Or is it a watered down version of Christian belief?

You Go Girl

July 24th, 2012
12:00 pm

To Saddened by comments!! AMEN SISTER!!!

Michele

July 24th, 2012
12:00 pm

The difference in the two opposing opinions is that one fuels the HATE that results in people being beaten, murdered, ostracized, ridiculed, and bullied for what they have NO CONTROL OVER. Many gay people have committed suicide as a result of this hate. How many devout Christians spewing homophobia have been gang beaten? murdered? bullied? for their stance?

The year 2011 saw more fatal hate crimes (i.e. MURDER) in the US against gays than any other year. THIRTY people were MURDERED for being GAY! Do you think your Jesus Christ would approve of that HATE? If he were alive today he would be a sandal wearing LIBERAL trying to promote peace among us. Dare I say, he would be a democrat trying to help the poor and those persecuted for their sexual orientation. And please now quote some misinterpreted biblical passage about Sodom and Gomorrah, or whatever else you can find in your bible. Funny how many ways that book can be twisted to fit an ideology. The KKK spews similar crap from the bible about how slavery is OK. Do you homophobes support that position too?

BC

July 24th, 2012
12:00 pm

It amazes me how intolerant the “tolerance police” seem to be. This becomes an intolerance issue when, and only when, a LGBT person or family is actually refused service by a CFA store/store owner because of who they are. The fact that the CEO of a private organization makes his views known on what he defines as family, does not make the entire organization intolerant. CFA is one of the most tolerant organizations in corporate America. Many of the store owner operators are heavily involved in serving the communities that they are located. Providing free meals, special events and countless other service oriented opportunities for all in thier communities. Did the Jim Henson company, or for that matter, anybody deciding to boycott CFA, not understand that CFA is a faith based organization that holds strongly to their faith? Which, by the way, is one of the reasons they are such a strong company. With whom did they think they were doing business?

Love Chick-Fil-A

July 24th, 2012
12:01 pm

To Justin: “what does are are mean?” Yes we believe that the vast majority of all people on planet earth are normal. Just do a little objective research. It is only a few (thank God) who are as misguided as you. Wise up!

Frank

July 24th, 2012
12:01 pm

One thing I’ve noticed. A great many Bible-thumpin’ sorts can’t spell or punctuate. Poor dears. So intolerant. So ignorant.

The Count

July 24th, 2012
12:02 pm

I see One idiot……ah, ah, ah.
I see Two idiots….ah, ah, ah.
I see Three idiots..ah, ah, ah.

The Count could go on for days reading this thread. Ah, Ah, Ah.

Hooloo

July 24th, 2012
12:02 pm

Maybe the GLBT community ought to start their own chicken sandwich business. They want rights? Maybe they should respect the rights of people who don’t agree with them. They are so intolerant!! And by the way, everyone has the right to marry a person of the opposite sex. What they want are additional rights.

G.I. Joe

July 24th, 2012
12:02 pm

j – “God does not judge”??????? Obviously “j” you are extremely ignorant. God IS THE JUDGE. He is the only one that decides if you go to heaven. Of course God judges. I don’t hate “gays’” b ut I do love Chick – Fil – A.

melshop

July 24th, 2012
12:03 pm

First, I went to Chick-Fil-A Saturday at 11:30 a.m. It was packed. I plan on supporting it more over cheaper places because 1) it’s a good product 2) they have the same Bible-based values as I do and 3) I detest others who try to force their belief system which includes the social media boycott thing with the sole purpose of putting someone out of business. I understand boycotts and they have their place but boycotting over a religious issue (in this case the Cathy’s core beliefs) seems a bit unAmerican. Such actions are within their American rights, and I also have the right to ignore them and support who I want. In this case, maybe I won’t support the Henson company any longer.
A couple of other points, Chick-Fil-A doesn’t discriminate in their service. Gay people can go there and receive the same service and food as the most loyal church member. In fact, Christian philosophy stresses treating everyone with respect, equality and love in our daily walk and the Cathys abide by those principals as well. Christian philosophy states to treat your enemies even better than your friends, so it is plausible that a known gay person (but who would really know?) would be treated better than some of their loyal customers. So, everyone will be treated well in their stores. This is simply a belief issue, just as being closed on Sundays, and the Cathys have every right to it, to support organizations that support their beliefs, just as the Hensons have every right to support GLAAD. The Cathys have every right to voice their opinions, just as the Hensons.
As for the Boston mayor, that is just hot air. Chick-Fil-A has no plans to open in Boston anyway and he couldn’t stop them if they did. As long as the company got the proper zoning and business licenses, they could open. To try to stop them on a belief issue would put the city in a precarious lawsuit situation because it would violate basic rights to non-discriminatory commerce (which the mayor would be violating freedom of religion). Also, if you read the Boston paper, no citizen of that city supports the mayor. They want commerce and jobs. They also want chicken.

Love Chick-Fil-A

July 24th, 2012
12:03 pm

@VOICE OF REASON

I am still waiting to hear some from you.

BradP

July 24th, 2012
12:03 pm

Standing for what you believe is great. That doesn’t mean you should exclude groups of people. Being a good Christian is about loving all of God’s creatures. Jesus might not have been gay, but I’m sure he would show love to anyone that was gay. What happened to the WWJD? That used to be the saying. I guess conservative Christians ask what would Jesus do only when it fits the jaded view they have developed. I am a 29 yr old straight, black, Christian male and when I see people being excluded by those that claim to be upstanding Christians it just reminds me of the hypocrisy of our country and I pray my generation and the ones that follow can eliminate the bigoted behavior our elders have shown us as an example. God loves all. If Chick-fil-la wants to claim to be a Christian organization by closing on Sunday’s then they should be upstanding Christians everyday. That means showing love to all God’s creatures every single day. I’m sure they aren’t going to give back the money Gays have paid them overt he decades, because money sees no color, sexual preference, or age. I hope the LGTB community stands up against this organization because we have no place for descrimination in this country.

Love Chick-Fil-A

July 24th, 2012
12:03 pm

@VOICE OF REASON

Nothing but BS so far…

Kyle

July 24th, 2012
12:04 pm

Just another reason I hate the muppets and love Chic-fil-a. I will go by there even more than I normally do now.

Blowjangles

July 24th, 2012
12:04 pm

To make even more liberals and hippies apoplectic such as those fruit_cakes with PETA, I hope Chick-fil-A also tortures all their chickens and kills them in the most painful excruciating way possible before dismembering them and cooking them in hot grease, just like Colonel Sanders.

Carl Farvman

July 24th, 2012
12:04 pm

Nobody [who matters] cares about what Henson does or these other nitwits who lash back at folks who stick by their beliefs. The company is awesome and have shown in the past that they will not be suppressed just to get along with everyone. Probably the best managed fast food chain in the business. This is funny stuff when these groups go on a self-righteous rampage, preach tolerance, accuse others of intolerance,and are, in fact,intolerant themselves. What a joke.

The Count

July 24th, 2012
12:05 pm

@Love Chick-Fil-A

And what exactly are you waiting for? I’ve made my points already.

Now I’m just sitting back losing more and more faith in humanity the more I read some of these comments.

Voice of Reason

July 24th, 2012
12:05 pm

Yes The Count is actually me.

Love Chick-Fil-A

July 24th, 2012
12:06 pm

@Michele

You can’t be serious can you??? Did you stop taking your meds again???

Love Chik Fil A

July 24th, 2012
12:06 pm

Thank God for places like Chik Fil A and the people who run them! Not afraid to take a stance, and not trying to be politically correct, but God correct.

G.I. Joe

July 24th, 2012
12:06 pm

Frank – go and read and get some understanding (Oblama 11:02 a.m.) The punctuation is very good and you will no longer speak of complete ignorance.

GIVE ME A BREAK

July 24th, 2012
12:07 pm

Dan Cathy is not being homophobic and neither am I when we say that we believe the Bible says that marriage is between a man and a woman. God created the woman for the man. That’s what the first book in the Bible says. That’s very plain and simple to understand for most people and don’t tell me that some Christians believe that homosexuality is not a sin. If the Holy Spirit lives in you then what you believe will not oppose what God says in the Bible.

ken

July 24th, 2012
12:08 pm

OLE Days: So would you also like the blacks to return to the back of the bus? Where does your prejudism stop?

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 24th, 2012
12:08 pm

People need to stop “running scared.”

People need to stop being so “politically correct”

You don’t have the authority to define what it is that I “need”, sport.

Blowjangles

July 24th, 2012
12:08 pm

You never saw MRS. WINNER with a man when she wasn’t in the kitchen, and she never made any babies, either.

Her lack of procreation is probably why she is no longer doing any business or has any locations in my area code.

Carl Farvman

July 24th, 2012
12:08 pm

BradP, what a piece. I heard from the CEO that he believes in the biblical version of marriage. What I didn’t hear from him was a statement that anyone would be discriminated against. Please explain exactly what you thought you heard. Or do you–like other nitwits–just simply despise anyone who has an opinion that doesn’t suit you?

LarryJ

July 24th, 2012
12:09 pm

Will Chick-fil-A hire an openly gay person? If so, who cares how they feel about marriage.

jess

July 24th, 2012
12:09 pm

Unlike many, I visit Chik-Fil-A for the food, not the sex.

John Hunter

July 24th, 2012
12:09 pm

I’m at Chick – Fil – A right now and I am waiting in a very long line that is moving fast. Can’t wait to get my Chick – Fil – A!

Fred ™

July 24th, 2012
12:10 pm

I hate Chik-fil-A. Never have liked any of their products except the peach milk shake. My family loves them though.

I’m saddened that the hypocrites at Jim Henson Studios though believe that while THEY have the right to THEIR beliefs and THEIR right to express them that the Cathy’s don’t.

Seems a lot of folks and apparently ALL the gays and lesbian are the same hypocrites as the Henson’s. That saddens me. Those fighting oppression SHOULD you would think be more sensitive to being just as oppressive and heavy handed as those they oppose.

I guess that now only gays and lesbians have the right to opinions and free speech……..

Ace

July 24th, 2012
12:10 pm

The prices are high, the place seems clean, some will pay extra to be surrounded by like minded people. This is what they do, if gays stay away, this is what they want. A price increase wouldn’t bother anyone who shops there.

Atlbilly

July 24th, 2012
12:10 pm

@Love Chick-Fil-A
Just because you’re head’s too full of chicken sandwiches to understand reason doesn’t mean it’s not there. Oh and by the way, you should already be well versed in believing things with no evidence….

Fred ™

July 24th, 2012
12:10 pm

LarryJ

July 24th, 2012
12:09 pm

Will Chick-fil-A hire an openly gay person? If so, who cares how they feel about marriage.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Very valid point LarryJ.

Don't Tread

July 24th, 2012
12:11 pm

“One cannot choose skin color, ethnicity or sexual orientation.” Well, you got 2 out of 3…I know several people that “chose” to be lesbians after having a marriage (with a husband) and family. (I feel sorry for the kids…they’ll be so confused.)

I suppose people who believe in the traditional definition of marriage should find something else besides the Muppets for their kids. The brainwashing starts early…

Maybe take them out for an Icedream…yummy.

Voice of Reason

July 24th, 2012
12:11 pm

@Love Chick-Fil-A

You read and follow the Bible and expect me to consider your view of what should be consider BS as valid?

I am literally laughing out loud right now, thanks for that.

mike deiters

July 24th, 2012
12:12 pm

and they dont open on sunday – i applaud anyone that doesnt try to be politically correct these days
amen

Smarter Than "THE COUNT"

July 24th, 2012
12:12 pm

@ The Count

Why not go away and count your “special” friends instead of spewing your hatred for the truth here? Or better still, go watch a John Wayne movie and learn what a real man is supposed to be like.

Chuck Clausen

July 24th, 2012
12:13 pm

Chick-Filet and Truett Cathey have been and continue to be great corporate citizens – I’m not sure I agree with him on everything, but I’ll bet we would agree 90% of the time. It’s nice to be 8 minutes from a great chicken sandwich.

Kris

July 24th, 2012
12:13 pm

Wondering if Chick-fil-a checks the chickens to see if they are gay?

Oblama

July 24th, 2012
12:13 pm

G.I. Joe – thanks for the kind remarks about my explaining that Christianity is not a religion (Oblama 11:02 a.m.) There are a whole lot of people on here that don’t understand what Christianity is. Before someone bad mouths Christians they should know what they are talking about. There is so much ignorance out there. God bless Chcik – Fil – A and the great humanitarian Truett Cathy.

The Count

July 24th, 2012
12:13 pm

@Smarter Than “THE COUNT”

Four-Hundred and Fifty idiots, Ah, Ah, Ah.

Atlbilly

July 24th, 2012
12:14 pm

G.I. Joe – I’m pretty sure English isn’t your first language. Also, I’m pretty sure Frank will be speaking “of complete ignorance” because he’ll be talking about you. Cheers.

Keith

July 24th, 2012
12:14 pm

Its funny how all the strait people are so against Chic-Fil-A and all gays I know really dont care about it…

Fred ™

July 24th, 2012
12:15 pm

Kris

July 24th, 2012
12:13 pm

Wondering if Chick-fil-a checks the chickens to see if they are gay?
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

They only check the ones applying for a marriage license there Bozo. ;D

Jimmy D

July 24th, 2012
12:15 pm

@VOICE OF REASON

Better laugh now before God gets a hold of you. Then it will be too late and you certainly won’t be laughing in His face.

Jimmy D

July 24th, 2012
12:16 pm

@THE COUNT

Don’t forget yourself in the tally!

Moose2u

July 24th, 2012
12:17 pm

“Corporations” do not have beliefs, people do. The people inside Chik-fil-A who help to form the ‘corporate culture’ should withold from making statements that de-legitimize other people’s beliefs and lifestyle choices. I think the same could be said about Henson Co. Sometimes these corporate marriages end up just like real ones- in a nasty divorce. They both thought the other looked so attractive, butt in reality they just don’t agree on basic principles.

Rico

July 24th, 2012
12:17 pm

Eat more chicken! Watch less Muppets ;-)

Food101

July 24th, 2012
12:18 pm

Thank you Jim Henson! Now I don’t have to buy your product either! Works both ways.
Chick-fil-a is simply the best fast food chain around. I salute their beliefs!

Jimmy D

July 24th, 2012
12:19 pm

@Atlbilly

Don’t tell me you are a pervert too?

Oblama

July 24th, 2012
12:20 pm

Jim Henson died a long time ago…….. the views of the company aren’t his though they are leading you to believe so. The Jim Henson Company is no longer owned by the Jim Henson family. We all have free will given to us by God. Use it wisely my friend.

I Now Pronounce You: "Barack & Larry Sinclair."

July 24th, 2012
12:20 pm

I just hope CFA Corporate never catches two of their COW employees trying to milk one another atop one of those billboards.

AWK-Ward…

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 24th, 2012
12:21 pm

Its funny how all the strait people are so against Chic-Fil-A and all gays I know really dont care about it…

It’s funny how you think your anecdotal evidence is somehow representative of “all”.

Atlbilly

July 24th, 2012
12:22 pm

@Jimmy D
Nope happily married to my wife, but what if I was? What would you do about it big boy? Be Christ-like? Roflmfao

Mike

July 24th, 2012
12:22 pm

Good bye Muppets….hello chicken sandwich! Thanks for the insight Lisa Henson, that should cut your consumer base by at least 60%.

Omg

July 24th, 2012
12:22 pm

“I guess that now only gays and lesbians have the right to opinions and free speech”
Wow that is a very small portion of the population! Should we include bestiality too?

Fred ™

July 24th, 2012
12:23 pm

AND to top it off, the Jim Henson Company is too cowardly to allow emails. Chik-Fil-A isn’t. I don’t usually boycott things, people, or companies, but I will not be supporting the Un-American asshats, Jim Henson Company.

Omg

July 24th, 2012
12:24 pm

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

Are you trying to be intellectually normal?

BGreen

July 24th, 2012
12:24 pm

I applaud both Chick-Fil-A and The Jim Henson Company for voicing their beliefs publicly. While I personally side with Chick-Fil-A, I don’t see any reason to equate Kermit The Frog with Hitler. While I personally think marriage should be between a man and a woman, I feel the government shouldn’t make such a call. However, if marriage is allowed between gays, would they have the same right to adopt as other couples? If so, I then have a problem because then their union would affect someone else’s rights (the innocent child). Should a child be forced to accept that sort of choice? This is where the slope gets slippery….but regarding Chick-Fil-A and The Muppets….gimme a sandwich and Kermit! That’s was easy….but it gets trickier from here…

HOT AIR

July 24th, 2012
12:24 pm

The Muppets are no longer owned by the Jim Henson family …. Jim Henson died years ago. These opinions are those of the C.E.O. of the company who is in no way related to Jim Henson. Jim Henson did not interject opinions on sex in his programming. He loved children.

Rico All The WAY

July 24th, 2012
12:25 pm

I agree with Rico and Jimmy D. It is a shame that Voice of Reason, Michele, The Count, and Atlbilly are so misguided. Oh well, it lunch time and I gotta go to my nearest Chick-Fil-A. At least they won’t be there so I can eat without having to see them making out in the corner booth.

john

July 24th, 2012
12:26 pm

I’ve always been a big fan of Chick-Fil-A. They make great food. I’m sure that Dan Cathy is standing up for what he believes is true. Good for him. As a Born Again Christian I am sure he believes in the sanctity of marriage. So hopefully he could get behind the causes of ending divorce and adultery as well. Certainly they do more for the ruination of marriage than any laws redefining marriage between more than between a man and a woman. Let’s see if he’ll come out about those HUGE affronts to marriage as well. Perhaps we should even think about banning divorce (it is the leading cause of the dissolution of marriage) and then criminalize adultery. Those two acts alone would move the United States to a sanctity of Marriage that we haven’t seen since the 1950’s. What say you Dan ? All I hear are the crickets chirping……and the sound of me driving by the next Chick-Fil-A.

Deborah

July 24th, 2012
12:26 pm

Thanks Andy. I think it is awesome what Chik Fil-A has done with THEIR money.

And you sir, do with yours what you want.

Jimmy D

July 24th, 2012
12:30 pm

@Atlbilly

LOL. You…married to a woman??? You’re so funny. What’s her name, Atlbob?

New Black Panther

July 24th, 2012
12:30 pm

I don’t worry to much about Chick – Fil – A and “gays” getting married. I go to McDonalds.

Atlbilly

July 24th, 2012
12:30 pm

@Rico All the Way
If using logic and reason and giving a damn about someone other than myself is being “misguided”, then so be it. Much better than being a self-righteous a-hole.

eddy

July 24th, 2012
12:30 pm

He didn’t say that he “hated” LBGT. He said that he believed in traditional marriage between a man and woman. and of course all of the mindless folks translate that to mean “hate”. Sad to see but expected when someone’s values don’t align with the LBGT group….but he didn’t say he hated them.

I have tuned up the world’s tiniest violin to play some soothing melodies for those who can’t read and those who are against everyone whose opinion, beliefs are different than theirs. “Can you hear me now?”

Off to get a Chick-fil-A sandwich….bu-bye.

Fred ™

July 24th, 2012
12:31 pm

So hopefully he could get behind the causes of ending divorce and adultery as well. Certainly they do more for the ruination of marriage than any laws redefining marriage between more than between a man and a woman. Let’s see if he’ll come out about those HUGE affronts to marriage as well. Perhaps we should even think about banning divorce (it is the leading cause of the dissolution of marriage) and then criminalize adultery.

and THIS is what passes for logic to you? That is one of the most insipid things I’ve read here today and that’s saying a lot……….

rob

July 24th, 2012
12:32 pm

figures you get some sort of feedback from a group of people who stick a hand up a puppets ass to make the talk…..

New Black Panther

July 24th, 2012
12:34 pm

John – Cathy is still married to his 1st, and only wife, and so is his son. He already said that. What crawled up your leg and bit you? Pretty sure they don’t support adultery either.

Atlbilly

July 24th, 2012
12:34 pm

@Jimmy D
Yes a spouse that is female is called a wife. Are you too stupid to even understand that? Apparently this is the level of intellect you get from someone who basically says “screw all the the hundreds of thousands of books written throughout human history that contain vast amounts of knowledge written by people way smarter than me, I have read only one book, and it’s all I need because it says that it’s all I need! /derp

Tolerant

July 24th, 2012
12:34 pm

I will continue to buy food from the traditional family folks at Chick-Fil-A, just like I will continue to buy phone service from the pro-homosexuality folks at AT&T. I disagree with one of their views, but I’m tolerant of their right to promote whatever they choose to.

Randy

July 24th, 2012
12:35 pm

It’s not like Chick fil A will deny service to gay people,Dan Cathy said they treat all their customers with respect and dignity. Carol if you were a real Christian,if you were you would know that the Bible says man and woman,not man and man or woman and woman.

New Black Panther

July 24th, 2012
12:36 pm

Maybe I will drop McDonalds and go to Chick – Fil – A today. Last time I went to Mc had to take half a bottle of stool softeners.

Fred ™

July 24th, 2012
12:37 pm

New Black Panther

July 24th, 2012
12:36 pm

Maybe I will drop McDonalds and go to Chick – Fil – A today. Last time I went to Mc had to take half a bottle of stool softeners.
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Really? Eat a Big Mac next time. Cleans out my pipes lol.

Omar

July 24th, 2012
12:39 pm

If Sarah Palin can get a word in the dictionary, I’m sure we can change the definition of marriage to: a union between two ADULTS. Do I agree with Chick-Fil-A, No. But they have a right to voice their opinion which I believe is a fundamental right in this country. But remember, so is equal rights and separation of church and state, so this debate is a losing battle for those who are against gay marriage. The ship has sailed. That said, I will still eat their chicken sandwich.

[...] Last week, the Jim Henson Company announced that it would no longer partner with Chick-Fil-A “on any future endeavors.” At present, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop toys are included with CFA’s kids meals, [...]

Rules

July 24th, 2012
12:40 pm

So lemme get this straight. Christian are intolerant. Gays are too. Is that what the 10,000 comments in this article are saying?

You guys are one sad group of twits. All of you.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 24th, 2012
12:41 pm

I dunno, what does Jim Henson Company and the gays and lesbians say? Seems like they are making the rules. no one else is allowed free speech.

Geez Fred no one here is denying free speech. It’s just that speaking freely has consequences. Just as Dan Cathy has stated his view and many are severing their relationship with Chick-fil-A, the Jim Henson company is getting blowback from many here that are no longer buying muppet junk.

New Black Panther

July 24th, 2012
12:42 pm

Was Adam a man and Eve a woman? My mama said and she wouldn’t lie. Do them Chick – Fil – A cows discriminate against Eat ‘Mo Chickin”? Don’t like to watch any body grabbing and kissing while I’m eating. Have some manners and self respect.

Michele

July 24th, 2012
12:42 pm

Love Chick-Fil-A:

Ya know, based on your MANY replies to others, you sir are the one that probably needs meds. Oh, and please do eat even more Chick-Fil-A each week. That artery clogging, high sodium, preservative laden ‘chicken sandwich meal’ has at least 50 or more ingredients and all the fat a person needs for an entire day. So, go on with your gluttonous, bad, message board trolling self. (psst – gluttony is a sin too).

Hunting Dawg

July 24th, 2012
12:46 pm

Just sitting here reading all of these responses while I eat my Chick-Fil-A for lunch and thoroughly enjoy the chocolate milkshake. To both sides of this hotly debated issue. THIS IS NOT POLITICAL, SO PLEASE DON”T USE THAT WORD!!! This is a social/lifestyle belief issue and nothing more. The Mayor of Boston is using this as a political issue as well as a social issue by his declaration that he won’t allow a business to operate within his city that has views contrary to his.

Last I checked, DAN Cathy, not Truett, made the comment that he essentially does not believe in same sex marriage. He did not say that gay people would not be served at Chick-Fil-A so he is not discriminating in any way, shape or form. Who a company chooses to donate money too is their own business but based on the listing that was provided in a previous post, I can’t really see where there is a problem. They are not donating to any terrorist or hate group. Those of you who are going to say that these charities are hate groups because their philosophical beliefs don’t align with yours just need to get over it.
I know homosexuals and by and large they are very good people. Yes, there are bad eggs in all groups of people. At the end of the day, I accept people for who they are and the fact that they have a right to their opinion. I may not agree with that opinion but they are entitled to it. I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. Maybe there should be some “civil union” classification allowed that provides more rights for same sex couples. That is probably another topic for debate.
So, be tolerant and allow Dan Cathy to have his opinion on same sex marriage and allow the Henson company to have their opinion on the matter and to take whatever action they feel the need to take.
My sandwich and waffle fries were very good and that shake is just deeeeelicious!!! Now everybody have a nice day!

Rules

July 24th, 2012
12:46 pm

Michelle, so is self-righteousness. Now go make you hubby a sandwich.

Bite Me

July 24th, 2012
12:46 pm

I am going to eat where I want to no matter what group boycotts whoever and if you don’t like it – BITE ME.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 24th, 2012
12:48 pm

Maybe there should be some “civil union” classification allowed that provides more rights for same sex couples.

Separate but equal.

Been there, done that.

Rules

July 24th, 2012
12:49 pm

So, how many minds were swayed to the other side because of the arguments here today? Since most arguments were insipidly stupid and intolerant on both sides, I’m guessing not many.

Lisa Henson

July 24th, 2012
12:52 pm

That’s so… gay.

Senior citizen dawg

July 24th, 2012
12:53 pm

This is America where freedom of speech (on both sides) is supposed to be the norm. This is also the America where I can disagree with and have to right not to support anyone whose views I disagree with. I wholeheartedly disagree with the Henson Company and wholeheartedly agree with the Catheys and will continue to daily support Chik-fil-a and buy its delicious products. It also makes me thankful I am not a resident of Boston.

Monique

July 24th, 2012
12:54 pm

I don’t eat at a restaurant because they promote gay marriage or straight marriage. I eat at a place
because the service is excellent and the food is good, I love chick fil a and who knows the chicken
might be gay, who cares. Regardless of any laws made on this earth. A REAL marriage can only be
between a MAN and a WOMAN and that’s THE WORD. LOVE THAT CHICKEN.

Woody

July 24th, 2012
12:54 pm

I don’t agreement with Jim Henson Company on their statement and do agree with Chick-fil-a and I will continue to be a customer of both. I guess that makes me tolerant.

Kurt

July 24th, 2012
12:56 pm

Although I don’t believe that corporations should be afforded all of the same rights of an individual, Chick-fil-a and Jim Henson Company are both perfectly in their rights to have and share their policy opinions. I also am free to excercise my right of free association. I don’t do business with organizations that advocate limiting the rights of a minority, so I guess I won’t be ordering any more #1s with sweat tea. I don’t want my money supporting that. Jim Henson Company has always encoured diverse thought, including conservative thought, so I’ll still be making my way down to the Atlanta Center for Puppetry arts and to any fun new movies or shows that JHC releases.

matthew

July 24th, 2012
12:56 pm

Stay focused people. This is not about you or me but about the 1st amendment. A PRIVATE company has the RIGHT to voice their opinion about this topic. If one disagrees, don’t dine at Chik-Fil-A. Conversely, if you agree, then frequent the restaurant and enjoy their awesome menu items. No other argument is germane here!

It backfired, LOL

July 24th, 2012
12:56 pm

Looks like the majority of the people here fully support CFA – might even eat there more often than they do now. Kinda looks like the 2% of the population who decided to poke CFA (and yes, you guys have been pushing for a statement for years), is now seeing the 98% poke back. CFA may have unknowingly found a way to INCREASE business. I’m no math scholar, but why would you pander to the 2% when you can have the 98%? Now that’s a GREAT business model!!!! And all for just stating your beliefs. WTG, CFA!

Michele

July 24th, 2012
12:57 pm

@Rules

“You guys are one sad group of twits. All of you.”

I hereby crown thee King of the Twits. And it’s Michele with one ‘L’. :-)

Jim Hendson

July 24th, 2012
12:59 pm

Glad I’m dead, my wife is tuff.

Rules

July 24th, 2012
12:59 pm

Sorry Michele. I never couldn’t spell reel good. Now about that sandwich…

Attorney for Hire

July 24th, 2012
1:00 pm

I have sent a letter to Mr. Cathy concerning the egotistical mayor of Boston. I will be proud to represent Chick – Fil – A against this two bit dictator who wishes to discriminate against Chick – Fil – A. There are no legal grounds to block Chick – Fil – A from opening a store in Boston. They have violated no laws.

Craig

July 24th, 2012
1:00 pm

Enter your comments here I will like to make this comment – If there is ANYONE who can stand before Almighty God with a straight face and justify gay marriage to HIM and get HIM to agree with it, nothing more needs to be said. Until then, I will support the Word Of God which condemns gay marriage.

Fred ™

July 24th, 2012
1:02 pm

Jim Henson Company has always encoured diverse thought,

Unless of course it is someone else’s religious belief’s in this case Cathy’s at which point they will strive to squash all free thought and speech.

Yet YOU fail to see the hypocrisy in this. Small wonder……….

Chick-Fil_a Fan

July 24th, 2012
1:02 pm

God Bless Chick-Fil-A for not selling out their belief system like most big corporations do.

I will make it a point to eat there more often !

Recall

July 24th, 2012
1:03 pm

Chcik – Fil – A lovers should file a class action suit against the mayor of Boston for discriminating against Chick – Fil – A. We know our rights to have decent fast food in a clean, courteous environment.

Hopper

July 24th, 2012
1:03 pm

Unlike Biblical scholars like Craig, I would like to simply repeat what a few others have said here: Chick-fil-A has every right to publicly state its position on this issue, as I have every right to now decline to visit their stores any longer. None of us need misread the Scriptures to understand that.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 24th, 2012
1:04 pm

If one disagrees, don’t dine at Chik-Fil-A.

I won’t, nor did I require your permission when I made my decision not to go there, sport.

No other argument is germane here!

Fred ™

July 24th, 2012
1:05 pm

Chick-fil-A has every right to publicly state its position on this issue, as I have every right to now decline to visit their stores any longer.

And yet another “believer” in tolerance and acceptance speaks up as they attempt to squash opinions that differ from their own……..

Bubba

July 24th, 2012
1:05 pm

Who has done more good and charitible works in Atlanta and Georgia in general:

Chick-Fil-A or the sodomites?

I rest my case.

Ricky Bobby

July 24th, 2012
1:06 pm

That left wing pinko commie punk mayor of Boston needs to mind his own business and keep his mouth and opinions to him self or we will have a recall

Fred ™

July 24th, 2012
1:06 pm

Kam? Are you a “happy” carpenter?

Ricky Bobby

July 24th, 2012
1:08 pm

Komchoke – Glad I won’t have to put up with you peeing on the floor at Chick – Fil – A any more. Your aim like your opinion is misguided.

Hopper

July 24th, 2012
1:10 pm

Fred, use your brain cells and don’t deliberately misinterpret. I’m not quashing opinions–even those uttered by foggy thinkers like yourself.

Chick-Fil-A Fan

July 24th, 2012
1:10 pm

I love going to a Chick-Fil-A, being greeted by a clean, well-groomed invidual with a warm, smiling face; not some degenerate with tattoos, multiple body piercings whose ghetto language I have problems understanding.

Their business model obviously works for them and me.

j

July 24th, 2012
1:11 pm

PLEASE just shut this thread down. Nobody is going to agree with anybody here and it doesn’t serve purpose to let ignorant people post. People have the right to support or not support CHick-Fil-A, and trying to validate a reason isn’t going to change anyone’s opinion on the matter.

TLA

July 24th, 2012
1:11 pm

I did not know that the Muppets were Gay!

Andrew

July 24th, 2012
1:11 pm

Chic-fil-a is going out of there way to give away money promoting hate. Any of you that feel this is something positive, compared to having donated the money to an ACTUAL foundation that helps human beings (Africa’s situation, animal cruelty, cancer research, etc.) are completely blind and are the reason we have such nonsensical and useless laws. Though you are allowed to voice your opinion, don’t pretend you’re being a good person for sticking up for this cause, admit you’re ignorance. I’m sure you will still be accepted as a person regardless, unlike the way you treat the gay community.

G.I. Joe

July 24th, 2012
1:12 pm

Komchoke? Now that’s humorous…… don’t think he messed the bathroom though as he usually goes to the drive up and mutters his order which no one can understand – thus the explanation of the order mix up last week.

Boon

July 24th, 2012
1:14 pm

“I am not at all sure what chicken sandwiches have to do with the rights of gay people to marry, but the Chick-fil-a owners have made this an issue.”
Au contraire. The Gay Pride bunch made it an issue by their boycott of Chick-fil-A because they simply provided eats for an opposing group; it wasn’t a big public deal until then. Chick-fil-A’s publicly stated stance is in response to that boycott; I admire their courage, and I’ll make a point to eat there more often. As for the question of same-sex “marriage,” I have a neutral stance on homosexuality per se; I don’t understand it. Family members I love (Platonically, of course) identify themselves as such. My personal OPINION is that it’s a disorder, or at very least a sad characteristic that compromises the person’s happiness in life. As for calling same-sex partnerships “marriage,” come on–give ‘em equal access to medical care, personal benefits, etc., etc.–but it AIN’T “marriage.” Why are they hung up on calling it that? As for that drive to create a “National Same Sex Kiss Day,” what ever happened to common-sense good taste in avoiding embarrassing public display of affection, even among heterosexual couples? Reference the old song, “When we get behind closed doors….”

Tampa Gator

July 24th, 2012
1:15 pm

Ricky Bobby
July 24th, 2012
1:06 pm
“That left wing pinko commie punk mayor of Boston needs to mind his own business and keep his mouth and opinions to him self or we will have a recall”

……..Funny……that is the same thing the Boston mayor thinks about Mr. Cathy…..but he would call him “that right wing, facist, exec from Atlanta.”

…….Also funny…..how one applies the U.S. Constitution for met “my” needs and desires….but never considers how it was written to serve “us” all….as a unified whole.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 24th, 2012
1:15 pm

Fred

Not carpentering so much as gardening.

I’m up to my ears in beans, and purple hull peas are starting to come in. My tomatoes are some of the ugliest I’ve ever grown, but they’re still better than that tasteless swill found at Ingles/Bi-Lo/Publix/Kroger.

Sweet corn I reckon I’ll have within the week

KOMCHOKE

July 24th, 2012
1:15 pm

Andrew – I haven’t hard or seen Chick – Fil – A. promote hate……… show me or SHUT UP!

Melina

July 24th, 2012
1:16 pm

Whether or not you believe in gay marriage has nothing to do with serving fried chicken people. Chickfila should leave their own personal views out of their business endeavors, becuase it may not represent the views of all the employees, and in turn in can hurt their business. I think it was a poor decision on their part to take this stance.

Rick

July 24th, 2012
1:17 pm

Good for Chick-fil-a. How nice it is to see a company that cares more about being Biblically correct that politcally correct. I hope God continues to bless them and they have their best year ever, I know I will support them even more that I have in the past.

Sammy

July 24th, 2012
1:18 pm

I’ll eat at chick fil a twice this week and feel like it’s a revolutionary act, thumbing my nose at the thought police who can only accept one way of thinking and who would gladly force all of the rest of us to think like they do or to be quiet.

BTW, why aren’t you complaining about the Muppets for dragging their opinion into the marketplace?

lynne keith

July 24th, 2012
1:19 pm

YAY!!! finally someone is standing up 4 wht is right!!

catlady

July 24th, 2012
1:21 pm

Wow! 975 posts! This one hit a nerve.

I don’t eat this product. It gives me the willies (what is hiding under all that breading?!) Theresa, this should be something that worries you.

Folks can boycott or not. I don’t think it matters to the Cathy family.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 24th, 2012
1:22 pm

Lots of people here expressing that they will eat more Chick-fil-As.

I don’t know that will offset the revenues lost by people like me severing ties with Chick-fil-A.

I do however, see a greater revenue stream in store for the cardiovascular industry.

Just sayin’.

Who gives a .......

July 24th, 2012
1:22 pm

catlady
July 24th, 2012
1:21 pm

“what is hiding under all that breading?”

Delicious chicken…..

Who gives a .......

July 24th, 2012
1:24 pm

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes
July 24th, 2012
1:22 pm

“I do however, see a greater revenue stream in store for the cardiovascular industry.”

Right. That will be all of the “boycotters” after they’ve pigged out at McDonald’s and Burger King instead of eating at CFA.

Blue

July 24th, 2012
1:24 pm

Not sure how those of you who say “I am a Christian, but I believe that homosexuality is okay”. If you are truly a Christian, the bible is really the only thing we have to go by as to God’s standards and what is and is not sinful. God indeed loves everyone, but also made it clear that it is incumbent upon those who live with ongoing sin (as defined by Him and his word, not by what you “think” or “feel”) to repent (turn from it). NOWHERE in the bible does it say that those who are his followers need to ‘accept’ the ongoing practice of sin. Nowhere. The difference is many of you choose not to believe what is written in His book…you want to use ’selective ethics’.

BullochDawg

July 24th, 2012
1:24 pm

This is to announce that I am cutting ties with Jim Henson due to their discriminatory practices against Chik-fil-a

KOMCHOKE

July 24th, 2012
1:24 pm

Tampa Lizard – You just libeled Mr. Cathy. He is none of that. He has his right to his opinion even though you would like to take that right away. You represent the muck of society that would like to silence those that don’t bend over to you lizards.

Joe

July 24th, 2012
1:25 pm

I am proud that they continue to stand by their beliefs. Too many companies ride the rails on issues for fear of alienating groups. I will continue to eat there. They have great food and treat customers with respect. Hope they put a store here in my town in north Georgia soon.

Who gives a .......

July 24th, 2012
1:25 pm

It is funny to see the gays, who usually support the Democrat agenda of “tolerance”, preparing to boycott CFA because they don’t endores their chosen lifestyle. Excellent example of tolerance, I tell ya!!

JB

July 24th, 2012
1:25 pm

You can all relax. Just got back from my CFA in Evans, Ga right outside Augusta,Ga. Drive in wrapped around the building at 12:15 as usual, no place to sit inside and 5 registers open with lines. Next case please ! Spent $6.65 by the way.

Who gives a .......

July 24th, 2012
1:26 pm

Blue
July 24th, 2012
1:24 pm

Boo ya!!

Blessed Chicken

July 24th, 2012
1:28 pm

When the priests at Chick-Fil-A say the words and drop the chicken in the fryalator, it becomes no longer chicken. It becomes the actual flesh of Jesus Christ. When you eat Chick-Fil-A chicken you are actually eating the flesh of Jesus Christ.
And the lemonade? You guessed it. It’s like being covered in his Precious Blood.
Glory Chicken! Glory!

Who gives a .......

July 24th, 2012
1:28 pm

Politicians will eventually get involved in this as they are seeking a new voting block to pander to.

Fred ™

July 24th, 2012
1:28 pm

Hopper

July 24th, 2012
1:10 pm

Fred, use your brain cells and don’t deliberately misinterpret. I’m not quashing opinions–even those uttered by foggy thinkers like yourself.
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Oh and so now you add personal attacks and intimidation to your narrowminded attempts to quash free spech. Sweet. One typically has to deal with fanatical republicans for this type of behavior…………..

FN_Jerk`

July 24th, 2012
1:29 pm

Who gives an FN duke about the differences we share? So which one of ya’ll wanna share a blizzie with me? Everyone is invited. Ahhh….isnt it great when war is averted?

moonbat betty

July 24th, 2012
1:29 pm

Hopefully, Obama will call his goon posse and shut down Chikn Fillet.

Charge them with hate crimes and animal cruelty!

Who gives a .......

July 24th, 2012
1:29 pm

Blessed Chicken
July 24th, 2012
1:28 pm

Hmmm, sorry but your post deserves a “WTF”???

JB

July 24th, 2012
1:29 pm

Apparently some on here missed the News last year when they opened a store near Hollywood of all places ( my niece from Ga. who lives in LA rejoiced) and had lines for weeks up to two hours to eat there.

VisionQuest

July 24th, 2012
1:30 pm

Enter your comments here

Bammer

July 24th, 2012
1:30 pm

Buh bye muppets and hello Chick-Fil-A!

KOMCHOKE

July 24th, 2012
1:30 pm

Eat ‘Mo Lizard ……….. Go DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!! We gonna choke you lizards (pun intended) again this year. Tampa Lizard is a lowly reptile that lives in the muck of society. Got a brain smaller than a “peewee” marble and Eats ‘Mo Chickin”!

Jim

July 24th, 2012
1:30 pm

Unless I missed something, Chik Fil A has not said they would not serve those in the gay community…they just stated their religious beliefs when asked. Agree or disagree with their beliefs, don’t go there to eat…those are your rights too, but at least try and have respect for a Company that stands behind what it believes.

Who gives a .......

July 24th, 2012
1:30 pm

Fred ™
July 24th, 2012
1:28 pm

“quash free spech”?

I like squash free spinach as well….

wow

July 24th, 2012
1:31 pm

It’s funny and sad to hear people say that they’re going to support Chick-Fil-A even more now b/c of their stance. By saying that, you’re claiming that you’re going to contribute even more to them and promote more anti-gay sentiments. Good Christians huh? I say classless Christians. You’re trying to place blame with what’s wrong with this society on the gays, which lacks so much common sense. Chick-Fil-A, as good your breakfast wraps are, i can easily find other places to eat at. I could care less if you’re profits go up.

Tradititional Brainfurt

July 24th, 2012
1:31 pm

Marriage is an institution to be shared between two loving consenting adults.
If those two adults happen to be the same sex, brother and sister, mother and son, or just ugly as sin, then so be it. Who are we to judge? If it were not part og God’s Plan then the two would not fall in love.
Why are people so jealous of Jesus?

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 24th, 2012
1:31 pm

Right. That will be all of the “boycotters”…

You seem to be laboring under the misapprehension that I am boycotting Chick-fil-A, when nothing could be further from the truth.

A boycott is an attempt to change a business by refusing to buy a service or product until that change is made.

I will not buy any Chick-fil-A product no matter what Dan Cathy has to say on the matter.

Who gives a .......

July 24th, 2012
1:32 pm

Jim
July 24th, 2012
1:30 pm

Absolutely. I’ve seen some major league bull dykes in CFAs in the past.

Fred ™

July 24th, 2012
1:32 pm

or at very least a sad characteristic that compromises the person’s happiness in life.

Huh? How so. all my GLBT friends and relatives are just as happy or happier than my heterosexual friends.

That was just goofy.

VisionQuest

July 24th, 2012
1:32 pm

I have a question…
Does Chic-fil-A have any Jewish employees? If not, are they antisemitic,too?
Just curious…

Happily Married to my wife for 25 yrs

July 24th, 2012
1:33 pm

I applaud Dan Cathy for speaking the truth. I also think I am going to eat there tonight and tomorrow night. I also might buy lunch for all of my co-workers just to show support. PS: We have 600 employees, so we will call ahead to the Cranberry PA store before we show up.
Dan and his team recently spoke in Pittsburgh, and they are a first class act.

Good for them

July 24th, 2012
1:33 pm

Chick fil a has balls and I commend them for that. I’m glad they’re not jumping on this stupid bandwagon like 90% of other businesses are just to gain business. They’ve been Christian since they opened and that has been very well known. I’m sick of them getting critisized for standing up for their beliefs just like EVERYONE else is doing.

I just don’t get how its okay for somebody to voice their opinion AS LONG AS it’s supporting gay marrage, but the second someone goes against that it’s the end of the world.

If you don’t want to give them business because they don’t agree with gay marrage, then so be it. They don’t need you.

jamie

July 24th, 2012
1:34 pm

chic-fil-a…. we didn’t invent christain hate groups…we just support them… (in which they have every right to do, as i have to right to call the bigots (bigots = people who use narrow views of religion to demonize and hurt other people) out…

JB

July 24th, 2012
1:34 pm

Most Libs on here, as usual, get blurry eyed when it comes to gubment and all vs a private company. They could announce tomorrow that you have to wear white to eat there. It’s their right, not the Odumba Adm.

Who gives a .......

July 24th, 2012
1:34 pm

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes
July 24th, 2012
1:31 pm

“You seem to be laboring under the misapprehension …”

Actually I wasn’t, however, you are. Read my post again. Did I say “you”. Uh uh.

JB

July 24th, 2012
1:35 pm

Darn jamie…..Bookman on vacation killing ya uh.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 24th, 2012
1:35 pm

Enter your comments anywhere else but here

KOMCHOKE

July 24th, 2012
1:36 pm

Blessed chicken……….. I bless my chicken too……. thanking God for that wonderful Chick – Fil – A He has provided me with. You need help my friend as your hallucinations are returning. Were you recently on “Criminal Minds”?

wow

July 24th, 2012
1:36 pm

komchoke, sounds like a gay handle to me. you choking on my kom? yup, sounds like you got a brain smaller than an ant. anybody who says Go Dawgs after a comment seems to have a very very small brain and probably very small in other areas too. well, at least that’s what atlbilly said. you been choking on his kom too?

Who gives a .......

July 24th, 2012
1:36 pm

jamie
July 24th, 2012
1:34 pm

Hey, bigot, you didn’t close your parens properly.

Fred ™

July 24th, 2012
1:36 pm

Who gives a …….

July 24th, 2012
1:30 pm

Fred ™
July 24th, 2012
1:28 pm

“quash free spech”?

I like squash free spinach as well….
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Spelling police attempt fail:

quash/kwôSH/
Verb:

Reject as invalid, esp. by legal procedure: “his conviction was quashed on appeal”.
Put an end to; suppress: “a hospital executive quashed rumors that nursing staff will lose jobs”.

A

July 24th, 2012
1:37 pm

As a proud supporter of gay rights, gay marriage, gay adoption, etc. I applaud the Henson Company for doing the right thing and cutting ties with Chick Fil-A. Our family also will not patronize CFA anymore, not that we did much except on road trips when there was nothing else. CFA and the Cathy family are certainly entitled to their beliefs in a free country, but I as a US citizen am also free to take my business elsewhere.

Who gives a .......

July 24th, 2012
1:37 pm

wow
July 24th, 2012
1:36 pm

Wow, just wow. You sound more like a Mickey D’s kind of guy.

moonbat betty

July 24th, 2012
1:38 pm

Come on, folks.

Let’s call a spade a spade here.

This is simply a ploy by the liberal media against Hindus to cause the masacre and death of millions of more cows.

They will be going after Mr. Perdue the chicken man next…

Moon Mullins

July 24th, 2012
1:38 pm

They make a good sandwich, but hold the side of religion, please!

moonbat betty

July 24th, 2012
1:38 pm

word up, Fred!

commonsense

July 24th, 2012
1:38 pm

I am a liberal who supports gay marriage. A boycott is to me a stupid thing to do. I would not want people to not conduct business with me because of my political views as I work with many conservative thinking business owners and people alike.
At the same time I do not go around voicing my political ideals to my employees or customers. I do not know what the financial ramifications of Chick fil A decision to me but it was probably best not take political stances on behalf of your company.

JB

July 24th, 2012
1:39 pm

Bookman may come back early to support his 10 wackos or so who live on that blog about this.What we need is a parade….

wow

July 24th, 2012
1:39 pm

atlbilly blessed your chicken too, komchoke, before he gobbled it down.

moonbat betty

July 24th, 2012
1:39 pm

Oh, hi to you too, Kam!

Blessed Chicken

July 24th, 2012
1:39 pm

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, he carried with him stone tablets that contained the commandments of the father. Among them were the recipes for fried chicken sandwiches and lemonade. The Lord commanded that all creatures of Earth eat more chicken. Except the chickens. God commanded that they run for Congress in Cobb COunty. And it was so. Amen.

Fred ™

July 24th, 2012
1:40 pm

Hey Kam: Just say the word and I’ll be up in them mountains with empty bushel baskets ready to pick and eat. And what I can’t eat I can freeze or can………. :D

I’ll even buy the beer.

Rob

July 24th, 2012
1:40 pm

I used to like the muppets. . . But I am a little more than put out by people contstantly telling me What I should think say and do, Eat Drink Breath, BUY For GOD’s SAKE and I did Say GOD ~ Because the Constitution guarantees me as well as Mr Cathy and even Wicken to practise their religeon FREELY in this country without persecrution And until we get our country back people this crap will continuie to go on ! AND AS FAR AS THE MUPPETS. . . EAT MORE PORK and Frog Legs leave Obama’s Delightful meal choices of DOG and Horse out of the Grocery Stores ~ Go CHIC FILA

wow

July 24th, 2012
1:40 pm

who gives a … that was exactly what i was thinking of your comment.

Who gives a .......

July 24th, 2012
1:40 pm

A
July 24th, 2012
1:37 pm

“not that we did much except on road trips when there was nothing else.”

You won’t find a CFA is there’s nothing else around. However, I’m sure the CFA organization will miss your annual $23.12 support.

Who gives a .......

July 24th, 2012
1:42 pm

wow
July 24th, 2012
1:40 pm

Then boycott my posts. :cool:

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 24th, 2012
1:42 pm

Hiya, betty.

sam

July 24th, 2012
1:43 pm

With all this talk about Chick-fil-a, I’m getting hungry. Anyone interested in going to get a Chick-fil-a and waffle fries?

Over-priced Chicken From Bigots

July 24th, 2012
1:43 pm

Way over-priced food from a bigoted company. I don’t go there but maybe once or twice a year unless I have to. Now it will be Zero times a year regardless of the situation. I’ll go hungry.

They have discriminated on their employee hiring for years from what I’ve observed. White kids where the only types you saw at every store I went to. This always stood out to me and I’m white.

Who gives a .......

July 24th, 2012
1:43 pm

sam
July 24th, 2012
1:43 pm

Count me in.

eric

July 24th, 2012
1:43 pm

Some nuggets.
Segregationists were just “standing up for what they believe” too, right? Before we automatically laud someone for standing up for what they believe we need to think about what they are standing up for.
The Muppets are standing up for the right of any two adults who love each other to be treated as equals and be able to get married. Chick-Fil-A is standing up for denying that right to people. I’m sure you can frame it in different ways, but that’s what it comes down to.
Both organizations absolutely have the legal right to take those stands. A boycott is the free market at work — don’t like something? Take your business elsewhere.
People might be offended by the right of other people to get married, but I don’t find Bert and Ernie that threatening.

secbama

July 24th, 2012
1:44 pm

Boston Mayor, send Chick-Fil-A to our city! We will gladly take them. Kudos to Cathey Truitt…stay biblical…in your beliefs. Don’t let the liberal media influence you. Forget the Muppets and Jim Henson.

Ker mitt

July 24th, 2012
1:44 pm

I like CFA – they do oversalt their products, unfortunately. Don’t really watch the muppets and my kids are not crazy about them; but I’m not going to boycott either.

What’s wrong with polygamy among consenting adults, anyway?

Dan is the Man

July 24th, 2012
1:44 pm

@ A – Well said. You and your kind never supported CFA anyway. (not that we did much except on road trips when there was nothing else.) So where is the story here anyway? The Cathy family IS Chick-fil-A and I love their courage and will continue to support them like I did at lunch today a #2 with Diet Coke!…Yum.

Percy

July 24th, 2012
1:44 pm

Easy solution. Cut the Muppets. Guess they stand for Gay Rights….

Fred ™

July 24th, 2012
1:44 pm

Hey MoonbaT Betty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I miss you. Your 1:38 was freaking hilarious.

Come back to Jay’s…………

Simple Truths

July 24th, 2012
1:44 pm

Wow! This article really threw a proverbial fox into the hen house…

wow

July 24th, 2012
1:44 pm

Who gives a … you’d be surprised how much some of us have spent at Chick-Fil-A. you’d also be surprised how easily i could whipe the floor up with you. best shut up.

Who gives a .......

July 24th, 2012
1:45 pm

Over-priced Chicken From Bigots
July 24th, 2012
1:43 pm

“I’ll go hungry”

aaaaaaand you certainly have that right. A hungry bigot – what a sight!!

Don Abernethy

July 24th, 2012
1:45 pm

Boycotting can go both ways.. Many of us are waiting to see who boycotts Chic Fil A then we plan to boycott them. Satan would love for Chic Fil A to blink but I bet they will not. They have survived closed on Sunday and they will survive the homosexuals.

2ruff

July 24th, 2012
1:46 pm

Geepers Jim Henson has been dead for how long now??
Why is this such a big deal.
Have you ever seen a gay muppet??
I can say that Jim was straight so get it right or give it up.
Cudos to ChickFilet for standing their ground.
Does anybody out there want Sharia Law?
Does anybody want to be told what they can or can’t believe?
My religion says gay is a sin and just plain wrong.
Am I wrong for not supporting someone else’s beliefs when they refuse to support what I believe?
Political Correctness has now run amok in our country.

Fred ™

July 24th, 2012
1:46 pm

JB

July 24th, 2012
1:39 pm

Bookman may come back early to support his 10 wackos or so who live on that blog about this.What we need is a parade….
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

You were one of those asshats fanatical right wingers who got banned for being a total Richard correct?

Who gives a .......

July 24th, 2012
1:46 pm

wow
July 24th, 2012
1:44 pm

“whipe the floor”

Um, right.

The Real Chicken

July 24th, 2012
1:46 pm

I am okay with Chick-Fil-A employing all those too-dumb-for the car wash white people. And I am okay with the Cathys being vocal about their support for traditional marriage.
I’m even okay with not being able to eat more chicken on Sunday.
But what bugs me is all the brainless white trash pieces fo garbage running around calling themselves Christians and saying they love Jesus and he loves them and Chick Fil A is awesome.
Here’s the real truth; brace yourselves: Jesus loves intelligent well-dressed wealthy white Republicans. If you do not have a graduate degree or a degree for a top-tier university and you do not make more than $180,000/year, Jesus does not love you. He tells his beloved to love you, but he himself is not interested. That’s why your lives are so empty and sad that you actually care about Chick Fil A. If you felt the true love and blessings of the Lord you would not drive that old truck or send your children to school in dirty UGA t-shirts everyday.
If you love chicken, that’s fine. I know it can be a comfort to the great unwashed. But, please, for the sake of the Truly Blessed, please keep your filthy white-trsh hands away from our Dear Lord. He despises you. Thank you.

Bigoted South

July 24th, 2012
1:47 pm

After reading just the first two comments, I couldn’t help but not read the others. As a retired marine, you people make me sick! People have the right to freedom of speech, but they also have the right to the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS! You over religious people make me sick! I have read the bible through and through 14 times, and I have news for you, it is full of contradictions and bull crap! It BREEDS hate and violence! It should be outlawed if anything! I would put money on it that you idiots haven’t read it through once! You people make me ashamed to have been born in the state of Georgia! Grow the —- up! Get over yourselves! There is NO christian god! And the sooner you idiots realize that, the better off this country and world will be!

JB

July 24th, 2012
1:47 pm

Should Christians boycott companies like Apple,Google,Microsoft to openly support the Gay lifestyle. Don’t think so. That is their right. Gays need to quit grabbing any rope that swings their way to make noise and get noticed. And maybe rein in some of your kind who act stupid doing lewd acts in public in front of families and children and maybe there might be a softer tone in this country.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 24th, 2012
1:47 pm

I’ll even buy the beer.

You could bring that bottle of JW Blue that you’ve been denying your B-I-L all this time.

moonbat betty

July 24th, 2012
1:47 pm

Fred, betty’s been sprung!

Mountain Man

July 24th, 2012
1:48 pm

Bert and Ernie are behind the whole thing!

2ruff

July 24th, 2012
1:48 pm

WOW.
you just don’t understand do you.
IT’S WRONG! IT’S A SIN!
But then you are an agnostic liberal who is willingly letting what we have fought for so 200+ years slowly erode with your “values”.

Who gives a .......

July 24th, 2012
1:49 pm

The Real Chicken
July 24th, 2012
1:46 pm

Spoken like a true atheist.

Em

July 24th, 2012
1:49 pm

I am thrilled that in this day we have a company that is willing to stand up for what it believes. I thought that was part of what America was founded on…being able to have free speech. As a Christian, it is great to know there are people who still hold to the tenets from the Holy Bible. God is STILL on His throne!

John Galt

July 24th, 2012
1:49 pm

Stupid-Stupid-Stupid…..Companies don’t have beliefs or opinions, only the people who work for (or own) the company do. Regardless of which side of the argument you believe, why in the world would CFA management express an opinion on this as a company position? How about abortion?Just keep serving good fast food and stay out of politics that don’t affect your business.

moonbat betty

July 24th, 2012
1:50 pm

Bigoted South,

You must be crazy if you read a book 14 times that breeds hate and violence.

JB

July 24th, 2012
1:50 pm

B. South…. Praying that the 15th read will do the job

Sombrero de RoHo

July 24th, 2012
1:50 pm

The solution is quite simple – they come out with a chick on chick fil-a sandwich. That will satisfy the LGBT community and those who like their chicken.

Fred ™

July 24th, 2012
1:50 pm

What’s wrong with polygamy among consenting adults, anyway?

If it’s a man with more than one wife I don’t know how he could stand the extra nagging, but if he’s ok with it then I say good on him. if it’s a Woman with more than one husband I think it’s cool because it spreads the nagging around to multiple targets so I say good on them.

2ruff

July 24th, 2012
1:50 pm

Bigotted south “marine”. you haven’t read the bible as yet or you wouldn’t say what you have said.