The Political Left vs Chick-Fil-A

Introduction:
Chick-Fil-A became a focal point of the angry left in the summer of 2012 when the founder of the company, S. Truett Cathy, expressed his opinions in support of traditional marriage.  Those in favor of same-sex marriage took it upon themselves to punish Mr. Cathy by running his company out of business by staging boycotts and protests at Chick-Fil-A stores across the country.  It was immediately evident that the protesters were greatly outnumbered by regular customers, and the issue became a referendum on homosexual marriage in which the general public voted with their feet (and their money).  The backlash against the left-wing activists and in favor of Chick-Fil-A continues to this day, and you would think that the protesters would eventually learn from it (and desist), but they never really have.


Overview / recap articles:

It's Just a Chicken Sandwich.  Calm Down.  By now everyone is aware that the fast-food giant Chick-fil-A came under withering assault from the virtue-signaling bigots of the LGBT political movement in America.  Because its chief Dan Cathy holds to Biblical sexual ethics, miserable people made his remarkable food chain the bane of their existence.  They organized boycotts, gay "kiss-ins," and a propaganda campaign that accused perhaps the most polite people in the food industry of being filled with hate.  It was nonsense.  And it remains nonsense.  I say remains because the LGBT political movement is not giving up.

These Homosexuals Are Chickenxxxx.  Homosexual activists have ginned up a fake controversy targeting Chick-Fil-A just because one of the chicken outlets was kind enough to donate sandwiches and brownies to a "marriage seminar" run by a group that happens to oppose same-sex marriage.  How utterly pathetic of the activists.  How utterly pointless.  How utterly unhinged.  The homosexual groups' tactics are Leninist.

A Christian Business in the Left's Crosshairs.  Chick-fil-A is run by devout Christians who believe in strong marriages, devoted families and the highest standards of character for their workers.  The restaurant chain's official corporate mission is to "glorify God" and "enrich the lives of everyone we touch." ... Democrats are always ready to invoke religion to support their big government, taxpayer-funded initiatives.  But when an independent company — thriving on its own merits in the marketplace — wears its soul on its sleeve, suddenly it's a theocratic crisis.

Mozilla, Duck Dynasty, Chick-fil-A, and the politicization of everything.  Would you boycott a family dinner because your grandfather holds some politically incorrect views about welfare recipients?  Or, would you uninvite a neighboring family from attending a block party after learning that they attend an evangelical church that upholds a traditional definition of marriage?  Most reasonable people would say "no," adhering to the old adage that it's rude to talk politics in polite company.  Unfortunately, this rule of etiquette that has governed civil society for ages seems to be quickly evaporating in the world of commerce, as highlighted by the now notorious case of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich.  This impolite seed should be quickly uprooted before it sprouts into a world where everything is politicized.

Penalizing Those Who Hold Biblical Views of Marriage.  In a series of instances we have seen the gatekeepers of civil society attack those who hold Biblical views about marriage and sexuality — Chick-fil-A, Barilla Pasta, Craig James who was fired from ESPN, and now Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty.  It is even worse, of course, when it is the government that penalizes those who hold Biblical views.  That should be anathema in America.  While A&E exercised its rights, in a growing number of incidents, government has not respected the free-contract and free-speech rights of Americans.


Timely news and commentary:

Animal Rights Activists Pretend To Slaughter Animals In Chick-fil-A Protest.  While many Chick-fil-A fans were enjoying their free chicken as part of the annual Cow Appreciation Day, kids at one Florida restaurant were left terrified after animal rights activists showed up to the restaurant wearing bloody clothing and carrying fake knives to simulate animal slaughter.  Fox 13 reports that on Tuesday, while many kids were dressed up as cows for Cow Appreciation Day, Direct Action Everywhere activists arrived at the Pinellas Park Chick-fil-A dressed up as cows, chickens, and butchers.  The butcher pretended to slit the throats of the cows and chickens, which were covered in fake blood, using a fake knife.

Food critic's reasons you 'shouldn't eat at Chick-fil-A' backfire hilariously.  The review says "the fast-food giant serves up some solid food, but with a side of unpalatable baggage."  The "unpalatable baggage" is of course that the owner of the company doesn't toe the liberal line politically.

Deliciousness Not Welcome:  Chick-fil-A blocked at catholic college.  The war against delicious chicken sandwiches continues on college campus after Fordham University rejected a proposal to build a Chick-Fil-A restaurant to appease its LGBT students.  According to the Fordham Observer, the historically Catholic institution blocked a proposal from Aramark to renovate the grill area in the Ram cafe to accommodate a Chick-Fil-A.  Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy admitted in 2012 that he felt that same-sex marriage was wrong, but in 2014 said he made a mistake by making the company a symbol in the debate over the "marriage debate."  Liberals never forgave the fast food chain, and have protested their existence ever since.

University Students:  Chick-fil-A Makes Us Feel Unsafe.  Chick-fil-A is coming to the food court at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but some students are not happy about it.  Several students at the Catholic university have complained the fried chicken restaurant, which has the reputation of being extremely kind and generous to customers, will make them feel unsafe, Red Alert Politics reports.  "Chick-fil-A has a questionable history on civil rights and human rights," student senator Niko Martini told campus newspaper The Duke.  "I think it's imperative the university chooses to do business with organizations that coincide with the [university's] mission and expectations they give students regarding diversity and inclusion."

Florida Democrats clucking over voter registration drives at local Chick-fil-A restaurants.  Democrats in Pinellas County, Fla., are crying fowl over the supervisor of elections' decision to hold voter registration drives at nine area Chick-fil-A locations earlier this week on National Voter Registration Day.  Susan McGrath, head of the county Democratic Executive Committee and leader of the Pinellas Stonewall Democrats, a pro-LGBT equality group, says she is all in favor of getting out the vote — just not at Chick-fil-A, the Georgia-based fast-food restaurant chain beloved for its fried chicken sandwiches and its adherence to the Southern Baptist culture of its founder by closing on Sundays.  The company's CEO Dan Cathy has made multiple remarks in the past expressing a personal opposition to same-sex marriage.

New Yorkers Flock to Chick-Fil-A, Despite De Blasio Urging Them Not To.  Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged New Yorkers not to eat at Chick fil-A.  The liberal mayor argued that the owners of the popular chicken chain are "anti-LGBT," calling for a boycott in New York.  It appears, however, that the mayor's words have backfired.

Poultry vs.  Pinhead:  New York City's mayor says boycott Chick-fil-A.  Mayor Bill de Blasio and members of the New York City Council are calling for a city-wide boycott of Chick-fil-A — urging citizens to refrain from eating plump juicy chicken breasts tucked between hot buttered buns.  "I'm certainly not going to patronize them and I wouldn't urge any other New Yorker to patronize them," the mayor told DNAInfo.com.  Councilman Daniel Dromm was even more blunt — accusing the Southern restaurant chain of spreading a "message of hate."

Bill de Blasio, New York City mayor, tells citizens not to eat at 'anti-LGBT' Chick-fil-A.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday encouraged his constituents not to eat at a new Chick-fil-A restaurant opening in the city, citing the company's pro-traditional marriage views.  "What the ownership of Chick-fil-A has said is wrong," Mr. de Blasio said at a press conference, as reported by DNA Info.  "I'm certainly not going to patronize them, and I wouldn't urge any other New Yorker to patronize them," he said, adding that "they do have a legal right."

The Editor says...
I would prefer to boycott New York City rather than Chick-Fil-A.

In Rat-Infested New York, Only Chick-fil-A Gets Shut Down For Health Code Violations.  Last year, 77 out of 154, or about half, of New York's restaurants were rat-infested — and that's on the ritzy Upper East Side, where a meal can run into hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.  Residents take great pride in filming YouTubes of New York's restaurants through their windows at night, cameras on as the vermin scurry around.  There are even interactive rat maps showing where Manhattan's vermin roam.  So it's more than a little passing strange that the city targeted the city's only Chick-fil-A for health code violations just months after it opened its doors.

Chick-fil-A Comes Out in New York City: Liberals hardest hit.  Manhattan's first Chick-fil-A opened this weekend, and despite liberal misgivings of the closed-on-Sundays fast food chain, the demand for chicken sandwiches wrapped around the building the block.

NYC Chick-Fil-A grand opening satisfies cravings, upsets animal and gay rights activists.  A highly adored and highly controversial fast food chain satisfied cravings and ruffled a few feathers Saturday [10/3/2015] with the grand opening of its first official Manhattan outpost.  Chick-Fil-A, the massively popular Southern staple owned by a conservative Christian family known for their anti-gay marriage views, hatched a 5,000-square-foot store in Herald Square to mixed reviews from fervent devotees and activists.

Denver City Council Moonbats Freaking Out Over Chick-Fil-A Restaurant Proposal In Denver Airport.  Let's cut to the chase on this story.  The city council is not taking its time to determine the validity of a restaurant permit; the City Council is seeking legal advice on what might happen if they deny such a permit.  It's a ridiculous, and quite scarey era, we live in when approval of a business license is dependent on the political affiliation of the owner.

Chick-fil-A location at DIA halted after Denver Council cites their LGBT stance.  What the heck has happened to Denver?  It used to be a nice place to live.  Now the City Council — specifically Councilman Paul Lopez — is saying that Chick-fil-A is a moral decision for the city.  Excuse me?  Whose morals?  You certainly don't have any that I can see.  Chick-fil-A serves all customers, regardless of their personal choices, so there is no problem there.  What they are objecting to is that charitable arms of the corporation give to anti-LGBT causes.  That's their right and none of their business.  To deny them a concession at the airport on this basis is a violation of their constitutional rights and their freedom of religion.

Haters Move Once More Against Chick-fil-A.  Some members of the Denver City Council want to punish Chick-fil-A for its owner's Christian beliefs about marriage.  They are contemplating blocking the very popular chicken sandwich joint from setting up shop in the Denver Airport.  Besides the owner's views on same-sex marriage, some members of the Council raised concerns about the "religion-influenced operation, which includes keeping all franchises closed on Sunday," according to the Denver Post.

Chick-Fil-A Leads All Fast-Food Outlets In Customer Satisfaction.  Chick-fil-A, the Christian fast-food company that is closed on Sundays to honor the Sabbath, ranks at the top of all fast-food companies for customer satisfaction, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index Restaurant Report 2015.  Chick-fil-A was vilified by LGBT supporters for its CEO's remarks supporting traditional marriage, but that hasn't stopped it from topping the list the very first year it was included.

CAAP: Cities Wanting To Ban Chick-fil-A 'The Same Thing' As Banning Blacks From Restaurants.  The President of the Coalition of African-American Pastors says supporters of traditional marriage are facing the same discrimination that blacks faced during the civil rights movement.  "Some people are saying because of the position that Chick-fil-A has taken — they don't want them in their cities," Rev. William Owens said at the National Press Club on Tuesday [7/31/2012].

American Taliban: Denver City Council Holding Up Chick-fil-A at Airport Because CEO Is Christian.  Liberals present themselves as devoted advocates of women's rights and homosexual privilege, and enemies of violence and religion.  Yet they ally themselves with Muslims, who enslave women, murder homosexuals, and reject reality in favor of their conspicuously violent faith.  In turn, Muslims overwhelmingly vote Democrat.  This is confusing until you realize that the content of their respective ideologies is inconsequential; it is only the ruthless intolerance with which the ideology is imposed that matters.  The most meaningful difference between Islam and liberalism lies in the methods used to coerce compliance, and these are determined by culture.

Business committee approves Chick-fil-A location at DIA.  The Denver Business Development Committee has unanimously approved a seven-year lease for a Chick-fil-A restaurant at Denver International Airport.  Originally, the Denver City Council had placed a two-week pause on the request, citing the company's reputation as an opponent of same-sex marriage.

Chick-fil-A flap rocks another American university.  The war on poultry rages on yet another public university campus — this time at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.  The hullabaloo started last January when students were asked to select a new dining option for the student union.  Their choices included Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, IHOP, A&W and Sbarro. [...] However, it turns out majority does not rule at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.  A vocal minority pitched a fit and demanded that Chick-fil-A be banished from campus.

Chick-fil-A responds to Orlando massacre with free food at a blood drive.  Several Chick-fil-A restaurants in Orlando on Sunday delivered sandwiches and iced tea to blood drives supporting victims of the gay nightclub terrorist attack.  The restaurant on University and Rouse Road delivered the food free of charge to the One Blood donation center, the DC Gazette reported.

Orlando Chick-Fil-A Opens on Sunday to Help Feed First Responders, Blood Donors.  Stories of heroism, strength and solidarity are beginning to emerge in the wake of the horrific terror attack in Orlando.  From first responders saving the lives of victims to blood donors lining up around the block, we've seen Americans come together to help in any way they can.  That includes several employees at an Orlando Chick-fil-A, who on Sunday delivered free food and drinks to people who were waiting in line to donate blood and law enforcement officials who responded to the mass shooting.

Chick-fil-A Silences 'Anti-LGBT' Label Once and for All with Show of Support in Orlando.  Chick-fil-A is known for a few things: delicious fried chicken, not opening on the Lord's day, and opposing homosexual marriage.  In fact, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio blasted the chain restaurant as "anti-gay" in calling for a boycott last month.  But the local affiliate in Orlando opened its doors last Sunday, and not to make a profit.  On Sunday June 12, the day of the mass shooting at Pulse night club in Orlando, FL, the local Chick-fil-A at University Boulevard and Rouse Road fired up the grill.  Employees cooked up hundreds of fried chicken sandwiches, brewed dozens of gallons of sweet tea, and gave it all away.  For free.

Incoming Chick-fil-A draws concerns of some St.  Louis Park residents.  Five years ago, Chick-fil-A was involved in a major controversy over statements made by the fast-food company that many felt were hostile to those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.  Now St. Louis Park residents are urging a Chick-fil-A franchise proposed at the Shoppes at Knollwood to operate in a different way.  "We just want to make sure that Chick-fil-A was put on notice that we will be monitoring their activities," said Zaylore Stout, a labor and employment law attorney.

Students fear new Chick-fil-A will create unsafe space on campus.  Students at Duquesne University are petitioning their school to reconsider a plan to bring Chick-fil-A to campus, arguing the fast-food restaurant's support for traditional marriage would create an unsafe environment for gay students.  Niko Martini, a student senator at the Pittsburgh university, filed a petition with the student government asking the school to reconsider the inclusion of Chick-fil-A in its Options Food Court.  "Chick-fil-A has a questionable history on civil rights and human rights," Mr. Martini said in a statement to the student newspaper, The Duke.  "I think it's imperative the university chooses to do business with organizations that coincide with the [university's] mission and expectations they give students regarding diversity and inclusion."

Johns Hopkins University's Student Government Opposes Chick-Fil-A Due To 'Microaggressions'.  The student government at Johns Hopkins University decided Chick-fil-A is not welcome on campus, as its existence would cause "microaggressions" against the gay community.  The College Fix obtained a copy of the Johns Hopkins University Student Government Association's resolution, "A Resolution Regarding the SGA's Opinion on Current and Future Chick-Fil-A Development Plans."  The resolution attempts to prevent Chick-fil-A from operating on campus "in a current or future sense."  The student government stated it "vehemently opposes" Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy's opposition to gay marriage.

Chick-Fil-A Banned from Donating Food to School Event.  A high school football booster club in Ventura was prohibited from selling Chick-fil-A sandwiches at its back-to-school night event because the principal didn't like the restaurant owner's position on gay marriage, according to CBS Los Angeles.

NYTimes Obit: Chick-fil-A Founder a 'Symbol of Intolerance'.  This morning [9/9/2014], New York Times reporter Kim Severson spiced up her obituary for Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy by tagging him "a symbol of intolerance" who presided over a "restaurant chain [seen by some] as a symbol of hate."

Billionaire Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy dead at 93.  S. Truett Cathy, the founder of the U.S. fast food chain Chick-fil-A which drew protests two years ago when its president made public statements opposing same-sex marriage, died on Monday [9/8/2014] aged 93, the company said on its website.  Cathy, who was Chick-fil-A's chairman emeritus, died at home in the presence of loved ones, the privately held Atlanta-based company said.

Chick-fil-A Founder's Death leads to Nasty Comments.  Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A founder, died Monday [9/8/2014] at age 93.  With hard work, discipline, and dedication, he turned a single Atlanta diner into a popular restaurant chain and household name.  He rose from poverty to riches.  Cathy opened his first restaurant in 1946, just after returning from serving his country in World War II.  Today, Chick-fil-A has nearly 2,000 outlets in 39 states.  All along, the man was faithful to his business, his family, and his God.  You would think that his life's story would elicit nothing but praise.  But if you think that, then you don't live in modern America — that is, today's fundamentally transformed America.

School bans 'offensive' Chick-fil-A sandwiches.  Did the waffle fries and banana pudding milkshakes exceed the nutritional limits deemed acceptable by the federal government?  The answer, dear readers, is no.  It seems Principal Val Wyatt's ban has less to do with poultry and more to do with politics.  "With their political stance on gay rights and because the students of Ventura High School and their parents would be at the event, I didn't want them on campus," Wyatt told the Ventura County Star.

The Left Tars and Feathers Chick-fil-A.  Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy recently incited the outrage of The Washington Post, actor Ed Helms, and at least five other celebrities by supporting marriage on the Ken Coleman radio program. [...] It appears Cathy's crime isn't so much that he holds the convictions he holds, but that he has the courage to voice them.

Conservative group hits Chicago alderman for blocking Chick-fil-A.  The leader of a Christian group today [7/25/2012] said Ald. Joe Moreno displayed hypocrisy for his decision to deny Chick-fil-A the right to open in his ward because of the chain restaurant president's opposition to gay marriage.  "It's hypocritical," said David Smith, executive director of the Illinois Family Institute, which opposes gay marriage.  "Here's the alderman turning around and being intolerant and discriminatory because somebody has a different view than he does.  Would he do that to a Muslim company?"

Boston mayor vows to keep Chick-fil-A out of city.  The mayor of Boston is vowing to block Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in the city after the company's president spoke out publicly against gay marriage.

Chick-fil-A president says company opposes gay marriage.  Chick-fil-A has taken a stand against gay marriage, and the reactions are rolling in. [...] Chick-fil-A has been under fire from gay rights groups since early 2011, when it was revealed that an independent operator in Pennsylvania supplied food to an event sponsored by a group formed to defeat same-sex marriage initiatives.

Jim Henson Company Yanks Its Toys From Chick-Fil-A Kids' Meals.  Don't look now, but the Muppets want a divorce.  The Jim Henson Company is scrapping its kids'-meal-toy relationship with Chick-Fil-A now that the left-wing pressure is on to boycott the Christian fried-chicken chain, which is offering toys right now from the Jim Henson Creatures' Shop line.

The Left Tars and Feathers Chick-fil-A.  It's all part of the duplicity we've watched the left demonstrate for decades, but it's also part of a larger, more recent phenomenon that should trouble every American.  Those on the left are insisting that those in business have no right to have convictions of their own if they don't mirror what the left believes.  What [Dan] Cathy is experiencing is the tip of the iceberg.  Right now, people are in court and being severely fined simply because they wish to exercise their faith convictions in how they run their businesses.

Boston Mayor backs off attempt to block Chick-fil-A.  Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has stepped back from his threat to block Chick-Fil-A from opening a new store in the city.  His announcement comes a day after Antoine Dodson shared his definitive opinion about the controversy via YouTube.

Nation of Islam can open a restaurant in Chicago, but not Chick-fil-A?  The Mayors of Boston and Chicago are bullies in the truest sense, they have selected what to them seems like a safe target for their outrage and abuse of government power.  Menino and Emanuel have selected evangelical Christians for their selective bullying knowing full well that in Boston and Chicago there will be no repercussions.  Yet they will not take on more powerful groups who espouse far worse views on homosexuality and gay marriage.

The Assault on Chick-fil-A.  As Alderman Proco Moreno put it to the Chicago Tribune, "If you are discriminating against a segment of the community, I don't want you in the First Ward."  Given this response, you would get the impression that the fast-food chain has banned anyone who isn't straight from entering its establishments.  That, of course, is not true.  Like every other successful business, Chick-fil-A happily sells its products to anyone who can fork over a few bucks.  It is controversial only for donating to organizations that oppose gay marriage, including the Family Research Council and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  But apparently that's enough for Moreno to try to keep the business out of his ward.

The Chicken Inquisition.  Rahm Emanuel has been many things in life — ballet dancer, investment banker, congressman, White House chief of staff, now mayor of Chicago — and he apparently wishes to add another title to his curriculum vitae:  Grand Inquisitor.  He has denounced the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A and endorsed a Chicago alderman's plan to block construction of a new outlet because the company's executives do not share his politics.

Rahmbo Protects 'Chicago Values' From Chick-fil-A.  The politically incorrect personal beliefs of a food-chain owner provides politicians nationwide an opportunity to rail against nonexistent discrimination.

Rahmbo: 'Chick-fil-a values not Chicago values'.  I think Mayor Emanuel is on to something here.  By all accounts, Chick-fil-A is a well run, honest business.  And Chicago?  Well...  let's just say no one has ever used to the word "honest" to describe city government — or anyone who does business with the city.

Don't cross the forces of tolerance.  Proco "Joe" Moreno is Alderman of the First Ward of Chicago, and last week, in a city with an Aurora-size body count every weekend, his priority was to take the municipal tire-iron to the owners of a chain of fast-food restaurants.  "Because of this man's ignorance," said Alderman Moreno, "I will now be denying Chick-fil-A's permit to open a restaurant in the First Ward."  "This man's ignorance"?  You mean, of the City of Chicago permit process?  Zoning regulations?  Health and safety ordinances?  No, Alderman Moreno means "this man's ignorance" of the approved position on same-sex marriage.  "This man" is Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A ...

The Chick-fil-A gay marriage controversy.  Gay marriage is one of those agonizing social issues in which the two sides do not remotely agree on the terms of the debate.  Those who share [Dan] Cathy's beliefs find it impossible to extend "marriage" to include same-sex relationships without altering the definition of marriage, which inherently requires a man and a woman.  Same-sex marriage proponents of good will disagree, arguing that the sex of the participants is not relevant to the importance and power of the institution.  It's possible to hold either of these positions without being motivated by bigotry.  Of course, the name of the game being played against Chick-fil-A involves ending the discussion, by ruling one side of this important social debate completely out of order, and dismissing their beliefs as unworthy of respect.

Al-Rahim and Chicago Values.  It is simply impossible to imagine that liberal Democrats would treat affirmations of Muslim faith with the kind of bullying that Cathy and Chick-fil-A have received.  Yet Islam is at least as doctrinally tough on homosexuality as Christianity is, and considerably tougher in practice.

Eat more chicken.  [Dan] Cathy did not say he would deny someone with a different view than his the right to eat in or work at any of his fast-food restaurants, which would violate the law.  He did not say anything hateful about them.  He simply expressed a deeply held conviction rooted in his Christian faith.  The reaction tells you everything you need to know about certain liberals who believe every sort of speech, activity and expression should be protected, except the speech, activity and expression of evangelical Christians.

Hate Chicken.  Ever since the Chick-fil-A President Cathy voiced his opinion in favor of the tradional view of marriage, politicians have been stumbling over themselves to threaten to discriminate against the Chick-fil-A company on the basis of the free expression of one of its executives.

Chick-fil-A's PR chief dies suddenly amid gay-marriage imbroglio.  The death of a top Chick-fil-A executive added to the fast-food chain's difficulties in trying to extricate itself from the public relations imbroglio ignited by its president's comments on same-sex marriage.  Don Perry, who had worked for the Atlanta company for 29 years and was its vice president for public relations, died unexpectedly Friday [7/27/2012], reportedly from a heart attack.

CAAP: Cities Wanting To Ban Chick-fil-A 'The Same Thing' As Banning Blacks From Restaurants.  The President of the Coalition of African-American Pastors says supporters of traditional marriage are facing the same discrimination that blacks faced during the civil rights movement.  "Some people are saying because of the position that Chick-fil-A has taken — they don't want them in their cities," Rev. William Owens said at the National Press Club on Tuesday [7/31/2012].

Chicago church leaders roast Rahm Emanuel over Chick-fil-A stance.  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ticked off the flocks by criticizing Chick-fil-A.  Days after the big city boss blasted the chicken chain over its president's stance on same-sex marriage, an influential Baptist minister and Cardinal Francis George of the Archdiocese of Chicago struck back.  The religious leaders, who support the traditional view of marriage, were incensed at Emanuel's claim that "Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago's values."

Customers Line Up for Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day.  More than a hundred locals lined up outside of local Chick-Fil-A restaurants on Wednesday [8/1/2012] as part of Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, some in support of the company's stance on gay marriage, and some simply supporting the company's right to freedom of speech.

The Power of Positive Protest.  Last time I stood in such a long line, I was in communist Romania in the late seventies, waiting for food to be delivered or parceled out. [...] The line at Chick-fil-A was composed of happy faces, polite and friendly, eager to be there, many taking photographs of the crowd just like I was, wondering where the MSM was.  Why were they not there covering the mass of humanity that came out at one restaurant alone to show their positive support of our Judeo-Christian principles that America was founded upon?

Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day brings out supporters, protesters.  It used to be that taking a bite of a chicken sandwich just meant you were hungry.  Now it has become a symbol of whether you stand for or against same-sex marriage, or — alternately — the right to express your personal views without fear of retaliation.

Chick-fil-A Supporters Pack Restaurants.  Customers packed Chick-fil-A restaurants Wednesday, in support of the company's stance against same-sex marriage.  In Morgantown [West Virginia], lines of cars spilled onto Patteson Drive, and customers wrapped around the entire dining area inside the restaurant, into the entryway of the restaurant to order.

NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn asks NYU to evict Chick-fil-A.  A powerful New York politician claims she was just speaking as a private citizen when she tried to run Chick-fil-A out of town, but she used her official letterhead and even invoked her position as City Council speaker to apply pressure on the embattled chicken chain.

Chick-fil-A fans fight back.  Chick-fil-A restaurants became hotbeds of cultural tension yesterday when hundreds of thousands turned up at fast-food joints after the chain placed itself at the center of a row over gay marriage.  Drive-through lanes were backed up and dining rooms packed as some diners showed support for the chain which was lambasted when the CEO said he opposes gay marriage.

Chick-Fil-A Breaks World Sales Record.  The left's attempt to damage Chick-Fil-A completely backfired yesterday [8/1/2012].  Not only did customers wait for hours in line to "eat more chikin" but many Chick-Fil-A locations ran out of food.

Gay Rights Activists Attempt to Bully Business.  How can Boston & DC mayors — Mineno and Gray — justify discriminating against Chick-fil-A when the unemployment rate in both cities is at a record high, especially for low skilled workers in both cities?

Of Free Speech and Chick-Fil-A.  Dan Cathy could have saved his company, Chick-Fil-A, a lot of trouble.  All he had to do was keep his views about family to himself.  Instead, he answered a question honestly.  In a recent media interview, the company's president and COO said what he believes and why he believes it.  But his politically incorrect views are intolerable, judging from the anger of many on the left, including several big-city officials who are dead-set against his views.

Media Crusade Against Chick-Fil-A Continues.  The manufactured controversy over Chick-Fil-A won't be dying down anytime soon, if media figures get their way.  Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy stated that he was "guilty as charged" when it came to supporting the traditional family, and commented on a radio show that "I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say:  You know, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.'"  That's tantamount to heresy in Hollywood and in New York and D.C. newsrooms.  The media have proven themselves in the tank for same sex marriage, and Chick-Fil-A is learning what it means to cross them.

Leftists are not usually concerned about the proper nutrition or healthy eating habits of their political enemies.
ACLU lawyer wants Chick-fil-A supporters to gorge on transfats.  If you support Chick-fil-A in the face of left-wing nutcase attacks over the restaurant chain's support of traditional marriage, ACLU of Massachusetts Executive Director Carol Rose has some advice:  "Did you see that politicians Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee are now trying to rally all homophobes to eat at Chick-fil-A?  I'm thrilled.  In fact, I encourage all bigots to load up on transfats and carbohydrates.  Go ahead  — eat your heart out on the "Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit" breakfast!  Mmmm."  Presumably, her idea is to trigger heart attacks.

Boycott about so much more than a chicken sandwich.  There's something about the public flogging of Chick-fil-A by government officials that seems un-American — lawmakers hell-bent on destroying a privately owned American company simply because of the owner's personal opinions.  Democrats in more than a half dozen major cities have led the charge — slandering Chick-fil-A's owner and calling for all-out bans on the company's expansion efforts in places like Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and San Francisco.

Exec Bullies Chick-Fil-A Worker, Then Promptly Gets Fired For It.  Adam Smith, former CFO and treasurer of medical supplies manufacturer Vante, caused quite a stir when he put up a video of himself bullying a Chick-fil-A drive-thru employee in Tucson on YouTube.  Smith berates the worker about her company in the video, which was initially titled "Reduce $'s to Chick-Fil-A's Hate Groups."  It has since been taken down (though others have uploaded it too).

Why We Lined Up at Chick-fil-A.  We lined up all over America yesterday.  We Americans, who normally don't like lines, went out of our way to stand in one — some of us for over an hour — yesterday on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.  Why?  For one, we stood in line for the chicken sandwiches.  Is there a better sandwich in the country than their classic fried-chicken sandwich with those perfectly placed pickles?  Or a better milkshake?  I know I'd weigh ten pounds less if the local Chick-fil-A went away.

The Editor says...
Not me.  When I visit Chick-fil-A in Cedar Hill, I order the chicken strip salad and stay away from the milkshakes.

CBS Evening News Ignores Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day.  On Aug. 1, CBS Evening News ignored the massive crowds that turned out that day at Chick-Fil-A restaurants around the nation in support of traditional marriage, free speech, or simply tasty fast food.  ABC and NBC, by contrast, covered "Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day" with full and surprisingly respectful reports on their evening newscasts.  The August 1 episode of CBS Evening News completely failed to mention the massive crowds at Chick-Fil-A restaurants across the country.  And it's not as though the network was unaware of it.

Black Activists: Liberal Protest of Chick-Fil-A is 'Ultimate Example of Intolerance'.  Project 21's Derryk Green said it is liberals and homosexual activists who have tried to create the illusion that failure to support the idea of "gay marriage" is somehow a form of bigotry.  "Chick-fil-A executives and others who share a 'traditional' or religious understanding of marriage are unfairly characterized as hateful because the idea of being against a redefinition of marriage has been deceitfully conflated with being against homosexuals," Green said.

Masses line up to show support for Chick-fil-A CEO.  It took more than hour to order a chicken sandwich at a New Jersey Chick-fil-A yesterday as hundreds of diners descended on the fast-food chain to show their support for the company's CEO — a vocal critic of gay marriage.

45 photos of insanely long lines for Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.  Today was Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, and after looking at all these pictures, I'd say it was a smashing success.

This article is replete with vulgar and profane quotes from the left-wing activist/reporter.
Florida Reporter Goes to Chick-fil-A, Finds Astounding 'Level of Hatred, Unfounded Fear, and Misinformed People'.  The media-news site JimRomenesko.com reports on Facebook comments by Fort Myers (Florida) News-Press reporter Mark Krzos, who summed up his disgust as he covered Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.

Chick-fil-A supporters turn out in mass for "Appreciation Day".  A massive rush on Chick-fil-A stores in the Charleston area Wednesday reflected more than an unusual hunger for chicken sandwiches.  Cars snaked around local stores, the lines spilling out into surrounding streets, as hundreds if not thousands came out to make a statement.

Chick-fil-A backers recognize appreciation day.  Churchgoers and supporters of religious freedom weren't too chicken to eat at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday.

Chick-Fil-A's Across The Country Are Absolutely Jam-Packed.  More photos.

Conservatives blast Chick-fil-A 'Tastes like hate' vandalism.  As police and store employees grappled with graffiti that appeared overnight on the back wall of a Torrance Chick-fil-A, online supporters and protesters alike criticized the vandalism.  "Tastes like hate" was scrawled in large black lettering on the wall of the restaurant, mimicking the chain's advertising.

Torrance Chick-Fil-A Vandalized.  The store manager of a Chick-fil-A in Torrance says the restaurant was targeted by vandals overnight.

The Silent Majority Goes to Chick-fil-A.  The Chick-fil-A controversy has no doubt been polarizing in some corners of the country, but the undeniable success of yesterday's nationwide rally to support the fast food chain means we're likely to remember August 1, 2012 as Silent Majority Day.

Mainstream Media Blacks Out Chick-fil-A Story?  Wednesday was Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, and Americans flocked to the fast food restaurant in response to criticism of COO Dan Cathy's opposition to same-sex marriage (as well as threats from the mayors of some major cities).  The photos of long lines and traffic jams reveal the extent of the restaurant's support — for some it's about traditional values and for others it's about freedom of religious exercise and speech in the face of government intimidation.

Chick-fil-A gains local support for traditional marriage and family unit.  Hundreds of patrons arrived at the Pheasant Lane Mall on Wednesday eager to support Chick-fil-A's president and his controversial statements supporting the "biblical definition of the family unit."  The large crowd of traditional marriage supporters was unaware that the franchise manager of Chick-fil-A in Nashua, Anthony Picolia, is helping to sponsor New Hampshire Pride Fest, a celebration of gay rights being held later this month in Manchester.

Chick-fil-A Kiss-In more of a raspberry.  Rarely do we get to see two competing viewpoints this explicitly matched against each other, with enough separation to judge the strength of each side. [...] The protests got mainly ignored, and none of them apparently disrupted business.  Actually, the only complaint made to police by a Chick-fil-A location was to clear the media away, when they began interfering with business.

Chick-fil-A flap reveals true gay agenda.  The homosexual lobby wants to outlaw Christianity.  This is the real meaning behind the uproar over Chick-fil-A.  The chicken sandwich franchise has become a lightning rod for the culture war.  Liberals despise it; conservatives back it.  Supporters of gay marriage want to prevent the Atlanta-based chain from expanding, demanding new restaurant permits be denied.  The reason:  Its CEO Dan Cathy opposes same-sex marriage.

Chick-fil-A: Deep Fried Civil War.  [S. Truett] Cathy would probably have spent his life as a moderately successful local restaurateur save for two innovations, one culinary and one cultural.  In the early 1960s the owners of a local poultry purveyor came to him with a bunch of boneless breast pieces they couldn't do anything with and he began experimenting with ways of making a fried chicken sandwich.

Chick-fil-A: Deep Fried Civil War.  [S. Truett] Cathy would probably have spent his life as a moderately successful local restaurateur save for two innovations, one culinary and one cultural.  In the early 1960s the owners of a local poultry purveyor came to him with a bunch of boneless breast pieces they couldn't do anything with and he began experimenting with ways of making a fried chicken sandwich.

Chick-fil-A kiss-in protesters show their colors.  Leftists, when they get angry and let themselves be themselves, tend to behave in repellant ways.  That certainly seems to be the case with the gay marriage movement's anger at Chick-fil-A, as a former CFO now understands.  Captured on video by Legal Insurrection blogger Anne Sorock, participants in the kiss-in at the sole Chick-fil-A in Chicago mocked, one might even say harassed, an elderly African-American gentleman seated nearby reading his bible [sic].  This video will be ignored by the legacy media, who are always anxious to promote a soft and cuddly image of gay marriage, and protect the public from any negative images concerning homosexuality.

Gay Protesters Harass, Mock Homeless Man Reading Bible at Chick Fil-A.  Chicago Chick-fil-A "Kiss-In" protesters attack a homeless man reading his bible [sic].

The Editor says...
The word Bible is to be capitalized, without quotation marks, according to the Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual, "when referring to the Scriptures in the Old Testament or the New Testament."

Another Chick-fil-A Vandalized.  Virginia Kruta reports that yet another Chick-Fil-A restaurant was vandalized by anti-speechers, this time in St. Louis at the Des Peres location.

The Speed of Progressivism.  The transformation of Chick Fil A from a fast food place that most liberals had never even heard of into the "Enemy of the People" is a reminder of the speed at which progressivism travels forward and backward in time.

Chick-fil-A is another victim of the leftists.  A fellow called me and told me the other day that the line to get into the Chick-fil-A on the University of Minnesota campus was about 100 deep and an hour long.  Reports from around the country said essentially the same thing, that people were turning out at Chick-fil-A fast-food places, presumably in a show of support for Chick-fil-A's president, Dan Cathy, who made some remarks that led some people to think he is personally opposed to same-sex marriage.

Great gay kiss-off lays a gigantic egg.  This was billed as the greatest protest since Occupy Wall Street.  Thousands of scantily clad gay men and lesbians said they'd lock lips in a coast-to-coast red-hot make-out session.  They were to blast anti-gay-marriage comments made by Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy.  But gays preferred staying home to watch "The Real Housewives of New Jersey."

C'est Chick.  For three decades now, Chick-fil-A has been my only appointment fast-food stop.  I go there when hungry, and even when not.  Always cleaner than the inside of a Clorox bottle, the restaurants are run with warmth and efficiency, and are ruthlessly dedicated to customer satisfaction — the best quick-service franchise in America.  At most chains, you're just happy if they keep the rodent parts out of the condiments.

Leftists Silencing Chick-fil-A for Their Beliefs, Fascism in America.  You are not allowed to voice the belief, shared by many, that marriage is between a man and a woman.  You will be ostracized and your businesses will be destroyed.  One day, you will be imprisoned for a civil rights violations.  This is Fascism and it is our future if we ignore the Chick~fil~A predicament or allow the left to get away with demonizing Chick~fil~A with trivial complaints and straw men.

Rahm Emanuel's Chicago Values Drove Him to Work with Farrakhan.  Syndicated columnist Cal Thomas, in a recent column, pointed out that Farrakhan "goes a lot further than Dan Cathy" in opposing same-sex "marriage."  As recently as two months ago, the racist, anti-semitic Farrakhan blasted President Obama for endorsing same-sex marriage, noting he is "the first president that sanctioned what the scriptures forbid" — adding that " ...sin is sin according to the standard of God" and "the Bible forbids it."

Police called in because of disruptive MEDIA members harassing employees at Hollywood Chick-Fil-A 'kiss-in'.  Apparently, in Hollywood, CA police had to be called in because of disruptive people.  The police weren't called in because of the protesters doing anything wrong, but rather for the pink slime media members who were harassing the employees!

Mitt Romney, Chick-fil-A, and Ben & Jerry's.  The Democratic mayors of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. announced that Chick-fil-A is not welcome in their cities because the owner/founder of Chick-fil-A supports preserving the man-woman definition of marriage.  Aside from free speech issues, the mayors did something dangerously un-American:  they declared their cities open only to businesses whose ownership holds political positions they approve of.

Gay Totalitarianism.  All those die-hard opponents of "don't ask don't tell" — the Clinton-era policy that asked of gays in the military that they keep their gayness to themselves and stifle it when it came to free speech — abruptly turned on a dime.  Now they were out to wipe Chick-fil-A from the face of the planet.  All because Mr. Cathy was demanding the same rights for Chick-fil-A as gays were demanding in the military and beyond.

Chick-fil-A 'Kiss-In' Activists Harass & Mock 'Homeless Street Preacher' Reading His Bible Outside Restaurant.  The writer describes a group of about 20 to 30 protesters who assembled outside of the Chick-fil-A location around 7 p.m.  Some of the couples, Sorock reports, kissed one another in a stand against the fast-food chain's opinion on same-sex marriage.  While these acts were expected, some of the protesters made their way over to an individual whom Sorock described as "an elderly African-American homeless man."  He was seated along a fence nearby the protest.  When the activists approached him, they began arguing with him about theology, while also mocking him.  One of the individuals in the group even wrote disparaging messages in chalk near the man, who was peacefully sitting and reading his Bible at the time.

Lefty Wannabe Superman v homeless man.  Who is Spencer Thayer and why was he mocking a harmless old black dude reading his [B]ible?  It seems the lead mocker of the black man who was reading his [B]ible near the Chick-fil-A franchise in Chicago is also part of OWS.  Indeed he seems a participant in demonstrations for a great many far left causes.

Liberal Tyranny and the Cluck Heard 'Round the World.  It was a beautiful thing to behold.  It made you proud to be an American.  Most of the characteristically cocky "progressive" blogs and "news" sites observed radio silence as left-wing elitists — media, activists, politicos and pundits — sat in stunned disbelief.  Their wrongheaded Chick-fil-A boycott had backfired catastrophically.  Quite troubling, however, was when this predictable "progressive" hissy left the realm of comedy and breached the realm of tyranny.  Multiple elected officials — all Democrats — disgraced both themselves and the offices they hold by pledging to shut Chick-fil-A down, simply because they disagree with its leadership's biblical viewpoint.

Chick-fil-A controversy: A lot of clucking and no foul.  The great chicken-sandwich controversy has come and gone, leaving a moral lesson as consequential and lasting as the clucking in a henhouse.  The clucking was media-made — loud, fierce and angry.  And then it was gone.

Chick-fil-A municipal thuggery must be checked.  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proclamation that Chick-fil-A is "not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members" reflects an unprecedented level of arrogance displayed by an elected official about a person of faith.  Mr. Emanuel seems to be forgetting the hundreds of churches in Chicago that support the "biblical definition of the family unit," as Mr. Cathy said.  Does he realize how many people of faith he has offended?  Even more appalling are cities and politicians using zoning to limit free speech and prevent businesses from opening.  It happens more than one might imagine.

Who Gets a Pass?  Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel recently said of the Chick-fil-A fast-food chain that "Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago's values." [...] Even as Emanuel warned Cathy that his company did not reflect Chicago values, his city remains among the most murderous in the world.  This year, Chicago youths have killed more Americans than have the Taliban in Afghanistan.  Unable to stop the carnage, a desperate Emanuel welcomed in Nation of Islam minister Louis Farrakhan to help quell the mostly black-on-black violence, even though Farrakhan has a long record of racist and anti-Semitic tirades.  Is the Chick-fil-A CEO a greater danger to Chicago than gun-toting gangs, or more illiberal than the racist Farrakhan?

NYTimes Food Reporter Rejoices at Chick-Fil-A VP's Heart Attack, Apologizes.  Mark Bittman, a New York Times food critic, admits he used an "inappropriate phrase" in an August 3 blog posting about Chick-Fil-A.  In fact, it was down right Bitter, man, because he seemed to be rejoicing that a vice president of the fast food company had died of a heart attack back in July.

Election Day at Chick-fil-A.  Across the nation, people took time out of their busy lives to make a statement: that they agreed with Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A's CEO, that God's definition of marriage should be respected and honored.  Some days earlier, Cathy had told an interviewer, "I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,' and I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about."  What happened next is all too familiar to those of us on the front lines of defending traditional marriage.

Frederick Chick-fil-A restaurant vandalized with marriage equality stickers, gay pride flag.  Frederick [Maryland] police say vandals put stickers promoting marriage equality and a gay pride flag on the windows of a Chick-fil-A restaurant.  Police say the vandalism was reported Sunday morning [8/12/2012].

The Editor says...
Since Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays, that's the best time for anonymous cowards to vandalize the place, and the most obvious time for the local police to keep an eye on the property.

Poll: NYers tell pols to keep beaks out of Chick-fil-A business.  An overwhelming majority of New Yorkers don't want politicians grilling Chick-fil-A.  A Quinnipiac University poll being released today [8/15/2012] found that voters by a lopsided 83-11 percent margin feel elected officials shouldn't try to discourage people from patronizing the fast food chain just because its CEO openly opposes gay marriage.  By a similar 82-12 percent margin, they called on pols not to interfere in the government permitting process for the popular chicken sandwich shops.

Threats of PC excesses.  PC absurdity has reached its zenith with the [...] Chick-fil-A scandal that erupted when Dan Cathy, president of the family-owned restaurant chain, told a Baptist publication:  "We're very much supportive of the family — the Biblical definition of the family unit."  Appearing on a devotional radio program, he said:  "I think we're inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than you what constitutes a marriage."  The mayors of Boston and Chicago, along with other politicians, threatened to keep the chicken sandwich chain out of their communities, even though they had no legal right to do so.

Chick-fil-A Counters Claims It Agreed to Stop Funding Pro-family Groups.  Chick-fil-A has responded to news reports that it has stopped funding some pro-family groups as a concession to gain approval for a restaurant in Chicago, saying that it has made no concessions in its funding philosophy and, in the words of company president Dan Cathy, remains "true to who we are."  News reports surfaced September 19 that the company had reached an agreement with Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno, who had vowed to block approval of a restaurant site for the company unless it agreed to stop funding "anti-gay" groups.

The Chick-fil-A War Is Back On.  Now the controversy is back, after a Chicago alderman announced that Chick-fil-A had agreed to stop supporting "antigay organizations."  After two days of confusion, Mr. Cathy this weekend said Chick-fil-A had "made no such concessions."  No matter who is telling the truth, this much we know:  The targeting of Chick-fil-A is but one front in an ugly campaign where the goal isn't so much to prevail in a political argument as to buffalo opposing voices into silence.

Chick-fil-A: We Made No Concessions.  The president of Chick-Fil-A said they have not given in to the demands of gay marriage advocates in exchange for permission to build a new restaurant in Chicago.  "Chick-fil-A made no such concessions and we remain true to who we are and who we have been, said Dan Cathy in a statement to Fox News Channel host Mike Huckabee.  Cathy said the company had not capitulated to the demands of supporters of gay marriage — in spite of media reports to the contrary.

Chewing Over Christianity And Democracy At Chick-fil-A.  Chick fil-A Appreciation Day is a useful moment to chew over more than just a chicken sandwich.  On the surface it's about company president Dan Cathy's support for his understanding of Biblical marriage (one man and one woman for life) and attempts by supporters of gay marriage to boycott it or, in the case of certain politicians, even try to prevent its stores from locating in their districts.  But at a deeper level, the Chick fil-A controversy underscores the growing dilemma over Christianity and democracy in America.

ABC News is surprised to find...
Chick-fil-A Benefited from Summer's Gay Marriage Flap With More Customer Visits.  Despite boycotts from pro-gay marriage groups, fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A may have benefited from remarks by president and chief operating officer Dan Cathy that he supported the "biblical definition of the family unit."

About a year and a half later...
Chick-Fil-A values.  [T]his week Chick-Fil-A values were back in the news.  When the deep South was paralyzed by snow that stranded motorists for hours and forced others to abandon cars, Chick-Fil-A moved in.  In Birmingham, Ala., a Chick-Fil-A store began cooking hundreds of chicken sandwiches and handing them out for free to stranded motorists along the highway.  Anyone who needed a warm place to sleep was invited to do so at Chick-Fil-A for as long as needed.  The next morning, workers prepared fresh chicken biscuits — which, again, they distributed free.

Two years later...
Chick-fil-A again tops KFC as top chicken chain.  Chick-fil-A widened its lead over rival KFC as the No. 1 chicken chain in the U.S. last year.

This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2017 by Andrew K. Dart


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