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Are You Joining in Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day?

Or are you boycotting the chicken chain because of the company owner's beliefs on same-sex marriage?

Chick-fil-A is a fast food restaurant known for its whole chicken breast sandwiches, waffle fries, and homemade cole slaw.

Today it's going to be known as the center of a minor political storm when a lot of people go out of their way to buy lunch or dinner there as a show of solidarity with the embattled chicken chain. Or for those who oppose the chicken retailer's political stances, it'll be a day of boycotts and possible protests.

Wednesday, August 1, is "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," so says former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. He's hoping that tea partiers, and other First Amendment stalwarts will put their money where their opinions are and buy up Chick-Fil-A items today.

There are two Chick-fil-A stores near the Land O' Lakes area: one on Bruce B Downs Boulevard in New Tampa and Little Road in Trinity. Many of 1,615 franchises in 39 states are located in malls, although there are some free-standing stores in New Jersey.

The tempest began several weeks ago when Chick-fil-A executive Dan Cathy said in a radio interview that he supports the concept of traditional marriage, versus same-sex marriage. Gay rights groups, activists, and supporters have been attacking Cathy and the chicken chain, even to the point where some politicians, like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, have been trying to stop Chick-fil-A from opening franchises in their cities.

Tea partiers have taken up the Chick-fil-A banner, and Huckabee—who ran for the Republican nomination for president four years ago— jumped on the bandwagon with the Appreciation Day.

The idea is to make an effort to patronize Chick-fil-A stores today, as a show of support for Cathy and his company's right to express what they say is a dissenting opinion.

Over the years, Chick-fil-A has drawn attention from various groups hostile to the privately-held company's Christian beliefs. The Atlanta-based family-owned firm, for example, has never allowed its stores to be open on Sunday. That was the idea of company founder Truett Cathy, the firm says on their website, when he opened the first store in 1946.

The concept of being closed on Sunday was practical as well as spiritual: they wanted employees to "have an opportunity to rest, spend time with family and friends, and worship if they choose to do so," Chick-fil-A says.

So far, over 624,000 fans on the Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day Facebook page say they'll be loading up on chicken sandwiches and waffle fries today.

Will you patronize Chick-fil-A today, or will you avoid it because of the company owner's beliefs? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Bryan Gifford August 02, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Virginia, When you have some uninterrupted time and an open mind, watch this video, about what the Good Book says about being Gay and Sin. It is a great presentation that is well thought out, uses historical contents and takes the often quoted bible verses and looks at the whole context of the story that is being told in that chapter to really understand what the Bible is saying. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezQjNJUSraY
Larry Bush August 02, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Thank you, Bryan, for bringing that up. As far as I am concerned, since there are so many benefits given by government to married couples, this is not a religious question. In the land of the free and the home of the brave, religious belief is not an issue in any debates about legislation. Therefore, the only arguments are legal ones.
DS August 03, 2012 at 08:58 PM
There is not much good in your "good" book - a book which condones slavery, mass genocide, child murder and worse. Nothing in the Bible is "God's rules" - they are the rules of ignorant bronze age men. God is not associated in any way with the Bible, Christianity or any other man made religion or book. I assure you any being with an intellect capable of creating a universe is least concerned with two male creatures on a speck of duct in the cosmos loving one another and joining in a silly pairing ritual we call marriage. Oh, and America has never been a nation "Under God". That's another lie you Christian have foisted on us. We were founded as a secular Republic, on secular Enlightenment principles. That's why our Constitution has no mention of God, The Bible or the ten commandments and beings with "WE THE PEOPLE" instead of "In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ". Sorry, but people came here FLEEING FROM Christian nations.
Tom Kent October 11, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Bryan, that youtube clip gives the illusion of being balanced, but is actually one-sided. If you Google for the other side of the story, you can find many refutations. EG http://www.christianpost.com/news/theologians-find-vines-homosexuality-is-not-a-sin-thesis-not-persuasive-82341/pageall.html
Bryan Gifford October 11, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Tom, You are right, and there are people that will grasp at anything to support their way of thinking. Bottomline for me, We are all Americans I have no rights that you do not, that included the ability to have the state acknowledge union of two people and grant with that all the rights and abilities that our nation has decided that a couple may have. Simple stuff. Wehn we all can respect and accpet one another, this would will be a much better place to be. Gay, straight, male, female, young, old, muslim, christian, skinny, fat, makes no difference, and our laws should reflect that.

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