Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Happy Chick-Fil-A Day!




As you are all probably aware, Governor Mike Huckabee is promoting today as national Chick-Fil-A appreciation day, to show support for the six day-a-week franchise in the midst of the media firestorm that sprang up after Dan Cathy’s comment about how he believes marriage is between one man and one woman, and that God designed it so.

What has become interesting is the storm of controversy that Cathy’s comments to a Baptist Newspaper have stirred up.  The left and the media descended upon Chick-Fil-A in a storm of righteous fury and flaming indignation.  “Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston,” said Boston Mayor Thomas Menino “We’re an open city. We’re a city at the forefront of inclusion.”  The irony that they are tolerant and thus not tolerant of intolerance seems lost on them.  As is the threat to religious liberty.

According to R. Albert Mohler Jr. president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary,



R. Albert Mohler Jr
The threats made against Chick-fil-A betray the principle of religious liberty that is enshrined within the U.S. Constitution. Civic officials in some of the nation’s largest and most powerful cities have openly threatened to oppose Chick-fil-A for the singular reason that its president openly spoke of his Christian convictions concerning marriage.
When  Quinn (Speaker Christine Quinn of the New York City Council), one of the most powerful officials in New York, announces, “I do not want establishments in my city that hold such discriminatory views,” is she also threatening the Roman Catholic Church, Orthodox Jewish synagogues and Islamic mosques?
They, along with evangelical Christian denominations, openly oppose the legalization of same-sex marriage. Cathy’s statements are completely consistent with his own denomination’s statement of faith and official declarations. He was speaking as a Christian and as a Southern Baptist, and he was speaking as a man who does his best to live and speak as he believes.

He has a point, and it is quickly becoming a grave concern in America.  Thus as a response Mike Huckabee’s Support Chick-fil-A day was born.  The lefts response to it has been humorous, Facebook shut the event down (apparently as hate speech, though they were never clear in their actions.  According to Governor Huckabee “it seems we caught a 12 hour bug, apparently it hits when large numbers of Christians support something and post about it on Facebook!”

The result of the press and the lefts flaming indignation has been that over half a million people have decided to eat at Chick-Fil-A (of which our office is sending 9).  Even celebrities have gotten involved in the support!

But here is the most fascinating thing about this.  Instead of setting up a boycott of the cities and companies who have opposed Chick-fil-A, Christians, and others who care about traditional family and religious freedom have decided to patronize and defend those companies that stand for what is right.  We have spent 20 years in various boycotts against “evil companies” but those in my opinion, haven’t really worked, and I can’t think of a major company that changed as the result of a boycott. 

This is better.  We are voting for a good, rather than trying to starve out a bad.  We know this works, it’s why we get on board with a campaign, we love to support good, to help out the underdog, to succeed even when the odds are against us.  Those desires and feeling inspire us.  Boycotts are inherently negative; this is positive, demonstrates Christian principles and Biblical values, and does not paint us as intolerant and judgmental Christians.
  
Also they have great food.

See you at Chick-fil-A!


7 comments:

  1. And great customer service. The day feels so much better knowing I've defended religious liberty with a spicy chicken sandwich, waffle fries and a lemonade.

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  2. I defended the hunger in my belly...no wait, I attacked the hunger in my belly. And I whooped it.

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  3. Second Nick - even mobbed, Chick-fil-a is a happy place. :)

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  4. And their customer service was excellent, even with HUGE crowds on Wednesday. I love this idea that instead of simply "starving the bad" we should take a positive action by supporting the good. What other companies can we stand with??

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  5. Its been pretty interesting to watch, this movement to support Chick-Fil-A have gone beyond marriage. Many people are showing up just to support the right to free speech. Some of the locations here in Houston are incredibly packed out: the line to get in leads around the entire building back to the entrance. On the note of good food, my brother who works there also said the kitchens are suprisingly clean, especially considering it's a fast food. And you can't beat their fries...I desire waffle fries ;)

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  6. Our PA Chick-fil-A was packed with lines doubled around the parking lot and the drive thru traffic extending all the way out of the lot, down a side road and onto the nearest highway. Community police showed up to help direct traffic. The most amazing thing was the wonderful atmosphere - no cranky people at all! Everyone was happy to wait to support our freedoms of speech and religion.

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  7. We were traveling on August 1, 2012 and purposely waited until we could stop at a Chick-fil-a to eat. When we did arrive it was 8:30pm and traffic for the drive-thru was wrapped around the building and around the block. Lines were outside both doors for walk-in customers. Very little seating was available inside or outside the restaurant. We decided to park in a neighboring parking lot and walk to the restaurant. Considering the tremendous amount of customers I think the management and employees handled the situation well. We were happy to support Chick-fil-a on this day, hopefully sending a message of support to the owners. It was the best hour I spent that day.

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