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August 3, 2012

The People Spoke Loud and Clear…

Joe Charlebois

On August 1st the average American said enough is enough. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee led an effort to support Chick-fil-A as it took a political hit for comments made by its chief operating officer, Dan Cathy.


Mr. Cathy – as has been greatly reported in an interview with K. Allan Blume – stood by his convictions and stated that marriage should be defined as a heterosexual union.


In fact, the interview which has been drastically taken out of context explains that the “guilty as charged” reference is simply his support of the traditional family.


Mr. Cathy realizes that to some this may be seen as a controversial stand; but as he puts it in the interview: "We intend to stay the course…we know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."


Little did Mr. Cathy realize when he made those comments that Christians can only share their values in certain areas of this country.


The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups, collectively known as LGBT, and members of Hollywood quickly piled on the Atlanta-based company by accusing the company of being anti-gay and practicing discrimination.


But even those who side with the LGBT lobby quickly came out refuting these claims as they are aware that Chick-fil-A has never been accused of discriminatory practices.


All the attention given to this interview would have likely gone away if it wasn’t for mayors of several prominent cities continuing to stoke the political fires of divisive politics.


In fact Boston Mayor Tom Menino fired off a letter to Mr. Cathy urging him to “back out” of his plans to locate a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Boston. Ironically the mayor stated that: “There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it.” Thus the mayor was illegally discriminating against this openly Christian-run company.


In Chicago, Alderman Joe Moreno vowed to block Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in his ward because Chick-fil-A doesn’t share the same progressive values of his constituents.


Even Mayor Vincent Gray of Washington weighed in with several tweets claiming Chick-fil-A’s bigotry and hate. The mayor made it clear in one of his last tweets that he realizes that he can’t ban the stores from the district.


If it was legal to ban Chick-fil-A from doing business within their city limits, does anyone think that the mayors in Boston, Chicago and Washington wouldn’t hesitate to institute a ban because it was their moral duty to do so?


On Wednesday the American public responded to these attacks on free speech, and Christian ideals by showing up at Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide in great numbers. Patrons either stood in long lines or sat at the drive-thru window for what some claim were hours.


Of those who stopped by their local Chick-fil-A to “eat mor chikin,” I presume many would describe themselves as sympathetic to the Tea Party movement, or at the very least believe in limited government.


There are also those who showed up in droves to support Dan Cathy’s view on traditional marriage. Still there were others who support same-sex marriage but showed up to support Mr. Cathy’s First Amendment right to express his beliefs.


What was their reasoning? Simply put, they believe that if any government can keep a business from building within their borders strictly based on the owner’s beliefs, what would stop another jurisdiction from implementing restrictions that are in direct opposition to their beliefs.


What Wednesday’s “buy-cott” did do was send a message to those who seek to grow the scope of governmental power and restrict the free exercise of speech and religion.


This even was much more than American’s showing Mr. Cathy support for his belief in the traditional definition of marriage.


The people who purchased their Original Chicken sandwiches, waffle fries and peach milkshakes on Wednesday made a bold statement that proves that the average citizen’s voice is louder and stronger than ever.


It is a resurrection.


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