Today — while angrily shaking their fists out the window at Chick-fil-A restaurants they happen to pass while en route to the neighborhood co-op for more quinoa and free-range soy blocks — liberals should be careful to note which state they're in.
Because if they happen to in New Hampshire, then they happen to be angrily shaking their fists at a co-sponsor of the local LGBT Pride Festival…
New Hampshire's only Chick-fil-A restaurant is going against the wishes of chicken chain founder Dan Cathy by pledging to co-sponsor an LGBT Pride Festival in the state.
Likewise, social conservatives should be careful not to bring their good God-fearing dollars into the N.H. location or they could find themselves unwittingly supporting such an un-Christian principles as this…
"It would make me sad if someone felt that they were not openly welcomed into my life or restaurant based on their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender," [franchise manager Anthony] Picolia explained.
Personally, I don't think this location should be allowed to call itself Chick-fil-A. For the sake of clarity, I think it should have to call itself Chick-fil-B.
Or maybe Chick-fil-LGBT?
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Tags: Chick-fil-A, Christianity, Food, LGBT, Marriage Equality, New Hampshire, Religion
Today is the day! Today is the day that weight-battling social conservative Evangelical Christian former governors all across the country make a special trip to Chick-fil-A to
eat a bunch of fried chicken without feeling guiltystand up for traditional marriage values!
And probably a bunch of other people, too. People who support a Biblical interpretation of marriage (all the polygamy and buying wives stuff excluded). People who care about halting the ever-forward progression of society. And, most especially, people who crave publicity. Such as…
In an interview on Fox News, [Sarah] Palin defended Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy's decision to publicly express his anti-gay marriage views and claimed that the resulting backlash against the company was an affront to free speech.
"Well, that calling for the boycott is a real — has a chilling effect on our 1st Amendment rights," Palin told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren.
It's really nice to hear that Sarah Palin has so much concern for the well-being of the First Amendment. And, luckily for her, the Chick-fil-A boycott actually has no chilling effect on the First Amendment whatsoever! In fact, since the First Amendment protects private citizens' rights to express themselves however they see fit — whether that be through contributing millions of dollars to groups fostered to hold back social progress or through organizing people to halt the flow of money into businesses that funnel money into such groups — it actually supports the First Amendment! Just wait until Palin hears that! She's gonna be so happy…
"And the owner of the Chick-fil-A business had merely voiced his personal opinion about supporting traditional definition of marriage, one boy, one girl, falling in love, getting married. And having voiced support for kind of that cornerstone of all civilization and all religions since the beginning of time, he then basically [is] getting crucified."
To hear her explain it, it sounds so nice. One boy, one girl, falling in love, getting married, working tirelessly to keep minorities from having the same rights as everybody else… Sigh. What a romantic vision of traditional Americana she paints.
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Tags: Bill of Rights, Chick-fil-A, Christianity, Constitution, Food, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Religion, Sarah Palin
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Tags: Chick-fil-A, Christianity, Corporations, Facebook, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Mike Huckabee, Religion, Rick Santorum, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, Twitter, Video
Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy is in hot oil after a recent interview with Baptist Press. Surprisingly, everyone was surprised that a person being interviewed by Baptist Press had this to say about the definition of marriage…
"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."
If gay marriage invites God's judgement, Cathy's stance invited the even more wrathful judgement of gay marriage proponents, including Boston mayor Tom Menino and the Muppets. That, in turn, invited Rick Santorum to tweet about being pro-chicken. Then Chick-fil-A trolled their own Facebook page.
Now what was an invite-only judgement party is raging out of control in that free speech circle of hell we call Twitter. Here are the best of the worst and worst of the best…
My kids are only allowed to bully teens who work at Chick-fil-a.
— Jocelyn Plums (@FilthyRichmond) July 21, 2012
I'd marry a dude for a Chick-fil-A sandwich and waffle fries right now.
— Chris Moody (@Chris_Moody) July 26, 2012
Tags: Chick-fil-A, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Mike Huckabee, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Twitter
Like a proud parent witnessing his child's first steps, it's been a pleasure to see liberals grow to embrace the wonders of government-backed retaliation against political views they oppose.
You might remember the Ground Zero Mosque debate, the controversy surrounding a proposed community center that in the great American tradition of Joe the Plumber was neither a mosque nor at Ground Zero. Newt Gingrich suggested that we adopt the Saudi Arabia standard of religious tolerance ("There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia,") and use zoning laws to create a mosque restriction zone in lower Manhattan. A conservative candidate for governor of New York, Carl Paladino, suggested the government use eminent domain to prevent construction of the community center.
Liberals were rightly outraged, not just at the right-wing desire to limit buildings for Muslims to Guantanamo Bay, but because of the constitutional principles at stake. Whatever the merits of the mosque, the Free Speech Clause of the 1st Amendment means the government generally may not discriminate against an entity because of what it says or teaches.
Now witness the celebratory lefty reaction to Boston mayor Thomas Menino's take on Chick-fil-A, the fast food chain bent on protecting us from the threat of homosexual chicken marriage, or something.
Tags: Boston, Chicago, Chick-fil-A, Islam, LGBT, Liberals, Marriage Equality, New York City, Religion