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Peaceful Demonstration at Chick-Fil-A

My pride and support of the first amendment was in full force today, at Laguna Niguel's Chick-Fil-A.

I just came back from participating in my first ever demonstration. It was peaceful, thank God. And that's the word that was kind of at the center of it or at least His written word.

I am not an evangelist and couldn't care less what your religion is, or if you even have one. It's your choice. But I sure do care about freedom of speech. How could that have anything to do with God and his written word and a peaceful demonstration?

Simple, we went to . Were you there? It was wonderful. For a demonstration, it was pretty tame. No chanting or singing. No: "we will overcome."

No confronting of police. People stood in line and smiled and talked about why they were there. The cars moved in line to the fast-serve window. We waited about 30 minutes in line outside to get served. Why were we there?

Freedom of speech doesn't just go one way. It's not just for liberal causes; it's for every American. People died for this freedom. It is our First Amendment. 

The CEO of Chick-Fil-A had the nerve to say that he believed in the Bible's definition of marriage and being married to his first wife. What an animal! How dare he say that, said the mayor of Chicago, Barry's old chief of staff.

There will be no Chick-Fil-A's in Chicago if he has anything to say about it. The mayor of Boston has said the same thing. There will be no Chick-Fil-A's there if he has anything to say about it. After all, that's not what Boston stands for. Boston doesn't stand for free speech? Interesting isn't it.

Where is John Adams when you need him? So, if I understand these mayors correctly it's OK to speak in favor of "Gay Pride," "Gay Marriage," "Gay" whatever but don't think for a moment you can speak out for the definition of marriage as God says in the Bible. Does it seem just a bit one sided? 

Should it ever have gotten to this point where we can be ruled into thinking that freedom of speech only protects the Left and not the Right? Shame on US.

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Kathi August 06, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Dan, you say Chick isn't a church its a business. Well the 1st amendment--if you go back & read it doesn't say anything about church! It is talking about people--not just official, organized houses of worship. Also you are comparing apples & oranges when you mention prohibiting pot dispensaries, etc. Those are against a whole class of business (& of course for pot there is a discrepancy between federal & state law), but each of those examples are for specific types of businesses--not singling out a particular store because you don't like what they say. & of course the ACLU representative in IL & other legal scholars have already weighed in that it would be unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination to do what the Mayor & those others proposed,
Kathi August 06, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Dan, you are changing the subject & being very disingenuous in your response if not outright lying. Please re-read your post in which you referred me to your post on the MV Patch which was a total caricature & straw man of those who believe in the traditional definition of marriage. I addressed that but you totally are ignoring my response other than 1 word. At least try to be honest in your responses! You specifically addressed me in that post that contained the link & now you are trying to change the subject to that supposedly Chick-fil-A & Truett Cathy who of course was the founder of the chain did, & what Forbes supposedly said about it--but no way to verify that. As far as donating to hate groups, I saw the list that was on the link someone else provided. While not familiar with all of the groups listed as supposed hate groups, I am familiar w several of them & they promote solid family values, helping families w parenting advice among other things. Standing up for the traditional view of marriage does not make a group either a hate group or discriminatory. But that was not what you had on the link anyway! In addition, didn't have Webster's handy but used iPhone define (which I assume is probably the same as what you have on your iPad) which has a rather different definition of "junk food." & most meat for sale in grocery stores has water & a lot of the poultry has "flavor enhancers" etc added. Yes, I do prefer mine without, but that does not make it junk food.
Frieda Wales August 06, 2012 at 11:51 PM
OK, lets try another angle. A box of crayons. Your bible says that only the red, yellow, and green crayons should be used. So you only use those colors. A lot of people you know follow these "biblical" rules and they are happy people. I have a box I want to use the blue and orange crayons and all of the colors! Your red, yellow and green crayons are still there for you to use. Nothing different for you and your box of crayons. The way I use my crayons has nothing to do with how you use yours. The same principal can be applied to traditional marriage and it's correlation to gay marriage. A gay couple getting married has no effect on other marriages. None at all.
Frieda Wales August 06, 2012 at 11:52 PM
In other words - as I've heard it put so aptly - If you don't like gay marriage, then don't get gay married!
Paul Herzbrun August 07, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Very helpful and thank you. I found as I read excerpts from the site that the groups Mr. Cathy has donated to holds sex outside of marriage with the same disgust as homosexual behavior. He seems to be interested in promoting safe and sane sex between consulting adults. Seems as though that is well within his rights as an American just as it is for our president to suddenly decide he is favor of Gay marriage. The only difference being that Mr Cathy isn't running for president and needs every vote he can get. It has been fun to watch the interaction and comments about my blog. The whole message is that some people selectively believe in freedom of speech. If a person wants to spot off about the wonders of hetero sex or homo sex and they do not infringe on my rights as a private citizen let them do so. If we don't let them do that, if we restrict their true rights to speak freely without fear of the government then Shame on Us!

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