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Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day Brings Proponents and Protesters

Protestors and proponents alike showed up for Chik-Fil-A appreciation day to make their opinions and voices heard.

Chick-fil-A has been making headlines lately, and it's not for its spicy chicken sandwich or cute cows.

Since stating that the company donates money to various organizations, including those that oppose gay marriage and that he himself is a firm believer in traditional marriage, the company's president, Dan Cathy has, intentionally or not, ignited a firestorm of controversy.

Many have voiced their opinions, but it's former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's declaration of Aug. 1 being "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" that stands out.

He called for those who support Cathy to show their support by eating at the restaurant today. Sure enough, Chick-fil-A restaurants all over the country were flocked with people Wednesday and Temecula was included among those.

If you were on Margarita Road in Temecula today, you may have noticed slight traffic into and around the Chick-fil-A area as well as the crowd of people, with supporters beginning to line up when the eatery opened.

By noon, the line was well into the parking lot, and the drive-through line was backed up. Chick-fil-A employees went outside to take orders and distribute menus to the growing line.

The supporters talked among themselves, and at one point one person distributed U.S. flags to those in line.

Soon after, about 11 protesters marched into the parking lot from the neighboring Sprouts area, carrying signs and a colorful U.S. flag, and stationed themselves in the adjacent parking lot.

The protest was a peaceful one, and there were no confrontations between the groups.

 "We aren't anti-homosexual," said Pastor Anthony R. Williams Sr., "We do not hate them. We just do not agree with their lifestyle."

Supporters referred to a recent statement by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who vowed to do everything he could to block the openning of a Chick-fil-A in an outlet of the city following Cathy's pro-traditional marriage stance.

"I stand behind them (the chicken chain) all the way," Temecula resident Peggy Hendrick said.

For their part, the number of protesters nearby grew to about 20. They remained generally quiet, not saying much, but rather letting their posters do the talking for them.

The signs bore slogans such as "Straight But Not Narrow", "Born This Way," "Jesus Had 2 Dads," and "Hate Isn't a Family Value."

More protestors also gathered on the street side of Chick-fil-A, waving signs for people to honk their support.

Sam Lozon and Sean Lenderink, the teens who organized the protest, said that they "aren't here to cause a disturbance or hurt business," but rather to take a stand.

Lozon added "There's been a lot of controversy regarding our protest. Everyone has a right to their opinions, but acting on them and donating to organizations like the ones they do is not okay."

As the day went on and grew hot, members of the Calvary Chapel Church in Fallbrook began distributing water bottles to both sides, and small booklets of the Gospel of John. People in support of the eatery waited in line for 30 minutes to an hour to make it to the register.

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T 22 August 03, 2012 at 06:46 PM
LBV, thank you, I did know that. Sorry, was throwing some sarcasm in there. Really, making the point that being Christian would have an impact on how they feel about gay marriage. It's all a non issue for me, really.
LBV Collins August 03, 2012 at 07:14 PM
You're welcome, T22. (And sorry I misinterpreted your sarcasm.)
SHIRLEY August 04, 2012 at 01:13 AM
thank god for free speech chic- fil -a had a right to say what they wanted, i will go there more. As a group you should not take over every time something is said what if people started doing the same to you how would you like it. stop jumping on everyone that can't think the way you do. Do you want a free country or a country run bye a few I know your making me think again how I fell about the issue very sad, when you have to make a company pay for your problems, this time they are right and you are wrong shame on you all...
LBV Collins August 04, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Hi Shirley. No one is trying to stop Chick-fil-A’s president from expressing his opinions. LGBT’s are drawing attention to the fact that Chick-fil-A has donated millions of dollars to homophobic hate groups whose goal is to prevent same-sex marriages from being recognized by our Federal government. [1] They’re not asking for authorities to deny Cathy’s right to free speech; LGBTs want DOMA overturned and to be granted the same marriage privileges that hetero couples enjoy. In other words, they want to live in a free country and not a country run by a few. 1. http://huff.to/LglrZP
Paul Nelson August 06, 2012 at 09:21 PM
LBV . I have a good question for you. As a progressive liberal why are you and your fellow gaymen and women trying to force your beliiefs down our throats? We are fed up. We do not accept your lifestyle choice at all. One or more people even berated employees at Chick-Fil A. Thank god they were fired. They staged wonderful kiss ins that every wonderful patriotic red blooded American should be forced to see right?? I love what Michele Bachman is doing-converting formerly confused gay men and women into normal straight people who can and will function, with God's help, and lead a normal life free of AIDS. Oh yes-your disease that your ok with killing millions worldwide. Brought on by homosexuality. How is that possible LBV? So we should justify the spread of AIDS by allowing gays to marry? Wow-unreal!! Next we can have Beastiality-I am sure your in favor of that!! Oh yeah there are already lawsuits in our courts on that. Oh by the way the Nazi party in Germany was full of Gays and Atheists too and they foioled everyone including the Catholic church. It is estimated 8 million Jews and Christians died in concentration camps.20 million in Russia. How many more???? God Bless Exodus Intl, FRC and Congresswoman Bachman. Shining sunlight on disenfectant is the only way to stop the true hate on the gay side. There is no hate on our side just disagreeing with your lifestyle. Don't push your lifestyle on us.
Rich Kirkpatrick August 06, 2012 at 09:44 PM
"Oh yes-your disease that your ok with killing millions worldwide." = hateful. Paul, disagreeing with a lifestyle is one thing. Opposing people is another. AIDS is not a "gay" disease which in your telling is a hateful remark. Having personally seen a baby in Africa infected innocently from her mom who was innocently infected says something different. So do many Christian groups who are finally making significant moves to fight AIDS world wide. It is amazing how we turn a sandwich into all of this. And, I want people to know that not all who support "traditional marriage" as a tenant of faith are "against" people who want that redefined. There are better ways to have a conversation. It is easier to polarize people than synthesize solutions.
SPB August 06, 2012 at 10:06 PM
so let me get this straight (no pun intended). You believe that gays are un-natural, and as a result, are not eligible to receive the same state benefits as a partnered couple that straight couples are entitled to through marriage. with me so far? So if they protest, THEY are the ones shoving their beliefs down your throats? Last time I checked I didn't see America's gays going to congress to force all hereto couples to dress better and listen to dance music.
LBV Collins August 06, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Hi Paul. Wow… you’re kind of all over the place with your rant. Nonetheless, I’ll do my best to respond to your various remarks. First, to answer your question, three points: 1. I’m not a progressive liberal. I’m a progressive conservative. (Yes, we really do exist.) 2. I’m not gay and I don’t personally know any gays. 3. The “belief” that I’m “forcing” on you is that LGBTs be granted the same rights that every other American citizen enjoys. In other words, I’m not forcing you to do anything other than overturn anti-gay legislation like DOMA, [1] and to let LGBTs live their lives in peace. As for homosexuality being a “lifestyle choice,” I find that argument ridiculous. To me, what you’re saying is, “Well, I’m bisexual and I desire both men and women. But since I think that the homosexual lifestyle is wrong, I’ll be a good boy and resist my homosexual nature and choose the heterosexual lifestyle.” I don’t know about you, Paul, but I don’t have a homosexual bone in my body. Never did, never will. My heterosexual nature is NOT a “lifestyle choice.” It’s how I was born. It’s who I am. And the same is true for homosexuals. It’s not a “lifestyle choice,” no more than the color of their skin was a lifestyle choice. 1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_of_Marriage_Act
LBV Collins August 06, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Regarding your point about the guy who berated the Chick-fil-A employee, I think he was totally out of line and that she didn’t deserve to be talked to that way. (And I admire her for maintaining her composure during the entire episode.) [2] Should he have been fired? No. (Free speech, remember?) However, if he had been representing his company, then I think the company would have been within their rights to fire him. But assuming he was on his lunch hour—on his own time—then in my opinion, the company had no right to fire him. If the company wanted to distance itself from his behavior, they should have released a letter to the public noting that, while they support free speech, this employee’s views do not reflect their own. (And you can bet that their “former” employee will be suing for wrongful termination… and will probably win.) 2. http://huff.to/PGkGo0
LBV Collins August 06, 2012 at 11:39 PM
As for Michele Bachman “converting” formerly confused gay men and women into “normal” straight people, your statement is silly and shows a utter lack of understanding about the world that science has uncovered. For example, science has determined that people are born homosexual. It’s not a learned behavior. There’s a tremendous body of scientific evidence that suggests genetic and hormonal factors play a huge role in the amount of maleness or femaleness each of us possesses. Let’s take an extreme example. Did you know that male fetuses who are not receptive to a testosterone bathing at a particular point during the gestation period will not grow a penis? Instead, they’ll be born with a vagina. (They won’t have a uterus, just a vagina.) [3] This biological fact was used in the movie Jurassic Park, where the scientist explained, “The dinosaurs are all female. We engineered them that way." The Jurassic Park scientist denied the male dinosaurs their testosterone bathing during the gestation period. Result? It’s a girl! And how in the world did you come up with your “gays caused AIDS” argument? Did you just crawl out of a time machine from the 1980’s? (That’s the claim I remember hearing espoused by televangelists back then… and that AIDS was God’s punishment for their sinful behavior.) News flash, Paul: AIDS doesn’t just affect homosexuals… it affects ANYONE. 3. http://www.hopkinschildrens.org/intersex/sd4.html
Paul Nelson August 06, 2012 at 11:39 PM
SPB- Because marriage needs to be defined as progressive liberals such as yourself are constantly attacking traditional marriage and trying to redefine it. How many states now allow it? The majority of Americans support traditional marriage(70%) and want it to stay but it is eroding because of progressively liberal activist judges. I mean for gosh sakes SPB a majority voted against gay marriage in California only to have it turned down by activist judges-one of whom was gay and wanted to marry his long time partner. Hey no crime there right? He quit the bench shortly after and is a charter member of the ACLU. So how else can we get laws passed to stop activist judges? There is no recoiurse other than the the federal governement. Oh by the way the Knights of Colombus and the Mormon church were excoriated by the LGBT community as racist homophobes. I guess you can lump me and the CEO of Chick fil A as one too because we disagree with the lifestyle choice and want to honor those who encourage to "Pray the gay away". Yes here we go with the progressively liberal approach of she contracted AIDS innocently. Unprotected and unashamed to be umarried and messing around is not the the reason right? What about the gay man or gay woman her partner had been with? Most times they don't care, never get checked and knowingly pass it on?? Give me a break on innocence. They knew what they were doing when they did it.
LBV Collins August 06, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Then, Paul, you make the ridiculous claim that if we allow gays to marry, the next step is bestiality! (<sheesh> Everyone knows, Paul, that you can’t just leap from same-sex marriage to bestiality… you first have to go through the “Pedophilia Phase,” THEN comes bestiality.) And, of course, you just HAVE to include Hitler and Nazi Germany in your argument to add punch to your previous points. Finally, you conclude your argument by noting that you and those like you are not hateful… it’s the GAYS who are hateful! You’re a caricature, Paul, of all that is sad and troublesome in our society: Hateful, bigoted, intolerant… anything BUT a Christian following the teachings of Christ. And I must admit, Paul, that your rant is SO obnoxious and touches on SO many hot-button prejudice-based issues, that I’m left wondering whether you’re serious—whether you truly believe what you wrote—or if you’re just an antagonist who enjoys stirring up the pot. Either way, given your apparent hostility towards gays, I’ll leave you with this piece reality check: A recent study found that “…those individuals who are most hostile toward gays and hold strong anti-gay views may themselves have same-sex desires, albeit undercover ones.” [4] 4. http://huff.to/HExQOR
Rich Kirkpatrick August 06, 2012 at 11:46 PM
5150 I agree. But, some want MORE than the entitlements and rights. There are responsibilities to marriage as well, and we do need to keep the government from defining something out of their realm. There indeed is another way to change laws, preserve religious freedom while eliminating discrimination. But, it will take more than trashy Huffington Post and Fox News sound bites to do so. And, it will take more than using chicken as a symbol.
Paul Nelson August 07, 2012 at 12:44 AM
LBV- FYI-your information is seriously flawed. What are your sources? Here is just one of many: http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=IS01B1
LBV Collins August 07, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Hi Paul. Thanks for sharing the link to the Family Research Council. Did you know that the Southern Poverty Law Center listed the Family Research Council as an anti-gay hate group due to its "propagation of known falsehoods" about the LGBT community? [1] And are you aware that the Family Research Council is one of the anti-gay hate groups that Chick-fil-A donates corporate profits to? [2] And though I’m not certain to which of my earlier points you’re responding to, I’m guessing it’s the one where I asked “…how in the world did you come up with your ‘gays caused AIDS’ argument?” Well, it appears that YOUR source is a hate-group’s propaganda. In order to seek the truth, I encourage you to find credible sources that have opposing views. For example, did you know that the “…current scientific consensus is that AIDS originated in Africa in the mid 1930s from the closely related Simian Immunodeficiency Virus?” [3] Paul, the thing I find most disturbing about groups like the Family Research Council is that there are so many people supporting them. Which just goes to show how prevalent ignorance and prejudice is in our society. 1. http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/groups/family-research-council 2. http://abcnews.go.com/Business/chick-fil-company-political-leanings/story?id=16925613#.UCEtO6N-LYw 3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discredited_AIDS_origins_theories
SPB August 07, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Hm, I didn't know my stance on one topic automatically enrolled me in the progressive liberal club... And here I was the whole time thinking I had some kind of niche outside of the political label mill. But semantics aside, your numbers are wrong. Most Americans support legalizing gay marriage, and the statistics are only trending against you. I don't have anything against the knights of columbus or the Mormon Church, and in fact I love the LDS stance towards the importance of family (plus they are generally nice people), but the official church doctrine held that Blacks were inferior and unworthy of equal status within the church until the late 70's, so I don't have any regard whatsoever for the hierarchy or if their feelings are hurt because a bunch of people whose rights they are actively trying to circumvent call them names. Lastly, your thoughts on aids are horribly outdated. People from all walks of life have aids, you look pretty foolish throwing that kind of nonsense out there. Right up there with people who still make noise about interracial marriage or multi-culturalism. Now I'm not saying you have to join the 21st century with the rest of us, but don't be surprised when people look at you like an idiot the next time you decide to share your thoughts on aids or gays with strangers.
Don Lambert August 07, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I found out years ago the once important Southern Poverty Law Center has become totally a far left wing propaganda source that I would not rerust for any position they hold. I believe the Family Research Council is NOT a hate group, but is fine people working to do what they can to make out country great. I am surprized at your large quantity of obsessive-compusive comments on this issue. You have fallen into a pattern of calling every person and every group that disagrees with your position on this one issue a hate group. Up to this issue I agreed with almost everything you have commented on other issues.
Don Lambert August 07, 2012 at 06:32 PM
SEE DISPLAYS OF EQUIPMENT BY THE POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS & MORE TONIGHT 8-07-2012 IN MURRIETA, 6 to 9 PM Confirm this announcement on Murrieta Patch under “THINGS TO DO” events at 6:00 PM, then click on that line to read the details Fairs & Festivals, Food & Drink, Organizations, Outdoor, Awareness "Murrieta's 29th Annual National Night Out" TODAY, AUGUST 7, 2012. THIS IS IN TOWN SQUARE PARK BETWEEN THE CITY HALL AND THE LIBRARY. It is VISABLE FROM the corner of Jefferson and Kalmia. (41717 Juniper St, Murrieta.) You are invited to bring your friends and family to come picnic in the park with us. Murrieta Police Department will have several static displays including: -The SWAT truck, DUI trailer, off-road enforcement motorcycles, its Police/Fire mobile command post vehicle, and K-9 and blood hound demonstrations. Our local Fire Department, CHP, Border Patrol and Mercy Air helicopter will also be there! Target Murrieta, Murrieta Super Target, Hemet and Temecula will be sponsoring a BBQ with FREE hot dogs & drinks. They will be raffling iPod shuffles, school-ready backpacks. See list of more stores and food places on the Patch item. There will also be entertainment with a DJ and fun jumper’s for the kids. Local companies focused on crime prevention, security and emergency preparedness will have booths and will have preparedness information and will be participating with FREE face painting, finger printing, and coloring
Don Lambert August 07, 2012 at 06:46 PM
to LBJ Collins (and others). While you have been so very busy here the arguments and comments on Medical Marijuna after the July 8, article in the Murriets Patch have continued. There are now 310 comments, a few of them are by me. There are also some pictures and charts posted, and even links to youtube videos. There is one hardliner from Gilroy that is in some kind of anti-MMJ group that posts all kinds of anti-mmj stuff, and several pro-MMJ commenters from northern CA who love to tell him he is wrong, There are some local commenters of course. By the way the Paul that comments over there about MMJ is not the one you are interacting with above. Anyhow here is the link in case you get curious. http://murrieta.patch.com/articles/atttorney-murrieta-not-affected-by-marijuana-dispensary-ruling
Paul Nelson August 07, 2012 at 08:19 PM
SP-B I really enjoyed your response. Hateful indded but who is the bigger fool? Young people who conside themselves gay(15yrs old-22yrs old) are just practicing safe sex their goober!! The AIDS and HIV epidemic has nearly doubled just for their age group!! There were over 600,000 men and women with AIDS just by the year 2000. 350,000 were documented from the LGBT community alone. Now if they go and have sex and spread the disease you can imagine what is happening as a result. Multiple partners and no protection??? Well then comes HIV, STD's, Gay Bowel Syndrome, Hepatitis and many others too. Yes on the hetero side they need to practice safer sex too and either have less partners or ask the partners to get a check up at the doctor. They may not know they are carriers. Do I sound hateful? I am getting my figures from our own CDC website(Centers for Disese and Control. I guess maybe you consider me outdated but it is you that needs to up as do all in the LGBT communities. They just believe AIDS and HIV is over and there is a cure and all is cool because SPB said so??LBV said so??? Nah never mind I am the fool for doing the research because libs don't enjoy being told facts. Look them up. Just google "Links between Homosexuality and AIDS". There is no hate there just facts. Don't come back spewing your hate-try removing it-it's not healthy for any debate.
Paul Nelson August 07, 2012 at 08:39 PM
LBV-SPB The FRC used facts off the CDC site too. Theymust be liars too right?? When are gays going to rise up and stop being gay? They are dying in the millions worldwide and here from AIDS and HIV, in the USA no one in their own community cares. If they did they would be leading a massive effort to have as many people to be checked as possible. Where are they? Where is your concern LBV? I see a hate filled person blaming everyone but his/her own LGBT community. - Now about Beastiality-there are lawsuits in California and other states asking Beastiality be added to the approval of Gay marriage. I can look them up for you? Yes donkeys, cows, horses, pigs, chickens, goats and you name it they want it-heck why not right?? We appreciate allowing gay mariage to pass which allowed this to move forward. I suppose you support the pedophelia group NAMBLA(North American Man Boy Love Association)? Your ok with them? Just curious.
SPB August 07, 2012 at 11:56 PM
I never said aids wasn't bad, or that it didn't affect homosexuals. I merely stated that the notion that aids was a "gay" disease was horribly outdated. Of course safe sex is important, as is being careful in choosing your partner(s). Aids is still something to be wary of, so I don't know where you got this notion that I said "all is cool." The risk factors for gay men are indeed higher than straight men, though thats due to the mechanics of what sex between two men entails. I doubt its just God's vengeance as some people like to argue. But regardless, I just think you are coming at this from the wrong angle. Rather than condemn gays or say that their only way out is to not be gay anymore (which is idiotic) you should show a little compassion here. People die from this disease, straight and gay alike. Regardless of their life choices, its sad that you would use such an awful thing to condemn an entire group of people.
SPB August 07, 2012 at 11:59 PM
gay marriage has nothing to do with pedophelia or beastiality. I support the decision of TWO CONSENTING ADULTS to have their relationship acknowledged by the state. Last time I checked, animals and children didn't fall under that category.
James Mullins August 08, 2012 at 12:25 AM
If they can live with it, I can walk around it.
James Mullins August 08, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Consenting ADULTS, that is...
Mr. Temecula August 10, 2012 at 03:52 AM
America, the only country where people are foolish enough to think that a restaurant, which donates to charities for whatever reason, can somehow be more evil and corrupt than those in power who openly attack and destroy civil liberties everyday in the name of profit. It seems the alternative community really needs to think about this one.
watchingthings August 10, 2012 at 04:20 AM
The Foolish will ruin the election. I agree 100% with you Mr. Temecula
LBV Collins August 12, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Hi Don. No, the Southern Poverty Law Center is not “…a far left wing propaganda source.” And, yes, the Family Research Council IS a hate group trying to eradicate homosexuals from our society. FRC does not believe in a society that’s made up of diverse people’s and cultures: they want a white, Christian, heterosexual society… and are hell-bent on passing laws to make it so: “The function of the FRC is to promote what it considers to be traditional family values, by advocating and lobbying for socially conservative policies. It advocates against LGBT rights, abortion, divorce, embryonic stem-cell research, the theory that global warming is the result of human activity, and pornography.” [1] And, Don Lambert, it is laughable that you consider the number of comments I have left on this post as suggesting that I suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder… especially given that you tend leave far more comments on posts discussing issues you’re passionate about. For example, of the 350 comments left on a Medical Marijuana post, over 20% of those comments are yours. Do I consider that “obsessive-compulsive?” Nope. Like me, you’re passionate about certain subjects. And, no, I don’t label groups who disagree with me as hate groups… only those groups whose motivations are based on hate. 1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Research_Council 2. http://murrieta.patch.com/articles/atttorney-murrieta-not-affected-by-marijuana-dispensary-ruling
TVOR August 16, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Definitely have to agree with you about that.
Ned August 23, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I will say that no matter what you say about them. They will always be unhappy. look at the way they come across to people that see things different then they do. I wish you people would lean that you can have all the laws you want but you cannot change what a person beleves in. Don't you guys get it. But remember there will always be someone out there that does not like the same colors you do are you going to pass a law to have them change what colors they like. GET IT. God Bless.

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