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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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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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