anti-gay" at the top of their lungs against anyone that ares exercise their own free speech rights if it disagrees with their own.
Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy, when asked about reports that he was against same-sex marriage, said "Well, guilty as charged,” adding, "We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit … 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."
Liberals and gay activists went nuts and declared a boycott against Chick-fil-A...but, free speech believers fought back yesterday with a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, which tens of thousands of people participated in.
Yesterday, photos from across the country were headlined, showing the massive support Dan Cathy and Chick-Fil-A received in the name of free speech, standing up against the intolerance of the far liberal left and their attempt to intimidate people from speaking their mind.
Reports show that Chick-fil-A's owner told Rick Warren that they set a new world record in sales yesterday.
CBS6, WTVR reports that Chick-Fil-A had a record setting day:
Throngs of people went to Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country Wednesday. Lines snaked around a Chick-fil-A in Dallas, CNN affiliate WFAA reported. Patrons packed a Chick-fil-A in Smyrna, Georgia. A food court with a Chick-fil-A was flooded in Laurel, Mississippi.
The majority of Americans believe in free speech and no matter the opponent or the underlying issue when the freedom to speak your mind is threatened, they will and did stand up for anyone's right to express their opinion, whether they agree with it or not.
Via CNN, we see evidence of this:
Walker told iReport he chose to eat at the restaurant Wednesday "in support of free speech" and waited 40 minutes to receive his order.
Roger Cates told iReport he had lunch at Chick-fil-A in Owensboro, Kentucky, and planned to return with his family for dinner. Political leaders who have criticized the chain, like the mayors of Boston and Chicago, are hypocritical, he said."I think it is ironic that the so-called forces of tolerance and inclusion are calling for the exclusion of Chick-fil-A from cities simply because of the beliefs of their chairman. ... People that disagree with me have a right to their opinion, and I have a right to mine," he said.[...]The Blairsville, Georgia, resident told iReport he doesn't care about the issue of same-sex marriage but felt compelled to support Chick-fil-A because "it's an uber-successful privately held corporation" that "happened to take a public stand against a topic that the liberal media chooses to champion."[...]Wendy Neill of Searcy, Arkansas, told iReport she brought her two daughters, ages 12 and 14, with her to Chick-fil-A on Wednesday."It was good for them to see (that) this is what it means to be an American, and we have free speech, and when we want to make a statement, we can make it," she said.
Via Huffington Post we see evidence:
Via Philly.com, we see evidence:
"It’s like I’m in line to vote," Richard David, 71, of Lincoln Park, told the Sun-Times at the downtown Chick-fil-A. "I’m voting for free speech."
Via Philly.com, we see evidence:
But as she waited for breakfast in Powder Springs, Ga., Greene was quick to say that she had no hatred toward anyone. Her support comes down to free speech.
"Why can't [Cathy] say what he believes without being persecuted for it?" she said. "We have our freedoms. And freedom of speech is one of our greatest."
Huckabee sums it up:
"Too often, those on the left make corporate statements to show support for same-sex marriage, abortion, or profanity, but if Christians affirm traditional values, we're considered homophobic, fundamentalists, hate-mongers, and intolerant," Huckabee said on the Facebook page, adding that neither the company nor the Cathy family was involved in proposing or promoting the event.
Via @MichelleMalkin, we see just a sample of the top ten headlines from yesterdays Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day.
Free Speech Lesson To Liberals...... GIVEN.
ABC News: "Chick-fil-A Has 'Record-Setting' Sales on Appreciation Day"
USA Today: "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day gets long lines of support"
Huffington Post:"Chick-fil-A Gets the Support of Americans"
New York Times: "Let Chick-fil-A Fly Free"
Fox News: "Chick-fil-A confirms 'record-setting day' on 'Appreciation Day'"
Seattle Times: "Chick-fil-A supporters turn out for appreciation day"
Washington Post: "Chick-fil-A Day: Company sets record sales on ‘appreciation day’"
ABC News: "Chick-fil-A Supporters Line Up for Appreciation Day"
Miami Herald: "Video reports: Chick-fil-A Apprecation Day"
Herald Online: "Chick-fil-A supporters pack Rock Hill, Fort Mill restaurants"
NJ.com: " Chick-fil-A entitled to opinion without politicians meddling"
All the headlines above were just some of page one of a Google News Search for "Chick-Fil_A" for today 8/2/12.