Do you believe that for some reason Chick Fil A has a higher than average percentage of gay customers and/or employees? Seems like the expected 2% of gays wouldn't make a big difference one way or the other.
I have no idea. I just wonder how they'd react to such an "onslaught". But as a privately held company, I don't really care what they do.
This thread is a great example of going away from the real issue,which is not SSM and or the GLBT community.
It is solely a 1st amendment issue which has only been addressed by two posts, both Narans'.
I guess being first isn't as good as others.
Of course, it is not solely a First Amendment issue, though that's part of it. I know plenty of people who would have gone to a Chick-fil-A, or plan to as soon as they are within range of one, not only thought Dan Cathy had the right to say what he did, they thought he was right to say it. As I do.
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I have no idea. I just wonder how they'd react to such an "onslaught".
Well, they did try the "kiss in". What a flop that was.
Tom, I saw an internet article that said the "kiss in" was such a failure that the media refused to cover it.
How is this even vaguely related to the 1st Amendment?
Charlie read what he said.
"believe in the biblical definition of marriage"(freedom of religion)
"we are closed on Sunday",( religious based practice )
I believe both covered by 1st amendment religious protections along w/ freedom of speech!
I realize it isn't as easy as if he had a AK while saying it but that is the issue. He said nothing except that !
Anyone who objected to that and protest was against an individuals freedoms under 1st amendment.
Pesonnelly I find that aspect more dangerous than other alleged violations.
Bruce, the first amendment limits apply only to government. Individuals can do as they please.
The First Amendment issues comes in when mayors start saying that because of speech businesses won't be allowed to operate in their cities.
"I eat at Chick Fil A now and then because I like their food. I couldn't care less about their politics or religious beliefs of their leader. All this silliness did was create a whole lot of income for the company, a brilliant marketing ploy."
I'm a little fuzzy on the "brilliant marketing ploy", since Chick Fil A had nothing to do with the 'appreciation day'; it was a grass roots response to bigoted stupidity.
"I think it would be funny if gay people took it upon themselves to swamp Chick Fil A and announce "I'm gay, and I would like to order..." when they order their food. Annoy the hell out of the workers, get some good food, and make their own point that despite what the company president believes, gay people are a part of the fabric of the country he calls home, and (at least until recently), he probably had a lot of gay customers and likely employees, as well."
I think that virtually no one at Chick Fil A (including the president) would react to the "I'm gay" part and respond quite positively to the "and I would like to order" part.
Thank you Vikingstar.
Read the 1st amendment:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
It also applies to government at lower levels.
Vikingstar, mayors or any other local political idiot can say what ever they want. It's got nothing to do with the 1st amendment though.
Mayors are government officials. Several expressed an intent to bar Chick-fil A from doing business in their jurisdictions based on the expressed religious views of the CEO. If you do NOT think this is a first amendment issue, you really do not understand the issue. The permitting process is subject to due process requirements. Even the ACLU has gotten this one right.
TJC - thank you for the clarification.
As for hassling the employees, I don't subscribe to that notion. I won't do it. Heck, at one point we had a selectman with whom I frequently disagreed (imagine that), who works at a local store. I never discussed any town business with him if I ran into him there, because I thought it would be unfair.