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Albany Chick-fil-A customers support restaurant’s CEO

As they did in many cities across the country, crowds in Albany showed up Wednesday to show their support for Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s statements on traditional, or Christian-based, marriage and family.

As they did in many cities across the country, crowds in Albany showed up Wednesday to show their support for Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s statements on traditional, or Christian-based, marriage and family.

ALBANY, Ga. — The human line stretched all the way from the doorway of the restaurant to the mall parking lot. A local funeral home owner walked from person to person, handing out fans to keep away gnats. Motorists hungry for a meal and anxious to make a statement of support reached all the way to Westover Road.

“Beautiful,” said a woman with a camera poised on the grass alongside Chick-fil-A on Dawson Road.

All that for a chicken sandwich?

Most of those who turned out came in support of a recent statement by Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy on “traditional marriage, as set forth in the Bible,” implying to some a disregard for the rights of gays and lesbians.

Albany is not alone in its strong response to Cathy’s statement. Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country are experiencing long lines of people “voting with their wallets,” Wednesday on what has been declared National Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day by former

Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. According to an article on The Huffington Post, Bishop E.W. Jackson Sr., founder and president of STAND (Staying True to America’s National Destiny) has called for a “Buycott” of Chick-fil-A, in support of the company’s defense of marriage and protection of family and Christian values.

“We come down here to stand for the Lord,” said Bryan Bentley, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Ellaville. “And we came to support Chick-fil-A for their stand on the scriptures, because according to Genesis 2:24, which is the word of God, ‘Man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’.”

Bentley said his visiting church group “loves homosexuals” but says what they’re doing is wrong.

“God wants to save them,” Bentley said. “Adulterers, fornicators, effeminates, drunkards, thieves, revelers will not inherit the kingdom of God. God has not changed.”

“I’m here supporting Chick-fil-A,” said Joni Patten. “I support the right to have our own opinions. We live in a free country. We’re not fascists. We don’t have to believe what the government tells us to believe. I believe in tolerance. There’s a mayor in a city up north that wouldn’t let (Chick-fil-A) have a business license because of their beliefs. I think that turns them into a fascist government.”

Cindi Redding said that it was “fine” for homosexuals and their partners to “do what they want,” as long as it isn’t forced on anyone else.

“Obviously, whoever may have been coming to demonstrate didn’t come,” Redding said. “We’re here to demonstrate that we still love Chick-fil-A even though they support the Bible. They’re supposed to support the Bible. (Cathy) just said that men and women should be married and that he believes in the Bible.”

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bigbob 2 years, 4 months ago

Love it. The liberal media can suck it.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 4 months ago

God is in control. This nation needs more of this. The politicians are the worst offenders of some of the Biblical's deadly sins. TV has done its share to corrupt America too. The Media is next. We have become too descientized to the will of what we think we want or need. Does this make us happy? No, we are a good example of this. The churches are not responding to the needs of folks either. Too busy fighting over the bullies there. The end of time is here and we need to wake up!

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billybob 2 years, 4 months ago

Clearly God is not in control. At least not your god. The muslims think their version of god is in control. The Hindus think their gods are in control. One need only look at the recent shooting in Colorado to realize that none of them are in control. Throw of the delusion of religion. There is not evidence for it. Any of it. Don't believe me? Pray to god to heal an amputee. It won't happen. Now pray to Zeus to heal an amputee. It won't happen then either. There is no difference between god and the Zeus. Except that most everyone has now accepted that Zeus is a myth created by men long ago. God is too. Everyone hasn't accepted that fact yet.

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Progressive 2 years, 4 months ago

Billybob, do you believe there is evil in this world? If you do then your conclusions above have no merit for there not being a God. Evil does not exist, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, the absence of light and heat. Evil is a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God's love present in his heart. It's like the cold that comes when there is no heat, or the darkness that comes when there is no light. You must have faith in God, just as much as you would have faith that the lights will come on or the A/C will work when you flip the switch.

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billybob 2 years, 4 months ago

Umm. God is a concept man invented to explain that which he could not/can not understand. Some people are crazy and sick and do sick and crazy things. This guy in Colorado is sick and crazy. Some people have done horrible things to hurt others for thousands of years. You do understand that believing a light switch will turn on and A/C will work is based on observable, demonstratable science. There is no observable, demonstratable evidence of your god or any others. Your analogy is terrible.

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Progressive 2 years, 4 months ago

Just continue to live in the dark. You are only looking at the surface analogy.

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billybob 2 years, 4 months ago

No. I'm looking at the total analogy which is trite and unoriginal. Did you try praying for an amputee? How did that work out?

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Progressive 2 years, 4 months ago

You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something you can measure. Science can't even explain a thought. Science uses electricity and magnetism, but we have never seen, much less fully understood either one. So you have faith that it will work, every time you flip the switch, even though you have observed it to work in the past. Others may have experienced an encounter with God, therefore they do believe. Does that mean there is no God just because your specific prayer was not answered in the way you wanted it to be? If by praying for an amputee you mean trying to restore a part that is now missing, you are trying to force God into your human and earthly wants. Maybe this is not what God intended. Maybe there is another purpose for your life that is not understood at this time. Not trying to be disrespectful, just trying to let you see there is another side.

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billybob 2 years, 4 months ago

But that's not what the bible says. Read Matthew 17:20, Matthew 21:21, Mark 11:24, John 14:14, James 5:15. The verses are clear and unambiguous. Yet God will never heal an amputee or a case of Down's Syndrome or a completely severed spinal cord. Believers will make excuses for this, reducing god to basically an imaginary friend. If I pray to God the possible outcomes are yes, no or not now/wait. If I pray to my imaginary friend the possible outcomes are the exact same: yes, no or not now/wait. If I pray to god for something that breaks the laws of nature the answer is always no, the same if I pray to my imaginary friend. These are facts. When we observe how god behaves with regard to prayer it is no different than praying to an imaginary friend.

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firefly 2 years, 4 months ago

Just want to make sure I get this straight... If I lose one of my limbs in a horrible accident and I pray that it grows back and that doesn't happen you automatically assume that God doesn't exist? Sometimes prayers aren't answered for a reason friend. Whether it's because you didn't get that job you wanted, the raise you deserved, or whatever. God has a plan for each and everyone of us. And while I don't agree that he purposefully mames people, I do believe that he can use that injury to help bring us closer to him. Afterall, this life is not about getting what we WANT; it's about walking in the FAITH. Don't just make assumptions about one's faith and assume that we are the ones making the mistake. Why judge someone because they sin differently than you do? I have no judgement for someone being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, etc,. - it's not MY place. But what's the difference in a restaurant mogul stating he doesn't BELIEVE in gay marriage and you stating OUR God doesn't exist? There isn't, it's an opinion.

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billybob 2 years, 4 months ago

Did you bother to read the verses I cited in my reply to Progressive? If not, I would encourage you to do it and see if you can find any ambiguity in what is in those verses. It's not that god doesn't heal amputees; it's that god doesn't answer ANY impossible prayers. Zip. Zero. Read my reply to Progressive with regard to how we see god behaving where prayer is concerned and get back to me. It matters because many people in this country want to deny other people in this country rights based on what they believe god, who I believe we can actually demonstrate does not exist, has instructed.

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B4it 2 years, 4 months ago

BB- what "rights" are being denied by believers in God? Marriage is not a constitutional right. Where do you find guidelines for living that provides you with a basis for a civilized society such as don't kill, don't steal, do not worhship other gods/idols, etc. ? These God given guidelines have been around for centuries and have withstood the test of times like no other words in our worldly existence. Believe in it. Your limbs may not be restored for your purposes, but your existence may be for someone elses.

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firefly 2 years, 4 months ago

Actually I did not see that response to Progressive yesterday. However, I have read it now and my response is this: anyone can pick out verses from of the Bible and manipulate it to be whatever they want. For example, Matthew 17:20 may mean one thing to you (which is obviously "I can ask for anything I want and it will be given to me RIGHT then") and another to me (which is "If you have faith in God, the things you need will be provided"). I can honestly say that in my life, prayers HAVE been answered, sometimes not always in the way that I thought they should have been but they WERE answered. The problem is when people assume they can ask for anything (for ex: the cessation of world hunger) and it should be done at the drop of a hat, but God doesn't want us to be lazy and sit idley by while things happen, he wants us to take a stand and use the talents and outlets HE provided us with to help those less fortunate. Don't just take single verses out of the bible and attempt to interpret them. You need a full working knowledge of the Bible. I bet you are reading Matthew 17:20 as Jesus talking about a physical mountain, but couldn't he be talking about a proverbial mountain?? Definitely! Jesus liked using parables (another words analogies) to teach lessons on the way we should live.

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LoneCycler 2 years, 4 months ago

billybob reminds me of Tom Sawyer, praying for fishing hooks and not getting them, then asking Miss Watson to pray for them too. Miss Watson calls him a fool and he eventually decides that since prayer doesn't result in material goods, it must be a waste of time. I don't get why billybob keeps going about amputation of limbs, he might as well complain about God not giving him a new set of fishing gear. Like many athiests (if he truly is one) he seems to be upset that other people might believe in something he does not and wants them to stop it, right now!

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billybob 2 years, 4 months ago

I think it's interesting that the people who have responded to my comments have all ignored the verses I cited. And LoneCycler, I never mentioned material things. I mentioned healing. Do you believe god heals cancer patients from time to time? Why are amputees or people with Down's Syndrome or people with completely severed spinal cords different? They're different because there is not ambiguity in their situation. A healing in one of those cases could only be supernatural. Yet it NEVER happens. No matter who prays, no matter how sincerely, no matter how faithfully. Why doesn't god answer those kinds of prayers ever?

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Progressive 2 years, 4 months ago

Hate the sin, love the sinner. Dan's opinion was never about hate or not wanting to serve the gays. However, look at the reaction of the gays. Theirs is about retaliation, and trying to stop CFA from doing business which is an attack on the innocent people who work at these businesses. Should there be a ban on traveling to Chicago, San Fran, Boston, etc for any business conventions or business for the opinions of the mayors from these cities?

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agonized 2 years, 4 months ago

As a private business owner, Mr. Cathey can express his beliefs on gay marriage, and as long as he does not discriminate in hiring practices (which there's been no proof of) or in serving customers (again no proof of), the government CANNOT interfere. If people don't like what he said, don't eat there. I think the company will be fine!

Where his First Amendment right comes into play is when these various mayors state that they will not allow Chick-Fil-A into their city, through zoning ordinances or whatever flimsy excuse they want to come up with. They cannot do that, as it infringes on Mr. Cathey's right to free speech, and Chick-Fil-A can sue that particular city and win. It seems that tolerance extends to everyone BUT Christians these days.

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billybob 2 years, 4 months ago

Who cares if gays are allowed to marry? Why does it matter? It doesn't affect your marriage. It's like being mad that gays are allowed to have a drivers license. It in no way affects your right or ability to drive.

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Cartman 2 years, 4 months ago

"All that for a chicken sandwich?"

No. It wasn't for the sandwich. It was a show of support for a benevolent family which had been unfairly attacked for the thought-crime of simply having an opinion that did not comport with political correctness. Apparently, an opinion shared by others. Certainly, an opinion shared by me as well.

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erudite 2 years, 4 months ago

This behavior reflects hypocrisy. Days ago, when Mr Cathy first made his comment, people were arguing that it was HIS personal comment and did not reflect on the business at all.
Yesterday, however, people supported or boycotted the BUSINESS. So, does Cathy speak for himself or the business?

Every time anyone eats Chik-fil-A food, Mr Cathy's bank account is being supported. Do you think he actually cares what you THINK? He cares what you eat. Thinking wan't make him rich but eating at his business will.

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Mr_Heatmiser 2 years, 4 months ago

I think Dan Cathy is the greatest marketing genius that ever lived. Wednesday he creates 1/4 mile long lines at every one of his franchises simply by voicing his opinion on gay marriage.

Friday, somehow, he's going to have loads of chicks making out with each other at every one of his franchises. I'm getting in line right now.

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erudite 2 years, 4 months ago

You bet...he's being "gay" all the way to the bank!!!

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athens 2 years, 4 months ago

Finall y we came together!!! Thanks to one and all for supporting Dan Cathy's right to believe. Isnt that what the other side does?? I feel so good today knowing that people will come out and make a stand and not be pushed around. Havent seen support like this in many years and the food, service, and people are great. A great day for America and God.

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erudite 2 years, 4 months ago

Yes, by why did you support his BUSINESS if his was a personal statement?!?!

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gotanyfacts 2 years, 4 months ago

The answer is obvious. .. The reaction was in response to calls by government officials to block Chik-fil-a from doing business. Very logical!

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erudite 2 years, 4 months ago

Really? What is this about then?

" “We come down here to stand for the Lord,” said Bryan Bentley, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Ellaville. “And we came to support Chick-fil-A for their stand on the scriptures, because according to Genesis 2:24, which is the word of God, ‘Man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’.” " Personal statement, remember?

There is not one statement in the story regarding this reaction is in response to any political comments of barring business; the politcal comments are from Repubicans, "Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. According to an article on The Huffington Post, Bishop E.W. Jackson Sr., founder and president of STAND (Staying True to America’s National Destiny) has called for a “Buycott” of Chick-fil-A, in support of the company’s defense of marriage and protection of family and Christian values."

The call for the Chik-fil-Appreciate day came before any political statement. And this, "Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country are experiencing long lines of people “voting with their wallets,” "...who do you think is getting this money--the gay kid that works there? Doubt that CfA employees will reap any reward for this; they just had to bust their humkpo yesterday to feed a bunch of people who may never eat there again~!!

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LoneCycler 2 years, 4 months ago

The overwhelming public support of Chick-Fil-A comes only after the Mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino, and the Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, made disparaging comments about the company and said they would try to prevent it's expansion in their cities. This was quickly followed by other elected Democrats from San Francisco to New York piling on and expressing the same sentiments to the media -- that they would also work to prevent the growth of the company. For someone that uses a nickname associated with knowledge and learning, you don't seem to know much about the issue.

The quick and overwhelming support of a privately owned company that happens to have a CEO who doesn't toe the Democratic party line by the general public must be unsettling to liberals. But they brought this on themselves. Chick-Fil-A is going to make a huge pile of money over this, and the only thing the Democrats can do is gnash their teeth in frustration. Gee, does that sound biblical?

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erudite 2 years, 4 months ago

Of which public are you speaking? There was a celebration growing on social media shortly after the press released Cathy's statement. I believe he has every right to his opinion as does everyone. I also think he is a brilliant captialist; work it, son.

I don't believe the cities have any right to deny a business based on a personal opinion either. It is as absurd as a city being able to sue a business for not being open on Sunday because it denies the city revenue.

The squawks here were heavily "it's personal not business" which is then supported by increasing the business just does not sit well with me. Why not flood the mailbox with letters and support the post office!!

Is divinity really a part of this or history repeating itself?

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LoneCycler 2 years, 4 months ago

People that went to Chick-Fil-A today are frustrated with societal problems, but don't have many avenues to express themselves. People only get to cast a vote what -- once or twice a year? But the barrage from the media and politicians against the values they hold seems to be constant -- a daily attack it would seem sometimes. Every time gay marriage, for instance, has been put to voters, it has failed. Even in California it's only been established by the judiciary. New Hampshire or where ever doesn't count. People can vote with their money and really that's what capitalism is all about. It allows people to spend their money as they see fit instead of the government taking their money away and spending it as the government sees fit. The crowds at Chick-Fil-A today are just people voting with their money when their votes on the particular issue of gay marriage have been ignored.

If people wanted the Post Office to succeed they'd vote their money on that issue too. The problem is the PO is obsolete; it's still trying to sell buggy whips in a time where nobody owns a buggy, or even a horse.

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revolutionnow 2 years, 4 months ago

You hit the nail on the head ! I wonder if it were put to a vote, what the results would be in Chicago and Boston. At least on wednesday some people who are usually ignored by the media and their so called representatives got a chance to make a statement.

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erudite 2 years, 4 months ago

Do you watch Fox News? Is this demographic really ignored? What statement was made by those who lined up at CFA?

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erudite 2 years, 4 months ago

This is an avenue to express themselves. Are you arguing that because there are/were not enough votes to 'get their way', that these public displays are fine? Excellent! Then you support all equal rights movements!! Many people do not 'get their way' in the voting schemes. Their votes have not been ignored; their votes did not total enough.

I think this gay marriage issue is also obsolete; is not marriage about love? Or, do religious beliefs make marriage solely about procreation (sex)? Why doesn't New Hampshire (the first Repubican state to have primary) count? I would think it counted most!

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 4 months ago

Rahm Emanuel (Obama Best Friend and now Mayor of Chicago): "Chic-Fil-A values are not Chicago values". RIGHT!! and not Obama's either!!

So I ate me a Extra Large Spicy Chicken sandwich yesterday. IT was Extra Good!!

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hometowngirl 2 years, 4 months ago

It was a sad, embarrassing day to be a Christian, for sure. It was a huge failure on their part, even if they don't realize it. Christianity is based on the teachings of Jesus, and never anywhere in the Bible to which all of these Christians are refering does Jesus advocate retaliation, vindication or spite. There was no love shown on August 1st. No compassion, no forgiveness. None of those beloved Christian values were displayed to the world. What was exemplified on August 1st was an attitude of revenge on the part of an overwhelming number of people who call themselves Christians. It left an awful taste in my mouth and only proved to alienate and divide. Not very Christ-like.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 4 months ago

"There was no love shown on August 1st." Absolutely, totally incorrect. A lots of people including myself loved a good chicken sandwich. It wasn't about religion.....it was about the Second Amendment which thankfully hasn't been repealed by Emperor Obama......yet. I think that's on his "2nd Term Hidden Agenda".

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erudite 2 years, 4 months ago

This was about the right to bear arms? I cannot keep up with the idiocy. Good bye.

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revolutionnow 2 years, 4 months ago

Jesus forgives sin , He does not advocate it. He said "go and sin no more"

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firefly 2 years, 4 months ago

People were there supporting CFA not because of their values but their RIGHT to have those values. Yes, as Christians our Faith teaches us to "turn the other cheek", but I doubt every single person in line on Wednesday was a Christian (that's just a generalization). Your statement is judgemental of those that stood in the heat Wednesday to show support for something they believed in. Let the one without sin cast the first stone. And THAT is why people are alienated from Christians. Because we preach one thing and do something different - we our own worst enemies. We really are hypocrites. We tell gays and lesbians that what THEY do is wrong and yet heterosexual divorce rates are the highest they have ever been. Have we not forgotten that the vows we took in front of God promised to love our spouse for better or for worse, till death do we part? We should just stop and pray for each of those that stood in line and each of those that felt hurt by Mr. Cathy's statement.

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revolutionnow 2 years, 4 months ago

Wrong. Christians admit that they are sinners and seek to be cured of their sickness, not trying to pass off their sins as normal.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 4 months ago

It's always amazing the intolerance ot those who cry loudest for tolerance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=thNqs9fPcgM

The best news with this story is the guy in the car (who was an executive in his company) was fired by the CEO the next day. Waaahhhh.. Maybe he can get a job with the fat boy Roger Moore.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 4 months ago

Obviously I meant Michael Moore fat boy.

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