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August 2nd, 2012
11:30 AM ET

'Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day' sets record, restaurant chain says

Chick-fil-A says it set a sales record on Wednesday, the day that supporters rallied around the fast-food chain amid a debate over its president's opposition to same-sex marriage.

The chain said it won't release sales numbers, but "we can confirm reports that it was a record-setting day," said Steve Robinson, Chick-fil-A's executive vice president of marketing.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee had called on people to buy food at the chain on Wednesday, which he dubbed "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," after a backlash against the company and their president.

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  1. tuvia

    !*?)(_

    B"H
    MEDIA RELEASE: JERUSALEM, ISRAEL

    The Promised Land given to our forefathers Abraham Isaac and Jacob and is given to us, their seed, as an everlasting Inheritance.
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    September 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  2. Chad

    Chick-Fil-A is the ONLY fast food place I eat now.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
  3. correctlycenter

    I will be $PENDING more $$$ @ CHICK-FIL-A. God bless America...

    August 7, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
  4. Cosine

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    August 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
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    August 5, 2012 at 5:57 am |
    • Chick-a-dee

      How does one subscribe to an RSS feed on this site? I'd like to follow some but the way the threads are appearing on my phone doesn't lend to easy search. Thanks!

      August 5, 2012 at 9:31 am |
  6. Chick-a-dee

    @Reality:

    You can't really make an argument that is the opposite of a quotation simply by snipping it out of context. Mark 3 has to do with the scribes beginning public opposition to Jesus by accusing him of . What you did was simply restate the same blasphemy of being in league with evil.

    The quotation you selected to make your argument, is only one sentence and does not convey the thought behind the complete selection. Footnotes for the section succinctly explain it and follow the entire quotation.

    Blasphemy of the Scribes.
    20* He came home.* Again [the] crowd gathered, making it impossible for them even to eat.i 21When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”j 22The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,”* and “By the prince of demons he drives out demons.”

    Jesus and Beelzebul.
    23Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables, “How can Satan drive out Satan? 24If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand; that is the end of him. 27But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can plunder his house. 28Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be forgiven them.l 29But whoever blasphemes against the holy Spirit* will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin.” 30For they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

    * [3:20–35] Within the narrative of the coming of Jesus’ relatives (Mk 3:20–21) is inserted the account of the unbelieving scribes from Jerusalem who attributed Jesus’ power over demons to Beelzebul (Mk 3:22–30); see note on Mk 5:21–43. There were those even among the relatives of Jesus who disbelieved and regarded Jesus as out of his mind (Mk 3:21). Against this background, Jesus is informed of the arrival of his mother and brothers [and sisters] (Mk 3:32). He responds by showing that not family ties but doing God’s will (35) is decisive in the kingdom; cf. note on Mt 12:46–50.

    * [3:20] He came home: cf. Mk 2:1–2 and see note on Mk 2:15.

    * [3:22] By Beelzebul: see note on Mt 10:25. Two accusations are leveled against Jesus: (1) that he is possessed by an unclean spirit, and (2) by the prince of demons he drives out demons. Jesus answers the second charge by a parable (Mk 3:24–27) and responds to the first charge in Mk 3:28–29.

    * [3:29] Whoever blasphemes against the holy Spirit: this sin is called an everlasting sin because it attributes to Satan, who is the power of evil, what is actually the work of the holy Spirit, namely, victory over the demons.

    Really, Reality, don't you think that people who are on this discussion board would know enough to be able to either recite or at least research and provide correct answers to your arguments convoluted to avoid the truth?

    August 5, 2012 at 3:28 am |
    • Paul, another one you falsely accused

      You zionists jews are so stupid. Jesus is asking a question, if he were Satan, how could he cast himself out? Because he's God, he can cast out satan.

      August 5, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
  7. Chick-a-dee

    @ ufadoof: It doesn't. That's why capital punishment, euthenasia, abortion and unjust war are all wrong.

    August 4, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
  8. ufadoof

    Question "christians":
    Where in the bible does it say the death penalty is OK with your god? Could you point us to the particular passage where god gives you permission to kill. Me thinks "christians" need to actually read the bible for once.

    August 4, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • pervert alert

      Hey Hey Qu eer
      Whatta ya say
      How many folks
      Did YOU kill today
      Qu eers the folks that gave AIDS to the world.

      August 4, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Hey "Pervert", no matter how many times you repeat a lie, it doesn't become the truth. Anyone who is actually interested in fact can easily find accurate information on the origins of AIDS.

      August 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • Rufus T. Firefly

      People like pervert alert have no interest in what's true.

      August 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • pervert alert

      Not anymore tallulah qu eers have been working 24/7 to hide the Truth. Qu eers the folks that gave the world AIDS.

      August 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      "Me thinks "christians" need to actually read the bible for once."

      Lol. No they don't. Many of them are already so retarded and lemming-like. The bible is such a mess, it will just confuse their tiny minds even more. The best way really is to convince them to go cold turkey and give up their silly beliefs. They will then have much more time to meditate and organize and start making sensible contributions to the world.

      August 4, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
  9. LoveLiveLove

    To all the upset straight folks. You may deny the right to love and marry, all you wish. You may turn your heads at the sight of a same gender kiss. But like it or not gay people have always existed and always will exist. If you choose to hate, refuse to see and continue to hold tight to your bible, your traditions of marriage will destroy family's. You allow us the right to exist but refuse us the right to live. You have allowed your bible, your traditions of marriage to speak hate. You have allowed your opinion to prevent my right to love, to live. You will not make me love someone I do not. You will not prevent me from loving someone I do. I can not expect you to give me the right to love, to live. For it is not yours to give. I have the right to love, to live I gave it to myself. It was mine to give. It will be mine to marry. You will know it, It was never your choice.
    -LOVE-

    August 4, 2012 at 2:50 am |
    • Melissa

      LLL great post. Love it.

      August 4, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  10. gay atheists are immatarial, thus, insignificant

    "Chick-fil-A says it set a sales record on Wednesday"

    It proves mah name!

    August 3, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
  11. Chick-a-dee

    @ Bill D: catholic marriage doesn't what? I missed yr reference.

    August 3, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
    • billdeacons

      Someone posted that Christian marriage defined women as property. That is not my understanding of Catholic doctrine according to John Paul's Theology of the Body. So once again I felt compelled to call someone to task for misrepresenting my faith. I have read your ppostings from the catechsim and I admire your knowledge. Thank you for your contributions

      August 3, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
  12. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    August 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • ufadoof

      How's your praying the gay away going? Still getting those naughty thoughts?

      August 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • pervert alert

      Hey Hey qu eers
      whatta ya say
      how many folks
      have you killed today
      Qu eers the people that gave AIDS to the world.

      August 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!#

      August 6, 2012 at 11:41 am |
    • .

      "Qu eers the people that gave AIDS to the world."

      Until recently, the origins of the HIV-2 virus had remained relatively unexplored. HIV-2 is thought to come from the SIV in Sooty Mangabeys rather than chimpanzees, but the crossover to humans is believed to have happened in a similar way (i.e. through the butchering and consumption of monkey meat). It is far rarer, significantly less infectious and progresses more slowly to AIDS than HIV-1. As a result, it infects far fewer people, and is mainly confined to a few countries in West Africa.

      In May 2003, a group of Belgian researchers published a report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. By analysing samples of the two different subtypes of HIV-2 (A and B) taken from infected individuals and SIV samples taken from sooty mangabeys, Dr Vandamme concluded that subtype A had passed into humans around 1940 and subtype B in 1945 (plus or minus 16 years or so). Her team of researchers also discovered that the virus had originated in Guinea-Bissau and that its spread was most likely precipitated by the independence war that took place in the country between 1963 and 1974 (Guinea-Bissau is a former Portuguese colony). Her theory was backed up by the fact that the first European cases of HIV-2 were discovered among Portuguese veterans of the war, many of whom had received blood transfusions or unsterile injections following injury, or had possibly had relationships with local women.

      Given the evidence we have already looked at, it seems highly likely that Africa was indeed the continent where the transfer of HIV to humans first occurred (monkeys from Asia and South America have never been found to have SIVs that could cause HIV in humans). In May 2006, the same group of researchers who first identified the Pan troglodytes troglodytes strain of SIVcpz, announced that they had narrowed down the location of this particular strain to wild chimpanzees found in the forests of Southern Cameroon . By analysing 599 samples of chimp droppings (P. T. troglodytes are a highly endangered and thus protected species that cannot be killed or captured for testing), the researchers were able to obtain 34 specimens that reacted to a standard HIV DNA test, 12 of which gave results that were virtually indistinguishable from the reactions created by human HIV. The researchers therefore concluded that the chimpanzees found in this area were highly likely the origin of both the pandemic Group M of HIV-1 and of the far rarer Group N. The exact origins of Group O however remain unknown.

      HIV Group N principally affects people living in South-central Cameroon, so it is not difficult to see how this outbreak started. Group M, the group that has caused the worldwide pandemic, was however first identified in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Repub lic of Con go. It is not entirely clear how it transferred from Cameroon to Kinshasa, but the most likely explanation is that an infected individual travelled south down the San gha river that runs through Southern Cam eroon to the River Con go and then on to Kin shasa, where the Group M epidemic probably began.

      Just as we do not know exactly who spread the virus from Cam eroon to Kin shasa, how the virus spread from Africa to America is also not entirely clear. However, recent evidence suggests that the virus may have arrived via the Cari bbean island of H aiti.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:44 am |
  13. Reality

    In case you missed this on p.2:

    Sent from my local Chick-fil-A as I practice my freedom of/from religion, freedom of speech and freedom to eat wherever I darn please.

    The owner of Chick-fil-A suffers from the Three B Syndrome, Bred, Born and Brainwashed in red-neck Christianity. We should try to cure all those who are suffering from this syndrome which affects about 30% of the human race.

    The Cure in less time than it takes to eat my chicken sandwich:

    SAY THE FOLLOWING THREE TIMES-

    SAVING 2 BILLION LOST CHRISTIANS FROM THE THREE B SYNDROME:

    THERE WERE NEVER ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS I.E. NO EASTER, NO CHRISTIANITY.

    Added details available at no extra charge.

    August 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • ....

      in case you missed it
      all reality post are repeat
      BULL SH IT

      August 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • stephen

      Preaching atheisim is a waste of time. If you believe in nothing, you shouldn`t really have much to say.

      August 3, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
    • Reality

      Only for the those interested in a religious update:

      1. origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

      “New Torah For Modern Minds

      Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment. “
      prob•a•bly
      Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

      2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

      The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.

      earlychristianwritings.com/theories.html

      For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

      Current RCC problems:

      Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

      2 b., Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

      Current problems:
      Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

      3. Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

      This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

      And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      Current crises:

      The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

      4. Hinduism (from an online Hindu site) – "Hinduism cannot be described as an organized religion. It is not founded by any individual. Hinduism is God centered and therefore one can call Hinduism as founded by God, because the answer to the question ‘Who is behind the eternal principles and who makes them work?’ will have to be ‘Cosmic power, Divine power, God’."

      The caste/laborer system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence are problems when saying a fair and rational God founded Hinduism."

      Current problems:

      The caste system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence.

      5. Buddhism- "Buddhism began in India about 500 years before the birth of Christ. The people living at that time had become disillusioned with certain beliefs of Hinduism including the caste system, which had grown extremely complex. The number of outcasts (those who did not belong to any particular caste) was continuing to grow."

      "However, in Buddhism, like so many other religions, fanciful stories arose concerning events in the life of the founder, Siddhartha Gautama (fifth century B.C.):"

      Archaeological discoveries have proved, beyond a doubt, his historical character, but apart from the legends we know very little about the circu-mstances of his life. e.g. Buddha by one legend was supposedly talking when he came out of his mother's womb.

      Bottom line: There are many good ways of living but be aware of the hallucinations, embellishments, lies, and myths surrounding the founders and foundations of said rules of life.

      Then, apply the Five F rule: "First Find the Flaws, then Fix the Foundations". And finally there will be religious peace and religious awareness in the world!!!!!

      August 4, 2012 at 12:25 am |
    • Beth

      Atheists are the saddest, most negative folks on the earth.

      August 5, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  14. Aly

    And.....that is what Chik-Fil-A does, as well..

    August 3, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  15. Eric O

    Now – Just IMAGINE if all that money that was spent by anyone to support Chick-Fil-A that day was instead given to several homeless shelters and food kitchens.

    I think THAT'S what Jesus would do.

    August 3, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Barry Allen

      Or he could have told you to judge not unless you want to be judged.

      August 3, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • Reality

      JC's family and friends had it right 2000 years ago ( Mark 3: 21 "And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.")

      Said passage is one of the few judged to be authentic by most contemporary NT scholars. e.g. See Professor Ludemann's conclusion in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 24 and p. 694.

      Actually, Jesus was a bit "touched". After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

      Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century magic-man via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction? Many contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with J's gospel being mostly fiction.

      Obviously, today's followers of Paul et al's "magic-man" are also a bit on the odd side believing in all the Christian mumbo jumbo about bodies resurrecting, and exorcisms, and miracles, and "magic-man atonement, and infallible, old, European/Utah white men, and 24/7 body/blood sacrifices followed by consumption of said sacrifices. Yummy!!!!

      So why do we really care what a first century CE, illiterate, long-dead, preacher/magic man would do or say?

      August 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • Barry Allen

      Why would anyone care? Probably the same reason why you think anyone cares what you say.

      August 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • Frank

      Barry, Reality is a Zionist Jew. That's why he discredits Jesus.

      August 5, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • Paul, another one you falsely accused

      Reality, just like you Pharisees (Zionist Jews of today) of those days made false claims against Jesus to have him crucified, you did the same to Paul.

      Acts 18:12   And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat,

      Acts 23:12   And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.

      Acts 23:13   And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.

      Acts 23:14   And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul.

      Acts 23:15   Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you to morrow, as though ye would enquire something more perfectly concerning him: and we, or ever he come near, are ready to kill him.

      August 5, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
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