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Evangelist Billy Graham defends Chick-fil-A
July 26th, 2012
02:18 PM ET

Evangelist Billy Graham defends Chick-fil-A

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

(CNN)– Billy Graham, the dean of American evangelists, has once again broken his usual silence on hot-button issues, defending the president of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain for his opposition to same-sex marriage days after issuing a letter decrying what he sees as the nation's moral decay.

Earlier this year, the ailing preacher publicly endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay unions in North Carolina, raising eyebrows among many who'd watched Graham studiously avoid thorny social issues for years.

On Thursday, he issued a statement of support for the popular fast-food chain. Many people have slammed Chick-fil-A President Don Cathy for saying his company backs the traditional family unit and is opposed to same-sex marriage.

Graham praised restaurant founder S. Truett Cathy and son Don Cathy, the company's president, "for their strong stand for the Christian faith."

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"I've known their family for many years and have watched them grow Chick-fil-A into one of the best businesses in America while never compromising their values," Graham said.

The Chick-fil-A controversy reflects what many see as America's deep cultural and religious divide. The company's position on same-sex marriage doesn't sit well with Jim Henson Co., whose Jim Henson's Creature Shop toys have been served in Chick-fil-A's meals for children.

Jim Henson Co. is named for the creator of The Muppets. However, the company transferred The Muppets' rights and ownership to the Walt Disney Co. in 2003, according to Jim Henson Co.

"The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over 50 years and we have notified Chick-fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors," the company said in a posting on its Facebook page.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a 2008 GOP presidential candidate, is backing Chick-fil-A. He urged people to turn out to Chick-fil-A restaurants on Wednesday to show their support for what Cathy had to say about marriage.

Graham says he appreciated Huckabee's leadership and plans to visit a Chick-fil-A on that day, August 1.

"Each generation faces different issues and challenges, but our standard must always be measured by God's word. I appreciate the Cathy family's public support for God's definition of marriage."

On Tuesday, Graham leveled deep criticism at the United States. He compared the country to Sodom and Gomorrah, the Biblical cities synonymous with sin.

"Self-centered indulgence, pride, and a lack of shame over sin are now emblems of the American lifestyle," Graham writes in the open letter released by his organization this week.

He blasts what he sees as efforts to keep references to Jesus out of the public sphere.

"Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone - except God. Yet the farther we get from God, the more the world spirals out of control," he writes in the letter released Tuesday.

Graham, 93, has preached to untold millions over six decades, and provided counsel to generations of U.S. presidents.

His open letter also contains a fund-raising appeal and a notice that Graham's son Franklin, himself a major evangelical figure, is launching a new effort to "bring the Gospel into neighborhoods and homes in every corner of America next year."

Randall Balmer, the chair of the religion department at Dartmouth College, suspects the motivation for the letter is at least partly political.

"It's hard for me to believe that this letter does not have political intent," he said.

Its move to decry what he would see as moral decay "would be tied to the Obama administration," he argued, asking rhetorically why Graham would not have issued the statement in response to an event like the Abu Ghraib torture scandal.

In response to the controversy, Larry Ross, Graham’s spokesperson, said that “the letter does not address timely issues.”

“‘My Heart Aches for America,’ was written 6-8 weeks ago – long before recent current events, such as the tragic shooting in an Aurora, Colo movie theater, or the ongoing Chik-fil-A controversy,” Ross said in an email to CNN. “He is responding to general struggles in our culture and a moral decline that has existed through his public ministry.”

At the same time, Ross said that Graham is keen on the idea of eating Chick-fil-A next Wednesday.

“Considering Mr. Graham's age and limited mobility, his statement today was more an expression of sentiment and solidarity with the Cathy family and their cause than actually a commitment to go to a Chik-fil-A himself,” Ross said. “But he does plan to ‘Eat Mor Chikin’ on Aug. 1, which I expect someone will be able to get for him to enjoy at home.”

Balmer said that evangelicals would take note of the letter, though Graham has largely retired from the public eye in recent years.

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"There is certainly admiration for Billy Graham, as there should be," Balmer said. "There is lingering respect for Billy Graham and I think that people will take notice."

But he said the comparison to Sodom and Gomorrah - which Graham attributes to his late wife Ruth in the letter - was startling.

"When Billy Graham came to Madison Square Garden in 1957, he made comments comparing New York City to Sodom and Gomorrah and was roundly criticized for it," Balmer said. Since that time, Balmer said, Graham has largely avoided making the comparison to the Biblical cities.

CNN's Joe Sterling contributed to this report.

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Belief • Billy Graham • Christianity • Church and state • Food

soundoff (2,864 Responses)
  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes stings.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:54 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!_

      July 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • Atheism is not Good for Children or other Living Things

      But... but... prayer changes zings.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • Atheism is not Good for Children or other Living Things

      But...but...I want to keep posting so the Atheists can prove me wrong...cause prayer hasn't changed the posts. Whannnnnn!

      July 27, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • just sayin

      The filth perpetuated by atheism is unhealthy not just 'not good', only a diseased, disgusting individual would deny another human being eternal life. Atheism is the lowest and worst form of child abuse on the planet. God bless

      July 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @just sayin

      Ohh getting a little angry now? How about you provide your evidence of your assertions of eternal life, like I keep asking.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • just sayin

      Jesus Christ. God bless

      July 27, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • just sayin

      No anger, simple Truth. God bless

      July 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @just sayin

      So where's the evidence of your assertions? Just saying "truth" doesn't make it so. Then again, I've asked you this for months, and you never have anything. Oh well.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • Animal

      Prayer didn't change your mom.

      July 27, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • Atheism is very healthy for children and other living things

      I changed my mind. Instead of trying to fit reality into my point of view, I have decided to fit my point of view into reality. After years of ineffectual praying, I have decided to take an active role and try to change things for the better for my fellow humans. I no longer wonder why god would allow the random deaths of innocent children in floods and shootings, because I now understand that the universe is largely indifferent to us. Rather than rationalize their deaths, I will work to prevent them.

      I feel so much better now!

      July 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • PAUL

      JESUS IS LORD!!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWkS7pf9hKE

      July 27, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  2. lcleejr

    sounds more like his nutjob son franklin graham then billy.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  3. Jeff

    You loony lefties blow me away...I don't get how you don't see your own intolerance of the Christian faith. Support a ban on a Christian organization that answered a question honestly, then assault a group honoring war veterans all because they do so with a cross. I know the cross is symbolic of the Christian faith and it's very presence is a symbol of hate. You all need to find a freakin' hobby...

    I know faith scares the hell out of you and you feel a strong desire to tell us all how ignorant and stupid we are, but consider this...if Truett Cathy "didn't build that" and our president would have you believe, then it must have been the country that helped Chik-fil-a see record profits. Call it what you want, but the country seems to like what Chik-fil-a is doing...and I'm guessing it has more to do with values than making a chicken sandwich.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • CB

      Facts are facts- you nailed it.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • sam

      Yes, the redneck obese south (where this restaurant mainly does their business) must be listening. Way to go, Jeff.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Root post by 'Jeff' is an instance of a Straw Man Fallacy and contains ad hominem elements.

      http://www.fallacyfiles.org/glossary.html

      July 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • Jeff

      @Fallacy...If I'm reading you correctly, you're basically saying "I have no point to make here, but I'm going to try to discredit you anyways."

      Cool...thanks for playing...

      July 27, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Jeff

      Actually, his point is that your entire post is predicated on a misrepresentation of a side, and you proceed to attempt and attack that position. That's the definition of a straw-man argument, and really renders your entire post moot. Arguing against a position that isn't there is kind of pointless for you don't you think?

      July 27, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • Ticktockman0

      Intolerant people accusing others of intolerance is rich. If a Christian can live and let live, I have no problem with them, regardless of my opinion of their religion. People have the right to free speech in this country (supposedly), no matter how hateful, malinformed or uninformed. But this in not just free speech we are discussing. Chick-fil-a crosses the line by funding organizations that seek to deny others the rights that they claim for themselves. No one suggests outlawing Christianity in this country, but many Christians have no problem outlawing the ultimate expression of love (marriage) to others simply because they are attracted to the same gender. That Graham aligns himself with this anti-gay position marks him as a supporter not only of bigotry, but oppression and tyranny as well.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Recent post by 'Jeff' is an instance of the ad hominem fallacy.

      http://www.fallacyfiles.org/glossary.html

      July 27, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • great intellect my ass

      fallacy spotter wouldn't know a fallacy if it bit it on the ass

      July 27, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • *facepalm*

      I'm proud of being intolerant of intolerance. Christians used to use the bible and their faith to support slavery. Should that have been tolerated as well?

      Bigotry and hatred based on ignorance never lasts for long.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • Jeff

      @Ticktock...I can agree with that statement, though I think Chick-fil-a can support whoever they want. It's their company and their business as far as I'm concerned. I've worked for companies that support groups that I do not agree with. I have no issue with them. When you say Chick-fil-a denies people the rights they claim for themselves though, I take a little exception to that...after all, what group doesn't do that? From Catholic charities to the Rainbow Coalition to the NRA to the Republicans and the Democrats...every side has an agenda. I accept that you don't agree with who Chick-fil-a chooses to support. That said, it is the right of Chick-fil-a to support whoever they choose. It's cliche, but true...if you don't like their decisions, don't go.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      The only reason Chick-Fil-A can get away with the obvious religionn stuff is because they are privately held. If ever they turn into a public company, that stuff will need to change or they'll be in trouble.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • Jeff

      @facepalm...you mean people in power have abused that power and justified it through whatever means they could? NO! Say it isn't so!

      Again I'll ask you...other than your weak links to some lawsuits, where has Chick-fil-a been intolerant? Your intolerance is directed at Christians because you don't like what they have to say or what *some* of them have done in the past. That's a pretty broad stroke you're using to paint the entire group with. There were Christians in the North that vehemently opposed slavery, but that would never make it into your post, right?

      July 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • Jeff

      @Hawaiiguest...agreed...but they are privately held. As long as that's the case, Chick-fil-a should be able to support whoever they wants as it's their right to do so...

      July 27, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Jeff

      And I agree that's their right. I may not agree with it, and I think it's definitely wrong for them to support the marginalization of a minority demographic's rights.

      July 27, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      And I, as a private citizen, have all the right to say that I view the support Chick Fil-A is showing as a divisive, ignorant, and bigoted stance.

      July 27, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      I feel a strong desire to tell you how ignorant and stupid you are. They are successful because they had a great recipe for chicken sandwiches, and followed it up with a better chicken nugget. They deserved their success, and they deserve what's happening to them now for getting into bed with a hate group. But I'm though with them, and with Dwarf House, unless they repent like Saul and understand that they are persecutors.

      July 27, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • Jeff

      @hawaiiguest...you certainly do. If that is your stance, so be it. Sucks to have to eat a McChicken though!

      July 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • Jeff

      @Bible Clown...you know they've always been a Christian company, right? It's not like this viewpoint is a new thing.

      July 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Jeff

      There aren't any CFA's here that I know of.

      July 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  4. god's savior

    The Chicken isn't bad, but just try and stomach the CONSTANT NEW AGE CHRISTIAN MUSIC that blare out in the lobby. Talk about torture, who could possibly sit and listen to that horrible noise for long enough to even order. I mean, its just whinning rich white kids talking about how great jesus is. Well, i would think that too if i grew up in a pampered life style. Why don't you ask the 17,000 babies/children who starved to death today, yes just today, and every day.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • Jeff

      Hmm, maybe you should go visit S. Korea or the Philippines or maybe even Egypt.. or Guam. Not a lot fat rich whiny kids.. but they are still praising the Lord.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • god's savior

      true, being white and pampered isn't a necessity for belief of a sky wizard.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Post by 'Jeff' is an instance of a Selective Evidence fallacy and exhibits Confirmation Bias.

      http://www.fallacyfiles.org/glossary.html

      July 27, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  5. god's savior

    Billy Graham is an Anti-Semite.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Graham#Discussion_of_Jews_with_Nixon
    He was repeatedly caught on the nixon oval office tapes making disparaging comments about jews.

    Why do americans care what this bigot thinks???????? Obviously he is going to support any white man saying bad things about gay folks, because he is a white man that hates gay folks too. For being "christian", he sure does have a long list of demographics he hates.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • CB

      sure- wikipedia is such a trustworthy source! It must be true! Trolololo

      July 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • god's savior

      @CB, i guess you could try the library of congress where the nixon tapes are on file.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • CB

      Trolololo

      July 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • god's savior

      @CB, the beauty of wikipedia is that all the references and citations are built into the article (look for the superscript numbers)

      http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/17/us/billy-graham-responds-to-lingering-anger-over-1972-remarks-on-jews.html
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1850077.stm
      http://www.christianpost.com/news/confronting-graham-s-demons-39369/
      (last one was even the christian post!)
      http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=29272
      http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2006/08/13/pilgrim-s-progress.html
      http://www.beliefnet.com/News/2002/03/Billy-Graham-Apologizes-For-Anti-Semitic-Comments-In-1972-Conversation-With-Nixon.aspx

      BILL GRAHAM = BIGOTED ANTI-SEMITIC GAY BASHER

      July 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • god's savior

      its actually more disturbing to me that nixon, as a sitting president, was caught on tape saying the same things. But this type of hatred is common place with republicans.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • CB

      Trololololo.. lolo

      July 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • CB

      ...and his statement was about what he thought the Jewish people in this country were doing to the media.. hardly semetic- he supports Israel and the Jewish state- You and alot of folks are taking it way out of context.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  6. Doc Vestibule

    I won't eat the chicken from Swiss Chalet becuase the name implies a support for neutrality.
    If there's one thing I can't stand, it's those gutless, stinking Neutrals and their unnatural lifestyle.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • sam

      LOL

      July 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  7. Bootyfunk

    the face of evil.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  8. Robert

    The one shining light of hope in this article was this "the ailing preacher".
    Just die already you raving bigotted lunatic.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • Harris

      He will die – perhaps sooner than you. However, he will live again – more than what will happen to you in hell...

      July 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • Michelle

      "Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone – except God. So true. I support the Cathy family's right to free speech and morality. God is blessing them already with alot of wisdom and courage to stand up for the truth!!

      "21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools"

      July 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • Jeff

      Oh, so HE'S the raving bigoted lunatic. Seems to me your very statement is intolerant and bigoted. I have a right to my beliefs as you do yours. But when my beliefs are challenged I show my support. When your beliefs are challenged you resort to name calling, intolerance and bigotry... and you even support those that would stop commerce based on ones beliefs! From where I stand YOU ARE THE BIGOT.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • CB

      Your quote from a below post: "you don't have the right to force another to live according to your beliefs." – isn't that exactly what the Liberal community is trying to force down the throats of the opposition? – All of your easy outs in trying to get your way is call the opposition haters or bigotts... Twisting the truth.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Joanna

      Drop it yourself you waste of space. You have no reason to be on this planet except maybe being a mistake.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Primewonk

      @ CB – Here's the think – no one is telling the religious nutters they can't be as ignorant and bigoted as they want to be. No one is telling the religious nutters that they must marry someone of the same sèx. No one is telling the religious nutters that their churches must perform marriages for gay couples. Rather, what is happening, is that the religious nutters are demanding that they be allowed to enact legislation discriminating against gay folks. You nutters hate the 14th amendment.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • pervert alert

      Truth is not ignorant nor is it bigoted . It is simply a matter of common sense found lacking in the 1% of the population that are qu eers. Qu eers the folks that gave the world AIDS.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • Primewonk

      pervert alert is simply yet another ignorant, fundiot, troll. HIV crossed the species barrier from SIV many generations ago in Africa from eating infected bushmeat.

      I wonder why these cretins lie?

      July 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      "He will die – perhaps sooner than you. However, he will live again – "
      ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!!

      July 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  9. steama

    Can't wait for Billy to kick the bucket.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • CB

      I'm sure he can't wait to enter God's kingdom either. Alternative is eternal fire.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Post by CB is a form of the flawed argument known as Pascal's Wager.

      http://www.fallacyfiles.org/glossary.html

      July 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • Really-O?

      @Fallacy Spotting 101 –

      Also a false dilemma.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Correct. Thank you.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • Really-O?

      @Fallacy Spotting 101 –

      De nada. Keep up the good work.

      Cheers

      July 27, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  10. Vinny

    I was hesitant to go there for lunch today because I expected a bunch of freaks with picket signs outside....but it was business as usual and after a tasty meal, I'm glad I went.

    The long line (As usual) kind of sucks if you're in a hurry but...The place was alive and booming with business so, you guys should stop worrying about all the drama queens making a fuss and go get yourselves some Chik-fil-a!!

    July 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Bigots Unite!

      I know, there's also a KKK-own joint down the street from me that makes killer hamburgers. I go there all the time.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      Go back in six months and see if it's still busy. The freaks are all inside right now. They have lost customers who won't be coming back. You said it yourself, who wants drama chicken? Who wants to wonder if someone spit in your food?

      July 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  11. josh rogen

    I will defend the rights of those who disagree with me, as vigorously as those i agree with.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • Cherries

      You're the rarest of jems, Josh. You don't see that level of understanding very often.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  12. PrimeNumber

    For counless millenia, anything like a marriage covenant was understood as a relationship between female and male. Only in recent decades have innovators demanded otherwise. And if the rest of us don't joyfully proclaim " Hossana" to this latest trend, we are called "haters". This seems childish.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • whaaa?

      Haven't read the bible, have you. If so, yo'd know that m+f+f+f+f+f+f+f... + a few concubines was also considered to be a marriage covenant.

      Also, until recently, black male + white female was not considered a valid marriage covenant. Would you like to take us back to those times as well? You used to be able to own slaves, maybe we should reverse that as well?

      Or maybe you shouldn't look to the past to determine present ethics.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Robert

      No Prime, what's childish is to continue to deny a group their civil rights because a 1600 year old book of myths says you should. You have every right to believe in the silly of your choice but you don't have the right to force another to live according to your beliefs. And for the record, marriage was to formalize the transfer of property from the father to the husband. Like a cow. Tell me you're still upholding that time honored tradition.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • danklem

      when the bible was written man had many wifes and so did jesus. so it was never marriage between man and female. I have a question for all you religious people why in the world after 2000 years no one is able to really tell you what the bible says. everyone is still studing the bible. hasn't anyone in all these years mastered the bible. No that's because todays religion changes things to suit modern day life. And the bible doesn't apply to modern day life.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • myweightinwords

      Actually, several cultures pre-dating the Hebrew culture and the Christian one that rose out of it had ceremonies to solemnize and legitimize same-gender relationships.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • CB

      @Robert – Your quote "you don't have the right to force another to live according to your beliefs." – isn't that exactly what the Liberal community is trying to force down the throats of the opposition? – All of your easy outs in trying to get your way is call the opposition haters or bigotts... Twisting the truth.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • *facepalm*

      @CB – no, you're not correct here unless you're claiming that someone is forcing you into a same-gendered relationship.

      Logic Fail

      July 27, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  13. jalek

    He used to be one of the few evangelists that didn't come across as doing it for the money, so he didn't need to follow the political winds, his message was largely unchanged in the long view.

    Medical bills must have gotten to him too. Many elderly have to sell everything to cover medical expenses if they don't die quickly enough. Not everyone has Cheney-style politician coverage that covers anything and everything without caps.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  14. Cthulhu

    MY HATE FILLS THE AIR LIKE THE BLACKNESS OF NIGHT!!!

    July 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • Derpin Dots

      "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn

      July 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  15. Rich

    I understand Mr. Graham bringing up Sodom, and I agree the U.S. is on that path. But re-reading Ezekiel 16:49, which explains the sin Sodom committed, it seems the whole point of this article must be obfuscated somehow?

    July 27, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • 19faye62

      If that Biblical message doesn't reach you, try Romans 1:18. The Bible does not condone it. Stop trying to justify it.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  16. Penelope

    Company name sounds like a p0rno flick. Think about it.

    July 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  17. Robert

    One bigot supporting another bigot, this is news?

    July 27, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  18. Vinny

    Chick-fil-a makes tasty food. I'm enjoying a nice crispy chicken sandwich for lunch as we speak.

    It looks like most people don't seem to care about the ridiculous politics or media sensationalism around this whole drama-filled-episode....there was a long line as usual. I suggest you all go get yourselves some Chick-fil-a too.

    July 27, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • Penelope

      That wasn't chicken you just put in your mouth.

      July 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • Bigots Unite!

      If an restaurant was run by the KKK, but made a killer steak, would you eat there as well?

      July 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • god's savior

      The Chicken isn't bad, but just try and stomach the CONSTANT NEW AGE CHRISTIAN MUSIC that blare out in the lobby. Talk about torture, who could possibly sit and listen to that horrible noise for long enough to even order. I mean, its just whinning rich white kids talking about how great jesus is. Well, i would think that too if i grew up in a pampered life style. Why don't you ask the 17,000 babies/children who starved to death today, yes just today, and every day.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  19. Cherries

    Can anyone explain why its not ok for a group to stand by what they believe? They aren't spreading hate, they've just make a simple statement.

    July 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • Jim

      Cherries,

      What do you call denying people their rights if not spreading hate? Does their being gay make them less human? If you see things that way, then you must also feel that way about other races. Or are you just lead blindly around by your faith and it's leaders?

      July 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • the voice of reason

      Cherrries, you actually believe that????

      July 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • Cherry has lost her marbles

      Cherry, so it's OK for someone to believe that god will reward them if they hijack a plane and fly it into a building, or if their belief prevents medical care that could save lives? Don't you get the problem with your statement? Such beliefs do not exist without consequences for others. Check it out and think it through -there you have Islam and Christianity to look at.

      July 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • myweightinwords

      If they financially support an effort to deny a group of human beings a basic human right, one that the Declaration of Independence declared to be "inalienable" (the pursuit of happiness), then yes, they are in point of fact spreading hate.

      The individuals can believe what they want. They can make all the statements about that belief that they want.

      They can also expect that their words and actions will have consequences.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • Cherries

      But on the other side if they endorse gay marriage, they'd have a lot of other people mad at them, too. They can't win either way. Besides, they are a private business and should be able to say what they want.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • Robert

      Sure thing Cherries,
      The KKK are just following their beliefs.
      The Nazi Party is just following their beliefs.
      Are you sure that's always a good thing?

      July 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • sam stone

      cherries.....you are right. the kkk agrees with you. after all, why should we let the darkies have the same rights as us white folk?

      July 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Cherries

      You said, "But on the other side if they endorse gay marriage, they'd have a lot of other people mad at them, too. They can't win either way."
      They could remain silent on the issue. Why do they feel the need to proclaim their, inherently personal, position at all? As a business, wouldn't their first responsibility have to be to run the business?

      You said, "Besides, they are a private business and should be able to say what they want."
      Yes, they are free to say what they want. I don't see anyone telling them that they can't. But just because they can, does that mean that they should?

      By speaking out the way they did, they also invited those that disagree to speak out against them.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • Cherries

      They should have remained silent. We can however understand that not everyone is on the same page with everything, and we are never ever going to be.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • CF

      Jim, your reply is speculative and irrelevant. Cherries is expressing a very good point.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • Jeff

      Jim, I have my faith and with it my beliefs. As far as most of us are concerned, you and your supporters are the intolerant bigots.. because we have to endure your hate speech daily. From where I stand, YOUR THE INTOLERANT BIGOT.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • sam

      Jeff, it's "you're". We all learned that early on in school – along with how to behave and get along with others. I'm sorry you didn't get it.

      Keep your faith out of everyone else's lives, and they'll leave you alone.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Jeff

      You said, "Jim, I have my faith and with it my beliefs."
      That seems blatantly obvious.

      You said, "As far as most of us are concerned, you and your supporters are the intolerant bigots.."
      So you feel that you should have the right to impose your infantile beliefs on the rest of society? You feel that you should have the right to tell anyone else how they should live their lives?

      You said, "because we have to endure your hate speech daily."
      It isn't hate speech when it is to tell you that you should keep your beliefs to yourself. Stop trying to force your delusional worldview on the rest of society and you'll find that everybody will leave you in peace.

      You are free to hold the views you do. You are free to live your life by them. You are free not to marry someone of your own sex, if you don't want to. But I think you should be free to do so if you wanted to. Everybody should be able to determine for themselves how they wish to live their lives.

      You said, "From where I stand, YOUR THE INTOLERANT BIGOT."
      That's because you are clueless about what it means to be a bigot. Nobody is trying to tell you what you can or can't do with your own life.

      July 27, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • *facepalm*

      Jeff, unless someone is forcing you into a same sex marriage, then no one is forcing their beliefs on you. Grow up and get over yourself.

      July 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  20. Jesus is King

    ChicK-Fil-A!

    July 27, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • Bigots Unite!

      Intolerance!

      July 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
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