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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. DEEZ

    Horrible, just horrible, human being. What's worse is he has a following.

    July 31, 2012 at 12:18 am |
    • biff

      Ohhh you.... Lake o Fire!.... Lake o Fire!, get in it!!

      July 31, 2012 at 12:23 am |
    • Greg

      Mr. Graham spreads the infallible word of The Holy God to the whole world. It is done not for his glory but for the glory of Jesus the Christ. The following is not his but is Jesus's. In Love

      July 31, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  2. BleenGloob

    As for Mr. Billy.....ain't you dead yet? Yer just another bigot preacher making a living off of preaching hate.

    July 30, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
  3. Bob

    Benjamin Rush
    "I proceed...to enquire what mode of education we shall adopt so as to secure to the state all the advantages that are to be derived from the proper instruction of youth; and here I beg leave to remark, that the only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments

    July 30, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
    • Bob

      Religion=regimented supersti.tion, a way for governments to keep control of the ignorant masses.

      July 31, 2012 at 10:19 am |
    • Greg

      "Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God." Thomas Jefferson

      July 31, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  4. Bob

    I'd like to quote one more Founder, Elias Boudinot, Then President of the Continental Con-,gr,ess in 1783.
    "Our country should be preserved from the dreadful evil of becoming enemies to the religion of the Gospel, which I have no doubt, but would be the introduction of the dissolution of government and the bonds of civil society."

    July 30, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      "Logic is the beginning of wisdom"
      Spock

      Now, why should I care what either says?

      July 30, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, more cut-and-paste! Hey, if you don't approve when others do it, why are you ignoring your own advice, Boob?

      July 30, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
    • Bob

      George Washington
      "Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."

      July 30, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Bob

      So instead of answering , you throw out another quote. Why should I care what that one says either?

      July 30, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
    • Bob

      Frankly I dont give a dam if you care or not that is up to you and not my decision but as people who go by supposed knowledge I thought you would want to learn the truth so you wouldn't be ignorant and repost lies.

      July 30, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Why? You post them all the time, you ass.

      July 30, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Boob sez: " I'd like to quote one more founder..." What do you think, you idiot, that you're giving a speech at the Rotary Club?

      What a noob.

      July 30, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
    • Bob

      NO they would be more intelligent

      July 31, 2012 at 10:13 am |
    • Greg

      The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
      Proverbs 9:10

      July 31, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  5. Bob

    en 2:22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib, and He brought her to the man.
    Gen 2:23 "At last!" the man exclaimed. "This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called 'woman,' because she was taken from 'man.'"
    Gen 2:24 This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.
    Gen 2:25 Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.
    Gen 3:16 To the woman He said, "I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you will bring forth children; Yet your desire will be for your husband, And he will rule over you."
    Gen 3:17 Then to Adam He said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat from it'; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life.
    Gen 3:18 "Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field;
    Gen 3:19 By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return."

    July 30, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
    • Bob

      Mat 15:17 "Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated?
      Mat 15:18 "But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.
      Mat 15:19 "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.
      Mat 15:20 "These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man."

      July 30, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
  6. Bob

    The man who initially conjured the "wall of separation" phrase, President Thomas Jefferson (1800-1808), wrote it in an 1802 letter to a congregation of Baptist churchmen from Danbury, Connecticut. Jefferson knew that every state in the Union (except Rhode Island) had a state sponsored religion since before the days of the Revolution, so by relegating himself to the settled national issue, he could not easily be accused of more atheist sentiments.So, what does this mean to the issue of "separation of church and state" for today's argument? It means that Jefferson's letter should not be used by anti-religionists to support their position. Jefferson was clearly saying that religious issues were in the various state's area of influence and control, not his as leader of the Federal Union. Unfortunately, today's anti-religionists who wish to eliminate religion in the states as well as the Federal Union illegitimately use Jefferson's words in their cause misconstruing Jefferson to say that all religion should be eliminated from government.

    July 30, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Cut-and-paste, Boob? I thought you disapproved of such tactics. How is it you are using what you decry in others' posts?

      Hypocrisy, thy name is Boob.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
    • Bob

      Because its not a repost of the same old garbage that had been reposted hundreds of times but fact and well said informative and true and new info.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You know, the baby jesus cries when you lie, BOOB.

      You're such a friggin' hypocrite, he must be bawling non-stop. Shame on you.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Since when did seperation of church and state equal eliminating religion?

      July 30, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Since Boob started rewriting history.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
    • Tiaa

      I get wat yur saying bob, these others 2 trolls are just doing wat trolls do. Well said tho all of yur comments are fact. I choose fact of trolly opinion.

      July 31, 2012 at 2:02 am |
    • Tiaa

      Over*

      July 31, 2012 at 2:03 am |
  7. Arvoasitis

    An earlier posting today concerning some of the potentially awkward consequences of gay marriage received a number of responses, mostly critical, and since I have been away from the blog for a while, I am now responding to some of them.
    1. A compelling argument against gay marriage must begin with the premise that same-gender se.xu.al preference is a natural, healthy and moral orientation. Biblical passages against ho.mose.xuality do not provide a compelling argument against gay marriage (for reasons I cannot go into here).
    2. Nevertheless, there are valid moral, social and, as I suggested in my previous posting, legal problems with gay marriage.
    3. "The 14th amendment provides equal protection under the law' /" In 'Loving Vs Virginia', the supreme court held that 'marriage is one of the basic rights of man.'" Exactly, and that's my point. If a gay person is seen as having a right to a new, non-traditional, form of marriage, how can anyone deny a similar right to a bi-se.xual individual? Do gays have rights that others don't? Sooner or later, the courts will expand the definition of marriage even further to legitimize bigamy, polygamy, sibling and parent-offspring marriages (for legal purposes having nothing to do with se.xu.ality).
    4. "[Gay marriage] isn't about a total upheaval of the inst.itution of marriage. In most European cases, it has resulted in a two-tier marriage system with gays being restricted in things like ability to sponsor foreign-born spouses or adopt children. In Canada,with probably the most egalitarian laws, a child can now have three official parents (not just two parents and a step-parent with equal rights, but three official parents).

    July 30, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
    • Ryan

      You are kidding right ? Stay away! You are so brilliant ! Since you are the guru sir please release the cure for cancer I beg you brilliant all knowing being. Idiot!!!!

      July 30, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
    • Arvoasitis

      @Ryan
      The most effective weapon against cancer s your own immune system. This has been generally known for many decades but medical science has just stumbled upon it and is looking for new drugs to beef up the immune system. In the meantime, the best bet is to talk to a knowledgeable naturopath or nutritionist.

      July 31, 2012 at 7:41 am |
  8. Mister Mister

    Hell is gonna we full

    July 30, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
    • His Holy Noodliness

      Hell doesn't exist.

      July 31, 2012 at 1:10 am |
    • biff

      They say you only learn by doing..... 2nd helping man.... take a second dip in the lake....

      And Mister Mister ... Omnipotent God remember, you dont think the Loving One can knock out a few walls as needed (or make the Lake a bit deeper.... you need a bit more faith brother!

      July 31, 2012 at 1:32 am |
  9. 1234

    Im so glad that this controversy gives those who want to a chance to speak up for a loving merciful God who cares for us all so much.
    It also let's the hate of some be easily identified. It's not the Billy Graham's and most Christians that are out to crucify anyone. It's out of love that God gives us direction and within those parameters protection from evil. I hope and pray that some biblical truth seeps into the hearts of people reading the posts here looking to justify themselves and their opinions.

    July 30, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
  10. Joshua Wertheim

    As much as I despise the President of Chick-Fil-A and would never eat there myself, I think it's ridiculous for any community to try to ban them from opening up new stores in any neighborhood they choose. That is part of the good and bad of the American way, because people can vote with their wallets when a business that offends them opens and just not eat there. If we start allowing or supporting a community that tries to do this, then where will it end? A Muslim prevented from doing business in Jewish areas? Black people prevented from starting businesses in white areas? Gays prevented from doing business near Chick-Fil-A's corporate headquarters? It's ridiculous and terrifying. Again, vote with your pocketbooks if you don't like them and if enough people agree with you, they will close their doors and move on

    July 30, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      "ridiculous" I agree... however, it's not fair to compare a race of people or a religion to a corporation. While the US govt considers corporations to be people, they're not in reality. People tried to stop Walmarts from going into small communities because they shut down local businesses. The same thing happened with Starbucks. This is just the evolution of capitalism in America. In the end, I suspect most product purchases will be made from a political perspective. The nature of advertising suggested this a long time ago. People buy what they feel best represents them or adds to their personal identi.ty.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
  11. John Richards

    Simply, Billy Graham is a bigot. Proving once again that secular morality is vastly superior to this version of Christian morality.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • allenwoll

      EXACTLY ! ! !

      July 30, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
  12. Troy Montana

    I wish billy graham had been more consistent with Biblical teaching and less compromising over the years.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
  13. kindness

    This is my experience... Thank you.

    MY personal testimony.
    A thought to consider without an ego response

    I Accepted Jesus christ as my lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Transcend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....

    Accepting Jesus Christ (for me) resulted in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Also... much the world arranges "surrounding dark matter into something to be debated" in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.

    The key is be present and transcend our own desire to physically see evidence. We don't know anyways by defending our own perception of dark matter.

    Currently.... most of us are constructing our own path that suits our sin lifestyle. Were all sinners. Knowing that we are is often an issue. But both christians and non are sinners. Even once we are saved by christs merciful grace we will still experience adversity to mold us to adhering to the truth.
    We will slip... But not fall of the ship ...carrying us onward to perfection in christs grace.

    We don't like to Let go and let god. We want control to some degree. This is what Jesus asks us to do. "Follow me".
    It's the hardest thing to do... but is done by letting the truth of scripture lead you (redemptive revelation)... as I said .

    Try reading corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale.
    See the truth...
    do we do what it says in todays society... is it relevant... so many have not recently read and only hinge their philosophy on what they have heard from some other person...which may have been full of arogance pride or vanity..

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancsend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find any truth you can take with you ....in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life..... You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf.... the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed..... your good deeds will be forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated..... your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over . This is truth .

    Trancsend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Understand you are a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent.... Repent means knowing (to change) The Holy spirit (within) will convict you beyond what you think you can do by yourself. Grace is given to those who renounce the world. That are" in" the world but not "of " the world.

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith ....above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Faith comes by Reading or Hearing the word of god from the bible . Ask Jesus in faith for dicernment and start reading the new testament... You will be shocked when you lay down your preconceived notions and ....see and hear truth ... see how christ sets an example ... feel the truth....

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read romans or corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth in Christ.

    Sell all your cleverness and purchase true bewilderment. You don't get what you want ....you get what you are by faith above reason in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?

    Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.
    You will also see how the world suppresses this information and distorts it

    You're all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.
    I'ts a personal free experience you can do it free anytime . Don't wait till you are about to die.. START PUTTING YOUR TREASURES WHERE THEY REALLY MATTER >
    Its awsome and It's just between you and Jesus

    my testimony

    Romans 10:9

    "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved

    July 30, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • allenwoll

      Pardon ?

      July 30, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
    • 1234

      Amen and amen!

      July 30, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • Bob

      What a load of new age crap

      July 30, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
    • Ryan

      You are so insightful ! You have it down ? Not...... Just start drinking again or make up with your ex wife (either of your 3 ex wives) freak!

      July 30, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
    • His Holy Noodliness

      Enough with this repost!!!

      July 31, 2012 at 1:12 am |
    • biff

      Oh noodle.... time for the tough love from the Big Guy ..... crime worse than murder you commited – denying him.. tsk tsk..... seems minor i know... but god would never overreact or anything..... so ..Lalke o Fire!!! take youself to it and dive into there deep end!

      July 31, 2012 at 1:19 am |
  14. rjp34652

    When it becomes wrong to utter a statement of moral conviction, liberty is at an end.
    When a people become intolerant of integrity, they have degenerated to the level of criminals.
    When the wicked rise up in arrogance and pride, the mindless mob rules a kingdom of destruction.
    When a nation perverts the ways of good, it is begging God for judgment.
    Pride goes before a fall and America is the proudest nation of them all.

    it's just me, hollering from the choir loft...

    July 30, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • Chip

      Well said. Thank you.

      July 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • Ronny

      It's never right to utter statements of hate and bigotry.

      July 30, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • Lee

      Looks like I'll be eating at "Chik Fil A" for many years to come. Thank you Rev Graham, for standing up for not only the rights for Christians to be Christians, but for Americans to be Americans. The now "Un"American news media of this country poses a serious threat to our way of life as whole. They may speak for most of the people in the Wash D.C and NYC area, but they do NOT speak for Americans. Thank you Mr Cathy for standing up for your rights. As an active duty Soldier in the U.S Military for nearly 20 years now, I thank you and ALL of your supporters for standing up for the rights that me and my comrades have fought so hard to defend. See you all on wed! Lee

      July 30, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
    • Myk

      Lee, first thank you for serving Our country, but from a retired Marine, I disagree with you. Yes, I think it is great that Mr. Cathy stands by his conviction, but he also has to understand that his stand is poorly founded. The explanation, in accordance with the Bible if you find that your wife is not a virgin on your wedding night you are to take her to her father's house and have her stoned to death. Also, in accordance to the Bible incest is fine, see Adam & Eve creating the population, and also Noah and his family repopulating the world after the flood. As far as Mr. Graham, where the hell was he during the fight for civil rights of blacks and minorities? Oh yeah, sitting there with his mouth shut, not trying to help Dr. King one bit. Mr. Graham does has the right to speak and stand up for what he chooses, wow I guess he was not standing up for civil rights for blacks. But since he kept his mouth shut then, please keep it up Mr. Graham!

      July 30, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      @Lee, Please explain how the right to choose to support a company or not is un-american? My father is also a marine who fought in Vietnam. He'd find your kind of statement ironically one-sided and self-defeating. Don't make the mistake of believing that just because you have an opinion and carry a gun that you speak for all Americans. This country is about diversity, choice, and opinions. Cathy can have his opinion.... other people can have theirs. Until we decide to be like China or Iran where one voice speaks for all, you might want to get used to it. You might also want to brush up on your American history as it is full of differing opinions and dissension. As a military person, you might remember a little conflict called the Civil War.

      July 30, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
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  16. Bible Clown©

    Whatever. I've eaten there for the last time. Now we see if they can survive my disdain . . .

    July 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • 1234

      July 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm
      Your boycotting them because they don’t share your view ? They didn’t say you can’t eat there. They didn’t say anything hateful . Just that they ….. like many people support traditional marriages . You would take away the right of a man and a woman to marry ?

      July 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • Bob

      Yup without a doubt they would and the justification that Christians are bigots. Does anyone realize that gays are less than 2% of the population and what we see here is a cross between socialists and atheists.

      July 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • Myk

      Bob, I really hate to get into name calling, but you are very far from intelligent. I believe in God and far from a socialist. Not all Christians are bigots, just people like Billy Graham. He tries to stand the moral high ground, while he did nothing to help Dr. King during the fight for civil rights, yeah is so righteous....

      July 30, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      @1234, Well you get the award for silliest post of the day. We live in a democratic capitalist society. People make choices everyday about whether to support a product or not. Most of the time it's just based on advertising. What's the difference in electing not to support a company because of their policies? It's just a little more conscious than mindlessly choosing a product because you like the packaging. If China puts lead in their toys and you choose not to buy them does that mean you hate China and are being intolerant? Really... a little logic goes a long way. Try it sometime.

      AND... where in the world do you get that the rights of straight men and women to marry are being jeopardized? Really, really silly.

      July 30, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
  17. 1234

    Go Billy!!

    July 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • 1234

      Your boycotting them because they don't share your view ? They didn't say you can't eat there. They didn't say anything hateful . Just that they ..... like many people support traditional marriages . You would take away the right of a man and a woman to marry ?

      July 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  18. MDDon

    Guess I will eat at KFC on Wednesday. Hope all fair minded and rational people will avoid Chck-fil-a on Wednesday.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • Mister Jones

      We don't have one in Seattle, but I would go if we did. It's just not worth a 400-mile drive to support something that should be a no-brainer. We have freedom of opinion in this country. You do NOT have to agree with everyone else at all times. The dude said he supports traditional family values, and you want to crucify him for that? ...

      July 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "The dude said he supports traditional family values, and you want to crucify him for that? ..."

      This is about civil rights, would you crucify him if he believed in slavery or treating women like property. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the National Association of SocialWorkers, together representing more than 480,000 mental health professionals, have all taken the position that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and thus is not something that needs to or can be “cured."

      July 30, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  19. gigi

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1lFYO5zE-c

    July 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  20. Bob

    I am Bob. I build things. I am a bigot. I am a christian bigot. Christians are not usually good or nice people. I am a bad person. I am also gay, but I don't like gay people because I am Bob.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • Bob

      LOL

      July 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
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