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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

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  1. Phil Harvey

    I'm not suprised at the ignorant unbelieving heat I'm receiving about my Romans comment! The devil has a grip on this world he ain't gonna let loose! He's made it think "self" and "the allmighty dollar" are the most (and only) important things! And God? Who the heck is that??

    August 1, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • YeahRight

      "I'm not suprised at the ignorant unbelieving heat I'm receiving about my Romans comment! The devil has a grip on this world he ain't gonna let loose! He's made it think "self" and "the allmighty dollar" are the most (and only) important things! And God? Who the heck is that??"

      Prejudice bigots like you are a menace to our society it's why the experts around the world are pointing out the ignorance of people like you. Heterosexual behavior and homosexual behavior are normal aspects of human sexuality. Despite the persistence of stereotypes that portray lesbian, gay, and bisexual people as disturbed, several decades of research and clinical experience have led all mainstream medical and mental health organizations in this country to conclude that these orientations represent normal forms of human experience. 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."

      Seriously Bob, get an education. Duh!

      August 1, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • Bob

      Phil that is the heat I have been getting also and they have been using my name since they cant insult me Yeah is one of the worst a liar and just plain ignorant

      August 1, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • Phil Harvey

      I love you Bob...in that special, unspoken way...

      August 1, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • YeahRight

      "Yeah is one of the worst a liar and just plain ignorant"

      That's why I am quoting hundreds of thousands of experts and you continue to only spew lies. Duh! LMAO 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."

      August 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  2. Shawn

    Let me start this off with a quote from a famous lesbian, Lynn Lavner:

    "There are 6 admonishments in the Bible concerning homosexual activity, and our enemies are always throwing them up to us – usually in a vicious way and very much out of context.

    What they don't want us to remember is that there are 362 admonishments in the Bible concerning heterosexual activity. I don't mean to imply by this that God doesn't love straight people, only that they seem to require a great deal more supervision."

    I am going to attempt to keep this short and simple, so here we go.

    Some claim that Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 clearly say that homosexual sex is an abomination. In fact, it merits death. Isn't it obvious that God hates homosexuality?

    Yes, depending on which translation you are using, Leviticus does say, "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female, it's an abomination." However, a few points must be made about this statement:

    a) It appears in Leviticus, which was given to preserve the distinctive characteristics of the religion and culture of Israel. However, as stated in Galatians 3:22-55, Christians are no longer bound by these Jewish laws. Even if you, for some reason, argue that these "laws" are still important, then you surely follow all of them, right?

    It is interesting that people who use Leviticus against the gay community forget the part that talks about religious sacrifices, making women sleep in tents outside during their period, the dietary restrictions placed on them and how to cleanse a leper, all of which appear in Leviticus.

    The laws of Leviticus are completely obsolete for today's Christian; however, even if you do claim to live by the laws of Leviticus, it is not fair to pick and choose which laws you are going to live by, or condemn a people by, if you are not going to follow the others. You should not need any more convincing evidence than this; but if you do, be my guest.

    b) The word that was in the original work, "to'ebah," which was translated into Greek as "bdglygma" actually means "ritual impurity" rather than abomination (or enormous sin). These passages in Leviticus can be translated to not mean homosexual sex generally, but only limiting homosexual sex in Pagan temples.

    c) This passage does not denounce homosexual behavior as a whole, but just the specific act of anal sex. This was meant for the prevention of disease. It was ruled unclean because it was physically unclean; however, hygiene has made wonderful advances since that time.

    d) These passages in Leviticus can be interpreted in many ways. I have seen it interpreted by scholars and priests to mean: "don't have sex with another man in your wife's bed;" "don't have sex with another man in the temple;" and "don't have sex with another man and pretend he is a woman," just to name a few.

    I have never seen an interpretation in any Bible, or from any scholar, that specifically says to never have sex with a man.

    Some claim the Bible simply does not support gay marriage. Chapter two of Genesis defines marriage as a holy union between a man and a woman. And later, in Matthew 19:4-5, Jesus himself reiterates the traits of a traditional marriage. How can you argue that anything other than celibacy is honorable for gay and lesbian people?

    Yes, marriage is a holy union. However, in these passages, while Jesus reiterates (but does not require) the traditional marriage, he also provides an exception for eunuchs (castrated men – or otherwise impotent men, in today's terms), and allowed them to be married, saying that this law is given to those to whom it applies.

    Because these eunuchs were born sexless, God made an exception for them because it was natural. The same applies to the Gay community today. Science has proven homosexuality is completely natural, so it seems God would allow for homosexual marriages.

    In Matthew 19: 4-5, Jesus encourages a traditional path, but does not discourage alternatives, except in the case of divorce.

    Jesus did stress purity of marriage, but not in regard to the sexes of the people within it. It can be seen that the reason that churches are against homosexual marriage is not because it is explicitly said by God, but because of a lack of instruction to specifically allow it.

    In the time that the Bible was written it would have been impossible to foresee the future to be able to specifically allow or forbid homosexual marriage.

    Some claim, in Paul's letter to the Corinthians, he lists homosexuals amongst the many sinners who will not inherit the kingdom of God. Doesn't that make God's position on this vice very clear?

    If we look at the other types of people listed in this passage, we can understand what it is actually talking about. Law breakers, thieves, adulterers and drunks are specifically mentioned. The word "homosexual" was not found until the 1890s, so it would have been impossible for it to be in the original version.

    What actually appears in the original is Paul condemning those who are "effeminate" and "abusers of themselves with mankind." In this context, the original Greek word, "malakos," is translated into effeminate, or soft, which, more than likely, refers to someone who lacks discipline or moral control.

    In this passage, when Paul condemns "abusers of themselves with mankind," he is speaking of male prostitutes.

    Then there are the people who claim that, even though science has proven that people don't choose their sexual orientation, the fact remains that homosexuality is unnatural. Romans 1:26-27 tells us that humans have a sinful nature, and therefore commit sins against God. Certain people are predisposed to be alcoholics and pedophiles, but that doesn't make their actions any less immoral. God tells us to "tear out your eye" if it makes you stumble. Why can't you just accept homosexuality as the part of your nature you must deny?

    Because the Bible has gone through so many translations, and through the hands of many people (some being non-believers), it is not surprising that the meaning has become a little fuzzy in parts.

    Homosexuality is normal. The phrase "para physin" appears in the original text for this verse. This term is often translated to mean "unnatural;" however, more accurate translation would be unconventional.

    Proof for this can be found in 1 Corinthians 11:14 where Paul uses this phrase to refer to men with long hair (unconventional, not unnatural) and in Romans 11:24 where Paul uses this phrase to refer to the positive action God made to bring together the Jews and Gentiles.

    All in all, homosexuality is obviously not a sin; unless you take passages from the Bible and add your own words or you just try really hard to interpret it that way. Let's just remember Galatians 5:14; where Paul stated, "the whole Law is fulfilled in one Statement, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'

    August 1, 2012 at 11:21 am |
  3. Bob

    On Thursday go support the GLBT like I am going to! Support human rights in this country. There is no more room for bigotry. I officially come out as a gay christian and I am proud of it!

    August 1, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • Phil Harvey

      A gay "christian" who doesn't believe the Bible! (referring to Romans 1:18++)

      August 1, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • YeahRight

      "A gay "christian" who doesn't believe the Bible! (referring to Romans 1:18++)"

      Yo moron, read number 23 they were worshiping a pagan god using sex it has NOTHING to do with a long term loving relationship of a gay couple as we know and understand it today. Duh!

      August 1, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Bob

      Phil Harvey, are you going to join me? It looks like you agree with what I said! Thank you, maybe we can be boyfriends!!!!

      August 1, 2012 at 11:20 am |
  4. John

    "They simply believe that their life-style in not appropriate according to the Bible."

    Some argue that since homosexual behavior is "unnatural" it is contrary to the order of creation. Behind this pronouncement are stereotypical definitions of masculinity and femininity that reflect rigid gender categories of patriarchal society. There is nothing unnatural about any shared love, even between two of the same gender, if that experience calls both partners to a fuller state of being. Contemporary research is uncovering new facts that are producing a rising conviction that homosexuality, far from being a sickness, sin, perversion or unnatural act, is a healthy, natural and affirming form of human sexuality for some people. Findings indicate that homosexuality is a given fact in the nature of a significant portion of people, and that it is unchangeable.

    Our prejudice rejects people or things outside our understanding. But the God of creation speaks and declares, "I have looked out on everything I have made and `behold it (is) very good'." . The word (Genesis 1:31) of God in Christ says that we are loved, valued, redeemed, and counted as precious no matter how we might be valued by a prejudiced world.

    There are few biblical references to homosexuality. The first, the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, is often quoted to prove that the Bible condemns homosexuality. But the real sin of Sodom was the unwillingness of the city's men to observe the laws of hospitality. The intention was to insult the stranger by forcing him to take the female role in the sex act. The biblical narrative approves Lot's offer of his virgin daughters to satisfy the sexual demands of the mob. How many would say, "This is the word of the Lord"? When the Bible is quoted literally, it might be well for the one quoting to read the text in its entirety.

    Leviticus, in the Hebrew Scriptures, condemns homosexual behaviour, at least for males. Yet, "abomination", the word Leviticus uses to describe homosexuality, is the same word used to describe a menstruating woman. Paul is the most quoted source in the battle to condemn homosexuality ( 1 Corinthians 6: 9-11 and Romans 1: 26-27). But homosexual activity was regarded by Paul as a punishment visited upon idolaters by God because of their unfaithfulness. Homosexuality was not the sin but the punishment.

    1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Paul gave a list of those who would not inherit the Kingdom of God. That list included the immoral, idolaters, adulterers, sexual perverts, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, and robbers. Sexual perverts is a translation of two words; it is possible that the juxtaposition of malakos, the soft, effeminate word, with arsenokoitus, or male prostitute, was meant to refer to the passive and active males in a homosexual liaison.

    Thus, it appears that Paul would not approve of homosexual behavior. But was Paul's opinion about homosexuality accurate, or was it limited by the lack of scientific knowledge in his day and infected by prejudice born of ignorance? An examination of some of Paul's other assumptions and conclusions will help answer this question. Who today would share Paul's anti-Semitic attitude, his belief that the authority of the state was not to be challenged, or that all women ought to be veiled? In these attitudes Paul's thinking has been challenged and transcended even by the church! Is Paul's commentary on homosexuality more absolute than some of his other antiquated, culturally conditioned ideas?

    Three other references in the New Testament (in Timothy, Jude and 2 Peter) appear to be limited to condemnation of male sex slaves in the first instance, and to showing examples (Sodom and Gomorrah) of God's destruction of unbelievers and heretics (in Jude and 2 Peter respectively).

    That is all that Scripture has to say about homosexuality. Even if one is a biblical literalist, these references do not build an ironclad case for condemnation. If one is not a biblical literalist there is no case at all, nothing but prejudice born of ignorance, that attacks people whose only crime is to be born with an unchangeable sexual predisposition toward those of their own sex.

    August 1, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • di4word

      Get thee behind me, Satan.

      August 1, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • di4word

      Of course I am Satan so how do I get behind myself? I guess that's why I'm in the psych ward...gotta get a grip on my personality disorder!!!

      August 1, 2012 at 11:14 am |
  5. Raymond

    Christians can't even disagree anymore before people start saying that they hate. Hate typically involves having ill-will toward someone. Most Christian don't hate gays. They simply believe that their life-style in not appropriate according to the Bible. I'm not sure I understand why people say that's hatred. Disgreement. Absolutely. But hate? I don't get that.

    August 1, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • Bob

      Raymond, since the Christian instruction manual (bible) is as loaded with hate and unjustified violence as it is, you shouldn't really be surprised when people surmise that Christians hate.

      Numbers 31:17-18
      17 Now kiII all the boys. And kiII every woman who has slept with a man,
      18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

      Deuteronomy 13:6 – “If your brother, your mother’s son or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul entice you secretly, saying, let us go and serve other gods … you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death”

      Revelations 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

      and so on, in both OT and NT...

      August 1, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • John the Baptist

      Raymond, you have such a double standard in your post. You "dislike" or disapprove, but you don't think those emotions don't lead to hatred? How about Christians mind their own business, leave gay people ALONE and go to church and practice what they preach?

      August 1, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • Jesus Christ

      Raymond, Judge not, lest ye me judged. Are ye so perfect that ye can cast the first stone?

      August 1, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • Raymond

      There's no discussing ANYTHING with someone who don't understand how you can disagree with someone and not hate them. So I guess every time you disagree with someone in YOUR life, you're hating them?

      If you're honest, don't you just sometimes hate what they've done or said, but not hated THEM?

      Can you be honest enough to admit that?

      August 1, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  6. Raymond

    Since when did disagreeing with someone or something mean you have to hate it? I can disagree with an Instructor at school but that doesn't mean I hate him/her. I can disagree with my supervisor at work but that doesn't mean I hate him/her. I can disagree with my wife but that doesn't mean I hate her. Disagreeing just means I think what you've said or done is wrong. Are we not allowed to disagree anymore in this country?

    August 1, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • John the Baptist

      For you, disagreeing means that YOU can disagree. Not anyone else. The whole point of this article has brought up disagreements that you are disagreeing with and yet you want to take away everyone else's right to disagree. What a typical christian hypocrite you are!

      August 1, 2012 at 10:47 am |
    • Raymond

      Is that the best you can do? Try to put words in my mouth? How do you know what I mean when I say I disagree.

      Why can't you guys just admit that you can disagree with someone and not hate them? Gays desparately want to say Christians hate them when the truth is, Christians just don't agree with their lifestyle.

      August 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  7. Bob

    Thursday go support freedom of speech and people who believe in the Bible and put it into practice at their business go to Chick Fil A and support them

    August 1, 2012 at 9:29 am |
    • Bob

      And support the Gays and Lesbians there that will be picketing such a useless eatery. Be proud to be gay like I am! Stop christian bigotry!

      August 1, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  8. disgusted american

    hmmm, the Reddest of the RED states are in Severe Drought & all parched...why..? Does GOD HATE them? LOL WHAT HAVE THEY DONE? LOL

    August 1, 2012 at 9:25 am |
    • Bob

      Those states produce most of the produce for America they by themselves haven't done a thing but let me ask you mr disgusted do you think throwing God out of every piece of America has maybe a little effect on what blessings God pours out on this country?? We take God out of the courts out of schools we allow abortions on demand without a single question. Just to name a few and you wonder why, I wonder if you believe, where were you to protest the atheists and socialist and gays in taking God out of even our pledge of allegiance. Saying that in the military we cannot say a open prayer and in school games cannot say a open prayer Merry Christmas almost has become a curse retailers are afraid to oppose the gays and the gays protesting and violent against anyone that is in a opposing view. You can be disgusted but be that at yourself if you sat quiet while all this was going on.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • Educated

      Well that's brilliant. So if you live in the bluest of states you don't pay for nor eat ANY food produced in the red states? Do you know WHERE the food in your grocery store comes from?

      August 1, 2012 at 11:16 am |
  9. Bob

    Remember Thursday is Chick Fil A day go support freedom of speech and support of What the Bible says

    August 1, 2012 at 9:12 am |
    • Jesus Christ

      Bob, I would never condone such a day of hatred and bigotry. Are you so perfect that you can cast the first stone? Judge not, lest ye be judged and love one another...if you are a Christian.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:18 am |
  10. di4word

    Had no idea people hated God so much. Good luck with that. Thank God for men like Billy Graham who stand up for God's word. CNN, thanks for exposing the source of the hatred of the LGBT by providing comment sections. Last days, kids. Wake up and read the New Testament or check out Biblos.com for thorough Hebrew, Greek so you don't have to take some old man's word for the word of God.

    August 1, 2012 at 8:05 am |
    • disgusted american

      U mean Billy Graham who LIVES like Jesus did......in A Mansion, with Butlers and Maids, Limos........wow, he's sooo holy LOL – Hey Billy Eat Chil-Fil-A and CHOKE on it

      August 1, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • midwest rail

      " Last days, kids. " Uh huh. Delusional twits like you have been proclaiming the end of days for centuries. They were all wrong. So are you.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:06 am |
    • Bob

      God doesn't exist and Jesus Christ is dead. You can't hate made up people.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:19 am |
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  12. Dave

    1. I wonder how much financial support is given to B graham and F Graham's ministries.
    2. Though Graham is well known, he does not represent all Evangelicals, much less all Christians.
    3. The Bible called Abraham and David men of faith, though in the eyes of these Evangelicals, they were adulterers. If certain conservative Evangelicals are honest, they need to re examine the supposed Biblical definition of "traditional marriage".

    August 1, 2012 at 3:30 am |
  13. Toye

    I am praying for America. Any river that Flows and later forget it's source will SURELY dries up, it will just be a matter of time!
    America has been founded on Christian Faith, deviating from that for whatsoever reason(s) will sure consequences! God bless America.

    August 1, 2012 at 3:14 am |
    • nc1965

      "America has been founded on Christian Faith"

      No. America was founded by criminals that came over on the Mayflower.

      August 1, 2012 at 3:50 am |
    • heyheyhey

      America was found by illegal immigrants rofl. Actually it was found by Native Americans who were not Christain.

      August 1, 2012 at 4:34 am |
    • heyheyhey

      America was found by illegal immigrants rofl. Actually it was found by Native Americans who were not Christian

      August 1, 2012 at 4:35 am |
    • disgusted american

      america was founded on Thieves who STOLE the LAND from the REAL AMericans – American Indians, they stole thier Land, thier culture, and gave the Indians Disease...Praise Cheeezes

      August 1, 2012 at 9:06 am |
    • Bob

      Except for Toye what a bunch of wack jobs obviously not Amreican

      August 1, 2012 at 9:10 am |
    • Bob

      I'm actually the biggest whack job because I forgot that Native Americans were here in AMERICA FIRST! So we are all illegal ALIENS!

      August 1, 2012 at 9:20 am |
  14. Cory G

    Wow... Next thing you know, CNN will post articles like "THIS JUST IN: Water is indeed BLUE?!" Seriously? The guy is a famous southern evangelist...

    August 1, 2012 at 2:14 am |
  15. heyheyhey

    I gonna open a greesy joint and my motto will be I hate Baptists lets see how they like it. Cook your chicken and keep your mouth closed.

    August 1, 2012 at 1:56 am |
  16. Baby Mozart

    One last comment.
    Don, Please.
    If a group of people of any kind were in front of my house protesting anything, the police here would have them removed, questioned and charged. Your rewards are in heaven? Really? Don't count on that. Better move if you think you should put up with that BS.

    August 1, 2012 at 12:01 am |
  17. mccgeno

    When is god coming for this geezer?

    July 31, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
    • Baby Mozart

      I thought Billy was already Gone!! Who Knew? Are you really still giving us you're backward view of things! Geez Billy.
      Making money is what ist's all about. Let's not forget that. Chick-Fil-A has lots of money. Maybe, let's just think a minute. Don't think Chick Fil-A goes north of the west Virginia, Maryland border On I 81 (OR CLOSE TO IT) . If you're going to say something, say something productive! Gald you're still alive Billy, but honestly, I thought you were long gone. I thought you were a "Man of God" Doesn't Jesus love everyone? Where does this hate talk come from? ......Maybe Money?????

      July 31, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
    • visitor

      I never thought too much bad about Billy, but the old dude sure raised a lousy kid.

      July 31, 2012 at 11:40 pm |
    • Baby Mozart

      Big Words? Isn't that called education?

      July 31, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
    • Mohammed_Islam

      The moment he finishes his lifetime given when he was conceived in his mothers womb which no one knows including the angel comes to take the soul... Actually the moment a human dies his/her day of judgment starts and then waits till the final day to be judged...
      O our Lord have mercy on us and judge us with Your mercy and not with Your justice... amin

      August 1, 2012 at 10:00 am |
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  19. don

    Just like the gays feel they have their rights, then the gays have to know OTHERS HAVE THEIR RIGHTS AS WELL! If they don't agree with Chick-Fil-A They need to say the heck out of their restaurant. How would gays feels if someone stood in front of their house opposing them BECAUSE they are GAY? They would not like it or perhaps they would get VIOLENT AND FIGHT!
    Thank you Chick-Fil- for being men of GOD and standing up for what you believe. Your rewards are in HEAVEN!!!!!

    July 31, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • visitor

      Go to many Atlanta neighborhoods and observe, ZONING.

      That being said, I don't agree with keeping a Chick Filet out of a neighborhood that already has other lousy fast food. They should be allowed to serve fatty franken bird flesh as well as the rest of them. And the rest of us are allowed to post permanent signs across the streets showing how those cheap chickens are slaughtered with quotes from the "family" friendly CEO.

      July 31, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
    • visitor

      My hope is a mosque is built right next to your church.

      July 31, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
    • sleepytime

      Chick-Fil-A isn't anyone's house.

      August 1, 2012 at 12:19 am |
    • Cory G

      "How would gays feel if someone stood in front of their house opposing them BECAUSE they are GAY?"

      Ummm... Chick-Fil-A has openly supported and spent millions of dollars supporting anti LGBT groups. LONG before "the gays" started protesting. And please, stop calling us "gays". We're not lepers, nor are we infected with the black plague. We're regular people, and only want to be treated as such.

      August 1, 2012 at 2:17 am |
    • Mohammed_Islam

      Dear Cory G, as a Muslim I would not hate you or anyone else but I would not support the action and I hope you should be fine with that... i have heard lots of things about this action that human does.... some says that they are born to be what they are... I say this is tottally lie.... no one born as a criminal or with any other bad deeds... as Quran teached that 'Indeed we created human in a best form of the creation' (Al Quran 95:4)... hitlar was not bron as a hitlar.... no parents expect their children to be a bad person to the community but other way around... so i advice to my brothers and sisters in mankind who are involved with this unwanted action to think twice and correct yourselves... but its all in ur hand and there is no compulsion in religion (AlQuran 2:256)...

      Peace!!!

      August 1, 2012 at 10:10 am |
  20. Bob

    Well presented with the truth you just cant accept it ?? I guess to you guys lying is a way of life when you want to get your way. I have heard you say that its normal,, you cant change,,, and that everyone agrees ,,,well this out of the DSM says you guys are liars!!!!
    Similarly, by no longer listing it as a psy disorder we are not saying that it is "normal" or as valuable as hetero.
    Modern methods of treatment enable a significant proportion of h0m0 who wish to change their orientation to do so. At the same time, h0mo who are bothered by or in conflict with their S feelings but who are either uninterested in changing, or unable to change, their S orientation can be helped to accept themselves as they are and to rid themselves of self-hatred.
    Its purpose is
    not to list and describe all of the forms of human psyc functioning which are judged by the profession or
    some members of the profession as less than optimal. Nor is its purpose to imply certainty about the nature of
    conditions when there is,,,, not a consensus in the profession.,,,,,,
    What will be the effect of carrying out such a proposal? No doubt,,,,,,, h0m0 activist groups will claim that
    psyc has at last recognized that h0m0 is as "normal" as hetero They will be wrong. In
    removing h0m0 per se from the nomenclature we are only recognizing that by itself h0m0 does
    not meet the criteria for being considered a psychiatric disorder. We will in no way be aligning ourselves with any
    particular viewpoint regarding the etiology or desirability of h0m0 behavior.

    July 31, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
    • mccgeno

      You do realise that the average American Christian would think you're gay, just based on the way you talk. You know, all the big words and stuff.

      July 31, 2012 at 10:56 pm |
    • Bob

      But since I'm the biggest liar, and I live in a tent outside a trailer court and use the computer at the library while I cash in my food stamps for drugs, nobody should listen to me at all because god hasn't helped me and a lot of people like me at all!

      August 1, 2012 at 9:22 am |
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