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POLL: Will You Be Joining in Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day?

Or will you be boycotting the controversial chicken chain because of the company owner's beliefs on same-sex marriage?

Chick-Fil-A is a fast food restaurant known for its whole chicken breast sandwiches, waffle fries, and homemade cole slaw.

Today it's going to be known as the center of a minor political storm when a lot of people go out of their way to buy lunch or dinner there as a show of solidarity with the embattled chicken chain. Or for those who oppose the chicken retailer's political stances, it'll be a day of boycotts and possible protests.

Wednesday, August 1, is "Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day," so says former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. He's hoping that tea partiers, and other First Amendment stalwarts will put their money where their opinions are and buy up Chick-Fil-A items today.

There are two Chick-Fil-A stores in the Monmouth County area: at Monmouth Mall and . Many of 1,615 franchises in 39 states are located in malls, although there are some free-standing stores in New Jersey.

The tempest began several weeks ago when Chick-Fil-A executive Dan Cathy said in a radio interview that he supports the concept of traditional marriage, versus same-sex marriage. Gay rights groups, activists, and supporters have been attacking Cathy and the chicken chain, even to the point where some politicians, like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, have been trying to stop Chick-Fil-A from opening franchises in their cities.

Tea partiers have taken up the Chick-Fil-A banner, and Huckabee - who ran for the Republican nomination for president four years ago - jumped on the bandwagon with the Appreciation Day.

The idea is to make an effort to patronize Chick-Fil-A stores today, as a show of support for Cathy and his company's right to express what they say is a dissenting opinion.

Over the years, Chick-Fil-A has drawn attention from various groups hostile to the privately-held company's Christian beliefs. The Atlanta-based family-owned firm, for example, has never allowed its stores to be open on Sunday. That was the idea of company founder Truett Cathy, the firm says on their website, when he opened the first store in 1946.

The concept of being closed on Sunday was practical as well as spiritual: they wanted employees to "have an opportunity to rest, spend time with family and friends, and worship if they choose to do so", Chick-Fil-A says.

So far, over 577,000 fans on the Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day Facebook page say they'll be loading up on chicken sandwiches and waffle fries today.

Will you patronize Chick-Fil-A today, or will you avoid it because of the company owner's political beliefs? Post and tell us what you think.

Bryan Gustus August 03, 2012 at 06:13 PM
You made my point precisely. Several "conservative" groups called for boycotts and protests of JC Penney, Google, Amazon, Starbucks, and the list goes on. No one stood in line to support these businesses because of their right to free speech in the face of their attacks. Therefore, one can only assume that "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" was as much about the particular topic at hand (AKA standing up to the "ultra-liberal elitist gays" who want to "redefine" marriage) for many of the people who participated as it was about freedom of speech. Were you not aware that this "call to action" was made by NOM and Mike Huckabee? No NJ politicians were threatening to prevent a Chick-fil-A from opening in the state, and I find it hard to believe that tens of thousands of people were in such an uproar because a few politicians made a comment that a chicken restaurant couldn't open. I bet a small percentage of the same people would offer their support for a company that was prevented from establishing their business because they were pro-marriage equality. Maybe I'm being pessimistic, but I don't think so. All you have to do is read some of the comments on this website and thousands of others on all the other news sites. I am certain that you do not feel that way, but you have to admit that many other people do feel that way. I was not at the Howell Chick-fil-A, but there are videos that depict what I mentioned: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nF00qCIGe04.
jerseyswamps August 03, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Pretty creepy video. And what is NOM? I have no doubt many protesters there are very anti-gay. Many would deny gays their rights. That is wrong. If the founder of Chick-lif-a was king or a politician he would be wrong, too. But he is a private citizen. Maybe no politician in NJ threatened to prevent a Chick-fil-a from opening but the mayor of Boston and Chicago and other mayors did. Or at least say the company wis not welcome. Are we to believe they would say that but behind the scenes roll out the welcome wagon? They put the message out there for everyone out in city government to make it real difficult for a business. That is wrong. That is why I was there and the few I spoke to agreed. I really do not think a whole lot of people would protest a pro gay rights company from opening a store or factory in their neighborhood and bringing lots of jobs and paying property taxes. But then again there are a lot of stupid people around.
Howell taxpayer2 August 03, 2012 at 11:32 PM
The liberal hypocrites will continue to complain about Dan Cathy's donations to orgainizations that support traditional family values and call them "hate groups". Meanwhile those same people will be filling up their gas tanks with gasoline that comes from OPEC, an organization run by individuals who actually EXECUTE homosexuals simply for being gay. Much more of your money goes to supporting this horrible organization than it does to Chick-fil-A. Think about that the next time you're filling up your gas tank!
Bryan Gustus August 04, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Howell taxper2: I'm a Christian man who's recently married, bought a house in Howell, and happens to be gay. For all I know, I could be your neighbor. I want you to know that I love you as a fellow human being. I've come to the realization, that arguing over issues like these is fruitless. The only way that we will have a true understanding of one another is through thoughtful and respectful dialogue. These days, it would make the world a much easier place to live in. Please know that families like mine also have traditional family values--they are the bedrock of our family. God is at the center of everything we do. In the end, we are all more alike than not.
Howell taxpayer2 August 04, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Bryan, please know that I am not anti-gay. I have a child who happens to be friends with many, many gay and lesbian young adults. I have taught my children to love everyone and that everyone needs love. Many of these same young adults have been to my home, sat at my table for meals. Many times I knew about their sexuality before their own parents. I have no problem with anyone gay. I have a problem with the double standard (boycotting Chick-fil-A vs OPEC). I have a problem with government dictating who gets to open a business based on a person's personal views. I have a problem with the "tolerant" left being completely intolerant when individuals hold views in opposition to their own. I have a problem with hypocrisy. God bless you Bryan Gustus. I wish you the best.

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