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Chick-Fil-A Cha-Ching followed by Kiss In

Updated on August 4, 2012

Today, out of curiosity, I did a “drive by” the Rancho Cucamonga Chick-Fil-A. There were no long lines. As I drove into the parking lot, it looked like business as usual. There were no protestors on the curb. I watched the news and saw nothing on the protest. There wasn’t very much major media coverage online either. A Los Angeles Times contributor wrote that the National Same-Sex Kiss Day was off to a slow start.

Looking at the numbers

According to the Friday August 3 Kiss@yourlocal Chick-Fil-A site, 14,543 people signed up to participation in the Kiss In. It appears that Kiss In participants are posting their kisses on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites. Is that as impactful as the long lines of people snaking around Chick-Fil-A’s all over the United States? Will major media cover this?

By contrast, the Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day posted 671,001 commitments to participate in the August 1 event. I haven’t seen an estimate of actual participants but Wednesday was a financially prolific day for Chick-Fil-A.

Vandalism doesn’t help the cause

A Torrance Chick-Fil-A was vandalized. A protestor painted “Tastes like hate” on the side of the building. One Torrance diner said that the vandalism hurts the tolerance message of same-sex marriage supporters. The restaurant operator said there had not been much activity for the “Kiss In.” He stated that the Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day drew a great turnout.

Executive fired for video rant

An Arizona executive of Vante, a medical supply firm, was fired over his method of protest. Adam Smith went to the drive-up window and videotaped himself verbally attacking a Chick-Fil-A employee. Smith asked the employee how she could live with herself working for a company that contributes money to hate groups. The Chick-Fil-A employee smiled throughout the attack. One day later, Vante announced that Mr. Smith was no longer in their employ. This was very poor judgment on Mr. Smith’s part.

Ex-executive takes stand against Chick-Fil-A

I wanted to use an alliteration for my title but this is the best I could do.

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    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      6 years ago from Fontana

      Man from Modesto, I only buy Diet Coke. So Chick-fil-A serves Pepsi huh. I haven't been there often. My husband doesn't like the seasoning. He said the food tastes too healthy.

    • Man from Modesto profile image

      Man from Modesto 

      6 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

      Marlene, you really broke down a critical failing in the argument of those who are angry against Dan Cathy and others who support traditional marriage.

      The two major factions each are supporting their idea of what marriage should be.

      I do support the right to boycott a business, however. The reason the show, "Good Christian Bitches" is off the air is because of major boycotts against advertisers on that show. I supported that effort with an article that received a lot of traffic. I also found out that Pepsi has a long history of supporting anti-Christian groups with donations. In fact, I decided to never buy Pepsi products ever again.

      Of course, it helps my positions that Pepsi is terrible for health, and Chick-fil-A is super delicious.

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      6 years ago from Fontana

      Thanks Nell! With all the voting we are asked to do, it will probably get ugly. It will be great if we can find a way to respect all, live and let live.

      Are you attending any Olympic events?

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi diane, confusing stuff, but I think I understand, its one of those I am right, no I am right situations, people should be able to be who they want, but don't argue over it or cause trouble is my motto, In England there are so many laws protecting everybody that if someone treads over the line they are banged up in court! lol!

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      6 years ago from Fontana

      Hi Suzette, thank you for your comment! Yes it is very interesting that votes are being done state by state. Then there is the appeals process. It looks like the Supreme Court will decide this one some time in the future.

    • suzettenaples profile image

      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      This is not an issue we should be voting on, but if there is a vote, we still have freedom of speech and freedom of the ballot. The majority votes will win. That is the democratic American way.

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      6 years ago from Fontana

      Unfortunately, the SSM will continue to divide the country. If we have to vote on it, the vote will be "yes" or "no." This doesn't leave the option of middle ground.

    • suzettenaples profile image

      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      The first amendment gives everyone in this country freedom of speech. It doesn't matter one hoot whether I agree with the said message or not. The fact is, they have a right to make their statements and if someone doesn't like it too bad - just don't patronize that business. Simple as that. Everyone has a right to his or her opinions. I applaud the drive-thru clerk who handled the driver's rant. She did show maturity, something much lacking in our country at the moment. Again, it doesn't matter what our personal postion is on family life - what is important and at stake here is freedom of speech. Chik -fil - A can express whatever opinion it wants to state.

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      6 years ago from Fontana

      Thank you for reading and your comments. This young lady handled herself professionally. I am concerned about "Christians" that do say hateful things and call them bad names. That is not a good testimony and it is fuel for the movement.

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      6 years ago from Fontana

      Thank you Marlene! Yes, it isn't a matter of tolerance. We are expected to embrace and support. I will look for the Modesto hub.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Whoa! Some people need to back up. I'm talking about the video. I'm really impressed with the way the clerk handled that guy. That just shows who was more mature. It's really sad that if "straight" people decided to protest a "gay" establishment the world would turn upside down. Yet, gay people are bashing people who are simply saying they practice promoting "family" and a lifestyle that they believe in. Is that wrong? Why do we all have to be gay? I'm being facetious, but really, people shouldn't be so mean. By the way, this is excellent coverage of the other side of the issue. I enjoyed reading Man from Modesto's hub that covered Appreciation Day.

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      Man from Modesto 

      6 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

      That was a fairly expensive cup of hate that man didn't buy. Too bad he got fired instead of some sensitivity training. Does that man realize that Amazon.com and Starbucks both contribute heavily to anti-purity groups, groups that throw their "superior" ideology in the face of God?

      And, the intolerance of liberals for those who disagree with them is well documented.

      People fear telling the truth. Here are some bullet points:

      Gay couples are three times as likely to commit violence against their "partner"; they are three times as likely to commit homicide.

      The people who have the most sex are Christians who were virgins when they married.

      The people who report being most satisfied with their sex lives are the same people.

      Least happy? Gay men.

      Most likely to stray? Gay men.

      While constantly saying they are of superior inner strength, the stats reveal a different story.

      Remember: God loved us when we were yet sinners. He loves those bound in sin. We must pray for all, and treat others as ourselves. Gay, straight, or other, I hope you will pray and draw near to God.

      Check out Matthew chapter 7, the book of 1 John, and Revelation chapter 22.

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      6 years ago from Fontana

      Thank you beccabit!

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      6 years ago from Fontana

      Lions Den you are so right. I don't think everyone in major media has the same view; however, I feel there are pressures on them that they are unable to articulate. Everyone down the totem pole have the memo regarding a united position.

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      Lions Den Media 

      6 years ago

      Hello diane trotter, nice post. You touched on everything well. What I found pathetic was the media coverage of the 30 gay protesters at one restaurant. And then there's the tolerant gay vandals. But on the bright side, probably Chick-Fil-A would be better off not having a restaurant in Chicago of DC because their patrons and workers are more like to be shot and killed in those wonderful cities. :))

      Have a good weekend.

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      beccabit 

      6 years ago from Utah

      Great Hub!

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      6 years ago from Fontana

      Absolutely! Thank you Sid!

    • SidKemp profile image

      Sid Kemp 

      6 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Excellent, and thank you. That is a hub in itself, or a great intro to this one. Wouldn't it be cool if everyone could live the type of life they wanted and be a part of a community of similar people without bashing one another about their way of life?

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      6 years ago from Fontana

      Thank you Sid! I hope you can follow this.

      1. Chick-Fil-A is a Christian-owned franchise that closes all locations on Sunday.

      2. Dan Cathay, Chick-Fil-A, made this statement to the Baptist Press in July:

      Some have opposed the company's support of the traditional family. "Well, guilty as charged," said Cathy when asked about the company's position.

      "We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.

      "We operate as a family business ... our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that," Cathy emphasized.

      "We intend to stay the course," he said. "We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."

      3. Cathay’s statement went viral

      4. Same-sex supporters (SSS) began protesting Chick-Fil-A’s financial support of Christian non-profits that oppose same-sex marriage

      5. SSS showed up at Chick-Fil-A’s to protest. Many Chick-Fil-A supporters crossed the protests lines and patronized Chick-Fil-A.

      6. Chicago First Ward Alderman Moreno and Mayor Rahm Emanuel said they would not allow a Chick-Fil-A To open in the First Ward because of the franchise’s hate speech.

      7. Several elected officials in other cities made statements in support of Alderman Moreno and Mayor Emanuel.

      8. Mike Huckabee suggested that supporters of Chick-Fil-A patronize the restaurant on August 1 and set up a Facebook page for supporters to make a commitment to attend.

      9. August 1 Chick-Fil-A’s across the country recorded the highest sales and profit ever in one day. Many franchises closed early because they ran out of chicken.

      10. Friday, August 3, was SSS’s response to August 1 Appreciation Day.

    • SidKemp profile image

      Sid Kemp 

      6 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      This is a good essay with fine photos. Could you give some background explaining what this whole controversy is about?

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