As I begin writing the first draft of this posting, I’m sitting at a drive-thru at my local Chick-fil-A restaurant. I’ve been in line for ten minutes and am nowhere near their parking lot yet. People are parking their cars and walking because it seems to be the quickest way to get close to the building, but even when they do, they’ll find a line wrapped around the outside. It’s as if they were giving away the food, but those in line, me included, were there for a larger purpose: to support Chick-fil-A’s corporate stand on traditional values that recently came under fire, and the issue of our freedom of expression.
It all started a couple of weeks ago when company president and COO Dan Cathy made this statement to The Baptist Press: “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
With that comment, the ire of the far left was raised against him and against his company. Mayors of major cities chastised him and threatened to use their political clout to deny permits to Chick-fil-A in their towns. Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago, said, “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago’s values.” Of that you can be sure. A company that closes every Sunday to allow its employees to spend the day with their families is a far cry from a city run by corrupt political hacks.
Across the country Wednesday,thousands of freedom-loving Americans took the time to stand in line for a taste of Chick-fil-A’s famous Chicken Sandwich, waffle fries and lemonade, among other things. If you live in an area without this establishment (mostly the Northeast), you may not be familiar with their food, which is some of the best fast food you’ll ever eat (real chicken breast meat- not that processed stuff). However, you may be familiar with their iconic advertising campaign that has graced billboards for more than a decade and features grammatically-challenged cows encouraging us to “Eat Mor Chikin”.
Support could even be found among Chick-fil-A’s usual competitors. CNN reported some Wendy’s franchises in North and South Carolina had signs outside their restaurants saying, “We Stand With Chick-fil-A. On the flip side, politicians were joined by Hollywood has-beens to lambast Chick-fil-A and its supporters. One, who will remain nameless on this blog, even said that those of us who eat there deserve to get cancer. Now that’s tolerance.
Speaking of which, in my personal Chick-fil-A experience yesterday, the only example of intolerance I found was from what had to be a disgruntled leftist in a black car. As he drove by those of us in the drive-thru line, he said, “Very pathetic…sad”. I was probably the only one who heard him but little did he know that I’m a writer and would use him as an example of the intolerance that is so prevalent in left-wing elitists. They claim to be inclusive and open-minded…unless you have an opinion other than what they believe you should have. If you’re a Bible-believing Christian- that’s even worse in their opinion, it seems. That is what is truly pathetic and sad. This is still America, after all.
The thing I noticed about the drive-by leftist, other than the fact that he lacked courage and wasn’t man enough to actually WALK past the crowd and make his comment- was how blind he was. He was watching freedom in action and he completely missed it. He was witnessing people from all walks of life, all ages, races and creeds unite behind a common belief.
Yesterday’s mass purchasing of chicken had nothing to do with chicken, waffle fries or peach milkshakes (although trust me, they’re great!). It didn’t really even have anything to do with marriage-gay or otherwise. It had to do with the First Amendment. We the People are hungry: for truth and for people willing to speak it.