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Chick-fil-A: Boycotting the Cranberry Restaurant?

Do you support or boycott the restaurant franchise as a result of its controversial stance on gay marriage?

It's a controversy about much more than fried chicken.

Supporters of the restaurant converged this week on the fast food franchise's locations across the country to show support for the Georgia-based company amid recent controversy regarding its stance on LGBT rights. Restaurants to attract such crowds including and another on Costco Drive in Robinson Township.

Chick-fil-A found itself at the center of a controversy in recent days after its president said he and the company stand against gay marriage. The restaurant franchise has also made several high-price donations to organizations that oppose same-sex marriage, such as the Marriage & Family Foundation

Sparking the debate:company President and COO Dan Cathy's views on same-sex marriage shared in an interview with the Baptist Press. 

From the interview

"We are very much supportive of the family and 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."

The gay-rights group GLAAD has organized counter-protests at the chain, calling the effort "National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A." Gay rights activists are asking supporters to boycott Chick-fil-A and dine at competitors, such as , in light of restaurant's stance. 

In addition to the Costco Drive location, Chick-fil-A operates other franchises in the area at the Ross Park Mall in Ross Township, inside the Mall at Robinson food court and on Washington Road in Upper St. Clair.

The back-and-forth debate and events have raised a number of questions. Should fast-food franchises wade into social and political issues? Is it fair to boycott a business for comments made by a national corporate leader?

Where do you stand in the argument? Will you stop eating at Chick-fil-A in Robinson? Or do you stand behind the company's comments on same-sex marriage? Is the debate relevant to you? Share your thoughts in the comments. 

Frederick Allen August 07, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Although they know God's judgment that those who do such things deserve to die, they not only do these things but also approve of others who do them. Romans 1:32 (GW) Yes indeed God will judge.
Mark A. August 07, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Leviticus 24:16 Whoever utters the name of the Lord must be put to death. The whole community must stone him, whether alien or native. If he utters the name, he must be put to death. Fred you are so screwed, you just said it a bunch of times. :-O
Maddie August 07, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I pray that GOD is not an intolerant, irrational, tyrannical, unjust, rude pervert like Frederick.
Frederick Allen August 07, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Lev 15 (GW) “Also tell the Israelites: Those who treat their God with contempt will be punished for their sin. 16 But those who curse the Lord's name must be put to death. The whole congregation must stone them to death. It makes no difference whether they are Israelites or foreigners. Whoever curses the Lord's name must die. Leviticus 24:15-16 If you are going to cite scripture then at least do so properly. You see it is not those who revere God who have to fear God's wrath but those who curse Him.
Frederick Allen August 07, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Well then Maddie do pray for mercy because God is intolerant of sin... If we go on sinning after we have learned the truth, no sacrifice can take away our sins. All that is left is a terrifying wait for judgment and a raging fire that will consume God's enemies. If two or three witnesses accused someone of rejecting Moses' Teachings, that person was shown no mercy as he was executed. What do you think a person who shows no respect for the Son of God deserves? That person looks at the blood of the promise (the blood that made him holy) as no different from other people's blood, and he insults the Spirit that God gave us out of his kindness. He deserves a much worse punishment. We know the God who said, “I alone have the right to take revenge. I will pay back.” God also said, “The Lord will judge his people.” Falling into the hands of the living God is a terrifying thing. Hebrews 10:26-31 (GW)
Maddie August 07, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Ok, now it's getting to the point where you're going to creepily warn me with scripture that I'm going to hell?? Fine with me, see you there, Freddie!!
Frederick Allen August 07, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I guess Maddie ran out of valid arguments and has been reduced to name calling and stone throwing and displays of hate, ignorance, rudeness and intolerance. Isn't it amazing how mad people get by simply quoting the bible. WHY IS that if there is no God or if the bible is a book of riddles and jokes? PERHAPS it is actually more than that and really is the word of God able to cut through all the garbage and get to the real HEART of the matter. This whole thread has proven that the opposition to CFA has nothing to do with same-sex marriage but with the fact that Dan Cathy happens to be a Christian. IT IS GOD these people hate and as such they hate anyone who happens to LOVE GOD. SO be it. Let the name of the Lord Jesus be praised.
Frederick Allen August 07, 2012 at 08:26 PM
No I think not. But I am sorry if the scripture offends you. That is why Scripture says, “I am laying a chosen and precious cornerstone in Zion, and the person who believes in him will never be ashamed.” This honor belongs to those who believe. But to those who don't believe: “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone, a stone that people trip over, a large rock that people find offensive.” The people tripped over the word because they refused to believe it. Therefore, this is how they ended up. 1 Peter 2:6-8 (GW)
Maddie August 07, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Frederick, you have done nothing but throw stones, insult everyone, including me and my marriage, and threaten us all with the prospect of going to hell. You've done all of this while cowardly hiding behind your religion and the bible. You've twisted what the bible teaches in order to further your own agenda of hate, ignorance about the gay lifestyle, and intolerance. I'm not angry at you, I feel sorry for you that you are so full of hate about a topic that you obviously do not have that much personal experience with. Why am I to be condemned by you just because I think we should love our neighbors and and practice acceptance? Some of the things you have posted on this forum is truly disgusting and cruel. You've talked about people's adopted children and how one family is not as valid as another's, or how you've discussed peoples sex lives in the most degrading way possible. Frederick, you are no Christian. Christianity teaches faith, love, and hope. All you want to do is focus on condemnation and fear for what you can't understand. You should be ashamed of yourself for all of the horrible threats and all of the unbelievably insulting things you've posted on this forum.
Walt August 07, 2012 at 08:44 PM
@ Erin and Maddie - I was looking at two issues. The first is that the Christian bible says that marriage is between a man and a woman. My point there was that Cathy had the right to express his support for his belief and not be questioned over it. Heaven forbid, if he were a Muslim, everyone would be afraid to speak out. But since he's just a Christian, that's OK. The other element is that despite what liberals think, IF you are a practicing Christian, you don't get to pick and choose which rules you will follow, which ones are right (because they're convenient or they don't apply to you) and which ones are ignorant or prudish because they happen to conflict with your "live and let live" philosophy. The second element is that, although in some future period of enlightenment, the majority of the nation might support gay marriage (or "same sex" marriage as you want to call it, a less offensive term, I guess?) TODAY the majority of the population doesn't support it - because this country was founded on Christian principles and most people still adhere to most of those principles. Supposedly, if the majority don't support a law, it would not be law - which is why not all states have legalized gay marriage. Of course you can point to suffrage and slavery as examples of what people believed "back in the day" but like it or not, today is "back in the day" for gay marriage. When will it change? Some day perhaps, but not today. The
Maddie August 07, 2012 at 08:46 PM
No wonder you feel your voice isn't being heard in government. The anger and hate is really difficult to listen to!
Maddie August 07, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Wait, Walt....what America are you living in? A public figure like a CEO of a major fast food chain makes public statements and he shouldn't be questioned? I can't even believe that statement "shouldn't be questioned." Since when are we as Americans not permitted to question? Good thing we "questioned" the British or we wouldn't even have an "America" to argue over! I'll question anything I darn well please, Walt! Thank you very much! I am a citizen of the United States of America and that is my right!
Maddie August 07, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I am also entitled, as an American, Walt, that I can practice any sort of religion I want to and call it anything I want to and I don't need your permission or anyone else's. But none of that matters because of a little thing called SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.
Frederick Allen August 07, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Why am I to be condemned by you just because I think we should love our neighbors and and practice acceptance? And yet you feel condemned. I have not attacked you personally I only responded to your comments with comments of my own. You have an opinion and so do I yet my opinion for some reasons CONDEMNS you? Hmm yours do not condemn me. I do not feel threatened in the least bit. Truth may be harsh and some people may not be able to handle the truth but I never feel threatened by it. You've twisted what the bible teaches in order to further your own agenda of hate, ignorance about the gay lifestyle, and intolerance.... ACTUALLY no all I did was copy and paste scripture right from the bible. As for as misinterpreting goes does MARK misquoting count as misinterpreting? Does ignoring a whole chapter of the bible count as misrepresenting or twisting scripture to support a position? (Romans Chapter 1) You've talked about people's adopted children and how one family is not as valid as another's.. DID NOT what I said was there are differing bodies of law regarding the unigueness of an adopted family over a NATURAL BORN family. THEY are similar but they are not EQUAL. (meaning the same as) to be the same as ALL THINGS must be equal and they are not. I did not invalidate I only clarified the differences.
Mark A. August 07, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Disagree, that's another thing, there are dozens of translations of the Bible so anyone can seize upon the translation that they like. You like the one that makes you feel righteous, I like the one that gives you a rock in the melon.
Frederick Allen August 07, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Since I love you Maddie I will leave you with these comforting words; So those who are believers in Christ Jesus can no longer be condemned. The standards of the Spirit, who gives life through Christ Jesus, have set you free from the standards of sin and death. It is impossible to do what God's standards demand because of the weakness our human nature has. But God sent his Son to have a human nature as sinners have and to pay for sin. That way God condemned sin in our corrupt nature. Therefore, we, who do not live by our corrupt nature but by our spiritual nature, are able to meet God's standards. Those who live by the corrupt nature have the corrupt nature's attitude. But those who live by the spiritual nature have the spiritual nature's attitude. The corrupt nature's attitude leads to death. But the spiritual nature's attitude leads to life and peace. This is so because the corrupt nature has a hostile attitude toward God. It refuses to place itself under the authority of God's standards because it can't. Those who are under the control of the corrupt nature can't please God. But if God's Spirit lives in you, you are under the control of your spiritual nature, not your corrupt nature. Whoever doesn't have the Spirit of Christ doesn't belong to him. Romans 8:1-9 (GW)
Frederick Allen August 07, 2012 at 09:21 PM
there are dozens of translations of the Bible so anyone can seize upon the translation that they like. I read and compare 15 different translations. HOW many do you read and compare? None of the translations I read or have on file translate the scripture you posted the way you quoted it. THEREFORE I would like to know which translation you uses so I can add that to my list of comparable scriptures and be able to study it in its entirety. You do notice that I cite the translation along with the verse so ANYONE can if they desire go read it for themselves and COME to their own conclusions as to what it says and means. You like the one that makes you feel righteous,.. in truth Scripture condemns my sin more than it praises my GOODNESS. Scripture teaches that NO ONE does what is right and therefore we all need help getting it right. As a result I never feel RIGHTEOUS. However since I do happen to believe that GOD IS ALWAYS right I defer to His teaches and try to do things HIS WAY as best I can. And being human I fail but I do not throw stones at God because I mess up. I like the one that gives you a rock in the melon.. I can feel the love..Thanks for being so tolerant and accepting of other's viewpoints. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us in such a loving and caring way. You truly are the better man. I bow to your supremacy.
Maddie August 07, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I love you too, Frederick, but there will come a day when there will truly be equality in this country and you will regret all of your harmful words and hate speech.
Frederick Allen August 07, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Each time the issue of same-sex marriage has been placed on the ballot for PUBLIC input (at least 28 times) and for the public to SPEAK to the issue with their votes. The issue was defeated by the PUBLIC speaking at the ballot box. THIS makes those who lost CRY foul and are the ones ANGRY and are HATEFUL because they feel they are not being LISTENED TO or AFFIRMED. Maddie you really do need to get your FACTS right.
Frederick Allen August 07, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Yes you can and others can reject your choice of religion and your practice of it and your teachings in regard to it just like you do to those who practice and teach Christianity. No difference you are being treated the same as you treat others. I can see how passionately you believe in what you believe and that is commendable. But so it the passion and conviction displayed by people like Dan Cathy. I may not agree with his position (in this case I actually do) but I certainly admire him for standing strong on his position dispite the obvious VICIOUS opposition.
Frederick Allen August 07, 2012 at 09:46 PM
you will regret all of your harmful words and hate speech... actually I have no regrets. I mean what I say and say what I mean. I do regret however that America has lost her moral compass and has tossed God out of her midst. I will regret the loss America freedom and her eventual decline to the ash heap of fallen nations. I will regret America coming under the wrath of God and his divine judgment because we simply REFUSE to acknowledge Him as God. Yes all that I will regret but not standing for a SOLID home where Mothers and Fathers love their children who remain faithful to one another and raise their children to be good citizens. I am steadfast against any attempts to further devalue the TRADITIONAL home by redefining it or worse yet completely ignoring its importance to the social welfare of a nation. I will never regret standing opposed to divorce or any other attempts to further fracture the HOME since the results of such actions are devastating to our culture at large and has ruinous effects on children. THAT is what it means to stand up for TRADITIONAL marriage and the TRADITIONAL family and for that I have no regrets.
Maddie August 07, 2012 at 10:12 PM
It's nice that you are a fan of traditionalism but we continue to move forward as a society and religion does too whether you see it or not. Traditional values are wonderful, but we can't put blinders on and ignore all of the realities all around us, that's irresponsible. And merely condemning those realities really isn't going to form any solutions or help this fractured nation to heal.
Erin Conners August 07, 2012 at 10:22 PM
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/05/strong-support-for-gay-marriage-now-exceeds-strong-opposition/ http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/08/a-coming-wave-of-gay-marriage-electoral-victories/260787/# http://www.gallup.com/poll/154529/half-americans-support-legal-gay-marriage.aspx You are incorrect, but it does not matter what the majority of Americans think bc the majority of Americans do not vote. Women vote more than men, and the older generations vote more than anyone. At most it will be 20 yrs until same sex marriages are legal, but it will probably be much less depending on voter turnout. There is a strong possibility that "TODAY" the majority _does_ support same sex marriage rights. At the very least you can say that it is split, but the majority no longer holds the negative position. Every year this number will slowly increase as the younger generation of voters comes of age and the older die. (Blunt but true...the one issue that young reps and young dems can agree on is same sex marriage rights). Don't direct any of the religious nonsense my way. I care about public policy and legislation and government. As far as reality is concerned, I harbor no sympathy for this imagined persecution of the white suburban Christian. Not to mention it is pretty ridiculous that you claim in one paragraph that you are persecuted and in the next that you are the majority. Lets keep it real here folks.
Frederick Allen August 07, 2012 at 10:23 PM
but we continue to move forward Many of us do not see PROGRESS or moving forward, but rather we see the current trajectory to be a downward spiral. Many do not believe as you do that America is moving in the right direction but the wrong. And I do not see a closing of this gap but rather a widening of it as we "progress" as a nation. Those who oppose Christian values will only become more embolden as America moves further away from this moral center.
Maddie August 07, 2012 at 10:36 PM
I didn't say we were moving in the "right" direction, I said we were moving forward which happens whether any of us likes it or not, time marches on. I do think our country is moving in a somewhat negative direction because our citizens are so divided and intolerant of eachother. The proof is in this argument that's been going on for two days straight. (No pun intended)
Frederick Allen August 07, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Every year this number will slowly increase as the younger generation of voters comes of age and the older die. (Blunt but true...the one issue that young reps and young dems can agree on is same sex marriage rights). Sad but true. Secularism has become the subject of choice by our liberally run educational institutes. Since the only way liberalism can survive is to silence the voices of opposition, and the strongest voice of opposition to liberalism is the voice of Conservative christians. Therefore they must be SILENCED in the halls of academia. BUT there is hope... HURRAY for home schooling!!! .. another policy opposed by liberals everywhere...liberals are not strong on independent thought they much prefer uniformity of thought.
Erin Conners August 08, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Frederick a secular government is not a new concept created and championed by our liberal school system. Jefferson - "In every country and every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot ... they have perverted the purest religion ever preached to man into mystery and jargon, unintelligible to all mankind, and therefore the safer engine for their purpose." --- John Adams - "The priesthood have, in all ancient nations, nearly monopolized learning. And ever since the Reformation, when or where has existed a Protestant or dissenting sect who would tolerate A FREE INQUIRY? The blackest billingsgate, the most ungentlemanly insolence, the most yahooish brutality, is patiently endured, countenanced, propagated, and applauded. But touch a solemn truth in collision with a dogma of a sect, though capable of the clearest proof, and you will find you have disturbed a nest, and the hornets will swarm about your eyes and hand, and fly into your face and eyes." James Madison - "Experience witnesseth that ecclesiastical establishments, instead of maintaining the purity and efficacy of religion, have had a contrary operation. During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution."
Walt August 08, 2012 at 04:47 PM
@Erin I said "Someday but not today", and also note that the poll you cited included a margin of error that would not result in a majority supporting gay marriage. Nonetheless, I was basing my statement on election results and other polls, general information. I have nothing against gays or their ability to enter into "civil unions". Throughout this topic i have been emphasizing that Dan Cathy's statement was relative to his RELIGIOUS beliefs. He didn't disparage gays or discriminate against gays, he stated his religious beliefs when asked about them. I don't care whether you believe in religion, I don't care what religion you practice. My point was that religions have rules, you can't just pick and choose which ones you're going to follow because they suit you.
Walt August 08, 2012 at 04:52 PM
@ Maddie I didn't mean to imply that Dan Cathy's position shouldn't be questioned, anyone can question anything they want. He stated a religious belief in response to a question posed to him. My point was that it was OK to question him because he's a Christian. You see, it's OK to question, or discriminate against the "established" majority - white men, christians. You can proactively require quotas, affirmative action, you might call it, to advance other groups.
Erin Conners August 08, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Noted, but I am pretty sure that we have all been talking about the protesting at Chik Fil A, which was not in support of freedom of speech, but against equal marriage rights for same sex couples. And the conversation has pretty much been about that consistently. Dan Cathy blends his religious beliefs with his political. that is wrong and he is getting crapped on for it. Scroll up. This has always been my point. Once again, I care only about legislation and government. I am not a part of the religious conversation. And Walt. Polls are stupid. We can safely say that the country is split and support is on the rise. My point is only that we can no longer make statements like the majority of America is against equal marriage rights for same sex couples.

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