Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day can be celebrated in different ways

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By Krista Brooks

Published Wednesday, August 1, 2012The Daily 49er

http://www.daily49er.com/opinion/chick-fil-a-appreciation-day-can-be-celebrated-in-different-ways-1.2749115#.UEY6q_XueSo

Yesterday was deemed “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” by Arkansas governor and Fox News contributor Mike Huckabee.

Supporters of this fast-food chain filled the restaurants and bought its famous chicken sandwiches to support Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy.

A few weeks ago, Cathy told a reporter and a radio station that he does not support same-sex marriage.

“I believe in God’s definition of marriage,” said Cathy. Chick-fil-A has been a Christian-religion based food company from the beginning. The restaurant is never open on Sundays for church.

Dan Cathy is entitled to his opinion just as everyone else.

Freedom of speech is given to all citizens, but is it necessary for him to speak against a targeted group?

Once made public, Cathy and his company received a lot of flack from customers and potential buyers.

Expansion of the chain was cancelled in many cities, as well as blocked from certain cities.

Many anti-gay and other religious groups saw this and attacked the non-supporters of Chick-fil-A.

Groups began to picket the fast-food chain and an uproar from both positions emerged.

The media and support groups have made the ordeal very black and white.

You either support Chick-fil-A and discourage gay rights, or you support gay rights and discourage the chicken.

Huckabee supported Dan Cathy and his position and created a day to join together, August 1.

This day of appreciation could be looked at in many ways. It can be a day to appreciate the food and service provided by the fast-food chain.

The day can also be viewed as a day to boycott the restaurant in support of gay marriage.

Or it could be viewed as a day to buy some chicken to show your support against marriage equality for homosexuals.

The issue of free speech also comes up in this case as well as whether or not Cathy was right in sticking with what he said.

I believe he was, and he has the right to support any view he agrees with, but rallying others together to deny an opportunity rather than supporting a cause is spreading hate. Being a religious company, Cathy should have advertised and preached to “love your neighbor as yourself” or “respect your mother and father” and other Biblical references that supports his religion.

Advertising to promote limiting humans of equal rights was not a smart move for a big-time CEO like himself.

He has since apologized and stated that he will leave political and social matters out of Chick-fil-A.

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