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Editorial: It was ‘my pleasure’ to dine at Chick-fil-A last week


Editorial: It was ‘my pleasure’ to dine at Chick-fil-A last week
Lines were steady Aug. 1 at Chick-fil-A at Brooks City-Base.


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August 8, 2012
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The battle over freedom of speech and freedom of religion continues with Chick-fil-A at center stage, all because its president dared to publicly state his Christian views on marriage.

His bold admission of biblical beliefs did not sit well with some. In fact, a gay “kiss-in” was planned for Friday, Aug. 3.

In response, and almost off-handedly, Mike Huckabee mentioned on his TV show that Wednesday, Aug. 1, would be a good opportunity for Christians to come out -- not protest -- but in support of Chick-fil-A’s right to freely profess its Christian beliefs.

It’s not as though the company has been accused of discrimination in either its hiring practices or in serving its customers.

Despite the lack of coverage by major media on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, people came out across the nation to let their pocketbooks do the talking. It broke all records for sales that day.

Not all who came out were Christians. There even were some gay-rights supporters who had the courage to stand up for free speech. Others just wanted their fav fast-food restaurant to be treated fairly.

We drove into San Antonio just for Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. I like the idea of positive reinforcement as opposed to negative protests, and it was gratifying to be in a crowd of like-minded people. At least those who were at the Brooks City-Base location that evening seemed to be like-minded.

We arrived to an overflowing parking lot. After driving around a bit, we finally found a parking spot. People were parking in nearby lots and walking across the street. They were coming in droves, with a purpose. There was no anger at the crowded conditions. No horns blared as the drive-through line blocked most of the driveways. We heard the same story from a cousin in Sacramento, Calif., and another in Denton, Texas.

We talked to those around us that evening. One lady said she and her husband came just to show their support. She wasn’t hungry, but admitted that she might be hungry by the time she got up to the counter. Wait time then was about 30 minutes. Apparently it was like that everywhere, as I read stories about one- and two-hour waits. At least on that day, it was as much or more about proving a point as it was about the food.

The staff hustled to make sure tables were cleared. There was plenty of “service with a smile,” and responses of, “It’s my pleasure,” to customers. What a delightful change of pace from some fast-food establishments that might give a response more like, “Whatever you say, dude!”

A lady in line ahead of us profusely thanked the manager, I assume for their pro-family stance. The manager promptly expressed his thanks to the customers for their support of the business.

At another table, we heard mention of Rahm Emanuel, who is the mayor of Chicago and one of those who pronounced his opposition to allowing any more Chick-fil-A stores to open in that city. We heard nothing about “gay rights,” and I don’t think that’s what this Appreciation Day was about. It seemed to be about standing up for free speech, and the right to worship freely and to express religious beliefs without fear of negative repercussions or persecution.

As we left, we couldn’t help but notice the big American flag flying boldly in the evening breeze. Although it had been years since we had eaten at a Chick-fil-A, it just may become one of our new favorite places to go.

It was “my pleasure” to be among the crowds at Chick-fil-A last week.
 

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Alvin Charmaine  
September 22, 2012 2:55pm
 
Darwinism. All the crazy people eat at chick fil a, get diabetes and heart disease. They self select themselves, than the gays, who are eating arugula and sushi, take over the world. Nobody can reproduce. End of days. Chick ... More ›

 
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September 22, 2012 2:43pm
 
Elaine: Who cares, this is old news.

 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
September 22, 2012 9:28am
 

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