According to the left, religious freedom applies to everyone except Christians...

Nicole - posted on 02/07/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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This was an article written by Michelle Malkin about how Chick-fil-A is being railroaded by left-wing activists because they are a Christian-based business. What do you think?



I copied the article below, but you can read it here: http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/2011/02...



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Here's a modest proposal for liberals who say they support job creation: Stop smearing successful, law-abiding private companies whose values don't comport with yours. I'm looking at you, New York Times.



Chick-fil-A is an American success story. Founded by Georgian entrepreneur Truett Cathy in 1946, the family-owned chicken-sandwich chain is one of the country's largest fast-food businesses. It employs some 50,000 workers across the country at 1,500 outlets in nearly 40 states and the District of Columbia. The company generates more than $2 billion in revenue and serves millions of happy customers with trademark Southern hospitality.



So, what's the problem? Well, Chick-fil-A is run by devout Christians who believe in strong marriages, devoted families and the highest standards of character for their workers. The restaurant chain's official corporate mission is to "glorify God" and "enrich the lives of everyone we touch." The company's community service initiatives, funded through its WinShape Foundation, support foster care, scholarship, summer camp and marriage enrichment programs. On Sunday, all Chick-fil-A stores close so workers can spend the day at worship and rest.



For the left, these Biblically based corporate principles constitute high social justice crimes and misdemeanors. Democrats are always ready to invoke religion to support their big government, taxpayer-funded initiatives (Obamacare, illegal alien amnesty, increased education spending and FCC regulatory expansion, for starters).



But when an independent company -- thriving on its own merits in the marketplace -- wears its soul on its sleeve, suddenly it's a theocratic crisis.



Over the past month, several progressive activist blogs have waged an ugly war against Chick-fil-A. The company's alleged atrocity: One of its independent outlets in Pennsylvania donated some sandwiches and brownies to a marriage seminar run by the Pennsylvania Family Institute, which happens to oppose same-sex marriage.



In the name of tolerance, the anti-Chick-fil-A hawks sneered at the company's main product as "Jesus Chicken," derided its no-Sunday work policy and attacked its operators as "anti-gay." Michael Jones, who describes himself as having "worked in the field of human rights communications for a decade, most recently for Harvard Law School," launched an online petition drive at www.change.org "demanding" that the company disavow "extreme anti-gay groups." Facebook users dutifully organized witch hunts against the company on college campuses.



Over the weekend, New York Times reporter Kim Severson gave the Chick-fil-A bashers a coveted Sunday A-section megaphone -- repeatedly parroting the "Chick-fil-A is anti-gay" slur and raising fears of "evangelical Christianity's muscle flexing" with only the thinnest veneer of journalistic objectivity. Severson, you see, is an openly gay advocate of same-sex marriage equality herself and the former vice-president of the identity politics-mongering National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association.



In a bitter op-ed on gay marriage laws not changing quickly enough, she asserted: "I don't want the crumbs. I want the whole cake." Severson has voiced complaints about her social and economic status as an unwed lesbian with a partner and child in several media publications.



None of this was disclosed in Severson's advocacy journalism hit job on Chick-fil-A. But therein lies the unofficial motto of The Gray Lady: All the ideological conflicts of interest unfit to print.



Progressive groups are gloating over Chick-fil-A's public relations troubles exacerbated by the nation's politicized paper of record. This is not because they care about winning hearts and minds over gay rights or marriage policy, but because their core objective is to marginalize political opponents and chill Christian philanthropy and activism. The fearsome "muscle flexing" isn't being done by innocent job-creators selling chicken sandwiches and waffle fries. It's being done by the hysterical bullies trying to drive them off of college grounds and out of their neighborhoods in the name of "human rights."



Remember: These were the same tactics the left-wing mob used in California to intimidate supporters of the Proposition 8 traditional marriage initiative. Individual donors were put on an "Anti-Gay Black List." Businesses who contributed money to the Prop. 8 campaign were besieged by fist-wielding protesters. The artistic director of the California Musical Theatre was forced to resign over his $1,000 donation.

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Gina - posted on 02/07/2011

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If Democrats had any guts, then at least they would be honest as to why they are attacking this company. Instead, they cower behind politically correctness. This looks like a great company, and I actually want to make an effort to support them now. I am so tired of this happening in the business world. Just because some politicians don't like your views, then they need to keep it to themselves. They are the ones who get elected, not the other way around.

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Brenda - posted on 02/08/2011

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If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything.

I agree. But the Muslims are exploiting this 'weakness' (yes I consider being too tolerant a weakness - there comes a point where you give in too much and you lose your own identity) and spreading like a disease around the world.

You can be tolerant AND disagree with others beliefs. Tolerance is allowing others to have their own opinion without adopting it as your own. Just because someone else thinks differently than you doesn't mean you should abandon your own belief system without scrutiny.

Muslims are the prime example of in intolerance. If Muslims have their way, the liberals/progressives will find it out the hard way.

Yes it is VERY scary!

Tammy - posted on 02/08/2011

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There is a point that can be taken out of that video. In essence he says that because they "know" that their religion is the only true one (so called anyway) that they cannot allow other religions preached in their country. But that it is ok for THEM to build churches in other countries and propogate their religion there because those coountires are NOT sure of their own religion. If they were, they would not allow other religions to be taught or build there. Just like they would not allow a math teacher to teach what they know to be false.



While I disagree with him about the one true God what he says makes sense and we should wake up and realize what it really means. Because all these other countries (ours included) have become such epicenters for "tolerence" of all things we have no authority left in which to say "no, you can't build or teach that here". We no longer have any conviction. The meaning of the word tolerance has been changed from "getting along with someone we disagree with" to "You must embrace and encourage every idea with equal sincerity and effort", even though it is a logistical impossibility because so many contradict eachother.



In the begining of our nation we were tolerant to different ideals but we held to our convictions and wouldn't allow things to get too far away from it. Our founding fathers , the very ones who formed the Constitution, had the conviction to encourage Christianity on a federal government level. Bcause they knew that the document they wrote didn't prohibit the propogation of Christianity, it just said they couldn't form or dictate an official "state" religion like the church of England.



We no longer have these convictions because our rule of law has been distorted. So while I find his information to be wrong his premise has merit. And it's scary!

Brenda - posted on 02/08/2011

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I LOVE Chick-fil-A! There were a bunch down in my hometown. The biggest way any good Christian can help is by patronizing them and helping them counter with good publicity. Contact your local paper or tv and tell them why you love Chick-fil-A (get a group of parents to add to your opinion). The left have been protesting them; why not have a rally to support them? =) Just some thoughts...I wish there was one where we lived!

Nicole - posted on 02/07/2011

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We have several Chick-fil-A restaurants near my home and I really hope that this doesn't harm their business in any way. They have been quite successful in my area despite closing on Sundays. There are 3 of them within 6 or 7 miles of my current home. They are one of the best places to have play-dates with the kids!

Tammy - posted on 02/07/2011

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MICHIGAN NEEDS CHICK-FIL-A!!!!! I want one now! Jesus would eat at Chick-Fil-A!!!!!



Any other bumber sticker ideas? Oooo! I know, fb bumper stickers! Should we start a Chick-Fil-A status sticker campaign! I'm all excited now:) I'm also really in the mood for a chicken sandwich for some reason....

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