One of the things this blog is dedicated to is liberty. This includes everything enshrined in Bill of Rights, including the Freedom of Speech. So of course, Susan, Josh, Maggie and myself were at Chick-fil-a in Laurel, Maryland Wednesday night to show our support for Dan Cathy's right to express his religious beliefs without being villified or threatened.
If you've been living under a rock the last couple of weeks, here's what this is all about. Chick-fil-a has always been run as an explicitly Christian organization; it is the only national chain restaurant not to be open on Sundays. So when Dan Cathy on a radio program expressed support for traditional marriage and opposition to state recognition of same-sex "so-called marriage", it should not have come as a surprise to anyone. But the entire weight of the Secularist Establishment fell on his head. The Mayor of Boston said that Chick-fil-a is not welcome in their City (let's not forget the citizens of that fair city once but signs in their shopwindows, "No dogs or Irishmen."; Rahm Emmanuel, former Obama Chief of Staff and now Mayor of Chicago, said that the company did not represent "Chicago values" (meaning, I suppose, it wasn't a corrupt organization going back generations with longtime ties to the Mafia); and the Mayor of Washington DC, Vincent Gray (who is currently under investigation for numerous campaign law violations) said that the company sold "hate chicken." The mainstream secularist media lambasted Cathy; GLBT groups threatened boycotts or "kiss-ins" as protests. In response, Mike Hucabee launched an effort on Facebook to have today recognized at Chick-fil-a Appreciation Day.
Since we are blessed with two Chick-fil-a restaurants in Laurel, we went to both of them. We went between 5:00 and 6:00, so people were just getting come from work. Here are some pictures we took at the restaurant on US-1:
These were taken at the restaurant on Route 198 near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway
I'd love to hear from others who went to their local Chick-fil-a's. I believe we're going to have many opportunities to make these shows of support in the months and years to come.
[Update: Eric Broes at Forbes.Com wrote a story about his experience going to Chick-Fil-A and the media coverage in Los Angeles: Chick-Fil-A Day Not What The Media Portrays .]