It’s Eat a Chicken Sandwich for Freedom of Speech Day !

It’s eat a chicken sandwich for freedom of speech day. Enjoy.

I got the idea for this card from a very similar one I saw on Tumblr. If I find that card again, I’ll give you the person’s name.

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59 comments

  1. Well, being in the UK, I couldn’t go to this outlet – but I had a chicken sandwich for my lunch in solidarity. NEO says there are queues round the block in some places – the silent (and hungry) majority πŸ™‚

  2. from http://8kidsandabusiness.wordpress.com There’s no Chik-fil-A in Canada either, so someone please go to Chik-Fil-A and have a chicken sandwich for me.

    1. There was a huge line that went out of the parking lot and into the street at the window and standing room only at my local Chick-Fil-A !!

    2. I will be happy to have one in your honor. πŸ™‚

      1. The honor is mine. Happy eating!

  3. We just finished gorging ourselves on Check-fil-a with no guilty conscience for the fries and shakes. The place was packed. I’m guessing 125 people were there standing in line outside with a heat index of 104. There was a traffic jam on a major east-west road. Everyone was cheerful and co-operative. It is about freedom of speech. I’m sure Check-fil-a is crying all the way to the bank. We still live in America. We can stand up with our cash and enjoy a great chicken sandwich.

    1. It was 111 degrees here, and the place was packed!

  4. Breakfast and lunch were at Chick-fil-A. It was busy at breakfast, but absolutely slammed at lunch. What a great problem!

  5. Jritter, that is the silent – and the hungry- majority that will sweep the chief rascal out in November!

    1. Based on the turnout today, we ARE a hungry majority!

  6. It seems that some people of faith have taken this personally, when in actuality, it is the question of freedom of speech. Let’s hope that in November people will flock to the polls and make their voices heard for candidates who truly want to uphold the Constitution as Madison intended. Our personal freedoms are really at stake. And I hope that around the country (And Canada–you are far reaching Rebecca!) people are kind and considerate in spite of bitterness and blatant remarks being slung at them. I don’t have a chick fil a close to me, but when I am near one, I usually choose them anyhow.

    1. I couldn’t have said this better! Thank you.

  7. addendum: I forgot to check the little box for following comments. Sorry, here I am again. πŸ™‚

  8. We do not have a Chick-Fil-a in our small town, but I am going to the next town council meeting to see if we can in them invite them here.

  9. Rebecca, you assume in your cute cartoon that Christians are of one mind on what the Bible says about homosexuality. They are not. Though, writing as Public Catholic as you do, it is consistent with church doctrine.

    1. Thanks for your comment Tim.

      My primary concern with the Chick-Fil-A controversy isn’t homosexuality. It’s freedom of speech. When elected officials announce, as they have, that they will use the power of government to punish someone for expressing their viewpoint on a public issue, then the matter is no longer sectarian. It is a question of First Amendment freedoms.

      I am also sick and tired of the practice of bullying, slandering and smearing people for expressing their opinions on public issues. This is usually not government intimidation, but it IS intimidation, and it has a chilling effect on free speech, nonetheless. I think everyone, regardless of where they stand on the different issues we face, should stop doing this.

      The only assumption I intended to make in that cartoon was that, considering his long-standing history in this area, the outrage against this man was manufactured for the purpose of bullying and intimidating him into silence. I’m tired of that kind of behavior. I don’t care who does it.

      There are more than 2 billion Christians on this planet. I assume that there’s more than one opinion among us — on any given question.

  10. I ate at Chick-Fil-A today in support of them.

  11. I did… and so did hundreds of others. Two hour wait for counter service with line just as long when I left. These folks were motivated….

    1. One thing that struck me was what a pleasant, courteous crowd they were.

  12. Rebecca, your point is very well-taken. What would it be like if we talked civilly to one another and tried to understand our divergent opinions? Please forgive my misunderstanding of your initial post.

    1. Thank you Tim. I hope you comment here often.

      1. Rebecca, I’ve been thinking about this post off and on over the last several days. Perhaps, because I keep getting notices that someone else has commented but more likely because of my discomfort with my last response. I think it was incomplete.

        This is indeed a free speech issue when mayors and others in elected or bureaucratic positions seek to keep a legitimate business from operating in their city or other jurisdiction. People also need to learn to talk with one another civilly. We do too much screaming and not enough listening.

        The owner of any business has the right to express his own religious and political views. Whether he was asked or not is irrelevant; he chose to state them. At this point those with differing perspectives have as much right to express their views as Dan Cathy. He may spend his money how he chooses but as an outspoken business leader he can expect some to choose not to support his business. They may also exercise their constitutional rights to protest in a variety of ways.

        This becomes a justice issue when he expresses opinions and spends $5 million on oppression of a minority. Some of that money has been spent on a program to “fix” people who are GLBTQ. That is, he denies that their sexuality is God-given. It is a gift just as my heterosexuality is a gift from God.

        Mr. Cathy goes further, though, and seeks to deny the rights of those with whom he diminishes. He tells my child, my friends, and my human kin that because of their sexuality — which hurts no one — that they are not worthy of the right of visitation as family when their beloved is hospitalized. He tells them that they must pay higher taxes because they are not legally married and so cannot file jointly. He tells them that their loving relationship is less valuable than someone who is married to someone of another gender. He implies that they are less than the beloved children of God.

        I am saddened by the display of Christians lining up to eat chicken in the name of free speech that hurts so many of our human kindred. Though, I fully support their right to do so it is hard for me to comprehend why this issue which gets marginal treatment (even if interpreted as condemnation) in the Bible rallies so many to eat chicken. The biblical witness is chock-full of the importance of hospitality and welcome of the other. Jesus is persistent in his call for us to reach out to the poor, the marginalized, and the despised of society.

        The body of Christ is not about hatred. It is about love. My friends and family who are GLBTQ do not feel loved by the Christians who went out to eat chicken.

        1. Tim, I think that the question of whether or not the various states should change the legal definition of marriage is too big to bring into a comments section. I’ve addressed some of the concerns you share in this comment in replies to other comments, elsewhere on this blog. It would get tedious to the other people who follow Public Catholic go over and over the same questions. For those reasons, I’m just going to say thank you for taking the time to write such a passionate response.

          I feel it comes from your heart, and I respect that.

          I noticed that you linked your comment to your blog. I think it would be more clear for both our readers if you just re-blog and then comment instead. It’s ok for now, just remember that for future reference. So long as you don’t misrepresent what I’ve said or call me ugly names, you can disagree with me all day long and we’ll still be friends.

          I appreciate your passion about this, as well as your concerns.

  13. We do not have that franchise here in left of God West Virginia, where the O man won and the miners decadants of the first red neacks( not the ingorant fools portrayed on television but those men and women who were proud and standing up for their rights to speak and be paid an honest wage) the place where minning was once king and the peopple proud where now little things called Cafe’s dot the road gambeling and strip clubs are glorified yes West Virginia proud to give its women over to voyerism and prostution and celebrate the depraved life styles all because they seek to be Nevada east. That is my open opinion of my home today I live in shame as Lot…just as the owner of Chix Fiil A can have an opinion so should we all and so say we all. It is our right it is our choice for it is as our founders stated so cleary two hundred and fifty years ago we hold these thruths to be self evident that all men are created equal and are indowed by their creator with certain inalible rights; those spuwing the hate lashing out in anger against Chix fil A are attacking the very foundations our nation thay are attacking everyone.We were given the bill of rights and the few amendments to protect everyone evern those we do not agree with that is why we are a great Republic and not a demoracy that is ruled by the whims of the time.

      1. My apologies for such an out raucous reply to a well written piece,I do once again apologize. JG

        1. JG, I know how you feel about the things you described. We have the same things here. You have no reason to apologize.

  14. Hello, Rebecca. This is James from Biltrix, commenting vicariously through another blog to let you know that you have been nominated for some awards. Please, follow this link for the award/s: http://lifevigil.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/wow-blogger-awards-you-shouldnt-have/. If you choose to accept any of these awards, I would be most honored. God bless!

    1. Thank you James from Biltrix! I am most honored that you thought of me. I’ll look at the awards later tonight when I can finally settle. Right now, I’m chasing myself, running in circles.

      1. You’re most welcome, Rebecca.

  15. CHICK, CHICK, FIL-A!

    We joined the long but cheerful lines at our local Chick-Fil-A last night and ordered a feast to celebrate God’s magnificent design of male-female monogamy in marriage with many of you around the country!

    We’re not anti-gay. We’re pro-God.

    Shall we make it an annual celebration?

    Posted on my blog hiddeninjesus (wordpress) with Tim Hawkins’ video, God Bless you, Chick-fil-A. If the video doesn’t show here, check it out on You Tube!

    1. Thanks Jessica. I enjoy your exuberance.

  16. Thanks for visiting my Blog Rebecca. Wish I could have stood in line with you. Couldn’t see that happening in the UK somehow – we are so apathetic as our freedoms are slowly going down the pan.

    1. Mike, it will change in the UK. People like you are the reason why.

      1. Thanks Rebecca. I pray God will have mercy on us – as I pray He will on the US.

        1. My prayers are the same.

  17. I stopped in! πŸ™‚ the drive through line took 45 minutes start to finish and circled the building twice, but it was so worth it!

    1. It was VERY worth it! Thanks for your comment.

      1. you’re very welcome! and I agree — such a simple way to show support for those who stand in the face of opposition πŸ™‚

  18. I tried to wait until the sun and lines died down, but there was still a huge crowd at nearly 10 P.M. Well worth it to stand up for our freedoms in even a small way. That their chicken is delicious is a definite plus!

  19. […] I didn’t mean to step into the Chick-fil-A brouhaha but I did. The following is a comment I posted at Rebecca Hamilton’s blog, Public Catholic.Β  […]

  20. Steven Jeffries · ·

    Thanks for visiting my site, Rebecca. I will say that I stand up in support of not only what Dan Cathy says about gay marriage, but his American right to say it! What ever has happened to the “moral majority” in our great nation anyway?

    1. I think they’ve been cowed, bullied and guilted into silence.

  21. dominiquetreu · ·

    This is so true. Gotta love bluntcards. Chick-Fil-A is still packed whenever I see it. I went there not too long ago.

    1. I had never eaten there before this happened, but it’s on my lunch list now!

      1. dominiquetreu · ·

        Ha ha It is SO good! The best chicken sandwich you will ever taste! They are a bit pricey but it’s worth it. Plus, knowing their beliefs makes me feel good about buying from them.

  22. Thanks for liking my posts!

    I’m eating a chicken sandwich for freedom of speech right now!

    Juha Nilsson, For USA Pink

    1. Your blog is about one of the most important human rights abuses in the world today. Thank you for the work you do. Enjoy your sandwich!

  23. Love this cartoon/comic! I also blogged on my surprise of of people being shocked on the subject.

    1. I know. Two great minds, thinking alike!

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