National Chick-Fil-A controversy shows up locally
Lines were long and the parking lot full at the Chick-Fil-A Restaurant in Southern Pines Yesterday. Part of a nationwide outpouring of support for a company under fire for its support of traditional marriage. Homosexual activists and their supporters called for a boycott of Chick-Fil-A after its company president endorsed "The Biblical Definition Of a Family." Dan Cathy told The Baptist Press that ihs privately-owned company is "Guilty as charged. we thank the lord we live in a country where we can share our values and operated on biblical principals." That sort of commitment resonated Wednesday with perspiring Chick-Fil-A Patron Gary Goshel, who said he was willing to endure 855-degree heat waiting in line outside the restaurant because "I'm here to support Chick-Fil-A." Ditto for Customer Lamar Smith, who said simply "i support the stand that this mamn has taken." Not everone agrees. The Democrat Mayors of Chicago and Boston, for instance, hav epromised to retailiate. Although the fast-food chain says it strives to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect," Boston Mayor Thomas Menino says Chick-Fil-A isn't welcome in his city. In Chicag, the nation's murder and mayham capital, foul-mouthed Mayor Rahm Emmanual says Chick-Fil-A's position on mariage "doesn't reflect Chicago Values." Nevertheless, in North Carolina, from Garner to Fayetteville the story was the same, Chick-Fil-A Restaurants were vbacked up out the doors and parking lots. Meanwhile, homosexual acitvists are encouraging those who share their sexual persuasion to show up at Chick-Fil-a Restaurants Friday, and kiss each other.