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Chick-fil-A represents hope for values!

Chick-fil-A appreciation day allows people across this nation to make a positive stand for traditional values, freedom of religion and freedom of speech with unimaginable results.

Can I have some wholesome values with that Chicken please!

Chick-fil-A appreciation day showed great support for traditional values, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech.  It was a bigger success than anyone could have imagined.  If you went to Chick-fil-A you know that the lines were wrapped around the building and the drive through was backed up to the streets like nothing we have ever seen before.  It is my understanding that Chick-fil-A broke records in service and revenues on this one day.  And in Chick-fil-A's across this nation, they continued to provide great service and good food to all of their customers, while saying, "It was my pleasure to serve you,” with a smile.

Some will try to make light of this day, some will mock what took place and some will get confused about what this really was all about.  This was not about the chicken, Chick-fil-A, Mr. Cathy, or profits; although for fast food it is pretty good. This was about something bigger than any one event, person, or corporation! It was a statement by the American people about morals, values, principles and beliefs!  I have heard from people I know in different areas of this nation from Michigan, Texas, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Ohio and they all report the same thing...massive turn outs in support of traditional values.  Reports across this nation show that this was a historic event where good people took a stand and rallied together in support of something they believe in for the good of our society.  The demonstrators proved to be good people who believe in a cause, that love all people, love their families, love their communities, and love their country.  There was no hatred, bigotry, discrimination or intolerance; only people standing up for what they believe, trying to make a difference and make a statement. 

So let me say thank you for Chick-fil-A; thank you Mr. Cathy; and thank you everyone who came out in support of this cause...because Mr. Cathy took a stand for what he believes in and was ridiculed and attacked, good citizens across this nation took a stand and showed support for him, his corporation and for something bigger than ourselves - traditional values! 

I don't know about you...but I am going to eat more chicken from now on!

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Kristen V. Erickson August 02, 2012 at 09:17 PM
That's all your opinion. Why does everyone in this country have to go along with your beliefs? You do realize that not everybody in this country is Christian, right? And yet laws are created based on YOUR beliefs, laws that discriminate against homosexuals. Man, I feel like I'm arguing with a brick wall. Anyway, pretty soon homosexuals all over the country will be allowed to get married and it will be glorious.
Janie August 02, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Then do you just throw away what the Torah says about marriage and sin? I'm very confused about this. Do you eat pork, for instance? Do you prepare all your food with the same utensils? Please help me understand.
Mary Mumper August 02, 2012 at 09:32 PM
I would like to thank everyone who came to support Chick-Fil-A yesterday. It was heartening to see so many people still believe in God's word. Marriage has great meaning to Our Lord. One day the Lord will have the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. In Romans we are told what God says about homosexuality. It is a sin just like Adultery and Fornication etc. are sins. As a Christian I do not hate any person and I am sure that Pastor Chris does not hate anyone. Actually I have never heard any person who is against homosexuality stating they hate the person who practices homosexuality.Unfortunately it is the homosexuals that appear to be against free speech which is our first amendment to the Constitution and the homosexuals are the people whom I have seen carrying signs that say "hate". My question to the homosexuals is Who do you hate? It would appear you hate Christians or any person who states their faith or opinions that differ from yours. I do not plan on ranting on and on about this. I believe yesterday said what needs to be said. Mary
John Deike August 02, 2012 at 09:33 PM
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Kristen V. Erickson August 02, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Hi Mary, I suggest you reread the First Amendment because you clearly have no idea what it says. Thanks!
Janie August 02, 2012 at 09:44 PM
@ Kate: I will research. Thanks.
Janie August 02, 2012 at 09:49 PM
TBH I find that the condescending attitudes are childish and unnecessary. Perhaps written to inflame or incite someone to say something mean in return? It's a possibility. Kristen, why are you so condescending? As I read over your comments, many are statements that "assume" the person is too ignorant to actually be commenting. Really?
Kristen V. Erickson August 02, 2012 at 10:08 PM
I expect people to know what they're talking about when they comment about sensitive issues like this one. Spouting off about First Amendment right and freedom of speech when you clearly have no idea what the First Amendment even says *is* ignorant. So yes, really.
Janie August 02, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. there ya go - for everybody to enjoy - the text of the First Amendment. Now, what did Mary say that prompted your derisive comment?
John Kirby Wells August 02, 2012 at 10:39 PM
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference... That's all it's for atleast use it responsibly and not go around expressing one's self in an accusatory fashion.
Adam C. Miller August 02, 2012 at 10:42 PM
7 U.S. Troops died this past week fighting in Afghanistan(2 killed today)... 23 Soldiers committed suicide last month and SGT. Bowe Bergdahl is STILL being held captive by the Taliban!
Kristen V. Erickson August 02, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Mary said: "Unfortunately it is the homosexuals that appear to be against free speech which is our first amendment to the Constitution and the homosexuals are the people whom I have seen carrying signs that say "hate"." Nobody (NOBODY) has said that you, Mary, or Mr. Cathy do not have the right to say what you believe or to practice the religion of your choice. The First Amendment is protection from the government, not protection from other people in the world disagreeing with what you say and telling you so. Freedom of speech isn't relevant here, because as far as I know, the government isn't passing laws telling you, or the CEO of Chik-Fil-A, that you are not legally permitted to say what you believe in.
Larry Kinnan August 02, 2012 at 10:56 PM
As one who was present at the meeting Shane is referring to, there was no paper with lines recited passed out by Pastor Chris. It was the agenda for the meeting and nothing else. I can also state that my comments and those of others present were their own and not scripted or staged. And yes I do believe you owe Pastor Chris an apology for accusing him.
I.M. Wright August 02, 2012 at 11:10 PM
This "appreciation day" was stupid. Just as stupid as those who are planning to stage that same-sex kiss-fest or whatever they're calling it. Nothing prevented people from going in today or the day before yesterday -- or any other day -- to show their support of Chick-fil-A. Meanwhile, all of those minimum wage workers were getting their butts kicked because of another ill-thoughtout and ridiculous "appreciation day." How many of these people who were stupid enough to stand in these ridiculously long lines (so much for "fast food") actually TIPPED that worker who was busting their hump for minimum wage all because of a stupid, politically-motivated promotion? Yeah, i didn't think any of you clueless, cheap-skates did (stand by for the pathetic excuses). Typical selfishness. But that's America today -- ignorant and selfish (esp. when politics and religion get involved). I didn't read this blog because I don't give a crap what some religious hypocrite has to say (these are the same fools screaming their "religious freedom is being taken away" but for decades allowed BOYS to be raped/sexually assaulted -- and no, there is no statute of limitations on that -- so screw off. And you can bang your bible at the same time, too!) Those who support Chick-fil-A can go anytime they want to show their support. Those who don't, won't. Welcome to Consumer 101.
I.M. Wright August 02, 2012 at 11:14 PM
How much did you tip those minimum wage workers that were busting their hump all because a bunch of loons wanted to send a "message"? A message they could send any other freaking day of the week. Yeah, I didn't think you did.
I.M. Wright August 02, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Is "Pastor Chris" a name like "Rev." Jesse Jackson or "Rev" Al Sharpton?
John McMillan August 03, 2012 at 12:07 AM
OMG you people just go on and on about an individual's rights, and that they have freedom to believe what they want. AND THAT'S TRUE! If a person believes that a certain group should not have equal rights, that's their opinion, and they're welcome to it. But DON'T incorporate those beliefs within your company which employs many people, takes others' money, and makes a profit. Then you may be found guilty of discrimination due to such practices. Mr. Cathy's rights of free speech are certainly protected, but a person is not a company, and companies are not allowed to discriminate. I'm pretty sure there are some laws regarding that.
Janie August 03, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Angry much?
Kate Bigam August 03, 2012 at 01:12 AM
For personal reasons, I have removed my comments on this post & will not be engaging further on the matter. I apologize to those who I may have offended or hurt by my passion on this topic.
Ashley August 03, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Katie, thank you, Paster Chris M. thinks he's god and can change people by just leading them. Paster Chris once told me about two weeks ago he rather see a child in foster care his/her whole life then rather the child get adopted by a same sex couple. HOW IS THAT GOD, HOW IS THAT LOVE!!!! That is horrible, his words to me were "i would make it cheaper for man/women couples to adopt". If anyone thinks thats ok then you need to think deep into your heart and really take a look at what love and god is. GOD IS LOVE AND HE LOVES EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!
Mike Penta August 03, 2012 at 01:47 AM
There needs to be some clarification on Pastor Chris' statements. First, he and Mrs. Colavecchio did work hard to reach common ground, however, Mr. McCombs did not live up to the verbal agreement they reached before the second Park Board meeting. They had to go back to the drawing board (this time with councilman Terry Mader and the associate pastor) and eventually came to a memorandum of understanding that was to be presented to the Park Board. Councilman Terry Mader withdrew his support of that memorandum of understanding right before the third Park Board meeting was about start. Pastor McCombs subsequently failed to honor his end of the deal by failing to even mention he supported the memorandum of understanding. He even went as far as saying Water Works was his next target. I'll also point out that during the second meeting, Pastor McCombs and his group vilified me and my family here on the Patch for speaking an opinion different from their own and a group of Broadman Baptist Church members approached my wife and son afterwards asking "How can you stand those gays?" Pastor McCombs and his associate pastor also asked Park Board member Tim Gorbach to excuse himself for having an opinion different from their own but made no such request of Board member Dick Sebastian who was also also openly biased but in their favor. Chris, I'll go back to what I said originally: You are teaching others that it is okay to bully or exclude homosexuals, or those perceived to be homosexuals.
Pastor Chris August 03, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Hello Ashley, so sorry you have decided to speak ill of me. This is way off topic of the article I wrote on values. At first I was not going to respond, but I felt this needed some clarification. Yes, I do want to make adoption easier and cheaper. I know what several people have had to go through to adopt personally and it costs a lot of money and the legal system in a nightmare. I also have known foster parents and know the system. I want EVERY CHILD TO HAVE A HOME AND HAVE PARENTS LOVING THEM. That is love...not hate as you claim. If I could right every wrong...I would. But I can't. I don't want to see any child hurt. All these false accusations, distortions of a conversation we had and personal attacks are very disheartening. Can we no longer have civil discourse in America or agree to disagree. Can someone no longer stand for good values without being attacked personally. I guess those who oppose traditional values cannot see their own intolerance and hatred. Instead of substance we resort to personal attacks. I am going to watch the Olympics now and reflect on why we are such a great nation. God Bless America!
Pastor Chris August 03, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Mike your view and interpretation of events that took place back then are incorrect. Again, you comments have no reference to the positive article I wrote. I would ask that if you are going to make statements about my actions and what I said or my intentions please make sure they are accurate. This is totally unbelievable how low people are willing to go to twist things to make someone look bad. My character speaks for itself and those who truly know me, know better and I hope other who may not know me understand the power of gossip and slander that has taken place. Best to you!
Kristin August 03, 2012 at 02:16 AM
best comment yet.... thank you. :)
Pastor Chris August 03, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Mike you are correct that Mrs. Colavecchio and I did work hard to reach common ground, but there was no verbal agreement reached as you claim. There was a misunderstanding that was clarified between me and her. A group of citizen did meet to try to come up with a proposal. Diana and I were a part of that as was Terry Mader and an associate pastor). We did come up with a memorandum of understanding for the Park Board. I did not fail to honor my end of the deal...i signed the memorandum and supported it with my comments. I addressed the fact that we tried our best but could not resolve all of our issues. I turned the matter over the board. I never targeted Water Works but simply said perhaps that policy needed to be considered for change as well. I never vilified you or your family. I cannot speak of others. It was Mr. Gorbach that called you out for your statements being inappropriate during the meeting. I am personally unaware of anyone that I know approaching your wife and son afterward the meeting asking "How can you stand those gays?" I personally never asked Tim to excuse himself. I have never taught people that it is okay to bully anyone. I think I addressed all your falsehoods. I hope you can now move on. I hold nothing personal against you and hope someday we can agree to disagree in a respectful way...as I have never treated you with disrespect. I wish you the best.
Mike Penta August 03, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Chris, I was sitting right next to you and Diana outside the meeting room after the second meeting concluded. I heard everything that was said. I also heard Beacon Reporter Gina Mace ask you to explain why you asked Tim Gorbach to step aside but not Dick Sebastian and you tried to skirt around it with her. As for my comments being my own interpretation of events, anyone can see for themselves on YouTube. You did say you wanted the policy changed at Water Works and at best you vaguely referenced any support for the memorandum of understanding. Anyone can go back and see who attack my family on the Patch. Furthermore, Mr. Gorbach did not call me out for my statements, he called your group out for failing to be silent and respectful while I spoke a difference of opinion, just as I had been silent while your group spoke. Again, this is on YouTube for anyone to see and form their own conclusions. Gina Mace is a respected and accessible reporter, she can verify these facts as well. I'm going to keep you honest on all this. The whole reason I filmed the three park board meetings was to keep the public-at-large factually informed. What you are doing encourages others to act aggressively towards homosexuals, or those perceived to be homosexuals. You keep dodging that concern with me and others. Indeed, you were not present when members of your church approached my wife and made their comment, yet they said it with venom.
Earl Elevant August 03, 2012 at 03:12 AM
The answer is easy, Kristen: Gay people are free to enter into a heterosexual marriage--just like heterosexuals. On the other hand, heterosexuals who want to enter into a homosexual marriage are out of luck--just like the gay people. Hope this helps...
Pastor Chris August 03, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Mike...once again you don't have it straight. You are correct some people did respond to your provocative comments. You made personal attacks, no one else did that. It was positive until you spoke. And from my perspective it was Tim calling you out. But that was my perspective. As for the statements you heard by eavesdropping, you do not know the full context. Diana and I worked out our misunderstanding. We had numerous discussions. When I said keep marriage out of it, I meant that whatever decision that marriage was kept in accordance with the Constitution and a Scriptural perspective. Diana thought something different. Not that it is your business, as this was between me and her. But that is what took place. So once again, please stop making statements without all the facts. Yes, Gina was close by and I did speak with her off record. We did talk about Mr. Sebastion and Mr. Gorbach. I did ask Diana if she thought based on a letter Tim wrote should he step down and Gina did ask me about this. But I did not take action. It was a conversation that Diana and I were having as we were processing this situation. Again, you were not part of this discussion. So now you have the rest of the story. You assume everyone present was from my group. Not true. Broadman did come out, so did others. I have no idea who said what. If someone mistreated you or your family that was wrong. But I personally did not. Again, wish you the best. Hope this clarifies things!
Pastor Chris August 03, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Mike I am not dodging any issue. I have clearly stated that I am not promoting anything but traditional values and God's ways as best. I have never encouraged any aggressive behavior or speech against homosexuals. Your accusations are what is harmful and untruthful. I hope this sets the record straight with you as I am done with the back and both and would appreciate you not draw conclusions, spread misinformation, or slander my character in the future. Respectfully!
John Deike August 03, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Hello folks, thanks for your contributions on this blog, but we're going to suspend Comments on this piece for now to review what's been said and to determine what (if anything) needs to be removed. Thanks, JD

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