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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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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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