Tuesday, July 31, 2012
First Amendment Wednesday
Those of us who support our First Amendment rights might consider eating at our local Chick-fil-A Wednesday, August 1st.
Our local franchise owners have been on talk radio this week and report that sales are up 30% since the manufactured controversy over CEO/Owner Cathy's view of traditional marriage. Chick-fil-A has been in business since 1967 and the Cathy family's views have not changed or "evolved" in 45 years; the family believes in Christian values, personal responsibility, operate with no debt and encourage franchise owners to do the same.
The company does not discriminate in its hiring practices, it has a stellar record of responsible stewardship of its resources to include an appreciation for and commitment to, its employees. Beginning in 1973 Chick-fil-A has provided almost unprecedented support via its Leadership Scholarship program for employees.
While one might be tempted to boycott -- or support -- Chick-fil-A based upon media reports related to traditional marriage... the true test should be each American citizen's support of our First Amendment, GOD-given right to Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly and Petition.
I will send a message by quite happily breaking my Weight Watchers Points Plan tomorrow by eating at my local Chick-fil-A restaurant, and I'm dragging three friends along with me, too.
My hope is that every venue experiences so much patronage that it creates gridlock.
A huge turnout will require the Lame Stream Media cover Main Stream Americans' support for Freedom of Speech.