Homosexual lobby wages economic war in US.
An American chain of fast-food restuarants which holds to traditional and bilical values is under attack after the company's president declared his backing for the tradtional view of marriage.
UPDATE: 2 August 2012
Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day
American citizens who value the right of free speech (see Footnote) and the traditional view of marriage have turned out in their droves across the nation to express their support for these values and the stand which the Chick-Fil-A chain are taking. Meanwhile homosexual groups are planning a 'Kiss-in' day on Friday this week.
In what has been dubbed ‘the latest skirmish in the nation’s culture wars’ gay rights groups have called for a boycott on the Chick-fil-A fastfood chain, while Muppet’s creator Jim Henson’s company said it could no longer work with the $4+ billion per year business.
Politicians at local and regional level are blocking expansion of the chain by denying business permits or zoning approvals after the company’s president Dan Cathy affirmed to the Baptist Press that the company was “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of family”.
In a later radio interview he upped the rhetoric by saying “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage’”.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino wrote to Cathy: “There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it.” Other American politicians have joined in the criticism of Chick-fil-A’s Christian stance.
However the head of a legal team which specialises in religious, civil rights and constitutional issues has countered the charges being made against the company. Matthew Staver, of Liberty Counsel stated: ““These government officials ought to be ashamed. For a public official to threaten denial of a right to do business because the president of a private company supports natural marriage is the height of stupidity and intolerance. “This should serve as a wake-up call to the majority of Americans who support the commonsense understanding of natural marriage.”
Across the Bible Belt, where most of the 1,600 restaurants are located, Christian conservatives have thrown their support behind the Atlanta-based company, promising to buy chicken sandwiches and waffle fries on "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," on 1 August.
In a statement issued by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, the organisation’s founder Billy Graham has said: ““I want to express my support for my good friends Truett Cathy and his son Dan Cathy, and for their strong stand for the Christian faith.”
A Facebook campaign has been launched by Governor Mike Huckabee, a 2008 Republican presidential candidate, seeking to build support for the chicken-sandwich chain famous for closing its stores on Sundays to allow employees to attend church if they choose. Huckabee has announced:
“The militant homosexual advocates have launched an all out assault on Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A, pushing for a boycott because the Cathy family has contributed to traditional marriage organizations. The attempts to hurt or destroy Chick-fil-A is nothing short of economic bullying. In the name of ‘tolerance,’ there is an effort being mounted to put pressure on people to stop eating at Chick-fil-A. Even worse is the vilification of the company and its employees. The Christian world view of Dan Cathy is being met with intolerance and vicious hate speech.”
The news from America illustrates the extent of the current battle by homosexual groups in the West to destroy traditional values based on those set out in God’s Word.
Last year a Christian cafe owner in Lancashire was visited by the police. Jamie Murray was told to stop displaying Bible texts on a video screen, because it breached public order laws.
A report by the Christian Institute in September 2011 stated: 'There is widespread concern that the police are misusing the law to clamp down on words or material that others may find “insulting”'.
Footnote: The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.
Christians Together, 27/07/2012