POLL: Will You Be Joining in Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day?

Or will you be boycotting the controversial chicken chain because of the company owner's beliefs on same-sex marriage?

Chick-Fil-A is a fast food restaurant known for its whole chicken breast sandwiches, waffle fries, and homemade cole slaw.

Today it's going to be known as the center of a minor political storm when a lot of people go out of their way to buy lunch or dinner there as a show of solidarity with the embattled chicken chain. Or for those who oppose the chicken retailer's political stances, it'll be a day of boycotts and possible protests.

Wednesday, August 1, is "Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day," so says former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. He's hoping that tea partiers, including members from the , and other First Amendment stalwarts will put their money where their opinions are and buy up Chick-Fil-A items today.

There are two Chick-Fil-A stores in the Woodbridge area: at Menlo Park Mall and at . Many of 1,615 franchises in 39 states are located in malls, although there are some free-standing stores in New Jersey.

The tempest began several weeks ago when Chick-Fil-A executive Dan Cathy said in a radio interview that he supports the concept of traditional marriage, versus same-sex marriage. Gay rights groups, activists, and supporters have been attacking Cathy and the chicken chain, even to the point where some politicians, like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, have been trying to stop Chick-Fil-A from opening franchises in their cities.

Tea partiers have taken up the Chick-Fil-A banner, and Huckabee - who ran for the Republican nomination for president four years ago - jumped on the bandwagon with the Appreciation Day.

The idea is to make an effort to patronize Chick-Fil-A stores today, as a show of support for Cathy and his company's right to express what they say is a dissenting opinion.

Over the years, Chick-Fil-A has drawn attention from various groups hostile to the privately-held company's Christian beliefs. The Atlanta-based family-owned firm, for example, has never allowed its stores to be open on Sunday. That was the idea of company founder Truett Cathy, the firm says on their website, when he opened the first store in 1946.

The concept of being closed on Sunday was practical as well as spiritual: they wanted employees to "have an opportunity to rest, spend time with family and friends, and worship if they choose to do so", Chick-Fil-A says.

So far, over 577,000 fans on the Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day Facebook page say they'll be loading up on chicken sandwiches and waffle fries today.

Will you patronize Chick-Fil-A today, or will you avoid it because of the company owner's political beliefs? Post and tell us what you think.

Jersey Girl August 04, 2012 at 02:24 PM
What you are failing to see is that this all started because others who were exercising there right to free speech, decided to boycott. All I am saying is that EVERYONE in this country has that same right. Free Speech for All.
Katy Lake August 04, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I still don't see what your problem is. So what that it started because leftists decided to boycott Chick-Fil-A? That's irrelevant. Leftists are always boycotting something or other. The real news is that average people who never march or protest or publicly boycott anything chose to do something positive and proactive and patronize Chick-Fil-A to show they supported the company CEO's First Amendment rights. I'm glad you recognize that 'everyone' has the same First Amendment rights. You wouldn't get that impression from reading much of the leftwing media coverage of this event.
soledad reynolds August 13, 2012 at 12:51 PM
this country is a free country and people die to get in illegally here. the CEO of that company has free speech same as all Americans. If you like the product, which by the way is very good, you should not care about this thoughts, care about the people who serve you in the restaurant because they are the best servers especially the ones at Woodbridge Mall site in Woodbridge NJ
Mr. Teddy April 09, 2013 at 06:25 PM
We are all entitled to our opinions up to a point. Gays are entitled to a legal union which gets them the same benefits as married people. That's part of our system. They are not entitled to call it a marriage which is an affront to most religions and all the happily married people in the world. Gay marriage does not and will not exist just because some weak politician needs more votes to stay in office and con more people. This is a moral and religious issue beyond the rights of man to interfere with.
soledad reynolds April 10, 2013 at 03:50 AM
More power to the Chick- fil -A owner. I shared his views about Sunday rest for the workers as well as the traditional marriage. I wish people just live with one another in a peaceful, tranquil way. We are all God"s children. Chick Fil A sandwiches are really yummy too!!


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