Chick-fil-A sandwiches become a political symbol

In this Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 picture, Chick-fil-a founder Truett Cathy, left, and his son Dan Cathy pose for a photo with the Chick-fil-A cows during a celebration of passing the $3 billon dollar mark in system-wide sales for the first time at the Chick-fil-a headquarters in Atlanta. Chick-fil-A, whose founder distinguished the fast-food chain by closing on Sunday out of religious piety, continues to mix theology with business and finds itself on the front lines of the nation’s culture wars after its president, Dan Cathy, confirmed his opposition to gay marriage in June 2012. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Elissa Eubanks)

In this Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 picture, Chick-fil-a founder Truett Cathy, left, and his son Dan Cathy pose for a photo with the Chick-fil-A cows during a celebration of passing the $3 billon dollar mark in system-wide sales for the first time at the Chick-fil-a headquarters in Atlanta. Chick-fil-A, whose founder distinguished the fast-food chain by closing on Sunday out of religious piety, continues to mix theology with business and finds itself on the front lines of the nation’s culture wars after its president, Dan Cathy, confirmed his opposition to gay marriage in June 2012. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Elissa Eubanks)

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ATLANTA — All of a sudden, biting into a fried chicken sandwich has become a political statement.

Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain known for putting faith ahead of profits by closing on Sundays, is standing firm in its opposition to gay marriage after touching off a furor earlier this month.

Gay rights groups have called for a boycott, the Jim Henson Co. pulled its Muppet toys from kids' meals, and politicians in Boston and Chicago told the chain it is not welcome there.

Across the Bible Belt, where most of the 1,600 restaurants are situated, Christian conservatives have thrown their support behind the Atlanta-based company, promising to buy chicken sandwiches and waffle fries next week on "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day."

The latest skirmish in the nation's culture wars began when Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press that the company was "guilty as charged" for backing "the biblical definition of a family." In a later radio interview, he ratcheted up the rhetoric: "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.'"

That fired up gay rights advocates, including a group that waged a campaign against the company in recent years by publicizing $3 million in contributions that the Cathy family foundation has made to conservative organizations such as the Family Research Council.

"This solidifies Chick-fil-A as being closely aligned with some of the most vicious anti-gay voices in the country," said Carlos Maza of Equality Matters.

A Chicago alderman vowed to block a Chick-fil-A proposed in his district, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel supported him, saying, "Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values." Boston Mayor Thomas Menino wrote in a letter to Cathy: "There is no place for discrimination on Boston's Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it."

In announcing it was pulling its toys, the Jim Henson company said it has "celebrated and embraced diversity for over 50 years." It directed its revenue from the Chick-fil-A toys to GLAAD, a leading gay rights organization.

On the other side of the debate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, declared next Wednesday "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" to support a business "whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values." Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who like Huckabee ran for president as a darling of social conservatives, joined the cause along with religious leaders.

"As the son of a dairy farmer who milked many a cow, I plan to 'Eat Mor Chikin' and show my support by visiting Chick-fil-A next Wednesday," the Rev. Billy Graham said in a statement, referring to the slogan in the company's ads, which feature cows urging people to eat poultry.

The Rev. Roger Oldham, spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention, said many Christians want to support businesses owned by fellow believers, and the loyalty intensifies "when Christians see a fellow Christian being persecuted."

"They will come out of the woodwork when a theologically based position is being politicized by individuals for their own purposes," he said.

The Cathy family has never hid its Southern Baptist faith. Since Dan Cathy's father, Truett, opened the first Chick-fil-A in 1967, the restaurants have been closed on Sundays, and the company refused to reconsider during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, sacrificing profits. It also boasts that the Chick-fil-A Bowl is the only college football bowl game with an invocation.

Chick-fil-A posted more than $4.1 billion in sales last year, most of it below the Mason-Dixon Line. Just 14 of its restaurants are in the six states and the District of Columbia where gay marriage is legal. Massachusetts has just two locations, both more than 10 miles from Boston. Illinois, which does not have same-sex marriage, has around a dozen, though only one in Chicago.

The company is well-positioned to come through the criticism relatively unscathed, even if it loses new markets in the North and elsewhere, University of Georgia marketing professor Sundar Bharadwaj said. He said that is because Chick-fil-A basically reflects the politics of its customers.

At a downtown Atlanta Chick-fil-A on Thursday, customers were divided over the company's stance.

"If you're a Christian, you believe in the Bible. The Bible says homosexuality is wrong. (Cathy's) absolutely right," Marci Troutman said over her breakfast.

Her business partner, Steve Timpson, said he chose not to eat at Chick-fil-A: "You've got to be more tolerant if you're going to operate in the wider market in this country."

Nearby, Dustin Keller offered another view of Cathy: "It's his opinion. He's entitled to it. I'm just here to eat."

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cozyboy writes:

More Political correctness. This country has gone mad. I also just heard Rahm Emmanuel is bringing in Minister Farakahn to help out the police in Chicago to combat all the murders and violence. Let's see this is the man that called the jews"Devils" . What's going on in this world today?

newzhound (Inactive) writes:

Political leaders are engaged in limiting freedom of speech and using a difference in views to intimidate a business in the community.

The political leaders' personal views are discriminatory as they are to provide leadership for all of their population/region and improve the conditions therein.

romneygate writes:

in response to Red2020:

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Try saying you don't support the Constitution.

romneygate writes:

in response to Red2020:

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Your "opinion" is noted.

Johnnymarco49 writes:

I don't like chicken but I'm going to start to eat at Chick-fil-A. They are not only right but The cows have no beef with that only the liberal chickens.

romneygate writes:

in response to Red2020:

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Hey Methusalah, how old are you? LOL

staghorn writes:

Chicken, the dirtiest, nastiest animal on the farm. Even eats it's own santorum.

romneygate writes:

Never been there, but is it true that Chick-fil has signs "WASH YOUR HANDS" at the counter, besides in the washrooms?

romneygate writes:

in response to Red2020:

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Spock_is_logical writes:

Let the gays marry so they can suffer with the rest of us...

Be careful what you ask for...

Mo money for lawyers due to mo divorces.

mwyatt22 writes:

Gay marriage was shot down here and in California. Clearly the majority of people do not support gay marriage. I'm sorry, but it's obvious that people in favor of gay marriage make up a small percent of the population.

I say good for them for voicing their opinion and standing by their convictions, religeous or otherwise. And shame on anyone for trying to cram their own beliefs down someone elses throat, because that is exactly what the gay marriage supporters are trying to do.

twosuns writes:

Now all the bible beater's are going to get together next week to support hatred by eating greasy chicken. All part of the liberal plan. Get em fat and loaded with cholesterol and watch them die of massive heart attacks. The liberals will take over.. muhahahaha!

greathornedlizard writes:

I don't care who's getting married, it's a big mistake, and I should know, I tried it twice!
That being said, Wendy's chicken is better and I don't even like Wendy's after their thankfully dead (rest in pieces) founder said that "people who don't work shouldn't eat."

What a pig, he would condemn the entire
Bush family to starvation?

LoadStar (Inactive) writes:

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Klaatu writes:

2 choked chicken sandwich's hold the mayo to go please !

LoadStar (Inactive) writes:

Very tasty, but that's some DAM__'d expensive chicken!! Better to buy a rotisserie chicken at Costco for 4.99 and gnaw on it's carcass like a friggin' RAT in the parking lot!

greathornedlizard writes:

in response to LoadStar:

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lol! you can't say that..

NaplesforHim writes:

Even five years ago, it would not have been news that someone thought marriage is between a man and a woman -- which is the form of the family that built civilization, which built this country. Now it is somehow bad to state the obvious, what God and nature says is normal and healthy. Shows how far the homosexuals have gotten under the Obama regime and its liberal media thugs. WE WILL BE EATING LOTS AND LOTS OF CHICK FIL A TO SHOW THE HOMOSEXUAL BULLIES THAT WE ARE SICK OF THEIR PERSECUTION.

TiredoftheBS writes:

When you go to a Chick-fil-A they speak English, real English, not that guttural slang plus they are courteous and polite.

KFC, MCD, Taco B and BK are dirty, employ low lifes and foreigners you can't understand!

romneygate writes:

in response to Red2020:

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?????

1234567890 writes:

The Bible says that homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of heaven. But as Christians we must love all without difference. The churches in this country are more concerned with preaching prosperity than tell the truth of the bible. So we're sinking in all areas. Let us preach that Jesus heals, liberates and saves.

volochine writes:

Wonderful commercials, but I'm gone. These fast food places are a dime-a-dozen.

Will not pay money to haters and the ignorant.

QueBonita writes:

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HAP writes:

There is NOTHING WRONG with saying you don't like something. BUT, the POS liberals make it more important than jobs, and the fraud and con man in the white house, and corrpution and lies, and stealing, and rapes and murders and on and on. If they would only be that vocal about real issues, perhaps something, not much, but something can improve in our country.

dab writes:

""This solidifies Chick-fil-A as being closely aligned with some of the most vicious anti-gay voices in the country," said Carlos Maza of Equality Matters.:

Really? Gays better pick their fights carefully - by involving themselves into a relatively common and innocuous comment, they themselves show intolerance. This will backfire on them and will certainly not help their cause.

rbuonamici writes:

I am so sick of people talking about a fictional being called god. There is no god!!!!! When are you people going to start watching the science channel and see how large our expanding universe really is. There is not one iota of proof there is a god and yet all of you religious nuts quote him like he exists. Unbelievable!!!!

BillyBob1 writes:

in response to rbuonamici:

I am so sick of people talking about a fictional being called god. There is no god!!!!! When are you people going to start watching the science channel and see how large our expanding universe really is. There is not one iota of proof there is a god and yet all of you religious nuts quote him like he exists. Unbelievable!!!!

Wow, people believing in something that you don't, really ticks you off. Wonder why that is?

amyashby writes:

WOW, I feel bad for the gays who work at Chick fil a, how terrible it must be to work there. When your employer thinks GOD, who created the gay employee and actually made him/her gay, makes them think their family is not valid. How uncomfortable. Good job Chicago and Boston for letting chick fil a know they aren't welcome in your town. Hate should not be tollerated. Only an old white man could think in 2012 that bashing gays is OK. Its not a liberal thing, its a human thing.

QueBonita writes:

Marriage was conceived to nurture the offspring of procreating couples.
Fortunately gays are a non-reproducing self-extinguishing breed, otherwise the human race would be headed for extinction.

fishguts writes:

in response to NaplesforHim:

Even five years ago, it would not have been news that someone thought marriage is between a man and a woman -- which is the form of the family that built civilization, which built this country. Now it is somehow bad to state the obvious, what God and nature says is normal and healthy. Shows how far the homosexuals have gotten under the Obama regime and its liberal media thugs. WE WILL BE EATING LOTS AND LOTS OF CHICK FIL A TO SHOW THE HOMOSEXUAL BULLIES THAT WE ARE SICK OF THEIR PERSECUTION.

Not really up on history are you? Homosexuality has been around since the dawn of man. Homosexuality played a huge role in the success of the Roman and Greek empires. Many of the oriental dynasties were influenced by homosexuality. It is a fact that several of the founding fathers of this country were homosexual. I am not gay but I could care less what someone does in the privacy of their bedroom. It's their business not mine, nor yours, nor Chik-Filets.

Ruger writes:

in response to amyashby:

WOW, I feel bad for the gays who work at Chick fil a, how terrible it must be to work there. When your employer thinks GOD, who created the gay employee and actually made him/her gay, makes them think their family is not valid. How uncomfortable. Good job Chicago and Boston for letting chick fil a know they aren't welcome in your town. Hate should not be tollerated. Only an old white man could think in 2012 that bashing gays is OK. Its not a liberal thing, its a human thing.

Government should probably take control of Chick fil a....

...they "Didn't Build It"...Right?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=...

Ruger writes:

in response to Damyankee:

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The alliance between liberals and these radicals is strange isn't it?

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/13...

Ignoring Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s history of anti-Semitic remarks, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday welcomed the army of men dispatched to the streets by Farrakhan to stop the violence in Chicago neighborhoods.

scubatenor writes:

With the majority of the outlets located in the Bible Belt, I think it was a stroke of genius in Chick-fil-a taking their anti-gay stand... if you look at it from simply a marketing point of view.

Morally, we shall see where it leads, but I think they stand to make millions.

As for me? I don't like chicken. And if you saw how it was commercially raised in this country, you wouldn't like it either.

SWFLUSMC writes:

Another example of the left shooting themselves in the foot. I thought freedom of religion was protected under the Constitution. I am not close to any of these places but I will find one next week, a few times. Not because I hate anyone but because I love what we have here in the US and I will not let it be "dragged" down by 2-3% of us. No more than I will allow the same percentage of Muslims to threaten what we have made. Everyone who knows people in the gay community is aware there are many subgroups. Most of the great individuals I have met over the years do not want any of this type of confrontation. They just want to be left alone to prosper like the everyone else. But as in any group, a few that make the most noise, create the picture everyone else identifies with. Please do not think all gay people in the country are antagonistic and want to pursue programs of indoctrination of alternative sexuality in our schools, they do not. These issues and fights are waged by a small few in their community.

sharks2009 writes:

If you don't like what Chik-Fil-A stands for, then by all means please feel free to eat somewhere else. We should be thankful that there is an organization who's actions actually reflect their words. I know of many teens who work there , and they love their jobs. Not only are they expected to follow a strong work ethic, they are expected to do things well and with integrity. If you show up for work unprepared, late, not in full uniform (which means even your belt) You are sent home! Love Chik-Fil-A and now plan to eat there more often!

fedupwithnaples writes:

in response to rbuonamici:

I am so sick of people talking about a fictional being called god. There is no god!!!!! When are you people going to start watching the science channel and see how large our expanding universe really is. There is not one iota of proof there is a god and yet all of you religious nuts quote him like he exists. Unbelievable!!!!

WOW you have some serious issues. I wonder who you will be pleading with on your last breath?

beerbong writes:

in response to Red2020:

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It is not wrong. No way shape or form. I do not and will not support the gay life style. I'll say it and say it loud, like it or lump it. Want to join in. Start yelling it and shouting it. It's your right.

BillBrasky writes:

The Bible says homosexuality is an abomination. The Bible also says eating shellfish in an abomination. Why don't we see protests over the sale and consumption of shellfish and the crabbing industry? The answer to me is obvious, there is a prejudice about gay people and people hide behind the Bible as an excuse to codify their prejudice as law.

In decades past they used the Bible as an excuse to discriminate against woman and black people. Before that they used the Bible as a way of explaining away why slavery was "okay" in the eyes of God. Thank goodness we are making progress and women and black people are now considered worthy of rights. The same people who are fighting to deny the rights of gay people fought the rights of women and black people using the same line of Biblical "reasoning."

Luckily America is a pluralistic society governed by rule of law. The constitution protects us from religious persecution. Not everyone in our "great melting pot" has the same prejudices and desire to discriminate as not all Americans practice the same religion.

Honestly though, can anyone who supports the discrimination of gay people because of the Bible explain why the Bible is ignored when it comes to shellfish?

RE traditional marriage, in Biblical times brides were bought and sold, often traded for livestock. Is this what people want to regress back to, women as property?

Also-If a husband dies should his brother be required to marry the sister? This is what the Bible requires.

Can a Biblical scholar explain how Christians can reconcile ignoring some Bible passages but focusing on others so strongly they want their religious faith codified in law?

Gifted1 writes:

in response to fedupwithnaples:

WOW you have some serious issues. I wonder who you will be pleading with on your last breath?

He has no issues. Hey, just a bit of information for you. The world is not flat either. The less intelligent continue to deny science and its continuing discoveries.

Gifted1 writes:

in response to beerbong:

It is not wrong. No way shape or form. I do not and will not support the gay life style. I'll say it and say it loud, like it or lump it. Want to join in. Start yelling it and shouting it. It's your right.

Sure, because when people are different than you, that must make them bad.

Ruger writes:

in response to SWFLUSMC:

Another example of the left shooting themselves in the foot. I thought freedom of religion was protected under the Constitution. I am not close to any of these places but I will find one next week, a few times. Not because I hate anyone but because I love what we have here in the US and I will not let it be "dragged" down by 2-3% of us. No more than I will allow the same percentage of Muslims to threaten what we have made. Everyone who knows people in the gay community is aware there are many subgroups. Most of the great individuals I have met over the years do not want any of this type of confrontation. They just want to be left alone to prosper like the everyone else. But as in any group, a few that make the most noise, create the picture everyone else identifies with. Please do not think all gay people in the country are antagonistic and want to pursue programs of indoctrination of alternative sexuality in our schools, they do not. These issues and fights are waged by a small few in their community.

They only seem to have a problem when Christians have a different opinion then themselves. They don't care when muslim extremist move into town..

http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/07/...

This is the Islamic Society of Boston’s mosque in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, a.k.a. “Menino’s Mosque.

Mayor Menino “sold” $2 million worth of city property to the ISB for $175,000, despite their well-documented links to Muslim extremism. The mosque teaches a form of Islam that condemns homosexuals to death.

beerbong writes:

in response to twosuns:

Now all the bible beater's are going to get together next week to support hatred by eating greasy chicken. All part of the liberal plan. Get em fat and loaded with cholesterol and watch them die of massive heart attacks. The liberals will take over.. muhahahaha!

Really! Are you sure of what you just said. Did you ever hear of Shinola?

scubatenor writes:

in response to fedupwithnaples:

WOW you have some serious issues. I wonder who you will be pleading with on your last breath?

Serious issues? Please read this:

"Top Eleven Signs You're a Christian:"

11- You believe in a book (New Testament) that was written 80 years after your Messiah died by men who never met him and who believed the earth was flat and the Sun revolved around the Earth, but continuously deny modern science books.

10 - You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.

9 - You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.

8 - You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.

7 - Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Allah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" including women, children, and trees!

6 - You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.

5 - You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.

4 - You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs -- though excluding those in all rival sects - will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most "tolerant" and "loving."

3 - While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor speaking in "tongues" may be all the evidence you need to "prove" Christianity.

2 - You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.

1 - You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history - but still call yourself a Christian.

Fedupwithlife, we will all meet death in our own fashion and way. Believing or not believing.

Silent1nomore writes:

If gay men would just marry gay women that would put a stop to all this foolishness!

I quit going to all other fast food places except Chick-fil-A! The employees are a cut above, service is impeccable, and the food is always good with few mistakes, if any!

beerbong writes:

in response to Gifted1:

Sure, because when people are different than you, that must make them bad.

I did not say anything about being bad. I said I do not support the gay life style.

BillBrasky writes:

in response to Ruger:

They only seem to have a problem when Christians have a different opinion then themselves. They don't care when muslim extremist move into town..

http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/07/...

This is the Islamic Society of Boston’s mosque in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, a.k.a. “Menino’s Mosque.

Mayor Menino “sold” $2 million worth of city property to the ISB for $175,000, despite their well-documented links to Muslim extremism. The mosque teaches a form of Islam that condemns homosexuals to death.

Ruger, RE "Radical Islam" When England put radical, murderous strong man Ibn Saud in charge of the Arabian peninsula after WWI they created a monster. Ibn Saud happened to be part of a fringe cult known as Wahhabism. Before the English supplied Ibn Saud with money, cannons and ammo Wahhabists were a fringe group. Today the bizarre radical version of Islam called Wahhabism is codified as law in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabian Wahhabists hijacked the planes on 9-11.

By exploiting the Middle East via strongmen like Ibn Saud the Western Powers have corrupted and radicalized much of that region of the world.

That we have been killing Middle Easterners and exploiting that region for decades makes violent Islamic radicals seem like a viable option in fighting "the great satan". (their words not mine)

It is important on any discussion on "radical Islam" to remember that this form of Islam was brought to the global stage and made legitimate by the exploitative practices of the Western Powers.

I know it stinks we have egg on our face and blood on our hands but we have created the situation in the Middle East. They have a legitimate reason to hate the USA. The hate makes it easy to radicalize a religion.

The chickens have come home to roost.

Conservative writes:

I will be eating at Chick-fil-a MORE OFTEN and I ask all Christians to do the same for the next month. I want to see CFA's monthly sales figures go UP, and send a message that a boycott will back fire and actually make CFA money.

Finally someone standing up for CHRISTIAN values, and not caving to the PC Police and pressure from the gay community.

The gay community is only tolerant if you agree with them, and if you don't then you are scum of the earth and need to be wiped out.

They complain about "tolerance", but they don't like anything that disagrees with their point of view on the gay marriage issue etc. If you don't approve of their life style you are a "bigot". Agree with their lifestyle or ELSE.

The politicians are SCARED of the gay community votes and pressure, so they cave like cardboard. They totally IGNORE the vast MAJORITY of the voters which are STRAIGHT. For the gay marriage bill to not pass in CA is proof of my point.

Ruger writes:

in response to BillBrasky:

The Bible says homosexuality is an abomination. The Bible also says eating shellfish in an abomination. Why don't we see protests over the sale and consumption of shellfish and the crabbing industry? The answer to me is obvious, there is a prejudice about gay people and people hide behind the Bible as an excuse to codify their prejudice as law.

In decades past they used the Bible as an excuse to discriminate against woman and black people. Before that they used the Bible as a way of explaining away why slavery was "okay" in the eyes of God. Thank goodness we are making progress and women and black people are now considered worthy of rights. The same people who are fighting to deny the rights of gay people fought the rights of women and black people using the same line of Biblical "reasoning."

Luckily America is a pluralistic society governed by rule of law. The constitution protects us from religious persecution. Not everyone in our "great melting pot" has the same prejudices and desire to discriminate as not all Americans practice the same religion.

Honestly though, can anyone who supports the discrimination of gay people because of the Bible explain why the Bible is ignored when it comes to shellfish?

RE traditional marriage, in Biblical times brides were bought and sold, often traded for livestock. Is this what people want to regress back to, women as property?

Also-If a husband dies should his brother be required to marry the sister? This is what the Bible requires.

Can a Biblical scholar explain how Christians can reconcile ignoring some Bible passages but focusing on others so strongly they want their religious faith codified in law?

Please educate yourself, modern Christians do not follow the literal interpretations of the Old Testament.

Why do you hate Traditional American values?

amyashby writes:

in response to BillBrasky:

The Bible says homosexuality is an abomination. The Bible also says eating shellfish in an abomination. Why don't we see protests over the sale and consumption of shellfish and the crabbing industry? The answer to me is obvious, there is a prejudice about gay people and people hide behind the Bible as an excuse to codify their prejudice as law.

In decades past they used the Bible as an excuse to discriminate against woman and black people. Before that they used the Bible as a way of explaining away why slavery was "okay" in the eyes of God. Thank goodness we are making progress and women and black people are now considered worthy of rights. The same people who are fighting to deny the rights of gay people fought the rights of women and black people using the same line of Biblical "reasoning."

Luckily America is a pluralistic society governed by rule of law. The constitution protects us from religious persecution. Not everyone in our "great melting pot" has the same prejudices and desire to discriminate as not all Americans practice the same religion.

Honestly though, can anyone who supports the discrimination of gay people because of the Bible explain why the Bible is ignored when it comes to shellfish?

RE traditional marriage, in Biblical times brides were bought and sold, often traded for livestock. Is this what people want to regress back to, women as property?

Also-If a husband dies should his brother be required to marry the sister? This is what the Bible requires.

Can a Biblical scholar explain how Christians can reconcile ignoring some Bible passages but focusing on others so strongly they want their religious faith codified in law?

very good intelligent points.

Reading_Quietly_Till_Now writes:

It is so funny how the Super Christian Bible Thumpers turn everything against liberals yet hate everyone different from themselves and support their priests who are so busy "Sanduskying" little boys and condemning others for not following their bible. Of the 7 Billion people on this planet, The Chinese and Indians represent 2.6 Billion of the world population but I guess they are all wrong because most are not christian. What proof do the bible thumpers have that make them correct.

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