Thanks to everyone who visited their local Chick-fil-A to support Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.
I visited the Chick-fil-A in South Philadelphia after my radio show on WPHT 1210-AM. I was blown away by the turnout. Regardless of where you are on the gay marriage issue, one of the cornerstones of our democracy is freedom of speech and the right to have your own personal opinions.
Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A, expressed his views on traditional marriage. If you disagree with his views, you have the right to vote with your wallet and take your business elsewhere. You have the right to protest. You have the right to share your opinion with others and encourage them to shop elsewhere.
What is disturbing is many of our elected officials who are making veiled threats against Chick-fil-A in their local communities. As long as Chick-fil-A (or any business, for that matter) is conducting their business in compliance with all laws and regulations, they should not be subjected to political intimidation or “groupthink” because the business owner’s viewpoints are different.
As long as the business treats customers and employees with respect, they should not be publicly persecuted because another group disagrees with that business owner’s views or the organizations it supports.
Chick-fil-A does not discriminate or deny service to customers. Yet, to a number of our elected officials, they characterize Chick-fil-A as dangerous as a nuisance bar. If your local elected officials are grandstanding against Chick-fil-A, tell these mis-guided blowhards to focus on more important things: getting crime off the streets, closing nuisance bars, bringing needed jobs to our communities and improving our school systems.
Here is a clip from my appearance on Fox 29’s “Good Day Philadelphia” to discuss the Chick-fil-A controversey: