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  • Billionaire Koch brother breaks from GOP, backs gay marriage

    08/31/2012 5:45:45 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 35 replies
    FOX News ^ | Aug 31 2012 | Joseph Weber
    Billionaire businessman David Koch has helped direct millions to Republican candidates but he disagrees with the party on gay marriage. The Libertarian-minded Koch -- whose brother, Charlie, also is a big GOP supporter -- made the remarks Thursday on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention. "I believe in gay marriage," the 72-year-old Koch told Politico. He was in Tampa as a New York delegate and to attend an event held by Americans for Prosperity -- the political advocacy group he helps fund and lead.
  • Three-person civil union sparks controversy in Brazil

    08/28/2012 3:32:59 PM PDT · by markomalley · 69 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/28/2012
    A notary in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo has sparked controversy by accepting a civil union between three people. Public Notary Claudia do Nascimento Domingues has said the man and two women should be entitled to family rights. She says there is nothing in law to prevent such an arrangement. But the move has angered some religious groups, while one lawyer described it as "absurd and totally illegal". The three individuals, who have declined to speak to the press, have lived in Rio de Janeiro together for three years and share bills and other expenses. Ms Domingues says they...
  • 40 Reasons Not To Re-Elect Barack Obama

    08/24/2012 4:46:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 24, 2012 | John Hawkins
    1) Obama took 700 billion dollars out of the Medicare program and put it into his wildly unpopular health care program. This is despite the fact that even Obama has admitted, Medicare in particular will run out of money, and we will not be able to sustain that program no matter how much taxes go up. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will put that money back into the Medicare program where it belongs, while Obama won't. 2) Barack Obama's stimulus plan cost more than the Marshall Plan, the Louisiana Purchase, and putting a man on the moon — combined and...
  • Catholics Shift Away from Obama, Democratic Party

    08/24/2012 3:46:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 83 replies
    CT ^ | August 23, 2012 | Shane Vander Hart
    Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Washington, DC)Photo by Shubert Ciencia Catholics are a major voting block, and one that can’t be pigeonholed by Republicans or Democrats. A recent NPR segment compared Vice President Joe Biden with the presumptive Vice Presidential nominee, Congressman Paul Ryan. Both are Catholics, but their worldview is not the same.Stephen Schneck, a political scientist at Catholic University, said that Biden comes from a more traditional generation of Catholics. “This is the Catholicism of our old ethnic neighborhoods, and our union halls, and St. Christopher medals on the dashboard sort of thing,”...
  • Neb. woman faked attack to spark change

    08/21/2012 1:57:17 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 50 replies
    Whittier Daily News ^ | Aug 21 2012 | GRANT SCHULTE
    LINCOLN, Neb.—Police say a former University of Nebraska women's basketball star faked an attack in which she allegedly carved anti-gay slurs into her skin because she felt it would spark change. Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong said Tuesday that 33-year-old Charlie Rogers outlined her motive for the faked July 22 attack in Facebook postings four days earlier. Peschong says Rogers wrote: "So maybe I'm too idealistic but I believe way deep inside me that we can make things better for everyone. I will be a catalyst. I will do what it takes. I will. Watch me." Rogers, a lesbian, told...
  • Former NARAL President Calls Paul Ryan’s Pro-Life Views “Crazy”

    08/21/2012 2:45:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Life News ^ | August 21, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    Kate Michelman, the former president of the NARAL pro-abortion organization, joined pro-abortion MSNBC talk show host Chris Matthews and said vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan is “crazy” to believe that unborn children should be legally protected.h/t Jill StanekThe National Right to Life Committee, in tracking the votes Ryan has cast in Congress on important pro-life issues, has crafted a perfect 100% pro-life voting record.This year, Ryan is 10 for 10 in pro-life voting — voting to repeal Obamacare, cut off taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood repeatedly, stopping taxpayer funding for abortions in various instances, banning sex-selection abortions, providing for pro-life...
  • Black Pro-Lifers Stand Up to Pro-Abortion “War on Women” Rally

    08/21/2012 2:09:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Life News ^ | August 21, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    The huge pro-abortion rally that was supposed to bring tens of thousands of abortion advocates to Washington to stand up to the supposed “War on Women” pro-life groups, Republicans and Mitt Romney are supposedly waging on women didn’t materialize.However, pro-life advocates stood their ground in a counter protest against the hardcore abortion backers who did show up.The pro-abortion community was stunned by the presence of African American pro-life prayer supporters. Pro-life leaders on the ground were encouraged by the gathering of prayerful prolife supporters who wore t-shirts announcing the injustice of the death of Tonya Reaves; a Black woman who...
  • Soaping the slippery slope: the decline of once-Christian colleges into bastions of unbelief

    08/21/2012 3:17:59 PM PDT · by rhema · 12 replies
    WORLD ^ | Marvin Olasky
    What happened to so many once-Christian colleges in the United States? Two fine books describe the decline. George Marsden's 462-page The Soul of the American University shows how once-Protestant universities became secular look-alikes. James Burtchaell's The Dying of the Light: The Disengagement of Colleges and Universities from Their Christian Churches uses 868 pages to show not only how schools moved from liberal theism to secularism but how, before that, they moved from theologically conservative to liberal stances. I'll try to give the high points of 1,330 pages in fewer than 1,330 words: Three central messages are (1) Follow the money,...
  • Did the SPLC declare FRC a hate group in 2010 because of the midterm elections?

    08/17/2012 11:45:58 AM PDT · by Bulwinkle · 11 replies
    FRC has been around for decades, why in 2010 did the SPLC suddenly call them a hate group? i can't find the exact date in 201
  • (MN) DFL leaders want (perv) Gauthier to quit race

    08/20/2012 7:03:25 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 13 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 8/20/12 | Baird Helgeson
    State Democratic leaders are increasing pressure on a DFL legislator not to seek re-election after authorities said he had a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop in Duluth. "I am deeply disappointed with Rep. Kerry Gauthier's conduct," said House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis. "The conduct was wrong and ... I believe he should withdraw from the race for re-election." Last week, the St. Louis County attorney's office decided not to pursue charges against Gauthier, a first-term legislator from Duluth, for allegedly engaging in oral sex with a 17-year-old boy in a wooded area behind the...
  • Mitt Romney campaign spent $500 at Chick-fil-A [OMG.....!]

    08/20/2012 6:01:46 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    Mitt Romney campaign spent $500 at Chick-fil-A By: Tarini Parti August 20, 2012 08:44 PM EDT The Romney campaign appreciates Chick-fil-A. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s campaign spent $500 at a Chick-fil-A in Atlanta last month, days before former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s national “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” on Aug 1. Romney’s campaign reported the cost as “meeting expense” in its monthly federal campaign finance filing on Monday. The Atlanta-based fast food chain has come under fire after the company’s president Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press that Chick-fil-A was “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of a family.”...
  • Pelosi, Beatty tour to defend health-care reform (clinging to Commiecare™)

    08/17/2012 6:29:45 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Dispatch ^ | 8/17/12 | Emily Wilkins
    Pelosi, Beatty tour to defend health-care reformBy Emily Wilkins The Columbus Dispatch Friday August 17, 2012 6:09 AM Nancy Pelosi ripped criticism of the federal health-care law by GOP presidential ticket Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as “not true” during an appearance yesterday in Columbus. The U.S. House minority leader defended the Affordable Care Act at a panel she attended with Joyce Beatty, Democratic candidate for Ohio’s 3rd Congressional District. Ryan, who spoke at Ohio’s Miami University this week, said President Barack Obama had “raided” the Medicare budget and taken $716 billion to fund the Affordable Care Act. “The Ryan...
  • Chess Champ Garry Kasparov: ‘They Were Trying to Break My Leg’

    08/17/2012 5:32:07 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 8 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 8/17/2012 | Eli Lake
    When chess grand champion and Russian opposition leader Garry Kasparov showed up Friday at the sentencing of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, he didn’t expect to spend the next five hours in the custody of the Moscow police, recovering from a severe beating. Now, he says, after being punched in the genitals, thrown in a van and beaten by several police, Kasparov says the police have accused him of biting one of them—an allegation he denies. “They act like animals and they accuse me of biting them,” Kasparov told the Daily Beast in his first interview since being arrested. “Can...
  • Obama 'disappointed' by Russia band verdict

    08/17/2012 11:47:31 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August. 17, 2012
    WASHINGTON -- A White House spokesman says President Barack Obama is disappointed by the two-year prison sentence imposed on a punk band in Russia for protesting president Vladimir Putin (POO'-tihn). The sentence handed down to the provocative band Pussy Riot follows a trial seen around the world as an emblem of Russia's intolerance of dissent.
  • Russian female punk band Pussy Riot found guilty of hooliganism over Putin protest at church site

    08/17/2012 6:17:43 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 42 replies
    CBS ^ | 08/17/12
    August 17, 2012 7:47 AM Russian female punk band Pussy Riot found guilty of hooliganism over Putin protest at church site Updated at 8:53 a.m. ET (CBS/AP) MOSCOW - A Russian judge found three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot guilty of hooliganism on Friday, in one of the most closely watched cases in recent Russian history. The judge said the three band members committed hooliganism driven by religious hatred and offending religious believers. The three were arrested in March after a guerrilla performance in Moscow's main cathedral in February calling for the Virgin Mary to protect Russia...
  • Madonna shows support for jailed Russian punk band

    08/08/2012 1:59:35 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 15 replies
    CBS ^ | 08/08/2012 | CBS
    MOSCOW — Madonna has expressed her support for the jailed members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot by donning a black ski mask and scrawling the group's name on her back. ~snip~ Madonna voiced support for Pussy Riot at a Tuesday night concert in Moscow, saying she'd "pray for them."
  • Where Barry Met Larry-historically mark Obama’s gay hot spots in Chicago

    08/17/2012 6:12:04 PM PDT · by Mortrey · 25 replies
    Hillbuzz ^ | August 17, 2012 Read more http://hillbuzz.org/where-barry-met-larry-a-grassroots-campaign-to-histo | Kevin DuJan Read more http://hillbuzz.org/where-barry-met-larry-a-grassroots-campaign-to-historic
    "I also think there needs to be a “historic marker” affixed to Man’s Country Bathhouse up in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago, as well..."
  • LivePrayer to File $100 Million Lawsuit Against Southern Poverty Law Center

    08/17/2012 5:30:41 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 28 replies
    Bill Keller, the world's leading Internet Evangelist and the founder of LivePrayer.com, with over 2.4 million subscribers worldwide reading the Daily Devotional he has written every morning for 13 years on the issues of the day from a Biblcial worldview, is planning to file a $100 million defamation lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling him and his ministry as a "hate group." In an exclusive interview, Keller said, "The sad shooting the other day at the Family Research Council by a man who supports the radical homosexual agenda, was clearly fueled by the left wing group, the...
  • Dems Pull Chief Justice Candidate

    08/17/2012 2:52:35 PM PDT · by RobertoinAL · 30 replies
    The Dems in Alabama have pulled Harry Lyons as their Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. "The hearing generated colorful commentary from Lyon, who represented himself. At one point, Democratic Party Chairman Mark Kennedy asked Lyon if he believes gays and lesbians are abominations. Lyon replied, "God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve."
  • NYC voters: Officials should back off Chick-fil-A

    08/17/2012 2:51:26 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 6 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Aug 15, 2012 | Staff
    NEW YORK CITY (BP) -- New York City may be one of the more liberal cities in America, but more than 80 percent of voters there believe public officials should neither prevent Chick-fil-A from opening new franchises nor discourage citizens from visiting it, a new poll shows. The Quinnipiac University survey of 1,298 New York City voters showed that by an 82-12 percent margin, the city's voters don't think that the Chick-fil-A president's stance on marriage should "have an impact on their ability to obtain government permits to do business." Similarly, by an 83-11 margin, voters don't believe elected officials...
  • Floyd Corkins may have had second target

    08/17/2012 2:58:02 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 23 replies
    ABC 7 ^ | Aug 17 2012 | Unattributed
    The alleged shooter in the Family Research Council shooting may have had a second target, according to the head of the group. Floyd Corkins II allegedly had the address of the Traditional Values Coalition in his possession. The organization, a lobbying group, has similar views to the family research council. “Clearly we need added protection after this. My understanding is we were the next target,” says Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition. Traditional Values Coalition is located in the 100 block of C Street in southeast D.C.
  • Before Shooting: Southern Poverty Law Center Put Family Research Council on ‘Hate Map’

    08/17/2012 4:12:14 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 18 replies
    CNS News ^ | Elizabeth Harrington
    CNSNews.com) – The man who shot a security guard at the Family Research Council (FRC) on Wednesday was “given a license” to do so because of groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) that have labeled the FRC a “hate group,” said FRC President Tony Perkins. The SPLC has posted what it calls a "Hate Map" on its website that points to the FRC as a "hate" group located in Washington, D.C.. Before a gunman shot a security guard at the FRC, the Southern Poverty Law Center had posted the FRC on its "hate map." The map and...
  • Ron Palillo Dead at 63: “Welcome Back, Kotter” Star Dies from Heart Attack (“Horshack”)

    08/14/2012 10:05:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Thirty Mile Zone ^ | 8/14/2012 9:01 AM PDT | TMZ Staff
    Ron Palillo—the actor who played Horshack on “Welcome Back, Kotter”—died this morning at his home near Palm Beach, FL from an apparent heart attack … this according to someone close to the actor. We’re told Palillo was found by his partner of many years, Joseph Gramm, around 4:00 AM. Gramm called an ambulance and Palillo was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. We’re told the heart attack was very unexpected. Palillo was 63. …
  • Maryland gay marriage: Don't cue the wedding bells just yet

    08/10/2012 4:28:04 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 41 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | Aug 10 2012 | Richard Vatz
    Given the history of same-sex marriage referendums, poll results should be viewed skeptically There was a brief explosion of optimism from those supporting same-sex marriage in Maryland last week after a poll by Hart Research Associates indicated that voters in the state support it by a significant margin of 54-40. No state has ever approved gay marriage at the ballot box, but advocates here and elsewhere — The New York Times published a piece titled "Hopeful news from Maryland" — contend that the issue hasn't polled this well before either. They shouldn't get too excited just yet. Gay marriage is...
  • Jerry Sandusky focus of national Postal Service porn investigation

    08/10/2012 3:44:41 PM PDT · by Kay Ludlow · 37 replies
    Jerry Sandusky is the focus of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service, which is looking into whether he sent child pornography across state lines, a national news outlet is reporting today. Read more here: http://www.centredaily.com/2012/08/10/3295414/jerry-sandusky-reportedly-focus.html#storylink=cpy
  • NYT Proves Romney Right On Welfare

    08/10/2012 2:44:06 PM PDT · by djone · 1 replies
    The smoking gun is always in the last place you look: I had some serious doubts about Mitt Romney’s ad attacking Obama’s welfare “waivers”–until I read the New York Times editorial denouncing it. Now I know Romney’s ad isn’t as accurate as I’d thought. It’s much more accurate. The Times notes that one of the states proposing waivers from the 1996 welfare reform’s work requirements is Nevada–indeed, Nevada was cited by the Obama Health and Human Services department when it quietly announced its plan to grant waivers on July 12 . ** Here’s how the Times describes what Nevada wants...
  • Democratic platform draft language on marriage equality, ENDA revealed

    08/09/2012 9:03:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    LGBTQ Nation / The Washington Blade ^ | August 9, 2012 | Chris Johnson
    The draft language in the Democratic Party platform endorsing marriage equality has been revealed and shown to say “we support marriage equality” is set to become a tenet of the party’s beliefs. In addition to endorsing marriage equality, the language also calls for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and urges passage of DOMA repeal legislation known as the Respect for Marriage Act. Notably, the language explicitly backs religious freedom for marriage, saying religions should “decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference.” Buzzfeed was first to make the language public ahead of the scheduled...
  • Exclusive: Obama to include Republicans in hard-hitting convention

    08/10/2012 3:24:38 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/10/12 | Mike Allen
    Advisers to President Barack Obama are scripting a Democratic National Convention featuring several Republicans in a prime-time appeal to independents — and plan a blistering portrayal of Mitt Romney as a heartless aristocrat who “would devastate the American middle class,” Democratic sources tell POLITICO.
  • Dozens of pro-family leaders denounce U.S. embassy’s participation in Czech ‘gay pride’ parade

    08/10/2012 3:09:56 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 3 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 8/9/2012 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    August 9, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Dozens of pro-family leaders have signed a petition to condemn the participation of the U.S. embassy in the Czech Republic in this year’s “gay pride” parade to be held in Prague later this month. The signatories “vigorously protest the participation of the United States Embassy in the Czech Republic in a so-called gay-pride parade which will take place on August 18,” lamenting that “at the directive of the president of the United States, Washington is aggressively promoting the ‘gay’’ agenda internationally, including same-sex ‘marriage’ and the stigmatization and marginalization of any who object to the...
  • California Board Blocks Chick-fil-A Opening

    08/09/2012 8:42:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    CBN News ^ | August 9, 2012
    The gay marriage controversy may now be standing in the way of a new Chik-fil-A opening in California. This week, five members of Santa Barbara's architectural board abstained from approving a landscaping plan for a restaurant. The move essentially halts the project from moving forward. City Councilman Frank Hotchkiss condemned the board and requested its members resign. "For a group thats supposed to working on architectural benefits for the city to just stop what they're doing because of their political views is outrageous," he said. Board member Gary Mosel disagreed with Hotchkiss. "I feel he's jumping the gun, and not...
  • Pope: U.S. faces threats to religious freedom of ‘unprecedented gravity’

    08/08/2012 2:47:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 7, 2012 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    ROME, Italy, August 7, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pope Benedict XVI is warning that the United States is facing threats of “unprecedented gravity” to religious freedom. In a letter on behalf of the pope to Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone observed that “concerted efforts are being made to redefine and restrict the exercise of the right to religious freedom.” The comments come as the U.S. bishops campaign for religious liberty in the face of attacks such as President Obama’s HHS mandate, which requires employers to cover contraceptives, sterilizations, and...
  • Support For Gay Marriage Rises Across All Age, Race, Political Groups

    08/02/2012 9:31:48 AM PDT · by Wise Hectare · 153 replies
    RTT News Global Financial Newswires ^ | 8.1.12 | RTT Staff Writer
    Support for same-sex marriage has risen across the board in the last four years, new polling data shows, signalling a shift in the overall political and social views of Americans. The new data, released Wednesday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, shows a higher percentage of Democrats, Republicans, whites, minorities and people of all generations support same-sex marriage legalization.... Among voting groups, there has been an increase in support for same-sex marriage even among Republicans. Since 2008, Democrats have jumped in support from 50 to 65 percent; Republicans from 19 to 24 percent; and Independents from 44...
  • Alleged UofAZ prof and medical supplier CFO Bullies Chik-fil-a clerk (video)

    08/02/2012 1:52:43 PM PDT · by Smogger · 24 replies
    YouTube ^ | 8/22/2012 | YouTube
    On Wednesday, one protestor recorded himself venting to a drive-through clerk at a Tucson Chick-fil-A. He was met with polite professionalism. He soon removed the video, which was re-uploaded by viewers. http://www.youtube.com/all_comments?v=Jg-jzlWcc0E
  • Mark Ritchie is abusing his office [MN Secy. of State works against marriage, voter ID amendments]

    07/31/2012 5:15:51 PM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies
    Mpls Star Tribune ^ | 7/28/12 | Katherine Kersten
    Minnesota's secretary of state is our state's chief elections official. His duty to impartially administer elections requires him -- more than any other constitutional officer --to remain above the fray of partisan politics. Yet on the proposed voter ID amendment, which he opposes, Mark Ritchie has replaced the Legislature's straightforward title with a fog of bureaucratic gobbledygook. . . . Ritchie pulled a similar stunt on the marriage amendment, substituting a title that polling shows will likely push the vote toward his favored result. ... Ritchie knows partisan politics is strictly off-limits in his job. He acknowledged this in a...
  • Target releases ad featuring same-sex ‘married’ couple

    07/30/2012 3:03:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 69 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 30, 2012 | KATIE CRAINE
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, July 30, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Target is promoting their wedding registry with a focus on homosexual “marriage”. A new ad released last month depicts two men holding hands with the slogan, “Be yourself, together.” The retail giant has angered both pro-family and pro-homosexual activists as they have apparently flip-flopped in their approach to same-sex “marriage”. In 2010 Target faced some backlash from homosexual political groups after they gave $150,000 to MN Forward, a political group that supported Tom Emmer, the pro-life, pro-marriage Republican candidate for governor of Minnesota. More recently they have been criticized for their decision...
  • The Chick-Fil-A Freepathon Challenge (We have 127 faves at post #300 and still going! Woo Hoo!!)

    07/28/2012 3:20:02 PM PDT · by houeto · 380 replies
    vanity | 7/28/12 | houeto
    Here's the Challenge: I will donate an additional $1.00 for each post up to 250 posts telling us what your favorite Chick-Fil-A menu item is. I've never eaten there but I'll dang sure be on Wednesday. This thread is created to help Free Republic keep the lights on as well as help me choose what to order on 8-1-2012! Come on FReepers, don't be CHICKEN!! p.s. I DOUBLE-DOG dare any Freeper to match the dare at any set figure from one buck on up. Let's Roll!
  • Liberal Rage and Intolerance: Chick-fil-A is only the Beginning!

    07/30/2012 3:06:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Les Femmes - The Truth ^ | 7/30/2012 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    If liberals needed exposing for their in-your-face-we-hate-you intolerance, the Chick-Fil-A episode has unmasked their bloody fangs. Nobody who believes in traditional marriage may go unpunished. Just like "gay" activists went after those who donated to Proposition 8 in California, they and their fellow travelers are now lunging for the throat of a business that's as American as apple pie and fried chicken. Let's take a look at the back story that brought out the muttations foaming at the mouth for chicken blood and snapping at the heels of the company.  It began back in January with a story about Chick-Fil-A...
  • Republicans Killing Chick-fil-A With Kindness?

    07/30/2012 3:36:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/30/2012 | Rachel Weiner
    Lately, Chick-fil-A has some high-profile fans. But an analysis from YouGov suggests that becoming a conservative cause is not good for the company’s brand. The YouGov BrandIndex subtracts negative feedback from positive among its 1.7 million American fast-food eaters. Since July 19, when Chick-fil-A founder Dan Cathy suggested that changing the traditional definition of what constitutes a family is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation,” perception of the brand has dropped to 4 points below the national average from its spot at 19 points above the average before he made the comment. (The only area of the country where perception...
  • Chick-Fil-A protest could boomerang

    07/30/2012 4:40:04 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 101 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 30 2012 | Glenn Garvin
    ...Progressive politicians from coast to coast were lining up last week to keep Chick-Fil-A’s...restaurants out of their towns after the company’s president... made statements that [he supports traditional marriage]. . . Chicago alderman Joe Moreno, called Cathy “bigoted” and “homophobic” and added: “Because of this man’s ignorance, I will now be denying Chick-Fil-A’s permit to open a restaurant in the 1st Ward.” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that goes for the entire city: “Chick-Fil-A values are not Chicago values.”......... You know who the big loser will be in that scenario? Progressives and their companies. Because, like it or not, they’re...
  • Democrats will officially embrace same-sex marriage as part of party platform

    07/30/2012 4:28:07 PM PDT · by Kimmers · 31 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 30 July 2012 | SNEJANA FARBEROV
    The Democratic leadership is moving to include a motion in support of same-sex marriage in the official party platform for the first time in history. According to a Democratic official, the party's 15-person platform drafting committee voted to include language backing gay marriage during a weekend meeting in Minneapolis. A source at the meeting told Politico the decision to endorse gay marriage was ‘not controversial.’ Milestone decision: The Democratic Party has decided to include a pro-gay marriage motion in its official platform for the first time in history The language will not become official until the party’s full Platform Committee...
  • Nation of Islam can open a restaurant in Chicago, but not Chick-fil-A?

    07/26/2012 8:49:16 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 32 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 7-26-2012 | Wm. A. Jacobson
    Even The Boston Globe has come out against the bullying of Chick-fil-A by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino because of the position of Chick-fil-A’s President and his father (the founder) on marriage: The president of Chick-fil-A opposes gay marriage. While this view goes against the grain in a state that made history by embracing it, it’s no reason for Mayor Thomas M. Menino to oppose a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Boston…. Chick-fil-A must follow all state and city laws. If the restaurant chain denied service to gay patrons or refused to hire gay employees, Menino’s outrage would be fitting. And the company...
  • Chick-fil-A deserves to be punished

    07/26/2012 4:23:29 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 67 replies
    Mobile News ^ | July 24, 2012 | JEREMY DAILEY
    All the protestors are right. We should boycott Chick-fil-A. When I first read that COO Dan Cathy was opposed to gay marriage, I burst into tears. Why does the president of Chick-fil-A, one of the four icons of the American food industry along with Wendy Thomas, Colonel Sanders, and Ronald McDonald, think he has the right to have an opinion? Especially considering it is such a vile one that only about half of the American population share. Move over, chicken sandwich — Chick-fil-A has invented a new meal. It’s the hate burger, and it comes with an extra side of...
  • Now Rev. Billy Graham Has Released A Statement In Support Of Chick-A-Fil

    07/26/2012 2:13:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/26/2012 | Kim Bhasin
    The Chick-fil-A saga continues. It all started when president and COO Dan Cathy made statements against gay marriage. and now, things have ramped up into a national debate. Rev. Billy Graham, the legendary evangelical minister, has now entered the fray, coming to the aid of Chick-fil-A. The polarizing 93-year-old is against gay marriage, and earlier this year, he publicly endorsed a constitutional amendment to ban it in North Carolina. Graham has traditionally stayed away from "thorny social issues" for years, according to CNN, so this should raise some eyebrows. Here's the statement from Graham: “I want to express my support...
  • Mayor Menino: Looks like I can’t ban Chick-fil-A from Boston after all

    07/26/2012 2:08:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/26/2012 | AllahPundit
    The guy's a moron. End of story. “I can’t do that. That would be interference to his rights to go there,” Menino said, referring to company president Dan Cathy, who drew the mayor’s wrath by going public with his views against same-sex marriage.The mayor added: “I make mistakes all the time. That’s a Menino-ism.”The Herald first reported last week that Menino warned “it will be very difficult” for Chick-fil-A to obtain licenses for a restaurant in Boston...“I sent (the landlord) a letter, but that’s all. There’s no pressure by me to allow this place to be rented,” he said. The...
  • 200,000 Chick-fil-A fans sign-up to defend marriage, ‘eat mor chikin’ August 1

    07/26/2012 4:04:58 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 47 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/26/12 | Peter Baklinski
    ATLANTA, July 26, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – As Chick-fil-A experiences the full frontal assault of the homosexual movement’s efforts to squash those who publicly uphold and defend traditional views of marriage and sexuality, a number of high profile leaders have risen to the fast-food chain’s defense, offering a helping hand of support and encouragement. “I have been incensed at the vitriolic assaults on the Chick-fil-A company because the CEO, Dan Cathy, made comments recently in which he affirmed his view that the Biblical view of marriage should be upheld,” wrote Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and 2008 presidential candidate, on a...
  • Chick-fil-A: Liberal Fascism & The Drumstick Of Destiny!

    07/26/2012 12:28:41 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 43 replies
    Self: The Halls of Logic & The Spirit of Salvation | 7/26/12 | Me
    If you go by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s inane logic, Tim Tebow and Tom Brady should not be allowed in the NFL, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Frank Sinatra should have never been allowed to perform in concert, and every movie Clint Eastwood and Kurt Russell appeared in should have been banned by theaters across the United States. Threatening people, their very Constitutional rights, simply because you disagree with them…ie, gay marriage...is nothing short of fascism. Liberals are neither tolerant nor objective; they are hate filled radicals who will stop at nothing to undermine every single value America...
  • New Scottish Bishop Could See Going to Jail Over Gay 'Marriage'

    07/25/2012 1:49:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 7/25/12 | David Kerr
    Glasgow, Scotland, Jul 25, 2012 / 11:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop-designate Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow could see himself being imprisoned for speaking out in support of the traditional married family. “I could see myself going to jail possibly at some point over the next 15 years, if God spares me, if I speak out,” Archbishop Tartaglia said in an interview with STV News July 24. His comments came just a day before the Scottish government announced it would legislate in favor of same-sex “marriage.” Archbishop Tartaglia warned that the redefinition of marriage will have “enormous implications for religious liberty.” “I...
  • Hate Tweet: Roseanne Barr Wishes Cancer on Chick-Fil-A Customers

    07/25/2012 1:57:20 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 136 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 25, 2012 | Tim Graham
    ABC's The View honored Roseanne Barr with a guest-host spot on July 19, which shows they probably aren't in the habit of evaluating her sanity based on her Twitter rants. Take her wishing cancer on Chick-Fil-A fans this morning : "anyone who eats S--t Fil-A deserves to get the cancer that is sure to come from eating antibiotic filled tortured chickens 4Christ".
  • Obama for America dines on Chick-fil-A

    07/25/2012 2:25:09 PM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/25/2012 | Caroline May
    Unlike many pro-gay-marriage activists who have been boycotting Chick-fil-A, President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign Obama for America has spent money at the restaurant chain. Obama famously came out in support of gay marriage in May, enjoying a surge in campaign donations post-announcement. But in 2011 activists at ThinkProgress, Equity Matters, and other outlets pinpointed Chick-fil-A as a multimillion-dollar donor to anti-gay marriage causes through its charitable foundation arm. While gay activists have staged boycotts of the chain since then, expenditure records at Political Moneyline show that on June 29, 2012 Obama for America spent $62 at Chick-fil-A in Atlanta, Ga....
  • Should You Boycott Chick-fil-A?

    07/25/2012 2:37:34 PM PDT · by cdga5for4 · 49 replies
    Slate ^ | July 25, 2012 | Eliot Spitzer
    Chick-fil-A makes a great chicken sandwich, and I used to like getting one—with a cup of their amazing lemonade—whenever I was in the South. In fact, before I knew more about Chick-fil-A, I used to joke about helping to open one in New York. Then I found out the company, according to the LGBT group Equality Matters, has donated millions of dollars to groups that oppose gay rights, and Chick-fil-A's president, Dan Cathy, told a Baptist newspaper that he supported the "biblical" definition of family. That’s why former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas has asked that folks who share the...