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Announcing Chick-fil-A Wednesdays!

 

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Dear Marriage Supporter,

It was a historic day, for Chick-fil-A and for marriage supporters alike.

The tremendous outpouring of support for the Cathy family and their stand for marriage on August 1st, Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, was simply astounding! Hundreds upon hundreds of emails continue pouring into our office, each with a new word of encouragement, a photo from Chick-fil-A, or a story about how people cheerfully stood in line for more than an hour to show their support, chatting in line with newfound friends about the importance of marriage and free speech, or even breaking out into an impromptu rendition of "God Bless America!"

Because of the groundbreaking significance of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day—and because the attacks on Dan Cathy and his freedom to speak out in defense of marriage aren't going away—we're calling on all supporters of marriage, free speech and religious liberty to make every Wednesday a "Chick-fil-A Wednesday!"

I am profoundly grateful to Gov. Mike Huckabee for his leadership in sponsoring and promoting last week's "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day." No politician has the right to discriminate against private business owners simply because they believe what God says about marriage.

At my own local Chick-fil-A here in Philadelphia, I was struck how the turnout reflected the breadth and diversity of support for marriage in our community. Blacks, whites and Hispanics, Catholics and evangelicals—all coming together in a unified show of support for a good man who dared to speak out about the meaning of marriage.

This was an important moment for America. Even the media was forced to acknowledge the amazing turnout as hundreds of thousands lined up at Chick-fil-A stores across the nation.

But I think the media missed the most important part of the day.

While Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day sent an important message to company president Dan Cathy (and to the liberal activists trying to shut his company down), it sent an equally important message to the hundreds of thousands of supporters who showed up: "You are not alone."

This important day was a cultural turning point as hundreds of thousands of Americans realized just how many of their neighbors share their support for marriage. In today's media-saturated culture, it's easy for marriage supporters to feel as if they are all alone, isolated outposts standing for the truth against aggressive forces determined to coerce them into silence. But for one day at least, these silent thousands were unified, reminded that we are not just a remnant—we are a majority.

I know that at the end of the day, the American people will put aside their differences and stand up for marriage.

And that is why I'm urging you to continue your support for Chick-fil-A every Wednesday through the remainder of 2012. We're calling them "Chick-fil-A Wednesdays."

The attacks on Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A aren't going away. And we will continue to stand strong in solidarity with anyone who feels pressured by the gay marriage bullies.

Here's what you can do:

  • Take the Chick-fil-A Wednesdays Pledge! Join the Chick-fil-A Wednesdays community on Facebook to show your support for Dan Cathy, for marriage and free speech, and for your fellow Americans who believe in marriage like you do: use this page to remind yourself and one another that we are not alone!
  • Look for events and opportunities to take your business to Chick-fil-A, especially on Wednesdays. Whether it's a church catering event, a political meeting or a weekly Bible study, look for opportunities to support Chick-fil-A with your fast-food dollars.
  • Keep up your support! Have you thanked Dan Cathy for his brave stand in support of marriage? If you haven't, be sure to send him a note at ThankChickfilA.com! Share this page with your friends and let's make sure that Mr. Cathy and Chick-fil-A—as well as the gay marriage radicals who would silence him—know how very many Americans support his position and his right to publicly express it!
  • Spread the word! Join our "Chick-fil-A Wednesdays" Facebook page. Share it with your friends (share this email too!) and let's start building a community of solidarity and support for marriage and for freedom of speech.

Together we can build on the momentum created last week, establishing new relationships and building bridges that will help to preserve marriage for our children's and grandchildren's generations!

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32 Comments

  1. Dan
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Love this! Let's keep up the strong support for Chick-Fil-A so other companies will have to take note, not to mention politicians and voters as we head into November!

  2. Johan de Vries
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    On July 19th at 11:00 AM NOM posted its first post about Chick-Fil-A that would set off a flurry of posts. I have done a quick inventory and out of 191 posts that have been posted between then and August 14th 2:10 PM I counted 85 that mentioned Chick-Fil-A as the main topic or in passing. Please note that I have only counted posted where I noticed a reference at first glance. That is a whopping 44.5% of the total number of posts.

    NOM has decried the media for not giving enough attention to the Chick-Fil-A issue. It seems to me that with such a large number of posts any ommision from the main stream media has been made up single-handedly by NOM itself.

  3. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    I'm in the mood for chickin. And tomorrow is Wednesday.

    Yay! :)

  4. andrea
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    You do realize that "Wednesday's" is the possessive tense, right? Perhaps you need a copywriter who has some command of the English language.

  5. Foster Keats
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Instead of stuffing your face with greasy chicken and getting fat(ter), why not do what the Bible teaches and go out on Wednesdays and help the less fortunate. Or mdonate that $7 for a value meal to a worthy cause that uses the Bible for more meaningful causes, not gorging out on fast food...

  6. Kathy Baldock
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    ‎"The lunacy continues . . . now Huckabee and National Organization for Marriage are calling for "Chick Fil A Wednesday" for the rest of 2012.
    WAY TO GO!!!
    Let's just continue showing the glbt community that the Christian church values the "right" to express their marginalizing opinions over the pursuit of the civil rights of others.
    I say this to anyone who will listen--the church is getting mean
    er over all. The "rules" are getting tighter and more exclusive for even those beyond the glbt community.
    If your version of theology causes harm and does not show love--you are NOT in alignment with Jesus. Pretty simple. And, if you have made your faith into a political bullet, you have missed the issue of justice fundamental to the Christian faith.
    Spin it around and wrap it in verses and flags. Buying a chicken sandwich to express how much you love Jesus and the Bible and the Constitution is a big pile of stinking sacred hate.

  7. OvercameSSA
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    @andrea said: "You do realize that "Wednesday's" is the possessive tense, right?"

    Elitist homosexualists are very good at grammar and finding typos; not so good at biology and the complementary nature of men and women that leads to the formation of couples.

  8. TC Matthews
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    I don't know if it says anything about Wednesdays in particular Foster, I think it talks about every day. Donate your time and money to worthy causes every day, including supporting marriage. Family is worth it.

  9. Zack
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Would gladly go to Chick-Fil-A if I lived closer to one.

    But hey, I stand on the side I believe is just and that to me is free speech, religious liberty and Traditional Marriage.

  10. Daughter of Eve
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    The LGBTQetc. community already enjoys the same rights and freedoms as those not affiliated w/ that particular political identity, as recognized and upheld by the Constitution. Those in favor of the Constitutionally named rights of religion & speech support Chick Fil A's owner's rights to exercise those rights. Redefining marriage is not a right, for anyone.

  11. TC Matthews
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    You must have better eyes than I do Andrea, I just read it again, I don't see it.

  12. Randy E King
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    @Kathy Baldock,

    Sexual depravity is not a Civil Right; your proclivity does not entitle you to trample on the authentic Civil Rights of conscience and the free exercise thereof; rights that are consistent with the history and traditions of these United States.

  13. ForTraditionalMarriage
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    @Kathy, the Christian community response has been very peaceful. The rants, harassment, vandalism, etc have come from the LGBTs. Your audacity to come on this site and preach to Christians to support immoral behavior is lunacy. The "stinking hatred" you refer to is your disdain for God.

  14. Preserve Marriage
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    andrea wrote,
    >
    > You do realize that "Wednesday's" is the possessive tense, right?

    What do you want, good grammar or good taste?

  15. Greg
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    I'm blocked anyway, but I will correct my friend Andrea on one MINOR point. " Possessive" is a grammatical CASE. "Tense" is used in relation to verbs (specifically, how they express the TIME of the action).

    Of course, none of you bigots picked up on that either.

    And if you really think eating Chick-Fil-A is going to get you into Heaven, you guys are even sicker and THICKER than I thought!

  16. Posted August 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    "Buying a chicken sandwich to express how much you love Jesus and the Bible and the Constitution is a big pile of stinking sacred hate."

    Ummm, how about buying some chicken strips instead?

  17. Andy
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    For those of us who are taking part in Chick Fil-A wednesdays: Maybe you could buy your Chick Fil-A and take it to a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, nursing home, etc., and share it with someone who would really appreciate a good meal. This way you can stand up for freedom of speech, and at the same time, truly show the love of Christ. It'd be hard to scream "hate" at a bunch of folks who are feeding those in need. Just a thought.

  18. Daughter of Eve
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    Strawmen, Greg, strawmen. Nice grammar lesson, though. If you could please produce one quote wherein a NOM supporter claims that "eating a chicken sandwich is going to get you into heaven," we'd probably all appreciate it (and get a good laugh, too).

  19. Preserve Marriage
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    Greg wrote,
    >
    > I'm blocked anyway

    Gee, I wonder how *that* could have happened.

    > Of course, none of you bigots picked up on that either.

    Namecalling is the clearest form of a personal attack.

    > And if you really think eating Chick-Fil-A is going to get you into Heaven, you guys are even sicker and THICKER than I thought!

    Wow, and y'all call *us* "haters".

    Good thing you're so "tolerant".

  20. Preserve Marriage
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    Andy wrote,
    > It'd be hard to scream "hate" at a bunch of folks who are feeding those in need

    At this point, it's practically an involuntary reflex for same-sex marriage advocates to scream "hate".

    Even federal, appellate-level judges know the fallacy of that assumption.

    One of the dissenting judges, of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals -- when it declined the en banc Prop 8 appeal -- wrote:

    “Based on a two-judge majority’s gross misapplication of Romer v. Evans, 517 U.S. 620 (1996), we have now declared that animus must have been the only conceivable motivation for a sovereign State to have remained committed to a definition of marriage that has existed for millennia, Perry v. Brown, 671 F.3d 1052, 1082 (9th Cir. 2012)."

  21. TC Matthews
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    Good idea Andy! Though, I wouldn't count on the opposition giving anyone credit. Still, everyone deserves more Chikin. I heard someone was going to order take out and send it over to HRC headquarters. Now that's true charity.

  22. John
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 2:05 am | Permalink

    Hey Foster..people have to eat. If they don't eat at Chik Fil-a they'll eat somewhere else. Then they can help the less fortunate...perhaps bring them some chicken.

    "Buying a chicken sandwich to express how much you love Jesus and the Bible and the Constitution is a big pile of stinking sacred hate."

    That makes as much sense as saying "Buying a chicken sandwich to express how much you hate Jesus and the Bible and the Constitution is one of the most loving and caring acts on the planet."

  23. TC Matthews
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 2:09 am | Permalink

    You guys are making me hungry.

  24. Little Man
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 4:01 am | Permalink

    And 'gays' who are for natural marriage and not for same-sex marriage are invited to eat at Chick-Fil-A too, on Wednesdays as a symbol. Or, would they also be called bigots?

    'gays' would like their world view and morality to be adopted by secular society (and even religious denominations). One can imagine they figure they would like everyone to believe their view that many people are just 'gay' and there's no other explanation. Imagine a world where they are not considered odd, but just they way some people are. Imagine a world where their morality is preached in the public schools and even some private schools. That's a world where their ideology has taken over, and everyone sees them as 'normal' and they can marry a same-sex partner and get Federal benefits previously reserved for the protection of motherhood. Imagine how they would feel so good in that world, with their ideology accepted in law. Except many other people would not feel good about it (a majority). The drive for acceptance as is is what drives them. Same-sex marriage is how they see it happening. They do not procreate themselves, so they have extra money to lobby. A takeover.

  25. M. Jones
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    The majority of gays understand that they have the same rights everyone else and believe in real marriages. I expect many will bring their signs as they did a few weeks ago "I'm Gay and I support Chic-Fil-A!"
    On a few of the radical extremist left make all the noise.

  26. Mary Avila
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    My husband and I just enjoyed a wonderful meal around polite people in an extremely clean Chick-fil-A in Avon, Indiana!!! Thank You Mr. Cathy! We will continue our support !
    Sincerely,
    Mary Avila

  27. Jonas Jones
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Just let the gays get married already then we can all move on with our lives.

  28. Dee
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Divorce rates in this country are around 50%, I suspect rates of adultery are similar, and you believe gays are the biggest threat to marriage?

    You know someone who is gay. Don't shake your head: you do. Most of them are decent people just trying to find a little happiness in this world, just like you. They have jobs and mortgages and children, just like you. They are proud of their communities and want to be respects, just like you.

    THEY ARE JUST LIKE YOU.

    Stop hating people. Stop valuing pride over love, piety over humility, sanctimony over understanding. When you hurt others, you hurt all of us. You hurt yourself. Stop it! If Jesus could love you despite your flaws, aspire to do the same.

  29. Daughter of Eve
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    Jonas J., you'll be pleased to discover that "gays" can already get married! Yes, it's true! If a person claiming to be "gay" applies for a marriage license application, no one will ask about their sexual orienation. No form they fill out will require them to divulge it, nor will they be prohibited from marrying, should they choose to voluntarily divulge their sexual political identity. They will be treated like every other American citizen, and required to follow the same rules for entering into marriage, based on the same eligiblity requirements and their sexual orientation won't matter one bit. That's true equality.

  30. Daughter of Eve
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    Dee, those are straw men arguments cloaked in an hominem attack of NOM supporters. NOM supporters already agree that "gays" are just like non-gays, and should be treated the same, regardless of sexual orientation. You'll be pleased to know that marriage laws do not make any citizen ineligible for marriage (including "gay" people, homosexuals, or those with same-sex attraction), as is just. Justice turns a blind eye to identity politics.

  31. Dee
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    Unfortnately, the orgs that Cathay donates his money to do not feel the same way, DOE. They support denying gays the right to marry their chosen partners, hospital rights, the right to adopt. They support programs designed to change sexual orientation that have a record of harming the psychological health of LBGT persons. I can't speak for NOM supporters' beliefs, as I am not a NOM supporter. But I do find the actions of the orgs Cathay supports to be hateful, and those that fund his donations to be fueling that hatred.

  32. Daughter of Eve
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    LGBTQ orgs promote high risk sexual behaviors, unstable relationships, promiscuity, sexual experimentation among youth, intolerance for those with Judeo-.Christian values, and antipathy towards marriage norms, all of which produces low self esteem, depression, and an early death for many. Sadly, I think you're targeting the wrong group for "hate," as you put it.