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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 1 2012 9:00 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Dan Cathy, President of Chick-fil-A, came away the winner in his fight with the thought police. If local leaders think they can punish him by denying building permits to Chick-fil-A restaurants because of his opinions they can expect to learn a lesson from him on the 1st Amendment in Federal Court the hard way.

Casa Grande, AZ

I wonder if the Dixie Chicks ever ate at Chic-fil-a ?

Wasn't Disneyland being protested by conservatives for performing same sex marriages on thier cruise ships? You put the HIGH in hypocracy. Good job!

Huntsville, UT

"‘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,’ and I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about,' he said at the time."


Cathy didn't say anything about gay marriage. Nope. Zip, nada, niente.

This article started out by demonstrating that Christians are hypocritical, then moves on to say that progressives and liberal businesses are going to suffer?


Springville, UT

So let me get this straight. It's ok to be bigoted if supported by your religious views, but if you have contrary views, you are trying to take away the rights of the bigots? It's ok to be active in your views, but not for the other guy?

Frankly, this whole controversy is absurd. The fast food guy can have his views, and opponents should be free not to give him their business. Mayor Bloomberg had it right on this.

John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

This action is no different than countless other situations in which the left-wing has done everything it could to silence someone with an opposing viewpoint. Indeed, the left is determined to silence all who oppose it.

The left is out to force same-sex marriage on the public, without giving the public a chance to decide for itself. In fact, the left will not hesitate to use intimidation, threats, or bullying to force this issue.

It is time to stand up to this brand of leftist economic intimidation. Buy all the chicken you can, or watch your freedom of expression be destroyed.

Salt Lake City, UT

The fact that a couple of politicians made egregiously stupid remarks about unconstitutionally using their office to harass Chic-fil-A doesn't change the fact that Mr. Cathy made egregiously stupid remarks about unconstitutionally denying equal rights to gays.

I shake my head in disgust and dismay at both Mr. Cathy and at Mayor Menino and Alderman Moreno.

Plano, TX

It is the denial of rights if you are on the left and it is hate if you are on the right. Hypocrisy at its finest. Well-written opinion piece. Thank you!

Orem, UT

Esquire: "So let me get this straight. It's ok to be bigoted if supported by your religious views..."

There is nothing straight about your argument. Standing up for religious principles only equals bigotry in the eyes of radical leftists.

Believing and saying that drugs are bad and that we shouldn't legalize marijuana does not mean you are bigoted against anyone who ever smoked a joint and you hate them and are denying them their civil rights.

Believing and saying that having children out of wedlock is wrong does not mean that you are bigoted against single mothers and you hate them.

Believing that marriage should not be redefined to suit the wishes of gay activists and believing that homosexual activity is wrong does not mean that you hate gays and are denying them their civil rights.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Blue Salt Lake City, UT
".... Mr. Cathy made egregiously stupid remarks about unconstitutionally denying equal rights to gays."

I may not agree with your opinion on Mr. Cathy's remarks but you certainly have the 1st Amendment right to express them. Thank goodness we don't allow the thought police the authority to ban opinions some people think are stupid.

Orem, UT

There is no "civil right" to gay marriage and there certainly nothing in the constitution about it. Unlike abortion, the Supreme Court has not yet "found" that new right between its written words either.

So everyone who spouts off about those who support traditional marriage are somehow denying gays their "constitutional civil rights" (or anything similar) is telling you a big lie.

Casa Grande, AZ

You can get pro-free-speech fast food anywhere. But an anti-gay-rights chicken sandwich is special.

Huntsville, UT


We have the Civil Rights to be treated equally by our government, which provides benefits to married couples and refuses to allow GLBT couples to marry.


I had no idea we were trying to force you into a same-sex marriage.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
"But an anti-gay-rights chicken sandwich is special."

Gays boycotted Chick-fil-A on Wednesday and "Appreciation Day" propelled the company to a "record-setting day."

So much for the Gay attack on our 1st Amendment rights. The liberal thought police are simply horrified.

Orem, UT

RanchHand: You may think that the equal protection clause means that because I am allowed to marry someone of the opposite sex (I am heterosexual) it must also mean that a homosexual must be allowed to marry someone of the same sex, but that is just your opinion.

It has no basis in law.

Until Congress passes laws or the Supreme Court rules that this is the case, it will remain just your opinion. As every issue put in front of the voters has proven so far, your opinion remains in the minority.

South Jordan, UT

This isn't about chicken or politics or even the right to marry. This whole movement is all about a group of people who KNOW deep inside that what they are doing is wrong. They scream in denial but they know it's wrong. They try to drown out their inner voices but they still know it is wrong. Their inner turmoil is evidenced in the depth of their anger, their fervor, and their eagerness to villify and lash out at anybody who dares voice an alternative opinion.

In light of their condemnation by their own consciences, they hope society will tell them their behavior is acceptable or normal. They not only hope, but they NEED society to accept their behavior. Accepting them as people is not good enough. They need to have their actions, no matter how depraved, accepted as well.

The sad news is that even if society accepts and normalizes their behavior, it won't shut off the voice inside that tells them their behavior is wrong.

Casa Grande, AZ

Machado seems to know a lot about the inner voices of gay people.

Rifleman, since you were able to post that opinion on gay rights, I'd say that your free speech has yet to be infringed.

As far as anti-gay-rights advocates eating greasy meals in support of Chick-fil-a's anti-gay-rights agenda, it doesn't bother me at all. Eat a stick of butter on the way home.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
"Rifleman, since you were able to post that opinion on gay rights, I'd say that your free speech has yet to be infringed."

The Chicago GOP has filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights and Attorney General Lisa Madigan over the discriminatory action by Alderman Proco Moreno against the food chain Chick-fil-A. It appears that Mr. Moreno stepped over the line when he said he would block Chick-fil-A from getting a building permit.

Sounds like the Gay boycott of Chick-fil-A was a Godsend to that food chain. Business has never been so good.

Cedar Hills, UT

looks like I won't be spending any more $$ at JC Penney!!! Pretty disgusting.

Cedar Hills, UT

the big question here - whose side is America on?? Drive by a Chick-Fil-A and you will see!!

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