Update 8/20/2012: This piece was published in the NPG Newspapers the week of August 23rd.

On Wednesday, August 1st I decided to go and participate in National Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day. The reason I went had absolutely NOTHING to do with the issue of gay marriage. I went to support Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s right to free speech. What I encountered was a reminder of how decent the American people really are.

Personally, I am not religious, and I do not think the state should be involved in defining marriage. I do not even believe in state sanctioned straight marriage. (For the record, I am married, state issued license and all). I like the government in my life as little as possible. I also think it is an insult to the people that have come before us for liberals to call gay marriage the next battle in civil rights. It is not.

Dan Cathy was exercising his first amendment right. As a result of his statements, people on the left side of the political spectrum decided that it was okay to threaten him and his company because of that speech. Days after the interview from Baptist Press surfaced, mayors of some of our biggest cities were threatening Chick-Fil-A saying that they would consider withholding building permits for the company.

Is this honestly where we are as a nation? What in the heck is wrong with us? That’s the most un-American idea I have ever heard of!

In addition, many on the left seem to think that if you do not agree with them you are automatically a bigot or you hate gay people. Once again, are we not smarter than this? Just because a Christian doesn’t believe in gay marriage, it doesn’t automatically mean they hate gay people.

On Wednesday I waited in line for well over an hour to enjoy a wonderfully prepared, delicious chicken sandwich with a side of fries and a little bit of free speech sprinkled on top. I loved it! The building was insanely packed. I really hate to disappoint the leftists, but by and large, I found one of the most respectful gatherings of freedom loving Americans I have ever seen (inside of a fast food restaurant, at least). I was especially impressed with the teenagers that were there. Many were there out of their own volition, and you could tell they were there because they wanted to be. I heard more “excuse-me’s” and “thank-you’s” uttered by young kids than I have ever seen before. No hatred.

Dear liberals, Americans are sick and tired of your bullying behavior. They are sick and tired of your treatment of those that do not have the same political viewpoint as you. Long supported by survey research, America is roughly forty percent conservative, thirty percent moderate, and twenty percent liberal (the other ten percent could not tell you what a political ideology is). The moderates tend to break about 60/40 for conservative values. Tread lightly, Americans are tired of being divided!

Enjoy the videos and pictures below.

This is the press release Chick-Fil-A issued after Wednesday.

Statement Following Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day
August 2, 2012

Attribute to: Steve Robinson, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

We are very grateful and humbled by the incredible turnout of loyal Chick-fil-A customers on August 1 at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country. Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was not a company promotion; it was initiated by others.

We congratulate local Chick-fil-A Owner/Operators and their team members for striving to serve each and every customer with genuine hospitality.

While we don’t release exact sales numbers, it was an unprecedented day.

The Chick-fil-A culture and 66-year-old service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.

Our goal is simple: to serve great food, provide genuine hospitality and have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.

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