The most celebrated came Wednesday as untold thousands deluged Chick-fil-A restaurants across Middle Georgia and the nation in support of traditional marriage. The “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” was created by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee when gay activists called for a boycott of the eatery after CEO Dan Cathy publicly expressed opposition to same-sex marriage.
Preliminary reports indicate that Chick-fil-A – long noted for Cathy’s Christian values and his refusal to open on Sunday – broke all sales records. The single-day sales mark for the restaurant was about $17 million. Wednesday’s take exceeded $30 million, according to unconfirmed sources.
In other words, people – ordinary folks, friends, neighbors, church members, lovers of free speech – voted with their time, presence and wallets. There were no reports of civil unrest , no gay-bashing, no heated exchanges. Just people quietly demonstrating that enough is enough.
The message to the president was clear: Do not trifle with long-standing values and traditions, particularly those backed by Biblical principles.
Supporters of same-sex marriage say they will respond on Friday with a “kiss-in” at Chick-fil-As across the country. We’ll see how that goes.
A second strike came also this week from a group of black religious leaders, members of the Coalition of African American Pastors. The group describes itself as a “grass-roots movement of African-American Christians who believe in traditional family values including protection of the sacred institution of marriage.”
At a Washington meeting, CAAP leaders responded to the president’s support of same-sex marriage.
“We cannot and will not remain silent while marriage, the most fundamental institution in our and any nation, is undermined by our own president,” they said in a statement to media.
Then they continued with the most compelling part: “We stood, marched and fought against racial discrimination as legally and morally evil. It is a violation of the first principles of our faith that God created all men in His image … For activists, politicians and now the highest office in the nation to link sexual behavior God calls sin to the righteous cause Martin Luther King gave his life for is abominable in and of itself. There is no civil right to do what God calls wrong.”
Maybe the president will change his batting stance. Certainly most people in the stands are not cheering. If not, the third and last strike could come in November.