Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Biscuits with a side of political statements at local Chick-fil-A!

Verne Strickland Blogmaster / August 1, 2012


Chick-fil-A bag

Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:46 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:46 a.m.
Cars with windshield wipers swishing back and forth lined up around the Chick-fil-A on Oleander Drive for Wednesday morning breakfast.
Inside, a group of three paramedics sat at a table, finishing their chicken biscuits and chatting casually. They were there to eat breakfast, not to make a statement, one said.
On the day that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee asked fast-food eaters to rally behind Chick-fil-A CEO Dan T. Cathy and his statement supporting the "biblical definition" of marriage, there was no uproar at the Oleander restaurant.
Nobody picketed outside during the rainy morning hours, and there was no line of gay supporters ordering water and nofilthing else, an idea hatched on YouTube to nibble away at Chick-fil-A's daily profit.
But there were some eating biscuits in support of Cathy.
Armond Weatherly jumped into his appliance truck and verified that he supports Cathy's stance on gay marriage.
"I'm against it myself," he said.
Inside, a group of four white-haired men sat at a table, awaiting their fifth.
"We want to support Mr. Cathy and his stand on the Bible," said Bill Stines of Wilmington. "I think it's time that Christians stood up."
Dan Grimsley, seated at the same table, mostly agreed.
"It's not strictly religious to me," he said. "It's this ‘in-the-face' attitude."
Stines, a Baptist who grew up in the North Carolina mountains, said he doesn't "condemn" homosexuals; he disagrees with their lifestyle. He blamed the media for advancing a liberal agenda.
"The news media today is killing faith in God, all in the name of diversity," he said.
TR Nunley is president of Wilmington Pride, a group dedicated to promoting equality for those living alternative lifestyles. On Tuesday, Nunley didn't know of any planned Chick-Fil-A protests in Wilmington.
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