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Supporters Flock to Snellville Chick-fil-A for "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day"

Chick-fil-A patron: "I guess Truett Cathy's feeling the love!"

Snellville residents parked their cars as far as three businesses down in order to attend .  

At the Scenic Highway/124 location, the crowds are always pretty big around lunch time.  Today, cars were backed up all the way down the turning lane, and participants were parking in the lot next door as well as at the neighboring church.  

"I guess Truett Cathy's feeling the love!" said a woman with two young children as she followed a crowd down a side street and into the Chick-fil-A parking lot.  

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Maxine Hook was trekking back to a nearby parking lot with two Chick-fil-A bags, a smile on her face as she showed support for owner Truett Cathy with her friends and neighbors. 

"I believe that we should have our freedom of speech even if we don’t agree," she said as she walked back to her car.  "We should be able to speak how we feel.  I don’t condemn them for what they believe and they shouldn’t condemn us for what we believe."

Inside, the restaurant was packed with wall-to-wall people.  No one was in a rush.  There was a sense of community, solidarity and peace as people discussed the latest they heard on the radio or saw on TV about the current controversy.  

Another Chick-fil-A patron named Susan said she visits Chick-fil-A regularly.  Today, as she eats her chicken salad, she is "so happy they’re taking a stand on Biblical principles and that people are responding." 

At Highpoint Rd., the parking lot at the next door gas station was at capacity.  Considering the gas station is now defunct, these were clearly all Chick-fil-A patrons.  The atmosphere here was much the same.  

Former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee organized this national event.

A Facebook page created by Huckabee says that he is "incensed at the vitriolic assaults on the Chick Fil-A company because the CEO, Dan Cathy, made comments recently in which he affirmed his view that the Biblical view of marriage should be upheld."   

He stipulates that no one is being asked to carry signs, make speeches or openly demonstrate; rather, they are asked to simply show up and eat.

Snellville Patch will revisit Chick-fil-A on Friday during National Same-Sex Kiss Day, an event backed by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

George Wilson August 01, 2012 at 09:56 PM
It was just a chicken sandwich, right? You really love Chick-fil-A. And if you eat just one sandwich, it’s really not hurting anyone. Right? Sadly, something as simple as a chicken sandwich has become a symbol of intolerance and hate in a national-scale political debate. When Chick-fil-A executive Dan Cathy said he was ‘guilty as charged,’ he wasn’t kidding. Chick-fil-A has donated money that it collects from you and your family to fund groups like the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), an organization that works in secret to fight gay equality. Chick-fil-A also gave money to Exodus International, a group that works with gay Christians to “pray the gay away.” Is it any wonder that the same week Mr. Cathy proclaimed gay men and women are "inviting God's judgement on our nation," the news was filled with reports of more hate crimes against LGBT citizens? Discrimination and hate go hand-in-hand. And Chik-fil-A helps fund both. As long as you have $5 to spend on a chicken sandwich, Chik-fil-A will have $5 million to support institutionalized hatred. Until then, it's time to stop supporting hate. It's time to stop supporting Chik-fil-A.Discrimination and hate go hand-in-hand.
Cindy Wheeler August 01, 2012 at 10:43 PM
I'm heading to Chick-Fil-A right now. And we are not supporting hate, we are supporting similar Christian beliefs and the First Amendment.
Michael August 02, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Well just go back from Chik-fil-A and they were out of food.But I did eat at one for lunch.
TOWG August 02, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Yesterdays response at Chick-fil-A was a preview of November.
michael russell August 02, 2012 at 02:03 PM
first we try nto marginalize those who oppose us, then demonize them, blaming them for all of our problems and infustices. you must have taken notes on the tactics of the third Reich, Mr. Wilson!
Ed August 02, 2012 at 07:55 PM
You anti-Christian extremest can oppose the right to practice Freedom of Religion and the Right to Free Speech.because a great majority of the soldiers who fought and died for those rights were Christians and this country is a nation founded on Judea-Christian values like it or not.......You can also go to Hell if you choose to... I am going to Chick-Fil-A and enjoy good food and good fellowship with Freedom loving God -Respecting Great Americans --not Obamanista's like the idiot Mayors of Boston and Chicago--Hey Mayor of Chicago with the murder rate in your town you are correct ...The values of Chik-Fil-A are defintely not yours...Thank God!!!!!

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