Chick-fil-A Opens in Walnut Creek on Thursday – People Camp Out to be Part of the “First 100″ – Protests Planned

November 7, 2012 13:51 pm · 148 comments

Lovers of Chick-fil-A are camping out in the new restaurant’s parking lot on North Main Street in Walnut Creek in order to be part of the “first 100″.

When a new Chick-fil-A restaurant opens, which it will on Thursday morning, the first 100 customers get a free meal every single week for an entire year.

It won’t be all fun and games though, because protests are planned for Thursday.

A page on facebook was set up to alert the public about the protest. They say they’ll be at the restaurant’s grand opening to hold a peaceful protest and to “educate the public about monetary donations made (by the owners of Chick-fil-A) to homophobic and discriminatory organizations such as the Family Research Council, Exodus International and Focus on the Family. These donations totaled more than $5,000,000 between 2003-2010. We firmly believe the First Amendment applies to everyone, even those with whom we disagree.”

The grand opening is set for Thursday morning.

photo: courtesy of Chick-fil-A on facebook

101 WithOut Hesitation November 8, 2012 at 3:43 AM

Looking forward to grabbing my chicken sandwich on Thursday! I’m actually thankful for the protests since they bring endless amounts of attention to Chick-fil-A and provide them with more business! Bring it on!!

102 KooKooKaChoo November 8, 2012 at 6:23 AM

Free anything – especially food is a blessing in this ObamaEconomy.
May the swishers enjoy their handspun peach shakes.

103 KooKooKaChoo November 8, 2012 at 6:23 AM

@Scooter

Why the hate bro?

104 Kenji November 8, 2012 at 7:00 AM

I support marriage equality, but why the protests against Chick-Fil-A at this point? Haven’t they already promised not to donate to political causes in the future?

(Of course they have a right to donate to whatever they want, just as other private citizens have a right to protest such donations. These rights are violated only when government power is used to prevent their exercise.)

105 MO November 8, 2012 at 7:02 AM

THIS IS CFA’S BEST ADVERTISING…

Here is an interesting article re: Free Speech and whether Corporations are the same as Persons when applied to Free Speech http://www.salon.com/2012/07/30/free_speech_and_donations/

Freedom of speech must apply to all
For the Monitor
Monday, August 6, 2012
I would like to discuss recent events unfolding in Massachusetts regarding Chick-fil-A. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, in an open letter published on the city’s Facebook page, has vowed to block any Chick-fil-A opening along the Freedom Trail. While the mayor has recently revised his statement to acknowledge there is little he can actually do to accomplish this goal, I still find his actions disturbing.

I am a firm believer that marriage is for everybody, and I dislike the donations put forth by the company’s CEO. But to threaten legal action (regardless of how empty the threat may be) against a company for the owner’s beliefs seems to be the savage hypocrisy we should fight against in a free and just society, not celebrate.

Freedom of speech should apply to all, not just those with whom we agree. I hope the residents of Concord, who have shown extraordinary tolerance and kindness, will join me in rejecting Menino’s argument. After all, if we are unwilling to protect the speech of a group we dislike, then we don’t support freedom. We just support the idea of it.

http://www.concordmonitor.com/article/346541/freedom-of-speech-must-apply-to-all

If you don’t like the way Cathy donates, don’t eat there. If you agree with him, eat there. We all have our own opinions about everything…and we are entitled to them…that is wonderful. We are so lucky to live in the USA.

I’m okay and you’re okay.

106 Marcus Aurelius November 8, 2012 at 7:32 AM

The owners have probably worked very hard to be able to open this restaurant & it is a shame they have to deal with protests on their big day. This is just a restaurant people. Leave the poor owners alone. It is hard enough to succeed.

As for Chick-Fil-A’s donations to “hate groups”, Focus on the Family is a Christian organization that provides support to Christian families. One of their core beliefs is “all people are of infinite value.” No “hate” there.

It is not hate just because someone doesn’t think just like you.

107 Toni November 8, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Do all of you believe that this protest is wonderful, support my right not to shop @ stores that contribute to places like Planned parenthood? And should all who believe that gay marriage is sin, boycott Disneyland because they have Gay Day? I can’t imagine that my rights to protest in that way wouldn’t be met with derision. I don’t choose to boycott Disneyland, but because I believe a certain way doesn’t make me a “hater.” And, what difference is it to you if people want to camp out for free food, or for laptops on Black Friday? How does that hurt anybody? Answer: it doesn’t. To all those decrying it, here’s what you do…you don’t camp out. The thought police are out in force. May the trash talk begin. Touché.

108 Sunfish November 8, 2012 at 8:06 AM

I’m with you, Scooter, I will not be supporting Chic-fil-a either. Too much controversy.

109 Scooter November 8, 2012 at 8:11 AM

@KooKooKaChoo……I have no hate…..and you’re comment about “May the swishers enjoy…” shows what a bigot you are.

For the record, I don’t “swish”…you would never know I was gay if you met me. You are simply promoting hateful steroetypes and bigotry that are very ugly qualities in a human being.

110 Advertisement November 8, 2012 at 8:17 AM

This much publicity would be expensive….gotta try now
This is such a funny, sad blog sometimes
making major issues over minor issues
go be nice to someone today…drive courteously…that would be a good use of energy!!!

111 Tired of it all November 8, 2012 at 8:46 AM

I am tired of the gays calling all of us haters for not agreeing with there lifestyle choice, Yes it is a lifestyle choice no matter how you want to call it. The true haters seem to be them for the anger and actions they show by trying to protest our right to express our views. I am slowly becoming a hater, but more for the reason of them trying to block my freedom to express my views and support what i believe in. Its also amazes me that they have to shove it in everyones face they are gay. I certainly dont go around telling everyone what my sexual preferencs is.

112 Freaks November 8, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Damn freaks got nothing better to do than to force people, by government decree, to accept their illicit behavior.

No way in hell will I accept a freak as legitimate anything. Freaks sicken me.

113 But My Delicious Homophobic Chicken! NOM NOM NOM! November 8, 2012 at 9:41 AM

@Tired of it All

Most non-brain dead Americans will protect and understand your freedom of speech. Freedom of Speech, however, does not equal freedom from responsibility of your speech, freedom from response from your speech and freedom from having to own what you say.

You want to spew hate speech in this country, that’s fine. It’s your right and I’ll defend it. That doesn’t, however, mean that those words don’t have an owner, don’t represent you, don’t have the ability to expose you as an ugly human being and shield you from response.

You’re angry, but in the grand scheme of the issue, you’re conveniently twisting and forming a victim complex on a platform of convenience and privilege. As much as you want to believe you are an underdog in this situation, you’re not. Your right to be treated with the same dignity and respect as the average heterosexual in our society isn’t under constant attack. We don’t have fast food chicken franchises that are known to donate cash to groups that have an anti-heterosexual civil rights agenda for you to feel like you have a legitimate reason to be angry.

114 yolo November 8, 2012 at 9:55 AM

oh my gosh. the ceo made a remark about gays…i think im not gonna eat there now. lmfao this is so funny to see all the butt-hurt homo’s get all mad over this. get over yourself crybabies

115 mist November 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Maybe Christians should protest against ben and jerrys ice cream

116 Pete November 8, 2012 at 10:07 AM

“We don’t have fast food chicken franchises that are known to donate cash to groups that have an anti-heterosexual civil rights agenda”

Perhaps not, but we do have high-tech companies, grocery chains, etc. that donate cash to groups that promote a pro-homosexual lifestyle agenda.

117 Starfish November 8, 2012 at 10:08 AM

I think I will have some KFH tonight. Ketucky Fried Home chicken :-) Oh no, I almost forgot…….this will be for tomorrow night.

118 Nice Nancy November 8, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Walmart donated $300,000 to the Obama campaign. I guess I won’t be shopping Walmart anymore.

119 Anon November 8, 2012 at 10:31 AM

People have the right to their opinion, even if its unpopular. People should also have the right to voice their unpopular opinion with out being bullied by liberals. Come to think of it, that’s exactly what most democrats are. I remember all of the crap about prop 8 and when people found that certain other companies and people were donating to “yes on 30″ campaigns, homes and businesses got vandalized, and people got threatened. Bunch of liberal, democratic bullies!!!

120 iscoffy November 8, 2012 at 10:41 AM

No one is stopping the owners of Chick-Fil-A from saying what they want or donating to what they want. Freedom of speech doesn’t mean that you get to say whatever you want and no one can respond to it, for heaven’s sake.

121 Anon November 8, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Of course people have the right to respond. But they don’t have the right to bully as has been done in the past…

122 ChampagneKitty November 8, 2012 at 11:10 AM

I’m just going to choose not to eat there.

123 SPARTAN DAD November 8, 2012 at 11:20 AM

BUNCH OF FAT BODIES CAMPING OUT FOR FREE FOOD. THEY SHOULD ASK HOW MANY OF THESE PEOPLE ARE ON UNEMPLOYMENT WHAT A JOKE PEOPLE HAVE BECOME

124 But My Delicious Homophobic Chicken! NOM NOM NOM! November 8, 2012 at 11:27 AM

@Pete

“We don’t have fast food chicken franchises that are known to donate cash to groups that have an anti-heterosexual civil rights agenda”

“Perhaps not, but we do have high-tech companies, grocery chains, etc. that donate cash to groups that promote a pro-homosexual lifestyle agenda.”

I await your hilariously flawed attempt to explain how funding pro civil rights and equality is on the same moral level as funding anti civil rights agendas. Be sure to tell us how American and patriotic you are, how you’re for the very American philosophies of freedom of speech and equality for all, just in case your explanation doesn’t contain enough hypocrisy.

Bonus points if you can also convince us that an Orange and an Apple are the same thing.

Enjoy your thirty pieces of silver worth of chicken though!

125 Tired of it all November 8, 2012 at 11:32 AM

But My Delicious Homophobic Chicken! NOM NOM NOM
(You’re angry, but in the grand scheme of the issue, you’re conveniently twisting and forming a victim complex on a platform of convenience and privilege. As much as you want to believe you are an underdog in this situation)
Sounds familure.
We are tired of being forced to accept the gay life style flat and simple.
Majority of Californians put up with it but more is damanded and we are tired of it.

126 Jeff November 8, 2012 at 11:46 AM

@ Schmee

No, AMERICA lost. Get it straight.

127 BreakingJen November 8, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Why is that any posts related to immigration or homosexuailty seems to bring all of the conservative whack jobs out of the wood works in CoCo County? It’s as if they are literally sticking their fingers in their ears and going ‘naw naw naw I can’t hear you!!” when it’s been calmly and clearly explained this has nothing to do with free speech. It’s like people would rather be ignorant, uneducated and filled with hate instead of maybe listening for a minute. And if you feel like people are judging you for your stance on hating anyone who is gay and believing it’s a ‘life style’ choice, well maybe you should wonder why. If the common denominator in all of these conflicts if you, maybe YOU are the problem. Why don’t you tell the 13 year old boy who is gay why you believe he doesn’t deserve his rights as a citizen and why you deem him less of a person. Bigotry and ignorance are WAY more prevalent in this area than I thought, how sad.

128 But My Delicious Homophobic Chicken! NOM NOM NOM! November 8, 2012 at 12:37 PM

@Tired of it

Sounds familiar how?

The only thing you are being forced to accept is that it is morally repugnant to treat other human beings as second class, especially based off of race, sex, religion and sexual orientation.

Feeling threatened and needing to defend yourself from the scary homosexual culture and life style is as cartoonishly ignorant as trying to defend yourself from being exposed to a racial culture.

If anti-same sex supporters have anything to be angry about, it’s that you’ve signed up for the wrong side of history. For whatever repressed issues you have with homosexuality, you chose the viewpoint of the bigoted villain in a Saturday Morning cartoon. Either too stubborn and egotistical to suddenly have to change your tune…too spineless to have a different opinion from your knuckle dragging brood…or too genuinely vile as a human being to see the flaw in your life perspective.

129 Huh? November 8, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Wow. Looks like the liberals have struck a nerve. At leas it got ya thinkin!

130 Jeff November 8, 2012 at 12:57 PM

BreakingJen – hate to break it to you, but you are just as guilty of bigotry and ignorance from the stance you represented above.

It’s a personal choice – you choose how you want to live. That’s what America affords you the right to do. If you want to be gay – fine. If you don’t – fine. If you want to support a cause you believe in that I don’t – fine.

It’s about tolerance. Being tolerant of OTHERS opinions and accepting that we sometimes disagree. Being ok with that disagreement and focusing on bettering our OWN lives instead of “making people fall in line with our beliefs”.

The problem is that people have forgotten that tolerance means we don’t have to agree.

131 BreakingJen November 8, 2012 at 1:43 PM

@ Jeff,

The fact you think people choose to be gay is the exact reason your argument is rubbish. It’s not that you want to choose to disagree with the beliefs of gay citizens that makes your stance bigoted. Its the fact that equal rights are not given and there are organizations who literally only work to ensure equal rights are not given. THAT is the specific issue here. I’m fine if you choose to fill your heart with hate and judgement, it really doesn’t impact me in any way. I even have family members who feel liek you do and I don’t try to convince them they are wrong. But I will stand up and call out anyone who tries to take rights away from an entire segment of our country because of who they are attracted to.

132 Anonymous November 8, 2012 at 2:31 PM

My hate and judgement? Really?

Am I not the one saying that it’s FINE for people to live how they want? Hmmm. Perhaps you ought to read what I said. This issue is not about taking away rights – in fact, that’s what YOU are doing by trying to censor those who don’t agree with you. Is that not a violation of the 1st amendment?

To me, if someone is gay/lesbian/bi – it IS a personal choice. For you or others, it may not be – that’s MY OPINION. And you have no business trampling on my opinion. I don’t berate you for yours….because I believe it’s your right to have one, and I don’t care to try and change your mind.

it’s also the Chick-Fil-A’s owners CHOICE to support what he wants, and yes, it’s your right to protest. But wouldn’t your time be better spent working on something that benefits gay rights, instead of trying to change someone’s personal opinions? One is an uphill, losing battle, and the other helps your cause. I’m tired of people friggin complaining. I’d rather see people do productive work with their OWN lives, and stay the hell out of mine. Get it?

I guess it’s your choice how to feel, Jen.. I think the whole thing is astinine, but fascinating as it pertains to the intolerance of my fellow man. Flame on if you want, but bottom line is that I do not care what people think – I will eat there because I LIKE THE FOOD, not because of someone’s right to protest and not because of their choices.

So – since you stated “But I will stand up and call out anyone who tries to take rights away from an entire segment of our country because of who they are attracted to” – does that mean you support my right to keep and bear arms as well? Just curious if there’s a bit of a double standard that’s being applied.

133 Jeff November 8, 2012 at 2:32 PM

By the way, I posted as anonymous mistakenly. The post 133 is from me, Breaking Jen. Would love to continue this discussion. I think passionate arguments are good, but only when two people can agree that they don’t HAVE to see things the same way.

134 iscoffy November 8, 2012 at 3:06 PM

I never fail to be amazed by the “you are intolerant of my intolerance, so there!” argument.

When money from the chicken sandwich you buy could well go toward not only preventing other citizens from obtaining equal rights but also eroding the rights they have managed to win so far, I don’t see how it’s intolerance to point out that fact. If you really don’t think that gay people should obtain more rights or have the ones they currently have, I guess there’s not much more to say than enjoy your sandwich, but this red herring of “free speech” and cries of “intolerance” at people who don’t want their money to go toward these causes is ridiculous.

I also love the straw man that people should be doing something else with their time, or that unless people analyze every purchase, they are just lame and it’s all useless and therefore they should be doing something “more important” and shouldn’t bother. It’s not impossible to care about and participate in multiple causes, and just because a person can’t know everything about every purchase doesn’t mean they shouldn’t make informed choices when they can.

135 BreakingJen November 8, 2012 at 3:39 PM

@ Jeff

I do agree that passionate arguments are great, and I definitely am not trying to convince you that my beliefs are what you must follow. I just can’t be ok with a company donating funds to groups who actively work to ensure equal rights are not granted. This isn’t a free speech issue to me, the CEO is fine to have his opinion. But I also have a right as a consumer to use the only power I have (my dollars) to make a tiny difference. To me this isn’t just food, it isn’t about not eating at a restaurant because I disagree with the owners opinion. It’s their actions, and I have a right to use my actions and dollars to show my opinion. You may not believe that boycotting or protesting make a difference, but I just wouldn’t be ok giving any profits of my earned income to them. But I can say that I absolutely disagree with any politicians jumping on this and trying to keep stores from opening in their area, that is a totally different thing and in my opinion crossing the line of what’s acceptable.

To answer your question about the right to bear arms, I’m definitely not someone who actively works to take away this right. But I’m not 100% sure what my personal stance on it is. This is how far my opinion has come on this so far in my life (I fully expect it to be a growing stance that may shift as I go through life), owning weapons is something that should definitely be a freedom. It makes no sense why the government should hve any right to tell citizens they aren’t allowed to. However, I do have issues with automatic and semi-automatic weapons on our streets, but I’m not a believer in adding more government regulations simply because I don’t see the value in a weapon. I didn’t grow up around guns so the ownership of one is pretty foreign to me, this may explain my stance.

136 Jeff November 8, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Fair enough, breaking Jen. I wasn’t saying that I oppose your right to spend money how you feel, to protest, or to disagree. I just think that we as a society tend to spend a ton of time complaining rather than doing. It’s nice to have a dialogue instead of an argument. At the end of the day, we could all be doing so much more just by recognizing and appreciating each others differences, and focusing on what’s important in our own lives, and working to further our own interests instead of restricting others for theirs. However – I get your passion.

The right to bear arms – heck, that was a throw in just to test the waters LOL. California is the ones restricting my rights, and I’ve been berated numerous times for my opinions about that. However, in the legal arena, per the Constitution my view is absolutely correct – the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

People don’t have to agree with me on whether or not I should carry a firearm for me to be able to exercise my right. Some people, like yourself, don’t have the experience with them TO carry them safely and properly. But because some people don’t like them – it doesn’t trump my right. I’m a safe and sane owner of firearms, and I use them to hunt and for self defense only. I prefer to be in a situation to save myself if that criminal breaks down my door and threatens my life.

However – The parallel I was drawing was that people do try and restrict my right to bear arms here in California (which is a violation of our 2nd amendment rights), and that’s exactly what I feel people do with Chick-Fil-A – they use THEIR right to freedom of speech to oppress someone else’s right to freedom of speech. One should not trump the other. When you find room to talk about it, still disagree, and be ok with the other person having their own choices – that is true tolerance. Oppression will never be the answer, but tolerance of our differences is the answer.

I think a lot of people get confused that tolerance means we all have to agree on the same path. That will never happen…

Right on for being a positive person, and kudos to you for taking a stand in your life. I appreciate the dialogue.

137 Toni November 8, 2012 at 7:29 PM

@iscoffy and breaking Jen, Both of you do have the same rights with regard to marriage, as heterosexuals. You can marry, but you cannot marry someone of the same gender. Despite the voters TWICE passing an amendment and a law, the gays took it to court, where the will of the people was overturned. And, please show me in the Constitution where the right of marriage for human is a civil right. Please don’t equate gayness with thr black struggle for civil rights. As Jeff said, we disagree. So what? I agree that you can boycott anybody you want, but people who believe that homosexuality is a chosen lifestyle, and a wrong one, have a right to their world view, as well. I think that idiots like the Westboro crowd, or the dopes who were picketing against gays @ Chik-fil-A today are absolute knuckleheads. But, I also think that signs reading “Chicken shouldn’t taste like hate” on display today, are equally ridiculous. Why do you assume that people are “haters (such a tired word)” merely because they believe that the gay lifestyle is wrong? Isn’t it because we disagree with you, and our firmly-held beliefs can’t be changed no matter how much you try? People still hold to unalterable principles.

138 Scooter November 8, 2012 at 10:06 PM

So Tony and anyone else who thinks being gay is a choice, or a ‘lifestyle’….

So when did you decide to live a heterosexual lifestyle? Because thats a choice, right? You actually have feelings inside you that you are attracted to people of the same sex, but you simply ‘decided’ to live a ‘straight lifestyle’, right?

So to anyone who thinks I made a choice to be gay, I ask you, when did you choose to be straight?

139 iscoffy November 8, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Why, Orson Scott Card, is that you?

People can believe whatever they want, but when they are actively trying to deny people rights or remove the rights they have, believe me, not everyone is going to sit back because it’s “just” a difference of opinion.

Also, you might be interested to know that one doesn’t have to be gay to support gay equality.

140 @ Scooter November 8, 2012 at 11:53 PM

#139 –
We are born as who we are. Some are gay, straight or have a propensity for drug / alcohol addiction or any number of other behaviors including an attraction to children.
The “choice” is in what we do about the behavior, whether gay or straight or whatever.
No judgement here, just an opinion.

141 Mr. Magee November 9, 2012 at 12:17 AM

Scooter:
There was no decision. There was no choice. It was an act of being.

I was nine years old reading the comic paper. I got turned on by the woman sitting on the speedboat in a bathing suit. I kept that newspaper page for three months.

If it was so for you, and you were also selected so young, my heart breaks for your suffering, your secret life, and all you have endured.

Otherwise you have lived well in this age, this country, and this state.

When the President was born in 1961, his parents could not be married in nearly 12 states where mixed race marriages were illegal. His father could not sit in the front of the bus, eat at the Woolworth counter, had to use the “colored” toilet, drink from the “colored fountain”, attend the “colored” public school, anywhere in the Deep South.

President Lyndon Baines Johnson changed all that, yet racial prejudice persists along with it’s companion, hysterical rants and raging.

Against this, our President, and his family, bravely accepted the proposition that there might be a desegregated White House. That success and the great accomplishments of this Administration have provoked the enemies of “equality” to make an oath to limit this Presidency to one term. They failed. They will continue to fail, because these people are a threat to all of us. Yet the President protects their right to express this hate.

You have seen the Promised Land.

You must just live long enough to walk into it, married to your partner.

142 Anon November 10, 2012 at 8:32 AM

A lot of you seem to be claiming that Chick-Fil-A is not treating everyone with dignity and respect. I have not heard of any instances where that has happened. Did I miss something? So the guy doesn’t agree with same sex marriage. As a human being, isn’t he entitled to his opinion as all of us are entitled to ours? It’s not like he forbid gay people in his restaurant or refused to serve them, he just doesn’t agree with you. Is that so terrible?

143 Really? November 10, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Anon 143, the owner gives copious amounts of money to groups that fan the flames of hate and homophobia. I find that distasteful, and will not spend my money to help him do such horrible things. Simple as that.

144 The Truth November 10, 2012 at 12:27 PM

@ Really? #144 –
Of course you have personally verified your claims right. You don’t want to appear like another of those ignorant assholes. Simple as that.

145 Really? November 10, 2012 at 2:25 PM

The Truth 145, since I’m not an ignorant asshole, of course I verified. It’s easy to find who gives what kind of money to which charities. Oh, and the owner admits to giving money to groups that support homophobia and hatred of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons. Verified.

You, of course, can do your own homework. I’ve done mine. You don’t want to look like a homophobic ignorant asshat, do you?

146 SG November 10, 2012 at 7:37 PM

I really hope that nobody believes that if you eat at CFA that you are supporting hate. I’m pro traditional marriage but have gay friends. My gay friends respect my opinion. They don’t ever call me a “hater” .

147 Dr Jellyfinger November 10, 2012 at 9:41 PM

I was in the neighborhood & decided to stop in & try them out. No way Jose! The parking lot was full! Chic-fil-A was mobbed with customers. I think all the publicity has been great for them.

148 The Truth November 10, 2012 at 10:27 PM

@ Really? #146 –
…..”of course I verified. It’s easy to find who gives what kind of money to which charities.”
Enlighten us will you, just how did YOU do that?
Sorry to disappoint but I’m not homophobic. I really don’t care who you bugger.

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