Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was not anti-gay; it was pro-business regardless of personal beliefs ("Hundreds wait hours to support Chick-fil-A's poultry and politics; Customers against gay marriage inundate Franklin Park," Aug. 2).
Company president Dan Cathy was interviewed by a Christian organization. The media caught wind of it and fanned inflammatory mistruths to the gay community. It's no wonder the gay community was upset, but we need to research the truth before we attack a man or his business.
The beauty of America is that anyone is free to sell anything legally and anyone is free to purchase from that person or company, or not.
I eat at many restaurants where I do not share the personal beliefs of the owners. Why should the beliefs of owners even be given attention? Except that the liberal media feed on this with relish -- or maybe mayo and a pickle.
Headline takes editorial view
The Blade's headline was politically loaded. The issue is not the political views of Dan Cathy, but his personal religious views. The Blade confused religious and political ideologies.
The secondary headline referred to "customers against gay marriage." A more accurate description would have been: "customers for traditional marriage."
Shame on you for editorializing in a news article.
Rev. David Claassen
Senior Pastor Mayfair-Plymouth Congregational Church Bennett Road
It's cruel to deny others wedded bliss
As a straight, once-widowed/twice-married female who has lived 38 of her 62 years wedded, I think it is cruel to deny any other consenting adult the kind of joy I have experienced with my spouses.
Having our commitment recognized and honored by our community has carried positive benefits for me, each of my husbands, and our children.
I would think that having legal recognition of your desire and willingness to create a stable family should be a normal component of human and civil rights in this country.
West Central Avenue
Intolerance was the main course
Shame on the more than 500 people who turned out at Chick-fil-A to spread the message of religious intolerance and hatred.
Denying equality to Americans is not free speech. It is unconstitutional and, for people who call themselves Christians, hypocritical.
How would people who oppose same-sex marriage feel if their fellow citizens created unjust laws against their marriages? The levels people will stoop to in the name of God are outrageous.
People's attitudes sadly in decline
The huge turnout of people in support of the president of Chick-fil-A's opposition to gay/lesbian marriages is a pathetic picture of the decline in humanity and of people's attitude toward those who are different from them.
One would think that in this day and age, people would be more educated in knowing that homosexuals are born with genes that decide their life choices, just as they determine the color of their hair. For others to disdain them and deprive them of their basic American rights because of a gene is despicable.
A woman interviewed by The Blade was pleased that there was so much support for conservatives and Christians. Hatred and bias are not limited to any groups. They are things to be ashamed of, not proudly boasted of.
It is possible that conservatives and Christians of whom this woman spoke belong to a Christian church, but they are not Christian people.
Customers were pro, not con
I was there. This had nothing to do with supporting poultry or with politics, and there were thousands of Chick-fil-A customers who waited in line. We were not against anything.
People are sick of hearing about a positive event involving thousands of people and then reading a headline that diminishes the event to hundreds and negatively portrays the narrative with words such as "anti-gay."
Why are we who support positive things such as traditional marriage or babies not being killed in the womb always referred to as anti-this or anti-that? Why are the gay and lesbian protesters not called "anti-family" or "anti-children," or "anti-father" for lesbians raising children or "anti-mother" for gay men raising children?
The Blade owes those who attended this event an apology for misrepresenting the truth.
C. Jason Jones
God's blessing is paramount
Chick-fil-A has led the way. Marriage is between a man and a woman.
The Bible is the word of God, and the words in this book are God's laws for all believers to follow. If we as a nation follow God's instructions, He has promised to bless us. If we choose not to, there is a price to pay: God will withhold His blessings from our families.
Families are in danger. Don't let God's blessings be taken from our families.
Love is love, despite Chick-fil-A
Love is love, and it doesn't matter one whit what a national restaurant chain has to say about it. Chick-fil-A? Not for me.
Shades of a satire to start the day
Blade food editor Daniel Neman had me laughing and spitting my coffee while I read his Aug. 7 column, “Fifty Plates of Eggs.” His satire of the recent best seller, Fifty Shades of Grey, was right on. I am willing to bet that if your readers have not read the book, they will soon.
What fun so early in the morning.