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Phoenix Uprising

Panda Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 4:37 AM
I support gay marital rights.... ....and I go to Chick-Fil-A as often as I can. It's called Free Speech, baby. Deal with it. The day the Christian Right starts taking tax money from people of all beliefs and forcing everyone's kids through schools teaching only one side, THEN AND ONLY THEN WILL THE CHRISTIAN RIGHT BE EQUAL TO THE ATHEIST LEFT IN POWER-MONGERING, CLOSE-MINDEDNESS, AND ARROGANCE. There are no more biased control freaks than the atheist Left, so they have ZERO right to complain about a private owner of a private business expressing his personal belief. Brave, Chick-Fil-A!!
DCM in FL Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 8:48 AM
"I support gay marital rights...."

I support marriage equality -- which means that everyone is held to the same standards regarding marriage!

Oh, wait, that's not what they want, is it?
Earl29 Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 7:35 AM
David3036 Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 5:55 AM
So I agree you have ZERO right to complain about an owner of any business expressing a personal belief. Boycotting has become a favorite weapon in the culture wars. Ain't free speech wonderful?
Nam65-66 Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 7:02 AM
If free speech is wonderful how come I have "ZERO right to complain about an owner of any business?"

What kind of cigarettes do you smoke?
Happy Jake Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 7:08 AM
Gays are free to boycott Chick-Fil-A all they want. The issue isn't whether gays eat fast-food chicken, it's whether institutions (particularly governments, though that's not part of the story here) ought to ban businesses because they don't agree with them.

Find me an example of one Republican politician who threatened to reject and invalidate business licenses for Target, Home Depot, Best Buy, Ford, or McDonalds. I can think of four Dems who did that to Chick-Fil-A.
David3036 Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 5:45 AM
Free speech indeed. In the Chick-fil-A counter-protests, thousands of people stood in line to support them. So you might think you won that one, but Chick-fil-A’s BrandIndex rating of consumer perception plummeted.

It plummetet for the same reason that the gay boycott of Coors was highly successful but the anti-gay boycotts of Disney theme parks, Target, Best Buy and Ford were dismal failures. McDonald's was targeted because it joined the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce -- do you see anyone avoiding McDonald's? Kraft Foods supported the Gay Games in Chicago and became a boycott target. To its credit, the company stated simply that diversity was a major reason for its success. End of story. Home Depot did the same.
rickmcq Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 7:38 AM
"Chick-fil-A generated $492 million in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization on revenue of $1.12 billion in 2011, PrivCo said. It added that the company’s 44 percent Ebitda margin was “virtually unheard of in the restaurant industry.”
The chain has the biggest sales per unit in fast-food, according to QSR Magazine. In 2011, the company generated gross sales of $2.9 million per location, outpacing the average unit sales of runner-up McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) by $400,000, the magazine said in its August 2012 issue."

These are the latest numbers available, and things may have changed since, but it sure doesn't seem as though the protesters have damaged Chick-fil-A much.
gwharpo Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 9:10 AM
Talk about corporate responsibility. Yeah, right.
Panda Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 10:41 AM
Chick's profits skyrocketed and have sustained well above previous levels. Your "Brand Index" figure is meaningless.

Elon University has now ceased to be a serious institution of higher learning. In fact, it no longer deserves to be called a university in the wake of its decision to create a new Vendor Policy Study Committee. The committee, which was created by Elon's Board of Trustees in October, is part of a response to efforts to ban Chick-fil-A from the Elon campus. Its very existence shows that Elon cannot expeditiously handle simple issues concerning tolerance and inclusion. Instead, it legitimates bigotry by giving serious consideration to anti-religious zealots who would best be ignored.

Elon's 15-member committee is made up...