— — A selection of reader comments from our Facebook page last week:
On a story about hundreds flocking to the local Chick-fil-A to show support on an unofficial appreciation day in the wake of a national debate on same-sex marriage, free speech and more:
• ... I ate at my local Chick-fil-A in Tallahassee and feel the show of support is great! It’s about time we drew a line and stood up for good, decent and constitutional rights — Sherry K.
• There’s no better way to discuss your hate than over a nice chicken sandwich and some waffle fries. Good times. Good times ... — Jamie L.
• I only wish we could get half that many people to show up to donate blood with the Red Cross or to a canned food drive to help feed the less fortunate. :( Neal V.
• I believe in the freedom of speech, and God, but I also believe in treating all people with love and respect, which is what God would want. You will not have to stand before God for what I do and I will not have to stand before God for what you do, so why worry if someone is gay? If people live a gay lifestyle that is their business. I know many gay people who are much better people than some of the so-called Christians. This was a great marketing strategy for Chick-fil-A, their profits are out of the roof, I’m sure. Wonder what they’ll do with all that profit, will they use it to help abused children, children who have been bullied, people who have no food, homeless, people with mental illness? I’ll bet it just goes into the pockets of those who started this. ... Yep, rich get richer! Wonder why they didn’t say, in support of Chick-fil-A come out and get free food? I’ll eat Chick-fil-A again, I’m sure, but it won’t be for any reason other than my hunger — Venetia G.
• This is a story about people being lied to, a religion perverted and used as a tactical element in a war on the LGBT community. This is a story of how Christianity and freedom of religious expression became a catapult for spreading lies and furthering hate-filled stereotypes. This is a story about God and Bible being used as a shield against having to answer for deception and fear mongering. This is a very sad story indeed — Joseph A.
• I am glad that Christians can gather in numbers for a cause they believe in. Why can’t we do that when it really matters? — Chrissy C.
• Of course we live in an area that wants to support hate and call it free speech — Mark D.
• I’m a Christian, but I don’t support them at all. Equal rights for all — Stonie B.
• Chick-fil-A is free to hold whatever values they want. We are free to patronize their establishment or not. Giving money to a cause trying to change laws doesn’t alter that freedom. Whether or not I agree with their opinion has nothing to do with the fact that I agree with their right to have that opinion. — David T.