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Watch Chick-Fil-A Supporters Sing 'God Bless America:' VIDEO

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There are no words other than the facts: throngs of people showed up to a Chick-fil-A in Knightdale, NC, to support the company's anti-gay politics.

Inspired by their feat of fast food activism, they without warning broke into a rendition of "God Bless America."

You can watch that indescribable rendition AFTER THE JUMP...

(h/t BuzzFeed)

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  1. Welp, they did say Satan would come up with a cross and wrapped in the flag.

    Or something like that at least.

    Posted by: Wolf Sawyer | Aug 2, 2012 6:54:59 PM


  2. OMFG! More of the North Carolina Cacalackies! The only time I flew into Raleigh on a plane with 20 people on board they lost my luggage! I never returned...occasionally I make it to Assville via Atlanta--I know my limits!

    Posted by: LauraLoonie | Aug 2, 2012 6:59:12 PM


  3. Apparently God only blesses the white overweight Americans.

    Posted by: Vini | Aug 2, 2012 7:00:58 PM


  4. Where were they when it's OUR gay kids being told that saying gay is a crime in schools? When politicians, elected officials, cities, AND parents were petitioning to ban people from saying the words gay and being allowed to discuss being gay.

    Where was God, or blessings, or American values then?

    Posted by: 2EastCoastDudes | Aug 2, 2012 7:03:16 PM


  5. Will you please secede from the union again? Please?!! I am mortified that these people are Americans. This is NOT Christianity.

    Posted by: AJ | Aug 2, 2012 7:03:23 PM


  6. They are amazing at attempting to limit OUR rights, our freedoms and our speech...

    Yet, they play martyr when we boycott them for spending millions toward organizations that work to eliminate gays. YES, WE'RE PROTESTING YOUR PRECIOUS COMPANY NOT FOR STATING AN OPINION...but for donating millions to DESTROY gays overseas, notably Africa. That's where we're up in arms about and have every reason to be

    Posted by: Lazerlightbeams | Aug 2, 2012 7:06:19 PM


  7. Here's what I never understood about this debate:

    Anti gay people are esssentially rioting because they claim they can't exercise their first amendment rights......

    BUT....

    then they tell us we're wrong for boycotting and exercising OUR amendment rights for doing so.

    You have every right to free speech but gay and our allies don't have a right to boycott?

    Posted by: USC Trojans Fan | Aug 2, 2012 7:08:14 PM


  8. @ USC Trojans Fan

    That basically summed it up perfectly.

    I haven't heard a single gay person argue Dan Cathy should not have the right to voice his opinion. Not one person I've seen on here or my gay friends have stated "Dan Cathy should be stripped of his rights to express being anti gay" I HAVE seen the gay community infact uphold and celebrate the beauty of the constituition by also using their freedom of speech to give Dan Cathy a rebuttal. And also not patronize his establishment.

    I constantly see conservatives take issue with gays boycotting Chik Fil A (isn't that a right in the law of the land? it sure is) but then cry a river over not being able to voice their opinion. So you want to take one of our rights away (boycotting) to practice your right (freedom of speech)?

    Posted by: Scott Johansen | Aug 2, 2012 7:11:31 PM


  9. I was listening to the conservative radio host Michael Medvel today and his entire hour was devoted to how flawed and fundmentally wrong it is of the gay community to boycott Chik Fil A. In his next hour of the show, he devoted it to how right it is for anti-gay individuals to promote their freedoms of speech that they are granted, and say whatever they wish about gays.

    Does anyone else note the hypocrisy of the conservative right in this whole thing? It's truly stunning.

    Posted by: Art Smith | Aug 2, 2012 7:13:28 PM


  10. They look desperately unhappy - I mean - it is as though the suddenly for the first time they looked around and saw others who think just like them - and are appalled and ashamed - but as always too afraid to do anything about it.

    Yesterday - as they stood like hefty cattle in the Chicago stockyards waiting to get in to buy pickle pounded chicken sandwiches - they must have looked around and realized that - yes, this is what Heaven is going to look like.

    Suddenly, they realized that if they are right - Heaven is going to be a long dull boring endless party full of people who are portly, poorly dressed and with bad haircuts - yes, Heaven is not going to have any of the cool kids in it.

    Yesterday - they got a glimpse of Hell.

    Posted by: Ricky | Aug 2, 2012 7:15:10 PM


  11. Picture it:

    You're a 13 year old boy struggling with being gay. The kids at school taunt, tease and beat you on a near daily basis. You overhear your parents make hateful comments about "them gays"
    You then see mobs of people at your local fast food restuarant, cheering and singing "God Bless America" all bonding over how much they resent gays...

    and how would you feel as that isolated teenage boy?

    Do we really wonder why & how our gay children do take their own lives?
    They are made to feel sooo rejected and repulsive that they themselves buy into it.

    We ALL as LGBT have a *duty*....DUTY....d--u-t-y to make our gay youth feel wanted. Because these events above are making them feel more and more lonesome.

    Posted by: Real Talk | Aug 2, 2012 7:23:40 PM


  12. You should all be really concerned about the massive outpouring of support we have seen for Chick-fil-a. It demonstrates a deepening well of opposition to gay rights that I have absolutely no doubt is a consequence of the gay movement having aligned itself with the Far Left, thereby alienating a substantial proportion of the population.

    And the snarky, elitist comments in this thread just demonstrate that.

    In all seriousness, if we don't manage to change the opinions of people like these, then we will never, ever really gain full acceptance in society, but most of you seem absolutely bound and determined to do everything you possibly can to create as much polarization as possible and to make them hate you.

    You just cannot seem to get it through your thick heads that sitting in New York or San Francisco and constantly hurling insults and condescension at people in the rest of the country is not ever going to bring about change, nor is promoting ideologies like "gender-non-conformity."

    This movement has fallen off the rails because it has been taken over by extremists....and that is a very dangerous development, indeed.

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 2, 2012 7:24:24 PM


  13. Real Talk,

    Well said. I saw this video and my initial reaction was hurting for every gay child in small towns across the U.S

    This entire episode, and the childish/martyr antics of the homophobes has been ridiculous, and proof that these people will stop at nothing to let it be known how much they have a disdain for us. It's hurting our gay kids incredibly and they are who my thoughts and heart is with.

    Posted by: Christa | Aug 2, 2012 7:25:18 PM


  14. Bring me the bigots, homophobes, and racists alike. Bring me false Christians and self-righteous fraught with indignation and spite. Bring me the lemmings blinded by fear, the misinformed holding their beliefs so wrongly dear. Bring me political extremists guided by right wings and narrow-mindlessly straight. Bring me these idiots, so holier than thou, and I shall reap UNGODLY PROFITS from their ignorance and hate.

    Posted by: Trev | Aug 2, 2012 7:35:24 PM


  15. We've now seen Mike Huckabee in his George Wallace moment. Years from now this will be taught in schools as the same sort of dinosaur backlash that happened when southern schools began to integrate. It's just part of the dying belch of "the way we were" as culture and society realizes that civil rights apply to all people.

    It's important to keep in mind the perspective of these people. We are not only challenging their sense of superiority, we are challenging their piety as well. They couldn't possibly concede that they may be misinterpreting the scriptures, much less admit that the scriptures aren't valid. They really don't believe that they are bigots. They are simply standing up for tradition. Which is of course the whole point. Their tradition IS bigotry.

    Posted by: stranded | Aug 2, 2012 7:42:29 PM


  16. @Rick and the likes:

    I wonder is this is the same person that comments this way...

    Give me/us a list of what to do then...would like to know what you are about besides a gay guy bashing gays...or perhaps a gay republican?..

    lets see if its worth anything...

    Gracias...

    Posted by: Derek | Aug 2, 2012 7:57:51 PM


  17. I wouldn't express it the way @RICK has- and I'm not agreeing with his reasons. IT wasn't that anything was hijacked- it was mishandled by some well-meaning mayors, and it's a company largely based in the southeast and mid-west- not the friendliest places to equality for gays. But mainly, it was the idea these mayors were trampling on free speech- which they were, before they backed down.
    This is getting to be bad....it DOES NOT look good for the gay community or gay rights... This year could be a banner year of wins-in Maryland, Washington, Maine, and maybe even Minnesota. We could turn the tide of anti-marriage equality initiatives having won EVERY SINGLE TIME- so we just NEED TO DROP THIS THING NOW.
    I hate writing in caps- but the situation is bad. This could really hurt public opinion for us. My bf and I have straight friends who are calling us, friends who support marriage equality,telling us that they won't be boycotting CFA. Boycott them- we are- but this thing needs to die in the news TODAY. Public opinion is gonna roll us against us- and we need to get this dropped in the news.

    Posted by: scott | Aug 2, 2012 7:58:10 PM


  18. I've been boycotting them for years simply as a vegetarian, but I've known about their socially conservative background for a while. Today I see pictures of tons of people going out of their way to make some kind of statement in support of anti-gay beliefs (which they will call 'traditional', as are many forms of bigotry). I'm glad they are cementing their legacy with imagery that will be hard to forget as we continue to become a more understanding and inclusive society. I like to see people for what they are, I only feel bad for the gay employees of chik-fil-a who have to endure this onslaught of negativity to collect what I can only assume is a pretty measly paycheck. My sympathies are with them - let people with nothing better to do have chicken for a day. I'll take the future, supersized.

    Posted by: Wes | Aug 2, 2012 8:02:09 PM


  19. It's amazing to me. 32 times people have voted to STRIP our rights from the constitution. Not boycott or rail against or picket... Totally strip our constitutional rights away. They even tried to strip those rights from the US constitution. Where was the outrage about constitutional rights then? Where was the crying about rights being denied? Who sang for us? The hypocrisy is so outrageous it beggars the imagination.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Aug 2, 2012 8:06:05 PM


  20. Rick, I disagree with your assessment of what we're seeing. This isn't a huge growth of opposition, its the squirming yelp of a dying culture. Its no secret the impressive pace at which homosexuality is becoming accepted and supported in our society and around the world. The latest surge, of course, following the unprecedented personal endorsement of the leader of the most powerful nation on Earth. People are following suit at a truly astounding rate - and count me surprised that marriage equality is an official part of the Democratic platform this year. Sure, they are reading the writing on the wall, but the level of vocal support is having an exponential effect as people feel comfortable, even pressured socially not unlike racism, into joining what is increasingly seen as the winning side. There are many problems with gay activists, and there are many disagreements among us. But something we've been doing has apparently been working better than anyone could have imagined not very long ago.

    Posted by: Wes | Aug 2, 2012 8:12:04 PM


  21. Real Talk, you don't have to imagine it. There were probably hundreds, if not THOUSANDS, of gay kids that were dragged out to Chick-fil-A yesterday for the anti-gay, hate rally. Not only did they watch how their community feels about them, they got to see how their PARENTS and their FAMILY hate them.

    I used to be one of those kids. I know exactly how horrifying and heart wrenching it is!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Aug 2, 2012 8:27:28 PM


  22. Rick, you really are quite stupid. There hasn't been a Far Left in this country for decades, and there has never been an identifiable time when the different gay movements have aligned with what you falsely believe is a Leftist gay movement.

    Secondly, the time for politeness towards stupid, ignorant, dishonest, paranoid people is over. They do not use any logic, facts or connection to reality in what they say and do. I do not need to be accepted by them or anyone else, including you. I'm an American citizen and because of that simple fact I deserve the same rights as all heterosexuals. I have contributed far more to people than homophobes ever have or ever will.

    Posted by: Robert K. | Aug 2, 2012 8:29:32 PM


  23. Rick - I appreciate your sentiment - but no, you do not go to these people with your hat in hand and ask for more please - equality will never be given - it must be demanded as a matter of simple justice.

    Letting anyone stupid enough to stand in line for hours for a greasy disgusting chicken sandwich in support of a billionaire -- letting anyone so stupid as to not simply go in one day this week - but to actually stand in line like cattle -- decide if you should have equality or not is simply not the American way.

    If we have to fight them in the courts, find them in the legislatures, fight them in the streets - fight them we will - and we will win - they already know it.

    If we simply hope for them to give it to us - we will live in constant fear that they will one day take it a way - that is no way to live.

    Posted by: Ricky | Aug 2, 2012 8:29:47 PM


  24. Stop being overdramatic Rick. Pretty soon you'll be bringing race, transgenders and effeminate gays into the conversation. So predictable.

    Equal rights and acceptance have never happened over night. It's been over 100 years since the end of slavery and we're still not in a post-racial society. Women still aren't equal in this country looking at statistics, especially in the areas that these wingnuts flocked to Chik-Fil-A.

    Our movement has grown leaps and bounds over the past 10-20 years. Gay marriage is inevitable and so are equal rights for us in this country. And it's all going down in the next 25 years. And even when we do get these rights, we STILL won't be accepted and loved by everyone. But as the older generations die off and the more visible and loud we are, the faster it's going to happen. So enjoy sitting in your closet and critiquing while everyone else does the work for you.

    For the last time Republicans don't like you and they aren't going to. And there is nothing we can do to win them over, GoProud and LCR have proven that time and time again. So put a sock in it.

    Posted by: BEAHBEAH | Aug 2, 2012 8:32:00 PM


  25. The hysteria by the homophobes over this Chik Fil A issue has been SHOCKING. Truly startling at how calculated they are in playing victim. I have not seen LGBT blow this story up, in actuality, it's homophobes who have made such an issue out of this that you would think THEY are the ones being persecuted. The Christians in line at our local Chik Fil A told the reporter "these gays think society is for them and they would destroy Christians if they could"
    It's shocking how immature and childish the homophobes are reacting. But not really surprising

    Posted by: Trilesd | Aug 2, 2012 8:40:14 PM


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