Chick-fil-A Kiss-In more of a … raspberry

posted at 11:31 am on August 4, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Rarely do we get to see two competing viewpoints this explicitly matched against each other, with enough separation to judge the strength of each side.  After leading politicians in three of America’s largest cities threatened to block Chick-fil-A from operating because of the political and religious beliefs of its ownership, customers flooded into Chick-fil-A locations across the country — not to overtly protest, but to show support for the fast-food chain in the face of, well, intolerance.  Same-sex marriage advocates arranged for a “Kiss-In” protest to counter the “Appreciation Day” organized by Mike Huckabee and scheduled it for two days later — yesterday.

How did it turn out? No contest (via Instapundit):

Couples sent in photos of themselves kissing at restaurants around the nation to various gay-rights websites. But the protests appeared to draw far fewer people than an event earlier this week in support of the chicken chain.

Huge crowds turned out Wednesday in a show of support for company President Dan Cathy, who ignited a national debate by publicly expressing his opposition to same-sex marriage. Critics have also said the company supports causes harmful to gays and lesbians.

The scene on Friday was much quieter at locations across the Southland.

The protests got mainly ignored, and none of them apparently disrupted business.  Actually, the only complaint made to police by a Chick-fil-A location was to clear the media away, when they began interfering with business.  However, that wasn’t the only involvement by police.  Someone vandalized a Torrance, California location by spray-painting “Tastes Like Hate” on the outside wall of the restaurant, which turned out to be the only significant “protest” all day:

At a Chick-fil-A in Torrance where vandals painted the words “Tastes Like Hate” on the side of the restaurant Thursday night, the “National Same-Sex Kiss Day” was off to a slow start.

A steady parade of cars made their way into the parking lot as diners strolled in and out of the restaurant. Some held signs that read “Jesus is the only answer.” Many said they were there in support of Chick-fil-A and denounced the vandalism.

“It’s a civil debate; it has nothing to do with defacing someone’s property,” said Alfonzo Rachel, 40, a Torrance resident who said he dines at the restaurant regularly.

Otherwise, the protests garnered little attention, even in Hollywood, where one might expect to see the zenith of a national gay-rights protest.  Via Zombie, Ringo brought a camera and took some pictures at that location, with protesters in the foreground — but with many more customers behind them, not paying the protesters any attention at all.  Z captioned the image I used for the front page: “I’m Barack Obama, and I’m not yet sure if I approve this message.” Take a closer look behind the protesters, though; the place looks packed with People Not Really Giving A &*^%.  In Hollywood.  Ringo gave an explanation on his Facebook page:

This was taken in the heart of Hollywood, at the corner of Sunset Blvd and Highland – and I am happy to report that there were cars lined up down the street and around the corner waiting to go through the drive-thru. And the patio was packed with smiling customers eating chicken sandwiches and laughing at the handful of obnoxious protesters.

In one sense, this was a victory for free speech.  Both sides of an issue have had their say.  People now can choose whether or not to patronize Chick-fil-A without having politicians demand that a business adhere to their own views on religion or politics.  Bullies like Thomas Menino and Rahm Emanuel should take a lesson from this exercise of free speech and free choice, a point that Chicago’s famed improvisational group Second City drove home with this skit (and believe me, this is Not Safe For Work):

However, for the Kiss-In protest organizers, this is a humiliating defeat. They should have shelved this idea after seeing the overwhelming turnout on Wednesday, knowing that they could never hope to approach that level of support.  The juxtaposition of these two protests made very clear which view is mainstream, and which view is fringe — another lesson that Menino and Emanuel should heed.

Update: How did I miss that the man quoted by the LA Times in Torrance was PJ Media’s ‘Zo? At least, they have the same name and the same age, I believe.


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The Weekly Standard did a piece talking of the “silent majority” support for the conservative supporters of CFA. Romney is 100% blowing it by not sticking up for CFA. He’s going to deflate a lot of the potential enthusiasm of the base. I personally am now regretting that this is our nominee. http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/silent-majority-goes-chick-fil_649240.html

anotherJoe on August 5, 2012 at 1:43 AM

The top photo is just plain gross but the t-shirts are worse.

Sherman1864 on August 5, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Exercise some censorship with that photo….PLEASE.

bluesdoc70 on August 5, 2012 at 8:23 AM

New headline:
Gay Chick-Fil-A-Tio Protest FAIL

jpferman on August 5, 2012 at 9:21 AM

How utterly revolting…

Pest on August 5, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Gay picture, Ed.

Rusty Allen on August 5, 2012 at 12:32 PM

[Ross Douthat:] On hot-button cultural issues, meanwhile — immigration and gay marriage, reproductive issues and religious liberty, even welfare reform — [upon Mitt securing the nomination, Obama] moved away from Clintonian triangulation, offering a succession of explicit panders to Democratic voting blocs and interest groups instead.

O went hard to the left virtually the moment that Mitt secured the nomination. O knew that Mitt would not step up to the plate on these issues, and O would appear to be virile vibrant leader in comparison to Mitt who has been like a Enoch timidly tip-toeing forward in the face of these leftist assaults. Now the house is burning down on every front of every issue, but Mitt seems oblivious, sticking to his faint message of “it’s about jobs.”
The Chick-Fil-A flap has as of Friday really brought the problem with a timid biteless left-leaning Mitt to the fore. Huckabee had an extended piece on the CFA uproar, and I and others are thinking as Huckebee speaks that his eloquence and ideological confidence would be good in our nominee. And just then I suddenly had the stark realization that it was nearly on the day that Romney secured the R nomination that O made his gay marriage pronouncement.
Truth is that Romney’s lack of support for Chick-Fil-A was the spark that suddenly has spawned a growing disenchantment with Romney. You see it something fierce at Free Republic, and here as well. There’s false reports about Romney supporting the Boy Scouts having gay leaders of children… that sort of thing. 3rd party talk is revived. Romney needs to step up to the plate and support Chick-Fil-A. Stop the bleeding.

anotherJoe on August 5, 2012 at 12:54 PM

anotherJoe on August 5, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Be not troubled, for it is written that when your opponent is busy digging and it is only August, thou shalt not hinder him. Rather thou shalt pile up ammunition and gather allies for the autumn offensive.

claudius on August 5, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Exercise some censorship with that photo….PLEASE.

bluesdoc70 on August 5, 2012 at 8:23 AM

+1000

I watched a news item video yesterday of some gay-blades (mostly male-male) kissing at various Chick-Fil-A restaurants in protest and wanted to vomit.

MisterElephant on August 5, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Disgusting

No wonder they keep losing referendums; they are what? 0 for 36?? LOL

The Gay Lobby has the PR skills of an immature 2 year old who doesn’t get he wants.

Norwegian on August 5, 2012 at 2:05 PM

For all you city people out there, when they raise chickens for Chick-Fil-A , they de-Roster the Rosters and through them back in with the Hens.

jpcpt03 on August 5, 2012 at 2:40 PM

For all you city people out there, when they raise chickens for Chick-Fil-A , they de-Roster rooster the Rosters roosters and through throw them back in with the Hens.

I assume this is what you meant. Your point?

jpferman on August 5, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Hey Ed,

“It’s a civil debate; it has nothing to do with defacing someone’s property,” said Alfonzo Rachel, 40, a Torrance resident who said he dines at the restaurant regularly.

You do know that Alfonzo Rachel is a PJTV regular contributor, under the title of ZO Nation, right? Anyone here who doesn’t regularly peek into PJTV, I strongly recommend that you do. Alongside Bill Whittle and Andrew Klavan, and Glenn Reynolds, you’ll find Zo Rachel, Stephen Green, Scott Ott and Stephen Kruiser. At least check out Zo on the link. Dude’s got chops.

Freelancer on August 5, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Someone vandalized a Torrance, California location by spray-painting “Tastes Like Hate” on the outside wall of the restaurant, which turned out to be the only significant “protest” all day:

This happened in St. Louis too. Nothing says be tolerant and love each other quite like destroying private property.

RobertE on August 6, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Classic photo of hedonistic bent of these people. They have chosen to wallow in non tolerance, lost control of the ability to use reason and logic because they have become overwhelmed with their animal appetites. They need our prayers.

SANTA on August 6, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Revolting? True? Yep

StevC on August 6, 2012 at 2:22 PM

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