Chick-fil-A Protest Possible for Bolingbrook, Already Planned for Oswego

A protest may be in the works for the opening of a Bolingbrook Chick-fil-A. One is already planned for a Chick-fil-A opening in Oswego.

Protest planned for Oswego location 

A local resident is asking the community to join a peaceful protest when Chick-fil-A restaurant opens Thursday, Aug. 23, in light of recent remarks the fast food chain's president made against same sex marriage.

Beck Gibson, an Oswego High School graduate, has organized this Facebook page advertising the Oswego protest

The protest, slated for 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Route 34 store will entail, according to the event page, “peacefully standing across the street and letting everyone that eats there and anyone passing by know by eating there you are funding hate.”

Protest possible in Bolingbrook 

A similar protest could also take place outside of Bolingbrook's new Chick-fil-A. The location is set to open Sept. 6. 

Lea Anne Stoughton, president of the great Joliet area chapter of PFLAG, said she was in the process of talking with other members of her chapter and "gauging the willingness" to organize a Bolingbrook protest.

The dozen chapters of PFLAG chapters in the Illinois region are planning protests at other Chick-fil-A locations, she said.

People aren't protesting because of Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy's beliefs, Stoughton said. 

"The guy is welcome to say and believe whatever he wants," Stoughton said. "It's his actions that are what people are protesting."

The company, under his direction, has donated a lot of money to organizations like Exodus International, she said. Exodus International has for decades tried to "help conflicted Christians rid themselves of unwanted homosexual inclinations through counseling and prayer," according to Fox News

Exodus International recently backed away from that stance to appear less "anti-gay." 

The goal of the protest would be to inform Chick-fil-A patrons.

"The goal is to say, 'Here are some things you may want to know before you eat at Chick-fil-A,'" Stoughton said. "Even though it's in the news, there are a lot of people who never really think about it.

"(Cathy) is welcome to believe whatever he believes. As consumers, we have the right to patronize an establishment based on the beliefs of its ownesr."

Last week, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy said his business was "guilty as charged" in support of the "biblical definition of the family unit," according to the AP.

Donald Perry, vice president of corporate public relations for Chick-fil-A, said in a statement the restaurant is a “family-owned and family-led company serving the communities in which it operates.”

“From the day Truett Cathy started the company, he began applying biblically-based principles to managing his business,” he said. “For example, we believe that closing on Sundays, operating debt-free and devoting a percentage of our profits back to our communities are what make us a stronger company and Chick-fil-A family.”

Perry said the restaurant’s culture and service tradition “is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect –regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”

“Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena,” Perry said. “Our mission is simple: to serve great food, provide genuine hospitality and have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”

Francis M. Regan August 04, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Yes equal rights for everyone, but not same sex marriage! It's one man, one women equals one flesh to procreate!!!
Steven August 04, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Donna I agree, there are situations we are forced to over look about companies, for sure when it concerns staying employees. My issue is more with the actions that the owners do. For example Chick Fil A is also known for terminating employment based on sexuality of employees. The company has 9 cases against them. Not many for as big and old of a company it is. Most likely they couldn't peg the 9 people until after the were hired. This type of practice is against the law and against the constitution. That's my issue. I could care less who eats there. :)
Steven August 04, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Francis such a double standard. One man one woman to procreate. If you believe that, then for sure you must not eat shellfish, your hands must never touch the skin of a cow, oh and if you have kids and they inbarres you and dessobay you they ate to be punished by death. That's in the bible as well! GIRL PLEASE !!
Francis M. Regan August 04, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Not a double standard, that's a fact jack.
tktpoppa August 04, 2012 at 02:50 AM
"Yes equal rights for everyone, but not same sex marriage" A contradiction in terms.....sounds a lot like Separate but equal......see who that worked out. Oh yeh it didn't. You can believe what you want. You can eat where you want, you can donate to what ever cause you want, but when you when you have a company that has also donated to causes that support the Murder of people for being gay(do your research and look it up), I have a huge problem with that. Like it or not, Marriage Equality will become law in the very near future, if for no other reason other than denying same sex couples that right to marry is a violation of the 14th Amendment. Oh yes, and just one more thing. While people can quote the bible all they want Jesus NEVER once said anything about the condemnation of Homosexuality. The people that claim to follow him should follow suit
tktpoppa August 04, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Oh and Steven the company has 19, not 9 cases of discrimination against them.
tktpoppa August 04, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Oh and since people like to use the bible to co-sign their "one man, one woman" definition as the only acceptable form of Marriage, the Bible also states that: *A woman must be a virgin, if she cannot prove she is a virgin, she can be stoned to death *Women must submit to their Husband Sexually *Interfaith Marriage is forbidden *A window that has not bore a son must marry her Brother-In-Law and submit to him *A Woman that is raped must marry her rapist
Friendly One August 04, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Again people quoting the Bible to prove their own point without reading it through completely. Taking texts out of context is often done when people want to justify their own behavior that is contrary to God's laws. Chick-fil-A has always been known for it's solid Christian values. People who work there are treated fairly and with respect. It is not hate for them to donate to organizations that are trying to help people be set free from sin. Regarding a protest, it's ridiculous! The so-called "kiss-in" was a big failure yesterday, and any similar protest planned in Bolingbrook would be a waste of time. If you want to protest, do it where gays are accepted, not at a family friendly business that is providing much needed jobs to this area. Stupid is as stupid does...
Donna KPG August 04, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I fully support our rights as American citizens to peacefully protest. I merely think this is one that is silly. As for there being 19 cases out there...I'd like to see statistics for other companies and I'd like to know the work ethics of those 19 people. Perhaps I'm cynical, but I've been working for 30 years and I've hired and fired enough slackers to know that there are employees who will do/say anything to bring a lawsuit against a company. Before I judge a company by lawsuits against them, I want to see the facts of the cases.
Francis M. Regan August 04, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Perfectly stated Friendly One.
Friendly One August 04, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Thank you, Francis. And Donna, your post was right on target. I thought the same thing about the 19 cases. There is always someone looking to make a fast buck and don't care who's reputation they ruin in the process.
Francis M. Regan August 04, 2012 at 08:47 PM
This isn't about equal rights or religion anymore. It's about only me and forget if it's a sin or immoral as long as I'm happy and no one can say other wise. So lets all do what we want sinful or immoral and assume nothing's ever gone to happen. Remember the song disco inferno, that's what awaits everyone one day based on their wrong judgement and behavior.
Steven August 04, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Francis, It's interesting that you think the conversation has suddenly changed meaning. For the people that don't have equal rights, that's what it's all about. Francis and Friendly One say that everyone can have their own beliefs, religion etc... but as soon as someone states something they don't believe in, the comments are only about what you each believe in. It's a real shame that in 2012 there are still people so closed minded and hide behind your religion. God doesn't like hate, God what's people to get a long. Try it some day you may learn something about your selves and others. Oh and as for that burning in hell shit, your the one hating anyone that's just not like you so I beg to differ....Take a good hard look in the mirror .....,.,
Francis M. Regan August 04, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Dont hate gays or anyone by race or even who or what they are. Just that same sex marriage is wrong plain and simple. I guess that's hate now? Not. Gays are just the minority not the majority.
Francis M. Regan August 04, 2012 at 10:59 PM
So Steven the other and many religions that don't condone same sex marraige are haters now?
Steven August 05, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Francis, what's your opinion on same sex couples having the ability to be on each others insurence policies and pension plans??
Francis M. Regan August 05, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Neither of them.
Steven August 05, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Neither of them?? You don't think they should be allowed? I'm not talking about marriage. But just having the right. You can't tell me and I will quote you, "Don't hate gays, don't hate people for even who or what they are", what a bunch of S - - T!! Oh well, I hope for your children or grandchildren they aren't gay, having you as a relative they would most likely end up committing suicide ! I hope that wouldn't happen and just never have anything to ever do with YOU !!
Francis M. Regan August 05, 2012 at 02:02 AM
still neither of them. That's the way it was from day one when the laws were originally enacted as for benefits for a married man and women and should stay that way.
Francis M. Regan August 05, 2012 at 02:03 AM
By the way my wife and entire family feels the same.
Steven August 05, 2012 at 02:19 AM
But they have been changed and continue to be changed every day! Most corporations already have domestic partnership for insurence and other bennifits as well !! Really the only thing left to change is pensions and that will change soon. Good thing narrow minded people like you and your family don't have anything to do with it! Oh so there's no way you can't have anymore people in your family? Well that's good for the rest of the world. If you ever have great grandchildren they could be "Gays" I hope you live to see it I really do. Best of luck with that .
Francis M. Regan August 05, 2012 at 03:08 AM
My parents raised 7 and are in there 80's and they think the whole thing with same sex marriage is disgusting and proud they raised us right .
Donna KPG August 05, 2012 at 12:29 PM
I think yall are going to have to agree to disagree lol
Friendly One August 05, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Steven, of course we're expressing what we believe in. This is a place to share how we feel, just as you are doing in your own foul-mouth way. We do not hate homosexuals; it's their lifestyle we're against because God says it is an abomination. It couldn't be any clearer than that. Francis and I are obviously Christans who feel strongly in the truth of the Bible and have stated what the Bible says. Are we perfect? Far from it, but we live our lives according to what God says best we can, not according to what the "world" thinks is right at the moment. God's laws never change. He set them up for a reason; sin leads to death can be harmful to self and others. If God says homosexuality is wrong and a sin, it is just that, and Christians are told to warn people about sin and show them how they can be set free through Jesus Christ.
my opinion August 05, 2012 at 02:22 PM
This topic is just like abortion......you are either pro-life(against) or Pro-choice (for). The country is split 50/50.
Francis M. Regan August 05, 2012 at 02:27 PM
My opinion I agree with you, but I've been called a bigot and have hatred because I support and give money to pro life.
Francis M. Regan August 06, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Here is a beautiful statement made by Cardnial George. My understanding of being a Chicagoan never included submitting my value system to the government for approval. 
K Smith August 07, 2012 at 08:24 PM
K Smith August 07, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Exactly. There are alot of unemployed people in the area - this will definitely provide an opportunity! I'll be there on Sept 6th!
Ron Wright August 09, 2012 at 01:07 PM
It is a really dumb thing to protest against Chic-Fil-A because the CEO is against gay marriage. That's his right. I also am against gay marriage. I believe all people should be treated with dignity and respect, but we should not change what has served humanity for thousands of years. Marriage has, and always should be, between a man and a woman. The bible teaches this, common sense teaches this.


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