The National Kiss In Protest Against the 1st Amendment

August 3, 2012
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[Credit for the following photos goes to Ringo of RingoPictures.com]

These pictures have really won me over to their way of thinking (I’m being really sarcastic). That being said, it’s their right to protest.

About 13,000 signed up on Facebook for the National Kiss-In at Chick~fil~a’s today though it seemed that only handfuls actually showed up at the restaurants around the country. It’s hard to know for certain but I’m sure they’d be bragging on their sites if thousands showed and they’re not bragging.

That 13,000, even if they showed, pales in comparison to the Chick~fil~A Appreciation Day organized by Mike Huckabee. Two days ago, over 700,000 showed up at Chick~fil~A’s around the country for Chick~fil~A Appreciation Day.

Many gay’s on Facebook wondered why the Kiss In was being staged because they, of all people, should want to see the 1st Amendment remain intact.

A food court in Burlington Mass. had about a dozen members from two LGBT groups.

In Torrance, California, a Chick~fil~A had graffiti on the side of the building which said “Tastes like hate” with the picture of a cow.

Read the story at MyFoxBoston

This issue is not about Chick~fil~A. It’s about the right of business owners to say what they believe, a 1st Amendment protection.

Mayors in Chicago, Massachusetts and San Francisco want to ban Chick~fil~A’s for the personal beliefs of the owners. You don’t have to like the owners’ beliefs, but the government can’t violate the 1st Amendment by punishing a business for the personal beliefs of owners.

The government is not the thought police.

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One dope, Adam Smith, a CFO and treasurer of medical supplies manufacturer Vante, made hateful comments at an innocent employee of Chick~fil~A and posted the videotape of himself doing it. He was promptly fired by his employer.

The press release from Vante follows

Vante of Tucson, AZ Regrets Actions of Former CFO

Employee Has Left the Company

TUCSON, AZ–(Marketwire – Aug 2, 2012) – The following is a statement from Vante:
Vante regrets the unfortunate events that transpired yesterday in Tucson between our former CFO/Treasurer Adam Smith and an employee at Chick-fil-A. Effective immediately, Mr. Smith is no longer an employee of our company.

The actions of Mr. Smith do not reflect our corporate values in any manner. Vante is an equal opportunity company with a diverse workforce, which holds diverse opinions. We respect the right of our employees and all Americans to hold and express their personal opinions, however, we also expect our company officers to behave in a manner commensurate with their position and in a respectful fashion that conveys these values of civility with others.

We hope that the general population does not hold Mr. Smith’s actions against Vante and its employees.

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