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Chick-fil-A Day: Massive, nationwide protest for free enterprise & First Amendment; Wendy’s blows it; bomb threat at W. Va. franchise

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By Michelle Malkin  •  August 1, 2012 05:27 PM

Check out Twitchy’s amazing social media photo album of today’s Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. In cities across the country, thousands of happy and peaceful customers turned out to show their support of the First Amendment and free enterprise.

Here’s a nice video montage:

Readers send more reports and pics:

Reader Rick: “I just wanted to let you know that I have never seen the lines at our local Chick-Fil-A so long. I live here in the Inland Empire of Southern California, and the Redlands Chick-Fil-A had a line (of people) about a half a block long, and cars around the block as well.”

Reader Mrs. Mitchell:

“We wanted to pass this on to you folks at Chick-fil-A in Atlanta–Here is the line of NJ supporters waiting as they also supported Chick-fil- A today. In a word, WOW!

The closest location for us was about 30 miles away in Woodbridge NJ. We wanted to avoid the lunch rush by going later. Apparently others had the same idea as there were about 150 customers ahead of us when we got in line at 2:04. All nationalities and all ages were patiently waiting in the line. Thirty-three minutes later we got to order. We waited about 30-35 minutes and the folks in line were as polite as you can imagine.

During our wait the owner of the Woodbridge franchise came out and thanked us for our business and let us know all of his employees were so pleased for the support-and-very surprised at the size of the crowd. Each of the servers and Cathy (clean up lady) were so polite, helpful and very friendly. I was doubly impressed since they had been working non stop since the store opened. We also chatted with the center’s security guards and they were just as pleased as punch that this support was shown by such an orderly crowd. One of the guards told us that the line had been even longer earlier.

It was a great trip – the food was good, the people in line were friendly and happy to be able to make a statement and the security guards were happy that every thing was orderly. Needless to say, there were no reporters or news cameras any where to be seen.”

Latest:

Wendy’s steps in it.

Liberal intolerance rears its ugly head.

A bomb threat at a W. Virginia franchise.

Bigoted Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel gets his comeuppance:

The city GOP filed a complaint with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan accusing Ald. Joe Moreno (1st) of violating state human rights laws with his threat to block Chick-fil-A from opening its first free-standing store in Logan Square because of Cathy’s stance.

Party vice-chairman Chris Cleveland argued that Chicago Democrats have long used government funding, zoning, permits and enforcement to “hammer” political opponents — and gotten away with it because it’s “difficult to prove.”

But Cleveland charged that Moreno’s public condemnation of Cathy’s religious beliefs — and Emanuel’s initial public support of Moreno — lifted the veil on the insidious practice that threatens to undermine religious freedom and the constitutional guarantee to free speech.

“Some have said Ald. Moreno and the mayor have dialed back on this. Well, the truth is, if you catch a mugger and the mugger apologizes and gives the money back, you still don’t decline to prosecute. The crime has occurred,” Cleveland said during a news conference at City Hall.

“If aldermen do this and they get away with it, it has a chilling effect. Businessmen get the message and they don’t make the campaign contributions that they want to … . If you disagree with the power structure, they will prevent you from doing business here.”

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