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07/26/2012

NOM photos suggest packed [trucks in front of the Chick-fil-A one]

by Jeremy Hooper

First let me say that I totally expect Chick-fil-A to experience a sales bump. Evangelicals and like minds will show up in full force just to "send a message" to those "mean" gays and allies. Even with the sit outs, I would assume that this will be a good week for the company's short-term sales.

Let me also say that I don't really care all that much. My interest in this story, as with all stories involving corporate America, is about the message that the business is sending to society. The reason why I want Dan Cathy to be held accountable for saying "arrogant" gays shake fists at God, bring judgement on the nation, and are in "deprived mind" marriages is because I know the potential ill effects of that sentiment all too well. I grew up in Chick country. I was weaned on those waffle fries. I know the food, the climate, and the need to overcome the anti-LGBT misinformation that is already out there. I don't like to see prominent American voices helping to foster hostility.

That all said, let me now say: If the National Org. For Marriage wants to "prove" that Chick-fil-A is downing in customers, the NOM staffers are going to have to do better than this photo

Screen Shot 2012-07-26 At 8.09.41 Am
[NOM Blog]
(H/t: bob Barnes)

Because look at it. Clearly that line is going to the grey truck in front of the red Chick-fil-A truck. In the NOM photo, there is one person who looks to be at the Chick-fil-a truck window. Everyone else is getting grub from the truck immediately ahead in the lineup.

Again, I don't really care all that much about the one day sales. I do, however, care about visual honesty. Thomas Peters' photo, as presented, does not show or say what he and NOM claim it does.

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