Chick-fil-A Opens Thursday, Protest Still Planned

Restaurant offering free chicken for a year to first 100 in line.

The first Chick-fil-A at 2740 Route 34 in Oswego is set to open at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday.

To celebrate its opening, the restaurant is giving away free chicken for a year to the first 100 people in line.

The “First 100 Celebration” has become a hallmark of each grand opening, all starting when an individual in 2003 came to an Arizona Chick-fil-A 18 hours before it opened and asked where to get in line.

Since then, the chain has given away more than $16 million in free food at almost 600 grand openings.

Oswego residents wanting a chance at free chicken started lining up at the Chick-fil-A at 6 a.m. on Wednesday. Free meal cards will be awarded the Thursday morning around 6 a.m. If there are more than 100 people in line by 6 a.m. on Wednesday, spots will be determined by raffle.

“You pretty much just have to stay in line,” said Village President Brian LeClercq, who has been in conversation with Oswego Chick-fil-A owner Nolan Hatley. “They will feed you breakfast, lunch and dinner while in line and there will be a band playing later as well.” Chick-fil-A’s bathroom will also be available.

Oswego Police Chief Dwight A. Baird said there will be a police presence at the restaurant as well to make sure everyone is safe during the evening and overnight hours.

“There are some traffic concerns,” said Baird, of getting people in and out of the parking lot. He said the Oswego Police would be keeping an eye on things and Chick-fil-A would also have people to help direct traffic.

“I look forward to having another viable business in Oswego,” said LeClercq.

Chick-fil-A though has received some backlash over statements from its president Dan Cathy, who said he was guilty as charged" in support of the "biblical definition of the family unit," according to the AP.

Oswego High School graduate Becky Gipson is organizing a peaceful protest against Chick-fil-A opening in Oswego.

“We’re going to be there to show others how Chick-fil-A donates money to organizations that are fighting equality,” said Gipson. “I don’t want this to be about religion.”

The event is being promoted on Facebook and Gipson says there could be upwards of 100 people turning out to protest. The group will be standing on the public parkway and will be holding signs.

“We will not be approaching anyone, we will not be yelling,” said Gipson. “If someone approaches us we will talk to them and debate, but we will not be approaching anyone at the restaurant.”

The official ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

JimmyJ August 24, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Do any of you actually work? My gosh. Now CFA is supportinggrouos executing gays in Africa. I am curious. Have you who are against CFA always been against them for yearsand fought this battle across the US or is it something you recently began and do you guys research every business this thoroughly?
Martin August 24, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Amanda...you just hit the crux of the issue. If the US would adopt one thing from Europe it would be a TRUE seperation of Church and State in regards to Marriage. Marriages are things in the Church and Civil Unions are State items. This whole problem would go away (except for the fringe nuts) if the US adopted this simple ideology.
Logansdad August 24, 2012 at 08:15 PM
"Having a mom and a dad is the best structure" There is an ideal situation for everything, but this is not pleasantville where everything is perfect and abides by the "ideal situtaion". "Conversely, according to the American College of Pediatricians, the research shows that homosexual couples provide a far less safe and stable environment for children." And I can find research to dispute that: http://www.crisismagazine.com/2012/children-of-same-sex-couples “Not a single study has found children of lesbian or gay parents to be disadvantaged in any significant respect relative to children of heterosexual parents. Indeed, the evidence to date suggests that home environments provided by lesbian and gay parents are as likely as those provided by heterosexual parents to support and enable children’s psychosocial growth.” "While divorce occurs in society, the average length of heterosexual marriages are much longer on average than homosexual relationships." Same sex marriages have only been around for 30 years. How long have heterosexual marriages been around? I find it funny you mention all these statistics but fail to mention to bring up divorce and it's effects on heterosexual marriage or the fact that heterosexual marriage has a 50-60% success rate to begin with. What is the average length of a heterosexual marriage - I have read that is 7 years. Far cry from the life long commitment it is supposed to be. So is there really that much difference.
JimmyJ August 24, 2012 at 08:16 PM
It is WAY off topic. On that we agree.
Keith August 24, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Logand, so are you advocating for divorce, or what? Are you saying that is best for children and for society at large. Divorce is destructive, but homosexual unions are even more detremental. So, why are you advocating for something that is clearly harmful to children and an inferior model for the social structure of our nation?
Amanda M August 24, 2012 at 08:25 PM
@ Jimmy, I can't speak for everyone, but I am at work, and this conversation keeps blowing up my email... and then I of course have to read what was written, it's a sick and twisted distraction... and unfortunately that email follows to my phone!
Keith August 24, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Logand, Here are some more facts: The ACP goes on to state that homosexuals are also more likely than heterosexuals to experience mental illness, substance abuse, suicidal tendencies, and shortened life spans. The ACP concludes: "The American College of Pediatricians believes, given the current body of research, that it is inappropriate, potentially hazardous to children and dangerously irresponsible to change the age-old prohibition on homosexual parenting, whether by adopting, foster care, or by reproductive manipulation. This position is rooted in the best science."
Logansdad August 24, 2012 at 08:34 PM
No Keith, I am not advocating for divorce. I am trying to get some understanding. Those against same sex marriage say they are trying to protect the sanctity of marriage. No one can actually define marriage or this "sanctity of marriage" except that it is one man and one woman being united - So that is all that marriage is the union - nothing to do about love or commitment???? When the sanctity of marriage is brought up, those against same sex marriage fail to mention anything about divorce and its effect on marriage. They fail to do anything to anything to change the 50-60% success rate of marriage. You claim homosexual unions are more determental that a divorce. If that is your position, what proof do you have to back up that claim. How is two men or two women joined together in love more harmful then a split betwen a family? "So, why are you advocating for something that is clearly harmful to children and an inferior model for the social structure of our nation?" What is being done to fix an institution that has a 50% success rate? How is banning same sex marriage going to change that? Again I make the claim that marriage has already been redefined by allowing people to divorce. Do you agree? If not, why?
Oswego Resident August 24, 2012 at 08:38 PM
JM - I think you are blurring the line between creation and sexual attraction. I think it is perfectly natural for one human being to be attracted to another, of either sex. Isn't that what kinship, friendship and brotherly love is all about? I don't think there is a hard and fast assumption (see what I did there? ;) ) that sexual relationships blossom from every attraction. I think this is natural. At one point in mans evolution, I would think that the species mated without the "attraction" as you call it. It was more a matter of continuing the species, as you have stated. How the various religions have interpreted the union of two individuals over the course of history is a whole different debate. It will depend on which religion you are referencing and which timeframe within that religion.
Keith August 24, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Martin, so is anyone who supports traditional marriage a "fringe nut"? What about every US President since George Washington, and even Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1996 when he signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) into law declaring that marriage was a union between a man and a woman? And, this list of presidents runs the gamut from liberal to conservative and all in between. So, who is the "fringe nut", Martin?
Martin August 24, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Keith, If you paid attention, I said move Marriage back into the Church. If someone then has a problem with a Civil Union, a contractual relationship, of individuals of the same gender, then yes they would be a 'fringe nut'. Every single argument has boiled down to Religion..
Logansdad August 24, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Keith, I can find facts from the American Academy of Pediatrics to say just the opposite: There is ample evidence to show that children raised by same-gender parents fare as well as those raised by heterosexual parents. More than 25 years of research have documented that there is no relationship between parents' sexual orientation and any measure of a child's emotional, psychosocial, and behavioral adjustment. These data have demonstrated no risk to children as a result of growing up in a family with 1 or more gay parents. Conscientious and nurturing adults, whether they are men or women, heterosexual or homosexual, can be excellent parents. The rights, benefits, and protections of civil marriage can further strengthen these families. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/118/1/349.full Just like with any other topic, I am sure you can find information to support what you believe based on who is conducting the study.
Steve Aldrich August 25, 2012 at 03:13 PM
John: I'll hazard a guess you won't consider Forbes magazine as a "liberal leaning' source or 'gossip site'. There have been more recent cases and similar law suits filed charging gender discrimination, in fact one was recently filed not long after the current story made headlines re: Mr. Cathy's admissions and 'guilty as charged' statement. ~~ The Cult of Chick-fil-A http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2007/0723/080.html Chick-fil-A, the corporate parent, has been sued at least 12 times since 1988 on charges of employment discrimination, according to records in U.S. District Courts. Aziz Latif, a former Chick-fil-A restaurant manager in Houston, sued the company in 2002 after Latif, a Muslim, says he was fired a day after he didn't participate in a group prayer to Jesus Christ at a company training program in 2000. The suit was settled on undisclosed terms. ~~~
Keith August 25, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Logand, you asked, "What is being done to fix an institution that has a 50% success rate?" Good question and pertinent to the discussion about CFA. Mr. Cathy's millions is going to organizations that are trying to save marriages from divorce. You and other homosexual activists call them anti-gay, hate groups, but these groups are first and foremost pro-marriage groups focused on trying to strengthen and save marriages in crisis. But, unlike CFA, you don't really care about saving marriages, do you? You just cited the stats about divorce to try and prove your point. That's all. The two organizations that most homosexual activists cite as anti-gay are FRC and Exodus International. CFA only donated $1000 each. And, FRC doesn't just address the marriage issue, but also abortion, pornography, teen pregnancy and other social ills. So, CFA's small contribution to FRC could have been focused on addressing these other issues. But, that's not what you want believe. You want to make Mr. Cathy and his company out to be an evil "three-headed monster" just to further your agenda.
Keith August 25, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Additionally, CFA has 12 foster homes as a part of its WinShape organization. They spend millions each year to fully support the foster home parents and children; their housing, clothing, food, schooling, and even college expenses for the children after high school. Currently, CFA takes care of over 100 foster children.
Keith August 27, 2012 at 03:44 AM
You are not going to believe this! Tonight, we had a concert at our church and guess who was present? Chick-fil-A's 91-year old Founder and CEO, Truett Cathy. Following the concert, I was able to shake his hand and speak to him briefly. This is the honest truth. You might be wondering why Mr. Cathy was at the concert. Those singing in the Christian music group are long-time friends of Mr. Cathy and they live across the street from him. He showed up to enjoy the concert and to give them his support. If you want to validate what I have said, you can contact the music group. http://www.theakinsonline.com/
Oswego Resident August 27, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Keith, Do you think the Winshape Homes would accept a gay child? I don't see it mentioned on their website anywhere. Perhaps they might be able to "straighten" them out.
Oswego Resident August 27, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Keith, living in Georgia, how did you come across our little slice of heaven here in suburban Chicago?
Keith August 28, 2012 at 03:43 AM
OK, this is really getting weird. My daughter and a friend were eating at Olive Garden this evening and guess who was eating across from them? Dan Cathy, President of CFA, and his wife. She went over and spoke to them and confirmed that it was, in fact, Mr. Cathy and wife. This is two nights in a row that our family has come in contact with the Cathy family. Last night, I spoke with the billionaire Founder and CEO of CFA, and then tonight my daughter spoke with the President. Does anyone else find this unusual, especially since I have been writing about them and their company in this forum the past week?
dkleinp February 21, 2013 at 12:51 AM
Dear Logansdad......a grilled chicken sandwich with 300 calories is NOT considered high in calories. Even if you ate one for 6 meals per day, that would only be 1800 calories which is below most adult calorie goals.
Logansdad February 21, 2013 at 02:06 AM
I don't know who just eats a grilled chicken sandwich. All their other chicken sandwiches are over 400 calories each. Add in your fries and pop you are well over 700 calories. Chic-fil-a is no better than having McDonalds or Chipoltle
Keith February 21, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Logansdad, As I previously stated, unlike other quick-service restaurants, CFA offers healthy lifestyle options with 10 menu items with 10 or fewer grams of fat. Chick-fil-A cooks in 100 percent refined peanut oil which is naturally trans-fat and cholesterol free. In fact, the entire menu is free of trans fat. Plus, you've got salads, fruit cups, carrot/raisin salad, etc. for side items to go with your grilled chicken sandwich. The point is, you've got choice! You ARE "pro-choice" aren't you?
Logansdad February 21, 2013 at 09:22 PM
"CFA offers healthy lifestyle options with 10 menu items with 10 or fewer grams of fat.... Plus, you've got salads, fruit cups, carrot/raisin salad, etc. for side items to go with your grilled chicken sandwich." So does McDonald's what is your point. McDoanld's has parafits, salads and fruit and walnut snacks. The menu at Chic-fil-a is not any healthier than any other fast food restaurant. "The point is, you've got choice! You ARE "pro-choice" aren't you?" Where have I stopped any one from eating at CFA. I haven't. I have my freedom of speech to express my reasons for not eating at that restaurant chain. That is all I have done.
Keith February 21, 2013 at 11:01 PM
The facts prove out that white meat is healthier than red meat, so chicken is a healtier choice than burgers. Your beef (no pun intended) with CFA really has nothing to do with the healtiness of food or you would be posting on McDonalds and other fast food sites. You are just trying to find ways to "slam" CFA because of your political views on same-sex marriage.
Logansdad February 21, 2013 at 11:20 PM
No different than what you are doing Keith except you support CFA.
Keith February 22, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Logan, if you go back to 8-22-12 at 8:17 a.m., you will notice that your very first post was attacking CFA's food as being unhealthy and I simply responded by presenting the facts to refute your argument. So, is white meat healthier than red meat? Is grilled chicken healtier than hamburgers? The answer is "yes" to both questions and you know it.
Logansdad February 22, 2013 at 02:07 AM
I am not going to sit here and debate the how healthy the sandwiches are at CFA. If you want to believe their food is healthy then scarf it down. You can eat their for 30 days in a row for all I care. The fact is, it is fast food and fast food is not healthy. You can claim a salad is healthy for you, but it isnt when you add all kinds of cheeses and croutons and dressing. Go back an actually look at their chicken sandwiches and see how much sodium is in them. I wonder if you think something with 450 calories 22g of fat 90mg of cholesterol and 960mg of sodium is really healthy for you. I bet just reading those numbers you wouldnt be able to tell me if that was a chicken sandwich, burger, burrito or something else. And to answer your question is grilled chicken healthier than burgers. Not necessarily. Compare the grilled chicken sandwich at McD's to their hamburger. You will see they are very similar in nutrition.
Keith February 22, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Logan said, "Compare the grilled chicken sandwich at McD's to their hamburger. You will see they are very similar in nutrition." We aren't talking about McD's grilled chicken sandwich. We are talking about CFA's grilled chicken sandwich. The truth is practically all restaurants (fast food, casual dining and fine dining) have high calorie, high fat, and high sodium items on their menu. The question is why are you singling out CFA? It really has nothing to do with their food. It is because of your political views against the company. That's all.
Logansdad February 22, 2013 at 02:54 AM
"We aren't talking about McD's grilled chicken sandwich. We are talking about CFA's grilled chicken sandwich." Your original statement was: Is grilled chicken healtier than hamburgers? The answer is "yes" to both questions Where did it say compare CFA food to anything. It didn't. I compare chicken to hamburgers. You dont want to admit that CFA food is not healthy for you, but wait you just did with this statement: The truth is practically all restaurants (fast food, casual dining and fine dining) have high calorie, high fat, and high sodium items on their menu. "It is because of your political views against the company" And so what if it is. Did you forget about the first amendment? Have I tried to prevent you from eating at CFA. Nope. So why the heck do you care? Are you going to tell me you never boycotted a business because of your political views? Go and eat all the CFA chicken sandwiches you want. I could care less. If it makes you warm and fuzzy inside then good for you. I wont be stepping foot in that restaurant.
Keith February 22, 2013 at 04:26 AM
"Both chicken and beef provide nutrients that support cardiovascular health. If you have to choose one, choose chicken because it provides fewer grams of saturated fat and cholesterol, and similar levels of other nutrients compared to beef." Livestrong.com Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/440804-which-is-best-for-your-heart-beef-or-chicken/#ixzz2LbAp7UNS


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