I spent much of the morning in a struggle with my laptop to force it to include video clips in a talk, so I was ready for lunch late, at 3:00 p.m. By then I’d heard from Rush Limbaugh that the world and his wife were lunching at Chick-Fil-A to celebrate Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, launched by Mike Huckabee. So we set out up Highway 67 to the Decatur branch.
At 3.15 p.m. there was still a line of cars around the Chick-Fil-A building with a second line of people spreading out from the restaurant into the parking lot, where the temperature had to be well over 90 degrees. The line went quickly, thank goodness, because the staff was both incredibly energetic and cheerful.
The atmosphere was a festive one. No one seemed in the grip of any of the darker emotions. I witnessed nothing hateful. Some people said they believed in “Biblical marriage” — that was the most shocking remark I heard. Most of those I spoke to declared that they had turned up to show their support for the company’s rights to free speech. Overall the sense was that of a cheerful community rebellion against political correctness and the intolerance of the professionally tolerant. Maybe, too, they were slightly surprised at how many people felt as they did. I would take it seriously if I were a politician. That’s how Hope and Change begin.
As for lunch — I enjoyed my deluxe spicy chicken sandwich and diet lemonade. (Their latticed french fries I’m less sold on.) The breakfast menu looks good too. I think I’ll go again when it’s less crowded.