7/27/2012 12:48:00 PM

Protests Planned, Hollywood Chick-fil-A Owner Makes a Plea

After the fallout of his CEO's anti-gay remarks, a protest blocking a Laguna Beach Chick-fil-A opening, and just a few days before nationwide "kiss-ins" are planned, Hollywood Chick-fil-A owner Jeremiah Cillpam issued a statement via Facebook asking that everyone look deep in their hearts to see that not all franchised fried chicken slingers hold the same beliefs as Dan Cathy. "In our hiring practices, we have never and would never discriminate based on sexual orientation or religious beliefs," he writes. "He [Dan Cathy] has made it clear to me that those are his personal views, and his intent was not to speak on the behalf of every Chick-fil-A owner."

He's obviously terrified his business will be hurt. Thus, the plea: Look beyond the words of my boss and please come and eat chicken sandwiches and waffle fries. Cillpam doesn't believe in the same philosophies of the president of his company, yet he opened a franchise of said company. If he waited to open today, he may have been blocked, as politicians are now banning the chain in some cities over Cathy's remarks. It's getting as hot as a vat of boiling liquid fat in here as the debate about free speech, bigotry, where your dollar really goes, and whether a pickle is enough of a garnish for a chicken sandwich wages on.

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