The opening of a first Chick-fil-A restaurant in Canada — Toronto — Friday morning was reportedly met by protests from both anti-Christian activists and animal rights activists.
And it also opened to long lines — as expected.
The activists were reportedly united under two banners — one for the “grassroots” organization Liberation T.O., and another for the far-left nonprofit known as The 519.
“Chick-fil-A has a history of being anti-LGBTQ2 and donating money to oppressive organizations. They are also speciesist and use chickens for profit. We are here to put a stop to that. We are here to end all oppression,” a Facebook event page by Liberation T.O. reads.
“We will be asking the public to boycott Chick-fil-A and donate to a local LGBTQ2 charity or animal sanctuary instead (we will have donation jars for these). We will also be asking anyone who supports the protest to join us at any point during opening weekend!”
According to the page, 64 people attended the event. It’s unclear how many members of The 519 also attended.
From today’s protest….
Posted by Liberation T.O. on Friday, September 6, 2019
To all our communities and allies who came down this morning to join us in protesting against hate and discrimination,…
Posted by The 519 on Friday, September 6, 2019
As soon as the Chick-fil-A opened its doors at 10:30 am Friday morning, the protesters reportedly began chanting “shame” and waving signs that read “cluck off.”
“We won’t allow hateful rhetoric to be here,” local activist Justin Khan said to CBC News. “The fact that Chick-fil-A is opening on the streets of Toronto is something that is quite alarming.”
His rhetoric was based on the false belief that Chick-fil-A promotes “anti-LGBTQ behavior” by donating to Christian ministries that abide by the Christian beliefs outlined in the Bible.
But Chick-fil-A doesn’t actually promote “anti-LGBTQ behavior.” The popular fast food chain boasts gay employees and serves gay customers. As a decidedly Christian chain that closes for business every Sunday, however, the restaurant is supportive of Christians causes.
The left has been targeting Chick-fil-A with false allegations of hate and bigotry ever since CEO Dan T. Cathy revealed in 2012 that he supports traditional marriage.
However, the owner of the franchise in Toronto reiterated this week that, much like every other Chick-fil-A in the world, his restaurant would be open to everybody.
“Our focus is on offering a welcoming and respectful environment for our guests and team members, and we encourage people to give us a try,” he reportedly said.
But this message did not seem to penetrate the skulls of the protesters …
🤔 You’d think a “die-in” protest would be more appropriate at an abortion clinic, not at Chick-fil-A.
— Robbin Young (@Robbin_Young) September 7, 2019
However, the message did certainly penetrate the brains of the countless Canadians who showed up Friday morning to grab some grub from the popular restaurant chain.
In fact, there was so much anticipation for the restaurant’s launch that customers literally camped outside the night before its opening.
“Today is the day Chick-fil-A opens its doors for the first time in Toronto. And as you might have guessed, there’s already a line. If you hoped to be one of the first people to get your hands on what Chick-fil-A Toronto is serving up, then be prepared to wait. Some die-hard chicken sandwich lovers even camped out all night to be the first ones in line,” Narcity reported Friday morning.
“I camped overnight cause I wanted to be the first one in line,” a customer named Amanda Luciano said, adding that she’d arrived at 10:30 pm the previous evening.
Included among those who chose to dine at Chick-fil-A on Friday were black minorities, a Muslim and even a married gay couple.
It was a shocking turnout given claims from one of the protesters that everybody eating at Chick-fil-A was homophobic and racist.
“It’s not just about homophobia. A lot of these people are also racist,” the protester, who by the way is white, says in the video below:
Toronto just opened up a Chick-Fil-A and protesters swarmed.
One protester told us that consumers are both homophobic and racist.
Then @TheRealKeean talked to:
• A gay couple: “They represent foolishness”
• A Muslim: “No, I don’t hate gays”
• Black women: “I’m not racist” pic.twitter.com/aszVZmrGkz
— The Rebel (@RebelNewsOnline) September 6, 2019
“We’re here for the chicken,” one black customer said, adding that the protesters were the ones “creating division.”
“They don’t represent me; they represent foolishness, in my mind,” the gay couple added.
A lot of social media users were amused by the contrast between the virtue-signaling white man and the group of Chick-fil-A-eating minorities and gays who he believed were homophobes and racists.
My favorite thing ever about the Chick-Fil-A protests is that the protesters are almost exclusively white while the people standing in line are of all different color and sexuality. https://t.co/H2qPgVN1XD
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) September 7, 2019
The condescending righteousness is vomit inducing. Who fooled them into thinking that they have any moral high ground to judge others and disrupt their lives? The worst of all is that msm and politicians are cheering them on.
— Tyrell Thornton (@TyrellThor) September 7, 2019
Listen snowflakes…the best anyone could hope for with regard to homophobia, race, religion etc. is tolerance. I love Chik-Fil-A-but several friends of mine are gay (and they go there as well).
— pingrava (@pingrava) September 7, 2019
Cameras + small groups of crackpots and there you have it. Good job showing real people who love @ChickfilA which makes a great product, and serves its communities with great food, and employment opportunities.
— Mike Fischer (@7OOP_USA) September 7, 2019
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