It was former WA State Representative, then Senator, now Seattle Mayor and homosexual activist Ed Murray who publicly said, "I'm stunned" that Chick-fil-A would dare consider coming to Seattle.
Gov. Insley, a true follower, says "me too" in opposition toward any and all who oppose the homosexual agenda.
Chick-fil-A became a preferred target for Murray and others because the family who owns the successful business believes marriage is between a man and a woman---and they said so out loud.
To say Chick-fil-A has been maligned by the national LGBT community would be a gross understatement.
However, Chick-fil-A's response to the LGBT community in Orlando should not be hidden under a bushel.
And a personal message to the mayor.
Back on September 12, 2013, when then Senator Ed Murray was running for Mayor of Seattle---and Chick-fil-A was disclosing they intended to build a restaurant(s) in Seattle, both Murray and his opponent, incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn, expressed outrage.
KIRO TV reported that both Murray and McGinn expressed disappointment that unfortunately they could do little to stop the restaurant from coming to Seattle.
McGinn expressed disappointment that "the land use code doesn't have a provision about bigotry of owners."
Now Mayor Ed Murray told KIRO TV, "I'm stunned," threatening, "if they want to be in Seattle, they have to obey the civil rights laws that protect our citizens, civil rights laws that I have passed."
Did he direct such threats toward the Muslim community because of their beliefs? Or other groups who do not embrace homosexual behavior?
That was then, this is now.
Chick-fil-A has moved on, built their restaurants---yes, some in Seattle, some elsewhere in the Puget Sound area, and yes, the lines are regularly long because Chick-fil-A serves great food---and they are not the bigots Ed Murray says they are.
Murray's bigotry toward Chick-fil-A---which homosexual activists have branded, "Chick-fil--Hate"--- of course, extends to anyone who shares the same Christian beliefs.
Murray and Governor "me too" Insley forbid city and state employees to travel to Indiana because that state expressed some of the same Christian beliefs as the owners of Chick-fil-A---in the case of Indiana, it was specifically about the homosexual assault on religious freedom. And there is North Carolina, and Alabama, and...
Ed Murray has read this Faith and Freedom Daily column in the past---even posting his dissenting opinion.
He is also aware that his foster son Jeff Simpson, who has become a Christian, has had contact with us.
This is dedicated to Mr. Murray and all his activist colleagues who cling to the deception---or at least advance the deception, that biblical Christians are bigots.
Breitbard News brought it to my attention. They reported that Chick-fil-A was bringing free food and drinks to comfort supporters of the victims of the terrorist act in Orlando, while seeking no publicity for their acts of kindness.
The public only became aware when attorney and local Tampa, Florida radio talk show host Kevin Hayslett mentioned it on his Facebook page.
Hayslett says that the Chick-fil-A in Orlando opened on Sunday---they are normally closed on Sunday because they believe Sunday is the Lord's Day---fired up their grills and began trucking food and beverages to the One Blood donation center, where workers handed out the delectables to everyone who was donating blood to aid the victims."
Hayslett and others close to this story say Chick-fil-A took no action to draw attention or otherwise announce their actions---no press releases---nothing.
It was only because people saw their acts of kindness and expressed appreciation on Facebook that we are aware of it.
Hayslett says that this action proves those who blindly hate Chick-fil-A are clearly wrong.
"But wait," he wrote, "those people were waiting to give blood to victims that were mostly gay people. Doesn't Chick-fil-A hate gays? That's what we keep being told."
The attorney writes:
Turns out, that while the founders [of Chick-fil-A] definitely don't approve of that choice of lifestyle, they believe in compassion. Who knew? A bunch of people claiming to be Christians care about others even when they don't agree with them. This group took time out of their schedules to volunteer to help those who were also trying to do their part.
Chick-fil-A has done these kinds of acts before, helping motorists stranded by a winter storm, helping victims of a Texas tornado, etc.
The restaurant even handed out coupons to the blood donors for free items that could be redeemed later.
And speaking of being "redeemed."
That, Mr. Murray and colleagues, is what we Christians are all about.
We believe that all of us need to be redeemed and delivered from our destructive sin---including you, sir.
It isn't about "which sin"---it's about all sin. And it isn't about you. It's about all of us, because all of us need redemption, because all of us have sinned.
Standing against sin is not "hate," it's conviction, based on God's Truth.
Standing against laws and policies that you, Mr. Mayor, take credit for creating, that erode our freedom to practice our Christianity and assault God's institution of marriage, is not "bigotry" or "hate," it's an expression of religious freedom---of biblical Christian faith.
The works of kindness---such as those displayed by Chick-fil-A and millions of other biblical Christians---are not politically motivated---they are true expressions of gratitude to the God who is willing to redeem us all, by those who have been redeemed....and love to proclaim it.