By Tom Quiner
How did the Occupy Chick-fil-A event differ from Occupy Wall Street?
Let me count the ways.
Nothing was broken. Nothing was trashed. Public property was respected.
The food court at Jordan Creek Mall was packed with folks with smiling faces. There was no anger on display anywhere. What I saw was love. The folks I talked to exuded warmth and humanity.
I asked the strangers I met what their religious affiliation was. This crowd loves Jesus. I talked to Baptists, evangelical Christians, and Catholics. I’m sure there were more denominations represented than that. Suffice it to say, this was a religious bunch of people.
That’s not to say that the Occupy Wall Street crowd wasn’t religious. But when you disrespect others, when you disrespect public property, when you defecate in public, when you take your clothes off and parade around a naked, one is left with the impression that you’re not very religious.
The Occupy Chick-fil-A event was more like a love-in. It was almost like going to church. I saw a whole group of kids wearing red T shirts that simply said: “Know Jesus.”
If there were police around, I sure didn’t see them. I saw a couple of mall security guys there who looked like they were sixteen years old.
Contrast this with the Occupy Wall Street bunch who confronted police, leading to scores of arrests.
None of the Occupy Chick-fil-A crowd felt a need to throw a brick through a window.
Contrast this with the Occupy Wall Street mob that left one broken store front after another in its wake.
Love vs. anger.
Respect vs. disregard.
Orderliness vs. mob rule.
What a contrast between conservatives and liberals.
I am proud of the public and dignified statement made by the faithful yesterday. I am gratified that Chick-fil-A COO, Dan Cathy, said they broke their world record for sales in one day.
I was honored to contribute to their success.