Jul 28, 2014
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Des Peres Chick-Fil-A Vandalized With 'Don’t Hate' Graffiti

The graffiti appears days after supporters of the national chain held “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.” The restaurant was also packed Saturday afternoon.

Des Peres Chick-Fil-A Vandalized With 'Don’t Hate' Graffiti Des Peres Chick-Fil-A Vandalized With 'Don’t Hate' Graffiti

Graffiti with the words "Don’t Hate" was written in a wall of the Chick-fil-A store in Des Peres sometime between Friday night or Saturday morning. .

The graffiti seems to be in response to Wednesday's  an effort by former Arkansas Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee, who called for Americans to support Chick-fil-A in the midst comments made by Dan Cathy, the chain’s chief operating officer, who recently said he supported the traditional definition of marriage and that his store was run based on Biblical principles.

"We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said in a story in the Baptist Press. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

Des Peres Police were not available for comment Saturday afternoon. A manager at the store said he couldn’t comment on the matter, but that a Chick-fil-A spokesperson would be in contact soon.

This is the second reported incident of a Chick-fil-A store being recently vandalized. On Friday morning, a Chick-fil-A in Torrance, Calif, was vandalized with the words “Tastes Like Hate,” reports The Huffington Post.

The author of that graffiti, Manny Castro, an artist and gay activist from California, came forward and took ownership of his graffiti, the Huffington Post reports.

"Everybody is entitled to free speech, but it seems like for the gay tribe, this is more of an issue of equal rights — human rights," Castro said in the Huffington Post’s story. "I'm against what these people stand for, what this company stands for. They're trying to take away what little rights we already have."

However, St. Louis Conservative blogger Ginny Kruta, who said attended Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Des Peres, wrote in The Breitbart Report that gay activists were showing “their true colors.”

“Those who had been too cowardly to stand up for their beliefs in front of paying customers and evening news reporters came back under cover of darkness to say what they were too, well, chikin to say in the light of day,” Kruta wrote.

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