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Disturbed frontman David Draiman has weighed in on the Chick-fil-A controversy, in which the chicken fast food chain's chief executive, Dan Cathy, stated his opposition to gay marriage while telling the Baptist Press that his business operates on "Biblical principles," adding, "We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit." Cathy's statements have led to support from right-wing and Christian groups, including a one-day show of support that set new sales records at the eatery's locations around the country, and denouncement from the left, with LGBT groups staging their own "kiss-in" events outside the chain's restaurants.
Draiman wrote at Twitlonger.com, "What happened to the Land Of The Free? What happened to freedom of expression, speech, and religion? It's my humble opinion that both the left and the right are wrong on this one. The rest of the world is watching us and laughing (again) while the right rallies in support of the Chick-fil-A CEO and chain (whom I may not agree with, but whose freedom of speech is protected by the Constitution), once again trying to shove their ideas and values down the rest of the country's throat; and the left, holding a kiss in, shoving their way of life (a life I completely support and which they are entitled to) in the country's face as well."
Draiman concluded, "Grow up, people. Let people live their own lives. Worry about your own lives . . . Can't we all just get along? Jeez."
Meanwhile, Rob Halford, the openly gay lead singer of veteran heavy metal act Judas Priest, issued his own statement on the situation, saying, "The supporters have been showing up in droves, to spend money at the restaurants and peacefully assemble. But there has obviously been so many people who have gone out and boycotted the company. I think it's great. That's our right here . . . I don't think that man thought too much about the business consequences of what he said, but I think he was standing for what he believes in. I don't agree with him at all, but God bless the man. It's as simple as that."