Gay marriage

Chick-fil-a, Dan Cathy, and… hate?

Have you actually read what Dan Cathy said? The man is being fried like one of Chick-fil-a’s glorious nuggets for allegedly being a hate filled bigot so he must have said something like, they all deserve to get cancer and die. Nope, that was Roseanne Barr talking about anyone who eats at Chick-fil-a.

Here’s what he said,

“We don’t claim to be a Christian business,” Cathy told the Biblical Recorder in a recent visit to North Carolina. He attended a business leadership conference many years ago where he heard Christian businessman Fred Roach say, “There is no such thing as a Christian business.”

“That got my attention,” Cathy said. Roach went on to say, “Christ never died for a corporation. He died for you and me.”

“In that spirit … [Christianity] is about a personal relationship. Companies are not lost or saved, but certainly individuals are,” Cathy added.

“But as an organization we can operate on biblical principles. So that is what we claim to be. [We are] based on biblical principles, asking God and pleading with God to give us wisdom on decisions we make about people and the programs and partnerships we have. And He has blessed us.”

Does this surprise anyone? They’ve operated this way since the day the Dwarf House first opened in south Atlanta. As soon as you walk through their glass doors you’ll see signs explaining why they’re closed on Sundays and every one I’ve been into has the Ten Commandments posted in the lobby. They strive to operate on Biblical principles which is why you experience the best service in the fast food industry when you eat there. Nobody’s mad about getting a “My Pleasure” or the $1.65 million in scholarships they gave to employees in 2012. It’s the next part of the article that has everyone boycotting and grandstanding.

Some have opposed the company’s support of the traditional family. “Well, guilty as charged,” said Cathy when asked about the company’s position.

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

“We operate as a family business … our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that,” Cathy emphasized.

“We intend to stay the course,” he said. “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.” [SOURCE]

Accusers claim Mr. Cathy is hateful for putting his money where his mouth is — money he could claim as profit he instead donates to various charities that support the family, including his own WinShape Foundation. This whole firestorm erupted this month, in 2012. Winshape began in 1984. Their marriage program has been in operation since at least 2003. Where were the protests in ’03? Why didn’t the mayors of Chicago, San Francisco, and Boston claim supreme moral authority for their citizens back then?

Chick-fil-a has done well and those who seek to aggressively push their morals on the world are tearing at the organization like a band of greedy pirates. Mr. Cathy didn’t tell anyone how to live, he honestly answered a reporter’s question. The man believes in the family. He thinks a man should honor his wife and stay married to her. He thinks adultery and abuse are wrong and that children are to be taught to respect others and live with integrity. In response, his company is being boycotted. There’s also a morally flamboyant demonstration scheduled to occur within their restaurants; not on the street mind you, but on private property in a direct affront to what the company and many of its patrons believe.

A simple google search will show you crime is lower, teen pregnancy lower, poverty lower, violence lower, prisons with more vacancy, grades higher, suicide reduced, and drug and alcohol abuse lowered when a husband and wife stay married.

So Mr. Cathy is a hateful bigot for supporting a charity, his company started, which strives to help couples stay married and provide scholarships to kids who want to go to college. He runs a company and funds programs that benefit our society in all the aforementioned ways and he’s called a bigot.

This is insane.

Have you or anyone you know ever seen any human being treated with anything other than dignity and respect at a Chick-fil-a? Does anyone have any actual claim to make against the organization for discrimination? Have they ever denied a professing homosexual a spicy chicken sandwich? I saw protesters make a scene, albeit a very small one, in front of the Chick-fil-a stores in Tallahassee. And then I watched them walk inside and order a meal. What did they hear when they walked away, “My pleasure.” And it was said with a smile. Hate? Far from it. But my blood began to boil when I watched this. Who’s imposing their belief on who?

Continuing to display their class in light of all this ridiculousness, Chick-fil-a released the following statement,

“The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”

If only this were how hate looked all around the world.