“Guilty as charged” is how Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy answered questions about his restaurant chain’s support of traditional marriage earlier this week.
That’s according to an interview published Monday in the Baptist Press, in which Cathy says his Atlanta-based company is “very much supporting of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit.”
Cathy also said on Ken Coleman’s radio show in June that people advocating for same-sex marriage are “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”
“As it relates to society in general I think we’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake out fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’” Cathy said:
A report from LGBT advocacy group Equality Matters concluded that Chick-fil-A donated more than $3 million between 2003 and 2009 to Christian groups that oppose homosexuality. In 2010 alone, the company gave nearly $2 million to such causes, according to the report.
Mr. Cathy is a Christian and lives his beliefs. He runs his company based on those beliefs. There is nothing wrong with that in America, we are supposed to be free to believe whatever we want and express those beliefs. I’ll give him that. But in a country moving towards equality, he took a serious homophobic step backwards.
In turn, this statement now allows fair-minded consumers to make up their own minds whether they want to support an openly discriminatory company. Maybe it’s time for a boycott, or in biblical terms, abstinence, knowing now that the beloved Chick-fil-A sandwich comes with a heavy dose of guilt.
I know like most things, people will get caught up in it, posting ecards on facebook to show their support:
but they will forget all about it in a week when the kids are screaming in the back seat that they’re hungry, or when the soccer team goes out to celebrate a win with golden brown nuggets and huge lemonades. I get it.
Perhaps under these dire circumstances to offset the karma of this chicken sandwich purchase, you could match every dollar spent on food at Chick-fil-A with an equal donation to an organization that supports gay rights.
We don’t eat much fast food, but when we do, the kids always want Chick-fil-A. It is indeed delicious, they love the indoor playground, and the food and service are always exemplary. That is why they will not be thrilled that we will not be eating there anymore, but at McWendyking.
This will open up the dialogue on discrimination and equal rights. It will teach them that loving whomever you want to love and marrying whomever you want to marry is more important than a chicken sandwich.
This was my absolute favorite, it says everything I wanted to say but more perfectly and already written:
Domenick Scudera from Huff post writes:
Mr. Cathy is “guilty as charged” when it comes to supporting the traditional family, so I am hopeful he can teach me the true meaning of marriage. I want to be a good Christian fast-food eater! And, of course, it makes perfect sense to me that the president of a fast-food chicken establishment would be the person to turn to when wanting to know more about marriage.
So, my question is this: When Mr. Cathy says that Chick-fil-A is very supportive of the “biblical definition of the family unit,” to which definition is he referring? I have found several in the Bible. Abraham, David, Jacob and Solomon all had multiple wives. Is this what he means? There are also examples of husbands with concubines in the Bible. I am a little confused here. The Chick-fil-A website says that the restaurant is “committed to encouraging families to come together while enjoying great food,” so I am not sure which of my families I should bring. My multiple wives or my concubines? Please enlighten me, Mr. Cathy, because I want to order up some of those lip-smackin’ Chick-n-Minis responsibly, in the way that God intends.
Since Mr. Cathy is an expert on the Bible and on food, I hope he can also explain how to deal with the fact that some of Chick-fil-A’s offerings do not seem to follow biblical dietary laws. For instance, in Leviticus 11:7 it says, “And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.” But at Chick-fil-A, I can order up a Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit. Swine is forbidden, but bacon is OK, is that right? Oh, teach me, Mr. Cathy, teach me! Remember: Your fast-food restaurant is my portal to Christ!
Well said, well said.
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