Dan Cathy, the CEO of the popular Chick-Fil-A fast food franchise, is a Christian. A couple weeks ago, he granted an interview to the Baptist Press in North Carolina. Here is the context of that interview:
The company invests in Christian growth and ministry through its WinShape Foundation (WinShape.com). The name comes from the idea of shaping people to be winners.
It began as a college scholarship and expanded to a foster care program, an international ministry, and a conference and retreat center modeled after the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove.
"That morphed into a marriage program in conjunction with national marriage ministries," Cathy added.
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."
Even though Mr. Cathy didn't say a single thing about hating gay people, even though he didn't even mention gay people, his comments were immediately branded as anti-gay marriage "hate speech" by a variety of liberal politicians and groups. Here is a taste of the left-wing firestorm Mr. Cathy caused by supporting "traditional marriage":
Philadelphia City Councilman James Kenney sent a letter to Cathy this week, telling the CEO in blunt terms to "take a hike and take your intolerance with you," and vowing to introduce a resolution at the next council meeting condemning the company.
"There is no place for this type of hate in our great City of Brotherly and Sisterly Affection," Kenney wrote.
San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee tweeted: "Closest #ChickFilA to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer."
In Chicago, Alderman Joe Moreno has been working for months to block construction of a Chick-fil-A in his district, citing traffic congestion and worry about the company's "business practices."
Mayor Emanuel, a Democrat, said this week that "Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago values. They're not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members."
And in Boston, where Chick-fil-A is considering opening a location, Mayor Thomas Menino, also a Democrat, made it clear the chain would not be welcome.
"I don't want an individual who will continue to advocate against people's rights. That's who I am and that's what Boston's all about," he said.
Protests and boycotts have been launched against Chick-Fil-A. I suppose the words "traditional marriage" must now be struck from the lexicon, per the Liberal Thought Police, even though a great number of Americans still believe in it.
Even though I support gay marriage (or at least gay civil unions), I am appalled at this reaction to Mr. Cathy's words. We have Democrat mayors actually threatening the Chick-Fil-A franchise and vowing to block it from engaging in free enterprise, and over what ? Because Chick-Fil-A is led by Christians who beieve in the teachings of the Bible. These fascist Demo-thugs are ten times worse than anything Chick-Fil-A's CEO said. It would be different if Mr. Cathy had said something like, "we hate gay people and they aren't welcome in our restaurants". Then the fascist screechers would have something to screech about, but nothing close to that was said.
What disturbs me the most is, when did we turn into a nation that can't have reasoned disagreements ? Why do disagreements now turn into hatefests, protests, boycotts, and attempts to harm those whom we disagree with ? And in this case, who are the screechers attempting to harm ? Chick-Fil-A has over 1,600 locations that employ many Americans. Should all those people be punished because of a few words from the CEO of the company ? The problem with the over-the-top, emotion-based outbursts of the screechers is...when emotions rule, the brain is held hostage.