Much like the boneless chicken featured on its menu, Chick-fil-A is making no bones about the fact that it does not support marriage equality. Often when companies donate profits to anti-gay efforts, they will try to distance themselves from the contributions to avoid alienating a customer base. However, Chick-fil-A’s president, Dan Cathy, is not chickening out of owning up to his views toward homosexuality. “Guilty as charged,” stated Cathy in response to allegations of his anti-gay views.
“We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that,” Cathy said in an interview with Baptist Press, a Christian news service. “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about,” added the man who offers only an arrogantly narrow definition of marriage himself.
Cathy’s comments are in line with Chick-fil-A’s “charitable” donations. In 2009, the restaurant chain gave $2 million to groups that oppose same-sex marriage like the Family Research Council and the Marriage & Family Foundation. An additional $2 million was given to the same organizations the following year, as well. An Equality Matters investigation revealed that Chick-fil-A gave financial support to a brand of therapy designed to “cure” homosexuality.
Chick-fil-A was first opened by Cathy’s father, S. Truett Cathy, in 1967. Over the decades, Chick-fil-A has grown to have over 1,600 stores, making it the second biggest fast food chicken chain in the country. The company’s Christian roots are evident in the fact that all of its franchised locations remain closed on Sundays in honor of the Sabbath.
Though Cathy identifies himself as a devout Christian, he argues that his business, which is ran based on “biblical principles,” is not. “Companies are not lost or saved, but certainly individuals are,” Cathy said. “Christ never died for a corporation. He died for you and me.” Hmm, it looks like someone better tell him that corporations are people, too. We wouldn’t want those Chick-fil-A restaurants to go unbaptized.
Cathy acknowledges that his outspoken views are liable to lose the company some customers. Chick-fil-A’s anti-gay stance has already inspired Boston’s Northeastern University to turn down a potential franchise on its campus and a popular Wilson Phillips parody by a trio of drag queens has taken aim at the restaurant as well.
Still, it is unlikely that Cathy will be changing his tune anytime soon. “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’” said Cathy. Of course, that conviction will probably not stop people who think they know what constitutes a marriage better than Cathy does from dining somewhere other than Chick-fil-A.
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