Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy is being blasted for being a homophobe and for bashing gay sexual preference and same-sex marriage. Chick-fil-A is being cast in blogs and online forums as one step away from the hateful Nazi party and the bigoted KKK.
What did Dan Cathy really say?
First, how many of us are surprised to find out that CFA is Christian based? Of course we knew.
How many of us have had to beat away with a stick the proselytizers in chicken suits who wanted to tell us the story of Baby Jesus while we ate in their restaurant? I’ve never heard of anyone. In fact, I can’t think of any Christian-specific message in any CFA restaurant. The JW’s have got to be thinking, “We need to show you guys how to do this right.”
So even though no one sings Amazing Grace when our order is ready or calls our purchase amount a tithe, we still have an idea that Dan Cathy is probably going to take a biblical perspective of life around him, right? Of course he is. Well, then, why are our knickers in a knot when Mr. Cathy says he supports the biblical definition of the family unit? How extreme of a viewpoint is that?
What did Dan Cathy say when he was asked about gay marriage? That’s a trick question – the subject of gay marriage never came up. He was asked about his support of traditional families, and that’s what he supported. Are we seriously so uninformed or ignorant as to think that a family unit begins and ends with the gender preference of the parents? I have a host of children & family services supporters and social workers who’ll be happy to give you their complex definitions of a family unit. They, too, will probably tell you that they support the traditional concept of a family.
What did Mr. Cathy actually say about marriage? He said he supported marriage for life. So do I.
Mr. Cathy is being accused of back-pedaling after his statement that CFA’s culture is to “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.” That’s not a backtrack; that’s very close to a statement he gave to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution back in January 2011 when he stressed that CFA was not a Christian company, rather, a company whose founders were Christians.
Choose your lifestyle as you will; choose your dining out as suits your taste. But don’t boycott an establishment because its CEO believes in marriage for life unless such a concept is just too distasteful for you.