Chick-Fil-A Faces Questions Over Antigay Ties

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Chick-Fil-A, which has more outlets in Texas than any other state, has come under attack for allegedly partnering with an organization Advocate.com calls "Pennsylvania's largest antigay, anti-marriage equality group."

According to an Advocate report, Chick-Fil-A is sponsoring two Pennsylvania Family Institute events advertised as workshops to help "couples apply what the Bible teaches about marriage in a powerful way." While no claims have been made regarding the content of the seminars, activists in the LGBT community say the chicken chain -- famous for weekly shuttering its stores in observance of a Sunday sabbath -- shouldn't support a group fighting gay marriage.

Chick-Fil-A yesterday afternoon addressed the allegations on Twitter, writing "For those seeing reports of a CFA sponsorship w/ the Penn Family Inst, we are looking into the issue and will provide a response ASAP." The restaurant's feed has not been updated since.

Four Chick-Fil-A spokespeople did not return calls and e-mails seeking comment.

Frustration with Chick-Fil-A's failure to respond quickly to questions is starting to simmer on Twitter and other social networks: "A day later and no report?," @hrstump asked. "I can't support a company that won't support all people."

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j
j

Going there to eat at least once each week!  Good food, good service and that is what matters!  The fags can eat across  the street with all of the illegals at Burger King!

Just As I Am
Just As I Am

Lets look at the facts here. First, homosexuality is a choice, YOU WERE NOT BORN THAT WAY. Deal with the truth about yourself and get over it. Our sexuality is 98% mental (physicological) and 2% physical (hormonal). Don't believe me? Here's a simple test for anyone to try. Next time you're "in the mood", so to speak, start thinking about dead kittens or your mother standing at the foot of the bed watching you, and see how long that mood last. I personally don't care what another person's sexual interest are but I'm getting fed up with this attitude that everyone thinks they're entitled to everything. You make a choice in life, you better be prepared to live with the results (consequences) of your actions. That not only goes for homosexuals, the owners of Chik-Fi-A, but everyone else at there who makes immoral and even moral choices. Nobody owes anyone a darn thing!!!!

Former Texan
Former Texan

Wait a minute-a company in Indianapolis recently was hauled over the coals for refusing to fill an order for a pro-gay group on a college campus (see Just Cookies and IUPUI). Now Chik-Fil-A gets in trouble for filling an order for an supposedly anti-gay event. So what are companies supposed to do with orders for politically charged events - fill or not fill? Or if they side against the LGBT groupies it is a social media death sentence? Coincidentally both times from Indiana University - IU South Bend threw them off campus for this! So much for freedom, guess what is always "right" is now always "left"

Hellbound Allee
Hellbound Allee

Chik-fil-A. A company that supports going to church, being obese, and really, really bad spelling (and I suspect a hatred for French words because "them guys think they's better than us"). What more could Texas want?

Hithere
Hithere

Why are there so many Jews at the Observer who write so many anti-Christian articles?

Hithere
Hithere

Oh look, its "Hanna Raskin", just another Jew at the Observer writing anti-Christian articles, what a surprise.

Alakai
Alakai

Will this be the end of Chick-Fil-A? I sure hope so. Granted it is a very popular restaurant chain around the country, but they shouldn't place their christian beliefs in front of guest service. See I work for a company who is very diverse, where LGBT, and heterosexual families come 365 days a year, and even work there. So what I am trying to say is, don't judge a book by its cover. Guest service comes first, beliefs, second, if not last.

Just As I Am
Just As I Am

Obviously their moral priorities are different then yours and the company you work for. Are they not entitled to that?

Matt Chappel
Matt Chappel

Private companies can support or not support anyone they want. Where do you get the notion that Chick-Fila has to agree with your personal beliefs?

Tom Sturgeon
Tom Sturgeon

So, supplying chicken sandwiches to "The Art of Marriage Seminar" is anti-gay?

And because the "The Art of Marriage" is based on teaching male-female only couples Biblical based strategies for marriage, it is anti-gay?

Sorry, but the mere affirmation of marriage, as it has been nominally defined for millennium, as between a man and woman, and the nexus of ancient Christian beliefs about marriage is not anti-gay.

This is pure, radical agitprop. Sorry LGBT lobby, you have jumped the shark.

Obverver of reality
Obverver of reality

Anyone who eats at chick-fil-a or any other fast food shithole is a moron anyway!

Rob
Rob

Who cares? I'll take a number 1 please.

Angelo
Angelo

RT @chickfila: We gathered the facts on the PA marriage issue. Pls see our FB page for more: http://on.fb.me/i7p59y

Posted yesterday on their FB page

PengReets
PengReets

OH wow, OK that makes a lot of sense dude.

www.anon-tools.it.tc

artlover
artlover

Hey, I remember your comment frrom 122,298 other comment threads I have seen. Have a great day!

Hayeslewis
Hayeslewis

Some of us are old enough to remember when the bible was used to justify the hatred of Blacks.

This is not acceptable

Tom Sturgeon
Tom Sturgeon

Abolitionists also used the Bible to argue against slavery.

Your argument is defeated by counter-example.

The New Testament concept of diakanos, unfortunately rendered slave, has nothing to do with the so called Enlightenment's periods slavery.

diakanos ->one who executes the commands of another, esp. of a master, a servant, attendant, minister

1. the servant of a king 2. a deacon, one who, by virtue of the office assigned to him by the church, cares for the poor and has charge of and distributes the money collected for their use 3. a waiter, one who serves food and drink

The New Testament Greek Lexicon

cp
cp

I know, I told my significant other (we refer to one another each other's "not wives"...) that she can't eat at CFA any more (since she loves it so) and she replied, "So? We've always known they don't like the gays. Doesn't mean I'm gonna stop eating there. Why? What'd they do now?" Imagine how ridiculous I felt when I replied that I didn't know, that theyd "partnered" with some obscure fundamentalist group in Pennsylvania for some unknown reason and they won't twitter why. I mean, HUH???

piejon
piejon

I understand, straight men don't really want women for the long haul, so they try to dump them off on Gay Males with the threat of violence and shame....come on Men, step up and take care of your women and children, we don't want them.

piejon
piejon

I see all of these poor women walking around pregnant and no man by their side, and

Bob
Bob

@full of . . . .grace

Is your heterosexuality a lifestyle? If you really want to, can you change and become homosexual? Is being oveweight YOUR lifestyle? How easily can you change that?

(And don't start about the Bible condemning homosexuality--as I recall, gluttony is a sin as well.)

artlover
artlover

One can be a heterosexual without being a fornicator. Get married and make babies. The Bible does not come against marriage in any verse I have ever read. "Lifestyle" is a nonsense word that we've become accustomed to hearing from the media.

Gipson
Gipson

I think @hrstump (from the story) is being maybe a little TOO inclusive. Terrorists, sex offenders, and Nickleback fans are people, too. Does Chick-Fil-A have to come out in support of them to earn his/her dollar?

(In no way associating gays with terrorists or sex offenders, and certainly not with Nickleback fans. Just found the notion of requiring a company to support ALL people a little extreme.)

full of grace
full of grace

If we all had to agree with everything someone did to support them then no one would support anything. I have gay friends and relatives. I love and support them even though I disagree with their lifestyle. Just because we have differences of opinion doesn't mean we can't have a good relationship. By the way, I have friends that disagree with my lifestyle because I'm overweight. That's OK! We are still good friends. Foregoing your own beliefs and tolerance are not necessarily part of love and acceptance.

piejon
piejon

Being overweight is a lifestyle (choice), being homosexual isn't.

artlover
artlover

All behaviours are choices. When did it become de rigueur that all feelings must be acted upon?

Occidental
Occidental

Overweight .... lifestyle? It's a choice, sure, for most people, but a lifestyle?

Amy
Amy

yup. everyone knows Chick Fil A is run by fundamentalists.

still, chick fil a is dicks!

piejon
piejon

They have the right to support any group they want to support, and I as a Homosexual can choose to eat there or not. That's the way the world works.

Csense231
Csense231

Chick-Fil-A is known for being a Christian organization and according to the Bible homosexuality is wrong. Thus it is not surprising if they do support the Pennsylvania group in discussion.

Givadam
Givadam

The bible is a book of fiction. It also says it is OK to beat women and keep slaves.

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

So it's okay to just conveniently ignore Jesus's message of tolerance and equality for all mankind?

JimSpaza
JimSpaza

Jesus never said that equality meant that you could do anything you wanted. He preached about right and wrong...and talked about Hell more than Heaven. And Jesus said that you shouldn't tolerate evil. Well, evil is more than just murder. The same God that sent Jesus also declared that homosexuality was something to be avoided and resisted. Just like heterosexuals need to refrain from giving in to their feelings outside of marriage, so do homosexuals.

matt hughes
matt hughes

@Chappel you had me until "That's typical of Christians." be careful your stereotyping of stereotypers doesn't stereotype you.

Matt Chappel
Matt Chappel

Well, luckily, in this country we go by the Constitution and not the Bible. After all, America isn't a theocracy. Plus... The same Christians who tell you homosexuality is a sin are the same hypocrites who tell you the Old Testament "doesn't matter"... Yet it's the Old Testament that preaches against homosexuality. So if you think homosexuality is a sin, you also think it's okay to kill your wife if she cheats on you, and you also think it's a sin to wear garments made of more than one fabric... Those verses are right there with the homosexuality verses in the Old Testament. So keep picking and choosing which scripture to enforce for the sake of your personal hatred and/or disgust with gays. That's typical of Christians. Anyway, as far as the Chick-Fila thing goes... they can support or not support anyone they want considering they're a private business. Not sure how many gays patronize Chick-Fila, so I'm not sure how much Chick-Fila would care about losing customers from that segment of the population.

JMG
JMG

Jesus also confronted people about their sins. He did it in a way that challenged them, but still showed His concern for them.

jus' askin'
jus' askin'

do they support divorced men who have remarried? Jesus spoke out against that.

Dr. Bison
Dr. Bison

meh...give me a chicken sandwich

Meh.
Meh.

If CFA would at least say something in response to this, I'd feel better. But that they won't come out (get it?) makes me think they're chicken (again - get it?). It's an interesting look at a company's public image spiraling downward in the age of social media being king of all opinion and making experts out of everyone.

matt hughes
matt hughes

jeez, mary. just when i thought i was rid of you...

chevyexas
chevyexas

This is not new; CFL is out about their fundamentalist ownership and tenets; they've sponsored previous relationships with notable conservative groups who purvey the same agenda. Pennsylvania ("Santorum Land") isn't their only bailiwck, although this group is as bad as one gets about civil rights. Plenty of protest means publicity, however. I don't hear about Golds Gym or Target's recent support of ultraconservative groups anymore, but I don't work out or shop there either. Nothing wrong with rewarding a firm for their public stances, whether they have clever cows or not.

slewfoot
slewfoot

Easy now, Twinwillow. Easy.

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