Chick-fil-A and its President, Dan Cathy, Take to Facebook After Anti-Gay Marriage Comments

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Dan Cathy dressed up to get his free sandwich earlier this month.
Dan Cathy, president and COO of Chick-fil-A, recently was a guest on an Atlanta-area radio talk show, where he denounced gay marriage, again, saying: "I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.'

"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."

Social media blew up. New store openings have been protested and boycotts promised.

In response, yesterday, Chick-fil-A corporate issued a statement via its Facebook page, which has over 5 million followers:

"The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect -- regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.

(...)

Our mission is simple: to serve great food, provide genuine hospitality and have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A."

So, they're out of the condemnation business and back to chicken. Just like that.

Then, on Dan Cathy's page, around 10 p.m. last night, he posted this:

"I'm keeping the main thing, the main thing. Chick-fil-A is about great food, great service and genuine hospitality for all."

Unless, of course.


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65 comments
MooMooBuckaroo
MooMooBuckaroo

Methinks thou dost protest too much.  The old guy is taking a pretty long look at the backside of the other.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Boston is banning the opening of any new Chick-fil-a stores.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

**** Religion = Superstitious Nonsense for Ignorant Imbeciles ****

 

Period.

 

hugsandkisses1
hugsandkisses1

MR. CATHY CAN YOU PLEASE RUN FOR PRESIDENT OF THIS COUNTRY? WE NEED YOU SO BAD IN THIS COUNTRY TO GET IT BACK TO WHERE IT SHOULD BE. THANK YOU 'GOD' FOR YOU  !  AND THANK YOU FOR HAVING A BCKBONE AND STANDING UP FOR GOD. GOD'S PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU. THANK YOU !

Cliffson
Cliffson

I'm looking at that photo, and I'm thinking, "These guys are worried about gay marriage?"

montediaz
montediaz

All your money goes eventually goes into funding things you support and things you don't. We are all in this together. Chick-fil-A, is a corporation not an individual person. Nothing has changed. Get over it. 

davidwaynewebb
davidwaynewebb

I've never eaten at a Chick-fil-A, and I doubt that I've missed anything.

boemer
boemer

I will eat at Chick-fil-a 6 days-a-week!

sherilenoir
sherilenoir

While a little put off by the religious agenda of the owners, I did occasionally eat at this chain because the food is decent and they give workers sundays off.

I don't know that I will eat there again now. I am straight, but the thought of even one penny of my money going to fund anyone's anti-gay, anti-marraige, campaign sickens me. I am not a hateful person, and trampling on other's rights to be happy is bad karma.

Time will tell if these boycotts affect the industry. If indeed they lose money because of this, it is proof that social media and public opinion have more sway than ever. The only way we will affect them is with money, that's the language they understand.

boycott like you mean it folks-  backsliding is for pussies.

jeneheffer
jeneheffer

Of course the proponents of gay marriage are going to get their panties in wad! It is evident that Dan Cathy cares more about honoring God and his devine plan than what society has to say to change it into it's own liking. Standing with God or trying to be popular , you get to chose.

Americano
Americano

It probably wasn't a good idea to make those comments.  But. so what?  The left goes out of their way to offend this country whenever they get the chance.  So now their feelings are hurt?  Poor babies.  I'm sure Dan Cathy will keep his thoughts to himself from now on, because it's bad for business.  But I do love watching the left get their panties all twisted.  I also love Chic-fil-A.  The cow suits are gay, but we all know what company they represent as soon as we see them.  Btw, this little controversy has given them millions of dollars of free publicity, so I'm sure they are grateful to the left for that.  Almost like they planned it that way, ;0

sowhat
sowhat

CFA is a family owned operation.  It's his business, and he can run it like he chooses. 

 

He also has the right to believe what he wants to believe.  His religous beliefs are what they are.    If his beliefs offend you, eat your fried chicken sandwich somplace else.. 

 

It really is that simple.

pymc4673
pymc4673

What happened to this comment section? It's lousy!

JoshC
JoshC

Eh . . . so what. Gay marriage advocates should be avoiding fast food fried chicken product anyway, sticking to a more healthy and trimming diet of free-range organic grilled chicken breast, fresh organic local seasonal vegetables, and a nice white wine. It'll keep everyone looking great for all the weddings we'll eventually be going to. Let the hateful fatties show us how wrong we are by eating twice as much Chick-fil-A fried sh!t. Don't worry hateful fatties. We'll pause our dinner long enough to ask Siri to call 911 when your arteries burst. 

jeneheffer
jeneheffer

 @DonkeyHotay From seeing your comments in this blog I can only feel sadness for you. if you exhibit bitterness and hatred in name calling, that reduces the impact  for a perceived defense of an issue.

 

TurdFerguson
TurdFerguson

@DonkeyHotay There are millions far brighter and wiser than you who have faith in God.

TexasCop
TexasCop

 @DonkeyHotay What's ironic is that you probably call religious people intolerant.

TexasCop
TexasCop

 @davidwaynewebb  Actually, you are.  The chicken is quite good.  Not very low-carb friendly, though.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @boemer 

 

And on the 7th day .... god ate beef.

 

 

TexasCop
TexasCop

 @sherilenoir I fully support full rights for same-sex couples, but would never boycott a private company for exercising their rights related to their beliefs.  

JoshC
JoshC

All of that is absolutely true right up until where you said it really is that simple. Gay marriage supporters who are aware of the Chick-fil-A family's social/political involvement on this issue want all other gay marriage supporters, that would be 62% of Americans, to be mindful of the fact that any money they spend with Chick-fil-A may find its way via the Chick-fil-A family into to coffers of political and religious organizations, not to mention Super PACs, that are working against a cause that most of us feel is way more important than a Chick-fil-A sandwich is tasty.

 

Sure, it's his right to voice his opinion in public. Just like the public outcry against his opinion (and the showing of support) is the same right being exercised. It's just that the times are changing and the outcry against is louder. That doesn't make it an affront to rights.  It's just the sweet sound of progress, or the horror of change, depending on which side you're on.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@JoshC Siri won't dial 911 and gay marriage lovers won't stop buying chicken sandwiches and waffle fries.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @TexasCop 

 

It's ironic that you have no clue what ironic means.

 

 

davidwaynewebb
davidwaynewebb

 @TexasCop I think I'll pass just the same, thank you, given that I have a choice where I want to spend my money.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @TexasCop 

 

Why not ?

 

Vote with your Wallet $$ ... every day of your life.

 

Much more effective and meaningful than waiting for one day every 4 years to cast a vote that never gets counted anyway.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@JoshC People love chickfila sandwiches more than they love gay marriage. Including gay people.

TexasCop
TexasCop

 @pymc4673 How is he a bigot for saying a private company can do what they want?  This is factual information.  I think you just like to use key words like "bigot" and "racist" so you don't ever have to intellectually argue a point.

sowhat
sowhat

 @pymc4673  @sowhat

I never said I agreed with him.  I'm simply saying if you don't like his beliefs, then vote with your feet. 

In the future, please try to contain your own bias, and refrain from shooting the messenger.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @TurdFerguson You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @DonkeyHotay  

 

Wow, no part of that is correct.  You didn't even use the right latin phrase.  You meant <i>quod erat demonstrandum</i> (QED).

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @TexasCop 

 

HipTip: a statement of incontrovertible fact is neither deceptive nor hypocritical.

 

Fact: Religion is Superstitious Nonsense.

 

Ipso facto.

 

TexasCop
TexasCop

 @DonkeyHotay What's even more ironic is that you cannot see the irony in your own statement, then question my use of the word ironic.  It becomes less ironic and more moronic.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Rooster 

 

Your premise is false, as is your conclusion.

 

Spend your $$ with those you support, in practice and principle.

 

Avoid spending your $$ with those whose values you don't support.

 

hth.

Rooster
Rooster

 @DonkeyHotay

If I had to boycott every restaurant some special interest had an issue with, there wouldn't be anyplace on the planet to eat.  It has nothing to do with being self-centered.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @TexasCop 

 

You have an extremely specious disconnect in asserting that paying others to engage in discrimination on your behalf somehow absolves you of instigating that discrimination.

 

Pathetic.

 

 

TexasCop
TexasCop

 @DonkeyHotay Anyway, peace and happiness to you.  I'm just trying to open your mind a little.  :)

TexasCop
TexasCop

 @DonkeyHotay You are taking an amazing leap in logic and extremely circuitous route to define discrimination.  If I were to give a $20 donation to the KKK, have I now discriminated against African Americans?  Hardly.  Would I be prejudiced?  Absolutely.  

 

By your logic, if you refuse to buy Chic-fil-et, you are discriminating against someone for their religious beliefs and that's illegal.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @TexasCop 

 

You ignore the reality that corporations -- "people" according to the Supreme Court -- are allowed to spend an UNLIMITED amount of $$$ -- "free speech" according to the Supreme Court -- on their favorite, self-serving political issues.

 

As Chick-Fil-A spends $$$ based upon their "prejudice" against gays -- and abortion -- to inflict "discrimination" upon them via Legislation bought and paid for via their $$$ .

 

HTH.

TexasCop
TexasCop

 @DonkeyHotay Actually, I'm very pro-Constitutional rights.  With Chic-fil-et saying they're against same sex marriage, whose rights are they trampling on?  There is a key difference between being prejudiced and being discriminatory.  In no cases is being prejudicial infringing on anyone's rights.  Chic-fil-et, being a private corporation, is allowed to be as prejudicial as they want.  Do you find one person's rights to be more sacred than another's.  I don't.  I find them all to be sacred.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @TexasCop 

 

Sure, only bother with issues and rights that directly affect you personally.

 

Self-centered much ?

TexasCop
TexasCop

 @DonkeyHotay If I were directly affected by it, I would probably boycott.  Not being gay myself, It's an issue that's merely in my periphery.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @sowhat @ChrisYu @CheeryBitch @Sotiredofitall @G_David @MikeDunlap @montediaz @adam2610 @davidwaynewebb @sherilenoir @reganator @pymc4673 @nick.rallo @Twinwillow @everlastingphelps @TexasCop 

 

Exactly !! ... the strongest most effective "voice" that any individual has in this "democracy" is the individual choices they make each and ever day as to where to SPEND THEIR $$$.

 

If people would learn to Vote with their WALLET$ every time they spend a dollar, by choosing where and how to spend their $$, it would have a far greater impact upon changing society than pathetically waiting for one day every 4 years to cast a ballot, and hope that they actually count it.

 

Besides, the U$ Supreme Court has recently ruled that $$$ is "free speech" ... for corporations ... that are "people" too ... so start exercising the only free speech you have left, people -- where and how to spend your hard earned dollar$ !!

 

 

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