Chick-fil-A is likely getting more publicity these days than the restaurant chain has gotten since it first opened back in 1967. That’s not necessarily a good thing. But, then again, some say there’s no such thing as bad publicity.
I’ve blogged about the chain and its anti-gay and anti-marriage equality history (February 9, 2012 and March 26, 2012) and I’ve posted on Facebook recently about some comments made by COO Dan Cathy. When asked by the “Baptist Press” about standing up for the traditional family and being opposed to marriage equality, he replied, “Well, guilty as charged.”
I want to try to clarify a few things today since I’ve been reading a lot of Facebook rants (many inaccurate) and you can’t turn the television on without hearing about the controversy.
First off, I’ve eaten at Chick-fil-A. Back in the early-1990s, while working in Paducah, Kentucky, I dined there a couple of times and I admit, their sandwiches and waffle fries were excellent! However, now that I eat healthier (and metaphorically speaking), I’m sure the hate and anti-discriminatory spices the company uses would make it taste different now! 🙂
Cathy stands strong with his “traditional family” views: “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 want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that. We intend to stay the course. 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.”
Sit down because I’m going to say something that may shock you! I agree with this part of Cathy’s comment, “we live in a country where we can share our values.”
Amen! I’m glad that he can speak his mind just as I can. I disagree with his views of “traditional” families. What exactly is that today? There are so many single or divorced parents raising children, there are more interracial families with kids, and more and more LGBT couples are parents doing a fantastic job with their biological and adopted children. Regardless of Cathy’s religious views, he needs to move out of the 1950s. Families are families.
Here’s what ticks me off about the recent media fascination with the Chick-fil-A controversy and what’s confusing the public. People think that Cathy is getting bullied for voicing his opposition to marriage equality. Note that I don’t use the words “gay marriage”. I don’t have a “gay marriage”, I’m married!
Cathy being bullied isn’t the case. He has a right to his views. I have some “friends” that have issue with marriage equality. Fine. If you don’t like it because you don’t understand it, educate yourself. If you don’t like it because of religion, love your fellow-man and woman and let God deal with it when the time comes.
Cathy doesn’t have to support marriage equality. That is not what ticks me off about him or Chick-fil-A and that is why some mayors and politicians are rethinking having the chain in their cities.
What some people don’t understand is that the chain donated $8 million to the WinShape Foundation in 2010 alone. And, between 2003 and 2009, the WinShape Foundation gave millions of dollars to groups such as “Focus on the Family” and “Eagle Forum”. Those groups not only oppose same-sex marriages, but gay rights issues!
There, folks, lies the problem. Rights are rights and should not be dictated by groups getting millions of dollars from corporations that are working to hold back minorities.
Recently, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino stated that he would not allow the company to open franchises in the city telling Cathy, “We are indeed full of pride for our support of same sex marriage and our work to expand freedom for all people.”
This was followed from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emaneul saying, “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values. They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. This would be a bad investment, since it would be empty.”
And, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee tweeted, “Very disappointed #ChickFilA doesn’t share San Francisco’s values & strong commitment to equality for everyone.” and “Closest #ChickFilA to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer.”
While I definitely appreciate the support from those mayors and other politicians, keeping Chick-fil-A out of their cities will not likely happen. Believe it or not, I don’t think we should deny them the right to open a franchise wherever they want to open one. That would be similar to the people and municipalities that deny or make it difficult for gay bars the right to open, which happens all the time.
I think that people who want to eat at Chick-fil-A should have stores available to do it. However, I think that people should protest those stores and make the chicken chain accountable for the groups it funds — the money you spend for sandwiches and waffle fries. Cathy can oppose marriage equality and support the “traditional family”, but funding discrimination is not good business.
I’ve lost so-called “friends” over my disgust with Chick-fil-A and stating the facts about other discriminatory groups and organizations (Boy Scouts of America). I’ll continue to do that. You have the right to delete me as a Facebook friend if those views are too real for you and you don’t want to hear it.
The reality of the situation is we all have a right to say what we want, right or wrong. Cathy can speak his mind. We don’t have to buy his opinions or his food. I can speak my mind in my blog and you have the choice of reading it or not.
I don’t take my views to work with me when I present the weather forecast to you. When I’m at work, I only talk weather.
I just wanted to clear the air about Cathy. He has a right to his views, but I want people to know the real reason there’s an uproar about Chick-fil-A. I know there are good franchises with great employees and managers out there that don’t agree with Cathy’s views on marriage or families.
The bottom line is that it’s a proven fact that we know where Cathy, thus Chick-fil-A, spends some of its profits and it’s not good for equality.