Fast food chain Chick-Fil-A has never tried at all tried to hide their conservative Christian philosophy. They’re closed on Sundays, they hold frequent employee prayer sessions and the company contributes millions to conservative causes. But recently, as CEO Dan Cathay has become very vocal about his opposition to gay marriage, the lines have been drawn. One one side… the Muppets and the mayor of Boston. On the other… Mike Huckabee and the Westboro Baptist Church.
Last week, the Jim Henson company posted on its Facebook page that it supports tolerance and diversity, and would no longer be working with Chick-Fil-A on any promotions:
And then today, Boston mayor Thomas Menino stated that he would fight to keep Chick-Fil-A stores out of Boston. Sorry Bostonites, I know Chick-Fil-A has the best chicken sandwiches ever, but you’re going to have to find another outlet for your chicken cravings.
“Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston,” Menino told the Boston Herald on Thursday. “You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against the population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion. That’s the Freedom Trail. That’s where it all started right here. And we’re not going to have a company, Chick-fil-A or whatever the hell the name is, on our Freedom Trail.” (Via)
This whole thing started when Chick-Fil-A head Dan Cathay made remarks on a radio show regarding his anti-gay stance and how he thinks teh gheys are going to destroy America:
“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. 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.”
Huckabee even started a Facebook event to declare August 1st as “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day”:
I have been incensed at the vitriolic assaults on the Chick Fil-A company because the CEO, Dan Cathy, made comments recently in which he affirmed his view that the Biblical view of marriage should be upheld. The Cathy family, let by Chick Fil-A founder Truett Cathy, are a wonderful Christian family who are committed to operating the company with Biblical principles and whose story is the true American success story. Starting at age 46 Truett Cathy built Chick Fil-A into a $4 billion a year enterprise with over 1600 stores. At 91, he is still active in the company, but his son Dan runs it day to day as CEO.It’s a great American story that is being smeared by vicious hate speech and intolerant bigotry from the left.
The Chick Fil-A company refuses to open on Sundays so that their employees can go to church if they wish. Despite the pressure from malls, airports, and the business world to open on Sundays, they still don’t. They treat customers and employees with respect and dignity.
I ask you to join me in speaking out on Wednesday, August 1 “Chick Fil-A Appreciation Day.” No one is being asked to make signs, speeches, or openly demonstrate. The goal is simple: Let’s affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1. Too often, those on the left make corporate statements to show support for same sex marriage, abortion, or profanity, but if Christians affirm traditional values, we’re considered homophobic, fundamentalists, hate-mongers, and intolerant. This effort is not being launched by the Chick Fil-A company and no one from the company or family is involved in proposing or promoting it.
There’s no need for anyone to be angry or engage in a verbal battle. Simply affirm appreciation for a company run by Christian principles by showing up on Wednesday, August 1 or by participating online – tweeting your support or sending a message on Facebook.
PLEASE RSVP IF YOU PLAN ON PARTICIPATING AT A CHICK FIL-A ONLINE.
And of course, it got some thoughtful responses:
Oh, and of course the Westboro Baptist Church had to toss in their two cents, in case anyone wondered where they stood on the issue:
And if you want to show Chick-Fil-A your love for the cock (or what have you), there is also a Same Sex Kiss-In planned on August 3rd, if you want to show up, have some nuggs and make out with someone of the same sex in the middle of Chick-Fil-A.
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