Reports have been floating around the web about everyone’s favorite place- the home of the original chicken sandwich- Chick-Fil-A being anti-gay. If you’re a frequent vistor, you can take a look at the staff and even photos around the place and recognize family comes first. Hell, they are even closed on Sundays.
In a recent interview with the Christian publication the Baptist Press, Dan Cathy confirmed, “Well, guilty as charged,” when asked about his company’s record of supporting groups opposed to marriage equality.
“We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said. “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 operate as a family business … our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that,” Cathy emphasized.
According to reports on Equality Matters, Chick-Fil-A has donated more than $3 million to groups opposed to gay rights, including the Family Research Council (FRC) and Exodus International. In 2010, the company gave more than $1.9 million to such groups, more than any other year for which public records are available. Images passed as hoax have been posted on forums, Twitter and even Facebook walls.
Many businesses are finding themselves in turmoil on whether speaking out for or against gay rights. There are plenty companies who have made strides while others seem to falter. Although companies have a responsibility to stake holders and profiting, members of the LGBT community are becoming more involved in where they spend money.
“We don’t claim to be a Christian business,” Cathy said in a recent visit to North Carolina. He attended a business leadership conference many years ago where he heard Christian businessman Fred Roach say, “There is no such thing as a Christian business.”
Cathy goes on to say, “But as an organization we can operate on biblical principles. So that is what we claim to be. [We are] based on biblical principles, asking God and pleading with God to give us wisdom on decisions we make about people and the programs and partnerships we have. And He has blessed us.”
He closed by saying, “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.”