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Dave_Koch September 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm

As I mentioned in an earlier posting, and during the Chick-Fil-A fifteen minutes of fame, Chick-Fil-A will go the way of Anita Bryant. Now the organization is obviously facing some serious consequences.

Dan Cathy (Chick-Fil-A's CEO) is desperately trying to kiss and make up with the LGBT community. Why? Well, based upon my business experience, I can guarantee that all of the banks affiliated with Chick-Fil-A are very paranoid about lending money either to Chick-Fil-A or to anyone looking at buying and financing a franchise. In fact, I would bet that lending for franchise sales is completely dead right now.

You can also be sure that all of the insurance underwriters for Chick-Fil-A and its franchisee's got a real pucker from the dumbass stunt pulled by its CEO.

Employee Practices Insurance is generally underwritten by Chubb. I would not be surprised if Chick-Fil-A lost a good portion of its insurance coverages. Dan Cathy's stunt opened Chick-Fil-A up to some very ugly employee lawsuits. He basically made Chick-Fil-A a plaintiff attorney's wet-dream.

Anyone looking at buying a franchise is receiving stern advice from their attorneys, insurance carrier, and from their banks to by a Dairy Queen or McDonalds – ANYTHING but a Chick-Fil-A. Aside from that, who would want to pour their life savings into a franchise that is managed by a loose cannon cowboy?

Banks do not like taking risks that cannot be calculated within the guidelines of customary business operation risks, and for those, the bank wants to see insurance. Insurance companies do not want to write insurance for someone who is waiving a banner, "please sue me." Finally, you can't buy insurance for having a CEO who is an ass nozzle.

I suspect that Chick-Fil-A lost a great deal more business than it gained from its one-day escapade of catering to the all of the right-wing, homophobic, low information knuckle draggers. However, what is far more impacted is its business model, and how it has tainted itself with its lenders, insurance underwriters, franchisee's, vendors and everyone who has actually evolved beyond the 17th Century.

I was in my early twenties while Anita Bryant self-destructed. Anita Bryant is still the best thing that ever happened to the LGBT community – indeed Anita Bryant created the organized LGBT community.

Dan Cathy and Chick-Fil-A consciously decided to viciously attack innocent people on the basis of what we now see is a totally phony theology. If Mr. Cathy were really devoted to his theology, he wouldn't be trying to backpedal. Mr. Cathy's theology is practiced only for the convenience of the moment or the situation. It's a total veneer.

Some people would suggest that the LGBT community accept Mr. Cathy's disingenuous olive branch and forgive him. I personally say use him and Chick-Fil-A as the sacrificial goat to show the rest of the country that there are consequences with what amounts to corporate sponsorship of hate and bigotry. Mr. Cathy made himself and his organization the sacrificial goat – not the LGBT community.

I believe that this is the biggest opportunity to advance equality since Anita Bryant. Just because Chick-fil-A is floating a balloon that it won't give donations (that anyone can find) to anti gay organizations doesn't suddenly cure Dan Cathy of his numerous malfunctions, including being a repugnant bigot. My personal vote would be to continue the boycott until Dan Cathy, et al are in chapter 11.

jonmark128 September 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm

somehow I knew he is a slimey loser!!!

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