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Like Chick-Fil-A? They Really, Really Don’t Like You.

by David Badash on July 17, 2012

in Bigotry Watch,News,Politics,Religion

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Chick-Fil-A president and COO Dan Cathy really doesn’t like gay people or same-sex marriage, and he’s coming out swinging. The Christian millionaire appeared on The Ken Coleman Show and let loose on marriage equality:

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’ and 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.

Chick-Fil-A is a private company that operates 1600 fast food chicken restaurants with 61,000 employees, and last year had sales of around $4 billion. Which is pretty good for a company that is closed on Sundays and thinks of the Bible as its corporate operating manual.

READ: Chick-Fil-A Has Spent $5 Million On Groups Trying To Stop Gay Marriage

In a Baptist Press interview published yesterday, Cathy said, “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.”

Cathy added, rather flippantly, when asked about, as the Press put it, “the company’s support of the traditional family,”  aka Chick-Fil-A’s anti-gay stance, Cathy replied, “guilty as charged.”

“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 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.

“We intend to stay the course,” he said. “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.”

Apparently, in the Cathy family’s mind, gay people don’t have families, no one divorces, and everyone must be Christian.

Ht-tip, Jeremy Hooper at Good As You, who provided the transcript from the Ken Coleman Show and where you can hear audio of Cathy’s interview.

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GaelicWench July 17, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I used to like this place and its president. Values and the like. Closed on Sundays for family time, a great scholarship program for the employees, the president living in the same simple house he grew up in….all that nice stuff.

But the moment I read how he was promoting anti-gay issues, that was it! My whole attitude has changed; it ain't good, but that's too bad, isn't it….not!

LorraineDWilke July 18, 2012 at 2:51 pm

This is a shockingly regressive stance for a business in 2012. There is no product, no business, no damn chicken sandwich that is good enough to contribute to intolerance and bigotry. Got me so riled I posted a piece at Huff Po: http://huff.to/NxLRVo

Grrrrr.

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