For those of you who haven’t heard the news, Dan Cathy has come out. He has come out in favor of traditional marriages.The President & C.O.O. of Chick-fil-A has admitted that he does not support gay marriage.
For reasons that I don’t understand, this piece of information has apparently shocked people across the country. The news has created a media wildfire with newshows reporting on Cathy’s statements, bloggers debating out the topic, and the Human Rights Campaign calling for people to stop spending money at Chic-fil-A. What exactly caused all of this backlash? Lets get to the facts of the issue at hand rather than getting caught up in emotion inducing rhetoric.
The Baptist Press interviewed Dan Cathy this past Monday for an article in which the C.O.O. discussed the biblical values that has made Chick-fil-A what it is today. The company has always operated under certain standards that are based on their founder’s faith such as serving their customers with the highest quality as an act of service to God. Anyone who enjoys a trip to one of the company’s 1,600 locations knows that on Sundays getting some of those addicting waffle fries is impossible as they are closed.
The overwhelming majority of the content in the article was focused on the history of the company and the values they hold in their business dealings. In fact, Cathy only made 4 comments regarding marriage, which came in a natural progression following questions about different ministries that have been formed by the Cathy family.
Here are the actual comments from the article that are related to marriage:
"That morphed into a marriage program in conjunction with national marriage ministries," Cathy added.
Some have opposed the company’s support of the traditional family. “Well, guilty as charged,” said Cathy when asked about the company’s position.
"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."
As you can see Dan Cathy did not say anything about homosexuals and he did not mention advocating against gay marriage. All he simply did was say that he supports traditional marriage based on biblical principles. The company operates their entire business & all their community involvement based on their understanding of what the Bible teaches, why is it a shocker that they would support traditional marriage? Christians who turn to the Bible to make their decisions and turn to God to shape their beliefs tend to agree with Cathy’s stance. It isn’t based in hate or discrimination of members of the LGBT community, it is based in God’s Word.