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President of Chick-Fil-A Proud to Stand for Biblical and Family Values

 

The Baptist Press profiles a corporate hero for marriage:

Dan Cathy oversees one of the country's most successful businesses. As president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, Cathy leads a business with 1,608 restaurants that had sales of more than $4 billion dollars last year. They sell chicken and train employees to focus on values rooted in the Bible.

... The company invests in Christian growth and ministry through its WinShape Foundation (WinShape.com). The name comes from the idea of shaping people to be winners.

It began as a college scholarship and expanded to a foster care program, an international ministry, and a conference and retreat center modeled after the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove.

"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."

34 Comments

  1. Dan
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Interesting given my local Chick-Fil-A is always packed. I usually have to circle the parking lot at least once to find an empty space. Actually, I don't recall ever seeing a Chick-Fil-A hurting for business.

    But wait...I thought having values rooted in the bible (which obviously included not endorsing ssm) was supposed to be bad for business? How can it be that the public at large here in America actually still supports such businesses? You mean the Lamestream Media lied? You mean HuffPost is really just propagandist material masquerading as a legit, unbiased "news" source? Gasp! Shocker! Sounds like another "busted!" going down in the annals of "SSM MythBusters"!

  2. Randy E King
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    @Dan,

    "But wait...I thought having values rooted in the bible (which obviously included not endorsing ssm) was supposed to be bad for business? "

    It is obviously bad for JCPenny's business; in that their opposition to is killing it.

  3. Katie
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    I suppose you'll all be boycotting Chick-Fil-A now since they're obviously not taking a "neutral" stance on this issue.

  4. OvercameSSA
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Chick-Fil-A 's first restaurant of the name was opened in the 1960s, the founder having previous restaurants serving chicken as far back as 1946. Its Christian principles go back to the date of its founding, so to suggest that it should have a neutral stance on a relatively new political issue is kind of silly.

    It reminds me how some long-time parishoners are demanding that the Catholic Church change its position on homosexual acts. Well, duh, how long have you been a Catholic and how long has the Catholic Church been existence? And the Church should change because of how YOU feel? Just silly, all because of a small minority of malcontents.

  5. Michael
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Using the NOM Letter,
    "Wading into a culture war over an issue where Chick-Fil-A has no business interest is to invite public backlash, much like what Starbucks is experiencing in the DumpStarbucks.com campaign, with little upside."
    To be fair and honorable (given the current boycotts) we all need to demand that Chik-Fil-A remain neutral in the Culture War. It was a stupid PR Stunt for them to have declared war on Same Sex Marriage Supporters and those of Differing Religious Beliefs.

  6. dn
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Katie and Michael beat me to it. Why is NOM not condemning this company for not remaining neutral?

  7. John
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Lets see how many of those people that made fun of the nom boycotts end up doing with chick filet the exact same thing they demonized.

  8. John Colgan
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Silly Katie,

    Only corporations that support marriage equality are to be boycotted with demands that they respect ALL their customers by "remaining neutral". Corporations that oppose civil marriage equality are to be lauded as heroic champions of marriage.

    Yet more proof that, if it weren't for situational ethics, the NOMies would have no ethics at all.

  9. Andy King
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Chick-Fil-A sure doesn't seem to be remaining neutral in the culture war. In NOM's own words, -directly quoting-...

    "It’s not the role of corporate management to unilaterally endorse a controversial political issue unrelated to a company’s core business – particularly when doing so will alienate a large percentage of customers, employees and shareholders."

    So which is it, NOM?

  10. Andy King
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Additionally, @John

    "Lets see how many of those people that made fun of the nom boycotts end up doing with chick filet the exact same thing they demonized."

    I don't know where you got the idea that the left has been "demonizing" boycotts. We ourselves boycotted Target for some time, and it's a legitimate tactic. However, we're transparent about our reasons for doing so; we don't chalk it up to the false pretense of "remaining neutral".

    If we ever make fun of NOM's attempts to boycott gay-friendly corporations, it's because if you continue to do so, you'll soon find yourselves unable to purchase basic groceries at the supermarket. But hey, at least you'll have your chicken.

  11. OvercameSSA
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    AK quotes NOM: "It’s not the role of corporate management to unilaterally endorse a controversial political issue unrelated to a company’s core business "

    Actually, the Christian Baptist religion (and its associated beliefs about homosexuality) has been part of Chick-Fil-A's core business since its inception.

  12. Daughter of Eve
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    "Like"

  13. Randy E King
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    @ Andy and Michael,

    Chick-Fil-A is weathering the storm of opposition to their position all the way to the bank. If JC Penney's, Hallmark, Levis, Starbucks, and the like find assaulting the family to be to their liking than they should have no problem whatsoever with reaping what they sowed.

    The big difference here is that Chick-Fil-A is a privately held company; not a multinational corporation with shareholders to answer to. Publicly traded companies have an obligation to their shareholders to avoid taking positions on social issues; private companies do not.

    I can see why you would find it difficult to distinguish between these subtle differences; after all, you have proven yourself incapable of comprehending the inherent differences between men and women and the true intent of their physiology.

  14. Garrett
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    http://www.nomblog.com/24252/?doing_wp_cron

  15. Ash
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Reading the Chick-Fil-A profile brightened my day even further. I love to see wholesome, faith-based, families prosper by running good businesses.

    Like Dan, I notice that Chick-Fil-A is a booming company in my area because they have some good food!

    I’ve went to Chic-Fil-A, on a given Sunday, expecting a nice meal only to realize that they were closed. A little bummed because I won’t have my chicken sandwich, but happy that they are a values-based company.

    And as Cathy said: “We've had a track record that we were generating more business in six days than the other tenants were generating in seven [days].”

    I know that Chick-Fil-A partners with churches and do activities with their teen ministries. But I was pleasantly surprised to learn about Chick-Fil-A’s buying of the Peach Bowl, their foster care work, scholarship program, and their marriage building endeavors.

    Thanks for sharing, NOM Blog! :)

  16. Daughter of Eve
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Good for them.

  17. David Argue
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    I only know what was in the article, but perhaps the difference is that Chick-fil-A does not actively campaign against SSM using it's companys profits. They certainly support traditional marriage programs, which they did long before this became an issue, but the CEO is expressing his opinion, not using his company as a bankroll to stop the opposition. I do agree that NOM's comments about the issue don't seem to reflect this difference, but people and corporations are being pressured to show where they stand, and I don't think there will be many 'neutral' companies left when this is over.

  18. Good News
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Yum, yum, Chick-fil-As

  19. John Colgan
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    @David,

    Chick-fil-a is a privately held company, entirely owned by the Cathy family. There is no distinction between them and the corporation.

  20. Donna
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    I live in CA and my Chick Fil A is always filled with families. No matter what time of day I go there the parking lot is full. They have tasty food and I go at least once a week. The service is friendly and I am happy to support this family's efforts. I am happy to support a family business that is committed to strenthening the family.
    As far as Starbucks is concerned, I dumped them even when they were offering free samples of a summer cooler I said No thank you.

  21. Michael
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    It seems the Company does not agree with Mr Cathy's statements. From their Facebook Page today, Chick-Fil-A has stated:
    "The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena."

  22. Charles
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    I noticed in the news their most recent statement about "going forward" they are going to leave the SSM question to the politicians, etc. That's a reasonable stance.

    I have no intention of boycotting them. They are entitled to their opinion. If they continued to donate money to groups like NOM, then I would make an effort to boycott them. They instead are taking a more neutral stand.

  23. Scott Heatherton
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Chick-fil-a or any other organization, including the Boy Scouts of America, has the right to feel the way that they do about the social issues of the day. There is no middle ground with the same sex marriage people or cultural liberals for that matter. Even if some one says their beliefs in a "peaceful manner" ala Kirk Cameron or Chick Fil A they are ostracized as screaming homophobes. You who criticize have no idea/NO CLUE/what a screaming HOMOPHOBE is. I lived in a time where the Best Boy Citizen, captains of football teams used to go out to parks where gays hung out and gang up and beat them up. You would think because those who believe differently are just saying in a respectful way that we don't agree with the lifestyle, that we are like those villians in the park. Where did freedom of speech go?

  24. Jane J.
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Chick Fil A is my favorite fast food joint!

  25. Byrd
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Good for Dan Cathy and the organization he represents.
    Far too many times people are pressured into caving into the nonsensical religion of political correctness, rather than stating their heartfelt beliefs about such critical and major issues such as natural marriage.
    With 4 billion in profits, I'm guessing they are well equipped to withstand the expected hate-mongering campaign by the self professed "tolerance" mob and their ilk.

  26. AM
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    "It seems the Company does not agree with Mr Cathy's statements."

    Mr Cathy's philanthropy does not conflict with the company statement.

  27. Kathy
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    I'm so proud to stand up for "my rights & family values". My family will definitely be eating at Chick Filet this weekend to show support. Sure wish there was a non-gay rights parade for families who share their beliefs & morals to keep our country grounded & strong like it used to be. If you are gay, that's fine. I don't judge & wIll love you. Some of my friends are gay, but please stop shoving your agenda in my face. Enough already.
    We all have our beliefs & opinions.

  28. Matthew
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Chick-Fil-A is a bigoted corporation whom does not deserve a cent of my well-earned cash. I am an openly gay man who is appalled by their bluntness in being anti-LGBT. It is a shame that any person would support this establishment. Shame on you if you eat there ever again. Screw the Biblical view on marriage. I'm a Satanist and I'm never been happier.

  29. Daughter of Eve
    Posted July 20, 2012 at 2:34 am | Permalink

    Wish we had a Chick-Fil-A in my town. I was always impressed they honor the Sabbath day, as well.

  30. Emily
    Posted July 20, 2012 at 5:10 am | Permalink

    Wait, I thought the only correct stance for a business was "neutrality."

    Somebody please explain how this is an acceptable exception.

  31. David
    Posted July 20, 2012 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    Where in this did they say they were anti-gay? He simply stated what their company values were. It's the same with not being open on Sunday. They aren't out there fighting to have other businesses close on Sunday.

  32. dn
    Posted July 20, 2012 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Scott Henderson, you are so kind. Thank you for not beating gay people up!

    Seriously if you expect to be thanked for not roving your city looking for gays to attack, you might want to re-evaluate your worldview.

    As for freedom of speech, your freedom of speech has not been denied until an agent of the government attempts to silence you. Responding to Mr. Cathy's speech with more speech is exactly the opposite of the oppression you cite.

  33. Posted July 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Have the liberals considered that Chick-A-Fil-A wants to maintain the status quo?

  34. Guy Beck
    Posted July 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Thank you very much for standing up for the Bible. What is most interesting is the fact that while the gay community has a voice that demands being hear, you are not allowed to voice your own views about life and sexual orientation based on your faith. I can relate. There certainly is a push, a push supported by Mayor Emmanuel whether he knows it or not, to drive every naysayer who resists the acceptance of the gay orientation off the plant.

    Thank you,
    guy