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Watch: Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy Says Providing Food to Anti-Gay Groups is Not an Endorsement


Chick-fil-A COO and President Dan Cathy released a video last night defending the company's principles of tolerance and acceptance for all following revelations last week that Chick-fil-A was co-sponsoring a marriage workshop run by Pennsylvania's most anti-gay group, the Pennsylvania Family Institute.

Without mentioning the word "gay", Cathy insists that Chick-fil-A welcomes all people, and that its work with the PFI was simply to provide food:

"Chick-fil-A serves all people and values all people. Providing food to these events or any event is not an endorsement of admission, political stance, or motives of this or any other organization. Any suggestion otherwise is just inaccurate."

However, as Jeremy Hooper pointed out last week, and points out again, the company's WinShape foundation is partnering with NOM's Ruth Institute. They also partnered with other "pro-family" groups on something called "The Marriage CoMission" which gathers anti-gay leaders from cities around the nation for a retreat every year at the WinShape foundation's Georgia headquarters to figure out ways to strengthen their movement.

Watch Cathy's statement, AFTER THE JUMP...

Dan Cathy Statement from Chick-fil-A on Vimeo.


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  1. tak, tsk, Mr. Cathy...

    Was the food provided gratis? In today's increasingly politicized economic world you seriously must know who you're getting in bed with... so to speak.

    It's really very simple; why would I knowingly spend a dime with a company that is helping, or at minimum complicit, in furthering my 'legal' discrimination? I wouldn't. Would you?

    Posted by: pete N sfo | Jan 12, 2011 9:28:57 AM

  2. I have never eaten at one of these restaurants, and NEVER WILL!!

    Posted by: Scott | Jan 12, 2011 9:46:45 AM

  3. Mr. Cathy is a liar. Would he provide food for a KKK rally? I think not. Would he provide food at a GLAAD conference? I rather doubt it. Time to boycott Chick-Fil-A. Contact Chick-Fil-A on their feedback form and let them know what you think of their providing support for discriminatory groups:

    Posted by: Brad | Jan 12, 2011 9:50:55 AM

  4. I wouldn't believe this guy if he said the sun comes up in the east. He just reeks of con artist.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Jan 12, 2011 10:07:34 AM

  5. Please. Would he provide food to a KKK rally because he "serves all people"?

    Posted by: tranquilo | Jan 12, 2011 10:23:24 AM

  6. Funny. Not even this will keep me from eating those delicious chicken sandwiches.

    Posted by: Josh | Jan 12, 2011 10:26:20 AM

  7. We are entering a era where Corporations are happy to pander to hate groups in exchange for their business. Fine. Stay away from Chick-Fil-A. They don't want gay business are are quite blunt about that.

    Posted by: Dustin | Jan 12, 2011 10:45:16 AM

  8. Beware of sheep in wolves clothes... and might I just say that is one ugly sheep!...LOL I agree I wouldn't trust that man if he offered me all money in the world!

    Posted by: GW | Jan 12, 2011 10:46:00 AM

  9. This dude's an idiot. Actually, he's not an idiot. He's opportunistically dishonest. The problem isn't that Chik-fil-A "served" these people food. The problem is that Chik-fil-A "donated" food to this anti-gay organization for this anti-gay event. No one is saying that Chik-fil-A should turn away paying customers based on their political beliefs. We're just saying that we are not going to spend our money at a restaurant which turns around and gives it away to anti-gay bigots. I am never eating at Chik-fil-A again.

    Posted by: Jim | Jan 12, 2011 10:50:28 AM

  10. So a Christianist business man lies when caught doing something that may lose him some business.. that's hardly news.

    Until he donates free food to a PFLAG event or a Pride event or say... a fund raiser for the Hetrick Martin Institute, he is just that: a liar.

    And again Andy: Please do not use the "Pro-Family" propaganda descriptor for these anti-equality, anti-gay hate groups.
    Not even in quotes or euphemistically. Don't let them win that branding game on your blog.

    Posted by: Dego | Jan 12, 2011 11:03:18 AM

  11. This guy's statement kind of reflects on some individuals' beliefs (i.e., Sarah Palin) that we all exist in our hermetically sealed vacuums. We do not. Our actions affect those around us. Burgers donated to an anti-gay organization have anti-gay ramifications. Cross-hairs and symbols of violence used to highlight certain states have violent ramifications. And so on and so on.

    Posted by: Austin | Jan 12, 2011 12:01:16 PM

  12. I wouldn't be caught dead in a Chick-fil-A.

    One thing I learned from living in Texas is that people can be very nice to you, as they stab you in the back. Being nice or "hospitable" means nothing. Bigotry is bigotry.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 12, 2011 2:20:36 PM

  13. Mr. Cathy - There is a difference between supporting all customers at your stores (i.e., Welcome to Chik-Fil-A, heres a sandwich, thank you for your money) and providing support to groups and events that are clearly anti anything. Of course you welcome all into your store to buy your sandwiches. You must. It's the law. It's the support of this hate group that is called into question. You have not appropriately addressed that. I love Chik-Fil-A but will no longer support your business.

    Posted by: MacD | Jan 13, 2011 8:40:44 AM

  14. This shouldn't be too shocking - Chick-fil-A has given out Focus on the Family cassettes/CDs/DVDs as "toys" with their kids' meals for years. (Ironic that homophobic groups like FotF whine about alleged "gay indoctrination" while themselves preaching directly to kids from kids' meals, of all places.) Considering all the money they pour into anti-gay groups and the soapbox it provides them in its own products, providing a free lunch like this is just a drop in the bucket. Steer clear of Chick-fil-A.

    Posted by: Fran | Jan 13, 2011 11:53:45 AM

  15. They have the best chicken ever. They have the best service of any fast food chain. They have the best people working there. This is a good company.

    Should all straight people boycott chick-fil-a if they serve gay people? NO! come on , get real people.

    Posted by: trey | Jan 31, 2011 9:14:57 PM

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