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NY Times On Chick-fil-A; Company Issues Another Statement

As Andy has reported several times over the last few weeks, Chick-fil-A and its Winshape Foundation have found themselves embroiled in controversy surrounding their involvement with anti-gay, anti-equality groups such as Pennsylvania Family Institute and, natch, even NOM.

Today's NY Times features an article that mentions the extreme Christian attitudes found at the company:

Cathy The company’s Christian culture and its strict hiring practices, which require potential operators to discuss their marital status and civic and church involvement, have attracted controversy before, including a 2002 lawsuit brought by a Muslim restaurant owner in Houston who said he was fired because he did not pray to Jesus with other employees at a training session. The suit was settled.

The sandwiches that will feed people who attend a February seminar, called “The Art of Marriage: Getting to the Heart of God’s Design,” in Harrisburg, Pa., are but a tiny donation. Over the years, the company’s operators, its WinShape Foundation and the Cathy family have given millions of dollars to a variety of causes and programs, including scholarships that require a pledge to follow Christian values, a string of Christian-based foster homes and groups working to defeat same-sex marriage initiatives.

On Friday, students at the Indiana University South Bend successfully fought to have Chick-fil-A removed as a university-endorsed vendor due to the company's relationships with anti-gay organizations.

Update: Looks like it wasn't banned from campus after all.

Yesterday, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy issued a second response to the controversy (his first was in a video released through Vimeo). This one centers around traditional marriage:

6a00d8341c730253ef0148c74d432e970c-800wi While my family and I believe in the Biblical definition of marriage, we love and respect anyone who disagrees. Chick-fil-A has a long history of trying to encourage and strengthen marriages and families, both within our Chick-fil-A system and with our customers. My father and our Founder/CEO, Truett Cathy, is a role model for the Cathy family and all those who have joined Chick-fil-A. His personal and business values have always reflected a belief in the importance of marriage and family.

He added with the following wherein he claims Chick-Fil-A will no longer associate themselves with political agendas related to marriage: "Chick-fil-A's Corporate Purpose is 'To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us, and to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.' As a result, we will not champion any political agendas on marriage and family. This decision has been made, and we understand the importance of it.  At the same time, we will continue to offer resources to strengthen marriages and families. To do anything different would be inconsistent with our purpose and belief in Biblical principles."

If you missed his first response, I've posted it again, AFTER THE JUMP.


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  1. It is good to hear what you truly believe, sir. I would prefer to give my business to people who share my beliefs, though, so I will no longer be a customer of Chick-Fil-A.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Jan 30, 2011 10:17:38 AM


  2. Empty and meaningless. Just like everything else he says, or most church officials for that matter

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 30, 2011 10:34:44 AM



  3. Who cares?

    You want to eat at Prick Fil-a?

    Good. No one care as you are a loser anyway. Your religion, like your food, is toxic.

    Posted by: AllBeefPatty | Jan 30, 2011 10:54:49 AM


  4. Which biblical definition of marriage doe he mean? The one where they had many wives or another one? Such a confusing book...

    Posted by: Rucka | Jan 30, 2011 11:06:31 AM


  5. http://www.southbendtribune.com/article/20110129/News01/101290362/-1/googleNews
    Chick-fil-A not banned at IUSB
    Tribune Staff Report

    SOUTH BEND — Chick-fil-A has not been banned from the Indiana University South Bend campus, according to administrators.

    A WSBT story published in Friday's Tribune incorrectly reported that IUSB administrators had removed Chick-fil-A as a campus vendor after hearing news that a franchise in Pennsylvania will be donating food for an event hosted by a group opposed to homosexuality.

    Chick-fil-A remains an approved IU vendor, which means IUSB and any IU campus can do business with the food chain at its discretion, IUSB campus spokesman Ken Baierl said.

    Click here to find out more!
    IUSB administrators suspended weekly Wednesday sales of Chick-fil-A items at two main dining areas on campus, pending a review of the food service menu and the issue raised by a student group and members of the executive committee of the Academic Senate, he said.

    "The suspension of once-a-week service does not reflect an endorsement of any position but was done to give the campus time to properly review the issue with the appropriate representatives," Baierl said in a written statement.

    Students and employees at IUSB may continue to use Chick-fil-A for food at events if they choose. A decision about future food offerings on campus will be made when the review is complete, he said.

    The debate has quickly picked up steam online. The supposed ban was reported on huffingtonpost.com, change.org and various other websites.

    Posted by: Demand Equality | Jan 30, 2011 11:06:38 AM


  6. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/dan-cathy-president-and-coo-of-chick-fil-a-clarifies-recent-news-coverage-114872034.html
    Dan Cathy, President and COO of Chick-fil-A, Clarifies Recent News Coverage

    ATLANTA, Jan. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Recently, there have been some misleading stories about Chick-fil-A in the media and on the Internet. As a result, I feel strongly about the need to clarify some things.

    In recent weeks, we have been accused of being anti-gay. We have no agenda against anyone. At the heart and soul of our company, we are a family business that serves and values all people regardless of their beliefs or opinions. We seek to treat everyone with honor, dignity and respect, and believe in the importance of loving your neighbor as yourself.

    We also believe in the need for civility in dialogue with others who may have different beliefs. While my family and I believe in the Biblical definition of marriage, we love and respect anyone who disagrees.

    Chick-fil-A has a long history of trying to encourage and strengthen marriages and families, both within our Chick-fil-A system and with our customers. My father and our Founder/CEO, Truett Cathy, is a role model for the Cathy family and all those who have joined Chick-fil-A. His personal and business values have always reflected a belief in the importance of marriage and family. We have seen these principles honored powerfully in Dad's marriage of more than 63 years to our mother Jeannette and those of his family, including my wife Rhonda and me in our 37 years of marriage.

    At Chick-fil-A, we have a heart for helping marriages because we know marriage can be difficult at times. Through the years, we have supported our Chick-fil-A staff and franchised Operators in their marriage journey, and since the formation of our family foundation, the WinShape Foundation, we have helped others as well. Primarily through WinShape, we have supported summer camps for girls and boys, 14 foster homes, more than $26 million in college scholarships and the development and operation of the WinShape Marriage Retreat Center.

    Some recent coverage has incorrectly reported that we require potential franchisees to discuss their church involvement. In addition, we do not require this in our franchisee selection process nor do we require a pledge to follow Christian values for the college scholarships we provide.

    Chick-fil-A's Corporate Purpose is "To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us, and to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A." As a result, we will not champion any political agendas on marriage and family. This decision has been made, and we understand the importance of it. At the same time, we will continue to offer resources to strengthen marriages and families. To do anything different would be inconsistent with our purpose and belief in Biblical principles.

    In summary, we are a dedicated family business committed to three core areas:

    * A 65-year history of operating the business according to Biblical principles.
    * A 65-year history of providing genuine hospitality for all people.
    * A 65-year history of serving families and communities without a political agenda.


    Our commitment to these areas has never been more important in light of recent events. Speaking of commitment, I want to thank our restaurant Operators and their more than 60,000 team members for their commitment to customer service.

    We appreciate, value and have enjoyed serving all of our customers for many years. We also appreciate this opportunity to clarify any confusion about our beliefs, and we thank everyone for supporting our restaurants and your love for the Chick-fil-A experiences. It has and will continue to be our pleasure to serve you.

    Dan T. Cathy

    President and COO

    Chick-fil-A, Inc.

    SOURCE Chick-fil-A, Inc.

    Posted by: Demand Equality | Jan 30, 2011 11:08:18 AM


  7. Allbeefpatty, you clearly haven't tried Chick-fil-a, it's pretty tasty. It's a shame the people behind the company choose to further causes that harm some of the cu$$$tomers they claim to care so much about. I haven't eaten there in a while, but I certainly won't be doing it again.

    Posted by: Djeip | Jan 30, 2011 11:08:23 AM


  8. "Heartfelt Hospitality" means "buy our food even though you're going to Hell."

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 30, 2011 11:24:48 AM


  9. A chicken sandwich that pours millions of dollars into taking away your rights? That is one costly chicken, and one that I would find tough to swallow.

    Posted by: Mack | Jan 30, 2011 11:27:41 AM


  10. The Bible is now a dictionary? And where does he get his definition of "family"? Every gay person is part of a family. If you believe in the importance of family, then stop taking stances that marginalize certain family members.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Jan 30, 2011 11:35:01 AM


  11. There is only one Chick-fil-A branch in the state of New York. It is in the campus food court of NYU. What is NYU doing about this? One of the most progressive and liberal schools in the country, shouldn't the school's administration be deciding whether to remove it? Or, at the least, its LGBT groups making a fuss?

    Posted by: Mike C. | Jan 30, 2011 11:37:52 AM


  12. Helping families is great, agreed. Then why, Chik-fil-a, have you "helped" to hurt families that have gay members for all these years? your donations to groups that want to deny or reject gay people are horrible, and only now are they coming to light. The real qustion is: how can you undo all the damage you've done?

    Posted by: JJ | Jan 30, 2011 11:40:27 AM


  13. I first became aware of Chick-fil A's " activism " during of all things the Chris Allen / Adam Lambert American Idol Final. I'd joined a number of on-line GLAMBERT fan sites and we were all set to join on line real time dial "early and often' "for our guy sessions ( These sites even coached folks from outside of the USA on how to use SKYPE and other online phone services to dial as from a USA Number in all the different time zones) We really thought we were sorta clever BUT . What we ran up against was the ENTIRE State of Arkansas POWER Voting via texting for the good Christian boi Chris Allen ( it was uncovered that official local ATT&T Reps had conducted training sessions on how to set up literally thousand's of auto texts to flood the voting) Ok the little known fact was the behind the scene's Chick-fil A 'd support : ( including an entire football stadium of power texting tweeny Christians ...)


    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5557390/kris_allen_the_chickfila_idol_is_at.html

    During Kris's American Idol run he had tremendous support from the local Chick-fil-A. They sponsored his vote & watch parties and gave away thousands of food coupons. They also provided food for the power text teams that were voting thousands of times each. In fact the voting team with the highest vote numbers were given free food for a year. The Chick-fil-A Cows were present to dance, liven things up and they slingshot toy stuffed cows into the audience of Allen voters. Chick-fil-A promoted the Allen Parties by handing out announcements in their take out sandwich bags.

    Posted by: Slippy | Jan 30, 2011 11:52:04 AM


  14. Are you gonna starve the unbelievers. and what kind of business/chain closes on sunday? Not a great role model or business model. The New face of bigoted of the colonel.

    Posted by: john switzer | Jan 30, 2011 11:58:56 AM


  15. I hear that they only use muslim chickens in their restaurants.

    Posted by: gregg | Jan 30, 2011 12:23:36 PM


  16. "we will not champion any political agendas on marriage and family. This decision has been made, and we understand the importance of it. At the same time, we will continue to offer resources to strengthen marriages and families"

    Such transparent doublespeak. Are Xtians so stupid that they think the rest of us are that dumb? Clearly, he means that he will only be supporting CERTAIN marriages and families... at the expense of mine.

    Posted by: StillmarriedinCA | Jan 30, 2011 12:35:20 PM


  17. I trust I'm not the only one in here who remembers the COORS boycott.

    We did it once and we can do it again.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 30, 2011 12:39:50 PM


  18. Harvard got rid of their Chick-Fil-A in 2002 or 2003 or so. Thank G-D :).
    http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2003/12/9/student-petitions-to-bring-back-chick-fil-a/

    Posted by: me | Jan 30, 2011 12:42:54 PM


  19. values aside, how does a company that makes millions selling low-grade animal products that add to the obesity and heart-disease epidemics in this country get away with calling itself CHRISTIAN and saying it espouses corporate values?? Thats like Jenna Jamison saying she does porn for god.

    Posted by: dizzy spins | Jan 30, 2011 12:44:12 PM


  20. I'm still trying to figure out what marriage and family has to do with slaughtering millions of chickens every year, and serving them up as sandwiches? They definitely don't support "chicken family values".

    I do have to give Dan Cathy credit. They could have just blown off this issue, and went back to selling chicken. But until I hear reports that their franchisees can no longer give away food to "family values organizations", and WinShape stops associating with anti-gay groups, I won't be buying their carrot raisin salad anytime soon.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Jan 30, 2011 12:48:20 PM


  21. Are you willing to sell yourself out for a chicken sandwich?

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 30, 2011 1:31:53 PM


  22. It really doesn't matter what Cathy says because with the latest SCOTUS decision on corporate person-hood the company will be able to donate to whomever they like without it being traceable.

    Posted by: jleo71 | Jan 30, 2011 2:25:55 PM


  23. Possibly, but this company is quite proud of its homophobia and flaunts it at every opportunity.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 30, 2011 3:27:44 PM


  24. a turkey serving chicken, this man is a liar plain and very simple. if he uses the bible as a place to define marriage how many of the people in the great fable had multiple wives and concubines on top of that. is that traditional? this company hates gays but loves money more. they won't see any of mine.

    Posted by: walter | Jan 30, 2011 3:49:03 PM


  25. So, if he believes in the definition of marriage as stated in the Bible. He believes a childless widow needs to marry her brother in law, a man can marry multiple times (Solomon had 700 wives), divorce is punishable by death, if a wife is not a virgin she should be executed, two people of different faiths should not be married, incest, and the list goes on. I wonder what his definition is?

    Also, one wouldn't have to worry about this stuff if they were a vegetarian!

    Posted by: James in Chicago | Jan 30, 2011 4:13:11 PM


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