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  1. candideinnc says

    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.

  2. Demand Equality says

    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.

  3. Demand Equality says

    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.

  4. Djeip says

    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.

  5. Dastius Krazitauc says

    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.

  6. Mike C. says

    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?

  7. JJ says

    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?

  8. Slippy says

    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.

  9. john switzer says

    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.

  10. StillmarriedinCA says

    “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.

  11. dizzy spins says

    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.

  12. David in Houston says

    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.

  13. jleo71 says

    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.

  14. walter says

    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.

  15. James in Chicago says

    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!

  16. Skooter McGoo says

    Never got what people saw in the food but I guess it just means that I won’t ever have to figure it out. I will have no issue with just driving on by.

  17. boycott chick-fil-a big time says

    Students at universities with Chick-fil-As in their student centers, food courts, stadiums, etc. should raise holy hell (no pun intended). There are plenty of politically innocuous restaurant chains that can take their place.

  18. HadenoughBS says

    “ABC Nightly News” covered Chick-fil-A’s homophobic story in its shortened Sunday evening newscast. Good to see this anti-gay civil rights restaurant chain getting the negative national publicity it so richly deserves.

  19. HA! says

    Blah bblah blah…. lots of bitching and tough behind a keyboard. ain’t no one gonna do nuthin……The days of people caring en masse appear to be vover.

  20. ted says

    Why not educate instead of condemning? Clearly the public at large is ignorant of gay issues. i think there is a significant number of gay people that believe it’s a choice, and there are gay people against gay marriage. So who can blame straights who have been LIED to all their lives about us? It’s like the frikking dark ages before science asserted its truths. Until we define and educate, we are not going to make much headway.

  21. Redebbm says

    I’m glad one of these isn’t on my campus, but i know many a people who go to Chick-fil-a (and Target for that matter) despite their records which are pretty obvious. Here’s a solution, make your own chicken sandwich. Is it really that hard? I still cannot imagine why gays love this place and justify providing business to this anti-gay “food” place.

  22. SirKnight61 says

    This “Familiy Values” rederick that Dan Cathy spouts is all fine and good. Everyone here is right too about their WEBSTERS Defenition of it. And anyone is allowed to have their own personal views and values. I stand behind that AXIOM. But CORP’s do not get that luxury if they wish to be a “ALL WELCOMING” business do they. He thinks they do thou. What I really want to see is the real story that will come out or go on when the first group of people tries to get a local Chick-Fil-A to “DONATE” food and drink and support to the event workers at a “GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL”. Or go further and set up a sales booth there as well too. And SERVE “thier people”. That I want to see the outcome of. And then more of the same before I say “ok the leapard has changed its spots”. Till then I for one will boycott. True Christian Values means Mr. Cathy, “Love the sinner hate the sin”. 24/7/365. Not just love the sinner only when the cash register is going cha-ching for you! And BTW I see issue in their wishing to close on Sunday. That is fine and not a “what kind of business” issue really. The people whom think it is, have not been in the SOUTH much on a SUNDAY then. Lots of places are closed. Many places are open too.

  23. Baby Jane says

    With a Chick-fil-A soon moving into Chicago’s downtown, Water Tower area, I hope the good gays of the Windy City do some protesting; get that thing shut down.

    Chick-fil-A, Racist, Sexist, Anti-Gay!

  24. Mikey says

    @David — I’m confused as to how CFA has “flaunted” its homophobia. Can you provide an example?

    @John Switzer — What does being closed on Sunday have to do with being a good role model or business model?

    Also, I think that everyone is misusing the word “franchisee”…I don’t think that CFA franchises.

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