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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. 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.

    Posted by: Skooter McGoo | Jan 30, 2011 4:44:30 PM

  2. stop eating Chick-fil-A! Write to local public universities that provide the food on their campus. They should not endorse this hate.

    Posted by: PriceCut | Jan 30, 2011 5:53:58 PM

  3. 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.

    Posted by: boycott chick-fil-a big time | Jan 30, 2011 7:21:13 PM

  4. "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.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jan 30, 2011 7:22:59 PM

  5. 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.

    Posted by: HA! | Jan 30, 2011 7:42:31 PM

  6. 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.

    Posted by: ted | Jan 30, 2011 9:20:09 PM

  7. 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.

    Posted by: Redebbm | Jan 30, 2011 11:20:11 PM

  8. Yeah? Tell it to the chicken, Dan Cathy!

    Posted by: Nate | Jan 31, 2011 9:02:40 AM

  9. 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.

    Posted by: SirKnight61 | Jan 31, 2011 10:07:41 AM

  10. 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!

    Posted by: Baby Jane | Jan 31, 2011 10:48:34 AM

  11. The Cathy family is on the defensive about all of this. Today, this article and interview were featured on the front of the AJC's Metro Section:

    Posted by: Doug | Jan 31, 2011 11:13:57 AM

  12. We sort of figured it was a Christian associated restaurant while it was closed on Sunday. However, all this news has us going to the Wendy's next door now!

    Posted by: John Petersen | Jan 31, 2011 4:46:06 PM

  13. @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.

    Posted by: Mikey | Feb 1, 2011 4:02:23 PM

  14. So...

    Is no one willing to discuss this issue anymore.

    I figured it would all pass as it isn't "fashionable" to talk about Chick-fil-A anymore.

    Posted by: Mikey | Feb 28, 2011 6:31:58 PM

  15. Gays really need to be justified by a chicken sandwich restaraunt? You must lead pathetic sad.

    Posted by: Elias | Sep 22, 2011 5:21:55 PM

  16. Chick Fi La all the way!!!! Good for you for having the courage to speak out against this pro-Gay agenda!!!!

    Posted by: Frog | Aug 1, 2012 3:59:33 PM

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