If You’re Eating Chick-Fil-A, You’re Eating Anti-Gay

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Jeremy Hooper at Good As You points out that teh restaurant chain Chick-fil-A is sponsoring two marriage conferences in the South-Central Pennsylvania region run by the state's most prominent anti-gay, anti-equality group.

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The Pennsylvania Family Institute has been a leading opponent of marriage equality, and has condemned the expansion of civil rights for same-sex couples. Speaking to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the group's president, Michael Geer, said that gay marriage is not moral, and should be put up for a vote rather than decided by courts or legislatures.

"The only way that we can get the people to decide this issue is through the ballot box," Geer said. "Marriage as defined as between a man and a woman has proven to be the best for the health, education and welfare of children."

And that's a mild statement coming from Geer. As more and more states have moved to legalize same-sex marriage, Geer has stated that unless Pennsylvania adopts a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, it could be forced to accept same-sex couples as equals.

Comments

  1. Bill T says

    Chick-Fil-A is a Catholic family-owned company and has been since its inception (ever wonder why they don’t work on Sundays?) No big shock to see them sponsor an event like this.

  2. fhrblig says

    Anyone eating at Chick-Fil-A that doesn’t already know they are a hyper-Christian company has poor observational skills. They’re about the only place that actually closes on Sunday without being forced to by local blue laws.

    To those people who didn’t know about Chick-Fil-A, heads up; so are Hobby Lobby, Waffle House, Cracker Barrel, and In-n-Out Burger.

  3. Andalusian Dog says

    Who would eat Chick-Fil-A anyway? It’s repulsive. The only time I had the great honor of sampling their spongey slop was when I was stuck in Indianapolis Airport. Let’s just say that the sandwich stayed with me for a while…

  4. james says

    @Bill T: The owners/founders of Chick-Fil-A are Southern Baptist, not Catholic. I grew up in Atlanta, where they are based, and their church affiliation is well-known there.

  5. says

    Everyone in Georgia already knows that chickfila makes walmart look pro-gay. Not sure how this is news. In fact, the Cathy’s are SOUTHERN BAPTIST not Catholic lol, and when baptist Barry College in Rome, GA approved a GSA, Dan Cathy stepped in and told the administrators that if they allow them to meet on campus or use any campus resources officially, the Cathy’s would pull millions from the private school. So in Rome we have an officially approved by the Student Government Association student organization which cannot as much as conduct an official meeting under a tree with any support from the administrators.

    When i sat on the state panel for GSA Presidents, and heard this awful story from the kids trying to run a GSA at Barry, I stopped eating their immediately. I already knew they were a super Christian business because we share alma mater in this also donate millions, tho it’s a public school, one of my classrooms is wallpapered with that mans nasty old face, and scriptures, because their actual motto or mission statement is a scripture.

  6. Andy says

    I moved to Texas a year ago from SoCal, and finally tried a Chick-Fil-A after hearing so many locals wax adoringly abou how wonderful it is.

    I fail to see what all the hoopla is about. So many calories, so little flavor.

    Reading this makes me want to ask for my money back.

  7. Rob says

    Think we should tread carefully here, the reality is that this is a conference on the sanctity of marriage under gods law in the minds of Christians who believe in the conventions of traditional marriage.

    Therefore what is wrong with a corporate sponsor rallying behind such an event if it is held by that organisation.

    I don’t even live in the US or know who Chick-fil-a are but because they are promoting some thing that is encouraging something good in our society (monogamous loving relationships that aid building an example for safe family environments) but not trailered to another (equally good lifestyle)doesn’t make it evil or wrong.

    Folks are entitled to have there own opinion we just have to hold strong to ours and put our efforts into the real battles facing gay people. Those battles we face in congress, our school yards, the work place, marriage/adoption rights and not at a wedding fair in Pennsylvania, Seriously.

  8. says

    Rob, if you think that these people are only interested in marriage, you’re delusional. If they succeed in stripping our civil rights regarding marriage equality, all those other areas will be attacked too. In fact, they ARE being attacked.

    People are entitled to have their own opinions. People are also entitled to spend their money where they please.

  9. Lloyd says

    I dont understand why this is really news worthy…many companies in the US are not gay friendly and support conservative and ultra-conservative causes. Big deal! Now eat your chicken nuggets cause you know you like them!

  10. Craig Combs says

    Drew and James are totally correct – and as a fellow lifelong Atlantan, I’m surprised the Southern Poverty Law Center hasn’t designated CFA as a hate group that sells chicken.

  11. NYC says

    Chick Fil A has been an open Christian supporter of causes for decades. They also donate to arts education, live performances, and numerous college scholarships. Out of the fast foods they are by far the most philanthropic.

    We are supposed to not support them but still accept their donations?

  12. Xtincta says

    Chick-fil-a’s food is amazing and I knew long before this they were a run by fundamentalist but I just can’t quit them. And they actually have some of the healthiest options in fast food.

  13. james says

    @ Drew Murray. Fact check. Berry College is not Baptist-related. It is independent of any religious organization. The founder, Martha Berry, was a Methodist, if I recall my Georgia history correctly. It has a fine academic reputation and a history of serving lower-income students. Every student is required to work to help put themselves through school. I am not an alum, just familiar.

    However, its ties to the Cathey family (Truett Cathey is the founder of Chick-Fil-A) are very tight. I am not surprised the family influenced the college this way.

    A cruise to the Chick-Fil-A website indicates that the corporation tends to sponsor sporting events, including a bowl game in Atlanta each year. Local franchisees can sponsor events locally at their own discretion. Can’t tell if this event in PA is corporate or locally sponsored. If local, I am sure the corporate won’t object.

    The WinShape Foundation, affiliated with Chick-Fil-A Corporation and is controlled by the Cathey family, includes strengthening marriage as one of its interests. Summer camps for low-income children and college scholarships for their employees are two other areas of support.

  14. says

    Chick-fil-a is my favorite fast-food restaurant, hands down. I had it for breakfast this morning. SO GOOD.

    Sad that they don’t like the gays, but that’s not enough to make me stop eating there. They do a lot of good stuff, too. I’m not a single issue voter at the ballot or with my wallet.

  15. Jon B says

    @NYC: They only give college scholarships to straight kids. A kid I went to college with (Emory) was kicked out of Berry when he couldn’t pay. He had been awarded a full scholarship by the school, which was donated by the Cathey family. When the owner of chick-fil-a found out that one of the scholarships was going to a gay kid, he pulled the scholarship. The kid had to transfer… granted, to a better college, but still.

    So yeah, they are very charitable… so long as you like pussy (of dick in the case you have a pussy).

  16. says

    Chick-Fil-a is one of the only Christian restaurants who really practises true Christianity. They keep the sabbath holy!!! How mant hypocritical Christians go to Church with their family and then go to brunch or lunch on Sunday after Church. What about that poor waitress or cook that couldn’t go to Church with their family because the “hypocritical phony Christians” are too lazy to shop on Saturday and feed their own families at home. So leave Chick alone. i applaud them for their true Christian witness. Thery loose millions of dollars a week putting their money where their mouth is. Why would you be surprised that they don’t support the political gay rights movement in this God-forsaken country? Because it’s against the belief system of the bible. It’s not because they hate gay people. I would like to see them however began to support the ex-gay movement. It would make quite a statement. Every other corporation in America has bowed down to the snarky “gay mafia” out of fear. I wish that Chick-fil-a would send a strong statement to the world and show other corporations what they really should be doing instead of supporting the gay lobbyists who are just using gay people to promote its horrible anti-American agenda. Thanks for listening & May God Bless You…Anthony Falzarano

  17. The Truth says

    Time to boycott President Obama, too. He believes a marriage is between one man and one woman and that the issue should be left up to the states.

    >crickets<

  18. Will says

    @The Truth- we only had two options during the presidential race and we went with the better one. He’s not perfect but he’s done a great deal and may even do much more given some recent inclinations. @Anthony Falzarano- if you are so straight now then act like it and visit some straight sites for yourself. Make sure you watch that straight porn too because you are super straight nowadays.

  19. unokhan says

    the chik-fil-a peeps are not merely fundamentalists. they subscribe to dominionism — a belief that the american constitution should be gutted or usurped and a christian sharia put in its place based on old testament law. they are able to get away with this –essentially treason– because they have deep deep pockets.

  20. Joel says

    Well, you have to be a certain kind of person to work there:

    “Prospective employees are screened on loyalty, wholesome values, and willingness to buy into the Christian credo. People who apply for an operator license are asked to disclose marital status, number of dependents, and involvement in community, civic, social, church, and/or professional organizations. According to the Forbes story, even though Cathy says that employees don’t have to be Christian to work at Chick-fil-A, they do have to base their work on biblical principles.”

    http://www.minyanville.com/special-features/articles/religious-ceos-s-truett-cathy-chickfila/5/19/2010/id/28281

    Obviously, they discriminate against gay people. So why would any gay person do business with them? It makes me furious when gay people feed the hand that harms them.

    Grow up, guys, and stay away from that despicable place.

  21. Disgusted American says

    Yea what Joel said! You think “some blacks” decided to Take the Bus….when they were boycotted, cause thier legs hurt..Noooooo…they stuck together in solidarity!

  22. justiceontherocks says

    To Anthony F – that was a satire, right? Not a very good one, but an attempt at a satire.

    Nice try, but you went on too long. People will think you actually believe that nonsense.

  23. Tony J says

    Add Dominos pizza to the list of gay-hating companies….

    (someone described ChickFilA as Christian? They may think of themselves that way, but discrimination against gay people is not a Christian value….)

  24. justiceontherocks says

    @TJ – I just did. Very tragic.

    I think these “ex-gays” are guys who can’t get anyone hot to date them any longer. And most likely that’s because people figured out they are a little goofy.

  25. says

    I am also hesitant to touch the soft ribbon. Was too low in the collar, and too short. Out if they will be in danger, coupled with so many up and down the elevator, will be emptied instead.
    At this time the phone rang, is hidden number.
    I touched the side of the side of the dress pick up: “Hello.”
    There said: “gucci handbags.”
    I asked: “Who is there?”
    He Lengle Leng replied: “Zhang shore.”

  26. me-attle says

    Growing up in Atlanta as a gay, Baptist teenager, the Cathay regime was held up as a paragon of good, Southern, Christian virtue. They banned franchisees who were gay, divorced, alcoholics, addicts, adulterers, or anyone else who could taint the lily-white reputation of CFA. Also, to be a franchisee, you must be a hetrosexually-married Protestant. These are people who are totally out of touch with the teachings of Christ, and are really only interested in exhalting people who think exactly as they do. Oh, and their spiritual leader is an adultering divorcee – look up Charles Stanley. Their right to use their money as they wish: My right to tell them to shove their cowprint-covered bibles where the sun-don’t-shine. I’ll dine with the sinners.

  27. walter says

    this is good to know because i helps determine ehere i will stop spending my money refused to buy at target this christmas but did last year. this is the most important way to let companies know we won;t stand for according to whsat i read it seems to workin in ca against manchester.so where is the possibility to make a difference boycott and stick to it.
    can’t wait for the courts , congress or some charity to hand it to us. another place for some pressure is to let tepuks in new hampshire if marriage goes so do gay tourist dokkars

  28. Jeff Dunivant says

    After Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was signed into law, the last hold out is gay marriage. What do the Republicans do with out gay marriage as a wedge issue…what will their platform be? The GOP is a dead without it!

  29. says

    “…I’m surprised the Southern Poverty Law Center hasn’t designated CFA as a hate group.”

    The Boy Scouts of America have said for decades that gay men “are not moral enough” to be Scoutmasters and refuses to hire openly gay men as such.

    Despite this blatant discrimination, the fact that the BSA accepts public funding AND the fact that the BSA’s core mission is to mold the minds and characters of millions of American boys, you won’t find a single word about the BSA on the SPLC’s website. Why?

    Because many of the SPLC’s mostly elderly donors were Scouts or the parents/grandparents of Scouts and linking the almighty donors to a “hate group” is bad for business.

    “Fighting hate” is all well and good until it cuts into the profits.

    http://wp.me/pCLYZ-6I

    No doubt, many SPLC donors are Chick-fil-a customers too.

    The most ironic (read: “hypocritical”) thing about the Southern Poverty Law Center is that NOT ONE of its top ten, highest paid executives is a minority.

    http://wp.me/pCLYZ-67

    In fact, according to the SPLC’s hometown newspaper, the Montgomery Advertiser, despite being located LITERALLY in the back yard of Dr. Martin Luther King’s home church, the SPLC has NEVER hired a person of color to a highly paid position of power.

    Some “experts”

  30. Christmas Grinch says

    Is it wrong to say that Chik-fil-a’s secret sauce is so good that if they said it was made from Soylent Green I would still eat it?

    Dammit why Chik-fil-a, whyyyyyyy?????????

  31. X says

    ARGH– another company that funds gays to be second-class Americans. I used to think it was so good, too, for a fast-food restaurant. Those waffle fries are just sickening now.

  32. Chad Adams says

    This news, of course, is of no surprise. I am am gay, and happen to love the place, despite their stance on the subject. Their food is always fast, fresh, and good. The staff are always very friendly and respectful, regardless of whom they are serving. My thought process is this, “If I want others to accept me for who I am, then I would hold my self to no lesser standard, but to accept others….conservative business included….for whom they are.” Chic-fil-a has great food, a clean environment, and from my experience, provides the same fast, friendly service, to everyone.

  33. BIll M. says

    Truett Cathy was the epitomy of compassion…just reading through this blog I pick up nothing but disdain and bandwagon comments about Christianity…the bottom line is this is an episode where the homosexual community choose to take the poitical, mainstream edge on a company’s corporate decision for what is supports. DID ANY PERSON IN THE “GAY” COMMUNITY EVEN BOTHER TO SIT DOWN AND ASK CHICK FIL A WHY? WHAT THEIR REASONING WAS? EXACTY. Take the passive aggressive route and take it to the media and to gain the mainstream support. You know, not everyone dislikes homosexuals…they are just like heterosexuals, have desires to raise a family, and love one another like any other person…the problem is they take the defensive route, and use the bandwagon effect rather than sitting down and discussing issues to resolve them. Until you have homosexuals, on AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS treat other people the way they want to be treated, rather than reverting back to the comfort and protection of their gay community, there will always be conflict PERIOD. Its all about compassion.

  34. BIll M. says

    by the way, the “IF YOU EATING CHICK FIL A, YOU ANTI GAY” cute little blurb at the top of this blog is not only irresponsible, it shows a total lack of class…I love their chicken and care immensely about people who aren’t heterosexuals…c’mon guys give it a rest

  35. Robin says

    I think it is easy for straight people to judge that we should not be allowed to marry because they have their equal rights. I wish just once some of these bible thumpers would walk a day in our shoes!!

  36. Debra Gravois says

    Hey Anthony,
    Actually, Sunday is not the Sabbath. Saturday is the Sabbath. However, I know what you mean. Most people go to church on Sunday and think that they are keeping the Sabbath Holy. I wish that our chuch had services on Saturday but like most churches, somewhere along the way, they started having services on Sunday, confusing things. Constantine messed things up pretty badly and I think that’s where it was changed.

  37. Jasmine Singh says

    If chick-fil-a is anti-gay, then I say hurray for freedom of speech, thought and beliefs! Eat or don’t eat where you want, but please allow for dissent in the land of free!

  38. BP says

    This in no way will affect their bottom line if anything it will make them a stronger company. I’m glad to see that some companies in this nation still has some biblical morals.

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