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'Chick-fil-A Enthusiast' and Employee of 9 Years Quits Over Company's Hatred of Gays: VIDEO

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Steve Cammett, a self-described "Chick-fil-A enthusiast" who worked at the company for nine years, tells CBS Atlanta that he recently quit working there over the company's hatred of gay people, and wants to speak out about it:

"I feel like right now Chick-fil-A is a safe place for people to go in and hate, and at the end they expect to get patted on the back for it. And I don't want to work in that kind of environment."

Cammett, whose late sister is a lesbian, says he was disgusted at the message the company broadcast during the highly-publicized 'Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day' and says it is complicit in spreading a message of hate against gay people. Cammett discusses the behavior of customers which disgusted him, and how the company stood by it:

"Putting their arms around that person and saying, 'We sure are glad that your company is taking a stand against those perverts.' And this person is gay. And they didn't know it. And I just thought 'wow, what has happened here?' Chick-fil-A allowed a mindset to continue, especially amongst their customers, that seemed to think that Chick-fil-A didn't like homosexuals."

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  1. It was very telling when the false-news broke of Chick-fil-A backing away from anti-gay donations.

    Though we now know that was false, and the company has no such plans, the absolute OUTRAGE by the same crowd who was "eating at Chick-fil-A to support their freedom of speech," after learning their chicken sandwiches would no longer fund bigotry was alarming. They were mad. They thought the company had lost its morality. A few commenters even said they'd boycott.

    So the next time someone wants to tell you they participated in the Chick-fil-A buycott to support the First Amendment, you can say, "fine, now never go again to support basic human equality." But, it was never about "free" speech. It was always about the speech's contents.

    Chick-fil-A: stop for the chicken, stay for the hate.

    Posted by: kp05 | Sep 28, 2012 9:19:19 AM


  2. I haven't eaten at this place for over 10 years. It is about free speech, and this is how I have chosen to exercise mine. Dan Cathy's comment of late wasn't the beginning of the company's anti-gay hate. That started years ago, and it will take time for the company to change. So if you're like me - I give my hard earned money only to companies that support marriage equality (as best I can) - then I won't be eating there anytime soon. But of course, if you want to eat healthy food, don't eat there anyway. A nice fresh salad with a low-cal dressing is better for you anyway.

    Posted by: datlaw | Sep 28, 2012 9:23:39 AM


  3. @2:35 Sad that Steve's sister, Carol, was sexually abused by her stepfather but he needs to know that Carol didn't "choose" to be a lesbian because she was abused. This is a popular narrative, especially with the "ex-gay" types - "I was sexually abused, became a drug addicted homo-sex whore...then I found Jeebus" - but it's simply a falsehood. Other than that I think this is a story that needs to be told. Surely Steve can't be the only one to feel this way.

    Posted by: Gigi | Sep 28, 2012 9:26:54 AM


  4. Ironically, the same people who are "defending" Chick-fil-A's right to Freedom of speech, were the same people who wanted The Dixie Chicks dead a few years ago.

    I'm still so upset that the media has pretty much failed at reporting that it's not really the opposition to same-sex marriage that has gotten us angry, it's their donations to hate groups.

    Posted by: Chris | Sep 28, 2012 9:28:00 AM


  5. Good on Cammett for taking a stand. We need to get our friends to think twice about going to Chik-Fil-A.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 28, 2012 9:36:50 AM


  6. I'm very disappointed in the media coverage of this whole issue from the onset. Even you Andy, with the initial story on Towleroad, failed to disclose the true reasons for the boycott and instead led people to believe that it was a result of Dan Cathy's July 16 statements, rather than ongoing company donations to known hate groups from as early as 2003. Major networks picked up on your story and seemed to be oblivious of that fact and instead reported from the standpoint that LGBT people and their supporters were just a bunch of intolerant hypocrites.

    Posted by: Paul | Sep 28, 2012 10:08:55 AM


  7. @Paul I don't know if it was Andy's fault but I completely agree that the media didn't say a damn thing about the donations to groups involved with mental abuse of gays (pray the gay away groups). They fund hate groups with money they get from those terrible sandwiches and that is why LGBT people have a problem with them.

    Posted by: Isaac | Sep 28, 2012 10:57:16 AM


  8. This man is a saint and a real Christian who knows that ALL people are God's children. The chicken fools are not real Christians they are trouble makers stirring up the pot for profit and attention. God created all men, gay and straight and loves the all, that is the real Christian God.

    Posted by: Bob | Sep 28, 2012 11:36:28 AM


  9. This guy is an IDIOT. CFA didn't just become gay hating right wing extremists - they have ALWAYS been that way. That's why I have NEVER eaten there.

    Has this moron been asleep for all these years he worked there ?

    In the words of Samuel L Jackson - "Wake the fu5k up !".

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 28, 2012 11:53:45 AM


  10. College students were aware of their donation several years ago. I was hearing of boycotts then, but not much was being said, or done about giving them support, by the gay community.

    Posted by: JellyBean | Sep 28, 2012 2:06:53 PM


  11. CFA's link to hate groups and their gay hate dates back to the 80's. Every time I read an article on CFA and comments about CFA I'm disgusted that gay people in particular don't know this. We boycotted CFA and Cracker Barrel when I lived in NV way back in the 80's.

    Why are we so politically disorganized that we don't even know who the corporate enemies of our people are; their history, and the misery, the donations to candidates and hate groups they've made for DECADES, with the intent to not merely oppress us, but to outright encourage people to harm/kill us ?

    Posted by: TheDude | Sep 28, 2012 2:41:38 PM


  12. NV should have been NC, sorry.

    Posted by: TheDude | Sep 28, 2012 2:42:23 PM


  13. These is so much misinformation and exagerration about CFA's donations to "hate groups". Only $1000 each was donated to FRC and Exodus, and not millions as has been reported here by gay activists and other left-wing publications.

    The truth is that millions were donated by CFA to pro-marriage groups who are committed to saving marriages in crisis through counseling and conflict resolution. These organizations are pro-marriage; not anti-gay. There is a difference.

    Posted by: Keith | Sep 28, 2012 3:22:59 PM


  14. Please read the details at http://www.policymic.com/articles/12219/all-the-anti-gay-companies-you-fund-when-you-spend-5-25-on-a-chick-fil-a-sandwich (which is actually meant to be anti-CFA) and you'll see that the other groups that CFA supports are at worst not pro-gay. They are nevertheless being demonized because of relatively minor issues.

    Posted by: Keith | Sep 28, 2012 3:28:27 PM


  15. One cent is one cent too many, Keith.

    Posted by: Francis | Sep 28, 2012 3:43:56 PM


  16. I'm just saying there has been a lot of misinformation and exaggeration to incite hostility and hatered toward CFA. As a gay person I'm sure you wouldn't want misinformation and exaggeration written about you, so why would you want it written about Mr. Cathy and CFA?

    Posted by: Keith | Sep 28, 2012 4:01:07 PM


  17. I have known the Cathy family for over 40 years. I spoke face-to-face with billionaire founder and CEO Truett Cathy last month (Aug. 26th), and I have spoken to his son, Dan (President), and other family members on many occasions. So, I know them personally.

    On the other hand, those in this forum only know what they have read in an article or posted in some blog. Many "jumped on the bandwagon" against Mr. Cathy and CFA like "blind lemmings" because they thought it might somehow further their personal, social or political agenda. But, they don't know them. They took in all the propaganda "hook, line and sinker".

    Here is the real truth: The Cathy's are some of the most loving and generous people you will find on the planet. Regardless of who you are, they will treat you with utmost honor, dignity and respect.

    It is time to stop the slander and hateful attacks because they don't deserve it. Respectfully.

    Posted by: Keith | Sep 28, 2012 4:40:48 PM


  18. @Keith it's not slander to say that CFA supports hate groups, it's fact. Nor is it slander to say that CFA uses the money it makes to promote their personal, social or political agenda. I may not know the Cathy's personally, but I know them by their behavior, and by that behavior they can be judged bigots.

    Posted by: Coyote | Sep 28, 2012 5:39:06 PM


  19. @Keith, you are the one slinging propaganda and you are also guilty of either willful ignorance or outright lying. Maybe it's you who needs to reeducate yourself about the true nature of your "friends".

    http://equalitymatters.org/factcheck/201207020001

    Posted by: Paul | Sep 28, 2012 7:14:03 PM


  20. Wow, looks like it's time for me to change my username.

    @Keith - While what you say maybe true about Dan Cathy and his family being loving and generous, you're also letting your personal interaction with them cloud the facts. While it's his right to donate and advocate for the causes he believes is just, we also have the right to spread awareness about it, discuss what it means, and not purchase from his business.

    Posted by: kerwot (formerly known as Keith) | Sep 28, 2012 7:44:33 PM


  21. @ KEITH: if Cathy's a billionaire he ain't generous enough.

    Posted by: David R. | Sep 28, 2012 8:20:55 PM


  22. Liberal Democratic President Bill Clinton, along with both houses of congress in 1996, voted and signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defining marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

    President Barack Obama affirmed the same when running for Senator in 2004 when he stated, “I’m Christian. I do believe that tradition and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman.” Later, he reaffirmed the same belief in 2006, and when running for president in 2008.

    So, why is Mr. Cathy and Chick-fil-A being attacked when his position on traditional marriage is the same as all US Presidents throughout the history of our nation?

    Posted by: Keith | Sep 28, 2012 11:03:42 PM


  23. Obviously, Kevin is likely lying. How could anyone say this purveyor of hatred towards us is a decent guy?

    Maybe Kevin has a poor definition of good moral character....

    Posted by: tonyjazz | Sep 28, 2012 11:08:59 PM


  24. Silly computer replaced Keith with Kevin---but my point stands.

    Good for Steve!


    Posted by: tonyjazz | Sep 28, 2012 11:11:13 PM


  25. "So, why is Mr. Cathy and Chick-fil-A being attacked when his position on traditional marriage is the same as all US Presidents throughout the history of our nation? "

    Because your claim is horsecrap.

    And, the presidents who actually did speak out against gay equality have been condemned for it. The gay community has ripped Clinton for signing that bill ever since he did it. He was wrong then.

    If you think that Obama's position on marriage and LGBT equality is "the same" as Dan Cathy's you are seriously unhinged.

    Posted by: Lymis | Sep 29, 2012 8:59:19 AM


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