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Chick-Fil-A Bigot CEO Dan Cathy Receiving Equality Award


Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy is receiving an EQUALITY award from the Urban League of Greater Atlanta at its prestigious Equal Opportunity Day Dinner in November, Fenuxe reports:

 This year’s theme is “Celebrating Champions of Justice and Equality.”

Honorees of the prestigious recognition this year include Congressman John Lewis, who is truly a shining beacon of equality, civil rights, and justice for all and Chick-fil-A CEO Dan T. Cathy. You may remember Cathy and the statements he made against gay marriage that sparked headlines throughout the world and a boycott of the chicken restaurant.

Yes, Dan Cathy has since made amends with gay rights activist groups and has stopped donating to organizations that are overtly anti-gay, but his position on gay marriage remains the same. And the corporation is seemingly still donating large sums to organizations like the Marriage & Family Foundation and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which both promote marriage in the ‘biblical sense’ and are strongly and openly opposed to same-sex marriage.

So, Chick-fil-A has basically taken steps to make themselves look better because it was hurting their business … but nothing really changed.

That civil rights hero John Lewis and Cathy would be put in the same sentence, much less on the same stage together is revolting.

UPDATE: The ULGA defends the award in a Facebook post.

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  1. Does anyone know the Urban League's position on LGBT issues? This is largely an African American focused group, and as such, obviously gives more weight to issues surrounding AA equality. Of course, as far as I'm concerned, any organization devoted to equality, acceptance and inclusiveness should do so on a universal basis, and should fight for the equality of ALL oppressed and overlooked groups.

    Posted by: Robert | Nov 16, 2013 1:38:50 PM

  2. We don't always know why some people receive awards. Obviously, in this case the award isn't being given for good character.

    I had an elementary school teacher who had once been honored for her genius in working with children. Don't get me started on her!

    Posted by: Ann Mason | Nov 16, 2013 1:40:33 PM

  3. "We believe in hiring black people to make fried chicken sandwiches. Thanks for the equality award!"

    Posted by: Jerry | Nov 16, 2013 1:53:22 PM

  4. In Atlanta? -who knew?-
    and that's what we like about the South......

    (it's rising!-agin)

    Posted by: MIke | Nov 16, 2013 1:53:57 PM

  5. Couldn't agree more with your closing statement. Lewis really is a civil rights hero. Cathy is rich from selling processed, chemical laden fast food and donates to discriminatory organizations. That the donations are no longer going to the worst offenders just means he's a savvy businessman.

    Posted by: Josh V | Nov 16, 2013 1:54:34 PM

  6. Wow. Just wow. I used to actually respect the Urban League.

    Posted by: Nick | Nov 16, 2013 2:01:53 PM

  7. sayWHAT??

    As to Atlanta, I lived there for over a year. It's a very, very gay and gay-friendly place. So this is beyond my comprehension.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Nov 16, 2013 2:03:02 PM

  8. how much was the check for, Urban League?

    Posted by: tyto | Nov 16, 2013 2:05:43 PM

  9. I hear that Herman Cain is winning the ATL Urban League's feminism award that evening, as well.

    Posted by: dws | Nov 16, 2013 2:12:30 PM

  10. Still glad not to be buying their stuff.

    Posted by: Joel | Nov 16, 2013 2:32:51 PM

  11. I wondered what kind of people were running this organization, but their website seems to be down.
    Meanwhile, they've posted an "explanation" on their Facebook page explaining that they themselves are in favor of equality, but they gave the award to him because he'd given money to various charities.
    The Facebook comments are overwhelmingly opposed to this excuse and some are urging John Lewis to decline the award because of the tainted circumstances.

    Posted by: GregV | Nov 16, 2013 2:36:11 PM

  12. John Lewis ought to think long and hard about accepting the award, obviously it's meaningless anyway.

    Posted by: Nick | Nov 16, 2013 2:40:20 PM

  13. Reminds me of when I see virulent homophobes win nobel peace prizes.

    Makes these acknowledgements valueless, no?

    Posted by: Congratulations | Nov 16, 2013 2:42:43 PM

  14. Continue to boycott. Continue to place Chic fil-A in a negative light. The idea that any organization would give this man an award for his "equality" is utter nonsense which means the organization itself is full of nonsense and can't be taken seriously. Boycott Chic dil-A.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Nov 16, 2013 3:42:53 PM

  15. I guess the Urban League's policy is this: as long as we get ours, who cares if somebody else gets screwed. Martin Luther King wanted justice for all. The Urban League is satisfied with justice for "just us."

    Posted by: Jim | Nov 16, 2013 4:15:46 PM

  16. I thought this was a story from The Onion.

    Posted by: AngelaChanning | Nov 16, 2013 4:27:55 PM

  17. So if you're a hate group who also provides helpful services to people you don't hate, UGLA has your back. Ugh.

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 16, 2013 4:46:27 PM

  18. Don't forget Hitler was Time magazine's Man of the Year in 1938 followed by Stalin in 1939.

    Posted by: Jasper | Nov 16, 2013 5:28:47 PM

  19. I have never been refused service nor been treated poorly at a Chick-fil-A. Sounds like a first world problem to me.

    Posted by: RB | Nov 16, 2013 5:50:23 PM

  20. The Urban League is populated by elderly Christians, no matter how politically adept many think them, and regularly demonstrate their loss of currency, this isn't limited to Black churchies in Atlabta although it's they he has paid charitable ransom to. Just another mafia

    Posted by: Chevytexas | Nov 16, 2013 7:30:55 PM

  21. I wonder how much he paid (in money, not efforts) for this award. Not enough.

    Posted by: mododavid | Nov 16, 2013 7:48:28 PM

  22. Jesus, Urban League. John Lewis should protest, and, if to no avail, refuse the award.

    Posted by: Richard | Nov 16, 2013 7:51:29 PM

  23. @RB

    and you gave money to murderers of gay people in Uganda

    Posted by: litper | Nov 16, 2013 9:45:21 PM

  24. Well, now I've heard it all.

    Posted by: FFS | Nov 16, 2013 11:25:57 PM

  25. I read the Urban League's facebook defense. Here's the question they should answer: If Dan Cathy had said about black people what he's said about gay people, would the Urban League still give him this award?

    Posted by: Jim | Nov 17, 2013 12:20:47 AM

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