A personal anecdote: the other day, a friend and I were talking about Chick-fil-A. He's a progressive, ethically concerned guy and went there with his family for Dress Like a Cow Day or whatever its called. He called a friend of his to invite him, who refused to go because of the company's anti-gay stance. I really love their sandwiches, so we were talking about the line of how much stuff we don't like we should put up with from giant corporations, and I said that I thought Chick-fil-A was more pro-family values than decidedly anti-equality. Turns out, the company's president Dan Cathy heard my mild defense and wanted to set the record straight in the Baptist Press:
He started off making some sense:
"We don't claim to be a Christian business," Cathy said in a recent visit to North Carolina...
"In that spirit ... [Christianity] is about a personal relationship. Companies are not lost or saved, but certainly individuals are," Cathy added.
Hey, Christians are allowed to own businesses, right? I'm a Christian, I just would prefer companies just stick to selling delicious sandwiches and not get all creepy and hateful.
Of course, Cathy didn't stop there:
Some have opposed the company's support of the traditional family. "Well, guilty as charged," said Cathy when asked about the company's position.
"We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.
"We operate as a family business ... our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that," Cathy emphasized.
"We intend to stay the course," he said. "We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."
Sigh. How's the chicken sandwich at Church's? Anyone know if they'll put a pickle on it?
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