A few weeks ago, I wrote a post here urging those who support marriage equality and the rights of all members of the LGBT community to stop eating at Chick-Fil-A, an organization that has for many years supported faith-based organizations that have made it their mission to restrict the rights of others, particulary those whose "lifestyles" do not allign with their biblical views. Well, the president and CEO of the company has responded to his fast-food chain’s critics, and you probably won’t be surprised that he, well, doesn’t really care what you think.
Today Baptist Press has a lengthy profile of Dan Cathy, who oversees the fried chicken restaurant chain. While there’s the usual amount of fluff (as with most profiles of successful businessmen), it’s particularly heavy on the awesomely awesome faith to which Cathy subscribes, complete with sentences like "They sell chicken and train employees to focus on values rooted in the Bible" and "Based on Matthew 5:41, Cathy is on a mission to provide customers with "second-mile" service — exceeding even the highest expectations of a typical fast-food restaurant." Yet, surprisingly, Cathy "claim to be a Christian business…" because "there is no such thing as a Christian business."
However—because of course I’m going to pull out a however—Cathy is pretty apparent how he feels about any sort of controversy regarding Chick-Fil-A’s stance on "traditional families":
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."
So, let’s break this down, shall we? Chick-Fil-A is not a Christian business, because there is no such thing as a Christian business. There is, on the other hand, such a thing as a "traditional family business," which obviously requires that the business be closed on Sundays and also give lots and lots of money to groups that hate gay people. Sure. Makes sense! And, in that sense, you can not be a gay person and run a Chick-Fil-A, because in the worldview of the other of Chick-Fil-A, you cannot possibly continue to strengthen the idea of "the traditional family." (You’re not married to your first wife, after all!)
So, again: full of shit! And I will not eat there! And Cathy is right: his business model is not popular with everyone, and that is why I can still urge that people who share my values do not support Chick-Fil-A.