The Firestorm Ignited by Chick-fil-A’s CEO in 2012 Still Rages Today

May 27, 2019
by Bob Adelmann

Little did Dan Cathy, the son of Chick-fil-A's founder Truett Cathy, suspect what a firestorm comments he made seven years ago about same-sex marriage would ignite. The fire still rages today.

The company became a target of radical homosexuals back in June 2012 when Cathy had the temerity to express his views regarding same-sex marriage on The Ken Coleman Show. Said Cathy:

I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, "We know better than You as to what constitutes a marriage." I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.

Cathy doubled down a month later during an interview with Biblical Recorder during which he expanded on his beliefs:

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 want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that. We intend to stay the course. 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.

Faux outrage by radical LGBTQ types resulted in boycotts of franchisees' stores around the country, and in the process tainted the company with the odor of discrimination.

The charge was ludicrous, and in earlier times would have been laughable. Cathy's family foundations made grants to various organizations – the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army, to name just two – which, according to the LGBTQ agenda, didn't support "gay" marriage and therefore needed to be attacked and smeared.

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Even after adjusting its giving, the taint remains. ThinkProgress uncovered the fact that the Chick-fil-A Foundation and its sister foundation the Winshape Foundation were still giving some modest sums to those organizations, fully exercising their rights to do so, and therefore needed to be reined in, chastised, and punished. Movements in Denver, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco attacked franchisees there, along with radicalized students on college campuses including New York University, Northeastern University, and Rider College.

But when radicals on the San Antonio city council decided to punish Chick-fil-A by canceling an already signed agreement for a franchisee to open a store at the local airport, members of the Texas legislature grew a backbone and said no. After crafting and passing its "Save Chick-fil-A" bill last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott made it clear that he would be signing it into law, probably later on this week.

The language – which prevents governmental entities from taking "adverse action" against individuals or companies exercising their First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and religion – is general in nature but is pointed specifically at the San Antonio city council. In March, in a remarkable display of hypocrisy, that council blocked the city from inking a contract with Chick-fil-A to serve airport visitors because of its alleged past history of discrimination against the LGBTQ community. At the time San Antonio City Councilman Robert Trevino said:

With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion. San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we do not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.... Everyone has a place here, and everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport.

In other words, San Antonio has room for everyone except anyone who disagrees with the LBGTQ agenda. Everyone has a place except Chick-fil-A, which has for years been exercising its First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion, but is now – and has been for years – in the cross-hairs of those working to erase the last vestiges of Biblical Christianity from the culture.

Once Abbott signs the bill into law, the LBGTQ radicals will no longer be able to intimidate city councils and companies like Chick-fil-A for exercising their God-given and Constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of religion and expression in the Lone Star State. What's especially sad is that legislation like this is even needed. But the agenda of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community is clear: every vestige of Biblical Christianity must be obliterated from the culture.


Sources: Texas governor to sign "Save Chick-fil-A" bill into law

The Blaze: 'Save Chick-fil-A' bill heads to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's desk Smoke Shack, Spurs And Others Coming To San Antonio International; Chick-Fil-A Blocked

National Review: San Antonio Violates the First Amendment to Punish Chick-fil-A

Fortune: Chick-Fil-A Banned From San Antonio Airport

ThinkProgress: Chick-fil-A donated to anti-LGBTQ group that bars employees from 'homosexual acts'

Background on Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A same-sex marriage controversy

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