Chick- Fil- A is one of the most popular fast food chains in the country. Now it’s at the center of a controversy over marriage. The president of the company said he was in favor of traditional marriage last week and that led Americans on both sides to speak out.
“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” says Dan Cathy.
Dan Cathy has never made it a secret that his company, Chick-Fil-A, is based on biblical values. The popular fast food chain closes its stores every Sunday. But that comment put Chick-Fil-A at the center of a public debate and battle lines are being drawn.
Public officials in both Boston and Chicago say new Chick-Fil-A stores are not welcome in their cities.
Rahm Emmanuel/Chicago mayor: ” Chick-Fil-A‘s values are not Chicago values. They’re not respectful of our residents neighbors and family members and if you’re going to be part of the Chicago community you should reflect the Chicago values.”
Thomas Menino/ Boston mayor: “I don’t believe a company that speaks out against gay rights in our country today should have the opportunity to operate in the city of Boston.”
Other city leaders disagree with keeping a company out simply because of its owner’s religious beliefs.
Alderman Michael chandler | 24th ward/ Chicago: “yes, if it produced jobs. And then if there was another business that they believe in gay marriage and wanted to locate in my ward, I’d put ‘em right next door to ‘em.”
Chick-Fil-A customers are more interested in rewarding their taste buds than punishing Chick-Fil-A.
*Chicago radio station, WBEZ 91.5 recently asked its listeners how Cathy’s comments would affect their eating habits. One listener said, “everybody is entitled to their opinion and my opinion is: I like Chick-Fil-A food. Now whatever…he wants to do with his life amd how he wants to feel, that’s on him. But I do appreciate him coming up with chicken.”
In a statement to ABC News Chick-Fil-A said it treats “every person with honor, dignity and respect-regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”
Conservative politicians like Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum are backing Chick-Fil-A through social media. Both recently affirmed their support for the company on Facebook and Twitter and calling for people to eat a Chick-Fil-A next Wednesday, August 1st.
“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.” Dan Cathy
Scripture: Revelation 13:16-17 (NKJV)
“He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”