ADDENDUM MADE 8/5/12 – see bottom of story…
On July 19th, Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy was quoted in a piece on the “Baptist Press” as saying he supported traditional families and the “biblical definition” of the family. For merely speaking his mind in America, and operating a business that was an expression of his free exercise of religion, powerful government officials directly or indirectly threatened to interfere with his freedom to operate a business in America. The Mayor of Boston stated that Chick-Fil-A was not welcome there and Rahm Emanual had to back peddle from his tirade against the CEO after implying that they would not be granted permits to operate in Chicago. Why did they back peddle, a little thing called the first amendment. But make no mistake, as soon as these progressive government officials can, they will certainly do everything they can to deny freedom to those people and businesses that don’t share the state-sponsored view of anything they can imagine.
But citizens of St. Petersburg stood up today, and they sent a message. Cars were lined up into 4th St. at the St. Petersburg location and the store inside was packed with supportive customers. Many wore American flag attire and others wore protest messages on their shirts.
Joining in the bashing were traditional liberal and progressive blogs and media which now includes the purely liberal mainstream network news outlets of ABC, CBS and NBC. It seems that the political class, that claims to seek peace, tolerance and freedom, is more interested in suppressing and attacking any thought or behavior that doesn’t comply with their view of the world either.
So what evil, malignant and aggressive verbal attack did Dan Cathy launch? What intolerant world-view did he express? What freedom did he insist be denied to anyone in America. The answer to all questions is ABSOLUTELY NONE! All he did was express his beliefs. In response to his expression of his beliefs that a traditional family, in his opinion, is defined in the biblical sense, he was attacked viciously by the expanding “progressive” political class who called for boycotts and ban and other actions. In fact, after the controversy, the company stated they discriminate against no one, including based on sexual orientation (which is the law of the land by the way!)
So, since the progressives are so fond of demanding context when people express things like “You didn’t build that”, let’s show the full context of what Dan Cathy actually said! You decide what is right and who you support after reading it. The progressives who would suppress the freedom or others who would stand for it.
“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.”
Addendum. The Sun Beamt Times did not initially report on another important and relevant quote from Dan Cathy on the subject of Traditional marriage between a man and a woman. There was another quote relating to “inviting God’s judgement” for the “arrogance” of a government defining marriage over a natural or God-given establishment of marriage between a man and a woman. The quote never attacks homosexuals and never overtly attacks those who have chosen to enter into a same-sex marriage as defined by the state. The quote does express his personal beleifs, again under the first amendment, that marrieage is defined by God and biblically and his personal opinion that God will be the final judge on the issue. There is no hate speech and no hateful attack on anyone. Here is the quote:
Ken Coleman: As you look at the crisis of fatherlessness that we have in this country — I wanted you to weigh in on that. I think it’s important for us to hear from you. What can we be doing as a country to be focusing on this growing problem?
Dan Cathy: As an employer first off, just from that perspective, I see it’s a real crisis in the sense that there is a certain amount of emotional DNA – there’s physical DNA obviously that comes from the dad and also from the mom – but beyond that, there’s some essential emotional DNA that God intended for us to get from a mother and a dad that we observe over life as children and infancy and growing up that we can only get from our dad, and we only get it from our mom, and we’re to get it in a home dynamic environment where they’re interrelating together to build the stability and the self-esteem that God wants us to have to get through our teenage years. Now, when we don’t have one side or the other, you know, I just have to tell you, I think we’re just emotionally handicapped. It’s doesn’t mean we can’t survive and have a happy life, but it means we’re going to have some odds stacked against us, and hopefully there could be somebody that intervenes to help make that up for us. But to have so many people today that are growing up in homes where they don’t have a mom and dad – I’ll tell you, as an employer, it makes it that much more difficult for us because we sometimes actually have to have a parenting role. As it relates to society in general, I think we’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him as say, “We know better than You as to what constitutes a marriage,” and I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude — to think that we would — the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is all about.