Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy decided to shoot off his mouth about his company's opposition gay marriage the other day to a Baptist news outlet, and a firestorm of controversy erupted.
That led the company to release this statement on its Facebook page today:
The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.
Chick-fil-A is a family-owned and family-led company serving the communities in which it operates. From the day Truett Cathy started the company, he began applying biblically-based principles to managing his business. For example, we believe that closing on Sundays, operating debt-free and devoting a percentage of our profits back to our communities are what make us a stronger company and Chick-fil-A family.
Our mission is simple: to serve great food, provide genuine hospitality and have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.I suppose this is as close to an apology as gay families are going to get from this "biblically-based" company. I wouldn't expect a lot of LGBT business nor the business of people that support marriage equality. If you want a "positive influence" on those that come "in contact" with your company, cut the crap and stop hiding behind the Bible and support marriage equality.
Chick-fil-A does return profits back to the community. I won't knock them there, but this company is in it to make a profit. They pay themselves first. In that regard, the company is no better than KFC, Church's, Popeye's, or any other fast food joint. Those companies give back to the community in many ways I'm sure and don't ask for credit. Wrapping a fast food restaurant in the pages of the good book just brings in those evangelical dollars and makes Chick-fil-A a martyr of sorts being unfairly attacked from the left.
And, finally, for those of you trying to link this controversy to the non-troversy from a couple of weeks ago involving Congressman Andre Carson's statements on teaching methods in madrassas, don't. The two situations aren't even remotely the same. Congressman Carson was not actively promoting intolerance and discrimination. Cathy was.