Months ago I mentioned here that Chick-fil-A sponsored anti-gay groups and events by donating food. even before the recent story about Chick-fil-A donating food to a February seminar, called “The Art of Marriage: Getting to the Heart of God’s Design,” in Harrisburg, Pa In August 2010, I provided evidence that Chick-fil-A indeed donated it’s services to the Citizens for Community Values which is associated with such hate groups as the AFA and FRC and that Chick-fil-A also has working relationship with Focus on the Family.
Feeling the heat Chick-fil-A’s president and COO Dan Cathy had previously released a statement about their “donations” blaming “individual operators” which did not go over well. So yesterday, once again, Cathy sent out a Press Release to “clarify” the company’s stand.
ATLANTA, Jan. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Recently, there have been some misleading stories about Chick-fil-A in the media and on the Internet. As a result, I feel strongly about the need to clarify some things.
In recent weeks, we have been accused of being anti-gay. We have no agenda against anyone. At the heart and soul of our company, we are a family business that serves and values all people regardless of their beliefs or opinions. We seek to treat everyone with honor, dignity and respect, and believe in the importance of loving your neighbor as yourself.
We also believe in the need for civility in dialogue with others who may have different beliefs. While my family and I believe in the Biblical definition of marriage, we love and respect anyone who disagrees.
Chick-fil-A has a long history of trying to encourage and strengthen marriages and families, both within our Chick-fil-A system and with our customers. My father and our Founder/CEO, Truett Cathy, is a role model for the Cathy family and all those who have joined Chick-fil-A. His personal and business values have always reflected a belief in the importance of marriage and family. We have seen these principles honored powerfully in Dad’s marriage of more than 63 years to our mother Jeannette and those of his family, including my wife Rhonda and me in our 37 years of marriage.
At Chick-fil-A, we have a heart for helping marriages because we know marriage can be difficult at times. Through the years, we have supported our Chick-fil-A staff and franchised Operators in their marriage journey, and since the formation of our family foundation, the WinShape Foundation, we have helped others as well. Primarily through WinShape, we have supported summer camps for girls and boys, 14 foster homes, more than $26 million in college scholarships and the development and operation of the WinShape Marriage Retreat Center.
Some recent coverage has incorrectly reported that we require potential franchisees to discuss their church involvement. In addition, we do not require this in our franchisee selection process nor do we require a pledge to follow Christian values for the college scholarships we provide.
Chick-fil-A’s Corporate Purpose is “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us, and to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.” As a result, we will not champion any political agendas on marriage and family. This decision has been made, and we understand the importance of it. At the same time, we will continue to offer resources to strengthen marriages and families. To do anything different would be inconsistent with our purpose and belief in Biblical principles.
In summary, we are a dedicated family business committed to three core areas:
•A 65-year history of operating the business according to Biblical principles.
•A 65-year history of providing genuine hospitality for all people.
•A 65-year history of serving families and communities without a political agenda.
Our commitment to these areas has never been more important in light of recent events. Speaking of commitment, I want to thank our restaurant Operators and their more than 60,000 team members for their commitment to customer service.
We appreciate, value and have enjoyed serving all of our customers for many years. We also appreciate this opportunity to clarify any confusion about our beliefs, and we thank everyone for supporting our restaurants and your love for the Chick-fil-A experiences. It has and will continue to be our pleasure to serve you.
Dan T. Cathy
Now that’s a lot of bullshit to shift though so lets just start with the highlighted yellow areas. Lets start with the WinShape foundation that Cathy is so proud of.
Chick-fil-A’s charitable arm, the WinShape Foundation, has been particularly active in the fight against marriage equality. They’ve hosted conferences with some of the leading opponents of gay marriage in this country. A higher up at WinShape has even praised the efforts of anti-gay activist David Blankenhorn for working against marriage equality, and for articulating a solid reason why American culture should reject same-sex couples.
Now comes some email correspondence that Good As You has shared on their blog, where the WinShape Foundation’s Retreat Center — a center run by the charitable arm of Chick-fil-A — admits that they have a severe distaste for LGBT people.
The email correspondence goes a little something like this. Someone writes WinShape an easy question about whether their retreat center is open to LGBT people. WinShape’s response:
“WinShape Retreat defines marriage from the Biblical standard as being between one man and one woman. Groups/Individuals are welcome who offer wholesome, educational conferences and programs that are compatible with Biblical values and WinShape’s purpose,” WinShape wrote back.
Kind of some corporate speak, right? So the activist wrote back: can you just give a clear-cut answer? And WinShape confirmed:
“We do not accept homosexual couples because of the statement in our contract.”
So much for the WinShape Foundation and Chick-fil-A not having an agenda.
So basically the whole “we will not champion any political agendas on marriage and family.” is total utter bullshit especially when the next line in Cathy’s statement reads “we will continue to offer resources to strengthen marriages and families. To do anything different would be inconsistent with our purpose and belief in Biblical principles.”
Such transparent doublespeak its mind boggling.
In a nutshell Chick-fil-A is now and always will be an anti-gay corporation that will use its profits to promoted a perverted christian agenda that clearly does not include acceptance of the LGBT lifestyle. This company is quite proud of its homophobia and flaunts it at every opportunity and when it gets caught it falls back on its narrow interpretation of the bible and family and tries to cover itself because while it still hates the gays but will say anthing to keep getting our money.
CHOKE THE CHICKEN – Boycott Chick-fil-a, tell your friends to boycott it, your family. Because if you don’t that’s going to be one helluva costly chicken sandwich in the long run.