Dan Cathy Is No Chicken

Political correctness has made us a nation tolerant only of “one-legged opinions,” a friend of mine recently observed. We take a stand on a hot issue, but only on one leg at a time, shifting when necessary so as not to offend the beliefs of others—but never standing solidly on two feet.

Like a modern day parable, the story of a lone, courageous businessman has taught us what it means to be guided by truth, rather than political fad.

Dan Cathy is the Chief Operating Officer of Chick-fil-A, a privately owned chain of quick service restaurants with annual sales of $4 billion. The company is ranked the 10th fastest growing retailer in the country, although Chick-fil-A restaurants close their doors every Sunday, the best sales day of the week for those in this business sector.

Cathy recently expressed his belief that marriage is the union of a man and a woman as defined by Scripture. The howls of self-righteous indignation condemning Cathy for his stand are puzzling, since his position was shared until recently by President Obama. Perhaps the President’s prior stand was of the one-legged variety.

When asked whether he agreed with a biblical worldview, Cathy had the courage to say yes, so now he and his company are facing a public relations firestorm.  His two-legged opinion is in opposition to what some insist is the new cultural view on gay marriage—tolerance.

Predictably, those who trumpet tolerance have responded with hysterical intolerance and a campaign to persecute Dan Cathy and—if successful—injure a stellar company.

Reaction

For starters, the mayors of Washington, DC, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco have announced that Chick-fil-A is no longer welcome in “their” cities. DC Mayor Vincent Gray called the Atlanta-based chain “hate chicken.”

This is not only childish name calling, but the decision by these mayors usurps the constitutionally protected right of an individual to operate his business according to his own values and accept the consequences of his choices in a free market society.

The Los Angeles Times lists further reaction by both sides:

The Jim Henson Co., creator of the Muppets, announced it would sever a deal it had with Chick-fil-A to make toys for children’s meals. Local politicians in a few blue-state cities said Chick-fil-A was not welcome. Nearly 6,000 people signed an online petition vowing to boycott Chick-fil-A for its stance on gay marriage (and its financial support of some groups opposed to the practice). The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is urging supporters to make their feelings known in a same-sex kiss-in at Chick-fil-A’s across the country on Friday [August 3, 2012].

A counter-protest took shape: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has urged people to make Wednesday “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who held many events at Chick-fil-A locations during his presidential campaign, urged his Facebook followers to patronize the chain: “Help us fight for traditional families and eat chicken at the same time.”

Money over Morals?

The media has joined in the campaign to bring Dan Cathy back into the politically correct fold. Bloomberg Businessweek editor Diane Brady offered Cathy a lesson in one-legged opinions from Bill Marriot, the chairman of Marriot International.

“A few months ago, I had an interesting conversation with Bill Marriott. As a prominent Mormon-controlled venture, his hotel company was an obvious target in 2008, when the church vigorously supported California’s now-overturned ban on gay marriage…

“In Marriott’s personal life, marriage is something reserved for a man and a woman. But he has long been reluctant to impose that view on the company his father founded…

“‘This church helped me raise a family and has brought great joy and happiness to my life,’ he told me. But that didn’t mean gay employees had any less status at Marriott. ‘We have to take care of our people, regardless of their sexual orientation or anything else,’ he said. ‘We are an American Church. We have all the American values: the values of hard work, the values of integrity, the values of fairness and respect…

“‘Our church is very much opposed to alcohol and we’re probably one of the biggest sales engines of liquor in the United States. I don’t drink. We serve a lot of liquor. You’re in business. You’ve got to make money,’ he said. ‘We have to appeal to the masses out there, no matter what their beliefs are.’”

One-legged take-home message: Don’t let your religious values impact your business model.

Marriott International is not alone. Giant corporations like Amazon, Kraft, J.C. Penney, General Mills, Starbucks and Microsoft have similar policies either promoting or supporting the rights of those known as LGBT or lesbian, gay, bisexual and yes, even transgender. The pressure to compromise is great.

A Time to Stand with a Respected American Enterprise

For those who don’t kiss the ring of political correctness, the repercussions are extreme. Economic persecution for those who support Christian values is now the norm in the United States. This flies in the face of our First Amendment guarantees of free speech, freedom of religion and right of conscience.

While the left preaches tolerance, Dan Cathy’s right to run his business as he wishes, speak his mind and organize his affairs in a manner respecting biblical principles is under attack.

Is America still the land of the free and the home of the brave? This vitriolic response to Dan Cathy is an attempt to punish a man for running a private enterprise according to his deeply held religious beliefs. Dripping in hypocrisy, it is the work of a small but very vocal minority that would gladly take away a man’s right to free speech while exercising their own.

I for one say it is time to take a stand by voting with your wallet. Buy a Chick-fil-A sandwich tomorrow, use the company to cater your next business luncheon or event and get a Chick-fil-A gift card for your relative’s or friend’s next birthday.

Dan Cathy is no chicken—let’s stand with him on two legs. Together we can create a response that declares that this kind of intolerance won’t be tolerated.

Chuck Bentley

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63 Responses to Dan Cathy Is No Chicken

  1. Colin says:

    Thank you Chuck for writing this article. Very inspiring!

    • MaryLena Anderegg says:

      Posting this mail 51 times to the same email is not appropriate. If I were a nominal Christian or non believer, this would have the reverse effect from what you wanted.

  2. Gail Chambers says:

    I pray for God’s Glory to shine through Dan Cathy’s stance for what is good. God created man and He created woman. And when God was done He said it was Good. When God is for you, who can be against you. I pray for God’s Glory!!!!! We love you Dan Cathy!!!!!!!

  3. Gail Chambers says:

    I pray for God’s Glory to shine through Dan Cathy’s stance for what is good. God created man and He created woman. And when God was done He said it was Good. When God is for you, who can be against you. I pray for God’s Glory!!!!! We love you Dan Cathy!!!!!!!

  4. Janet R Hill says:

    Chick-fil-A & Dan Cathy represent values that are important to me and my family. I support and stand by him and proud that he has the courage and strength for the battle.

  5. Doug Meadows says:

    I appreciate Cick-fil-A and will stand by them with my wallet

    Doug Meadows
    David Douglas Diamonds – Marietta GA

  6. BAITHIA says:

    I support Mr Cathy’s right to uphold his Biblical values. I agree the word of ADONAI says One Woman and One Man equals a marriage. Since The ELOHIM of the Bible invented marriage HE can define it as HE sees fit.

  7. Debbie says:

    Everyone is for free speech and freedom of opinion UNLESS your opinion is different from theirs. Bravo to Dan Cathy for living out what he believes!! I would definitely support Chick-fil-A if there was one in my area!

  8. anna says:

    Praise the LORD for businessmen like Dan Cathy! I will support Chick-Fil-A not only tomorrow, but frequently in the future. They will continue to cater luncheons and dinners hosted by Walk By Faith. I respect the LGBT community but they voice will not change my support of a very vibrant business in my community. Furthermore, to all those politicians that claim they no longer “welcome” CFA in their cities, I expect we won’t be hearing complaints from them about the increase in the unemployment rate when the eject CFA from their cities. Have they already found jobs for those employees? Oh and my son is no longer considering the University of Louisville as a college choice because their leadership isn’t tolerant of Christian students eating at CFA.

  9. Victor Evans says:

    Way to go Chuck either we stand for something or we fall for nothing. I believe in tolerance but not over Gods word. No matter what context is used in the oppositons claims the living word of God is the truth. Again way to go.

  10. It is a sad day when an honest Christian man can’t state a Biblical truth without such nonsense going on. I am with Mr CATHY AND cHICK-fil-a 100% and I am not ashamed to say so.

  11. Pam says:

    Thank you so much for your articles. My husband and I enjoy reading your column mainly because of the truth that you promote. We sometimes get discouraged into thinking that we must be the only ones that feel that the world has turned upside down. You remind us that we are not alone and that gives us courage to speak up. We are praying that God bless Dan Cathy, his family and Chick-Fil-A for standing firm in their beliefs and values and for living out that integrity through their business. We also pray that God give the company leaders the strength to forge ahead through this avalanche of hypocrisy. In my heart of hearts, I know that God is up to something incredible and I pray that He gives the Leadership at Chick-Fil-A a wonderful, God-centered and wise approach to respond to this opportunity.
    As for our house, we serve the Lord. And although we have never been consistent patrons of Chick-Fil-A, we are patrons now and we will be there on August 1st and probably at least weekly for as long as possible. We are also suggesting to Churches in our area to have a Chick-Fil-A day monthly.

  12. Sue Layman says:

    Dan Cathy never said he would not have gay employees or not allow gay customers. He expressed a constitutionally protected personal belief. Everyone should just chill.

  13. Gayle Owens says:

    It is very appropriate what was said about tolerance unless it impacts me. The left tries to promote its ideas of tolerance unless it disagrees with theirs. But what would we expect of them: to actually stand on that principle. May we tender grace while we support Chick Fil A. Hats off to Mr. Cathy and lets all pray for 1ST Amendments rights to be upheld for all Americans.

  14. Sheri says:

    I wish there was a Chick-fil-A in my area! There is a wide open opportunity here in the Northwest for great fried Chicken! We vote, we love our fried chicken and we have the idaho potatoes to go with it!

  15. Amelia Ray says:

    Hip-Hip Hooray-y-y for Dan Cathy!!
    We need more bold and courageous Men and Women of God who are not ashamed nor afraid to defend the Gospel. He answered the critics with the truth and nothing but the ordained Biblical truth.

  16. Mike From Delaware says:

    Someone quipped on Facebook the other day: “So you stopped eating at Chick-fil-a, because the owner believes homosexuality is wrong. Tell me, when are you going to stop buying gasoline, because the owners of OPEC put homosexuals to death?”

    My reply was, I think this person asks a great question. However, it’s one thing for those who disagree with Mr. Cathy’s beliefs to choose to not eat at his restaurants. Frankly, if Bill Maher were to open his own restaurant chain, I’d not spend a dime there as I totally disagree with his anti-Christian comments and bashing of the Christian faith that are a major part of his shtick. So I totally support a person’s right to do choose to not eat at Chick-fil-a.

    On the other hand, should cities like Boston, Chicago, and Washington DC be allowed to keep Mr. Cathy from opening new restaurants in those cities (that would bring new jobs to those same cities) because of his beliefs? That seems very un-American to me and probably is illegal. As long as Chick-fil-a serves all who come to his food venue and treats all employees equally, etc, he should be allowed to express his beliefs without any hassle, other than some folks choosing to eat elsewhere.

    Odd thing though, Mr. Cathy didn’t just make the comment out of whole air. Wasn’t he asked that question in an interview? Sounds like a set up to me. The interviewer obviously knew Mr. Cathy is a Christian and probably already knew what the answer would be to such a question. A great way to make big headlines and cause Mr. Cathy some grief. So maybe the bigger question should be, should that reporter have been allowed to asked that question? Of course yes he should be allowed as both he and Mr. Cathy are protected by the same 1st Amendment and free speech rights. So the reporter is allowed to ask Mr. Cathy that question, so then should Mr. Cathy have to lie about his beliefs?? Definitely NOT. A bigger question is if Luis Farrakhan, who espouses racial hatred towards white people unabashedly, wanted to open a chain of restaurants in those same cities would there be the same effort to stop him?

    One thing the gay/lesbian community chooses to ignore when they start bashing what the Bible says about marriage and sexual relations is that no matter all the other stuff that’s in the Bible about marriage, the Bible never says it’s OK for two of same sex, always a man to a woman. Never man to man or woman to woman.

    Just because Mr. Cathy of Chick-fil-a has that belief (that most of us who call Jesus our Lord and Savior share) that marriage is to be between a man and a woman, which IS the Bible Standard, does NOT make him or any of who have that belief via our Christian faith homophobic, hateful, or intolerant. The homosexual world wants our society to consider their lifestyle to be “normal”. So any Follower of Christ who’d dare make a public statement saying what the Bible says will be attacked in the “secular liberal” media and by the gay/lesbian community as being intolerant and hateful. Bottom line is the homosexual community wants ALL churches to have to marry them and not allow any preacher to teach from those parts of the Bible that says homosexuality is an abomination, etc. Without Christ, these folks will never realize how lost they are.

    We need to pray for these people, so that they will accept Christ as their Lord and allow him to help them get their lives back to what God intended.

    Just for the record, with all this going on about Chick-fil-a, I now drive out of my way by about 6 miles to go eat at Chick-fil-a. You know what? They’ve got great food and the service is top notch. It’s worth passing by a bunch of other fast food places to eat at Chick-fil-a.

  17. Confused says:

    What is really interesting is that, as I understand it, Dan Cathy only professed his personal belief and that of the executive officers of Chick-fil-A. He did not disparage the beliefs of others, or even state that they were wrong.

    He did not say that people who did not share his belief were not eligible to work at Chick-fil-A, or that if they did work at Chick-fil-A, that they would not receive the same benefits as those who shared his beliefs.

    He did not say that people who did not share his belief were not welcome as customers at Chick-fil-A, or that they would not receive the same smiling, friendly, curteous and fast service that those who shared his beliefs.

    I would almost say that this backlash that so many public officials are taking part of, is merely because Dan Cathy holds to a certain belief, but we all know discrimination based upon a persons religious beliefs is illegal in the United States of America.

  18. Mary Burt says:

    Thanks, Chuck, for your unwavering support of the Cathy family. I appreciate it so much. Knowing that we have brothers and sisters in Christ who support one another is tremendous, and as you say, if it has to be done by way of the purse, then so be it.

  19. Thressa Dorsey says:

    Since when did the minority become the ruling authority in our country. We have a handful of self-righteous wrongdoers, who want to call people who stand firm on what they believe “hateful.” What I find most interesting is that they don’t see themselves as hateful. How interesting. It’s one of those things that make you go…hmmm. Also, who really cares about these unimportant mayors, who really don’t have anything going for themselves. This is a perfect opportunity to get a little face time in the media to “appear” as though they are standing for something.

    I stand with Dan Cathy and will continue to support his beliefs, with are my own and I have no problem telling those with whom I work and worship with….marriage is defined by God and not by society. He created male and female, in His own image to be joined together as one. All else is an abomination and goes against Scripture. I stand by my beliefs in my home, on my job and wherever I go and it does not matter who agrees or disagrees with me, because I have to stand before God and answer only to Him.

  20. Brenna Lawrence says:

    Dear Chuck, I appreciate your blog very much regarding Dan Cathy and Chick-Fil-A. I agree wholeheartedly. It is very, very sad. The Bible says that we are blessed when we are persecuted for righteousness sake. May there be a genuine reaching out with The Gospel of Jesus Christ in a powerful way through this and may those caught in homosexual sin be delivered through Jesus Christ. May God greatly strengthen the Cathy family and their business. God Bless you, Brenna

  21. bobbyd says:

    “Tolerance” is a one way proposition to the “enlightened,” politically correct, bigot haters. Wait a minute….who are the haters? .

  22. Eddie Savage says:

    How ironic that the very people in this great country that have fought and cultivated this ever so tolerant society that has given the most diverse populace the opportunity and freedoms they enjoy daily are now under attack for these very freedoms. They will wake up one day with all these gifts taken away and nobody working and no one left to support them, will they have the knowledge to restart the process? I think not and this frightens me for the next generations to come. But God has a plan and my faith tells me to believe and be steadfast in that belief. Proper education both school and spiritually is the best answer I believe the government has diminished education but the Lords word is unwavering….the only constant over the years….God Bless

  23. Bill says:

    I will be at Chik Fil A 2-3 times as often to show my support of Mr. Cathy, his stand in support of God, and his right to free speech. I will also show my lack of $$$ support by not traveling to those cites that have attacked him so hatefully. Remember Boston, Chicago, San Fransisco, Washington DC and their mayors hateful rants when you make your travel plans. I for one, will not travel to a city whose leadership espouses free speech only as long as they agree with it.
    I am a born again believer and I have gay friends and coworkers that I show Christ’s love to on a daily basis without discrimination. I do not have to agree with them to love them. Isn’t that what Christ’s love is all about.

  24. Thomas Willis says:

    My Advice is: IGNORE THE TURKEYS & EAT MORE ‘CHIKIN’

  25. JAMES MORRIS says:

    THE FACT IS THAT GOD LOVED GOD GAVE AND WE CAN ALL RECIEVE HIS GIVING IF WE DO NOT BLIND OURSELVES OF WHAT IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF OUR OWN EYES.

  26. JAMES MORRIS says:

    THE MIND IS A DECEITFUL THING BEYOND SALVATION. WE CAN REASON OURSELVES TO A CONDEMEND LIFE BY REASONING OR BY FAITH COME TO SALVATION. THROUGH CHRIST JESUS

  27. Greg Wentworth says:

    Thank you for your stand with Dan Cathy. It is time to take a stand for morality and values. I am so tired of all the bashing from the left if you don’t follow there downward spiral path. We have given away so many liberties in this country and have bowed down to evil. As a Christian we need to say enough is enough and take back our rights and take back our freedom. Political correctness is going to destroy this country.

  28. Lyssa says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this message. It saddens me to think that Christians everywhere will turn a deaf ear and allow this form of social bullying to go on. I am a part of a carpool group that will be going to Chik-Fil-A tomorrow to show support for our local establishment here in Naples, Fl. It is the natural means of taking a stand but first and foremost, we must pray. It will be very interesting to see how this all plays out.

    • Randall Huleva says:

      Hi Lyssa,

      I’m writing with the obvious benefit of hindsight at this point, however I’m not one bit surprised to see the masses that turned out to support Dan Cathay and his company! Be of good spirit sister…while it is true that many Christians have set by silently as the left has been making major advances in the culture war, they are waking up and many are now taking the same “two-legged stand” that Mr. Cathay has taken. Continue to pray and serve Him in spirit and in truth. God will not be mocked! The day of Salvation is quickly approaching!

      Randy

  29. R Gardner says:

    I appreciate and respect Mr. Cathy for standing up for his beliefs and not be bullied by political individuals that are more concerned with getting elected or re-elected, when underneath all of the layers, they also have the same beliefs as Mr. Cathy does. They are just too “chicken” to say it. Mr. Cathy, keep letting your voice be heard and if it is possible, would you “PLEASE” open a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Washington State. This state could certainly use a Chick-fil-A. Thank you.

  30. William Milnor says:

    While we have always supported Chick-fil-A because of their stand on Christian morals, we are saddened by the fact that their legal team has acted like Goliath and stomped on a small business owner for supposed trademark infringement because he uses the slogan “Eat More Kale”. As this slogan is not even close to “Eat Mor Chikin” being scribbled by cows, this action clearly is not in keeping with their Christian morals stand. We and many of our friends and family are torn over this matter and many will not stand with Chick-fil-A because of it. It surprised us that you seem not to be aware of this issue.

  31. Mirlande says:

    I am in full agreement with Mr.Da Cathy, Elohim the Creator God , formed man and women in th begining of creation to be fruitful and multiply. The Adversary the devil comes to kill ,steal and destroy, and he roams the earth to seek whom he may devour, and he has deceived these individuals to actually think that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who died an shed His precious blood on calvary , who bore our sins, sins of lesbianism, gay bisexual and the such, would actually be in agreement with their sins and deception. If that was the case , God wouldn’t never burnd down and destroyed sodom and Gomorrah. It is time for the Bible believing Christians to stand up, this is what our forefathers died for. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, powers of darkness, spiritual wickedness,in high places. We must also lift those who not saved in prayer that the Lord will forgive them of their sins and turn from their wicked ways. God is a Holy God,be ye Holy for I am Holy saith the Lord.

    Again, I stand in agreement with Dan Cathy, because no man takes a stand for God and falls. We need more people of faith like Him. At the end of the day, we all must give an account to God, the saved and the sinner.
    I am praying for you Dan Cathy, and Chic -fa-la has the best chicken I have ever tasted.

  32. Dorothy says:

    I wish we had the Chick-fil-A restaurants in Michigan. I recently visited Georgia and loved the food so much, that I had it twice during my short stay. I was proud of the stance that was taken and would definitely patronize the restaurant if I could.

  33. Gabriel A. Calabrese says:

    Freedom is for all..Doesn’t matter what you sexual preference is. Freedom in these United States is sometimes very costly.” I may not agree with what you have to say but I’ll defend your right to say it.” I for one do not believe in same sex marriages but will not vote against it. Every man must respect himself for what he is.

  34. Angela says:

    Dan Cathy was asked a question and he answered honestly, with integrity and according to God’s instructions. He did not say he is homophobic, he did not say he hates gays,he did not say they can’t work, buy a home, etc. What many don’t understand is that God created mankind and marriage between a man and woman. There are many versus in the bible where the word of God states that homosexuality is a perversion and a sin. True Christians know that God’s word also states (and I am paraphrasing), Love the sinner hate the sin. It is interesting to me how this man is being persecuted for his stance and labeled intolerant for his belief but, I ask who is really being intolerant?

    • Randall Huleva says:

      Hi Angela,

      Sadly, the majority of individuals who are the leftist activists that are making all the “noise” about this issue don’t believe in Jehovah as the One and ONLY God of the Universe! They either don’t believe in God at all or think that all gods are the same and that all paths will lead to Heaven. After all, how many times have you heard an unbeliever say scoffingly, “Just how could YOUR loving “god” send someone to Hell for eternity?’ The answer to each of them is very simple…they are wretched sinners and unless they are clothed in the Holy Righteousness that can only come from accepting the gift of forgiveness that came at the price of Jesus’ shedding His blood, they will not be able to be in the presence of THE Holy and Just Father God! Pray earnestly for those who are still in darkness with their eyes blinded to the Light!

  35. Patricia Gross says:

    I support Dan Cathy…good for him! Everyone has a right to say their belief when asked…why not be honest about it…seems these days that is what our nation lacks and I am proud of his honesty. I have many friends who are gay…God made each one of us different and we are to love one another, no matter who or what you are. I love Chick-fil-A so that means “more chickin” for me and my family!

  36. Nancy McFerron says:

    Thank you so much for this terrific commentary! I am so happy to know that Crown is willing to speak up and offer suggestions to believers as to how we can take a stand. Thank you, we will be eating at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday the 1st for sure!

  37. f. spadaccino says:

    My prayers and support!! you are a hero Mr Cathy and belong on God’s Wall of Fame!! God bless you and continued success.

  38. John Simonds says:

    Reblogged this on Delusions of Adequacy and commented:
    A true leader who built a business by standing for what he believed in. Now he is being discriminated against by those against discrimination. Hated by those who say they are against hate.

    Mr. Cathy goes about the success of Chick-Fil-A and serves, hires and buys from those who say they hate what he believes in. Who is the hypocrite?

  39. Marci Wilcox, CPCU says:

    Thanks for standing with Cathy. It’s sad that tolerance only goes one direction.

  40. Lori says:

    I will be supporting Chick Fil A today and so proud to stand behind this christian man who is standing behind what the Bible says about this. We love the sinners but hate the sin. This decision obviously will get ridicule here on earth just like Jesus did although one day we will all stand before God to explain our actions. I know our Father will be well pleased.

  41. patti purselley says:

    Dear Mr. Bentley,

    Maybe Chik-Fil-A should take a lesson from the Old Testament when the singers were sent out ahead of the army. They could:
    -invite local praise teams to come sing at their restaraunts that day, giving thanks and praise to the Lord for His enduring love
    -bake cookies and greet them with love and compassion, “being ready to give an answer for the hope that lies within us”
    -AVOID fights and arguments (prov. 20:3), but continue to stand firmly and lovingly for what is right

    Patti Purselly

  42. Shelly Jones says:

    I will not eat at Chik-fil-A today because I ate there yesterday, but the next time I eat there it is because I’m supporting a junk food craving and not a political or religious cause. I have one child who is homosexual and one child who is heterosexual, I will support BOTH of my children over a fast-food chain or newspaper or any other such entity everyday of the week. Before I learned my son was gay, I believed that God made him; that belief has not changed since and it never will. Being the parent to these two wonderful children is the greatest purpose God has given my life and I will forever support them. I am a Christian who supports both my children getting married with the blessing of our church and we might just serve Chik-fil-A nuggets at the reception!

    • Randall Huleva says:

      Hi Shelly,

      I respect your view as the parent of the children that God has given you. I don’t think their is a true Christian parent out there who would possibly consider failing to support or love their children in order to take a stand as a believer in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Be sure you separate the issues that we are discussing accurately however. We stand with Mr. Cathay because he was asked for his OPINION about marriage and he gave the only opinion that is supported by the Word of God! Now, because he has taken this position, those of the Left want to persecute him and if possible, they would love to destroy his company! Even though Dan Cathay only gave his OPINION, and never said a word against the homosexual agenda in any way, he is now the target of this attack. In the United States of America we have a Constitution that guarantees Mr, Cathay, and every other citizen, has the right to speak freely and to the freedom of religion. If his opinion is not allowed to be “valid” by our society, how long will it be before on of YOUR opinions will make YOU the target of social prejudice? There is no middle ground on this issue. There is the Word of God vs the desires of the ungodly! I don’t mean to be so blunt and I do not mean to offend you, but this is the Word of JEHOVAH…not of me!

  43. MaryLena Anderegg says:

    You are so right in your comments. I can remember when Truitt Cathy was laughed at for closing on Sunday. The prediction was that he would be out of business within the year and look where he is now! I believe Jesus called those who say one thing and do another tombs filled with dry bones. We are warned that if we are neither hot nor cold, we will be spewed out!

  44. Peggy Morton says:

    Love your neighbor as yourself.

  45. Diane Dubberly says:

    Thank God for Christian leaders in the business world today who are not afraid to stand and speak and live by their values. We applaud you Dan Cathy and support you and plan to eat more at Chic-Fil-A.

  46. Don Freeze says:

    Outstanding message Chuck. And absolutely right on target. I’m always astounded by the hypocricy of those who preach tolerance when what they really mean to say is “tolerance for everyone EXCEPT Christians”, and “tolerance for everything ever written EXCEPT the Bible”. Whenever I gently ask a “tolerant” companion to explain this, they look at me like I have three heads. It is a concept beyond their ability to understand. I am often reminded that Paul commanded us to comfort the feebleminded. (1 Thes 5:14)

  47. Janice Williams says:

    I have always admired the principles of this great company and eat at their restaurants at least once a week. The courage to stand up for what they believe, just makes me more proud to be one of their customers. I planned to eat lunch today at our local Chick-fil-A but could not even get into the parking lot because there were so many cars. It’s wonderful to see our community support them today!!!!

  48. Ty says:

    Chic-Fil-A is a great ministry platform. And those of us in business should follow Mr. Cathy’s example, and use our businesses as ministry platforms as well. If we don’t feel the pressure of being the hands and feet (Or mouth, in this case) of Jesus, then maybe we aren’t doing enough? God Bless you Mr. Cathy, and your business. We’ll be praying for continued blessing on your ministry, ahem, business.

  49. Amy says:

    Great article and leadership. Thank you. I think I will eat at Chic-Fil-A today!

  50. Rebecca says:

    NO one is compromising by letting others be happy. He has his right to his beliefs and so do others.

  51. PT says:

    I love the fact that the homosexual agenda is planning a kiss in. I would propose to Mr. Cathy that he take all proceeds and give it to a pac that is against the homosexual cause and let them finance the fight against themselves. Just my two cents.

  52. RMR says:

    It is such an encouragement to see an owner of a national company stand up for Biblical values. Too bad we don’t have a Chick- Fil- A in our area.

  53. Shirley Rainwater says:

    Thanks Mr. Cathy for taking a stand for Christian values and truth. Christians need to be honest, speaking God’s truth. I am behind you and lifting you and your company up in prayrer. Thanks again.

    • Ken deMercado says:

      My wife and I tried to support Chik fil A but could not get close to the place because of all of the people trying to do the same! Way TO GO America!
      Ken and Donna

  54. Be ShongintheLord says:

    Good job Mr. Cathy, God always wins in the end. Don’t let the bullies get to you, they are fed by fear and ignorance, but we will show love to them in every respect of the matter.

  55. Tiff says:

    As Christians we are called to take a stand with two legs IN LOVE, we stand with two legs so we can hug those who are lost. Because with the love of God comes deliverance, correction, and repentance.
    On Friday there should be a group of Christians who go out to hug the LGBT kissing protestors, to let them know that Jesus loves them. You win more bees with honey and God is in the bee-winning business. Once the sinners feel welcomed then that’s when correction, reproach, and deliverance comes. But love is the first weapon.

  56. mitzybricker says:

    Very well said, Mr. Bentley. “My Money Life” is a fine broadcast too! Thank you for your work!

  57. marianne L says:

    Thanks for the nice article. Poor chick fil a is yet another victim of hypocrisy and the failure of our nation to recognize the impossibility of complete tolerance and political correctedness. I wish we had a chick fil a in my home town of Ionia michigan, I would take my three hungry teen boys there right away! I always try to let the managers know when I patronize businesses for their transperancy of ethics and religion.

  58. D says:

    I’m overwhelmed with joy! Because I do not follow the news in general, I didn’t pay much attention to this story until today. I was pleasantly surprised to find, contrary to my initial assumptions, that Dan Cathy was not just a man with an opinion but a man of faith.

    I salute you Dan Cathy for your integrity and business ethics, and I praise God for men of valor like yourself. I salute you Rachael (the Chick-Fil-A employee who took scathing criticism from a pro-gay “customer” with grace and courtesy). God bless Dan Cathy and the work of his hands.

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