Now you might have heard the controversy about CFA's founder Dan Cathy's "controversial" words. What did he say that was so awful to the LGBT community?
In an interview with the Biblical Recorder, he was asked about the company's fervent support of the traditional family. "Well, guilty as charged," he said. "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."Yes, the terrible thing that he said was that he was supportive of the biblical definition of the family unit.
Cathy also said:
“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,’” Cathy said. “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is all about.”One might think it's a bit overreactive for the gay community to be so intolerant of the views of others, considering their whole campaign most often concerns tolerance of their own lifestyle.
But this is a hallmark of the left.
Intolerance, bigotry and narrow-mindedness. You aren't allowed to have opinions other than theirs, whatever politically correct opinion that is at the time. Christians can't have religious beliefs that offend them. Other religions, perhaps, but not Christians or Catholics.
In fact, politicians in progressive (usually crime ridden) cities are putting the kibosh on CFA's new restaurants, as in Chicago where "I the city alderman" gets to determine what's good for everyone. He says no to CFA:
Initially, I had some traffic concerns with their plan. But then I heard the bigoted, homophobic comments by Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy, who recently came out against same-sex marriage.
There are consequences for one's actions, statements and beliefs. Because of this man's ignorance, I will deny Chick-fil-A a permit to open a restaurant in my ward.Indeed, the mayor of Chicago, where "more residents have been killed this year than troops in Afghanistan and where more than 5,000 people have been killed since 2001 as opposed to the 2000 troops killed in Afghanistan, has declared that "Chick-Fil-A's [Christian] values are not Chicago's values."
Other politicians to block CFA are in Boston and Mountain View, Ca.
Yet even liberal rags like the LA Times and the Boston Globe question the wisdom of politicians' personal views prohibiting various commercial endeavors. From Radio.Foxnews:
“Public officials have a responsibility to carry out their ministerial tasks fairly and evenhandedly – and to uphold the principle of free speech – whether or not they like a business executive’s social or political stances,” the Times opined.
The Boston Globe wondered “which part of the First Amendment does Menino not understand? A business owner’s political or religious beliefs should not be a test for the worthiness of his or her application for a business license.Others not quite so unreasonable are protesting the imposition of anti-religious rules on commerce, noting that CFA has never been accused of or found guilty of discrimination against gays.
A little fact that doesn't seem to matter, in the long run, to some of the most intolerant people in the United States.
Huckabee has declared August 1 Chick-Fil-A day. There is a CFA at Westfield Mall. Hours 9-9.
UPDATE: But, as Gateway Pundit and Drudge note, Chicago welcomes the "help" of extremist Louis Farrakhan.