Apologies for the unannounced break. It has been an interesting couple of days. Anyways…..
Ah, Chick-fil-A. Famous for chicken, bigotry, and training cows to fight in the upcoming chicken uprising. Seems like it was only a couple days ago that the president of Chick-fil-A, homophobic bigot Dan Cathy, took to the conservative media to admit and stand behind his company’s hate:
The president of Chick-fil-A, the fast food chain with more than 1,600 restaurants and $4 billion in revenue, has come out against same-sex marriage.
“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,’” Dan Cathy, the company’s president and chief operating officer, said in a recent radio interview. “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”
“We know that it might not be popular with everyone,” he added, “but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”
On their facebook page today however, Chick-Fil-A slowly backed away from the crazy person running their company. (Story from ThinkProgress.org)
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? Nice try, but you don’t get to both have your chicken and eat it. A facebook posting doesn’t erase your company’s history of hate. As ThinkProgress writes:
The Chick-fil-A corporation has long funded anti-gay organizations. According to an Equality Matters analysis of public records, in 2010 the company’s foundation distributed nearly $2 million to anti-LGBT groups including the Marriage & Family Foundation, the Family Research Council, and Exodus International — and millions more in previous years. But this past March, when Northeastern University rejected a proposed contract to bring a Chick-fil-A restaurant on campus, a Cathy bizarrely claimed that the company had “no political agenda.” He said in a media statement “we are not anti-anybody and Chick-fil-A have [sic] no agenda, policy or position against anyone as some reports continue to represent.”
Chick-fil-A is one of a very small number of major national companies that refuses to offer any employment protections to LGBT employees. In fact, the company received a 0 rating from the Human Rights Campaign and has a record of firing employees it believes engage in “sinful” behavior. This is hardly a tradition of treating everyone “with honor, dignity, and respect.”
Remember when I said earlier that I at least respected Chick-fil-A for being open about their beliefs, so we as consumers could make informed decisions? Yeah, scratch that.
Chick-fil-A: Chicken for Homophobes