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By lluggg588 on Jul 09, 2014 06:04 AM
Media Bungle Fueled a Gay

It's no secret that fast food chain Chick Fil A donates to anti gay Christian charities the chain has been getting flak from gay rights groups for a while now on that. But this week, the company flunked crisis PR 101 and spawned a social media firestorm with its inept handling of the issue. with a Facebook account who didn't know about the boycott of Chick Fil A, there isn't now.

The flames were re ignited Tuesday when company president Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press he is "guilty as charged" of donating to anti gay charities. Then the company tried to fix the problem with an announcement on Chick Fil A's Facebook page that sent the whole controversy massively viral. Here's the exact verbiage:

"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."

Translation: "We'd like to close our eyes now, count to ten, and you should forget all about our fervently avowed political views which we won't be changing and go back to eating our chicken a lot."

This non response didn't answer the questions on many people's minds: Will the company stop donating to groups that are actively opposing gay marriage laws, and controversial "gay curing" groups such as Exodus International? Also, how are gay employees treated at the company given the corporate culture?

By essentially refusing to address the issues its founder raised, Chick Fil A just made a lot of people madder.

Also. by issuing its statement only on its Facebook page no official company press release was issued Chick Fil A attempted to hide the controversy in a corner instead of facing it square on. Unfortunately, the social media corner is exactly the wrong corner for trying to hide something like this.

Now, you can check the Twitter hashtag ChickFilGay for copycat chicken recipes so you can make the company's sandwiches at home and avoid patronizing the chain. The fellow likes traditional marriage and supports it, therefore he must hate everyone else. He must hate gays and Lesbians, polygamists, cohabiters not married, and so on.

This is going to reveal the militant, intolerant, socialist, and homosexual crowd for what they truly are. No wonder so many dictators rise from the left. They cannot bear to hear opinions clashing with their 'superior' doctrines.

The next time a homosexual asks you to support him in his quest for equal rights, tell him to get lost.

I don't see anything wrong with Chic Fil A's statement. It is perfectly reasonable that a company can have lifestyle disagreements with it's customers and still show them respect and serve them a good meal. To give an example, I know Hollywood has an agenda to actively undermine many of the beliefs and lifestyle choices I hold dear, but that doesn't mean that I'm going to boycott all Hollywood movies. Can we no longer agree to disagree in this country? Must we force the owners of Chic Fil A to share our personal beliefs before we're willing to buy a meal from them?

Lisa, you sound like a fairly intelligent being, and likely even a good businesswoman; smart business people stay away from politics and religion and while it is sometimes good to discuss one's religious convictions, it most often is not. For millienia, Bible literalists have attempted to keep women wholesale soccer jerseys at home, pregnant, preparing her husband's meals, etc. and fought to keep them from voting, etc. The Bible was used to justify slavery and now to deny people their right to civically choose to create a longterm family and the financial and legal contracts that are associated w/that union. Forgive those that you perceive to be whining, but it is always good to walk a day in someone else's shoes to better understand what the reality of their situation is. Sure, we can all agree to disagree, but it is beyind ridiculous when people try to wade into my personal business and deny me the portions of our Constitution that related to "All Men are Created Equal" and the right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. My 21yr. monogamous relationship should not be demonized by people cherry picking the Old Testament, and that includes Dan Cathy, CEO of my favorite restaurant. I have followed him and his Dad Truett for decades and have eaten at their original store in Hapeville, GA dozens of timesthis whole scenario is very unfortunate.

I thank you for the reasonable tone of your response. This obviously must be a very emotional issue for you. All religious arguments aside, I very much agree with you that government should treat citizens equally regardless of race, gender, or lifestyle choices. Gay couples should definitely have the same legal rights as any heterosexual couple. But this issue has become very confused because the government has already overstepped by getting involved in the moral issue of marriage to begin with. Marriage, as a moral issue, should not be decided at a government level, and it steps one group's rights to define morality by defining marriage as heterosexual only, but steps on another group's rights by expanding the definition of marriage. I'm not sure why no one else is talking about this, but why is the government involved in the business of marriage at all? Can we not have the same legal treatment for any couple by instituting legal unions for all who wish to combine their property rights, and make a lifetime commitment to each other? Then, the question of what is, or is not marriage could be left to individual and couples to decide for themselves. But as far as Chick Fil A is concerned, the company's president simply expressed an opinion in response to a question about his beliefs. From your response, it seems safe to say you disagree with his opinion, but he's still entitled to have his opinion. This does not infringe on anyone's rights. As far as what laws the company chooses to support, or oppose, personally I don't think the politicians have given us very good options.

So its okay for the leftist scumbags in Hollywood, Democrat donors hoping for taxpayer money, and fringe groups to proudly give money to all sorts of their abhorrent charities, but as soon as one fellow comes out and proudly tells a reporter from a religious publication that he supports a charity in league with his beliefs, then its open season. The fellow likes traditional marriage and supports it, therefore he must hate everyone else. He must hate gays and Lesbians, polygamists, cohabiters not married, and so on.

This is going to reveal the militant, intolerant, socialist, and homosexual crowd for what they truly are. No wonder so many dictators rise from the left. They cannot bear to hear opinions clashing with their 'superior' doctrines.

The next time a fag asks you to support him in his quest for equal rights, tell him to f'off.

What fences will they be able to mend with a bunch of intolerant, arrogant, self righteous and malignant malefactors citing one lie after another.

The fellow said he supports the traditional family. Do gays support a broadened view of marriage? Do leftists support union rights and socialist policies?

The fellow did not say he was opposed to gay marriage. It isn't even mentioned. Does your media analysis consist of filling in the blanks and putting your words into the mouths of others?

Where is your media analysis of prominent Muslim organizations and their hatred of women's rights? Or of gay rights? Where is your analysis of the black Democrat supporters and their opposition to gay marriage? Or of Obama's long opposition?

Chick fil a is getting mountains of publicity out of this. If there were one here, I would be going there instead of so many other alternatives. At least I know of one place where I won't hear the constant belligerent activism of the occupy movement, or its many forms.

Do you really think it would've been better to just duck out like a politician?

Most people in America respect someone with conviction, even if they disagree with the view that is held they get respect for not being a waffler. Right?

I don't know what the breakdown of patrons would be, how many go there to support a company that has a similar world view, vs those who just love those fries and sandwiches but I can say I would have said "aww they ran from it" had Dan Cathy ducked the question. Though I admit on one level that seems to be equating it with answering "Are you a Christian?" (which I agree is not what it really should be, its related but not apples to apples)

Then on the other side I and you and everyone else would probably not have noticed anything if they had changed the subject instead, which IS what you were saying isn't it.

Carol, and people like you live in a liberal bubble and see the world from a very specific lens. Conservatives are the true tolerant people here and believers in freedom of speech. I disdain the fact that the former CEO of COSTCO is a Obama supporter and a liberal, but does not make me not want to shop at COSTCO? No. Unlike conservatives, liberals like yourself went on a jihad to destroy the company. It is not enough to report on the story, but you all enter advocacy arena. You are now invested in their failure to confirm your opinion and views. Sad that liberals can not separate politics and social agendas from eating a chicken sandwich.
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