When recently asked about his company’s support of traditional marriage, Chick-fil-A‘s president, Dan Cathy stated, “Guilty as charged.” Cathy, a devout Christian, then proclaimed, “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.” He further stated, “We intend to stay the course. We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”
Not surprisingly, Cathy’s comments stirred a firestorm amongst the liberal left, prompting Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (“LGBT”) activists and supporters to urge people to boycott the chicken sandwich restaurant because of Cathy’s “hateful” remarks. In response, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has called upon the nation to come out in support of Chick-fil-A on Wednesday, August 1. Huckabee writes on his Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day facebook page, “The Cathy family, led by Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy, are a wonderful Christian family who are committed to operating the company with biblical principles and whose story is the true American success story. It’s a great American story that is being smeared by vicious hate speech and intolerant bigotry from the left.” Governor Huckabee then states, “The goal is simple: Let’s affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday, August 1.”
For Texans, the definition of marriage is clear. In 2005, an overwhelming majority of Texans, 76%, amended the Texas Constitution to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman. In Harris County, the amendment passed with over 72 percent of the vote. The text of the amendment states:
(a) Marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman.
(b) This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage.
Liberal politicians have joined the Chick-fil-A boycott. District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray says he won’t support an expanded presence for Chick-fil-A. The Mayor went on to state his “long-standing strong support for LGBT rights and marriage equality.” Similarly, Boston’s, Chicago’s and San Francisco’s mayors issued statements saying the company was not welcome. When businesses support the left, the media and others are complimentary of their decisions. For instance, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos recently took a position on gay marriage, donating $2.5 million to keep same-sex unions legal in Washington. Other high profile individuals have taken similar stands; Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Starbucks Inc. and Nike Inc. also contributed significant sums to the gay marriage campaign to uphold Washington’s law. While Mr. Cathy and Chick-fil-A raised the ire of the left, corporate giants like General Mills and Nabisco continue to support gay marriage initiatives. It should also be noted that Chick-fil-A’s stance on same-sex marriage doesn’t sit well with Jim Henson Co. For years, the company’s Muppet toys have been served in Chick-fil-A’s meals for children. It appears that the company transferred ownership of The Muppets’ rights to the Walt Disney Co. in 2003. The company recently issued the following statement, “The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over 50 years and we have notified Chick-fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors.” For the 1.7 plus million Texans who supported the Marriage Amendment, the Muppets have just labeled them intolerant and narrow minded.
Fortunately, many are coming to Chick-fil-A’s defense. This week Billy Graham issued a statement of support for the popular fast-food chain. Billy Graham praised restaurant founder S. Truett Cathy and son Don Cathy “for their strong stand for the Christian faith.” Specifically, he stated, “I’ve known their family for many years and have watched them grow Chick-fil-A into one of the best businesses in America while never compromising their values.” He is joined by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a 2008 GOP presidential candidate, and hundreds of other conservative leaders around the country, including Mitt Romney.
Activists on the left believe that standing against and vilifying Chick-fil-A sends a strong message to those who believe marriage is the union between a man and a woman. The purpose of the boycott and attacks is to silence anyone who would object to their liberal agenda for our country. By attacking Chick-fil-A, the message is clear – if you speak out against us we will crush your business and make an example of you! Unfortunately, many will sit down and shut up, taking the position of least resistance and cowering in fear of the left. This is what the liberal left wants. That is how they hope to win. But we cannot be silent. We must stand up, speak up, and refuse to give up! Please join me in sending a message to the liberal left this Wednesday, August 1 and eating all the Chick-fil-A your budget will allow. While visiting your local Chick-fil-A, let management know how you feel about Mr. Cathy’s statements. This is our chance to show the liberal left that we will not allow conservative business owners to be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness; on Wednesday, August 1, visit your nearby Chick-fil-A and “eat more chicken!”