How can anyone who fully aware that they are not wanted someplace still want to be a part of that organization? Whether it’s being gay in the Republican Party, enjoying the food at the neighborhood Cracker Barrel, or dining at or even taking out food from your local area Chick-Fil-A, you are trying to buy the love of a hater. In recent comments, Dan Cathy, CEO for Chick-Fil-A, has basically stated that the gay lifestyle does not align with the “family values” Chick-Fil-A adheres to in its association with Christianity. The whole idea of “family”, details that Chick-Fil-A fully supports any member, members, or groups who does not engage in same-sex partnerships and considers themselves a family. As if calling the gay lifestyle, or even way-of-life, an abomination, Chick-Fil-A’s Dan Cathy- the son of Chick-Fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, mocks that culture by stating in an interview to the Baptist Press:
“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…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.”
With such a skewed view of what the ‘traditional family’ is, Mr. Cathy apparently has failed to acknowledge that promiscuity, infidelity, and troubles occur in all kinds or types of relationships. Just to say that his family –led business is “married to our first wives” really is nothing short of hot air. What prompts an person or company to begin to express itself in such a vile and despicable manner? Could there possibly have been personal trouble at the top – forcing Mr. Cathy to divulge such hate for the LGBT community? Whatever the case, the Chick-Fil-A organization has set standards against anyone living their lives in a way that does not conform with the beliefs of Chick-Fil-A. But is it just sight alone of seeing two same-sex people together that irks people? Do people walk in to Chick-Fil-A advertising verbally that they are gay? In any respect, knowing now how that company feels about the LGBT way-of-life, why would one continue to act as a patron for that establishment? Is the chicken that good? Really?
Guilt by Association. Even if one was to say that they don’t believe in their company’s policies and beliefs, it’s almost a slap in the face knowing how that company feels about you or others that fit their negative profile.
Jeremiah Cillpam, owner of the Hollywood Chick-Fil-A Los Angeles, California has tried to clear up any misunderstanding about Mr. Cathy’s comment to the press. Jeremiah Cillpam promised that customers will continue to receive excellent food and service regardless of “belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”
Emphasizing the “independently owned and operated” structure of Chick-Fil-A franchises, Cillpam went on to say that he personally spoke to Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy, who clarified that his controversial comments against gay marriage do not represent every company employee. (HuffPost).
Yet, the damage has already been done. With the enormous spending power of LGBT community, the absence of their monies could indeed cripple a business. Just as one’s involvement with an anti-gay establishment like Chick-Fil-A makes them guilty by association, imagine the effects of word of mouth from gay individuals to their friends and families. Chick-Fil-A tries to show that they are truly acting in accordance to God’s plan by even not working on Sunday. Still, one should wonder how they treat fair in other departments of their company: Diversity (belief, race, sexual orientation or gender). Though Mr. Cillpam did say that as long as you are a customer you won’t be discriminated against in these areas, you just can’t work for the company under these conditions.
Could members of the LGBT community firmly remove themselves from their addiction to Chick-Fil-A? Even drug addicts know that drugs are bad for them – yet, the pusher is Dan Cathy and he is daring the scum-of-the-earth into rehab.