A fried chicken chain run by a devout Christian family has been branded homophobic for backing a group which campaigns against gay marriage.
Chick-Fil-A, which says its corporate purpose it to ‘glorify God’, was savaged when it emerged one branch was providing food for the anti-gay Pennsylvania Family Institute.
Blogs immediately lit up with criticism with calls for for a nationwide boycott while students at some universities attempted to get it thrown off campus.
On the Chick-Fil-A official Facebook page the debate got so intense that moderators had to step in to remind people to ‘be respectful of others’.
The row exploded after the New York Times revealed that Chick-Fil-A sandwiches would be used to feed those attending a seminar called ‘The Art Of Marriage: Getting To The Heart Of God's Design’ in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
The same piece pointed out that a few years ago the firm had given away CDs of a Bible-themed radio show with kids meals, which was produced by the Christian organisation Focus On The Family, which is against gay marriage.
Within hours an online petition asking Chick-Fil-A to stop supporting such groups had got 25,000 signatures.
On top of that customers such as Ryan Luzzi vented their anger at the company’s Facebook page and said: ‘I used to love you guys. That is until I found out how backwards and hateful your organisation is! I will NEVER EVER patronise any of your stores again!’
Others came out in support, however, such as Thelma Jean Zeigler Waldroup who posted: ‘From now on my family will be eating more Chick-Fil-A food.
‘I will support all Christian companies. I like that they honour God on the Sabbath.
‘If the gays don't like it then is just too bad.’
Chick-Fil-A later backed down and said it was dropping its support of any such groups.
The company’s president Dan Cathy said in a statement: ‘Chick-Fil-A's corporate purpose is 'To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us, and to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-Fil-A.'
‘As a result, we will not champion any political agendas on marriage and family. This decision has been made, and we understand the importance of it.’
He did however add that the company would ‘continue to offer resources to strengthen marriages and families’.
‘To do anything different would be inconsistent with our purpose and belief in Biblical principles’.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Chick-Fil-A is anti-gay.
This reminds me of when Grimace and the Fry Guys helped me pray out the gay. From Daily Mail: