In the summer of 2012, which is way before the Supreme Court ruling on so-called same-sex marriage, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy put the popular fast food chain directly in the crosshairs of the Gay Mafia when he took a position supporting “the biblical definition of the family unit” in an interview with Baptist Press.
“Guilty as charged,” said Cathy when asked if he believed that marriage should be between one man and one woman. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives.”
Based on Cathy’s statement of faith in the interview, then-Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Chicago Alderman “Joe” Moreno in an effort to prevent Chick-fil-A from opening a store in the city because of what he called Cathy’s “bigoted, homophobic” views. “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values,” the mayor declared.
These events fueled the beginning of a nationwide movement where Christians and other opponents of same-sex marriage held “appreciation rallies” at Chick-fil-A restaurants where they spent their money in support of Cathy’s position on traditional marriage.
Since then, unfortunately, same-sex marriage has been “legalized” by the Supreme Court, the LGBT culture war against America has continued to advance, and Chick-fil-A founder Samuel Truitt Cathy died in 2014. When you add this series of events to the forgetfulness that comes with the passage of time, the traditional family values that helped Chick-fil-A stand apart from the crowd no longer have any importance with the current company management.
In a recent interview with Bisnow, current Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos announced that the fried-chicken chain will end its affiliation with so-called “anti-LGBT” groups and will no longer contribute to such radical “organizations like the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home.”
With plans to expand globally and into the more liberal parts of the country, Tassopoulos told Bisnow, “There’s no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are. There a lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message.”
Translation? Chick-fil-A management will choose profits over principles in the LGBT culture war.
Coincidentally, this decision comes after several US airports rejected Chick-fil-A from concessions deals earlier this year for holding “anti-LGBT behavior,” and it also follows a recent decision by the landlord of the first Chick-fil-A in the UK not to renew the restaurant’s lease due to the company’s previous positions on LGBT issues.
In the past, people provided financial support to Chick-fil-A for the company’s stand on moral issues. Perhaps in that spirit, we should stop spending our money there and instead, redirect it to the organizations Chick-fil-A is abandoning in its quest to appease the LGBT mob.
David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative.