Chick-Fil-A Doesn’t Apologize, But Amends Gay Statement

    July 20, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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It was the news heard ’round the world earlier this week when Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy spoke about his personal beliefs regarding gay marriage, stating that he and the company as a whole 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.” Now, it looks like the giant wave of backlash his comments have caused was enough to make him reconsider ever talking about it again.

The company posted a statement on its Facebook page regarding their attitude towards customers, saying they will remain devoted to treating everyone fairly no matter what their conflicting views may be.

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.

  • Debbie

    It’s called freedom of speech. I’m in 100% agreement with this guy. I think I’ll eat their today.

  • James
  • Terrye Palmer

    God bess you Never be ashame of Jesus Christ, thank you for being strong

  • April

    True, it is called freedom of speech, and we have the freedom to eat wherever we want as well. I will for sure never eat there again!

  • Tory

    As usual the left is only tolerant of other peoples views when it matches their own.

    • Richard

      Kinda like christians and their bible. Right?

  • Petra

    Why should they apologize for being Christian and showing those values? You say that marriage should be with one man and one woman (as the majority of Americans believe) and the media and internet atheists etc, go berzerk. We are tolerant of vocal pro-homosexual agenda companies like Starbucks, Apple, Levi’s, American Apparel and a ton of others…why can’t people do the same?

    • BetterOffNed

      So, you consider the intolerance and blatant hatred of another person to be a value? Really? I consider it to sinful in the eyes of your own supposed christian values. You are saying that people should tolerate the christian intolerance of other people’s lifestyles? Well, it’s not going to happen, as long as you cannot leave the others alone and let them live their lives, people like me will continue to bring your hypocrisies to the forefront. In a religion that preaches to do unto others as they would do unto you, you sure expect a reprieve from those upon which you place your judgments. Didn’t Jesus say to judge not, lest ye be judged yourselves? Love thy neighbor? Forgive them their trespasses? Nobody is forcing you to live in this country, but the least you could do is practice what you preach.

      • WTH

        So now I need to be tolerant of your intolerance of my intolerance. Can’t we all just agree that we both hate each other and move on! 😛

        • Jon

          Sorry to see a lot of people screeching the hate button at their “opponent.” To me… that’s hateful judging the heart of another and tries to shutdown the discussion. Not every gay and lesbian is for the redefinition of marriage or thinks that mother’s and father’s are indispensable to a child/family unit–this includes the no fault divorce crowd.

    • Lizzie

      Actually, the majority of Americans are in favor of same-sex marriage. 54% support it, while only 42% are opposed, according to a poll published just last month.


  • Dwight Norris

    Are we not allowed to think for ourselves anymore? As long as they serve all of their customers with dignity and respect, who cares what their personal beliefs are on the issue? We are still allowed to have personal beliefs, aren’t we?

    • Catherine Edwards

      Exactly!!! Seriously people, when you attack someone/ an organization for having an opinion different from yours you are on very thin ice.

      Tomorrow it could be your opinion that’s under attack.

  • BetterOffNed

    To all of you claiming “freedom of speech” is being violated, no it’s not…

    Think about it, yes, he had the right to say what he did, also, everybody else has the right to say what they would like. Example, I will never eat at a Chik-fil-a again because I don’t want to support a person that has such an obvious intolerance of their fellow man.

    Another example, @Debbie, yes, we have freedom of speech, and I’ll use mine to ask you, don’t you mean “I think I’ll eat THERE”?

    They should apologize because this type of statement might hurt their business. In the end, CFA is not a church, nor is it a political entity, it is a chicken restaurant, and their bottom line is at stake. Nobody said they don’t have a right to say it…

    @Tory, why not? That’s how Republicans do it too. Also, I tend to find speech that iterates an intolerance of other people’s lives and lifestyles to be repugnant, just like I find racism repugnant. So the point is that I will not personally tolerate hatred and condemnation of others and I will use my freedom of speech to express this indignation.

  • Michelle

    Free speech is free speech – whether you agree or disagree with it.

    Chik Fil A leaders can say whatever they want – just like the Hustler magazine owner can. I may not agree with them, but they have their right to speak.

    I can choose to continue to eat chicken or not. I can choose to buy porn or not. The purchases are MY decision in response to their speech and their products/services. If I really want the products, the background politics should not bother me. (How many people avoid the In N Out burgers (mmmmmm) just because there is a Bible verse on the cup?)

    Personally, I think we need to stop attacking people for stating their beliefs just because they are not politically correct or, especially, because they differ from ours. I actually am a bit proud of the Chik Fil A leader for being willing to speak up about a belief openly and honestly. Of course, that changed with the follow-up that seemed to be a bit watered down for the clientele, but whether I agree or disagree is not a reason for someone to have to make a public apology for a belief statement.

    We need to accept that free speech means sometimes we will hear things we don’t like. Let’s just Moveon.org!

  • george samler

    a company bigwig who is not afraid of irrating a group by speaking his beliefs.i will be eating at chic-filet a lot

  • Ken Pallante

    I will never eat there again. There is already a petition with 189,000 signatures from existing Chic-Fil-A customers who said they will never eat there again.

    • eatmore chicken

      That is not true…you may avoid it for a few weeks…then your desire to eat the great chicken sandwiches there will bring you back. If you are for gay marriage…you obviously have flawed moral values…and there is no way you will honestly live up to a ” I will never eat there again ” type boycott “rule “…. you have no rules… you believe ” Whatever anyone chooses to do is their own right… you do not believe in absolute “right or wrong “…morals do not come from GOD in YOUR belief system…therefore you will do whatever seems right in your own eyes…..hence….you will eat there again !!!

    • reggie davis

      Hey Ken…….You won’t eat any more Chick-Fil-A because you’ll get full from eating your male lovers……….right?

  • michael

    More people should stand up for our nations traditional values. I’m sick and tired of having to pander to certain elements of society just because they feel they and only they are right. God bless chic-fil-a. I only wish there was one somewhere in my state so I could eat there twice a day, every day.

  • Richard

    It’s funny, we all want the freedom of speech. Basically, an inalienable right that everyone should have, right? Why is it so hard to see that is exacty what is at stake here? The right to marriage and the pursuit of happiness. Take that away from someone or a group, the next thing you know, boom there goes your speech. Please don’t waste your time using the bible as a defense. No work of FICTION as caused more heartache and controversy through out history. That is all.

    • Chris Morrison

      Clearly you have little knowledge of the Bible. Here’s a few pointers. The archaeological proof of the Bible is overwhelming. Works of fiction entail people, places, and events never happened. Hello! Just about every place named geographically in the Bible has proof of existence. Historical records dating back to the times of the writings of the individual books of the Bible have proven that the people existed – not to mention archaeological findings showing names of these people. And the stories? Noah’s ark – object on Mt. Ararat in Turkey that meets the exact dimensions of Noah’s ark has been located. (weird because Mt. Ararat is exactly where the Bible says it landed). Jesus life and events – I just got back from Israel a couple months ago and was blown away at the proof. Sodom and Gomorrah high radiological energy all around the area, Moses parts the Red Sea – horse bones and chariot wheels found under the water in the location where this story took place. ON and on. Of COURSE we use Bible as a defense. God condemns homosexuality. Don’t kill the messenger just because you don’t like the message. And here’s a news flash. Jesus specifically said not to be mistaken, he didn’t come here to create peace (that will be later), he came here to create controversy (essentially). Here’s your reference: (Matthew 10:34-36) – “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35″For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.” The context of this was speaking of future events when people like you would declare the Bible fiction, and family’s would be torn apart by sheer differentiation in beliefs. This all needs to happen to bring the scriptures to pass. I support ChicFilA and their stance. I pray for those who don’t.

      • Isaac

        I hope you can understand the folly in your statement. There are greater works, both accepted and otherwise, that have been decided as fiction despite the same ‘overwhelming archaeological evidence’ of locations existing.
        For example: The Count of Monte Cristo. Every location save the Isle de Cristo itself has a marker on the map. Versailles? Yep. Rome? Absolutely. Yet it’s the only written evidence of those persons performing those actions.
        Have another one: the Odyssey. The great Homeric epic. All those islands are marked on maps. They may not possess the creature and beings once believed to live there, but they are there. So tell me, does that make Odysseus’s journey any less fictitious? It predates the bible in origin and outpaces it in scope save for Genesis. If Moses can part the sea, why can’t Nobody blond a cyclops? Why can’t Dantes find a treasure beyond value? Why can’t any of the other works of historical fiction throughout history also be considered as definite realities?

  • Sad on Georgia

    This whole uproar makes me terribly sad. Whether or not I agree with, or condone, the whole subject of sexual orientation is not even important. What is happening here is that Christianity, as a whole, is coming under attack…..just as the Bible predicts will happen. Wake up believers, this is just the beginning. Satan is patient and waiting for his work to prevail.

  • Amanda

    When did anyone at CFA use the word hate? But everyone against them hates the people for them and hates the president of CFA. How is he having the courage to stand up for his beliefs any different than gays standing up for there’s? Yet when he does it he “hates gays”. Come on people if you don’t want to eat there than don’t, this is the most ridiculous debate ever. I don’t see CFA players going to your jobs and giving you a hard time for you or your bosses beliefs. Way to show the pay check to pay check drive thru person your attitude, you all sure showed them. This world is worse everyday because everyone has to gripe about something that’s not fair to them. Don’t gripe do something. Form your own gay rights fast food concept because then when you say something the whole world gets involved. Lol. Truly truly sad. May the Lord have mercy on all of us.

  • dj

    i don’t care for fast food however will go to chick fil a for my birthday dinner to support their beliefs. Will continuing to pray for our nation to see the light. 2 Chronicles 7:14, AMEN

  • smfh

    Hahahahaha who gives a crap what they say I love chicken no matter where I buy it so if cfa is the only place available I don’t give a rats ass I will eat there, ain’t starving for no one! You gays need to be a bit stronger please and stop being so dang sensitive, they stated a personal belief, obviously cause they believe the bible and the gay community don’t so why be hurt about a belief you don’t respect in the first place? you eating there won’t make you straight so might as well go and get served 😉