Controversy Makes Chick-fil-A One Of The Fastest Growing Brands On Facebook

    August 6, 2012
    Chris Crum
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I probably don’t have to tell you that Chick-fil-A is at the center of a great deal of controversy these days, concerning its open views on gay marriage. These views have led to a seemingly endless debate among Chick-fil-A supporters, opponents, and those who just want to eat some chicken and go on about their business.

One thing is for certain. The whole thing has given the restaurant chain a whole lot of press, and over the past month, the company’s social brand has been on the rise.

Was stating its views on the matter of same-sex marriage a smart decision on Chick-fil-A’s part? Tell us what you think.

Social media ad platform Optimal has released a list of the top performing brands on its Optimal Index for July. As a spokesperson for the firm explains, “The Optimal Index is an independent valuation tool to help determine the relative value of a brand’s current audience on Facebook by combining fan counts, engagement statistics and global fan valuation.”

“Interestingly, amid recent controversial comments made by members of its executive team, Chick-fil-A added 524,238 new fans in July, and more than 550,000 people discussed, liked or commented on the brand in the past week,” the spokesperson said.

Here’s the list. As you can see, Chick-fil-A cracked the top ten:

Chick-Fil-A cracks top ten in social brand growth

Chick-fil-A’s Facebook page currently has over 6 million fans. That’s about a tenth of what rapper Marshall Mathers (the most popular guy on Facebook) has.

These graphs from PageData tell the story pretty well.

PageData stats on Chick-fil-A

The comments from Chick-fil-A took place in the mid-July, and you can see how the Page’s popularity has steadily risen since then, as the discussion continues around the web. Imagine what the monthly numbers would look like if the controversy began at the beginning of the month.

Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy was quoted as saying 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.”

The company later issued the following statement via its Facebook Page:

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.

Wednesday became known as Chick-fil-A appreciation day, which turned out to be a pretty big hit for the company, with the company claiming a record-setting day. Millions of people turned out to support the restaurant chain, and their beliefs.

Of course, the controversy also led to National Same-Sex Kiss Day At Chick-fil-A on Friday, which in addition to the turn out for beliefs on the opposite side of the equation, has still served to draw more attention to the brand.

There’s no question that Chick-fil-A has alienated a large amount of customers, but even still, the company appears to have put together a pretty loyal audience, and thousands of people (and climbing) they can push their messages (and offers) to on a daily basis, through Facebook alone, not to mention the additional brand awareness the company has managed to spread.

Some analysts have advised against businesses publicizing any political views, as to avoid alienating customers. It’s hard to say what kind of long-term effects this whole thing will have on Chick-fil-A’s brand, and how much it will ultimately affect the company’s bottom line. In the short-term, however, no matter how many people it has turned against it, the whole thing has clearly gotten people more interested in Chick-fil-A, and they’re selling a whole lot of Chicken. From my understanding, that’s their main goal.

Do you think businesses should publicize controversial views and risk alienating customers? Was Chick-fil-A smart to do so? Has the whole thing affected whether or not you will eat at the restaurant? Let us know in the comments.

  • http://www.captaincyberzone.com Cap’n Cyberzone

    The homosexuals (gays) are more about shoving it into the face of the Christians and Catholic church than Chich-fil-A, but for the latter the added advertising is just going boost sales even more.

  • Tom Truthteller

    Let’s put this whole thing in perspective. The COO of Chick-fil-A does and interview with a Baptist publication for a Christian audience and affirms that he supports traditional marriage. He isn’t out to offend anyone and his restaurants serve any paying customer who walks through the door. Their policy, that has been around for years, says that they do not discriminate based on sexual orientation or lifestyle.

    Further, keep in mind that the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides protections for Americans through freedom of expression and freedom of religion and forbids the federal government (and as the courts have ruled) state governments, from denying anyone those rights. So representatives of government in Chicago, Philly, Mountain View, Boston and other places decide that Mr. Cathy, the COO and his company that employs thousands of people, are somehow exempt from these basic rights. Why? Because he made a statement of faith to a Christian publication. Not that his restaurants have signs out front that say “we don’t serve gay people.”

    Quite the contrary, Christians are taught in evangelical churches to love gay people and all people. We don’t have to agree with the lifestyle, we don’t have to bow to political correctness, but we do really believe in what my last three pastors said about loving gay people.

    So if Chick-fil-A hits a sales record for their 30 plus year history and millions of Constitution-loving people line up to buy their food, then I hope that they get some love on Facebook also. This story has been distorted and contorted in some many ways about someone being against equality or gay-bashing or so many things that it never was. Do we call all of the big corportions that support pro-gay marriage organizations “anti-Christian.” Should there be a national uprising against them? There isn’t.

  • Dave

    You are missing the point.

    Jewish media aim to weaken non-Jewish Americans by promoting gay marriage, and especially division. Being Gay is shameful amongst traditional Jewish families. Yes, you read it right.

    One rule for Jews, and another for other races they are trying to put down.

    • Gareth

      That’s right pal, don’t waste an opportunity to indulge in a bit of racist Jew bashing! How are your hateful comments relevant to the article?

  • http://www.zazzle.com/artnip kss9

    I’d advise Chick-fil-A to try to get as much as it can out of the social buzz. I would strongly urge their competitors to offer a coupon on their FB pages to see if they can ride a coattail or two to the bank.Also, Chick-fil-A’s VP of Marketing should push for a raise come eval. time.


  • Shalot

    Sadly many people who support this company are ignorant of their chartitable foundation WinShape which donates millions of dollars to known anti-gay hate groups.
    And yes groups boycott businesses who support equal rights to marriage. For example One Million Moms recently called for a boycott of Amazon.

    • Tom Truthteller

      I know the groups very well that WinShape donates to and there is no reasonable person who could characterize them as “anti-gay hate groups.” I have never read anything hateful in anything these pro-traditional marraige organizations have ever said. I assume that you are saying this because you have an agenda to convince people unfamiliar with these couple of organizations to believe this or you just don’t know yourself. You won’t get “hatred” from the side that supports traditional, sacred marriage. You do see enormous hatred from the other side that is completely intolerant of people of faith. Do you see Christian people spray painting and vandalizing the side of gay businesses? Of course not. Do you see straight, Christian mayors or governors telling JC Penney or General Mills or Amazon that they cannot build anymore stores or warehouses in their state or city? No, its never happened. Do you see thousands of comments under articles and in forums from Christians calling gays “haters” because they show hate to Christians? I have certainly seen that from gay folks and their supporters. Please don’t mischaracterize the facts. The people like Chick-fil-A’s COO who support traditional marriage don’t hate anyone. They just support an institution that was created by God to secure the procreation of the next generation of humans in the best environment. He could have created one sex, but he didn’t for a reason.

      • Bite moi

        Yeah, straight people are frequently in forums bashing gays. You need to read and not just post.

        • Ruth Mattson

          In some countries it is illegal to post anything online using a fake name. I’m using my real name, because it is way too easy to take pot shots when you hide behind anonymity. I’m not saying that everyone here has taken pot shots, but certainly some of you deserve a swift kick.

          The Constitution and the Amendments give us the right to free speech and freedom of religion. Mr. Cathy is protected by those rights as well. He supports marriage between one man and one woman. He says that there is a God, and God alone gets to make the rules.

          If you don’t believe in God, you have that right as well. It’s covered under the Constitution’s freedom of religion. You are free to worship yourself, someone else, Barack Obama, or the gay agenda if you wish.

          But taking pot shots against people of faith is NOT tolerance. It’s laughable. And I speak to Bible Writer above as well – you do NOT represent most followers of Christ. I hope that everyone understands that most people on both sides of the debate are nice people. Only a few are idiots and bigots, and they reside on BOTH sides of the debate.

          • Bite moi

            Wow, Ruth, in some countries it’s NOT illegal. What’s your point?

            Mr. C is no different than any other public personality who represents a brand, government, ideology, etc.

            Think. K?

          • Ruth Mattson

            My point, “Bite Moi”, is that people have died for our freedoms, including the freedom of speech. And their sacrifice, imho, demands we have the courage and character to at least not hide behind a silly name while taking pot shots.

            Why can’t the owners of brands have opinions? That’s not a violation of the separation of church and state?

            Think, K!

      • http://thisweekintexas.com Steve

        Just for the record, because you won’t get the facts from you news programs, they are just a bunch of talking heads that have allowed Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin to set the narrative on this issue.

        The FACTS are, the gay community has been boycotting Chick-Fil-A for several years, not because of something some man said two or three weeks ago. This is not about someone trying to squelch someone else’s right to free speech.

        No. Chick-fil-A’s anti-LGBT stance goes well beyond simply opposing marriage equality. They have given millions of dollars to anti-LGBT organizations, including those that have been designated “hate groups” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and those that push so-called “ex-gay” therapy, which has been denounced by the mainstream medical and mental health community.

        You really mean to sit there and announce,

        “You won’t get “hatred” from the side that supports traditional, sacred marriage.” What bubble do you live in? I think every hate group in the World has plenty to say agains homosexuals and gay marriage. I could post you hundreds of examples but apparently when I link to some actual facts, they don’t post my comments.

        Do you see Christian people spray painting and vandalizing the side of gay businesses?

        Really? People spray paint hateful things not only on gay businesses but on individual gay peoples homes ALL THE TIME. Do you read any thing besides the Bible?

        “Please don’t mischaracterize the facts. The people like Chick-fil-A’s COO who support traditional marriage don’t hate anyone. They just support an institution that was created by God to secure the procreation of the next generation of humans in the best environment. He could have created one sex, but he didn’t for a reason.”

        The FACTS are that when you give money to groups that are and have been documented as HATE GROUPS, you can’t have it both ways. Christians have been demonizing gays since the beginning of time and continue to fight any tolerance and equal rights that they strive to achieve, they go as far as to incentivize the bulling tactics you see in todays schools. Yes, poor little Christians are being picked on by the mean ‘ol gays.

        The good news that yes Christians all over the world are starting to learn the TRUTH about not only gay people but the true teachings of Jesus and not some intolerant 18th century rhetoric to justify hatred, and thus changing both their hearts and their minds, and they are leaving the traditional organized religious institutes in large numbers.

        As the saying goes, the truth will set you free.

  • bible writer

    Thank You Chic-fil-A for having the guts as a business to support Traditional Marriage the way God has arranged it. The disgusting pigs of this world that resort to the sexual appetite of same sex and now marriages of the same filth are dispicable and shame themselves in the eyes of God and in the public forum of mankind. How pathetic that they will now protest against the world of non gay normal people with their sick minded filth in whatever venue they see fit. They truly are getting their reward in full, so bye bye when this world ends to all of those direct opposers to the Almighty God himself!

    Oh and by the way, maybe ask yourselves this, why were only 8 people saved at the time of the flood? How many were saved at Sodom and Gomorrah? Get a clue from that. You have very little time left to get your lives in order you haughty opposers!

    And don’t bother responding, I will NOT read your garbage …

    • Bite moi

      Hey, I’ll reply anyway. So are you saying that the 8 saved were the only heterosexuals? Hmmm. You might want to invest in a snorkel.

  • http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com ron

    We don’t have Chic-fil-A in the uk, but to me it would not matter what the sexual orientation or beliefs of its employees were as long as the food was of high quality, and cheap. most importantly that they washed their hands before making and serving the food.

  • Wallee

    I’m all for opposite sex marriage (I can’t think of any other reason God made the opposite sex) – but what’s that got to do with business??

    I give my business to hundreds of merchants, online and brick & mortar, because I want or need what they got – not because they believe like I believe. I have no idea what 99% of the businesses I do business with believe.

    Nor do I refuse to do business with them because they’re owned/operated by black people, white people, Asian people, Jews, Gentiles, Muslims, Christians, Atheists, or whatever.

    This is a controversy I simply do not understand.

    • Tom Truthteller

      Nobody has refused to do business with anyone here. Chick-fil-A has served food to millions of gay people. That is a safe assumption when you have more than 1800 stores and you have been around for several decades. And from my experience with lots of Chick-fil-A’s in several states, they do it with a smile and friendly service.

  • http://www.isabelsmith.com/ Isabel Smith

    In this day when we are all ‘finding our voices’ I think its odd that anything to do with values that elevate human condition, moral self control, Christianity, and guns, brings on the so-called ”liberal” rant. I thought “liberals” were for EVERY ONE to have a voice, but these days I don’t see that. What I see is liberals are just about tearing down anything that spells out calmness of mind, peace for everyone, and anything and everything that is not on that agenda. I don’t know any homosexuals who act in a publicly offensive way. I find it hard to understand how any homosexual would condone that type of behavior to represent their beliefs. Where was the fuss with Penney’s stand or any other stores stand? This public homosexual behavior grosses me out and that’s what the purpose is: Simply to gross people out — Attention seekers — and certainly not to beautiful to look at or elevating to the human spirit. Its sad, really.

  • Jerry

    HI All.
    I believe they did what must must be done. We need a president who believes in God and since we don’t have one this was important. It takes guts to stand up for what you believe in. It surely won’t hurt their business either. The minority, Gays and Lesbians, having been push, push, push. Now they get a chance to see not just the majority but a small part of the silent majority that is getting stirred up. The silent majority is so large it could easily overrun a country once activated. If we had a leader that could get the silent majority off the couch maybe the minority would have less chance at destroying a country to make it fit their needs.
    Also we should invest money in fixing the gay problem as if it was a disease. Research in this area is a must. Ultimately a pill or surgery to fix the damaged part of the brain would solve many problems so this small group (small compared to the overwhelming size of the majority that is) will stop forming a new world in contrary to the bible.

  • http://www.captaincyberzone.com Cap’n Cyberzone

    Apparently, God has spoken.
    When are the “indignant, outraged” pro gay marriage people going to boycott the Muslim businesses (hell, they kill gays for half-time entertainment at their sports arenas … so is it really a “their rights” protestation or is it an “anti-American-business” protest going on here)?!

    • Tom Truthteller

      This is an interesting component of this issue that isn’t talked about much. The current administation in the White House supports the groups that have been taking over countries like Egypt. Those groups are installing Sharia Law once they take over. You are correct, Sharia Law deals with the gay lifestyle with several penalties. Why do gays support the current administration in light of this? What happens when Sharia Law gets a foothold in the U.S.? A recent appeals court decision in favor of a woman who would not stand for a judge in a courtroom, and was charged with contempt, seems to suport this possibility. They ruled in favor of the woman who said that her Islamic faith compelled her to sit. What does this have to do with the Chick-fil-A issue? Christians have never suggested harsh penalties for gay people at all. We just support traditional marriage…that’s it.

      • http://www.captaincyberzone.com Cap’n Cyberzone

        An informed “Truthteller”.
        Bullies always attack those who they preceive as the weaker, in this case Christains because they believe in turning the other cheek (whereas the Muslims believe in ruining your day).
        This attack on Chick-fil-A is just a continuation of the attack on the Catholic Church which was started under the guise of “women’s rights to birth control”. It’s all a purposeful “dog and pony show” orchestrated by the 0bama Admin. to discredit America’s religious founding.
        As 0bama said in 2008, he was out to change America as we know it.
        Obviously the 99%’ers weren’t paying attention [and still aren’t] and are easily manipulated into “uncommon sense”.
        Sharia Law does have a foothold in Deerborn, MI.
        Keep an eye on the Middle East and the Muslim Brotherhood, they seem to be taking over (they’re about to get Syria). And consider the fact that al Qaeda’s now head, Ayman al-Zawahri, stood trail in Egypt for being a member of the Brotherhood. Oh, and Hillary’s chief-of-staff, Huma Weiner [wife of the infamous tweater], her mother co-founded and is an active member of the Muslim Sisterhood (sub-sect of the Brotherhood).
        Just say’n!

  • John

    Everyone has an opinion on every topic, including corporate owners and high ranking company officials. Its’s the right of a private individual to speak his or her mind in public about those opinions.

    The difference between what was said by the private company owner and what was said by the public officials was that one man was stating his individual personal preference while the others were attempting to use their positions of power to unilaterally make public policy based on their personal dislike for another person’s personal beliefs.

    One instance is protected by the US Constitution, and the other is exactly why the US Constitution exists in the first place.

  • magnolia

    well, the astonishing reactionary (and un-grammatical) rants published here by obviously mis-informed and disturbed persons are indicative of the extremely low level of basic education in the United States. China and India rises, the US falls – primarily on education. This, of course, serves corporate America well. An uniformed and semi-literate populace (misquoting ‘biblical authority’ – astonishing in this century -) has been cleverly (and expensively) groomed to reflexively support corporate messages – especially so in commercial branding. Unable to even understand that (aside from eating chicken and shopping at Dollarama and WalMart)that these people have outlived their time, and are of no more use to the offshoring 92,000 (the real .001 %) and that they are rapidly becoming economic cannon fodder to the 1% and soon even to the 30%, they are trapped in their own bewilderment and angst. To turn their anger to ‘liberals’ and ‘gays’ and ‘feminists’ and to immigrants, or other races, rather than to those who have consciously stripped them of any dignity, hope, or future – is a pretty good trick. Social marketing – yes – working well to insure the subservience and loyalty of the discarded classes. And increasingly outsourced to India and then to Malaysia and Bangladesh, even cheaper – but of course, thanks to the British, they speak English better than the Chinese. Enjoy the chicken. It’s about all you have, now.

    • Tom Truthteller

      In addition to mischaracterizing the whole issue, you have shown a great level of intolerance. Congratulations.

    • Rene A

      You claim astonishment of the reactionary rants published here “by obviously mis-informed and disturbed persons are indicative of the extremely low level of basic education in the United States.” while hyphenating the word “misinformed” which doesn’t bode well for your level of education. You then compound your hypocritical idiocy with your own reactionary rant composed of nothing but slurs and, as defined by your own leftwing comrades, hate speech.
      You proved nothing but that you are a self-righteous buffoon, whose post reads as a shameful attempt to impress rather than express, none the less failing at both.

  • Pete

    He speaks of tolerance!!! I don’t see much

  • http://www.mycashforums.com matthew

    well I agree sexual preferance has nothing to do with business

  • http://www.aaiDesigns.com AFan

    Refreshing to read just the facts without bias. Well done!

  • Dogoyo

    Why did (the founder) “he began applying biblically-based principles to managing his business.” Was he unable to decide for himself what morally proper business practices would be? Did he have no understanding of ethics? Sounds like people who want to blame someone else for their actions.

  • http://www.ulc.net Become ordained online

    I don’t think it was “smart”. I seriously doubt that it was done as a business strategy. The man was asked a question on live radio, and he answered it from his heart. Had the question been submitted through their PR department, there most likley would have been a more “nuanced” response.

    If it WAS done as a business strategy, then yes it was smart, based on the results. If business had tanked, it would have been stupid.

  • Dogoyo

    In response to Tom’s comments:
    “The COO of Chick-fil-A does and interview with a Baptist publication for a Christian audience and affirms that he supports traditional marriage. He isn’t out to offend anyone and his restaurants serve any paying customer who walks through the door. ”
    IF he believes so strongly about this, why is he willing to feed these sinners? Sounds hypocritical. And how can he not offend those in non-traditional marriages when he claims to support traditional marriage. As a wise businessman, would he not say he supports all peoples’s choices (as it is their choice, not his.)

    • http://www.kenyaspeaks.com Kenyaspeaks

      Wow, you need to read the statement you quoted again. He was speaking to a Christian group about his beliefs. It’s no different than a pastor saying they don’t condone bank robbers but would not turn one away from Sunday morning services.
      Also, for business there are discrimination laws that were created when white business owners would not serve blacks. So his business is business, but personal beliefs are another thing. It’s no different than a vegan who works at a grocery story that sells meat.
      Please stop looking for something stupid to pull up. It’s really easy. You just need to accept that some people believe in traditional marriage and are entitled to it.

    • http://cass-hacks.com Craig

      What logic is it that states that if one is for something, one must be against something else.

      Are traditional and same sex unions mutually exclusive?

      Are people for same sex unions by definition against traditional unions?

      As for ‘sounds hypocritical’ is it in your world that people are not allowed to have different opinions and in having different opinions, allow others their opinion?

      It seems you have a very mono-chrome view of the world down to it being only black and white.

      To say that the world is a rainbow of color would still be a restriction of what it actually is.

  • http://www.LoftLivingLA.com Ted Trent

    For now maybe, but the backlash to their efforts WILL backfire.

  • Will

    Whether or not it was done for business reasons I don’t know, but as a business owner I am sure he was smart enough to consider the effects it might have on his business after he said it. Being Chick-fil-a has not kept their religious background a secret, he probably did not anticipate this particular uproar, but I am sure they have always been aware of what effect their speech does for their business.

    As to whether or not this uproar has been good for them, in cities across the country, different franchise restaurants have been springing up left and right. This put their brand at the forefront and drove people to the stores. They are a large brand, so they can get away with it.

    A smaller brand that cannot generate this nationwide media attention may find their products disparaged on web sites, making it harder for them to grow. In the short term it seems like the media attention is good news for Chick-fil-a, but I would not advise a similar strategy for smaller brands.

    For small businesses that are not at their core politically driven, staying out of politics is best.

    • http://cass-hacks.com Craig

      On the Internet, there is no such thing as negative publicity.

      Look how much money Zimmerman collected and now his parents are trying to do the same?

      Considering all the ‘negative’ publicity over Zimmerman and his parents being made to look like they are trying to benefit from what their son did, it should be a surprise at how many will contribute monies to them, but it won’t be.

  • myop

    I agree wholeheartedly with Chick-fil-A. The militant, rabid homosexuals are a bunch of hypocrites. They demand “tolerance” but don’t have any for anyone other than themselves. Everyone has a right to their own opinion and to voice their conscious as God gives it to them. I don’t hate homosexuals, and I don’t care to force them to change what they do among themselves behind closed doors. Let them live and let live. However, I will NEVER accept their lifestyle as being normal. Period. I don’t care what anyone says or does.

    Homosexuals have an agenda. It’s not good enough for them that people don’t care to know about their lifestyle. They want to shove it in your face. They refuse to carry on about their own business and go about their lives without telling the whole world about their sexual preference. Who cares?! Keep it in your bedroom! The way they behave is very telling about their character. They’re abusive, vile and evil. It’s not going to work. People don’t like it and will never accept people shoving stuff in their face, ever.

    • David

      Nobody cares if you accept their lifestyle or not. Nobody is asking you to. What homosexuals want are equal rights under the law. If you want to live and let live, support gay marriage- once they have equal rights you won’t have to hear about it anymore.

      • Al Del Vecchio

        If homosexuals were a little bit more measured in their responses, I’m sure more people would support them.
        This way they end up being just a bunch of trash.
        A good percentage of the glbt community are trash.
        Unfortunately the other percenatege of decent people who are homosexuals get lumped into the same bucket and suffer.
        There are many people who happen to be gay who don’t support the “gay community” and their life styles.

        • David

          I wonder how ‘measured in your response’ you would be if a large group was attempting to restrict your rights.

    • http://www.kenyaspeaks.com Kenyaspeaks

      I agree myop…your words express my sentiments. Stop forcing it down my throat. All that does is turn me off from the subject. When they behave that way, I do think of them as abusers and vile. Heterosexual men and women don’t run around throwing hissy fits.
      The Chick Filets president had a RIGHT to speak up about his personal feelings about gay marriage. Homosexuals need to pull up their big girl pants and keep it moving. Everyone has an opinion and all they are doing is turning people off about the idea of the gay lifestyle when they act this way.

    • http://thisweekintexas.com Steve

      I disagree wholeheartedly with Chick-fil-A. The militant rabid far right religious fanatics are a bunch of hypocrites. They demand “tolerance” but don’t have any for anyone other than themselves. Everyone has a right to their own opinion and to voice their conscious as God gives it to them. I don’t hate Christians, I happen to be one. I don’t care to force them to actually interpret the Bible in a logical, intelligent manor or to change their misguided opinion. Let them live and let live. However, I will NEVER accept their ideas of hatred and judgmental criticism of others, or their desire to dictate what others need to do and how to live their lives. I don’t care what anyone says or does.

      Religious fanatics have an agenda. It’s not good enough for them that people don’t care to listen to them preaching. They want to make laws to criminalize other people because they don’t like them.

      In their ignorance of not making an effort to understand those they try to deprive basic human dignity, and the lack of knowledge of their own Christian principles, these people are being left behind. They’re abusive, vile and evil. It’s not going to work. People don’t like it and will never accept people shoving stuff in their face, ever.

      • David

        Well put, indeed.

      • http://cass-hacks.com Craig

        Why was there no outcry concerning Chik-Fil-A before Mr. Cathy’s views were made known?

        Why were there no widespread complaints by employees from the LGBT community?

        Why were there no complaints from customers who are members of the LGBT community?

        Could it be that the opinions of the owners had nothing to do with how members of the LGBT community were treated, either as employees or customers?

        One could say that some employees of the LGBT community did not feel comfortable in their jobs but that just makes Chik-Fil-A no different than any other large chain corporation.

        How is this anything except the owners of Chik-Fil-A being persecuted for their opinion?

        • http://thisweekintexas.com Steve

          If you are not aware of the fact that the gay community has been boycotting Chick-Fil-A for several years, not because of something some man said two or three weeks ago. Then you just don’t want, or are not actually searching for the truth.

          This is not about someone trying to squelch someone else’s right to free speech.

          Chick-fil-A’s anti-LGBT stance goes well beyond simply opposing marriage equality. They have giving millions of dollars to anti-LGBT organizations, including those that have been designated “hate groups” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and those that push so-called “ex-gay” therapy, which has been denounced by the mainstream medical and mental health community.

          It’s just that Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin ran with this comment and turned it into a big controversy to suite their agenda. But since you were not aware that the LGBT community has been boycotting them for years, I guess there goes your “always throwing it in our face” argument.

  • Scott F.

    Persecution has always made Christianity to abound.

  • http://Mabuzi.com Kevin

    Its clever marketing by Chick-fil-A as they know who their target market is and it is not gay people. Very clever indeed.

    In this case you are what you eat.

  • http://www.dating-sites-australia.com.au/category/gay/ Mark – The Best List

    There are a lot of comments on here regarding tolerance and equal rights, but tolerance must come from both sides and rights must be distributed equally in all ways.
    We must be mindful that the older generations (Dan Cathy included) are always going to be less accepting of change and less tolerant of difference than the younger generations.
    When we get to their age there will be a whole new set of changes, issues and debates and we will probably take the conservative view also.

    Dan has the right to express his opinion and in his position he also has the right to dictate that this be his company’s opinion.
    We have the right to disagree, but we should do so respectfully.

  • Mandy

    It wasn’t smart because when the country finally realizes that their views are same as those of the segregationist south, they will become marginalized and “old fashioned”.

  • http://cass-hacks.com Craig

    I don’t see it so much as Chik-Fil-A stating their views, as if to promote them but instead, speaking honestly about ones views when asked during an interview.

    Nothing had changed other than one man’s views became known to a wider audience.

    Chik-Fil-A had members of the LGBT community as employees before and still does now. There were some stores where those living an alternate lifestyle didn’t feel comfortable and some where they felt comfortable enough to be open about their lifestyle, and there still are and likely will always be both. There were some employees fired for their ill treatment of other employees and there likely will continue to be. Customers were treated with respect no matter ‘what’ they were and that hasn’t changed either, even when the are buttheads that post videos of their abuse of a low level employee and who get fired for it but hopefully that won’t continue.

    The only thing that changed is that people looking for a rallying point were handed one on a platter and, Chik-Fil-A stopped making donations to external organizations.

    Before Mr. Cathy’s opinions were published, no one had a problem with Chik-Fil-A, especially its employees that has an employee retention rate that is 40 to 50% higher than the national average.

  • http://www.wingsdove.com Mary

    Every human being in the United States has been given the right to free speech as well as the right to freedom of religion, regardless of anyone else’s opinion.

    The CEO of Chick-fil-A openly stated his religious views . . . and the world reacts, taking sides, not on the issue of religious freedom, but on the assumption of bigotry. Most of the Christians that I know, do not hold hatred toward people who are Gay, they simply accept the Bible’s teachings about marriage.

    I do not have to agree with everyone’s religious beliefs and often, I don’t, but I do have to accept their right to have their beliefs.

    • http://thisweekintexas.com Steve

      “However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way.” (Leviticus 25:44-46 NLT)

      What if the CEO of Chick-fil-A had sighted this passage from the bible and said because of this bible verse, I believe black people who are foreigners of America, should be subjected to slavery Blah blah blah . . . Would you say . . . Hey, the man is entitled to his opinion because it falls under the freedom of speech in the Constitution.

      OK, I agree, he has the right to his opinion and to think whatever he wants. Personally, that would be enough for me to not want anything to do with this man, and I would NEVER give this man a penny. That does not mean I don’t accept his right to say it. But I’m sure there are hundreds of thousands of people who would still spend their money in this man’s business.

      Now, what if this man was known to also have donated over 5 million dollars of profits from his business to the Arian Nation, the KKK, and about three other groups that are known to be hate groups?

      Would it still just be about his freedom of speech, or does his physical actions of financial support of hate groups change the narrative of this to a more unacceptable level of actually supporting hate groups who we know do physical harm to minority groups?

      If Black people decided to boycott this company, would you be calling them out as being intolerant and picking on the poor man for his religious beliefs?

      The only difference from what I have just posted and the actual situation we have with Chick-fil-A, is the particular Bible beliefs and interpretation. The LGBT community has not been boycotting this company (For over three years) because of this mans beliefs, but because of this company supporting hate groups.

      Are you people still not getting it? If not then it’s because you don’t want to. And that is your issue to deal with. If you refuse to accept the truth, grab your Bible and look in the mirror and ask yourself, “am I being an honest good Christian by blaming the LGBT community of being intolerant and hateful for no good reason? And, is it hateful for the LGBT community to boycott this company when it supplies large sums of money to organizations who persecute the LGBT community?”

      I dare you to answer those questions with a yes, looking in the mirror while holding your Bible.

  • Michelle Taylor

    I think the gay community should realize that Christians and bible based morality is not something that will go away and homosexuality will never be accepted in the minds of traditional Christians…EVER! this should not be something new to anyone. Chick-fil-a is a christian owned company, and of course he believes in the bibles definition of family. Has our world now come to this…that no one can say they are against gay marriage without being perceived as evil doers?

    And what if we were all gay? Yea, the human race would die out.

    So anti gay groups could really be seen as trying to preserve the human race…because it is a well known fact that gays are always in your face trying to promote and proselytize their gay lifestyle. No doubt if was left up to the gay community the world would be gay.

    • http://thisweekintexas.com Steve

      That has to be the lamest argument the “Traditional Christians” have ever tried to use. Especially when you feel the need to shout the “NEVER!” I will agree with one thing, this is not something new, as a matter of fact it is old and tired!

      Your statement “of course he believes in the bibles definition of family.” I wasn’t aware the bible made a point of defining terms and phrases that were used throughout the Bible.

      It’s men who have spent so much time defining the Bible to suite what ever meaning they want. Racist people have done it for many years! And still do! Bigoted people do it all the time. As a gay man I can probably do it better than you as I have actually read the Bible and interpreted it for myself and frankly don’t see anything that you seem to see.

      Like for instance Leviticus does not say anything about gay people. Nor does it call anyone an abomination. At least not the King James version. There is a big difference between saying when a man lies down with another man they have done something detestable. Which is what the bible says, and idiots interpreting that as “The bible says that being gay is detestable.” An actual interpretation would realize the difference between They have DONE SOMETHING DETESTABLE and they ARE detestable.

      So, actually it is speaking about sexual acts and not about individual people. That’s just the one phrase that people who choose to judge, and thumb their noses up at the LGBT community try to use to justify their underlying prejudice.

      Let me guess, I bet you are one of those who believe every word of the Bible is the absolute truth and God does not make mistakes because he is the all knowing all powerful OZ!

      OK, All knowing? Then why does God ask so many questions if he knows everything? In the first chapter Gad asks an awful lot of questions for someone who knows everything. “Adam where are you? Why are you covering yourself? Did you eat from the tree of the Knowledge of good and evil that I told you not too?” You interpret that as ALL KNOWING?

      All I can say is you need to learn how to reason.

      But there is nothing more ridiculous and makes one look like a complete moron then to make the statement that gay people can’t procreate. Do I really need to explain the birds and the bees to you?

      Guess what, gay men have penises and they work just like straight men’s, lesbians have vaginas and they work just like straight women’s. How many gay men and gay women have actually had children of their own. Millions! Does that scare you?

      This is why I think there needs to be a new definition of homophobia. The definition should be “someone who can’t take the sex out of homosexual.”

      That is what a homophobe is, all they can see is the sex, they can’t allow themselves to see the person because they may have to admit that gays are more like straight people than they are different. We are all just a bunch of sex monsters who wake up every morning with our tongues hanging to the floor and spend all day looking for children to molest. There is nothing Christ like in having those type of thoughts.

      And for your last statement: No doubt if was left up to the gay community the world would be gay.
      Can you not say the same about religious fanatics? Don’t they want everyone to be just like them?

      As far as the “Christians and bible based morality is not something that will go away.” No it won’t but thank God there are churches and religious persons all over the world who are coming around to the idea that all this misrepresentation and abuse of the Bible by religious fanatics is wrong and not how they choose to interpret “Christ teachings”.

      • Michelle Taylor

        It simply boils down to the fact that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Only someone who truly has a heart after God will diligently search the scriptures to find the truth. You are searching the scriptures hell bent on making them fit to your lifestyle. If God himself spoke to you and told you the act of homosexuality was wrong…what would you do? Do you have a heart after God?

        I do not hate gay people…I simply believe that the act of homosexuality is wrong. I also believe that stealing is wrong. But when my neighbor’s son went to jail for steeling I didn’t suddenly hate him, even though I believe that what he did was wrong.

        I think that is what is hard for you and the gay community to understand and deal with. You want everyone to embrace the act of homosexuality as pure and right, and a natural way of life, and if anyone believes otherwise then they are a good for nothing bigot who is ignorant as well as a religious fanatic.

        Why can’t we just agree to disagree?? I assure you I do not hate you because you are gay…but can you say the same for people like me who truly believe in their heart that the gay lifestyle is wrong? Why must you not stop until you have changed the mind of everyone of us?? You cannot make me accept homosexuality any more than I can make you become a heterosexual. Let’s leave it at that.

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