Chick-Fil-A is a family-run Christian company that boldly exemplifies Biblical principles and puts faith ahead of profits, closing on Sundays to observe the Sabbath. As part of their mission to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A, they support a long-term foster care program, summer camps for more than 1,900 boys and girls each year, a scholarship program in conjunction with Berry College, marriage enrichment retreats, character education, and other programs. In addition, Chick-fil-A cares about and is committed to being good stewards of the environment. Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy and his corporation are wonderful role models and deserving of praise. But you’ve likely heard that Chick-fil-A has come under fire lately. What did the Chick-fil-A CEO say that was so bad? Here are Dan Cathy’s remarks that sparked the furor:
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 operate as a family business … We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to 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.”
Dan Cathy wasn’t being mean, nasty, hateful, or attacking anyone; he simply stated that he believed in the traditional biblical understanding of the family. But the mean, nasty, hateful, venomous attacks that are being hurled against him, his family, and his company are uncalled for! Other people have a right to their opinions; why can’t he express his opinion without being bullied? If you don’t agree with him, don’t eat at Chick-Fil-A. However, I hope you will join me and my family in support of “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day” on August 1, 2012. The following letter was sent out by former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. (Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum, Rev. Billy Graham, Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, and others are actively supporting “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” as well.)
I have been incensed at the vitriolic assaults on the Chick Fil-A company because the CEO, Dan Cathy, made comments recently in which he affirmed his view that the Biblical view of marriage should be upheld. The Cathy family, led by Chick Fil-A founder Truett Cathy, are a wonderful Christian family who are committed to operating the company with Biblical principles and whose story is the true American success story. Starting at age 46 Truett Cathy built Chick Fil-A into a $4 billion a year enterprise with over 1600 stores. At 91, he is still active in the company, but his son Dan runs it day to day as CEO. It’s a great American story that is being smeared by vicious hate speech and intolerant bigotry from the left.
The Chick-Fil-A company refuses to open on Sundays so that their employees can go to church if they wish. Despite the pressure from malls, airports, and the business world to open on Sundays, they still don’t. They treat customers and employees with respect and dignity.
I ask you to join me in speaking out on Wednesday, August 1 “Chick Fil-A Appreciation Day.” No one is being asked to make signs, speeches, or openly demonstrate. The goal is simple: Let’s affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1. Too often, those on the left make corporate statements to show support for same sex marriage, abortion, or profanity, but if Christians affirm traditional values, we’re considered homophobic, fundamentalists, hate-mongers, and intolerant. This effort is not being launched by the Chick Fil-A company and no one from the company or family is involved in proposing or promoting it.
There’s no need for anyone to be angry or engage in a verbal battle. Simply affirm appreciation for a company run by Christian principles by showing up on Wednesday, August 1 or by participating online – tweeting your support or sending a message on Facebook. No need to make signs, honk horns, or have rallies. Just show up August 1, eat, and/or affirm support for a business that stands for something.
I hope you will use your Twitter account, Facebook page, pulpit, or printed word to share with your friends, family, and followers. Let’s make this viral.
Cut and paste and put your own message or approach to it. Make it your own platform-not mine. Please send to your personal networks of friends and family. Thanks!
Did You Know…? The Chick-fil-A website contains a page of free downloadable “old school” games for your family to promote an active lifestyle and enjoy the great outdoors.
Also at the Chick-fil-A website, you can submit your Best Cow Costume Contest photo for a chance to win a $100 Chick-fil-A® gift card, a catered Chick-fil-A party, and other prizes. You can only enter the contest once, so make it count! See Official Rules for details.