Chick-fil-A president, Dan Cathy has opened up about his stance for support anti-gay Christian organizations in recent interview with the Baptist Press. Last year Chick-fil-A caused controversy when they gave a considerable donation to an anti-gay Christian organization.
Cathy—son of the founder S. Truett Cathy—response is, “Well, guilty as charged.” Cathy describes the franchise in “support of the traditional family.”
“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 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.”
Cathy appeared on “The Ken Coleman Show,” and spoke about his company’s pride upholding its conservative manner and going onto assessing same-sex marriage.
“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’” said Cathy.
“I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about,” Cathy adds.
Cathy’s remarks have sparked criticism amongst the LGBT community. Writer Jeremy Hooper wrote, “Regardless of where you stand, the placement of LGBT people within our societal picture and within our body of laws is the conversation at hand…That is not the same thing as ‘support for the traditional family,’ no matter how aggressively the self-appointed values movement attempts to (mis)name reality!”
It was reported by the Huffington Post that in 2010 Chick-fil-A donated about $2 million to organizations that opposed same-sex marriage—notably giving $1,188,380 to the Marriage & Family Foundation.
Back in 2011 in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Cathy seemed to shrug of the criticism and calling blog reports “folklore.” “We’re not anti-anybody. Our mission is to create raving fans,” noted Cathy.