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I love Chick-fil-A . . . now more than ever

Bonnie Willis's picture

While I knew there was a contingent in our society that have contempt for traditional values, I did not think we were at that day when simply expressing those values would be vilified and construed as undermining our country, but that is exactly what is happening to a brand that I love — Chick-fil-A.

It started with Dan Cathy, current company president and son of the founder of Chick-fil-A, doing an innocuous interview with The Baptist Press in mid-July, after which opponents have accused the food chain of being discriminatory, bigoted and unconstitutional.

As a result, a cyber firestorm with socio-political groups came out against the chain and Boston and Chicago mayors declared that Chick-fil-A would not be welcome to open a new store in their cities.

So, what exactly did Cathy say that would cause such ire? It did not take me long to find the “offensive quote” in context:

Some have opposed the company’s support of the traditional family. “Well, guilty as charged,” said Cathy when asked about the company’s position. ”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 ... our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that,” Cathy emphasized. “We intend to stay the course,” he said. “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.” (K. Allan Blume/Biblical Recorder, Baptist Press, July 16, 2012)

Wow, that’s it?! That’s the quote that has people in such an uproar?

Notice that Cathy does not speak critically, or even mention other forms of relationships. He merely expresses support of traditional marriage and biblical values which are consistent with the founding of our country, and are held today by an overwhelming majority of our citizens, and politicians — at least during an election year.

But I think that it is not so much the quote that socio-political groups are finding offensive. I think it is the fact that Chick-fil-A chooses to operate according to biblical values and demonstrates that a company can be wildly successful living up to its corporate purpose which is, “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”

Rather than lashing out at these groups, Chick-fil-A has stated that they will simply continue to focus on delivering great food and service to their customers.

But for those of us who love Chick-fil-A, we know they do so much more. I love Chick-fil-A because of the heart they have for their employees and customers.

I saw how special they made my son feel on his sixth birthday at Chick-fil-A where he received a surprise visit from “Mr. Moo-Cow,” and a mini-cow gift. My son was so happy and slept with that cow for months.

In a day and age when food chains seem to focus on keeping labor and food costs low, what company brings in more labor just to make a little boy feel special? Chick-fil-A, that’s who!

I am hoping that fans (and fanatics) will visit Chick-fil-A today, August 1st, Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, and let them know how much we love Chick-fil-A.

Hopefully, this will communicate to the world that we are a nation that appreciates when companies — and individuals — uphold biblical values.

[Bonnie B. Willis is co-founder of The Willis Group, LLC, a Learning, Development, and Life Coaching company here in Fayette County and lives in Fayetteville along with her husband and their five children.]


that you liked the opposite sex?

birdman's picture

explain HOW someone could be gay if it wasn't some sort of genetic make up???? I have always marveled at those who claim it's a choice. I am not gay. I know that no matter what I could never have gay sex. It is not something I could do even if I wanted to. But rational thought (I know, only liberals have rational thought) makes the whole "choice" idea absurd. Gays are hated in the community. Hated in the church. Discriminated against by society in terms of military service, groups such as Boy Scouts, etc. In Nazi Germany they were arrested and executed. In Muslim countries they are arrested and executed even today. And the list goes on. So please, if it isn't some genetic make up, can you please explain why someone would go against their very nature, engage in a lifestyle that is uncomfortable (at best) to heterosexuals, and risk shunning, imprisonment, hatred, discrimination, and death. Why would ANYONE choose this?
As an aside, I had a friend I grew up with who was gay. He tried to hide it his whole life. He was so conflicted he attempted suicide twice. As an adult, he finally "came out of the closet." Please show me where he made a "choice" to be gay.

kcchiefandy's picture

Not me; I pray for them, and for many others, inc. myself and my family, for many, many concerns. We're really just rehashing the old 'nature vs. nurture' arguement; I imagine the answer is somewhere in between. Your friend's affliction is the same as many of us imperfect humans have; we all have crosses to bear and struggles to overcome - some will, and some won't, and we pray for the strength to overcome. All the best to your friend and may God bless his soul.

mudcat's picture

This is a whole useless argument that never satisfies either side.

Sure some people choose to be gay. It is a well-known fact that tons of girls in college state that they are gay to avoid the relentlessly horny college boys (no offense, birdman). Some stay gay because they meet someone special while they are running in gay circles, others convert back after they find someone who actually graduates from college and has a chance to get a decent job and support a family. I also know ladies who got sick and tired of men in general and simply switched teams - although I think that is a temporary thing.

Others choose to be straight. All I heard growing up was how sexy Annette Funicello was. Didn't make sense to me, but the first time I saw Tim Considine on the Hardy Boys - Ding, ding, ding! Never thought about it before, but sure did afterwards.

Of course I think most are born gay or straight and influenced greatly by their parents. I guess the jury is still out on how a boy with 2 fathers turns out. That will be interesting - I hope we are using massive amounts of our tax dollars to study that.

The only thing good about all this is that people like your friend can now come out without much to fear - assuming he lives in a tolerant part of the country. The pain and anxiety of living with a secret like that is really unfair and I'm sorry so many who were obviously born gay had to suffer.

This is the reality of where this issue stands today.

[quote]Of course I think most are born gay or straight and influenced greatly by their parents. I guess the jury is still out on how a boy with 2 fathers turns out. That will be interesting - I hope we are using massive amounts of our tax dollars to study that.
The only thing good about all this is that people like your friend can now come out without much to fear - assuming he lives in a tolerant part of the country. The pain and anxiety of living with a secret like that is really unfair and I'm sorry so many who were obviously born gay had to suffer.[/quote]

Josh Bloom's picture

My question to you sir,

Do you choose to be straight? Do you choose everyday to be with the oppisite sex or is it simply in your biological makeup?

birdman's picture

oops again.

birdman's picture

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birdman's picture

compare homosexuality to pedophilia, then the answer to your question "what major religion or belief system in the world today approves of and sanctions homosexual congress" is simple (and given your ND pic, you should be able to relate to this), the Catholic Church. After all, they are the ones who transferred the "Sandusky Priests" around and paid off their victims.

kcchiefandy's picture

...to slam a 2000+ year old religion but no where in their dogma is a sanctioning of such acts; please supply proof if you can. Any corruption of such was/is committed by Man, not the Church and its doctrine (and yes, Man has been complicit in concealing such acts, as have many religions/religious persons in history). Again, please present a current, or any, religion that espouses homosexuality as one of its tenets.

birdman's picture

it is the abomination by man that has allowed the Catholic religion (and many other religions) to go so astray as to actually support and cover up the horrible abuses by some of it's priests. But I really don't remember near the outcry on this, or any other forum, when the scandal broke. And of course I know of no religion that espouses homosexuality. But the whole point is simple, you and those who think like you, demand that the LAW of the nation be supportive of your RELIGIOUS view. That seems to be contrary to our Constitution. The Supreme Court has already upheld this. The Gay community is not asking for RELIGIOUS rights, only LEGAL rights.
You seem to think that all gays are pedophiles, and all pedophiles are gay. In fact that is simply not true. Jerry Sandusky wasn't gay, he didn't like men, he was a pedophile who was married to a woman. He liked little boys. A gay man would be no more attracted to a 12 year old boy than you are attracted to a 12 year old girl.
But the real question is why do you care? Gay rights have no effect on your rights. I know, they "disgust" you. Well lots of stuff disgusts me and everyone else. But we don't outlaw that. I would suggest you quit stressing so much about others seeking equal rights, and concentrate on living the Christian life you see yourself living.

In my very humble opinion.

It is amazing how so many who claim to be christians have such animosity against someone or a group they do not believe in---but, even so that is their right. When it bothers me is when they try to impose those beliefs on others. So many forget that there is separation of church and state---and also forget that laws are made for everyone not just them.

There are many religions and just as many beliefs. What makes us think that ours is the only right one? From some of the ideas I see espoused here and elsewhere, it is scary how thin that line is between the way they think and the countries that outlaw other religions.

Our constitution guarantees equal rights to all---our religious beliefs should do the same. Just my opinion.

kcchiefandy's picture

Homosexuality is a sexual deviency, like pedophila or beastiality; no where did I state such a link between them as you accuse me of. It is, IMHO, a legal issue because it relates to the progeneration of our society, and societies as a whole. The religious issue is wholly another matter. Did I say they disgust me? If so, that is a bit harsh; I find that sexual act disgusting, not the person, just as murder is disgusting but it happens within our imperfect being.

Btw, what's wrong with having sex with young girls? Some Arabs do it all the time from what I understand. Maybe they were just born that way...shouldn't that be ok?

Busy Bee's picture

The issue is consent KC, surely you know that.

kcchiefandy's picture

...but that can change. NAMBLA & such orgs. will build lobbying power and get that silly restraint erased from our laws. Who are you to say when someone's ready for sexual activity? Psychiatrists say? Well, up to 40 yrs. ago or so they said homosexuality wasn't normal, so why shouldn't this change now, too? Children mature at different rates, so why restrict their sexual freedom, right?

Dillik's picture

When you define something as a deviance, it's easy to claim it leads to other deviances. Here, let's try: Oral sex is a deviance; if we allow it, next they'll be allowing sex with ostriches! It'd be safest to stick to the things that have never been called deviances. Like... um...

kcchiefandy's picture

...but mine is from the direct definition:
de·vi·ant (dv-nt)
Differing from a norm or from the accepted standards of a society.
One that differs from a norm, especially a person whose behavior and attitudes differ from accepted social standards.

and fork and I choose to pick my chicken up with my hands and eat in that manner, I am a deviant. At one time, women did not venture out without hats and gloves, so, again, if during that time I decided to go bareheaded and with ungloved hands I would have been a deviant. So, the word really does not have a derogatory meaning--it has only assumed that connotation after people such as yourself have decided to use it in that manner. Words can be twisted by anyone to make their point.

Having smoked pork chops tonight and there's a good chance I'll pick one up and eat it while holding it in my fingers---but who will know--except my wife of 43 yrs--who may just be doing the same thing---but probably not--her Brit upbringing wouldn't allow!

kcchiefandy's picture

Prepping for my special 'internal man-test' procedure tomorrow and slogging down a rancid liquid this evening, comments about your most delicious dinner are MOST unwelcome at this time!! ;)

Hey, I'm very familiar with the old DRE (it only hurts for a little while), and thankfully, so far they've all been good. Coupled with a very low PSA gives one a sense of security. But hey, just think of how you can gorge/splurge afterwards! OOpS, maybe it's a colonscopy--yep, know all about that too! Telllya what though, I suffered from Diverticulosis for yrs but when the Doc took out a coupla non-cancerous polyps, it all went away! What a relief.

kcchiefandy's picture

It should be quite an experience; one of life's special little moments. Now, gotta go...literally! ;)

You won't feel a thing! Guarantee you'll return home singing the praises of Conscious Sedation!

want you to end up with a deviant performing your procedure. Good luck--hope everything comes out okay--your test, that is.

they do not taste the same. I used to do the same thing when I was the only one there--never in front of the children--didn't want them to grow up to be a heathen like their mother. Enjoy, and for me too--can't eat them anymore.

kcchiefandy's picture

...would deviate from the social norm, yes; you're the one trying to make it a negative statement. Whether in science, society, or your 'chicken-eating', deviation is simply that - deviation from the norm.

I'm still curious what caused you to "deviate" from hacking dits to recruiting.

kcchiefandy's picture

...at first, the US Army, then the stability vs. (formerly) constant Intel community PCS's.

Why does a religion have to back it?

FWIW, I rarely get involved in these types of discussions, as it is usually fruitless.

For some time now doctors have been able to use the sperm from a man (homosexual men do produce sperm--you did know that didn't you?) and an egg from a woman and eureka! a test tube baby----I do believe I read recently where Louise the first test tube baby turned 30. There are many women who have agreed to be surrogate mothers for women who could not carry a baby to term and also for homosexual couples who wanted a child. There have also been men who donated their sperm so lesbian women can have a child--one woman becomes the birth mother. And I have never read anything or heard anything about a homosexual father being abusive to his child and I am sure if there had been incidents it would have been in all the news media.

If we are going to hold everyone to what the Bible says is a sin then I guess we will go back to doing nothing on the Sabbath--after all we were instructed to keep it holy. And of course there is that bugaboo I mentioned earlier, adultery. How about honoring thy father and mother? I could go on and on--but I think you get the gist of what I am saying. We either believe what is written completely or we don't get to choose the things we want to change because it suits our lifestyle.

kcchiefandy's picture

...great examples of my point; the exploitation of medical science by homosexuals to create a child 'by them'. Can't/won't ever happen by two of the same sex; biologically impossible. As said before, it takes a 'mommy part' and a 'daddy part' to make a baby; it can be manipulated 'til the cows come home by the medical community, but the base fact is homosexuals (by definition) can't procreate.

Dillik's picture

If procreation is the standard for legitimacy, you must frown on infertile couples getting married. Man, no wonder God didn't want priests with crushed testes in his temple (Deut 23:1); fertility is serious business! (I'm just kidding; it's the ancient Hebrews who were obsessed with fertility, and we inherited their manuscripts.)

Anyway, your contempt for reproductive medicine is absurd, insofar as both gay couples and otherwise infertile couples can "exploit medical science" to create a child. They can also adopt. But then there's nothing more sinful than forming a lasting romantic bond with another adult and raising a child who has no parents, right? Because they're GAAAAAAYYYY (scary ghost voice).

their correct names or in case you don't know them----the 'mommy part' is called a vagina and the 'daddy part' is called a penis. There that didn't hurt, did it?

kcchiefandy's picture

...I'm referring to ovaries & eggs, and sperm.

I stopped by to pick up dinner and was told by the staff that all daily sales records had already been broken. A great day for Chick fil a, traditional family values and American culture.

mudcat's picture

"I hope you stay here is short". Surely it won't be, but I would love to hear the Buts from the Butts and so on.

Chick-fil-A is an American institution and the little gaysters and lesbolovers and attention-seekers that are pushing this stuff can show up in 2 days for the Kiss your same sex partner love in day and maybe get on TV so you can annoy your mother or father, get a spot on the Island show - if it is still on, or maybe get lemonade poured on you. See if you can top the number of real Americans that came out (pun intended) today.

Dopes. Get a job.

Don Haddix's picture

Actually, I say, "I hope your stay is long and prosperous."

With that said, are you working on the Chamber of Commerce sponsoring "Untie Atlanta?"

<cite><strong>Don Haddix
Peachtree City Mayor</strong></cite>

hutch866's picture

But what did your wife say Don? you still holding to the lie that she didn't say anything?

I yam what I yam

Are you going to make it in a lump sum or going with the easy pay plan they set up for you?

Seriously, what are your plans? Fight it (which would be kind of fun to watch) or stay the course on the payback?

Oh yeah, did you check out the nice stand of weeds I spoke of a couple of weeks ago? We have a nice stand growing north of Kelly on 74...they are looking better and better everyday. A regular citizen would have been fined more than once by now.

Robert W. Morgan's picture

Gays holding hands or getting married matters not one bit to me. Right wing moralists simply encourage the politicalization of the gay movement by pushing back. If we ignore them, they will either go away or at least realize their in-your-face behavior is not going to get them on the receiving end of some government sponsored entitlement program, which I believe is their real goal.

Prediction - married gay couples will be entitled disability payments because they can't have children. This can happen during Obama's second term. Can't happen? Check out the new definition of "work" as it pertains to unemployment payments - courtesy of Prezbo's executive order last week. Yes, anything can happen.

Live free or die!

meanoldconservatives's picture

Well, now I find out that besides a kiss-in some of the LGBT groups want us to donate $6.50 (the average cost of a combo meal) to our favorite LGBT organization rather than eat at Chick-Fil-A. These are the times that try men's souls. Do they have any idea the quandary this puts many of us in? While at the gym this morning this was all I could think about. What to do?

Should I go for the Number 1 Combo? A Southwest Chargrilled Salad? A Spicy Chicken Cool Wrap?

Well, I went for the 8-Count Nuggets and a side salad. Total came to $5.62. I saved 88 cents AND I got a survey receipt good for a free Chick-Fil-A sandwich.

What is that old saying??? Oh yeah. Winner, winner, chicken dinner......

Been there for breakfast and lunch. Going there tonight for ice dream!

I don't care what folks think on this issue.

It won't bother me in my life at all, whatever one cares to think.

Just keep making good chicken and Chic-Fil-A will be fine.

Me, I prefer the original Dwarf House, mainly for the BURGERS. :)

I won't be attending but it's got nothing to do with the Cathy ideology--I just don't patronize fast food places at all. I do have an occasional visit to a Waffle House for Country Ham & Waffles,to Thai Spice in PTC, and to some Pizza joint. I did prefer PiesonPizza in F'ville until they decided to stop serving wine & beer---should be illegal to sell pizza without beer!

I hate Chick-fil-A but after this assault on free speech and thought in America I may just become a customer. Bob



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