‘Guilty as charged': President of fast food chain Chick-fil-A OUTS his company as ANTI-GAY – and proud of it

The fast food chain Chick-fil-A has long been  suspected of having an anti-gay agenda, and this week, the company’s COO has  decidedly come out on the side of the ‘biblical definition of the family  unit.’

Dan Cathy, the president of the  multimillion-dollar empire said in an interview with the conservative  paper Baptist  Press  that his company is ‘very much supportive  of the family,’ but only when it involves heterosexual couples.

‘Well, guilty as charged,’ Cathy responded  when asked about Chick-fil-A’s backing of ‘traditional’ families with a husband  and wife.

Revealed: Chick-fil-A COO Dan Cathy said he and his company support traditional marriage based on biblical values

Guilty as charged: Chick-fil-A COO Dan Cathy, son of  restaurant founder S. Truett Cathy, said he and his company support traditional  marriage based on biblical values 

‘We are a family-owned business, a family-led  business, and we are married to our first wives,’ Cathy continued, according to  the Los Angeles  Times.

The Atlanta-based business currently has  1,608 locations and boasts sales of more than $4billion. According to the paper,  Chick-fil-A workers are trained ‘to focus on values rooted in the Bible,’ and  the eateries nationwide are closed on Sundays.

‘We don’t claim to be a Christian business,’ Mr Cathy said. ‘Companies are not lost or saved, but certainly individuals are.  But as an organization we can operate on biblical principles.’

The company, founded in 1946 by Cathy’s  father, S. Truett Cathy, has come under fire for donating more than $3million  between 2003 and 2009 to Christian organizations with a well-known anti-gay  agenda, among them the Marriage & Family Foundation and the Family Research  Council.

Activist business: It has been reported that Chick-fil-A has donated millions of dollars to Christian groups that oppose gay marriage

Activist business: It has been reported that Chick-fil-A  has donated millions of dollars to Christian groups that oppose gay marriage

The Atlanta-based fast food chain currently has 1,608 locations and boasts sales of more than $4billion

Success story: The Atlanta-based fast food chain  currently has 1,608 locations and boasts sales of more than $4billion

According to a report from LGBT advocacy  group Equality Matters, in 2010 alone Chick-fil-A gave nearly $2million to such  causes.

CLUCKING MAD: ACTOR ED HELMS LASHES  OUT AGAINST CHICK-FIL-A

Ed Helms hates Chik-fil-a

Ed Helms, known for his memorable roles in  The Hangover and The Office, posted his two cents on Twitter today, writing: ‘Chick-Fil-A doesn’t like gay people? So lame. Hate to think what they do to the  gay chickens,’ adding that the restaurant ‘lost a loyal fan.’

Other celebrities like Andy Richter took to  the microblogging site to say: ‘Plenty of other chicken sandwiches out there,  folks.’

Despite the food chain’s history of providing  financial support to faith-based groups that oppose homosexuality, Cathy’s  comments appear to contradict his previously stated position on the  issue.

In a 2011 interview with the Atlanta Journal  Constitution, Cathy said that his  business ‘opted not to get involved in the political debate. It’s never been our  agenda.’

However, in last month’s radio  interview on  The Ken Coleman Show, Cathy stated in no uncertain terms  where he stands on the  issue of gay 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,’ and 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,’ he said at the time.

Cathy said this week that he realizes that  their stance on same-sex marriage may not be‘popular with everyone,’ but his  company’s leaders intend to stay the  course.

Chick-fil-A’s record of donations to anti-gay  groups through the company’s charity organization, WinShape, has already  prompted Northeastern University in Boston to abandon plans to open an eatery on  campus.

The chain also faced criticism when it  sponsored a relationship seminar in Pennsylvania that banned same-sex couples  from attending, Philadelphia  Magazine reported.

FROM HUMBLE GRILL TO FAST FOOD  EMPIRE: CHICK-FIL-A’S HISTORY

1946:  Dan Cathy’s father, Truett Cathy, opens The Dwarf Grill in the Atlanta suburb of  Hapeville (later renamed the Dwarf House)

1964:  Truett Cathy invents the original Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich

1967:  First Chick-fil-A in-mall restaurant opens in Atlanta’s Greenbriar  Mall

1982:  Chick-fil-A Inc moved into its corporate office headquarters on Buffington Road  in southwest Atlanta

1985:  WinShape is founded as a non-profit organization and charitable  foundation

1986:  Company opens its first stand-alone restaurant on North Druid Hills Road in  Atlanta

1992:  Chick-fil-A expands to college campuses, including Georgia Tech and Clemson  University, with first brand licensing agreements

1995:  Restaurant chain ‘Eat Mor Chikin’ Cow Campaign debuts

2003:  Chick-fil-A begins expansion to Western U.S., opening its first stand-alone  locations in Utah and Arizona, and breaking ground on four Southern California  Restaurants

2010:  Chain opens its 1,500th location at the Chick-fil-A at USC In-Line; the  restaurant is the first in the Los Angeles area, located near the University of  Southern California

2010:  Chick-fil-A begins its expansion into the Chicago area, opening its first  stand-alone location in Aurora, Illinois

2010:  Restaurant chain enters its 39th state by opening a location at Boise State  University in Boise, Idaho

2012:  Chick-fil-A surpasses $4billion in sales

                                                                                                                     Source: http://www.chick-fil-a.com

 

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