Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy took a firm stance against gay marriage in an interview with the Baptist Press on Monday.
In the interview, he stated that Chick-fil-A is not a Christian business – which may come as a bit of a surprise to those of us who visit the fast food restaurant and are routinely told to “Have a blessed day!” when we pick up our food.
Cathy went on to explain. “In that spirit … [Christianity] is about a personal relationship. Companies are not lost or saved, but certainly individuals are.” He does feel, though, that Christians are missionaries in the workplace, according to the Baptist Press. “If you’re obedient to God you are going to be evangelistic in the quality of the work you do, using that as a portal to share [Christ],” said Cathy.
But what has stirred controversy, and has some calling for a boycott of the restaurant chain, was Cathy’s statements regarding gay marriage. When asked about the controversy, Cathy said “Well, guilty as charged” and that “”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.”
The statement was a more mild version of an earlier comment made by Cathy on the Ken Coleman Show last month. In the interview with Coleman, Cathy said “As it relates to society in general, I think we’re 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. I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think we [can] try to define what marriage is all about.”
So has Cathy sparked a huge boycott of Chick-fil-A with his anti gay marriage comments?
According to ABC News, actor Ed Helms is jumping on the boycott bandwagon. But he’s the only celebrity that has gained much attention for taking a stance so far.
About 40 various Chick-fil-A boycott pages and groups have been started on Facebook, some several years old, with the largest only garnering 1538 likes since it was created – back in January of last year.
And a Washington Post poll (unscientific, of course) on this question is running with 66% in favor of continuing to visit Chick-fil-A, and 34% saying they won’t go there again.
On the face of it, the boycott doesn’t appear to be taking on much steam, at least not yet.
Are you going to continue going to Chick-fil-A, or has Cathy chased you away with his position? Leave your (appropriate) comments below!