What Exactly Did Dan Cathy Say to Land Chic fil a in Hot Water?
August 1, 2012 39 Comments
Here is the quote from his interview with Baptist Press
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.”
The context of that statement was a discussion of their support of a ministry called Winshape that helps kids with scholarships and helps foster children. That led into Dan Cathy to make a statement about the company being pro-family.
That quote was followed up by an appearance on the Ken Coleman show where Dan Cathy said this,
“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”
The context of that statement was Dan Cathy talking about how even our very existence comes from DNA from a man and a woman and how God designed it to be that way. Cathy’s point was that when we start redefining marriage to something we don’t see it defined as in scripture that God won’t look favorably on that.
We do business with people we agree with and disagree with on a daily basis. It is only when a business steps on our hot button issue that people get bent all out of shape. Obviously, some businesses are more vocal about their stances than others and thankfully we live in a country where two things can freely happen: they can express their stance and we can decide to take our business to them in support or to someone else in a show of our disapproval. No one is forcing anyone to go to Chic fil a for all their chicken needs. I really don’t think Chic fil a will mind a ding in their profits for doing what they think is right…remember, these are the guys who already take Sunday off in order to honor God.
What gets under my skin most at times like this is that some people use these times as opportunities to politicize it all and use it as leverage to promote or push their agendas. We need to make sure that in all things we practice the fruits of the Spirit and are grace giving and loving toward the people God puts before us to minister to and show the love of Christ.
By the way, the quote you aren’t getting from the Baptist Press interview is this fantastic snippet about his perspective on “Christian business”,
“We don’t claim to be a Christian business,” Cathy told the Biblical Recorder in a recent visit to North Carolina. He attended a business leadership conference many years ago where he heard Christian businessman Fred Roach say, “There is no such thing as a Christian business.”
“That got my attention,” Cathy said. Roach went on to say, “Christ never died for a corporation. He died for you and me.”
“In that spirit … [Christianity] is about a personal relationship. Companies are not lost or saved, but certainly individuals are,” Cathy added.
“But as an organization we can operate on biblical principles. So that is what we claim to be. [We are] based on biblical principles, asking God and pleading with God to give us wisdom on decisions we make about people and the programs and partnerships we have. And He has blessed us.”