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

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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.]

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Cathy's statement was a

Cathy's statement was a calculated business decision, just like everything else he's done. He knows his customer base and caters to them accordingly. The man's too smart a businessman to do otherwise. Most people I know say the same as you, that they're going to eat at Chick-fil-a even more now. Furthermore, it's his right as a private business owner to take any stand he chooses.

When you say, "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..." I call foul. Private business owners have the right to express any values they desire, be that Unilever, Oreo or anyone else regardless of what those values are and regardless of whether or not we may agree with them. The conservative right gets into trouble when it vilifies (indeed, even boycotts) a company for taking a liberal stance, yet you're complaining that the liberal left is vilifying Chick-fil-a? In our current two party system that's all either side does. They vilify their opponent and deify their constituency; I think that's unfortunate.

Furthermore, for Unilever and Oreo, even their statements in support of LGBT politics were calculated business decisions. They know their market and their profits reflect accordingly.

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Calculated business decision

I think so as well. The number of heterosexuals that eat at Chick-fil-A outnumber the others 50 to 1 - maybe more.

And of course heterosexual couples marry, go to church on Sunday and have children who they raise to be church-going, heterosexual Chick-fil-A customers who go on to have kids of their own and so on.

Gay married couple may or may not go to Chick-fil-A once in a while, but their kids sure don't.

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RWM- Dan Cathy CEO of the year?

If this is a calculated business decision on the part of Dan Cathy I think he should win the CEO of the award!!!!!

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CEO of the year for Dan Cathy? No, probably not

He didn't calculate or create this firestorm. Others did. Dan just spoke from his heart and the gaysters decided to take it to another level. Normally I don't care what the little deviants do, but dissing Dan Cathy goes too far. He said what his personal beliefs were and that is fine. The gaysters disagree. So who cares? If Dan calculated or planned this he would come out (pun intended) tomorrow and say "At least we got the national media to present the Chick-fil-A brand properly - with two hyphens and an upper case A". Dan won't do that because he has too much class, but this whole thing has made Christian Chicken a powerhouse.

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I love Chick Fil A too!!!!

I think gay groups may wind up regretting starting this battle. As pointed out in this article this is more about freedom of speech than gay rights. Before this most people, like me, haven't paid much attention to the political leanings of a given company. After all I thought we all had a right to our opinion. But I'm starting to now. Chick Fil A was already a restaurant that I visited on occasion. I have my calendar marked to be there tomorrow and Friday. And while I won't actually boycott Starbucks, Amazon, etc I'll probably shift a few visits from away from those businesses in favor of businesses that lean more toward my way of thinking. Everyone has a right to their opinion even if some disagree with it.

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Believe me Bonnie, I will be at Chick-fil A on Wednesday

and many, many more times in the future.
The Gayists bashing a Christian does not work for me. Sure, the Mayors of Boston and Chicago can get their panties in a wad about Dan Cathy saying he likes traditional marriage - like God and Jesus, but how does anyone come down on the other side? A Mayor (meaning a real mayor with actual power) says this? How silly. He diminishes himself.

I have always been a Chick-fil A fan, now I am a super fan. Buzz off you little Gayists. Don't need to see you and don't care about your little agenda. If you had just kept quiet, you would have gotten quiet acceptance, but instead you tried the "in your face" approach. Didn't work. Buzz off. Go home. Mommy would be proud.

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