Chick-fil-A shocked everyone recently by hosting a major fundraising event at its Hollywood, Ca. franchise to support a homosexual agenda better known as “LGBT” lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth movement . The initiative benefited Campus Pride, one of the leading national LGBT nonprofits committed to making college campuses safe for LGBT youths.
The percentage of sales at the November 22, fundraiser donated to Campus Pride were unspecified but went towards raising money for an anonymous $10,000 matching grant. Campus Pride Director, Shane Windmeyer, said in a statement, “we’re not going to turn away anyone who wants to be an ally and help us fund raise. Today we are trying to be positive and more forward and do things that are common ground issues.”
Over the past year, Chick-fil-A’s CEO Dan Cathy, has reportedly attempted to soften his stance toward the queer community in Hollywood. He told USA Today in an interview this April, he’s bringing the company into a millennial-friendly era that will not only include new menu items but a new perspective on what beliefs should and shouldn’t be shared with the public.
Chick-fil-A wants to move beyond recent controversy over the fast food chain’s stance on gay marriage as it looks to court younger customers. “All of us become wiser as times goes by,” he told USA Today. “We sincerely care about all people…I’m going to leave it to politicians and others to discuss social issues.”
Chick-fil-A was at the epicenter of a media castigating in 2012 after the food chain’s CEO, Dan Cathy stated, “guilty as charged”, in an interview when it came to his and his company’s support of the traditional understanding of the biblical definition for the family unit and marriage.
Cathy said that he’s planning to move forward not only by keeping quiet on social issues but also by expanding Chick-fil-A’s offerings.
At first glance this looks like a 180 degree turn around from his statements made in 2012.
If you remember in July 2012 he got himself into hot water with the media first when he made this statement; “As it relates to society in general, 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. I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is all about.”
This statement sparked Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago to refuse any Chick-fil-A franchises to come there saying, “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago’s!” He turned political correctness into a bizarre version of Fascism over an opinion about marriage that he and President Obama held just two years earlier.
Chick-fil-A’s website explicitly states that they do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation in employment or in commerce. Well, Mayor Emanuel legally couldn’t discriminate against businesses coming to Chicago for their political or religious beliefs and he was forced to back down from those comments and threats.
Truett Cathy, the Dad and deeply religious founder of Chick-fil-A passed away this September 2014 at 93 years old. He had started and operated the fast food outlet over the past 45 years opening location after location expanding it to 1800 restaurants in 40 states and $5 Billion in sales per year.
He had a well-known commitment to the Christian faith. His thinking was to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. When asked what he did for a living he humbly said, “I cook chicken.” You probably didn’t know you were talking to a Billionaire when you spoke to him.
He founded a charitable arm to his empire called WinShape Foundation that provided for scholarships, camps and foster care before it branched out to support organizations that promoted traditional marriage. Through WinShape he donated $5 million to oppose extending marriage rights to same sex couples.
In 2003 gays and lesbians began investigating the foundation donations and it blew up in 2012 after Dan gave a series of provocative interviews. In response the Company said it would step back from policy debate and stop funding most of those groups at the center of the storm.
“We live in a changing world but we need to be reminded that the important things have (NOT) changed, if we keep our priorities in proper order,” said Truett Cathy.
Dan is also eying to open 108 new restaurants this year alone many of which will be in New York, whose then Mayor also reverberated Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s sentiments that New York’s values were not Chick-fil-A’s. Now that Cathy is two years past the debate of gay marriage conversation and there’s a new Mayor in town, New York’s arms are opening to Chick-fil-A welcoming their business. Today, Cathy just wants to get back to business, focusing on attracting younger customers, finding new building sites and leaving public discussion of social issues to the politicians.
In my opinion I believe that Dan Cathy, a very savvy businessman didn’t turn his back on his faith by hosting a fundraiser for the Homosexual community as some articles suggested. Instead, being a Christian man and believer of the Bible, I trust he decided to offer an olive branch to the queer community allowing them to change or accepting the LGBT’s to stay LGBT’s just like the Bible says.
Romans 1: 24-28, They did not acknowledge God and for that reason God abandoned them to their loathsome affections, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, to do things not proper or natural use but for what is vile against nature. God gave them up to the lusts of their hearts, degrading passions of their own delusions and to a debased and condemned mind.
If you can’t change someone’s thinking with open conversation then continue to be an example of how a Christian should act in life. God being a partner in our labor works all things together for our good.
So, why does the Chicken cross the road? To get to the other side and do business with hungry people (spiritually and physically) – LGBT’s have to eat too and there is hope and scripture in every sack.