Friday, July 20, 2012

Corporation Opposes Gay Agenda = Media Storm

As support of same-sex "marriage" becomes politically correct, according to the mainstream media, more of corporate America has climbed onboard the Gay Agenda bandwagon. So when the owner of Chick-fil-A made a public comment in support of traditional marriage, and the Bible, no less, the liberal media pounced.

For background, read Univ. Drops Pro-marriage Christian Food Vendor Chick-fil-A and also read Largest Corporations Stampede to Support 'Gay Agenda' as well as Defeat Marriage, Says Starbucks, Other Corporations in addition, read Professional Sports Leagues Embrace Gay Agenda

UPDATE 8/4/12:
Homosexualists' Friday protest, hyped by mainstream media, fizzled compared to millions supporting Chick-fil-A on Wednesday

UPDATE 8/4/12: Tea Party Christianity Exhibited at Chick-fil-A

UPDATE 8/2/12
- Show of support for Chick-fil-A a few miles from Chicago (video):

UPDATE 7/27/12 - Chick-fil-A ignites a liberal firestorm (video):

-- From "Chick-fil-A surprises some with gay marriage talk" by The Associated Press 7/19/12

"We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that," [Chick-fil-A president Dan] Cathy told the Baptist Press, the news agency of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign that works for same-sex-marriage, said Thursday that Chick-fil-A "has finally come clean" after cloaking its positions for years.

"While they may have been in neutral, kicking this fight into overdrive now allows fair-minded consumers to make up their own minds whether they want to support an openly discriminatory company," Griffin said in a statement. "As the country moves toward inclusion, Chick-fil-A has staked out a decidedly stuck-in-the-past mentality."

The Atlanta-based chain opened its first location in a Georgia mall in 1967 and grown to more than 1,615 restaurants in 39 states and Washington, D.C., with annual sales over $4.1 billion, according to its website.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Chick-fil-A's anti-gay-marriage stance triggers online uproar" by Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times 7/18/12

. . . The company president wants the fast-food chain to be known for serving up Christian values along with juicy chicken sandwiches, proudly proclaiming the company's anti-gay-marriage stance.

Now the company is reaping what it sows.

Our sister blog, Money & Co., wrote about the comments in a post that has been shared more than 3,800 times on Facebook -- and Tweeted and commented upon hundreds times more -- just one indication of how Cathy's comments have struck a nerve.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Chick-fil-A’s marriage stance causing a social storm" by Aaron Vaughn, FOX 13 Salt Lake City & CNN 7/19/12

The fact that Chick-fil-A is a company that espouses Christian values is no secret. The fact that its 1,600 fast-food chicken restaurants across the country are closed on Sundays has long been testament to that.

But the comments of company President Dan Cathy about gay marriage to Baptist Press on Monday have ignited a social media wildfire.

In a statement to CNN on Wednesday, the company said it would stick by its principles, but it tried to withdraw from the heated social media debate over them.

“The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect –regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena,” said a statement from Don Perry, the company’s vice president of corporate public relations.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Chick-fil-A, in nat'l media storm, swims against cultural tide" by Michael Foust, associate editor of Baptist Press 7/19/12

As a company, Chick-fil-A takes no position on gay marriage, but comments Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy made to the Biblical Recorder newspaper -- in a story re-posted by Baptist Press -- have launched a media storm.

Cathy's comments were tame from a biblical perspective and would have gone unnoticed had they been made by the pastor at his home congregation, New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Ga. Yet in the current environment in which celebrities and companies on a weekly basis make statements affirming gay marriage, Cathy's statements stood out.

"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,'" Cathy said on "The Ken Coleman Show." "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."

. . . Washington Post poll -- although not scientific -- showed that 66 percent of respondents say they'll continue eating at the restaurant. As of Thursday afternoon, more than 35,000 people had commented on Chick-fil-A's Facebook page, the majority of them supportive of the company.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Chick-fil-A President Says 'God's Judgment' Coming Because of Same-Sex Marriage" by Myles Collier, Christian Post Contributor 7/18/12

"We need to be more faithful to depend on a God who does love us and wants to have a relationship with us, and wants to give us the desires of our hearts … We intend to stay the course," Cathy 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," Cathy explained

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Gay marriage advocates gain corporate support" by Abby Phillip, Politico 6/3/12

One by one, national corporations like Microsoft, Starbucks, Boeing and Google are wading into the once-risky business of taking a position supporting gay marriage in states across the country.

Nowhere is that more apparent than in the lawsuit challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, which a federal appeals court called unconstitutional on Thursday. Forty-eight companies, including Nike, Time Warner Cable, Aetna, Exelon Corp., and Xerox had signed a brief arguing that the law negatively affected their businesses.

Last year, 25 executives including the CEOs of Goldman Sachs, Viacom and Alcoa lobbied New York legislators to approve same-sex marriage.

In January, Microsoft, Boeing, Vulcan and RealNetworks were among those who voiced their support for a bill approving gay marriage in Washington state.

“Earlier on there was more risk than reward,” said Bob Witeck, a consultant who works with corporations on gay, lesbian and transgender policies. “Now there’s far more talk about the reward and less about the risk.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Interview with Dan Cathy video: