for Faith and Freedom
Chick-fil-A employs about 50,000 workers across the
country at 1,500 outlets in almost 40 states in addition to Washington, D.C. The company serves affordable food in a family-friendly
setting to millions of customers.
motto is: "To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on
all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A."
Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy's interview with the Baptist Press last month has placed the restaurant chain under
attack Why? Well, Mr. Cathy was asked about his personal support of traditional family values. He told the reporter. "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 want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families."
When Mr. Cathy simply affirmed his stance
on the sanctity of traditional marriage, same-sex marriage advocates loudly voiced their opposition and called for Americans
to boycott the restaurant. Chick-fil-A is now under attack.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have said that they want to prevent Chick-fil-As from
opening in their cities. The Los Angeles Times featured the headline, "Chick-fil-A's anti-gay-marriage stance triggers
online uproar." The Washington Post included an online poll asking readers, "Will you continue to eat at Chick-fil-A?"
Chick-fil-A issued its own statement on July
19 telling its customers that "going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the
government and political arena" and that its tradition is "to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect-regardless
of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender." It also noted that it has applied "biblically-based
principles" to business management and will continue to do so.
Days later, Mike Huckabee responded by calling for a National Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day
on August 1, an action supported by both Billy Graham and Franklin Graham.
On July 25, Franklin Graham said that he applauds the courage of Mr. Cathy and Chick-fil-A
to "take a bold stand for the biblical definition of marriage between a man and woman in a culture that has grown openly
hostile to the Christian faith and its followers." Read more from Billy and Franklin Graham here.
This month's edition of Unite
the USA features an article by Star Parker. Its insight about the current culture is worth reading. We'd rather be bold about
what's right than be silent and cry at what's left. Defend faith and freedom in America!
and Stacie Stoelting
Founders of Unite the USA
|Is it un-American to be a Christian? |
By Star Parker
|Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy|
The current hate campaign being waged by homosexual
activists against fast food chain Chick-fil-A, because of the firm's Christian values, may well turn out to be
a bridge too far. The effort may prove to be a setback for homosexual activism.
The vile attacks on the firm and
its owners, the Cathy family, should make clear, finally, that the "gay rights" movement is not about refining and
advancing American freedom, but about rewriting American values and advancing, not freedom, but the homosexual political agenda.
Recently Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke at a flag raising ceremony in Alexandria, Egypt,
noting the re-opening of the American consulate there. Given the current political climate in Egypt, the Secretary of State
felt behooved in her remarks to highlight principles of freedom as understood by Americans.
"...to us, real
democracy means that every citizen has the right to live, work and worship as they choose, whether they are man or woman,
Muslim or Christian, or from any other background."
Perhaps Clinton should be lecturing Americans instead
Can it really be that in America today a businessman can be labeled a bigot, boycotted and cut off
by suppliers because of the crime of being a Christian?
When Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy made his now
famous incendiary admission that "we are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family
unit," he was not pontificating. He was responding to a question in an interview done in a paper I expect is not read
by many homosexuals -- the Baptist Press.
Never mind. It was sufficient provocation that Cathy publicly admitted
that the Bible defines his understanding of marriage -- the unique bond of man and woman -- which also happens to be the standard
definition in dictionaries on the shelves of every American home and library.
values are not Chicago's values," said Chicago Mayor, and former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, Rahm
Emanuel. Emanuel defended Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno's threat to deny Chick-fil-A permitting in Chicago because
its owner supports traditional marriage and family.
But UCLA law professor and constitutional scholar Eugene Volokh
points out in his blog that "denying a private business permits because of such speech by its owner is a blatant First
The Constitution? The First Amendment? Religious liberty? Do these apply to Christians?
Volokh goes on to point out that a permit might be denied "if Chick-fil-A actually
discriminated in their serving or hiring decisions in Chicago in a way forbidden by Chicago or Illinois law. But the stories
give no evidence of such actions..."
The fact that there is no evidence that Chick-fil-A discriminates
in its business practices did not deter Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank from writing that Dan Cathy's
support of traditional marriage "implied that gay people (not to mention divorced people) had no business eating at Chick-fil-A."
One court decision after another over the last 50 years has, step by step, purged any hint of religion and traditional
values from our schools and public spaces.
Has it made this a fairer, better, freer nation? If you think breakdown
of family, 40 percent out-of-wedlock births, a million abortions a year, $16 trillion in national debt, and government dependence
is better and freer, yes.
Of course, society must embrace civility, respect and tolerance. But this doesn't mean
that the sexual proclivities of some should provide license to rewrite our language and the traditions that define our faith
Hopefully many will respond to Mike Huckabee's appeal to patronize Chick-fil-A
on Aug. 1 as a display of support for traditional Christian values and as a reminder that our Constitution protects religious
Have we really gotten to the point where being a Christian is considered un-American?
Support solid values while eating delicious food.
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Star Parker is the founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501(c)(3) non-profit think tank which promotes market based public policy
to fight poverty.
Before involvement in social activism, Star
Parker had seven years of first-hand experience in the grip of welfare dependency. Now, as a social policy consultant, Star
is bringing new energy to policy discussions on how to transition America's poor from government dependency. She has debated
Jesse Jackson on various headline issues; she fought for school choice on Larry King Live; she defended welfare reform on
the Oprah Winfrey Show, and she debated healthcare reform against Michael Moore on ABC's The View with host Barbara Walters.
She is a sought
after expert on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and for national radio, television, and print interviews, nationwide.
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