By Carrie and Stacie Stoelting (Founders of Unite the USA)
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.
Their 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. (Click here to see it!) 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!