According to Dan Cathy, the President and COO of Chick-Fil-A, we queers are “inviting God’s judgment” as we “shake our fist at Him” by wanting the right to have civil marriages. Chick-Fil-A has been at the center of LGBTQ related controversy before by financially supporting anti-LBGTQ groups. However, this is the first time (that I’m aware of) that a specific statement against LGBTQ interests has been made by Cathy.
Personally, I think this has been blown a bit out of proportion. This doesn’t really come as a surprise to anyone that has been following Chick-Fil-A’s activities and statements. I have a few queer friends that have been ‘boycotting’ Chick-Fil-A for quite a while now because of past actions. I’m not aware of any official efforts to boycott them, though I wouldn’t be surprised if a few more people avoid eating there now. Personally, I won’t be avoiding them. Having grow up eating Chick-Fil-A, I can’t imagine not going there any more.
The part of this whole issue that I found most interesting were some of the reactions by the conservative anti-LGBTQ people. JThieme, a blogger for the National Organization for Marriage’s The Ruth Institute, decided to say that there was nothing to be upset about and then quote a part of what Cathy said to prove it. However, he/she completely ignored the part of what Cathy said that got people riled up.
However, the really exciting stuff was said by the ever outrageous Bryan Fischer, of the American Family Association (just not queer families). He went on a rant over how Chick-Fil-A better watch out because the “gay Gestapo” lobby is going to come after them. Of course, he meant it as a compliment that they’ve managed to evoked the “wrath of the sulfurous fires from hell of the Big Gay movement.” I can’t even begin to describe the hyperbole that he uses, so feel free to check it out for yourself. However, I do have to–horrifyingly–agree with him on one thing. Chick-Fil-A is a private company and they are entitled to hold such positions if they want to. Just as other companies are free and have come out in support of LBGTQ rights.
Fischer goes on to congratulate Cathy for taking a “strong and unapologetic stand.” I guess he must have missed where they published a clarification/appeasement on their facebook saying that they desire to leave the debate to the “government and political arena” and that they desire “to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”
Good to know that just because they think we queers are inviting the judgment and wrath of God upon America they are committed to showing us honor, dignity, and respect.