In an interview with the Baptist Press, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy — the son of company founder S. Truett Cathy — addresses what the publication describes as his franchise’s “support of the traditional family.”
Cathy’s somewhat glib response: “Well, guilty as charged.”
He went on to note, “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 give God thanks for that…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.”
“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’ and I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about,” Cathy said in that interview.
Chick-fil-A has come under considerable fire for its documented support of anti-gay Christian organizations before.
Equality Matters published a record on a newly-released analysis of Chick-fil-A’s charitable work that found that the fast food chain donated nearly $2 million to anti-gay groups over the course of 2010.
And this new interview quickly sparked the ire of a number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocates and bloggers.