Chick-fil-A controversy: Taken out of context?

Chick-fil-A controversy: Taken out of context?

POSTED: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 2:20pm

UPDATED: Monday, July 30, 2012 - 9:25am

The recent controversy over comments made by Chick-fil-a president Dan Cathy regarding gay marriage created a stir nationwide.

Many people have vowed to boycott the restaurant, while others have come out in support of the chain, which has more than 1,600 locations across the country.

But, did Cathy actually say anything about gay marriage?

The story stemmed from a report done by The Biblical Reporter, and circulated by The Baptist Press, in which Cathy reinforces the company's support of the "traditional family". However, nowhere in the report does he mention gay marriage specifically.

Cathy does, however, allude to the biblical definition of a family, and defends Christian values.

Many media sources used Cathy's quote -- "Guilty as charged" -- as an example of Cathy's anti-gay stance, but he was never directly asked about same-sex marriage.

That controversial comment came during a discussion about Chick-fil-a's Winshape Foundation, which is a marriage-strengthening program.

Some claim that the comment could be applied to the company's stance on family units (whether heterosexual or otherwise), based on their investment in Winshape.

Here is the direct portion of the story, with nothing taken out of context. You decide for yourself:

"That (Winshape) morphed into a marriage program in conjunction with national marriage ministries," Cathy added.

Some have opposed the company's support of the traditional family. "Well, guilty as charged," said Cathy when asked about the company's position.

"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 operate as a family business ... our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that," Cathy emphasized.

In response to the controversy, the company issued a statement saying that they will "treat every person with honor, dignity and respect -- regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender."

They also say that Chick-fil-a intends to "leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena".

After reading the direct quote -- what do you think about Cathy's comments? Were they taken out of context... or do you believe the controversy is legitimate?

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Everyone knows that Chick-fil-A is a Christian based business. It is not supprising that this subject would be used to cause a contraversy. I am thankfull that Chck-fil-A is standing up for that which is morally and Biblically based. I support them and always will. I do not hate the person but i do not accept the sin.

they didn't SPECIFICALLY use the word "gay"- but they didn't need to! its pretty damn clear.

I am from a Chicago suburb & welcome Chick-fil-e to the Chicago market. I hope Rahm Emmanuel realizes that to have Chick-fil-e in Chicago would be an asset. My impression is that individuals would be treated with respect as to employment and to customer service. May there be no reason to regret entering the Chicago market.

To begin with THE BAPTIST PRESS is always trying to stir up some kind of controversy. This is UN-CHRISTIAN. As for Cathy. all he did is express his belief which I think he is allowed to do. He did not mention Gays. If Gays chose to take his belief as a rebuke of their lifestyle, that is in their mind. I don't think this will effect Cathy's business measurable because he has always been clear about his beliefs and he has been sucessful so far.

I dont care if it was taken out of context or not. He has the right to take a stand on his beliefs. Gays and Lesbians have been forced down our throats lately. I do not agree with it or do I like them. Being gay is not a protected right. They want it to be, but it isn't. Look back in the 50's and 60's when that wasn't and "accepted" way of life and everyone kept it to themselves. Our nation was in a lot better way. Economy was good, family virtues were strong.

As in your previous post deputy, you blame President Obama for our nation turning its back on GOD but then you state in this post that the nation started going down hill after the 60's.Lets see who the Presidents were after the 60's. Nixon-Republican, Ford-Republican, Carter-Dem., Reagan-Repub.,Bush-Repub.,Clinton-Dem., Bush-Repub., Obama-Dem.= 5 Repubs & 3 Dems. Guess the Repubs are more at fault than the Dems being they were incharge most of the time.

As we move into a more liberal nation and start accepting deminished morals and say everything is ok, look at the Nation now. We use to be a Christian founded nation and "In God we trust" now, the the man in the White House that is a wasted space and use of air says we are not a Christian nation. As we turn our backs on God, he turns his back on us and we are failing as a Nation and people.

Deputy Logan, to believe in GOD does not make anyone a Christian. The belief in Jesus Christ and what he did at the Cross is what makes someone a Christian. Having said that, the name Jesus Christ is not written even one time in any of the founding documents of this nation....that means we are not a Christian founded nation. Read the Treaty of Tripoli 1795, article 11. Pres. Obama has never we are not a Christian nation but he has said that we are a nation of many religions and that is a true

Ratt not everyone believes in the religion that you and I believe in and they are well within their rights not to. We do not have a right to force our religious beliefs on anyone and in FACT Jesus Christ does not want us to either. It is also a Fact that GOD / JESUS CHRIST love all homosexuals, male or female. Do you? As a Christian it is our job to witness to them about the sin and what Jesus has done for us and allow them to chose to believe or not believe......then we have done our duty.

This is outrageous - Freedom of Speech has been diminished - People who are deviant perverts, object to being called such and demand their rights. Their "right", is to repent of their sin and come to God. No longer homosexual or lesbian. I Cor. 6 9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men... IS THAT CLEAR ENOUGH

You're comfortable quoting scripture but you are forgetting one of the most used verses in the entire Bible, John 3:160- For God so loved the WORLD, that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.- There is nothing in that verse that says God doesn't love/won't give everlasting life, to homosexuals or sexual deviants. As Christ followers we're taught to love ALL of God's children, not just the ones that are similar to us.

Freedom of speech refers to the right of the individual to speak free of interference by GOVERNMENT and NOT free of criticism or lawful reaction by private citizens.

The "quote" you give of a passage written in Greek is questionable. The word translated as "men who have sex with men" is, using Latin letters rather than Greek, "arsenokoites" a word whose meaning is not actually known. Marin Luther translated it as "masturbaters." IS THAT CLEAR ENOUGH?

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