I wonder what Dan Cathy is thinking.
The CEO of Chick-fil-A in July found himself and his company in a blizzard of controversy when he said in an interview that he supported the biblical definition of marriage, causing liberals to kick off one of their occasional spasms of outrage and attempt to organize a national boycott against the chain.
Instead, the outpouring of support from conservatives and supporters of free speech put the liberals to shame and showed that Americans still believe that people and companies should not be targets of hatred, vandalism and violence because of their beliefs, particularly when they involve traditional beliefs held by millions of people for thousands of years.
It was a great moment to be American and conservative.
Now, Chick-fil-A is reportedly turning around and giving in to the gay bullies.
According to a press release from The Civil Rights Agenda, a gay lobby group, Chick-fil-A has agreed to stop donating to groups that support real marriage.
The development comes in connection with negotiations with Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno, the reprehensible slimeball who threatened to block Chick-fil-A from his city because he disagrees with the company's pro-family viewpoint.
The company also released a memo to its franchisees and other stakeholders stating its official policy is to "treat every person with honor, dignity and respect-regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation and gender." By itself, that's no concern. The Chicago Tribune points out that this is essentially the same policy statement Chick-fil-A had posted on Facebook even before Moreno stuck his nose into the company's business.
Pro-family organizations that Chick-fil-A has contributed to through its charitable foundation include Exodus International, Focus on the Family and Family Research Council. According to TCRA, Chick-fil-A has agreed to re-examine its contributions and not fund organizations with political agendas. (Of course, defending the biblical definition of marriage is only "political" because radical extremists are trying to tear down American society by attacking its foundational principles.)
Like all bullies, TCRA isn't content with the concessions it's received, but it wants more. Said TCRA Executive Director Anthony Martinez, the change in Chick-fil-A policy was "only one step" toward making peace with the "LGBT" community. In other words, expect more arm twisting and humiliation later.
I'd like to think that maybe Mr. Cathy doesn't have anything to do with this, that maybe it's a mistake or just the gay bullies making up stories to ratchet up the pressure on Chick-fil-A, but I suspect that it's true.
If it is, Cathy should rethink. After the outpouring of support he and his company got, to give in to this crowd of radicals and back off his support of traditional family values would be to slap his loyal customers in the face and spit on the very reasons they supported Chick-fil-A in the first place.
When the company stood up to the bullies, it gained thousands of new customers. Chick-fil-A executives better realize that backing down now likely will have the opposite effect.