Saturday, September 22, 2012

Chick-fil-A Stands Firm

Chick-fil-A has resurfaced in the news this week with reports that they have “chickened out” on their support of traditional marriage. Yahoo ran a story about it last Wednesday saying that CFA will no longer give money to “anti-gay groups” like Focus on the Family and the Fellowship of Christians Athletes.

When I read the article on Wednesday I became very upset. In such a dark era that we are living in, CFA seemed like a beacon of hope. Their stance on convictions, and the subsequent support of millions of people standing with them, was a breath of much-needed fresh air. CFA seemed almost like an Old Testament prophet, boldly standing up for what they believe in, and many of us were happy to take a stand with them.

Some of us were even criticized for eating at their restaurant. Non-Christians were understandably upset by our support, and some Christians were, well, not understandably upset. CFA supporters were criticized on all fronts.

So when the story broke that CFA had reversed course I felt like the air had been knocked out of me. The social media was abuzz calling them sellouts and hypocrites. Not wanting to weigh in until I knew the truth, I emailed CFA.

I was very glad to receive my reply from their Chick-fil-A CARES office, which came just a few hours after I watched Governor Mike Huckabee’s interview on The O’Reilly Factor. On The Factor the governor said he had just personally spoken with Dan Cathy, and that the reports on the news simply were not true.

The email that I received reiterated the governor’s comments to Bill O’Reilly. CFA has put out a list of what they support (literally, who they are), which has not changed, and does not appear to be changing any time soon. CFA wishes to stay out of the political debate, as they have always said, but their Christian values will remain intact. Read their policy here. 

So it appears that the story that Yahoo ran was simply false. In what has become the new normal for the liberal media, they ran a one-sided story without getting CFA’s side in a desperate attempt to hurt the credibility of a Christian organization. This is being passed off as “journalism.”

Last time I blogged about CFA I ended by saying that was my last post about the organization, and that I would continue to eat more chicken. But after these false reports came out I thought another post was necessary, but the second half of my promise is still true: I will continue to eat more chicken. 

While CFA has continually been accused of being a place of hate, it seems that they are actually the victims of hate.

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