"We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion. That’s the Freedom Trail. That’s where it all started right here. And we’re not going to have a company, Chick-fil-A or whatever the hell the name is, on our Freedom Trail."
Loyalty to the company isn't the only thing that matters to Cathy, who wants married workers, believing they are more industrious and productive. One in three company operators have attended Christian-based relationship-building retreats through WinShape at Berry College in Mount Berry, Ga. The programs include classes on conflict resolution and communication. Family members of prospective operators--children, even--are frequently interviewed so Cathy and his family can learn more about job candidates and their relationships at home. "If a man can't manage his own life, he can't manage a business," says Cathy, who says he would probably fire an employee or terminate an operator who "has been sinful or done something harmful to their family members."
The parent company asks people who apply for an operator license to disclose marital status, number of dependents and involvement in "community, civic, social, church and/or professional organizations."
"A representative for the Jim Henson Company told HuffPost Gay Voices they had no further statement beyond what was posted on their Facebook page, and that those inquiring about what happened with the toys should contact Chick-Fil-A as they 'are at the front of what is currently happening.'"*
"Meanwhile, more inflammatory rhetoric from Chick-fil-A's president and COO Dan Cathy has surfaced.
In audio from a recent event at Hope Community Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, Cathy can be heard telling attendees that Godlessness has led to some 'twisted up kind of stuff' like 'Washington trying to redefine the definition of marriage.'
He continues:'Because we have not acknowledged God and because we have not thanked God...we have been left victim to the foolishness of our own thoughts, and as result, we are suffering the consequences of a society and culture who has not acknowledged God or not thanked God-he's left us to a deprived mind. It's tragic and we live in a culture of that today.'"*
'Because we have not acknowledged God and because we have not thanked God...we have been left victim to the foolishness of our own thoughts, and as result, we are suffering the consequences of a society and culture who has not acknowledged God or not thanked God-he's left us to a deprived mind. It's tragic and we live in a culture of that today.'"*
The Jim Henson representative also noted that the company no longer has any affiliation with "The Muppets," as they were acquired by The Walt Disney Company in 2004, but does maintain ownership of the "Fraggle Rock" franchise. The "Sesame Street" characters are owned by Sesame Workshop.*
Last year, a concerned student brought to the attention of the Student Senators Council the alleged link between the Chick-Fil-A franchise and organizations that support marriage solely between heterosexual individuals. Over the course of the fall semester, the Student Senators Council spent considerable time and effort investigating this alleged link and discussing a potential ban of Chick-Fil-A on campus.
As a general rule, the Student Senators Council believes that freedom of expression is the most important virtue of an institute devoted to education. The SSC also believes there is a fundamental difference between personal boycott and institutional prohibition. To ban any entity from campus for ideological reasons is, in most every case, to limit freedom of expression. It is because of this fact that the Council takes the weight of evidence very seriously when considering proposed bans.
After extensive deliberation, the Student Senators Council agreed that there was insufficient evidence at this time to justify a ban of Chick-Fil-A. At this point, there have been no reported acts of discrimination on the part of the restaurant chain, according to the information presented to the council and the additional research undertaken. It is for this reason that the Council voted not to support an institutional ban of Chick-Fil-A.
The Student Senators Council encourages concerned students and other community members to continue investigating the issue and further urges them to exercise their right to personally boycott any entity that offends their moral sensibilities.
Closing on Sunday seems like an insane business practice.
Recently the owner of the fast food chain Chick-fil-A answered accusations of being anti-gay and putting millions of profits into anti-gay lobbying with "guilty as charged". This ignited a storm of controversy as though this fact had not previously been well known and documented. Folks on the Left called for boycotts while folks on the Right were appalled that, in a Capitalistic society, people would use their buying power to protest actions of a company that they disagreed with. (For the right -- which regularly calls for boycotts against gay-friendly companies -- "free speech" only applies to them and also includes freedom from responsibility for that speech.) Now, for me personally, this is a no-brainer: there aren't any Chick-fil-A stores in my half of this godless Socialist state, so I don't even have to worry about it. But there are people who are really troubled about this because here's the thing: their chicken sandwiches are so tasty! What can be done, short of eating a chicken sandwich somewhere else? (But...but...so tasty!) What I propose is, if you simply must have a Chick-fil-A sandwich, do so, but first take a photo of it and email that photo to a gay friend or relative, or just GLAAD if you don't have one handy, saying, "I am sorry, but I like this chicken sandwich more than I like you." Just let them know that their right to be treated as equal human beings had to be (temporarily, for sure) put aside so you could enjoy a delicious sandwich.
Chick-fil-a just wants to sell chicken; they don't really get into politics all that much, but now they've been drug into it by these groups that want to destroy their business.
If socially progressive officeholders establish this as a legitimate governmental approach to business licensing, how is the war going to proceed? It isn't just that red-state mayors and governors will feel entitled to ban gay-owned or pro-Planned Parenthood businesses -- it's that their side is far more united in anger and vindictiveness. When the dust settles, who will have banned more businesses: a few liberal-leaning mayors and governors -- or the entire Bible Belt? What would Rick Perry do with a precedent like this? Or Bobby Jindal? Or Ken Cuccinelli if he wins his gubernatorial campaign? Do we really want to find out?
YouGov BrandIndex measurement scores range from 100 to -100 and are compiled by subtracting negative feedback from positive. A zero score means equal positive and negative feedback.
On July 16th, the day the Baptist Press published its Dan Cathy interview, Chick-Fil-A's Index score was 65, a very substantial 19 points above the Top National QSR Sector average score that day of 46.
Four days later, Chick-Fil-A had fallen to 47 score, three points below the Top National QSR Sector average score of 50. This past Wednesday, Chick-Fil-A had a 39 score compared to the Top National QSR Sector average score of 43.
According to the most current AFCARS (Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System Report) Report, released in July 2012, there were approximately 400,540 children in the U. S. in foster care on September 30, 2011
In Arizona, where the couple lived at the time, only individuals and legally married couples may adopt from the U.S. foster care system. But because a same-sex couple cannot legally marry in the state, only one parent can be granted legal rights to the child.
And to him, that is unacceptable with 107,000 boys and girls waiting for adoption in the United States.
"I try very hard to be a responsible citizen and as a gay man I try very hard to keep track of the marriages I have destroyed, and there really aren't that many. I may have some secret admirers out there and I may have wreaked more havoc than I realize, but they haven't called."
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