Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy Comes Out of the Closet as Anti-Gay

July 25, 2012 6:17 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
Chick-fil-a comes under fire for anti-gay remarks. (Photo: Creative Commons)

On July 18, 2012, Chick-Fil-A president and Colonel Sanders nemesis Dan Cathy came out of the gay-hating closet, announcing that the southern fried chicken joint is "very much supportive of the family." He went on to explain that he and his chicken only recognized the "biblical definition of the family unit."

In a recent profile of the chicken magnate in Baptist Press, a journal whose leanings may be easy to glean from its Dickensian title, Cathy goes bones-to-the-wall and doubles down in a way that would make even a KFC eater just a little queasy. When the journal cites the many outspoken critics who have denounced Mr. Cathy's stance, his denounce was flippant: "Well, guilty as charged."

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"We are very much supportive of the family," said the man currently responsible for the wide-spread deep-frying of otherwise healthy poultry, "We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that." Unfortunately for Chick-Fil-A, strengthening the family stops just short of, well, strengthening the idea of family with which he doesn't agree.

In the face of a move that seems determined to rally a support base while alienating others, Cathy further explained that "[Chick-Fil-A] operates as a family business," citing his inheriting of the reins from his father, "...our restaurants are typically led by families." In other words, single people and gay people don't eat fried chicken or go into the fried chicken business, a bias put under serious pressure by oh, I don't know, all of Brooklyn?

When asked if they would waiver in their commitment to traditional families, Cathy responded that "[Chick-Fil-A intends] to stay the course. 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."

We don't remember Jesus saying anything anywhere about not sharing your fried chicken with loving, homosexual couples who want nothing more than to be treated equally and protected by our government and its people, but full disclosure: we haven't read the whole thing.

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