Chick-Fil-A: Marching to the Beat of a Different Drumstick
July 19, 2012 - Thursday
Fortunately for the marriage movement, Chick-fil-A's slogan is "Eat More Chicken"--not act like one. The popular food chain, which is even more beloved by employees for its family-friendly policies, isn't shying away from its biblical roots. Despite fierce pressure from the Left, CEO Dan Cathy is planting his feet in the face of criticism and reiterating that their business is as God-centered as it ever was. Asked about the franchise's support for family values, Dan responded, "guilty as charged."
"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 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."
The company became a favorite punching bag of the Left when it donated lunches to a healthy marriage seminar last year. To most people, it was just a box of chicken. But it ruffled the feathers of homosexual activists, who saw it as a declaration of war. Shortly after, liberals started recruiting schools to boycott the restaurant--and some have. Texas Tech, Duke, Northeastern University, North Carolina State--they all want us to believe that Christians have no business doing business in America. Now, as more customers see Chick-fil-A standing for something definitive, not in the mushy middle, even more are rallying to the company's side.
Yesterday, to the outrage of the liberal media, Dan put his passion for man-woman marriage on full display. "...I think we're inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.' I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think we can try to define what marriage is all about." Unlike J.C. Penney, whose homosexual pandering is driving the stock to record losses, Chick-fil-A is catering to mainstream America.
Join FRC in thanking the Cathys for standing their ground and refusing to be intimidated. Start by clicking over to our "EAT MOR CHIKIN" Facebook post. Then, drive through Chick-fil-A and drive home your support!
The Need for D.C.'s Abortion Ban Is Pain and Simple
Washington, D.C. may be the capital of America, but it shouldn't be the capital of abortion. At least that's what 18 House Republicans concluded yesterday in a key vote of the Judiciary Committee. Led by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), conservatives voted 18-14 to ban abortions in the District after 20 weeks after fertilization--when research suggests that babies can feel pain. Not one Democrat supported the bill. "We are talking about [legislation that] protects children from being torturously dismembered while they are capable of feeling pain," Franks repeated. Still, liberals not only opposed the bill but offered hostile amendments--which, to our relief, were all defeated.
If anything, the vote on H.R. 3803 again proves how stunningly out of touch the Left is. In a new poll released this week by the National Right to Life Committee, Americans overwhelmingly side with conservatives on this issue. Sixty-three percent of all respondents (and 70% of women) favor banning abortion after the point where the unborn child can feel pain, and 58% of all respondents and 62% of women would be more likely to vote for a Member of Congress who votes to ban abortion 20 weeks after fertilization in the District of Columbia.
Join the majority! Call or email your congressman and ask him to support H.R. 3803. Then, contact your senators and encourage them to cosponsor Sen. Mike Lee's (R-Utah) companion bill, S. 2013.
"We Are All Catholic Today"
If Evangelicals and Catholics have a stronger alliance than ever, they have President Obama to thank. If any good has come from the administration's anti-faith, contraception and abortion pill mandate, it's the growing partnership between the two major groups. Nowhere is that more evident than the wave of joint lawsuits filed against the policy. Wheaton College and Catholic University made the latest splash, joining forces in federal court to battle Health and Human Services (HHS) for the right to exercise their conscience. Together with more than 40 other entities, their institutions are linking arms to fight for religious freedom--a fight that's quickly become one of Gov. Mitt Romney's top priorities.
"Religious liberty," he told a crowd in Ohio, is the "first freedom of those enumerated in the Bill of Rights. And the president and his administration said they are going to usurp your religious freedom by demanding that you provide products to your employees, if you're the Catholic Church, that violates your own conscience. And so whether it's a Catholic businessperson or the Catholic Church itself they're being told what they have to do that violates their religious conscience. That attack on religious freedom I think is a dangerous and unfortunate precedent. And I know we're not all Catholic in this room. Many presumably are. But I feel that we're all Catholic today. In our battle to preserve religious freedom and tolerance and freedom in this country, it is essential for us to push back against that."
His comments earned a standing ovation and chants from the crowd to "Say it again!" "I will say it again," Romney replied. "That's one more good reason to get rid of ObamaCare. And I'm going to get that done the first day I'm in office."
** It's taken 25 states, 91 cities, and 24 churches, but the Values Bus officially hit the 40,000-mile mark this month! To read what all the media buzz is about, click over to The Cloakroom Blog for the latest view from the passenger's seat.
*** For more on the brave executives at Chick-Fil-A, check out our special guest blog post from our friend Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.)!