When a company founded by a Christian decides to donate food to an event, most people would not cry foul. However, Chick-fil-A donated sandwiches and brownies recently to a meeting, and this act sparked some feedback from indignant citizens. What meeting did Chick-fil-A donate to that warranted such offense?
The meeting was none other than one for the Pennsylvania Family Group, causing tempers to flare among pro-gay leaders and activists. This news did not settle well with the media, either. Opinions from both sides of the debate were discussed. In retaliation to Chick-fil-A’s actions, one university suspended the selling of the restaurant’s chicken sandwiches.
Responding to the anger, President Dan Cathy said, “We seek to treat everyone with honor, dignity and respect, and believe in the importance of loving your neighbor as yourself.” In my opinion, and according to Cathy, this was not an attack on homosexuals or their agenda; it was merely in support of a group that views marriage as being between a man and a woman. This should not have engendered the outcry of protests that it did. Cathy recently announced that his company would not donate to a cause that took a definite stand on either side of the marriage argument. Facebook fans rallied in support of the company’s donation to the Pennsylvania Family Group.
Cathy issued a news release in response to the feedback the company received. In it he again made clear that the company took no stance against any individual person. The company upholds the institutions of marriage and family. Their belief in principles found in the Bible is made evident by the fact that the company is closed on Sundays.
Chick-fil-A is not the only company that found itself under scrutiny of the public eye. Both Target and Best Buy were criticized for endorsing Tom Emmer, who is not a gay rights supporter.
I feel that companies should be able to donate to whomever this wish without the wrath of the media descending upon them. Isn’t that what freedom is all about? I am not saying to attack anyone by any means, but I do believe in freedom.