Just a bottom line to the whole Chik-Fil-A thing is simple. The best quote comes from Huffington Post who wrote, …”a company that feeds the public — the big, unwieldy, melting-pot public” — his rant against gays and lesbians “is not only distasteful, it is stupidly counterproductive to business.”
If Cathy was an employee, I’d have fired him just on the counter-productive nature of his rants alone. Nothing to say about how I feel about the issue.
My beliefs on the issue I will keep to myself only to keep close the value of posting for the public in a non-partisan way. But believe me, Cathy would be out on his ear by now, already looking for a job today.
And we move on to the next article, taken from Chicago Sun:
The anti-gay views of Chick-fil-A’s president, Dan Cathy, inspired Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino to say the fast food restaurant “doesn’t belong in Boston” because of its discriminatory views. Now, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is joining his message:
Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values. They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values,” Emanuel said Wednesday.
“What the CEO has said as it relates to gay marriage and gay couples is not what I believe, but more importantly, it’s not what the people of Chicago believe. We just passed legislation as it relates to civil union and my goal and my hope … is that we now move on recognizing gay marriage. I do not believe that the CEO’s comments … reflects who we are as a city.”
Chicago’s Sun Times reports that Chick-fil-A already has one Chicago store open near Loyola University’s campus, but is awaiting zoning approval by the City Council to build another location.
Cathy originally said he was “guilty as charged” for supporting what he called the Biblical definition of marriage. “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,” Cathy stated, instigating a whirlwind of media coverage and criticism.
Chicago’s Zoning Committee may possibly run into some legal issues if they do try to stop construction. Former Chicago Alderman William Banks said, “Any alderman can hold a development issue for virtually any purpose. But if he’s doing it for the wrong reasons – if he’s citing a gay rights issue – there’s nothing illegal about that.”
We will have to see how that plays out legally…