By Ryan Collett
Dan Cathy, the president of the popular fast-food chain Chick-fil-A, acknowledged his company’s anti-gay stance with the remark, “Guilty as charged,” in an interview with the Baptist Press.
Cathy clarified his thoughtless remark saying, “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.”
The Baptist Press, a popular Christian news website, was interviewing Cathy as part of a profile of the fast-food chain that raked in more than $4 billion in revenue last year. Cathy stated that basing his company in traditional Christian values has been the key to their success.
“We don’t claim to be a Christian business… But as an organization we can operate on biblical principles,” said Cathy.
Cathy’s “biblical principles” have fueled the company’s donations to anti-LGBT organizations including the Family Research Council whose Senior Researcher, Peter Sprigg, said last year, “I think there would be a place for criminal sanctions against homosexual behavior.”
Chick-fil-A has also donated to the ex-gay organization Exodus International and the Marriage & Family Foundation. Chick-fil-A’s personal charity league, The WinShape Foundation, has also donated millions of dollars in support of anti-gay groups.
Chick-fil-A denied supporting an anti-gay agenda when protesters confronted the company with its donation statistics, compiled by the LGBT advocacy group, Equality Matters.
After coming out about his company’s anti-gay support, saying, “Guilty as charged,” Cathy continued, saying Chick-fil-A intends to keep its stance on the issue.
“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,” he said.