Dan Cathy, Chick-Fil-A and Hate-Thought

Well, I am just now kind of catching up on the news. Was gone to PineyWoods Baptist Encampment with some of our children for a few days at the end of last week, having a great time worshipping, playing, and being challenged at KidsLifeKamp. And returning home, I found the Chick-Fil-A controversy on the headlines. Forgive me for my lateness…

I’m not shocked. I’m not even a little surprised. Dan Cathy and Chick-Fil-A have been unwaveringly Christian since day one. While media outlets across our divided nation rip him apart and LGBT supporters blockade, protest, and boycott, I am glad to see people like Mike Huckabee and many of my fellow pastors supporting him and his business even more than usual.

What’s so interesting is the response of people like the Mayor of Boston Tom Menino, Chicago Council Member Joe Moreno, and the Jim Henson Company. Cathy didn’t vow to actively protest against same-sex marriage. He didn’t even condemn those companies who donate to pro-same-sex-marriage foundations. He simply refused to donate charitable funds to such a foundation, and then explained why by openly acknowledging his commitment to the biblical view of marriage.

Mayor Menino’s reaction in particular is quite telling: “You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion.” But Chick-Fil-A does NOT discriminate against a population. They gladly serve anyone and everyone who would walk through their doors. So what the Mayor is saying is that any business whose president does not agree with his personal view of morality is not welcome in the city. Read this carefully… Mayor Menino is equating personal biblical conviction with active discrimination. Do you get that? It doesn’t matter that Chick-Fil-A will gladly serve homosexuals who want to eat in their restaurant. Chick-Fil-A also must conform its beliefs and convictions to agree with the leftist agenda in order to be non-discriminatory. Apparently, “inclusion” does not just mean that everyone is welcomed and “included.” It also means, according to the Mayor, that you must personally and publicly agree that homosexual behavior and lifestyle is morally acceptable. I’ve heard of “hate-speech” and “hate-crimes,” but this is a new development really… “Hate-Thought.

Joe Morino – same thing. Morino, on the City Council of Chicago, is vowing to “block” Chick-Fil-A from building a second store in his area simply because Dan Cathy holds a biblical view of marriage. What’s really happening here is that Chick-Fil-A is being discriminated against because of its president’s beliefs. Again, Chick-Fil-A is not actively discriminating against anyone. Cathy simply voiced his conviction. Menino and Morino, on the other hand, are great examples of discrimination against a person/company on the sole basis of their personal convictions. 

The point of this blog?… It’s not going to get easier. In fact, if we continue down the same path we are now traveling as a nation, all biblical Christians will be considered guilty of this kind of “hate-thought” before we know it. The truth is, Christians love homosexuals. We honestly believe that their personal choices (to act on their sinful desire) are detrimental to their personal and spiritual well-being. The message of Christianity is not, “We hate you and will discriminate against you.” It is “We love you and want you to know the deliverance and freedom that comes by making Jesus the Lord of your life.” It is the same message to homosexuals that we speak to adulterers, thieves, liars, blasphemers, atheists, agnostics, other world religions, and even to ourselves when we are living apart from Christ.

If we have within us the answer to the most significant need of sinful mankind, then to NOT speak the truth would be an expression of hate. Believing the truth and speaking the truth have never been easy or popular. But if we honestly love all those who God made in His image, we will address sin as sin and proclaim difficult Truth that has the power to change lives and secure eternity for all who believe. Dan Cathy and his business are being discriminated against because of their convictions. Why should we be surprised?…

“Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man.” -Luke 6:23.

“If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.” -1 Peter 4:14. 

Grace and Peace,


  One thought on “Dan Cathy, Chick-Fil-A and Hate-Thought

  1. Anonymous
    July 25, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Well said Tony. You are right on!

  2. Casey DuBose
    July 25, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Tony, I am not anonymous, It is Casey. lol I hit the button before I finished putting in my email. lol

    • July 25, 2012 at 8:38 AM

      Ha – thanks, Casey. And thanks for commenting here on the blog!

  3. Laurie Beard
    July 25, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    You get your point across very well. It is frightening to think of my children growing up in a world where their convictions will not only be ridiculed, but likely outlawed.

  4. Amy Wolfe
    July 25, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Awesome blog. Have you ever been to a Chick fil A when it is not packed??? Proves that when God is for you who can be against you. Chick is a top notch act, wish more would follow in their footsteps.

  5. Anonymous
    July 25, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    We have been like the frog in the slow boiling pot. They shouted “PCincorrect” at our moral standing so with compassion we gave away our rights by being ashamed of “our agression”, “our coldness”, “our insensivitivity”. We accepted the labels they pasted on us, while we tried to be Jesus, kind and compassionate. It is time to see that the truth is still the truth, and sometimes the kindest thing to do is to tell the truth and stand by it. We DO have the Truth, they are selling the LIE–we just aren’t buying it anymore! Dan Cathy is standing with his neck on the line-his livlihood. But we know in whom we have believed and know He is able… Cathy couldn’t be in better hands and in a better position than standing up for Jesus/He is Truth. God bless you, and your business.
    I think I want a grilled chicken sandwich!

  6. Karen Abshire
    July 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Not anonymous I also sent before signing) also mispelled Casey’s name sorry!
    God bless you still.

    • July 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      Thank you for your comment, Karen. Tonight in our midweek Bible Study / Prayer-time, I plan on looking at 1 Peter 3:13-17, and praying for Dan Cathy, his business, and his opposers. I am also very thankful for his bold stand for the truth, even at the risk of losing business. Shows very well that he has “set apart the Messiah as Lord” in his own heart (1 Pet. 3:15) and does not “fear what they fear” (v.14).

      P.S. The thought of a grilled chicken wrap from “Chick-a-lay” (as my son used to call it) is very appealing to me right now. Mmmmmmmm….

  7. Ed Yang
    July 25, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Great post, Tony. We should feel honored when we are persecuted in His name.

  8. J
    July 25, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    I, for one, believe the Chick-fil-a boycott is ridiculous! Now here’s the clincher; I’m gay!

    I wrote my thoughts on the subject on my blog last week. Here it is:

  9. July 25, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    J, you bring an interesting perspective to the discussion for sure. Personally, I’m perfectly fine with the boycott (I think I read in your link that you are fine with the idea as well)… I can recall several times over the years us Christians have boycotted various companies because they were promoting causes and agendas we believed to be destructive spiritually and societally. The fact that governmental institutions and people in governmental leadership positions are discriminating against (not boycotting, but discriminating against) CFA on the sole basis that their president holds a certain conviction (a biblical one in this instance) is what I understand to be ridiculous. Whether or not the boycott is a good idea or will be effective is another issue… but the right to boycott is upheld.

    You obviously know that I disagree with homosexuality from a biblical perspective – and I hope it is equally obvious that Mormonism is not a religion I promote. But still, it is great to hear/read your interesting perspective on the issue. Thank you for sharing.

  10. July 25, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    I’m going to start eating at CFL more often… (usually eat there a couple times a month)… now it will be a couple times a week!

  11. Sarah
    July 25, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    While Dan Cathy does not directly discriminate against those who are willing to purchase his products, he does give large amounts of money to organizations that lobby for discrimination against homosexuals, thus supporting discrimination.

    No one minds if he says he doesn’t support homosexuality, they mind when he donates money to people who promote bigotry and discrimination in government.

  12. July 25, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Now Sarah, let’s not get carried away… CFA does not give money to organizations that lobby against homosexuals. They give money to organizations that lobby against homosexual marriage. There’s a difference.

    If I were a Christian Congressman, Mayor, or City Council member, should I vow to block businesses from coming in to my town or constituency because they donate to organizations that do promote same-sex marriage? If I were a Christian representative of some kind and I did this, I would never hear the end of it.

    Organizations and individuals are free to contribute to the charitable causes of their choice. Unless they are misinformed, organizations and individuals do not give to charitable causes that contradict their convictions. That truth, no matter the “side” of the argument it is on, does not promote discrimination of any kind. Just as we are free to boycott the business of our choice as an expression our discontent with their operation, giving, etc., all businesses are also free to donate to whatever cause they deem worthy. That is not discrimination – it is free enterprise and moral/ethical responsibility.

  13. July 25, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    When “gays” can show the rest of the world the gene(s) that cause people to be born “gay”, even though the hundreds of top level geneticists around the world that mapped out the human genome ten years ago couldn’t find them, I will support their inane quest for “equal rights”……

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