"[Chick-fil-A] will continue to offer resources to strengthen marriages and families.... To do anything different would be inconsistent with our purpose and belief in Biblical principles." -- Dan Cathy
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A decision by a local Pennsylvania Chick-fil-A restaurant to donate food to a pro-biblical marriage seminar has sparked controversy in the homosexual community and caused a university to pull the franchise's food, but it also has led to an outpouring of support from Chick-fil-A's customers as the company has refused to back down.
At issue is the donation of food to a marriage enrichment seminar sponsored by the Pennsylvania Family Institute. Although the "Art of Marriage" seminar itself has little if anything to do with politics and "gay marriage" -- ads say the video-guided seminar will "help couples apply what the Bible teaches about marriage" -- the fact that the Pennsylvania Family Institute has taken positions opposing "gay marriage" has led some in the homosexual community to say they'll take their business elsewhere. The video curriculum wasn't created by the Pennsylvania Family Institute but by FamilyLife, an Arkansas-based pro-family group.
Chick-fil-A's ties to biblical values are no secret. The restaurants are closed on Sundays, and Chick-fil-A's own website says its corporate purpose is, in part, "to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us." Chick-fil-A's founder, Truett Cathy, is a lifelong Southern Baptist and longtime member of the Atlanta-area First Baptist Church in Jonesboro. The restaurant is popular among Christian families.
So far, no major homosexual group has urged a boycott, although a petition at the liberal website Change.org -- urging the local franchise not to support the event -- has gained 25,000 signatures. One school, Indiana University at South Bend, chose to pull Chick-fil-A sandwiches from its lunch menu before reversing itself. Read More