Right after the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub, there was an outpouring of support from people and businesses in the area and around the country. People came to give blood to victims, and restaurants gave food. One particular business in the food industry – Chick-fil-A – gave away free iced tea and chicken sandwiches to those helping out victims. And they even opened on Sunday to do it.
A Chick-fil-A spokesman told the Huffington Post:
“While we have a corporate policy that firmly states we are closed for business on Sundays, there have been rare cases that move our local operators to respond with food donations to help communities in need. The events in Orlando stirred our local restaurant owners and their teams to band together to provide nourishment to first responders as well as volunteers who donated blood.”
Chick-fil-A has been no stranger to controversy. The company and its CEO Dan Cathy came under intense fire in 2012 after he revealed his personal opinion on families and traditional marriage. Critics – including politicians who wanted the restaurant banned from their localities – vowed to boycott the company, and gays and lesbians staged “kiss-ins” at Chick-fil-A locations around the country. From LifeSiteNews:
While mayor of the nation’s capital, Vincent Gray called the store’s signature Southern chicken breast filet “hate chicken.”
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio groused last month that, while the store has “a legal right” to serve chicken in the Big Apple, he would urge a boycott of their stores.
Boston Mayor Tom Menino said he wished the chain should not be allowed to operate in Beantown.
The student government of Johns Hopkins University appealed to the university to ban the chain from campus.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel once said, “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values.”
Ironically, while the media have branded Chick-fil-A to be an “anti-gay” company because of Dan Cathy’s words, he actually never made mention of “gay marriage” in his remarks on the traditional family unit.
The original interview that the media quote as being responsible for all these attacks and boycotts by the left was given by Ken Coleman on Ken’s radio show that aired on Father’s Day (in 2012). The context of the infamous quote by Mr. Cathy in which he states that our culture is “inviting God’s judgment” wasn’t even about homosexual marriage. In fact, the subject of homosexual marriage never even came up during the entire interview. Ken’s question to Dan was regarding the growing problem of “fatherlessness” in our society today.
Since the interview was given on Father’s Day, the emphasis was on fathers. The radio host chose to feature Dan Cathy, a father of two and prominent Christian businessman who has honored his own father and has followed in his footsteps. Mr. Coleman simply asked Dan to comment on our “fatherless” society and what could be done to solve the problem. Dan elaborated on how emotionally detrimental it can be when the father or mother is absent from the family and how fatherless children do not get the benefit of the balance between both parents. He mentioned an “essential, emotional DNA” that we get as a result of having a balanced family. Not one mention of “gay” marriage — only the effect of a fatherless family on children. Leave it to the media to make a scandal out of absolutely nothing.
Nevertheless, if you didn’t hear that Chick-fil-A had helped out victims, first responders and blood-donors in Orlando following the mass shooting, there’s an obvious reason. It doesn’t at all fit with the media’s narrative that the company is an “anti-gay” “hate group.” It’s easier to just ignore the story and pretend it didn’t happen.