The company invests in Christian growth and ministry through its WinShape Foundation (WinShape.com). The name comes from the idea of shaping people to be winners. It began as a college scholarship and expanded to a foster care program, an international ministry, and a conference and retreat center modeled after the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove.
“That morphed into a marriage program in conjunction with national marriage ministries,” Cathy added.
Some have opposed the company’s support of the traditional family. “Well, guilty as charged,” said Cathy when asked about the company’s position.
“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.
“We operate as a family business … our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that,” Cathy emphasized.
“We intend to stay the course,” he said. “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.”
Since that interview, Cathy has been called a homophobe and Chick-Fil-A has been assailed for being anti-Gay. Why? Because he has a religious belief that guides him down a different path from people who support Gay marriage. By that bit of logic, all you people who want Chick-Fil-A run out of business because you are angry at Cathy's words are by definition anti-Christian. Wriggle as you might kids, using the logic of the day, that's what it means.
Boston Mayor Tom Menino (D), who I have never made fun of before today, told the Boston Herald, “Chick-Fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston. 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.” (Emphasis mine)
Well, Mayor Menino is almost as inane as his counter-part down I-95 in New York. After reading Cathy's comments in toto my only conclusion is that Menino either didn't bother to read the quotes, or he had nothing better to do and was looking to get his name in the news.
|As far as I can tell, the Chick-Fil-A cow doesn't discriminate|
when it comes to serving others.
So, Mayor Menino, stop being a horse's ass and playing up to the press with your dumb media whoring. Who knows? An unemployed person of Gay heritage might even aspire to manage a fast food restaurant someday, and they may get their start at a Boston Chick-Fil-A.
While we're at it, let's look at how "open" Boston is.
In a 2005 study published by the UCLA Civil Rights Project:
- 80% African-Americans and 50% of Hispanics said racial discrimination in Metro Boston is a somewhat or very serious problem
- African-Americans and Hispanics in Metro Boston report personal discrimination in employment more often than in housing
|Photo by Stanley Forman, Boston Herald American|