Don Cathy’s “Fowl” Interview

Photo by Julia Hoven

Last week, I did my normal routine. Wake up. Eat. Wonder if I should be productive with my life. Get on my computer to check my email. Yet somehow I ended up on Facebook, again.

As I was going through the mundane statuses, I came across someone who posted about the latest Chick-Fil-A “scandal.” In a society where “news” such as Kristen Stewart cheating on the Twilight heartthrob, Robert Pattinson sends the Internet world into a manic frenzy, I didn’t take the status too seriously and merely brushed past it without thinking. However, after scanning past post after post, I began to pay attention to the comments, which ranged from condemning Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy to praising him. I decided to look into the actual articles myself. In a recent interview, the CEO stated that he and his company support the biblical definition of marriage. He went on to state that making same-sex marriage legal is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation” and that the current generation has a “prideful, arrogant attitude.”

Now, I feel like I should state that I am a strong advocate of gay rights and I don’t agree with anything that Cathy stated. That said, I can’t find a single thing wrong with Cathy expressing his feelings. If there was proof that the company was failing to hire or serve gays that would be another story. However, there’s no record of the fast food chain ever exhibiting discriminatory behavior to homosexual customers or employees. I will admit that Chick-Fil-A has given money to anti-gay Christian groups such as the Family Research Council, which supports state and federal amendments that prevent the legalization of gay marriage. Although I completely disagree with this, isn’t it the company’s decision as to where they want their money to go? We pride ourselves on being an individualistic nation, where everyone can make his or her own decisions without fearing persecution. So when someone states that his company’s views are against what we feel is “right,” does that mean we should automatically start hating him?

I just feel that Cathy has the right to openly state what he believes and he should be allowed to act on his views without the country getting so worked up about it. Chick-Fil-A has always clearly been a Christian organization (notice how they’re not open on Sundays?) so I fail to understand why Cathy stating that he only supports the biblical definition of marriage caused such a commotion. We have to acknowledge that not everyone shares the same beliefs on this topic and the country is just going to have to get over that. Just like supporters of gay rights believe they have the right to speak up about the issue and voice their opinions, those who oppose should have the same rights, don’t you think? Yes, the CEO is extremely conservative and we all knew that long before the infamous interview. The true problem only arose when he openly admitted that he supports the traditional view of marriage and I personally don’t think that we should condemn him for pronouncing his views. I can understand those who boycott the food, saying they don’t want any of their money going to companies that fight against same-sex marriage, but I cannot understand people who have a pure dislike for Cathy because all he did was state how he feels. That was a terrible move as far as public relations go, but he has every right to express his opinion.

We were taught to treat others as we would like to be treated from a young age and I, for one, still respect Cathy, not because of his ideals but because he stands by his ideals openly and without wavering, which is not something I can say about a lot of people.

  • Maury Holliman

    Very well written argument. Even though I disagree with some of it I can still respect and understand your view which as an opinion columnist is sometimes very difficult to do.

  • Anna Patricia Hawkins

    What happened with Chick-fil-A and Dan Cathy is almost exactly the opposite of what happened when Oreo posted that rainbow colored cookie in support of gay rights. CFA got a lot more attention from their “scandal” but it’s essentially the same. My question is, why can’t we just love each other, people? I feel that, as a society, we’ve lost the general respect for our fellow human being thing, and I think it’s sad.