Christians are the only religious believers in America who are regularly subjected to publicly sanctioned discrimination.
From the petty, such as banning Christmas displays, to the personal, such as schools and employers banning the wearing of Christian religious symbols, to the fundamental attacks on Christian beliefs perpetrated by the federal government through the Obamacare abortion and contraception mandates, Christians are subjected to a relentless campaign to stifle the public profession or demonstration of Christian belief.
So it took real courage for Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy -- whose fast food restaurants are already famous for their policy of being closed on Sunday, as well as for their great chicken sandwiches and clean-cut young servers who reply to customers with “My pleasure” instead of “nooo problem, dude” -- to say that his company is in "support of the traditional family."
"Well, guilty as charged," said Mr. Cathy, son of company founder S. Truett Cathy, when asked about the company's position in support of the traditional family.
"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.” Read full interview in Baptist Press Online here.
As the Baptist Press Online noted, “In a day when companies such as General Mills, Nabisco, JC Penney and Target seemingly compete to appear the most supportive of gay marriage, Chick-fil-A and its biblically-based values stand out…”
And by publicly affirming those biblically-based values, Mr. Cathy gave one of the most courageous professions of Christian faith we have heard in modern America – not because he is likely to suffer the kind of physical harm the fathers of the early Church faced, or that modern martyrs face in places like Iran, China and Sudan today.
No, but Mr. Cathy is facing something that in its own way may be just as harsh -- the wrath of the leftwing media and Democrat politicians ready to pander to the radical homosexual agenda that quickly combined to call for Mr. Cathy’s business to be banned from their fiefdoms and for him to be muzzled.
The good news is that, even in the face of this onslaught, Dan Cathy did not back away from his biblical principles and Chick-fil-A remains committed to applying "biblically-based principles" to its business management.
In the wake of the anti-Christian attacks on Dan Cathy, and Chick-fil-A, FOX News commentator Mike Huckabee is organizing August 1 as "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day." A day on which Governor Huckabee is encouraging people to patronize the fast food chain as a way of “affirming a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse.”
We plan to be there and hope you will join us for a great meal and to celebrate Dan Cathy’s courageous Christian witness.