Ever since it was created, Chick-fil-A has upheld traditional Christian Principles, including observing Sunday as a day of rest, and donating to multiple Christian organizations such as Focus on the Family. The reason for the recent uproar is because Dan Cathy (Son of Chick-fil-A’s founder, Truett Cathy) was being interviewed by a religious publication when he stated that he supports the biblical definition of marriage. Not surprising, since he is a Christian.
Chick-fil-A has since stated that its goal is “to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. … Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.” I believe this is honest, particularly since there has never been an instance in which a homosexual at any Chick-fil-A was refused service or employment based on their sexual orientation. Chick-fil-A has never denied or tried to hide where their beliefs reside or their money goes, always claiming to be what it is, a Christian Organization.
Up until now, the media and various city mayors have kindly abstained from harassing Chick-fil-A for closing on Sundays and customers have managed to send their business elsewhere. This has been done silently, for the most part.
It would be wise to refrain from the same form of discrimination Dan Cathy is being accused of. Isolate Christians and Christianity is simply the other side of the coin. True freedom and American policy has always been to let business be business and politics be politics. The right to freedom of speech is one of the most important rights we possess, and we ought not to punish those who choose to exercise it, so long as they are respectful when doing so.