Controversial Chick-fil-A President to Speak in North Fulton

Nearby Sandy Springs: Dan T. Cathy will speak at a North Fulton Chamber Breakfast on Aug. 28. Do you think it was appropriate for Cathy to publicly express his views?


Uproar over Dan T. Cathy’s statements on same sex marriage may simmer by late August, when he visits the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce but it surely won’t be forgotten.

Cathy, Dan T. Cathy, president and COO of Chick-fil-A, will speak at the Chamber’s Eggs & Enterprise Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., on Aug 28. The event is sponsored by Georgia Power.

Was it appropriate for Cathy to publicly express his views on gay marriage considering his customer base is so diverse?

, for saying he opposes gay marriage. Reaction has ranged from threats of boycott to creation of a Chick-Fil-A appreciation day.

A "CBS Morning News" report said critcs describe the restaurant's menu as having a "side order of bigotry." But some celebrities who support gay marriage say Cathy has a right to his opinion, and backlash perpetuates intolerance.  

In a , State Sen. John Albers said, “Perhaps it is time to take a cue from the time of our nation’s founders when dissenting viewpoints did not equal hate speech.” 

He added, “I applaud Chick-Fil-A’s willingness to remain true to their biblical worldview, and hope that others will follow their strong, family-owned business model.”

Brian Crawford, a commenter on Albers’ OP-Ed piece wrote, “…I quit patronizing them a few years back when a very hard working young lady came to work for me after leaving Chick-fil-A. She left the company because she felt discriminated against after becoming an un-wed mother.”

A gay employee at a Chick-fil-A franchise in Chicago, where the chain will be denied a permit for a second location, told CBS News, that she and other gay employees work in a welcomng environment.

What do you think? Tell us in the comments.

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Jim July 27, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Of course he has the right to express his rather bigoted views...what I find rather inappropiate is bringing someone that publicly expresses those views to the North Fulton Chamber that should be representing 100% of it's membership...
Brian Oravetz July 28, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Yes, it was appropriate. Last time I checked, we still had the 1st Amendment, and there is nothing in the Bill of Rights that people have the right to NOT be offended. If someone who runs a private company, employs thousands of people chooses to support the "traditional" view of marriage, and you don't like it; so what? Walk away, don't by their food. And stop throwing childish tantrums. I happen to not agree with CFA's stance, but nor do I care enough to get riled up about it. If I got so outraged at every company that donates to some cause that I do not agree with, then I'd have nothing, couldn't go anywhere, and couldn't shop for anything. Prime example: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. Smelly hippies that support hippie causes; but I don't cry about it and get outraged. My goodness the left would be up in arms if someone protested, or otherwise spoke out against the idiots that Ben & Jerry's supports. It is their 1st Amendment right to speak freely. If you don't like it, walk away. Nothing can change the fact that most people still support Cathy's definition of "traditional" marriage. Hell, up until a few months ago, the Presidents definition was the same as Cathy's; he only changed his stance for political expediency. Where's the outrage? Where's the outrage that Chicago is having Nation of Islam members "patrol" the streets; their definition is exactly the same as Cathy's. Where's the outrage. Get over it people. If you don't like it, walk away. Geeze...
Phyllis Kurtzman July 28, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Brian, could not have said it any better. I will add that there is much more important issues in America. Much more important. Worry about the people killing people, robbing people. Put you mind to what is truly important in our world today... Helping the homeless, Children being abused. People being killed for no reason. I know many gays, they are wonderful people. Live your life the way you want and let others do the same.
Brian Oravetz July 29, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Well said Phyllis! Why some choose to manufacture outrage is beyond me. In this case, why ask a man whom is known to be a Christian conservative what his stance is on marriage, then get made when he gives it to you? That is just pathetic. Live, let, and let live. The dangerous thing are the people who are up in arms that want to "ban" everything they do not agree with. They are not of like mind in the belief of agree to disagree + live in let live. With most of the people mad at CFA, their attitude is one of, if there is disagreement, the irritant must be banned. That was tried in Russia, China, the Middle East. It doesn't work so well.
Michael Healey DDS July 29, 2012 at 08:43 PM
I just love those who are for freedom of speech, just as long as it agrees with their point of view today. I welcome him to speak and hope those in attendance will show respect, and debate civilly if they disagree. I really don't understand the hypocracy of intolerance of some who view themselves to be progressive.
Brian Oravetz July 29, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Docker, Michael isn't stating that he, or anyone else is free from criticism. But he makes a very valid point that the lords of tolerance tend to label themselves as "progressives". And it is those very same progressives that tend to be the least "tolerant". Why is it that someone asked a conservative christian a question like this, and then acted shocked and outraged when they got the answer they knew they'd get? And why is an entire class of people all lathered up? It is faux outrage, it is manufactured. It's petty, snarky, and certainly demonstrative of the collective that owns the label of "progressives".
Jim July 29, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Anti-Gay-Pro Gay...we are all entitled to free speech. As a gay person, yes I find Cathy's comments offensive, but I will defend his right to say them. I find it offensive that our country doesn't honor all loving, committed relationships with the same rights, protections and benefits....but I still love my country...I find it offensive that straight people keep spouting off how gay marriage will harm them...but they have every right to say that...BUT...since we do have free speech, I want some of you that think that somehow gay marriage will affect you to try thinking about how NOT being able to get married affects them…They can be denied visitation to a dying partner in the hospital because they are not related, even if they have lived together for 30 years…that doesn’t affect you, but it does them. They can’t file joint tax returns because they aren’t married…doesn’t affect you, but it does them. They have inheritance issues even if they built their lives together, it doesn’t affect you but it does them…it goes on and on, hundreds of things that married people take for granted everyday. It amazes me how many people think two men or two women getting married is going to affect them..HOW? .….I wish the government and the laws didn’t base so much on marriage, but they do and unless that changes, gay people should be able to join in a union that affords them the rights of their straight counterparts.
jMichael July 30, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Terrific comment, Jim.
jMichael July 30, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Brian. I read Michael's comment as a challenge to the criticism of speech, as though such criticism were, perforce, "hypocritical". That seems to be the point of his initial sentence. Perhaps I am mistaken. If so, I apologize to Michael. I retract my comment.
Suzanne Baxter July 31, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Yes, Brian what scares me is how many "pro gay marriage" people are willing to ban, bully or ridicule "pro traditional marriage" people and their businesses. Germany under Hitler marked the businesses of Jews, then marked the Jews by requiring them to wear the star, then they took the Jew's property and forced them and their families to board trains to their death. Think about the Mayors from Chicago, Mass and DC.. all elected officials who want to ban or stop Chick Fil A franchises in "their" cities over personal beliefs of owners. Is there a difference? Live and let live so we can all live.


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