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Media Invents Story That Chick-fil-A President Condemned Gay Marriage
The Weekly Standard ^ | July 24, 2012 | Mark Hemingway

Posted on 07/26/2012 7:28:14 AM PDT by Conservaliberty

Last week, reports emerged that Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy had condemned gay marriage. It's no secret that the company is run by devout Christians, but this still caused an uproar. Boston's mayor threatened to deny the company business permits, celebrities condemned the company, and the Muppets announced fast food chain wouldn't be able to license any new toys for their kids meals.

One small problem: The president of Chick-fil-A never actually said anything condemning gay marriage. Here's how CNN reported the story: ---

(CNN)–The fact that Chick-fil-A is a company that espouses Christian values is no secret. The fact that its 1,600 fast-food chicken restaurants across the country are closed on Sundays has long been testament to that.

But the comments of company President Dan Cathy about gay marriage to Baptist Press on Monday have ignited a social media wildfire.

"Guilty as charged,", Cathy said when asked about his company's support of the traditional family unit as opposed to gay marriage.

"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," Cathy is quoted as saying. ---

But Terry Mattingly at the website GetReligion (where I am an occasional contributor) notes that if you look at the original context of the interview, Cathy wasn't asked specifically asked about gay marriage nor did he say anything about it. Here's the actual interview CNN and others cited from the Biblical Recorder and that was carried by the Baptist Press:

(Excerpt) Read more at weeklystandard.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chickfila; homosexualagenda; media
The second page of the article acknowledges the radio interview where Cathy says that America is "inviting God's judgement," but the author still points out that the original context is simply defending family, not condemning homosexuality outright.
1 posted on 07/26/2012 7:28:24 AM PDT by Conservaliberty
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To: Conservaliberty

The Bible condemns homosexuality. What is the big deal? Why are people afraid to say what the Bible says? My bet is this will boost CFA’s business - a lot. I’ll be there August 1.


2 posted on 07/26/2012 7:33:29 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Conservaliberty

What’s wrong with criticizing Sodomites? This is how the liberal establishment seizes the argument!


3 posted on 07/26/2012 7:34:18 AM PDT by ZULU (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd)
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To: Conservaliberty

I feel stupid for not expecting this... When it comes to controversial subjects, the media always seems to get it wrong, and wrong in a left-wing way.


4 posted on 07/26/2012 7:35:56 AM PDT by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
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To: Conservaliberty

I guess Chicago doesn’t tolerate the intolerant!?


5 posted on 07/26/2012 7:40:56 AM PDT by utdutt
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To: ZULU

I don’t necessarily think there is anything wrong with criticizing homosexuality; the point of this article is that no matter how civil a right-leaning individual is, the MSM will crucify him over something he didn’t technically say.

Yes, saying your support biblical family means you don’t support homosexual ‘marriage.’ But the media twisted this from ‘Cathy supports traditional family’ to ‘Chick-fil-A wants to kill all the gay people and Cathy hates gayness and omg they are the Gay KKK of Chicken!!!!!!’

I applaud Cathy for taking a stand, but I find it interesting that he never actually said “gay marriage.”


6 posted on 07/26/2012 7:43:34 AM PDT by Conservaliberty (I've written over 200 pages for a novel. But I didn't do that. Somebody else made that happen.)
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To: Conservaliberty
My most valuable statement to the lamestreamers is, “No Comment! - Next Question”
7 posted on 07/26/2012 7:44:43 AM PDT by immadashell
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To: Conservaliberty

Yes, they twisted his words so that they could reignite the culture wars. Could not leave well enough alone, even when the man swore his company does not discriminate and would treat all customers equally regardless of any orientation.

They needed someone to crucify, so the rainbow agenda could get in the spotlight once again in an election year.


8 posted on 07/26/2012 7:46:00 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: Conservaliberty

The goal of the anti-Christian media is to make Christians look like hate-filled bigots.

All Christian and conservative media should headline this story: “ Anti-Christian CNN Twists Cathy’s Witness”


9 posted on 07/26/2012 7:46:09 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: utdutt

I guess Chicago doesn’t tolerate the intolerant!?


Since when do ‘tolerant’ people tolerate anybody who disaggrees with them?


10 posted on 07/26/2012 7:46:36 AM PDT by Conservaliberty (I've written over 200 pages for a novel. But I didn't do that. Somebody else made that happen.)
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To: Conservaliberty

I think the back-peddling is beginning in the face of what will probably be record sales day on the ‘counter-protest’ chick-fil-a day wednesday, signifying yet again that people are not going to boycott a company to promote a gay agenda


11 posted on 07/26/2012 7:48:40 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum [of good]")
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To: Conservaliberty

“I applaud Cathy for taking a stand, but I find it interesting that he never actually said “gay marriage.””

And he left it out because he is smart and decent and merely wanted to run his business and maintain his independence. But the rainbow agenda’s mantra is “you are either with us or against us”.


12 posted on 07/26/2012 7:50:03 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: Conservaliberty
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13 posted on 07/26/2012 7:51:41 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: Conservaliberty

It is a pipe dream to believe that a significant portion of the black vote can be persuaded to cross the aisle. However, ads like this are immensely important as relates to turnout. Turnout is Obama’s problem with this particular constituency. The ad is powerful because it lets those who may be leaning away from Obama know they have lots of company.

This is anecdotal, I admit, but the blacks I know are a bit disillusioned with Obama, some even embarrassed for him. If they stay home this time, Obama loses.


14 posted on 07/26/2012 7:52:14 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: scottjewell

I am seriously considering a counter protest by holding signs that read something like:

“Thought crime should be a capital offense”
“ I am so tolerant that I am intolerant of differntly thinking people”
“NO MOR FOT KRIME AT CHIK FIL A”
“The opinion of a private indiviidual means more that the company policy”

And hang out by the loons and see if they realize I am mocking them...


15 posted on 07/26/2012 8:01:08 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Conservaliberty

Leftists love witch hunts.


16 posted on 07/26/2012 8:05:44 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Conservaliberty
the MSM will crucify him over something he didn’t technically say.... but will not touch or even acknowledge the comments that NoBama actually said.
17 posted on 07/26/2012 8:10:53 AM PDT by Cyclone59 (Obama is like Ron Burgundy - he will read ANYTHING that is on the teleprompter)
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To: Mr. K

I heard something about this, there is no Chick-fil-a restaurant where I live, but if there is a counter-protest I will drive the 75 miles round trip to help support them. Is it going to happen and if so, when??


18 posted on 07/26/2012 8:12:34 AM PDT by MissEdie (America went to the polls on 11-4-08 and all we got was a socialist thug and a dottering old fool.)
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To: utdutt

I bet this backfires on Rahm. More people are against gay marriage than for it. Rahm’s strong arm tactics and ascribring his gay values to all chicagoans is going to turn off a bunch of voters.

Oh that’s right, it’s chicago, votes don’t count.


19 posted on 07/26/2012 8:25:59 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: MissEdie

Wednesday August 1st is buy Chick Fil A day.


20 posted on 07/26/2012 8:35:53 AM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

The Bible condemns homosexuality. What is the big deal? Why are people afraid to say what the Bible says? My bet is this will boost CFA’s business -a lot. I’ll be there August 1.


I need a snack today. usually I just get a cheep burger if I’m hungry to hold until dinner, but I think I’ll treat myself. The cows have been complaining.

This is who liberals are, more comfortable with communists and dictators than in a church.

I hope CFA sues gangland and philliy for attacking their First Ammendment rights.


21 posted on 07/26/2012 8:39:17 AM PDT by LevinFan
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To: scottjewell

The company does not discriminate.
My oldest daughter worked at a local store the last two years of high school. She worked her way up to assistant manager and earned one of Chick Fil A’s annual scholarships.
This same woman is now legally married to her female partner in DC.
I have accepted the reality of what she has done, she knows I do not condone it.


22 posted on 07/26/2012 8:40:51 AM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: LevinFan

I’m going every day this week to support the company.

Check out the story on Nation of Islam getting a restaurant approved.


23 posted on 07/26/2012 8:44:58 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: MissEdie

August 1st, Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day


24 posted on 07/26/2012 8:46:36 AM PDT by cblue55 (The only truly hopeful future for America will be the defeat of Obama on November 6.)
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To: Conservaliberty

I ‘shared’ that story on my Facebook page for folks who’ve been talking about it all week.


25 posted on 07/26/2012 8:47:12 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Conservaliberty

Those who run Media...whatever “run” is

hate Christians these days

many reasons

reasons that once did not exist

but that changed


26 posted on 07/26/2012 8:49:02 AM PDT by wardaddy (this white hair don't cover up my redneck......)
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To: Mr. K

Apparently, homosexual activists are planning a ‘kiss-in” at CFAs across the country on Aug. 3rd. It would be funny if CFA supporters across the country returned on the 3rd, bought more good food, and walked right by the activists, ignoring them as they pass.


27 posted on 07/26/2012 8:51:52 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: MissEdie

Wed. Aug. 1 is Chick Fil A Appreciation Day. We only have two CFA restaurants in MA, but it just so happens our daughter and I are going to a concert in Somerville that night, and there’s a CFA at the Burlington Mall, which is kind of on the way. We’ll be stopping for supper there, that evening.


28 posted on 07/26/2012 9:02:21 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Conservaliberty

I would love to support them but they always get my order wrong and I hate those dang waffle fries so I end up going to Bojangles instead.


29 posted on 07/26/2012 9:16:48 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: cblue55
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30 posted on 07/26/2012 9:42:00 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: DannyTN

Rahm (The Ballerina) does have a small problem with this issue, just coming to light.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2911015/posts


31 posted on 07/26/2012 9:46:40 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: SuziQ

That is actually where I found this article—one of my friends on FB shared it.


32 posted on 07/26/2012 9:50:13 AM PDT by Conservaliberty (I've written over 200 pages for a novel. But I didn't do that. Somebody else made that happen.)
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33 posted on 07/26/2012 9:51:55 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Leftists love witch hunts.


What??? No!!! It’s the right that loves witch hunts!!! After all, F&F issues were just one big right-wing RACIST WITCH HUNT!!!!!!!!
/s


34 posted on 07/26/2012 9:55:47 AM PDT by Conservaliberty (I've written over 200 pages for a novel. But I didn't do that. Somebody else made that happen.)
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To: SuziQ

A kiss-in? Seriously? That is not going to hurt Chick-fil-A in the slightest.

Though I personally find gay pda’s offensive, I’m squeamish about pda’s in general. I saw a dude and a chick tonguing each other in a car and just about gagged. I mean, a cute little peck, holding hands, hugging, that’s fine. But serious making out? It’s so gross to see that even with straight couples...

Must be that I’m sexually repressed.

But back to the 3rd—everyone should go in, buy Chick-fil-A again, and then say to the gay folks, “How does it feel to know that your kissing in public has absolutely NO bearing on this company’s earnings?”


35 posted on 07/26/2012 10:01:53 AM PDT by Conservaliberty (I've written over 200 pages for a novel. But I didn't do that. Somebody else made that happen.)
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To: Conservaliberty
Does this fast-food chain have a record of firing/discriminating against homosexuals? Very likely not.

But homosexuals have to punish those who dare to speak out against them. It must be in the gay handbook or something.

36 posted on 07/26/2012 10:06:38 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Conservaliberty
It is a very odd position for Chicago and Boston. Chick-Fil-A hires homosexuals, and serves them also. If I had a business I would have no problem in hiring homosexuals, and serving them.

That's right, it's a business. I'll sell my product to homosexuals, transvestites, blacks, whites, martians, I couldn't care less.

Oh, and btw, it would mean more tax dollars for the city and state. Idiots.

5.56mm

37 posted on 07/26/2012 10:32:27 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Conservaliberty
everyone should go in, buy Chick-fil-A again, and then say to the gay folks, “How does it feel to know that your kissing in public has absolutely NO bearing on this company’s earnings?”

Or, if you can stomach it, just sit or stand near a kissing "couple" and stare at them while you eat your sandwich and drink your beverage - and when they say something (you know they will sooner or later) reply, "You're doing this to be seen, right? Well, I see you."

38 posted on 07/26/2012 10:57:01 AM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: nutmeg

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39 posted on 07/26/2012 1:22:13 PM PDT by nutmeg (I'm with Sarah Palin: Anybody But Obama 2012)
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To: Conservaliberty

Sodomitic unions have become the new social issue of the gangster left.


40 posted on 07/27/2012 7:00:45 AM PDT by ZULU (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd)
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