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After anti-gay flap, Chick-fil-A wings in new direction [backing away from social issues]
KENS News 5 ^ | 04/08/2014 | Bruce Horovitz

Posted on 04/08/2014 6:13:42 AM PDT by GIdget2004

Chick-fil-A is finally crossing the road.

The iconic chicken chain, as well-known for its conservative heritage as its savory eats, is recalibrating its moral and culinary compass. It wants to go from old school to almost cool. It wants to evolve from a place where gays once picketed to a place where they'll feel comfortable going to eat. It wants to broaden the brand as it expands nationally and plows into the Millennial-driven urban arena. Above all: it wants to be a serious player on fast-food's biggest stage.

USA TODAY was exclusively invited inside to visit the company's sprawling, wooded campus, get the first look at its new test kitchen, tour its store-of-the-future development facility and interview Chick-fil-A's controversial CEO Dan Cathy. Cathy, whose comments condemning gay marriage in 2012 set off store picketing and a social media firestorm, has now fully backed away from such public pronouncements that mix personal opinion on social issues with corporate policy.

"All of us become more wise as time goes by," he says, apologetically, in a rare, one-hour sit-down interview. "We sincerely care about all people."

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Chick-fil-A's socially conservative agenda, which formally led the company to donate millions to charitable groups opposed to gay marriage, has been tempered. This, just as the company aims to quickly expand into Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Southern hospitality must give way to urban reality as the 1,800 store chain moves to compete with big city success stories like McDonald's, Panera Bread and Chipotle.

If nothing else, Cathy has listened. In 2012, Cathy not only heard from some unhappy consumers about his comments against gay marriage, but also from some store operators and employees. Now, he says, "I'm going to leave it to politicians and others to discuss social issues."

(Excerpt) Read more at kens5.com ...


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1 posted on 04/08/2014 6:13:42 AM PDT by GIdget2004
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To: GIdget2004
USA TODAY was exclusively invited inside to visit the company's sprawling, wooded campus, get the first look at its new test kitchen, tour its store-of-the-future development facility and interview Chick-fil-A's controversial CEO Dan Cathy. Cathy, whose comments condemning gay marriage in 2012 set off store picketing and a social media firestorm, has now fully backed away from such public pronouncements that mix personal opinion on social issues with corporate policy. "All of us become more wise as time goes by," he says, apologetically, in a rare, one-hour sit-down interview. "We sincerely care about all people".... If nothing else, Cathy has listened. In 2012, Cathy not only heard from some unhappy consumers about his comments against gay marriage, but also from some store operators and employees. Now, he says, "I'm going to leave it to politicians and others to discuss social issues."

PFL

2 posted on 04/08/2014 6:16:14 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: GIdget2004

I hope this isn’t a cave by chik’fil’a.....it’s been their stand on the issues that have put them where they are today.


3 posted on 04/08/2014 6:17:46 AM PDT by ealgeone (obama, borderof)
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To: ealgeone

If Chik-Fil-A “caves in”, it will be “caving in” the foundation of its business.


4 posted on 04/08/2014 6:19:18 AM PDT by cincinnati65
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To: ealgeone

> I hope this isn’t a cave by chik’fil’a.....

I say it’s a cave.

Any backpedalling is a cave.

The Church is in full RETREAT from the Gay nazis.


5 posted on 04/08/2014 6:19:19 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: ealgeone

This is a bigger cave than you will find in the entire state of Kentucky.


6 posted on 04/08/2014 6:19:35 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: GIdget2004

It’s just capitalism...they want more customers.


7 posted on 04/08/2014 6:21:40 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: GIdget2004

CFA never commented on same-sex marriage. The owner made those comments.


8 posted on 04/08/2014 6:21:59 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: GIdget2004

When i go to ChikFilA, it’s for chicken—not politics.


9 posted on 04/08/2014 6:22:40 AM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: GIdget2004

I don’t see anywhere where he repudiated his pro-Bible position.


10 posted on 04/08/2014 6:22:45 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: GIdget2004
It wants to evolve from a place where gays once picketed to a place where they'll feel comfortable going to eat.

B.S. If homosexuals feel uncomfortable eating at Chik-fil-a, it's because of a stereotype created by the MSM, or themselves, divorced from reality.
11 posted on 04/08/2014 6:23:28 AM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Wolfie

So capitalism and principle aren’t compatible?


12 posted on 04/08/2014 6:23:28 AM PDT by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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To: GIdget2004
It wants to go from old school to almost cool. It wants to evolve from a place where gays once picketed to a place where they'll feel comfortable going to eat.

What does that even mean?

13 posted on 04/08/2014 6:24:13 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: GIdget2004

CAVE


14 posted on 04/08/2014 6:25:06 AM PDT by Third Person
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To: GIdget2004

wtf


15 posted on 04/08/2014 6:25:19 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: SoFloFreeper

It looks like he’s saying the same things he’s always believed. Now his remarks are being used to imply he’s changed his position.


16 posted on 04/08/2014 6:25:19 AM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Westbrook

Sadly the Church has been in retreat since the 1960’s when the school prayer thing came into being. If back then they had thrown a fit, it would have changed. But now this is what we have.


17 posted on 04/08/2014 6:25:28 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (MARANATHA, MARANATHA, Come quickly LORD Jesus!!! Father send thy Son!! Its Time!)
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To: GIdget2004

Eating at Chic is a political statement. Liberals hate WalMart, Chic Filet.


18 posted on 04/08/2014 6:25:31 AM PDT by allendale
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To: GIdget2004

I am going to only Catholic friendly businesses to spend any money I do spend


19 posted on 04/08/2014 6:26:33 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: cincinnati65

Compromise: What could possibley go wrong?


20 posted on 04/08/2014 6:26:33 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: GIdget2004

I don’t believe he apologized. I think it’s more likely that a journalist is taking liberties with the truth.


21 posted on 04/08/2014 6:27:06 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Wagglebee please come home we miss you! ~ Þ)
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To: GIdget2004

Interesting. They just had a really good couple of years. Why make this statement? Do they believe the media, or their own financials? Sounds like they believe the media.


22 posted on 04/08/2014 6:29:55 AM PDT by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: Westbrook

They said back in july 2012 that they were leaving social issues.

It’s terrible journalism to pretend this development is new today.


23 posted on 04/08/2014 6:30:01 AM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: ealgeone

it’s been their stand on the issues that have put them where they are today.

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I tend to disagree with that.

Their food and especially their customer service are head and shoulders above every other fast food outlet.

The stores are clean and the employees, to a person, pleasant and personable.

The moral underpinnings may inform the behavior of those who work there, bit it is the quality and service that have gotten them to where they are.


24 posted on 04/08/2014 6:30:33 AM PDT by dmz
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To: don-o

Maybe it’s like in San Francisco where naked people have to carry a towel to sit on in restaurants. I think they makes those people comfortable. Maybe a glory hole will make them feel more at home.

This is typical of the Southern Baptist Convention and the seeker sensitive paradigm.


25 posted on 04/08/2014 6:31:45 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: grobdriver

So capitalism and principle aren’t compatible?

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Capitalism is not a moral code. It is amoral. It is an economic system.

Capitalists, on the other hand, do have a moral code and can choose how they integrate the theory with their principles.


26 posted on 04/08/2014 6:32:42 AM PDT by dmz
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To: Westbrook

what Church?


27 posted on 04/08/2014 6:33:48 AM PDT by stanne
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To: RetiredArmy

what Church are you people talking about and what does it have to do with a fried chicken outfit?


28 posted on 04/08/2014 6:35:03 AM PDT by stanne
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To: grobdriver

Evidently not. Money talks.


29 posted on 04/08/2014 6:36:41 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: BykrBayb

Dittoes. But that doesn’t keep many FReepers from knee-jerking.

“He caved! He caved!”


30 posted on 04/08/2014 6:36:45 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: andyk

I agree.


31 posted on 04/08/2014 6:40:00 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: BykrBayb
He apologized... This is as big of a cave as one could get.

"All of us become more wise as time goes by," he says, apologetically, in a rare, one-hour sit-down interview. "We sincerely care about all people."

32 posted on 04/08/2014 6:41:17 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: GIdget2004
"All of us become more wise as time goes by," he says, apologetically, in a rare, one-hour sit-down interview. "We sincerely care about all people."

Where's the 'apology'???

He became more wise, and feels even more strongly that gay is wrong.

And he cares about all people, and wants gays to turn away from sin.

So where's the apology?

33 posted on 04/08/2014 6:43:51 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Yup, this is just like all those stories about the Pope.


34 posted on 04/08/2014 6:44:05 AM PDT by CityCenter (Resist Obamacare!)
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To: SoFloFreeper
I don’t see anywhere where he repudiated his pro-Bible position.

Exactly. The 'journalist' made it up out of whole cloth.

35 posted on 04/08/2014 6:45:04 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Wolfie
It’s just capitalism...they want more customers.

Sure. Because pandering to less than 2% of the population that hate you to begin with will gain more business.

Just ask JC Penney.

36 posted on 04/08/2014 6:45:09 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: Blue Highway

That’s not an apology. Stop being lead by lying journalists.


37 posted on 04/08/2014 6:45:37 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Blue Highway

It’s not a conservative value to care about all people?
It’s not a Christian value to care about all people?

I don’t think he caved. I’ll retract that statement if iut turns out he has.


38 posted on 04/08/2014 6:45:41 AM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Lazamataz
"HE SAYS, APOLOGETICALLY"

He should not be ashamed of when he made those comments and sticking up for his beliefs. When he says he cares for all people, he is saying clearly, 'if Adam and Steve want to get a bite of Chik Fil-A after they comitted sin, then we welcome them with open arms, and we will even make sure their seat is extra clean for their tired bums.'

that to me is a sell-out and a cave.

39 posted on 04/08/2014 6:48:09 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: andyk
This how the liberal media never "loses" on social issues

"Winning!"
40 posted on 04/08/2014 6:49:16 AM PDT by John 3_19-21 (The rats will always chew on each other just before abandoning ship.)
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To: Lazamataz

They’re trying really, really hard to make the boycott appear to have been successful, rather than a massive fail that actually increased business at CFA to the point that they surpassed KFC and are expanding in all markets.

If that means reading complete fabrications into corporate PR efforts to avoid reigniting a controversy over remarks made by Dan Cathy as a private individual, then they’re clearly going to do it.

I’ll believe they “caved” the day they start opening on Sunday.


41 posted on 04/08/2014 6:49:17 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: andyk
It looks like he’s saying the same things he’s always believed. Now his remarks are being used to imply he’s changed his position.


42 posted on 04/08/2014 6:49:27 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Blue Highway
"All of us become more wise as time goes by," "We sincerely care about all people." That part is what he said, if the journalist is telling the truth.

he says, apologetically, in a rare, one-hour sit-down interview. That part is the journalist's opinion.

What he is reported to have said is not an apology, and it is in line with what he has been saying all along.

43 posted on 04/08/2014 6:49:39 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Wagglebee please come home we miss you! ~ Þ)
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To: AppyPappy

I agree, I view this as “selective reporting” I really don’t think CFA is going to deviate from a formula that has been incredibly successful.

Cathy is not going to back away from his beliefs, this is wishful thinking by folks who don’t agree with him.


44 posted on 04/08/2014 6:51:07 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: cdcdawg
Interesting. They just had a really good couple of years. Why make this statement? Do they believe the media, or their own financials? Sounds like they believe the media.

Exactly! Why do anything to appease anyone if the current system/program is doing well? (Outside of changing/updating menus/delivery methods, etc.)

So, more managers and customers complained about their store not being *friendly for all*, than people who showed up on Chic Fil A day? This IS puzzling.

45 posted on 04/08/2014 6:51:18 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Some journalist claims that he sounded apologetic, and the illiterate among us turn on him. This journalist obviously knows the craft.


46 posted on 04/08/2014 6:51:50 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Wagglebee please come home we miss you! ~ Þ)
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To: Blue Highway
"HE SAYS, APOLOGETICALLY"

"HE QUOTES THE LYING JOURNALISTS SPIN"

When he says he cares for all people, he is saying clearly, 'if Adam and Steve want to get a bite of Chik Fil-A after they comitted sin, then we welcome them with open arms, and we will even make sure their seat is extra clean for their tired bums.' that to me is a sell-out and a cave.

Well, have fun with that. Out here in planet Earth, we care about the sinner but hate the sin, and we don't decide who gets to eat and who doesn't.

47 posted on 04/08/2014 6:51:54 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

Exactly, “Selective reporting” nothing more. This isn’t any change of anything, just the portrayal that it is by folks who don’t agree with him.

He’s not going to change his beliefs.


48 posted on 04/08/2014 6:52:09 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: stanne

> what Church?

The Church as a whole. The church universal. The catholic (lower-case “c”) church.

To be more specific, those who believe the Nicene creed and take the Bible as the immutable Word of God, regardless of the name over the door of the building where they meet with other believers.


49 posted on 04/08/2014 6:52:45 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: GIdget2004
"......a rare, one-hour, sit-down interview".

This was his first mistake.

He obviously never heard of the old adage, "Quit while you're ahead."

Leni

50 posted on 04/08/2014 6:53:08 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Our greatness - built upon our freedom - is moral not material)
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