Chick-fil-A might be pretending to distance itself from president Dan Cathy’s anti-gay remarks condemning marriage equality activists as “prideful” and “arrogant” for “inviting God’s judgment” with the “audacity to define what marriage is about,” but that was not the last of Cathy’s remarks. Today, Jeremy Hooper found a clip of him speaking at Hope Community Church last month, again employing the mission of the company to attack the gay community as “foolish,” “twisted up,” “tragic,” and “left to a deprived mind”:
CATHY: It’s very clear in Romans chapter 1, if we look at society today, we see all the twisted up kind of stuff that’s going on. Washington trying to redefine the definition of marriage and all the other kinds of things that we go—if you go upstream from that, in Romans chapter 1, you will see that because we have not acknowledged God and because we have not thanked God, that we have been left victim to the foolishness of our own thoughts, and as result, we are suffering the consequences of a society and culture who has not acknowledged God or not thanked God—he’s left us to a deprived mind. It’s tragic and we live in a culture of that today.
It’s no coincidence that those defending Chick-fil-A this past week, including Mike Huckabee, Tony Perkins, the National Organization for Marriage, and Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), have all ignored Cathy’s odious “inviting God’s judgment” comments as if they were never made. NOM’s Jonathan Baker even said that Chick-fil-A wasn’t “objectionable” and didn’t “denigrate people,” they “simply shared that they are Christians.” But of course, everything about Cathy’s comments are objectionable and denigrating, and pretending they don’t exist doesn’t undo their existence.
Now, there is even more evidence of Cathy’s odious beliefs, and the case against him and his company is harder to ignore. He has said in no uncertain terms that he believes gay people are inviting the complete destruction of society and culture by pursuing marriage equality. That is quite a step beyond simply identifying as “Christian,” as most Christians aren’t anti-gay to begin with, let alone anti-gay enough to condemn an entire “twisted up” population for inviting “suffering” upon society. Those willing to stand by Chick-fil-A must be prepared to own all of Cathy’s remarks, not just the gentle ones they pick and choose.