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Dan Cathy’s Real Victims: Christian Franchise Owners
By Bryan Fischer
Dan Cathy, president and CEO of Chick-fil-A, sold out his Christian brothers and sisters by trading the Chick-fil-A cow, as Babylon Bee satirized, for the Golden Calf. Christians, who not only loved the CFA sandwiches but admired the company’s standard for classic American values like the sanctity of marriage, were hurt, bewildered, and appalled that Chick-fil-A had sold its soul for a mess of pottage.
If my correspondence on social media is any indication, many Christians could not even believe it was true. They roundly condemned those who criticized CFA as people who had rushed to judgment, made up their minds without getting all the facts, and in general had just failed to respond as they believed Christians should.
But all the bad news is true, and it’s not getting any better. In fact, the more you know about Chick-fil-A the worse things get. Dan Cathy somewhere along the line hired a guy by the name of Rodney Bullard to run the Chick-fil-A Foundation, the outfit that takes the dollars you spend there and doles it out to charitable causes.
Bullard was an Obama donor and donated to Hillary Clinton while he was working for Chick-fil-A while piously claiming that the Foundation had a “higher calling than any political or cultural war.” Apparently that calling included dumping on Christian charities that believed, well, Christianity, and sending our money to organizations like Covenant House that aggressively supports the entire pro-sodomy agenda.
After kicking the Salvation Army to the curb, the most effective organization in the country for dealing with homelessness, CFA brought the diversity-compromised Junior Achievement into the fold.
And we are not even close to being done yet. Bullard donated – at least it was his own money, not ours – to Kevin Abel, an open borders, pro-abortion candidate who said, “The federal government should never get between a woman and her doctor deciding what is best for her health.” Somehow concern for the health of preborn women never made it into his calculation.
Despite being resolutely opposed to border fences, Bullard has an imposing one himself along the perimeter of his $1.2 million home. So he believes in health care for women but not for babies, and the use of fences to protect his property but not yours.
Bullard sent $5000 of our money to something called Friends of Refugees, which wants to force Americans to provide halal meals for Islamic refugees. So money for Muslim refugees but not for the Salvation Army. He sent $25,000 to UNICEF and a cool $75,000 to the Andrew Young Foundation. Young, a former UN ambassador under Jimmy Carter, is a regressive extremist who actually serves on the Chick-fil-A Foundation board.
It’s bad that Christians now support the LGBT agenda with every purchase of waffle fries at Chick-fil-A. But it was easy to see this day coming when Cathy made a big deal out of inviting a homosexual activist to share his hospitality box at the Fiesta Bowl in 2012. Once you start coloring outside the lines, Satan snags you and you never go back.
The worst part of this for me is what has happened without warning to Christians who in good faith purchased a Chick-fil-A franchise. They did so in part because they were proud to be associated with a values-driven enterprise. Although the official franchise fee is a modest $5,000, it requires an eventual investment of $280,000 to $815,000. It won’t be long before they will be forced to participate in activities that violate everything they stand for – e.g., catering LGBT Pride events – or have the franchise taken from them. Opening on Sundays is going to happen sooner rather than later, you need have no doubt about that.
Even the Wall Street Journal counseled Chick-fil-A to “stand up to the bullies.” But it’s probably too late for that. You can’t always put the feathers back in the pillow.
The Bible is quite clear that “friendship with the world is enmity with God” (James 4:4). Dan Cathy has chosen his friend and it will prove to be a costly friendship.
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