The tweet was later deleted.
Chick-Fil-A spokeswoman Carrie Kurlander stated, “Dan Cathy, like everyone in this country, has his own views. However, Chick-Fil-A is focused on providing great tasting food and genuine hospitality to everyone.”The prevalent interpretation of this story seems to be that Chick-fil-A is continuing its support for morality, with people seemingly ignoring the comments of the Chick-fil-A spokesman.
Dan Cathy might be continuing his support for morality but Chick-fil-A is clearly in the process of caving.
The deletion of the tweet and the spokesman’s statement show that Chick-fil-A wants to distance itself from supporting morality.
And we’ve seen this behavior before from Chick-fil-A.
When the media reported during 2012 that Cathy supported morality The Boston Herald wrote the following:
Chick-fil-A did not respond to multiple requests for comment. But the company released a statement yesterday saying it has a history of applying “biblically-based principles” to managing its business, such as closing on Sundays, and it insisted it does not discriminate.
“The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender,” the statement read. “Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”
Compare that to the way that anti-morality forces ruthlessly attacked Cathy, Chick-fil-A, and anyone who supports morality. These attackers included public officials savaging their own citizens.
- “Muppet Maven Yanks Toys from Chick-Fil-A Over Gay Marriage Stance” (Breitbart, July 22, 2012)
- “Rahm Emanuel Pledges To Ban Chick-Fil-A From Chicago” (Breitbart, July 25, 2012)
- “San Francisco is the third city to tell Chick-fil-A: Keep out” (Los Angeles Times, July 26, 2012)
- “Now here’s how you strike back at the evil Chick-fil-A” (The Daily Caller, August 01, 2012)
- “WaPo Blogger Bizarre Suggestion: ‘Infiltrate’ Chick-fil-A” (Newsbusters, August 01, 2012)
- “Homosexuals file Human Rights complaint on Chick-fil-A” (OneNewsNow, August 13, 2012)
- “Chick-fil-A ‘Tastes Like Hate’ vandal won’t be charged: D.A.” (LifeSiteNews, August 31, 2012)
“In the first full quarter after this boycott was announced, our sales and our earnings, shall we say politely, were a bit disappointing,” said the shareholder, Tom Strobhar, whom the Huffington Post identifies at the founder of the anti-gay marriage Corporate Morality Action Center.
Was Schultz taken aback? Not in the least. He responded, “Not every decision is an economic decision. Despite the fact that you recite statistics that are narrow in time, we did provide a 38% shareholder return over the last year. I don’t know how many things you invest in, but I would suspect not many things, companies, products, investments have returned 38% over the last 12 months. Having said that, it is not an economic decision to me. The lens in which we are making that decision is through the lens of our people. We employ over 200,000 people in this company, and we want to embrace diversity. Of all kinds.”
At that point the audience interrupted in cheers and applause. Then Schultz concluded, “If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38% you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.” More cheers.And Starbucks fully backed him.
The bottom line is that comments of the spokesman for Chick-fil-A are not the comments of a company that support Cathy or morality. Rather they show that Chick-fil-A is running away from its supporters in order to appease its merciless attackers.
This is another case of the left Susan G. Komen-ing an organization that conservatives view as belonging to them.
Conservatives are pouring money into Chick-fil-A right now, thinking that it helps them and will hurt the left. However, in the long-run, Chick-fil-A will capitulate to its attackers and become another leftist institution, stronger than ever thanks to all the years that conservatives financially supported it.
Expect Chick-fil-A to surrender entirely on morality sometime in the future. And don’t be surprised if Dan Cathy is forced out as CEO.