Even MSNBC is calling him out… ouch.
An awesome story of who and what the Chic-fil-a leadership is like and what they REALLY stand for.
In many ways, getting to know Dan better has reminded me of my relationship with my uncle, who is a pastor at a Pentecostal church. When I came out as openly gay in college, I was aware that his religious views were not supportive of homosexuality. But my personal relationship with my uncle reassured me of his love for me — and that love extends to my husband. My uncle would never want to see any harm come to me or Tommy. His beliefs prevented him from fully reconciling what he understood as the immorality of homosexuality with the morality of loving and supporting me and my life. It was, and remains, an unsolvable riddle for him, hating the sin and loving the sinner.
My relationship with Dan is the same, though he is not my family. Dan, in his heart, is driven by his desire to minister to others and had to choose to continue our relationship throughout this controversy. He had to both hold to his beliefs and welcome me into them. He had to face the issue of respecting my viewpoints and life even while not being able to reconcile them with his belief system. He defined this to me as “the blessing of growth.” He expanded his world without abandoning it. I did, as well.
As Dan and I grew through mutual dialogue and respect, he invited me to be his personal guest on New Year’s Eve at the Chick-fil-A Bowl. This was an event that Campus Pride and others had planned to protest. Had I been played? Seduced into his billionaire’s life? No. It was Dan who took a great risk in inviting me: He stood to face the ire of his conservative base (and a potential boycott) by being seen or photographed with an LGBT activist. He could have been portrayed as “caving to the gay agenda” by welcoming me.
I find this storing and inspiring breathe of fresh-air. It’s unadulterated by an agenda.
I want to point out how Cathy did not use this friendship as a “token gay - look at me!” friendship, but an actual sincere attempt to find understanding and love. It’s a great example of what we as Christians should do with those who even antagonize us. I love this. I wish the commenters weren’t so against it.
Looking at the comments, I found not one negative pro-traditional marriage commenter, but tons of negative pr0-gay commenters. Isn’t that odd?
“Now it is all about the future, one defined, let’s hope, by continued mutual respect. I will not change my views, and Dan will likely not change his, but we can continue to listen, learn and appreciate “the blessing of growth” that happens when we know each other better.”
Now, this is the kind of liberalism I used to enjoy and respect!
We’ve won this fight because of this. And these blatant PR attempts from Dan Cathy to repair the companies’ image. So that alone shows you that, obviously, people realize being anti-gay and having that reputation staining their businesses reputation isn’t good. On that this doesn’t offend me as much as it would, although I’m still offended. I hope conversations are still on-going and the donations to ALL groups that are explicitly anti-gay rather than just Christian groups, and workplace policies protecting LGBTQ employees are enacted. Until that happens, CFA will continue to be boycotted, and their brand rating will continue to be low.
Our pastor shared this story this morning in his sermon. It’s really an interesting piece. If these two seemingly enemies who have such disparate belief & faith systems can become friends and agree to get along while disagreeing, the why can’t we all?
Hallelujah! Congratulations to 2 adult men willing to resist our cultural love of polarization…willing to resist the posers on both sides who seek to prove their “strength” and “courage” by demonizing those who don’t think as they do. Congratulations for resisting our childish tendency to surround ourselves exclusively with others who think exactly as we do, and then “courageously” proclaim that “we are good, they are bad; we are enlightened, they are neandertals; we are loving, they are hateful; we are Godly, they are Godless; we are tolerant, they are intolerant; we are open-minded, they are close-minded,” and on and on and FREAKING ON! Mr. Windmeyer is correct. Our country’s love of dualism and its inevitable result - polarization - has led us to this point in which our “leaders” concept of “debate” is actually nothing more than a childish name-calling contest, and the result has been nothing less than a fruitless quagmire in which we fail to address very real challenges. God willing, their personal growth will be contagious!
We’re friends! My new best bud still donates millions to groups that want me to be a second-class citizen forever…but I don’t mind that so much as I do missing out on his delish chicken sandwiches. Yummy with a side of self-loathing.
Remember that time when Target… was funding a Republican who had a pro-traditional family platform, and all the LGBT world freaked out and said things like:
“boycott this stupid company”
“companies and should stay out of politics like this…or chic-fil-a…”
Yeah well, right now Target if fully behind the LGBT and Barak Obama’s Pride Month (which apparently is right now - June), and actually sending money directly to the ultra-liberal Family Equality Council,” who according to FRC (the Family Research Council, a pro-traditional family group);
The Family Equality Council’s clear objective is to pass legislation on the local and national level that would effectively shut down Christian based adoption agencies. We have seen this happen in Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.
Notice how there is media coverage on this end of the scale… NOT!
Also notice the Conservative outcry… oh you don’t hear it? Yeah, because there is no media coverage on it. But it exists. FRC has a petition going: Here unlike before, its not to silence Targets political stance, but rather an opposition to the FEC’s objectives.
Last Friday, the Obama administration proved that it’s more than capable of cutting funds—in retaliation. As payback for Texas severing ties with Planned Parenthood, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius promised to take out her anger on the state’s low-income women. Starting this May, the government will phase out more than $30 million in health coverage for the most underprivileged people in the state—all because Texas wanted its citizens to have the benefit of unbiased care. The Obama administration decided to kill the funding for cancer, STD, and breast screenings because Gov. Rick Perry (R) dared to look beyond Planned Parenthood to providers who aren’t under congressional investigation.
Now, Gov. Perry is left to scrounge through his budget to fill the 90% program void created by the administration’s ideological blackmail. I was in a meeting with the Governor this weekend where he said he wouldn’t allow the poor of Texas to be held hostage by HHS. Earlier, he vowed to fund the program: “We’ll find the money,” Gov. Perry said.
But under federal law, he shouldn’t have to. Washington has always left it up to state leaders to decide who is and isn’t eligible for Medicaid funding. In this case, there are more than 4,000 providers in Texas who are ready to step in and provide the abortion-neutral services women need. “Why would the Obama administration take away access to hearth care for low-income Texas women? Because this administration puts funding for abortion providers… ahead of funding for women’s cancer screenings and other preventative health care… To me, this reflects a twisted set of values, not to mention a continued disregard for the basic concept of states’ rights,” Gov. Perry wrote in an op-ed. “If this debate were really about health care, the Obama administration would allow the Texas Women’s Health Program to continue.”
Unfortunately, this kind of ideological blackmail is becoming standard practice in this White House. We are witnessing this “conform or else” mentality across the President’s health care policy—whether it’s in the contraception mandate or meddling in state programs. Texas, meanwhile, says it will find a way to keep the Women’s Health Program operating until either Washington resolves the issue or the courts do. At least three lawsuits are already working their way through the system, challenging the President’s right to hold the funding ransom until leaders abide by his criteria.
Until they iron out those fundamental questions, Gov. Perry has an even stronger case for booting Planned Parenthood from its network now that it’s been accused of 87,075 cases of Medicaid fraud in Texas. Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood clinic manager-turned-pro-life activist, is teaming up with Alliance Defense Fund to expose the group’s multi-million dollar scam, in which it allegedly billed the federal government for thousands of services it never provided. Extortion seems to be a recurring theme for the organization, which has faced similar charges in California, New York, and Washington.
Still, President Obama is sticking by the abortion giant. This is a man who threatened to shut down the entire government if a penny of federal funding was cut from the group. Now he’s willing to risk the health of 130,000 low-income women until Planned Parenthood gets its share. So when liberals say there is a “war on women,” they’re right. It’s being waged by President Obama.
- Family Research Council: Article Here
News has no bias…pfft.
I will one day make an official chart of this, but News is heavily biased and of the big 4, 3 of them are liberal.
Liberal: NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN
Very Liberal: MSNBC (stupid obvious)
Right Wing/Conservative: FOX (obvious)
Since news is very much consumed online now, these bias’ are becoming very obvious, given writing/articles are now so instantaneous and unchecked. Yahoo - a search engine that uses the networks (above) puts out a featured list to their liking. Biased as well.
Consider that always.
What made me think of this was something I read while ago about Homosexual Young Men and how their lifestyle makes them very prone to dangerous addictive behavior.
I read that and was like yeaaaaah this will never make the Featured News on yahoo. Nope! Only something pro-homosexual because anything otherwise would be, homophobic or “unpopular.”
Then this one comes out (no pun intended) and is featured by Yahoo: Gay Parents Better than Straight Parents
Oh and by the way, that was posted by Huntington Post. Add them to your very Liberal list.