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07/24/2012

Chick-fil-A defenders won't (can't?) defend what Dan Cathy actually said (NOM edition)

by Jeremy Hooper

This is the National Organization For Marriage's Jonathan Baker speaking to the American Family Association about how Chick-fil-A has supposedly engaged on marriage:

"They've not done it in an objectionable fashion. They've not denigrated people. They simply shared that they are Christians, that they hold with biblical teaching on what marriage should be," Baker points out. "And frankly, they've put a lot of money where their mouth is. They're a great example for the rest of us in supporting marriage." [ONN]

I ask you: do you think framing gays as "shaking a fist at God" and invoking his holy wrath to be an act of denigration? Because that's exactly what Dan Cathy did:

DAN CATHY: (1:05)"…I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say 'we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage' and I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about"

AUDIO SOURCE: Dan Cathy [Ken Coleman Show]

As I said in an earlier post: Groups like NOM, Focus, and FRC don't want to talk about what Dan Cathy actually said because they know that his comments are out of line. They are working overtime to paint a false reality, in hopes that Mr. Cathy's actual words will disappear. It's yet another sidestep from a movement that rarely takes responsibility for anything.

But it's much too late for this "hey, look over there!" game to work. The company's defenders have no choice—if they want to defend this company, they must defend the actual record.

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