Rev. Billy Graham expressed his support for Truett and Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-fil-A, and their stand for the Christian faith.
Rev. Billy Graham, at 93 the senior statesman among Christian leaders in America, says he’s rooting for his longtime friends, the Cathy family, in a nasty public blowup over their religious beliefs.
“I want to express my support for my good friends Truett Cathy and his son Dan Cathy, and for their strong stand for the Christian faith,” he said in a statement released by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
“I’ve known their family for many years and have watched them grow Chick-fil-A into one of the best businesses in America while never compromising their values. Chick-fil-A serves each of its customers with excellence, and treats everyone like a neighbor. It’s easy to see why Chick-fil-A has become so popular across America,” he said.
Over the past few days, the Henson Co., creator of the Muppets characters, said it no longer would work with Chick-fil-A. The mayor of Boston publicly bashed the restaurant chain. Chicago officials said they would not want the company to operate in their wards. And “kiss-in” protests were announced in front of company outlets on college campuses.
Franklin Graham expressed his support for Governor Mike Huckabee and his call for a National Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day on Wednesday, August 1, to demonstrate support for the company.
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EUGENE VOLOKH: Chicago Alderman: I Will Deny Business Permit Because ‘There Are Consequences for [Its Owner's] Statements and Beliefs,’ and They Should Include Denial. “This is just appalling.” Well, it’s Chicago.
The Alderman should be glad the owners of Chik-Fil-A are forgiving Christian types. If I owned Chik-Fil-A, I’d file a lawsuit that would ruin him. And hire private investigators to look into his finances, because there’s only one way that ends for a Chicago Alderman. . . .
But I guess that’s why people like to pick on those forgiving Christian types. It’s safer.