Chick~fil~A in big trouble for having the same views as President Barack Obama up until a few weeks ago.
You are not allowed to voice the belief, shared by many, that marriage is between a man and a woman. You will be ostracized and your businesses will be destroyed.
One day, you will be imprisoned for a civil rights violations. This is Fascism and it is our future if we ignore the Chick~fil~A predicament or allow the left to get away with demonizing Chick~fil~A with trivial complaints and straw men.
Chicago Phoenix reports that LGBT (an extremist Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Organization) in Chicago filed several complaints with the Illinois Department of Human Rights yesterday claiming that Chick~fil~A has an “intolerant corporate culture” violates Illinois law and a provision in the state’s Human Rights Act.
“In our current high speed media and social media environment, Chick-fil-A has announced and caused to be published, to hundreds of millions of people, that LGBT people are unacceptable and objectionable,” said Jacob Meister, Governing Board President of TCRA and the attorney who filed the complaint. “They have made it clear the lives of LGBT individuals are unacceptable to them and that same-gender families are unwelcome at Chick-fil-A.”
The “unforgivable” comments made by Chick~fil~A President, Dan Cathy, were a personal expression of his family values and his religion. The comment they find unacceptable makes one realize that the LGBT and their supporters believe they have the right to monitor free speech. This is Thought Police.
The “objectionable” comment made by Cathy is, “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that,” Cathy said in the Baptist Press, July 16. He said he was “guilty as charged” for supporting “the biblical definition of the family unit.”
Apparently, his comments make LGBT people, a protected minority class, feel “unwelcome, objectionable or unacceptable” at Chick-fil-A restaurants, or “public accommodations” under Section 5-102(B) of the Illinois Human Rights Act.
On Wednesday, the Chicago Republican party filed a complaint asking AG Lisa Madigan to probe Alderman Joe Moreno’s vow to block the chain from opening a new restaurant in his district.
A suspicious lawsuit cropped up this Thursday. Fox5 reports that 4 women in this country illegally accused a Chick~fil~A manager of sexual harassment. He fired them and then reported them to immigration. One illegal filed a lawsuit yesterday at a most opportune time for her.
Whether true or not, it’s a straw man. The manager owns a franchise of Chick~fil~A. It is possible that he fired them when he found out they were here illegally.
Southern Studies, an activist group that hopes to change Southern life, collected every imaginable complaint against the chain with information from author, Emily Schmall, a freelance journalist. who is interested in issues of social justice, social rights, gender and race, welfare, housing, et al. [Independent Academia]
Ms. Schmall wrote an article on the issue for Forbes.
In 22 years, there have only been 12 lawsuits. Don’t forget these are franchises. They have been around for almost 50 years and there is no information about the earlier years.
Schmall states that S. Truitt Cathy seeks “loyal employees and operators who believe serving chicken is God’s work. Careful screening of new hires keeps it out of trouble.” [I’m not sure why this is a problem.]
Schmall writes that,
“Chick-fil-A founder and chairman S. Truett Cathy. “I tell the kids, ‘This is not just selling sandwiches; it pays for your upbringing,'” says Yadkowski, a hardworking, happily married Southern Baptist who plans to work with Chick-fil-A for life.” [Sounds okay to me.]
Schmall quotes S. Truett Cathy as saying, “We tell applicants, ‘If you don’t intend to be here for life, you needn’t apply,'” says Cathy, who opened his first restaurant in 1946. Schmall calls it one of many mandates but it sounds more like a company that wants to keep their employees.
The type of loyalty is the way it used to be in the fifties through the nineties roughly. It was so much better to know you and your company shared a loyalty that kept you employed for 30 years if you wanted it that way. I’m sure Mr. Cathy didn’t mean the employees, once hired, were imprisoned.
In some stores, bible studies are offered once a week with bonuses for those who attend. [Again, what’s the problem and how does that relate to the question at hand?] This is a straw man.
Chick~fil~A has a very low turnover rate of only 5%. They must be doing something right by their employees.
Cathy likes to help those in need –
Fifty employees and one franchisee grew up in one of 13 Christian foster homes in the U.S. and Brazil run by a nonprofit organization Chick-fil-A funds, the WinShape Foundation. Sixteen others were in Sunday-school classes Cathy teaches at First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Ga. Cathy likes to give a leg up to people who have ambition but little else: The company asks operators to pay just $5,000 as an initial franchise fee. KFC, for example, demands $25,000 and a net worth of $1 million.
Cathy looks for managers of franchises who are reliable, married and have not done harm to their family. To try and separate out the better candidates the parent company asks people who apply for an operator license to disclose marital status, number of dependents and involvement in “community, civic, social, church and/or professional organizations.” [Again, what’s wrong with that?]
Schmall further says that Chick-fil-A, the corporate parent, has been sued at least 12 times since 1988 on charges of employment discrimination, according to records in U.S. District Courts. Aziz Latif, a former Chick-fil-A restaurant manager in Houston, sued the company in 2002 after Latif, a Muslim, says he was fired a day after he didn’t participate in a group prayer to Jesus Christ at a company training program in 2000. The suit was settled on undisclosed terms. [That number is not unusual for a company of this size and again this is a straw man with nothing to do with the question at hand – free speech.]
Southern Studies conjectures that Chick~fil~A might face more lawsuits if they didn’t screen applicants so carefully. First off, I have trouble with fortune tellers acting as journalists and secondly, why shouldn’t they screen applicants who fit into their culture?
Recently, the media made a fuss over an ex-prostitute who was driving a school bus. Why is this okay but Chick~fil~A’s careful screening process is not. Their screening process sounds like Disney’s. Disney better watch out – they could be next.
There have been no lawsuits by patrons.
The other lawsuits allege gender discrimination.
Lauren Silich of Chick~fil~A said she would never discriminate against anyone and has gay employees working at her restaurant.
Chick~fil~A, a franchise chain, has been around since the 60’s and has over 1,615 locations in 39 states and Washington, D.C. In 2011, annual sales were over $4.1 billion. Twelve lawsuits are meaningless.
There are allegations that they give to anti-gay groups. I’d like a definition of what is meant by “anti-gay” and I wonder what that has to do with the right of one man to express his views in a magazine article?
Chick~fil~A built their business themselves by the way!