With many media outlets covering the recent controversy over statements made by Chick-fil-A’s president, more people have begun publicly supporting the business.
Evangelist Billy Graham released a statement July 26 supporting Chick-fil-A and its stance on the traditional family.
“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,” Graham said in the release. “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.”
Graham declared his support for the traditional definition of marriage earlier this year as North Carolinians prepared to vote on the issue. That amendment, which defined marriage in the state’s constitution as being between a man and woman, passed May 8.
“Each generation faces different issues and challenges, but our standard must always be measured by God’s word,” Graham’s statement said. “I appreciate the Cathy family’s public support for God’s definition of marriage.”
Along with the support for traditional marriage, Graham indicated he will join with thousands of Americans in eating at a Chick-fil-A restaurant Aug. 1 for “Support Chick-fil-A Day.” Almost 270,000 people have indicated they are going to join Mike Huckabee, former presidential candidate and current host of “Huckabee” on the Fox News Channel. As some were calling for boycotts of the company, Huckabee challenged others to show their support for the organization.
“I also appreciate Governor Mike Huckabee’s leadership and for encouraging Americans to support Chick-fil-A on August 1,” Graham added in the statement. “As the son of a dairy farmer who milked many a cow, I plan to ‘Eat Mor Chikin’ and show my support by visiting Chick-fil-A next Wednesday.”
Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A’s president, said the company was “guilty as charged” when asked about supporting the traditional family in a Biblical Recorder interview in June. The media storm grew larger when a June 16 radio program was spotlighted in which Cathy underscored the need for children to have a mom and a dad.
“We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit,” said Cathy during his interview with the Recorder. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”