A new Los Angeles Times article may or may not shatter that illusion. Rumors of an anti-gay agenda that have dogged the company for years were finally confirmed by Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy, reports the Times:
In a new interview with Baptist Press, Cathy puts on the record what critics say his company’s actions have indicated for years. “Well, guilty as charged,” he said in the interview when asked about Chick-fil-A’s backing of families led by a man and a woman.
Years past saw Chick-fil-A subjected to biting accusations of donating millions to explicitly anti-gay organizations, tantamount to what one blogger reportedly called an "anti-gay jihad." From the article:
A report from LGBT advocacy group Equality Matters concluded that Chick-fil-A donated more than $3 million between 2003 and 2009 to Christian groups that oppose homosexuality. In 2010 alone, the company gave nearly $2 million to such causes, according to the report.
The LGBT community isn't the only class of American citizens to have reported oppression at the divine hand of Chick-fil-A. In 2000, Aziz Latif, a Muslim, sued the company after being fired from a Houston franchise location, reportedly for declining to participate in an employee prayer to a Christian god. That lawsuit was settled on undisclosed terms. But at least 12 similar employment discrimination suits were filed against Chick-fil-A between 1988 and 2007, reports Forbes.com.
The L.A. Times article concludes with a quote from Cathy:
Cathy said the company’s leaders “intend to stay the course.”
"We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles," he said.
So: if you're down with Chick-fil-A's "values," you can put your money where your mouth is (and also put a Chick-fil-A® Classic Chicken Sandwich where your mouth is) and choose from one its five locations in Colorado Springs. It is white meat, after all, so it's probably healthy or something, too.
And you don't need to stress about the whole getting-a-job thing, either. If you don't make it through the 17 job interviews, each hours-long, by which Chick-fil-A vets potential employees and their "values," you can always work somewhere else. I hear everyone's hiring these days.
Be sure to check out the full Los Angeles Times article.