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Dan Cathy, the CEO of Chick-Fil-A, threw his Jesus about in public.

The acrimony started after Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy was asked by the Baptist Press if he was opposed to marriage equality and he responded, “Guilty as charged.” He also added, “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that. … 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.”

You sure can, but we also live in a country where the citizenry can ostracize you for contributing mass amounts of misery to the world, even if you’re doing it in Jesus name.

The Jim Henson company has been providing toys for Chick-Fil-A kids meals.  That won’t be happening anymore.  The way they did it was simply made of win.

From the company’s facebook.

“The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over 50 years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD.”


About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Jasper of Maine (I feel safe and welcome at FTB)

    Fortunately, the rest of us also live in a country where we aren’t bound by his book of primitive superstitions and can live by our own definitions of family.

    Fuck him times infinity.

  • Alverant

    “operate on biblical principles”
    Does that mean they won’t mix meat and dairy as their bible commands?

  • Chiroptera

    …but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can operate on biblical principles.

    That is actually not true. Most “Biblical principles” are either clearly illegal, or would, if operated on, lead to such an unpleasant experience for any modern American that even most of the Christianists don’t actually operate on them. And never mind that in the political arena, most “Biblical principles” were explicitly rejected by the framers of the US Constitution.

    I’m guessing that if Cathy were asked which “Biblical principles” we were operating on, he’d actually mention some rather universal human values.

  • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    That Henson reply should have been delivered by video by Kermit.

    • Jasper of Maine (I feel safe and welcome at FTB)

      I first read “delivered by video” as “divided by zero”. Your comment didn’t make sense at first.

  • Randomfactor

    He could be enslaving Canadians and Mexicans to work in his stores and still following “biblical principles.”

    What I can’t figure out is why Big Bird was associated with Chick-fil-a in the first place…

  • brucegee1962

    I don’t believe I’ve ever been in a Chik-Fil-A. Hearing about their CEO made me wish I went there regularly, so that my quitting would have some impact. But of course, that makes no sense — and now I can just buy some nice Muppets videos and feel better.

  • Mark

    Heard about this Thursday morning, ate there Thursday night. At least the Boy Scouts seem to be on the same page.

    • Rory

      Good thing we have people like you to stand up for those poor, oppressed straight Christians. Pat yourself on the back for doing your part to treat other people like subhumans.

      • Randomfactor

        In the long run…and in this case that means like five years or so…both the Boy Scouts and the Bigot-fil-a people are going to be accepting gays and marriage equality like it or not.

        Because the majority of Americans already have.

    • Makoto

      Why are you happy for a group that tries to force its “morals” on another group?

      To review:
      Chick-fil-a owner – we don’t think gays should get married because bible
      Actual homosexuals – we just want the same rights as others

      That’s the homosexual “agenda”. To live as others do. How is that bad? If you think your religion says it’s bad, probably they shouldn’t be in your religion, but your religion doesn’t approve their hospital visits or IRS forms.

      • Bill Yeager

        You’d think that teh Gays were all about demanding tax-exempt status and union privileges the way the ‘phobes bang on about it. “Oh them Gays are always shouting about wanting special treatment!” But, as you said, they don’t want special treatment, they just want the same treatment as everybody else. Simples.
        Fundies appear to think Equality equals Communism.

    • Robert B.

      Hey, man, thanks for deliberately contributing money to the cause of interfering with my plans to have a family. That’s really awesome of you.

    • believeinme2

      The same page? LOl

      I was in the boy scouts for years. Where do you think I learned all about homosexuality? They’re the gayest organination in america!

    • anteprepro

      So, you’re a slimeball after all. Glad to have my suspicions confirmed. I know, I know. A Christian bigoted against gays? Whoddathunk!? But it’s true!

  • robster

    Does this restaurant cook their slaughtered chickens over a burning bush? That would be biblical.

  • suzysalaksartok

    I used to eat there every so often. I thought they had the best fast-food chicken out there (I know thats probably not saying much, but I don’t eat quality food anyway, so as far as I was concerned it was high quality.)

    The staff were creepy happy though. Every time I went there, no matter who was taking my order or giving me my food, it was like it was the best thing that happened to them that day.

    In hindsight I guess that makes a bit more sense, if a bit of the church mentality seeped into the business (I guess they’re even closed on Sunday.)

    • deborahbell

      The employees are required to be like that. They have to, by company fiat, respond to every “thank you” with “my pleasure”. The franchise owners have to be married evangelical Christians who spend time with the CEO personally and get approved for buying into the franchise. It’s a weird little company. I had some friends who worked there.

      • Frankzzz

        and yes, they’re required to be closed on Sunday, whether they’re a company owned location or a franchise, per their franchise agreement.

      • Azkyroth, Former Growing Toaster Oven

        Weird. I’m surprised that’s legal.

        • Icaarus

          That corporate mentality might be why I haven’t heard of them coming in to Canada.

  • believeinme2

    biblical principles!?!?! REALLY!?!?!?!

    I still find it hard to believe that any of those silly christians ever actually READ that scary/crazy book! Here’s a few of those “bible principles”.

    Deuteronomy 21:18-21 “If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.”

    Isaiah 13:15-18 If God can find you, he will “thrust you through,” smash your children “to pieces” before your eyes, and rape your wife.

    Jeremiah 19:7-9 God will make parents eat their own children, and friends eat each other.

    There are HUNDREDS of verses like these!!! Go ahead…check it out. I’m not making this shit up! I guess children taste better than chicken nuggets? I’ll have an order of children with a side of friends…Lol!

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