Private companies and individuals have the right to say whatever they like under protected speech here in the US. These same companies and individuals are also free to experience the blowback from said free speech. I don't waste time debating, I use my dollars - as in I won't be giving any of my money to companies that support issues I am opposed to, simple as that. Chik-fil-A is one of those. Not to mention their food is garbage, but that's a whole other story.
Yes. I am all for free speech, even when such speech is offensive. The problem is that Chik Fil A is serving the public and, as such, has a responsibility to the people they serve and we do have a right to know what our money is helping to finance. I have no problem with them being Christians but when they use this belief to condemn a significant number of the population then I wonder what god they really serve. It strikes me as hypocritical too, since they certainly don't worry about whether or not somebody is gay when they come to Chi Fil A to spend money. I wonder if this question would even be asked if the President of Chik Fil A said anything bad about Jews or black people, or if they contributed money to the Ku Klux Klan or the White Aryan Resistance.
The outrage from the gay community and the friends of the gay community were warranted. Yes, there is free speech in this country, but as a company and as a source to the community, Chick-fil-A should have exercised better judgement. It is wrong to just outwardly bash gay people. Chick-fil-A has their right to free speech and the one's they hurt have the right to their reactions. This leaves us with justified outrage.
Dan Cathy is a devout Christian. His religion is why he gives up the second biggest day of the week for fast food and the millions of dollars he could make on Sundays to "honor the Sabbath day". Christianity has also inspire him to give millions of dollars to charity. This man did not say anything hateful. He simply stated that, in his faith, marriage is between a man and a woman. That anyone would protest the against this philanthropist expressing his beliefs is terrible an un-American.
Chick Fil A is a private company. It has as much right to share its opinion as an individual does because it is run by an individual. The president of Chick Fil A can share his beliefs in any other area in America, why not his workplace? Homosexuals can choose wether or not they want to eat at Chick Fil A, as can anyone else.
A privately-owned company can donate money to whatever charities and causes it so desires, and consumers can choose whether or not to give said company their business. The outrage shown by members of the American public was over-the-top and childish. It merely deepened the social divide between pro-LGTB groups and conservative groups, when the aim of both divisions should be to find a compromise.