Poor Dan Cathy. When the Chick-fil-A CEO hated on gays, the gays hated back. Now as he tries to sort of make amends by quieting his anti-gay rhetoric, his once boisterous Christian backers are turning on him.
Mike Huckabee, once of Chick-fil-A's biggest supporters, teed up professional gay hater Tony Perkins on his Fox News program this weekend to call Chick-fil-A “cowards” for falling to pressure from “the left.”
“I think we're seeing those in the business community becoming cowards.”
“Why is it that businesses would capitulate to the pressure and demands to just shut up and go away and not say anything when nobody is asking the Left to do that?”
“Tolerance is a one-way street for these individuals. What they want to do is force the rest of America not to just to tolerate but to celebrate what they're doing. They want to redefine America…They're doing it in large part because many, even conservative business owners who are fearful of these attacks, are going silent. They're going dark on these issues. They're capitulating. And that's just allowing this group to roll over our freedoms and liberties…What they're wanting to do is silence the vast majority of Americans who disagree with them.”
Cathy admitted in March that his anti-gay views are bad for business. He didn't change them, just pledged to keep from serving them up for public consumption. Critics pounced, including Scott Lively who accused Cathy of “surrendering to the gay bullies.”
Cathy continued his kind of making amends tour on April 8, offering this to USA Today.
Cathy, whose comments condemning gay marriage in 2012 set off store picketing and a social media firestorm, has now fully backed away from such public pronouncements that mix personal opinion on social issues with corporate policy.
“All of us become more wise as time goes by,” he says, apologetically, in a rare, one-hour sit-down interview. “We sincerely care about all people.”
Cathy's statements coincided with the long-awaited, much anticipated rollout of the Atlanta company's new grilled chicken menu. It won accolades. Cathy's comments? They flopped.