A few years ago, America’s favorite fast-food chain came under fire for comments that the Christian-owned company’s CEO, Dan Cathy, made in regards to same-sex marriage, but those critical of Cathy are going to be eating their words after they discover what Chick-Fil-A did immediately following the terror attack on a gay night club in Florida.
For those unaware, Cathy came out and said that he wasn’t a supporter of same-sex marriage because it doesn’t align with his Christian beliefs. He didn’t say he hated anybody for it, and he didn’t say that homosexuals wouldn’t be served in his restaurants, but he was viciously attacked by the social justice crowd, who also called on America to boycott the fast-food chain.
However, those highly critical of Cathy is his restaurants, which have become the most-loved fast-food joints in the country thanks to their excellent food and extraordinary customer service, are going to be eating a giant slice of humble pie after seeing what Chick-Fil-A restaurants in across the country, especially those in Orlando, did after the brutal terror attack on Sunday.
According to the Independent Journal, the Chick-Fil-A locations across the nation lowered their flags to half-staff in honor of the roughly one hundred dead or wounded and to stand against the act of hatred perpetrated against them. Pretty cool, right? But that’s not even the best part.
Due to its Christian roots, Chick-Fil-A is always closed on Sundays. Like always. However, this Sunday in Orlando, while hundreds upon hundreds of people lined up to donate blood for the victims, Chick-Fil-A restaurants in the area opened up to ensure everyone had something to eat as they stood in line for over eight hours.
Chick-fil-a opened up their restaurants in Orlando to serve people waiting in line to give blood…pretty cool
— Luke Herzog (@bro_lukas) June 13, 2016
No, that’s not just “pretty cool,” that’s absolutely incredible, and kudos to the stores’ owners for going out of their way for the community. In fact, response to the extremely awesome gesture from Chick-Fil-A, one person had the following to say:
“The horrific act of terror perpetrated on our countrymen in Orlando yesterday should open our eyes. There are forces against our way of life, our values, our freedom.
I have heard a lot of sickening negativity and ambivalence due to the fact the that the terror was also an act of hate against the LGBT community. These are our people, no matter their persuasion in life.
When a place as widely perceived as anti-LGBT as Chick-fil-A can show their reverence and condolences to the fallen in Orlando, there is hope we can be united again to face the problems in today’s United States. I am proud to be an American.”
Indeed. Since this attack, conservatives and liberals alike have joined together to show their support for the dead and wounded, and for the first time in nearly eight years we’ve seen a glimmer of reconciliation and unity among a sharply divided nation. While it’s always nearly impossible to look at such a horrible situation and find a positive within it, one good thing to come from it has been the beginning signs of healing after years of division have nearly torn us apart from within.
It definitely wasn’t the best way for it to happen, but the good news is that it’s starting to happen, and that’s all something we can all take a little comfort in during such a dark time.