NOM considered starting a ‘Dan Cathy Club’
December 10, 2012, by Jeremy Hooper
First a reminder of what the Chick-fil-A Chief Operating Officer actually said. Because something that got somewhat lost in that whole national debate over fried chicken was just how extreme his comments truly were. In reality, Cathy's rhetoric went well beyond just the issue of marriage and instead accused gay people of bringing forth God's judgment:
DAN CATHY, president and COO of Chick-fil-A:"It's very clear in Romans chapter 1, if we look at society today, we see all the twisted up kind of stuff that's going on. Washington trying to redefine the definition of marriage and all the other kinds of things that we go—if you go upstream from that, in Romans chapter 1, you will see that because we have not acknowledged God and because we have not thanked God, that we have been left victim to the foolishness of our own thoughts, and as result, we are suffering the consequences of a society and culture who has not acknowledged God or not thanked God—he's left us to a deprived mind. It's tragic and we live in a culture of that today.""
AUDIO SOURCE: Dan Cathy event at Hope Community Church [Vimeo]
DAN CATHY: (1:05)"…I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say 'we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage' and I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about"
AUDIO SOURCE: Dan Cathy [Ken Coleman Show]
So we of course know that the National Organization For Marriage jumped into that great chicken debate, becoming one of the chief spinners who tried to mask the extreme words and some of the other company deeds so that the whole thing looked like a simple matter of speech in regard to marriage. But how closely did NOM plan to align itself with Cathy himself?
For that answer, consider the following. NOM purchased this domain name back in August and updated its record as recently as late October:
Not a Chick-fil-A club, even. No, no—this one is geared exclusively to the man who said married gay people (like yours truly) are "inviting judgment on this nation."
Now, obviously NOM has not moved forward with launching the site, so it could be that they realized that aligning the brand with such harsh language was probably not the best idea. But that they even considered it certainly says something about this organization and its outreach. That "something" would seem to be much more concerned about shoring up some supporters than it is with ensuring respectful debate.