Colorado Springs, Colo. – Focus on the Family President Jim Daly issued the following statement today in response to news stories regarding Chick-fil-a’s efforts to expand in Chicago:
“Dan and Bubba Cathy are my Christian brothers and good friends. They and their company have long shared Focus on the Family’s commitment to helping build strong and thriving families – and they have in no way deviated from that deeply held and biblically inspired passion while working with the city of Chicago to open Chick-fil-a restaurants there.
“I feel bad the Cathys are having to once again endure media accounts mischaracterizing their values and charitable efforts – and, unfortunately, I know how they feel. Focus on the Family has for 35 years been dedicated to saving and strengthening marriages, helping couples raise happy, resilient kids and encouraging and empowering men and women to advocate for God’s truth with Christ’s heart. And still, in stories like some of those about Chick-fil-a’s efforts to expand in Chicago, we are described as being “hateful” toward certain groups of people.
“How is an organization that helps save one marriage every six minutes and helps parents navigate through a crisis involving their children every 90 seconds deemed “anti” anything but “anti-family breakdown”? That’s a question we would hope the media begins to ask with more regularity of those who disagree with us and with Chick-fil-a for bringing our Christian values to bear on the work we do in the public square.”
To coordinate a media interview, contact Nina Coppola at 719-531-3386 or by email at Nina.Coppola@fotf.org.