Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) in his weekly newsletter sent to constituents and the Paulding County Republican Examiner stated his views of the Chick-fil-A stance on gay marriage and the media firestorm it caused.
Gingrey said, “That Dan Cathy’s beliefs come as such a shock to national media that they warrant days-long, breaking-news style coverage is hard to believe. Instead, the coverage devoted to this “story” is indicative of news outlets’ complete abandonment of neutrality in favor of take-down stories and “gotcha journalism.” Chick-fil-A is a private corporation founded on Christian principles—principles that millions of Americans also hold—and is entitled to the same freedom of religion and expression as those attacking it.”
“At a time when unemployment remains above 8 percent for the 41st consecutive month and more than 12 million Americans are out-of-work, calls by elected officials such as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to block expansion of or boycott existing franchises are irresponsible and reckless. Chick-fil-A employs more than 61,000 employees in 1,608 stores nationwide and grossed $4 billion in sales last year,” said Gingrey.
“The company invests in sporting events and charitable foundations that benefit local communities as well. This year in Atlanta, the pair of Chick-fil-A-sponsored NCAA bowl games is expected to generate $60 million.”
“Regardless of personal beliefs, families’ livelihoods should not be threatened by politicians seeking reelection or media outlets seeking higher ratings.”