A recent comment posted on Facebook about Chick-fil-A’s policy of closing all its restaurants on Sundays is making the rounds on the Internet.
“I respect [Chick-fil-A] for it and think that all stores should close on Sundays," the Facebook post began. "When I was growing up most stores were closed Sundays. After church, we would go home and have a big supper and relax and have family time together. I also think all stores should close for Thanksgiving and Christmas so the employees can enjoy the holiday with their families too. It is wrong to make employees work on holidays!!! We should go back to the way it was when Sunday was a day of rest for most.”
You may not have known it, but Chick-fil-A’s founder Truett Cathy and his family are Southern Baptists, and their overt religiousness has impacted the company in various ways. They opened the chicken chain in 1946 and decided to close on Sundays for spiritual and practical reasons. The Bible verse Exodus 20:8-11 states that the seventh day of the week is the day of rest and Cathy believed employees should take Sunday off to go to church and spend time with family and friends.
Reviewing comments about Chick-fil-A's philosophy indicates that most customers agree with their policy. QP Political received an overwhelming amount of support with their article on their Facebook page. By our count, more than 20,000 people commented in agreement.
This isn’t the first time Chick-fil-A has made news surrounding its company's values. In 2011, a far more polarizing fact came to light: The company, through its charitable WinShape Foundation, donated more than $5 million to groups in opposition to same-sex marriage, including the Family Research Council (condemned by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group) and the Marriage & Family Foundation. Then-COO (and current CEO) Dan Cathy, Truett’s son, angered many by saying that those who “have the audacity to define what marriage is about" were "inviting God's judgment on our nation." The company has since noted its intention to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and the political arena.
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