Dan Cathy, Chick-Fil-A's President, recently made comments suggesting that he was against gay marriage.
Now local companies are weighing in. Tom Hignite is the owner of Miracle Homes based in Richfield. Part of Miracle Homes slogan is "Miracle Homes, a Christian based company". The declaration of Hignite's faith is heard in all their radio and TV ads.
He is very cognizant of the risks associated with strongly promoting his faith. "Of course, there are risks," Hignite told me. "Some will move towards us and some will maybe shy away from of us because of our beliefs. That's ok. We need to live our lives in a way that's real to us."
Hignite says he supports Cathy's right to make the comments he did. "He owns the company, and he has personal opinions. The two are not mutually exclusive," Hignite told me. I admire when people stand up and are strong about what they believe." Hignite also supports the right of those participating in today's 'kiss in' at Chick-Fil-A stores in support of gay marriage. "This is America. They absolutely should be allowed to voice their opinion."
There are several other companies that you may use on a regular basis that publicly tout their faith and you may not even be aware of it.
Forever 21 is a clothing store. On the bottom of their shopping bags the bible verse John 3:16 is printed. The clothing store was founded by Don and Jin Chang, devout Christians who moved to America from Korea in 1981. Those bags routinely end up in my house and I never noticed.
In-N-Out Burger also uses John 3:16 as a way to promote their faith. The company prints the bible verse on the bottom of their soda cups and on their burger wrappers.
Other company's that openly promote a faith based message include Hobby Lobby, Interstate Batteries, and Tyson Foods.
Hignite says the message is important for reason with no relation to the company's bottom line. "For us, it's about being true to who we are."