Friday, August 1, 2008

Shouldn't They Have Had to Write "I Will Eat Mor Chikin"?

Fox News is reporting that prominent Christian businessman and Chick-Fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy has (in my opinion, not Fox's) exhibited Christian mercy and grace in his dealings with two teenaged girls who vandalized the 87-year-old chicken magnate's Florida home.

Rather than press charges—an action that Cathy feared would "leave [the girls] with a criminal record"—Cathy has arranged for the girls to have to write 1,000 times "I will not vandalize other people's property," to read a "good book," and to forego television and video games for a length of time unspecified in the story.

I like it. I really like it.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Those girls who vandalize the home of the Chick-Fil-A founder SHOULD HAVE STRICTER AND MOST HARSH PUNISHMENT. They should be beaten with a cane 12 times for a 12 year old girl and 11 times for two 11 year old girls and they should suffer like in Singapore and the girls are like Michael Fay, the grandson of the victim of uncle of William Patrick Stuart-Houston.

Bart Barber said...

Offenders who DESERVE a stricter and most harsh punishment is, of course, an essential component of mercy. If they deserved no more, Cathy's actions would not be merciful.

What S. Truett Cathy has done is beautiful. It is, as one astute companion noted over lunch, a rare combination of mercy and wisdom.

Bart Barber said...

Offenders...ARE.

My bad.

Anonymous said...

The things Cathy did was touching. Truett Cathy, you rock!

Big Daddy Weave said...

My highschool/college girlfriend grew up at a Christian Youth Home for Boys in south Georgia. Her parents were employees there. Truett Cathy is the primary donor. During the several years that we dated, I had a chance to meet and dine with "Uncle Truett" on numerous occasions. His life-long commitment to helping troubled teens is quite impressive. More impressive was his strong sense of compassion and kindness.

Speaking of Eat Mor Chikin, the original Chick-fil-A Dwarf House in Hapeville, Georgia outside of Atlanta sells a tasty Steakburger with a full-service dining area - always a favorite stop of mine on the way back to Vidalia from seeing a Braves game.

Bart Barber said...

Aaron,

Thanks for the vignette. Beyond the tender intimacy of your depiction of Cathy, I'm enjoying the fact that you're commenting positively on what is basically a Fox News story.

;-)

volfan007 said...

Truett Cathey is a first rate fella, a true, Christian gentleman in every sense of the word. And, his chicken sandwiches are delicious. The milk shakes there also rock.

David

The Soul Theologian said...
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The Soul Theologian said...

I agree with what everyone said.

Bob Cleveland said...

Vol .. thanks for getting Mr. Cathey's spelling right.

I suppose someone ought to point out that he's pretty well proven that a Christian businessman can be successful without being open on Sunday, too.

Dave Miller said...

More even than the post, which I had heard of on radio, I appreciated your powerful response to the first anonymous comment.

Quinn Hooks said...

He is a wonderful and gracious gentleman who has impressed me with his devotion to Christ. Chick-fil-a is one of the few fast food franchises which I have worked where I will still eat. Being in the kitchen has taught me a lot. He runs a tight ship according to Christian principles. =)