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Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A, tweeted his sadness about the Supreme Court decisions regarding DOMA and Prop 8, but then rather quickly deleted it. That seems a fair representation of Cathy’s efforts to somehow balance an anti-LGBT ““ at least related to marriage equality ““ while also, as a spokesperson put it, provide “genuine hospitality to everyone.”

Via Huffington, Cathy’s tweet:

Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: conerstone of strong societies

No word about what the founding mothers would think.

After HuffPo ran the story, they received an explanation from Jerry Johnston, Chick-fil-A spokesperson:

“˜Dan Cathy, like everyone in this country, has his own views. However, Chick-fil-A is focused on providing great-tasting food and genuine hospitality to everyone.’

In a later explanation about why Cathy pulled the tweet, Johnston told Think Progress:

“˜He realized his views didn’t necessarily represent the views of all customers, restaurant owners and employees and didn’t want to distract them from providing a great restaurant experience.’

At Think Progress, Zack Ford describes the events as a “telling display of the restaurant’s identity crisis on LGBT issues,” quoting another Chick-fil-A spokesperson, Carrie Kurlander, who said the fast food restaurant is “focused on providing great tasting food and genuine hospitality.”

In August of last year Cathy told the Baptist Press

… that the fast food chain is supportive of the “˜biblical definition of the family.’ This was by no means a new revelation of Chick-fil-A “˜openly’ identifying as a Christian run business, nor the first time anti-LGBT equality messages have been sent.

This comment to the Baptist Press gained attention, and among other things, Mike Huckabee jumped in, declaring a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”

Huckabee was among those tweeting their unhappiness at the SCOTUS decisions. OpEd News collected a number of sad and angry tweets and statements, including Huckabee’s. A few of those:

[Mike Huckabee tweet]: “˜My thoughts on the SCOTUS ruling that determined that same sex marriage is okay: “˜Jesus wept.’ …

“˜Today, marriage, children, and the rule of law all suffer.’ Randy Thomassen, Save California. …

[Matt Barber tweet]: In states w/ “˜gay marriage’ there is no longer a legal or ethical defense against multi-party, incestuous or any other twiested “˜marriages’ …

My bet is the founding mothers and fathers just might approve of “liberty and justice for all” efforts. And since we’ve more or less (with some significant “less” moments and issues) been focused on that goal for quite some time, and the sky hasn’t even started falling, we’re safe to keep at it. And in trouble if we don’t.

How long before federal agents haul pastors out of the pulpit? – Todd Starnes, Fox News.

Founding Fathers, weeping, suffering, children and incest … the familiar “the sky is falling” kind of responses.

This Sunday’s sermons from those who would agree with the above will likely bring all kinds of similar comments. I doubt such thinking and believing will end any time soon. Actually, I doubt it will ever completely end. But from other pulpits, and news outlets and public figures, there will be those who will share in the joy and celebrating, and who are committed to the “going forward” work.

My bet is the founding mothers and fathers just might approve of “liberty and justice for all” efforts. And since we’ve more or less (with some significant “less” moments and issues) been focused on that goal for quite some time, and the sky hasn’t even started falling, we’re safe to keep at it. And in trouble if we don’t.