Illinois State University is claiming Basketball Coach Dan Muller did not mean to disparage gays by tweeting in praise of the Chick-Fil-A restaurant chain. Last week Muller tweeted that he "loves Chick-Fil-A, loves their food and what they stand for." Part of what they have come to stand for in the public forum is opposition to gay marriage by the head of the company. ISU Spokesman Jay Groves says Coach Muller meant nothing of the sort.
"He had recently been to a Chick-Fil-A, had a good meal there, and a good experience, good customer service, tweeted about it as he tweets about many restaurants. After reading a few of the comments he thought some people might have misconstrued him. So, he took it down because he thought he'd rather have people reading about Redbird basketball than Chick-Fil-A."
Restaurant Company CEO Dan Cathy said last year that the U.S. was "inviting God's Judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than you what constitutes a marriage." Again last month, Cathy expressed disappointment in a Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage laws in California. Groves says Muller seemed unaware of the charged atmosphere surrounding the company.
"When I talked to him he said that never entered his mind when he was tweeting. it was simply about the experience he had."
CEO Dan Cathy has also said that a marriage between one man and one woman is the "wisdom of the ages" and a "cornerstone of strong societies." Those comments have prompted activists to hold same-sex kiss-ins at Chick-Fil-A restaurants around the country.
Muller's tweet has garnered more than 170 comments on a Redbird fan site, but, Groves says not much else.
"While there were quite a few posts on a blog site, the President's office received no calls. I think the Athletic Director received two e-mails.
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