Some might call it much ado about free chicken, but the fallout over one fast-food chain’s goodwill donation could have some business owners afraid that even hinting at conventional religious beliefs will soon make them pariahs in polite society.

In February three local Pennsylvania franchises of the national fast-food restaurant Chick-fil-A donated sandwiches and brownies to a marriage seminar produced by the Arkansas-based nonprofit group Family Life, co-founded by Dennis and Barbara Rainey. The event was hosted by the Pennsylvania Family Institute, an associate group of Focus on the Family.

Nothing on the day’s agenda, titled “The Art of Marriage,” focused on homosexuality, gay unions, the Defense of Marriage Act, or anything other than teaching married couples how to improve and strengthen their relationships. Given that WinShape, the charitable arm of Chick-fil-A, has a longstanding relationship with Campus Crusade for Christ, the parent group of Family Life, it’s not surprising that franchise owners offered up some gratis grub for the event.

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