Chick-fil-A stirred up a hornet’s nest yesterday when they announced they would quit donating to three Christian charities that do not support gay rights: The Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home. Those on the left cheered and many over there said it was not enough. It never will be. Many on the right accused Chick-fil-A of caving to LGBTQ pressure. Chick-fil-A claims they didn’t. They say they are merely restructuring their philanthropic contributions.
On Monday, the restaurant chain announced that they would no longer be donating to anti-LGBTQ organizations or organizations with traditional views on human sexuality and marriage. That profoundly shocked their base clientele and is definitely going to hurt their bottom line. They seem to have forgotten who made them number 1 in their market here and it was not the liberal mafia.
“According to The Christian Post, the company insisted that there were not compromising its founding Christian beliefs.
“Beginning in 2020 the Chick-fil-A Foundation will introduce a more focused giving approach, donating to a smaller number of organizations working exclusively in the areas of hunger, homelessness and education,” a spokesperson told the outlet. “We have also proactively disclosed our 2018 tax filing and a preview of 2019 gifts to date on chick-fil-afoundation.org. The intent of charitable giving from the Chick-fil-A Foundation is to nourish the potential in every child.”
“The statement added that the company aims to donate to the “most effective organizations” to help children.
“Our goal is to donate to the most effective organizations in the areas of education, homelessness and hunger,” the statement continued. “No organization will be excluded from future consideration – faith-based or non-faith based.”
“The spokesperson continued, “I also wanted to add that Chick-fil-A will not be opening on Sundays.”
— Salvation Army USA (@SalvationArmyUS) November 18, 2019
“What is GLAAD saying now?
“For one organization, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the move simply isn’t enough.
“The organization shared a statement Tuesday on Twitter following the restaurant chain’s announcement.
“If Chick-Fil-A is serious about their pledge to stop holding hands with divisive anti-LGBTQ activists, then further transparency is needed regarding their deep ties to organizations like Focus on the Family, which exist purely to harm LGBTQ people and families,” the statement read.
“Chick-Fil-A investors, employees, and customers can greet today’s announcement with cautious optimism,” the statement continued, “but should remember that similar press statements were previously proven to be empty.”
“The statement also pointed out the company still has a ways to go in ensuring “safe workplaces” for LGBTQ employees.
“In addition to refraining from financially supporting anti-LGBTQ organizations, Chick-Fil-A still lacks policies to ensure safe workplaces for LGBTQ employees and should unequivocally speak out against the anti-LGBTQ reputation that their brand represents,” the statement concluded.”
"In addition to refraining from financially supporting anti-LGBTQ organizations, Chick-fil-A still lacks policies to ensure safe workplaces for LGBTQ employees and should unequivocally speak out against the anti-LGBTQ reputation that their brand represents,"
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) November 19, 2019
In 2018, Chick-fil-A gave $115,000 to the Salvation Army for the Angel Tree program, which provided gifts for 11,000 children during the holiday season. The fast-food chain also gave $1.65 million to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to provide underserved youth with week-long summer sports camps at historically black colleges and universities (HCBU).
“If Chick-Fil-A is serious about their pledge to stop holding hands with divisive anti-LGBTQ activists, then further transparency is needed regarding their deep ties to organizations like Focus on the Family, which exist purely to harm LGBTQ people and families" @AndersonDrew https://t.co/0OXfScv1z6
— GLAAD (@glaad) November 18, 2019
Chick-fil-A has faced intense backlash from LGBTQ groups as it seeks to expand its corporate footprint. The Atlanta-based company recently announced the closure of its first restaurant in Great Britain just a week after it opened due to protests from LGBTQ activists. Airports in Buffalo, New York, and San Antonio, Texas, have banned Chick-fil-A restaurants in the face of similar pressure.
Until now, Chick-fil-A has stood strong in their policies. They say they did not cave but it sure looks that way.
Okay, thats great, whatever, #ChickFilA no longer donating to homophobia and transphobia is fine but if they /really/ about it, they can donate that same money to LGBTQ+ communities and orgs
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— Ultramarine Chapter Master (@Ultramarines40K) November 18, 2019
The move by Chick-fil-A also angered conservatives, who characterized the decision as a “cave” rather than a prudent olive branch. Christian satire site The Babylon Bee mocked the company’s management with a tongue-in-cheek post titled “Chick-Fil-A Trades Adoring Christian Fans For Outraged Mob That Won’t Be Appeased Until Their Every Demand Is Met.”
“Chick-fil-A has sacrificed its Christian fans in favor of an outraged mob that will stop at nothing to destroy them,” the parody article reads. “[CEO Dan] Cathy said the Christian fans have been great, but it’s boring just having loyal fans who support you through thick and thin, and he’d much rather have fans who stage die-ins and cancel you when you don’t cave in.”
Lmao, enjoying trying to appease these people @ChickfilA. You've just opened Pandora's Box.
— Davis F (@DavisF_SC) November 18, 2019
This was a bad move by Chick-fil-A and the bad publicity is really going to hurt them in conservative circles. It’s logical to adjust your company’s marketing to break into other markets for your product, but to take a slap at your base market like this is just nuts. If this isn’t a cave to gay activists, it is one of the worst PR moves I’ve ever seen.
All they have done here is now earn scorn from both sides of the political aisle. It will never be enough for the left and conservatives will find other places to spend their money.
Like I said, “Now there’s blood in the water…”
— John Regan 🇺🇸🇮🇪🏴 (@jregan11) November 19, 2019
Chick-fil-A no longer donates to controversial Christian charities after LGBTQ protests https://t.co/KBcNtonHFJ
— CNBC (@CNBC) November 18, 2019