An accusation that Chick-fil-A's charitable foundation has
stopped making donations to pro-family groups isn't true.
The false report surfaced when Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno, who
vowed this summer to block construction of a new Chick-fil-A in his
district because of pro-family comments by the company's president,
said recently that company officials had agreed not to donate to
organizations that fight against homosexual "marriage." Peter
LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality
discounts that report. (Listen to audio report)
"If Chick-fil-A actually was
negotiating with this left-wing alderman in Chicago [Moreno] to try
to get a restaurant there -- and [if] it was actually making
pledges about giving, that would be wrong," he tells OneNewsnow.
"Because that would be the moral equivalent of negotiating with
terrorists -- and we all know you don't negotiate with
The truth is, straight from Chick-fil-A, their foundation --
WinShape -- has not changed its policies on donations and does not
support organizations with political agendas. The Georgia-based
restaurant stands by the statement it released in July, which
states the culture and service tradition of the company "is to
treat every person with honor, dignity, and respect - regardless of
their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender."
LaBarbera says the rash of publicity sparked by Moreno's recent
comments, combined with a press release from the pro-homosexual
activist group Civil Rights Agenda, has all the earmarks of a
set-up to turn people against Chick-fil-A.
He also points out that "we all know that there are untold
numbers of pro-homosexual corporations, like Starbucks and Pepsico,
that are giving millions and millions of dollars to homosexual
In contrast, however, the pro-family activist notes that when
Chick-fil-A -- a Christian-run business -- writes a check to
Christian-based groups that, in comparison, amounts to pennies,
homosexuals want to turn the public against businesses operated by
people of faith that do so.
LATEST UPDATE ... Late Friday, former Arkansas Governor
Mike Huckabee -- an ardent supporter of Chick-fil-A and initiator
of "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" on August 1 -- reported
company CEO Dan Cathy gave him the following statement during a
"There continues to be erroneous implications in the media that
Chick-fil-A changed our practices and priorities in order to obtain
permission for a new restaurant in Chicago. That is incorrect.
Chick-fil-A made no such concessions, and we remain true to who we
are and who we have been."