After battling Left for years, Chick-fil-A takes it on chin for bowing to them
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
OneNewsNow.com Staff (OneNewsNow.com)
America’s most popular fast-food restaurant has drawn the ire of loyal customers and longtime defenders after dropping the world’s largest charity organization under pressure from homosexual activists.
Quoting a top Chick-fil-A executive, business news website Bisnow.com reported Monday the company is changing its charitable giving beginning in 2020 by focusing on only three charities and three issues: education, homelessness, and hunger.
‘Taking it on the chin’
The news story explicitly states that Chick-fil-A, after battling LGBT activists for years, is ending its donations to The Salvation Army and to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as part of the new charitable giving plan. FCA received $1.65 million in 2018 for its summer youth camp, and $115K went to The Salvation Army’s Christmas gift program, Angel Tree, two years ago.
A new “charitable giving structure” has been in the works since last year, and a board vote last week finalized the plan, the business website reported.
The online news story, which quotes Tim Tassopoulos, Chick-fil-A’s president and COO, appears to be an exclusive story about the controversial moves by the famous fast-food restaurant, which has been hated by the Left after its CEO shared his personal views about biblical marriage in 2012.
Those views set off a fire storm of protests and boycotts that have only grown over the years while Chick-fil-A is attempting to expand into new markets, including in liberal cities where the franchise is not welcomed.
An unnamed Chick-fil-A executive told Bisnow the company has being “taking it on the chin” ever since, and the COO told the news website that the company needs to be “clear about who we are” as new locations expand into new markets.
Reacting to Chick-fil-A's obvious new strategy, homosexual-rights group GLAAD complains in a statement the corporation "still lacks policies to ensure safe workplaces for LGBTQ employees and should unequivocally speak out against the anti-LGBTQ reputation that their brand represents."
In the "Action Alert," AFA president Tim Wildmon recalls witnessing the late Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A's founder, speak at a prayer breakfast many years ago. Cathy passed away in 2014.
"That's why it saddens me greatly," Wildmon writes, "to find out that Chick-fil-A seems to be wavering on those Christian principles."
AFA, known for calling for boycotts, is instead asking the public to sign an online petition to urge Chick-fil-A to reverse its donation decision.
Drudge link told the world
It’s not clear why Chick-fil-A chose to disclose its controversial decisions on the business website but not long after the story published, the mega-popular Drudge Report linked to the story and soon the world was reading that Chick-fil-A is caving.
Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, recalled via Twitter that he called for the “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” in 2012, when the corporation was being “bullied” by LGBT activists.
“Millions showed up,” Huckabee recalled, but now the company has “betrayed” its loyal customers for money.
Chick-fil-A’s announcement was met with concern by the American Family Association, Ed Vitagliano, an AFA vice president, tells OneNewsNow.
The Bisnow story is “very disappointing” because The Salvation Army and FCA are described as “hate-filled, bigoted groups” for their biblical beliefs, he tells OneNewsNow.
There is hope, Vitagliano adds, that Chick-fil-A is not agreeing with those accusations since a statement from the corporation says it will not exclude faith-based organizations if they address education, homelessness, or hunger. That statement was included in a Dallas Morning News story which pointed out, however, that the Bisnow story pointedly suggests faith-based charities would no longer receive contributions if they “espouse anti-LGBT” views.
A statement from Chick-fil-A, included in the story, says the corporation “fulfilled” its multi-year commitment to contribute to The Salvation Army and FCA in 2018, but the corporation refused to tell the newspaper more details about its plans to exclude both organizations in the future.
“I think Christians want to hear,” says Vitagliano, “that Chick-fil-A is not siding with the accusations of LGBTQ groups toward these ministries.”
Salvation Army: We serve all
Immediately after the Bisnow story published, The Salvation Army released a statement that it was “saddened” to learn a “corporate partner” was diverting funding to three areas in which The Salvation Army is “full committed” and currently serves more than 23 million people annually.
The statement also points out that the faith-based group serves the “LGBTQ+ community” and, in fact, the Salvation Army website devotes an entire section to helping homosexuals, lesbians, and transgenders with temporary shelter, job training, substance abuse counseling, meals, and teen suicide prevention.
The non-profit also provides job benefits to the spouses of same-sex couples, a liberal policy that is considered a progressive stance by LGBT activists.
The Bisnow story, without citing examples, simply states The Salvation Army “has been accused of LGBT discrimination in the past.”
Chick-fil-A received an avalanche of condemnation on social media, such as Huckabee’s comments, and conservative radio host Jesse Kelly responded to The Salvation Army’s lengthy statement pointing out its history of serving LGBT community.
“It’s not the ‘all’ you serve that caused the LGBT Bully Mob to come for you,” Kelly wrote. “It’s the One you serve.”
Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.
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