A well-known attorney disagrees with Franklin Graham and what he thinks about Chick-fil-A.
Last Thursday, after Chick-fil-A announced it would no longer make multiyear commitments and that it is reassessing its partnerships with faith-based and non-faith-based charities, Franklin Graham said on Facebook that he spoke by phone to Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy.
"Dan was very clear that they have not bowed down to anyone's demands, including the LGBTQ community, [and] they will continue to support whoever they want to support," said Graham on Facebook. "They haven't changed who they are or what they believe. Chick-fil-A remains committed to Christian values, [and] Dan Cathy assured me that this isn't going to change."
But Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel begs to differ.
"I highly respect Franklin Graham, but unfortunately, he has made his premature post solely upon a generic response from Dan Cathy, which isn't enough, because the actions of Chick-fil-A speak of an entirely different message," says Staver. "Chick-fil-A has betrayed all of our Christian values by doing what they're doing."
For example, Chick-fil-A is no longer going to fund Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
"They're doing that because they say they want to expand into additional markets, and they're getting pushback, and they want to make sure that people know who they are," Staver says, referring to quotes from the corporation’s chief operating officer to a business news website. "So, they hold up as Exhibit A what they will fund, and what is Exhibit A? It's Covenant House, a very active pro-LGBTQ organization."
The partnership with Covenant House International is meant to fight homelessness and hunger -- two of Chick-fil-A's three initiatives for 2020.
"They have changed their values, and they consider Covenant House a faith-based group. But Covenant House doesn't even consider itself anymore a faith-based organization," says Staver. "It is unfortunate, it is sad, but it is also a betrayal, because what Chick-fil-A has done is they have legitimized the false narrative of groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and others that say if you believe in marriage as the union of a man and a woman, you're anti-gay or you're a hater."
The third initiative for Chick-fil-A in 2020 is education.