A former Chick-fil-A employee says the restaurant chain is no longer the company he once knew.
J.P. Duffy, vice president of communications at the Family Research Council (FRC), worked at a Chick-fil-A while he was in high school. It was there that Duffy says he was inspired to live out his faith in the workplace. But now, those days are gone.
"When I first started at Chick-fil-A, I was given the employee handbook, and right on that first page was the purpose statement for Chick-fil-A, and it said to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us," Duffy shares.
Flash forward to recent news that the Chick-fil-A Foundation is – at least for now – not giving money to Salvation Army, and Duffy sees problems. There is also the highly-publicized finding that the Foundation recently gave money to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the organization that a convicted terrorist cited as a reason for his 2012 plot to shoot and kill people at FRC's headquarters in Washington, D.C.
"Floyd Corkins, the shooter who was later convicted of terrorism, admitted in an interrogation with the FBI that he picked his target from the SPLC website," says Duffy.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated the Family Research Council a "hate group."
"Chick-fil-A has known this for seven years and yet went forward with a donation," Duffy laments. "Now there's doubling down on that donation, and to me it's reprehensible, and it demonstrates how dramatic the falling away has been at Chick-fil-A."
The Chick-fil-A Foundation is now giving money to Covenant House, -- an organization that has hosted a local Drag Queen Story Hour and celebrates LGBTQ pride.
"There is no question they have abandoned the values that Chick-fil-A was founded upon," Duffy continues. "In 2016, Chick-fil-A's board selected a new president (Tim Tassopoulos) who also serves on a Boy Scouts advisory council. They abandoned their values from long ago, so Chick-fil-A is not the company I once knew."
Chick-fil-A has not been returning phone calls or emails since the Foundation announced the changes to its philanthropic structure.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has also designated the American Family Association as a "hate group."