The Media Loves Stirring Up Controversy for Chick-Fil-A. Don’t Buy Into This One.

The Media Loves Stirring Up Controversy for Chick-Fil-A. Don’t Buy Into This One. November 18, 2019

Christians have always loved their chicken, and they have showed up in force for Chick Fil A (CFA). This was never more clear than on one day in 2012 when a national support day for the chicken chain left people driving long distances and waiting in linger lines to eat what many (jokingly?) call manna from Heaven. This took place after the media blew up a comment made by the CEO about his biblical views on marriage (which he later regretted sharing, sadly). Activists and their ilk have had a field day over CFA donating funds to organizations that believe marriage is between one man and one woman, and practically beat them down until they stopped donating to many of them. Yet, since 2017, they have continued to give to The Salvation Army and The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Now that these are being cut off, the media is loving it with headlines like:

“Chick-fil-A halts donations to 3 groups against gay marriage”

“Chick-fil-A tweaks giving policies after protests”

“Chick-fil-a will no longer donate to anti-LGBT organizations”

The antagonists hated seeing the support for CFA, and long for division among Christians. They either want CFA to completely cave to LGBT demands or fail as a company. Here’s the thing: there is no evidence that CFA’s decision had anything to do with gay rights. The media headlines make it appear that way, but I have yet to find a single quote from a CFA source indicating that this is the reality of the situation. On the contrary, they state the reason is that they are moving to a focus on education, homelessness, and hunger – and organizatins that support these efforts (even faith based organizations) will receive donations from the company. Well, good for them. Those three are critically important needs and they have the resources to make a difference.

But don’t just take the official statement from CFA – take a look at The Salvation Army website. This does not look like an organization that is against the LGBT community. No one can argue with their desire to help all people in need, and they may not have yet publicly supported gay marriage, but the hiring practices are very specifically “non-discriminatory.” On the other hand, the FCA maintains an orthodox view on gender and sexuality. Ultimately, there is no evidence at this point that CFA discontinuing funds to these organizations because they are anti-LGBT. And for the one (almost) delusional person who said that CFA stopped donating because the organizations are pro-LGBT and CFA is taking a stance against that, that is certainly not the case either.

How about, for now, we give the seller of the original chicken sandwich (and the best waffle fries around) the benefit of the doubt? We all need to eat. Their food is great. They customer service is second to none. They do a lot of good for the community. As long as they don’t engage in immoral or illegal practices, why not eat there when you have a hankering for some southern comfort food? I am not one to shy away from saying that Christians and Christian organizations should not cave to societal demands. Certainly that has not gotten us anywhere we want to be. Yet, it is not the end of the world for CFA to make some changes in their giving practices after donating, for example, over a million dollars to FCA. They have received their share of funding – now it’s time for someone else. And maybe – just maybe – we’ll discover that other evangelical Christian organizations will be on the next giving list.

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  • Christian

    Next thing you are going to say is that the Catholic Church has nothing to do with the Child Molestation Scandal

  • LastManOnEarth

    A simple google search “anti-LGBT Salvaton army” is all you need to uncover the dirt on their bigotry.

    RIP Jennifer Gale.

  • Jesse H

    We live in a world where the perception is seen as the reality. So the fact that this looks like CFA is caving in says something. Time will tell whether this will affect profits, not a lot I assume.

  • gloriamarie

    I’d like my chicken without a side order of homophobia, thank you.

  • Sybil Holiday-O’Hara

    The Salvation Army is notorious for being anti LGBTIQ. You really believe their website? I’ve got a very nice bridge for sale.
    Research a little deeper than that, please!

  • Alice Mae Lewis

    Chick fil a = southern comfort food??? I feel really sorry for you right now. Truly!

  • Being anti-gay is quite different than believing in the biblical view of marriage. To label the Salvation Army falsely means it’s hard to believe one even took the time to see just how much they give to ALL people.
    If you want to talk about their convictions on marriage that’s something to pause over because your opinion does not supersede their’s.
    Pretty ironic when such *caring* and *loving* people spout such hatred and intolerance towards the Salvation Army (while they are actually out helping people and not online patting their own self-righteous backs!:)

  • rationalobservations?

    This appears to be an extensive advertisement advocating we hold our nose regarding the stench of discrimination and persecution coming from the premises of this religionist enterprise because the food’s ok?

    Not a good enough reason to condone discrimination if they serve caviar free.

  • P. McCoy

    Where I live Popeye’s chicken sandwiches and its chicken in general is popular. In the SF Bay Area they’re all over the place. In contrast, the” Fil-A” is relegated to Walnut Creek, an upscale suburb with very nice people to be sure, but LGBT people live there as well so I am sure they simply agree to disagree with the Tea Party crowd.

  • P. McCoy

    Polygamy is also a “Biblical ” view of marriage. There was an article that I read (a MAN wrote it of course), from a Utah Tourism guide that I subscribe to extolling all of the virtues and advantages of polygamous marriage. He emphasized that one of the main advantages is the fact that it gives a chance for physically “unattractive or undesirable ” Women to get married. How magnanimous of HIM I thought!

    Perhaps he should be talking to the Evangelical crowd; they seem to have Condescending attitudes in common.

  • LastManOnEarth

    Is a “biblical view of marriage” the reason Jennifer Gale froze to death on the steps of a Salvation Army women’s shelter?