But that Jesus chicken still taste like Christian hate: Once again, Chick-fil-A promises they will stop supporting conservative Christian groups with an anti-LGBT agenda.
Chick-fil-A is making major changes to its charitable foundation, ending donations to two organizations that have been criticized for being anti-LGBTQ.
The fast food chain announced Monday that beginning next year it will only donate to a certain group of charities. That list no longer includes the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Both organizations have taken controversial stands on homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
As Chick-fil-A expands globally and into more liberal parts of the U.S., the chicken chain plans to change which charities it donates to after years of bad press and protests from the LGBT community.
Beginning next year, Chick-fil-A will move away from its current philanthropic structure, Bisnow has learned. After donating to more than 300 charitable organizations this year, the Atlanta-based fast-food chain will instead focus on three initiatives with one accompanying charity each: education, homelessness and hunger.
Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos said in an interview with Bisnow:
There’s no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are. There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message.
The new position marks a departure for the chicken franchise. Responding to criticism earlier this year, the company defended their anti-gay stance by claiming that supporting anti-LGBT organizations is part of their “higher calling.”
Reporting on the story The Advocate notes:
Chick-fil-A has famously promised in the past that it would cease donations to anti-LGBTQ groups after a 2012 controversy involving anti-LGBTQ comments; however, it kept donating. Considering this history, some activists urged “cautious optimism” in light of the new pledge.
Drew Anderson, GLAAD’s director of Campaigns and Rapid Response, said:
Chick-Fil-A investors, employees, and customers can greet today’s announcement with cautious optimism, but should remember that similar press statements were previously proven to be empty. In addition to refraining from financially supporting anti-LGBTQ organizations, Chick-Fil-A still lacks policies to ensure safe workplaces for LGBTQ employees and should unequivocally speak out against the anti-LGBTQ reputation that their brand represents.
Earlier this year it was revealed that the southern-style chicken sandwich franchise and a self-identified Christian company gave over $1.8 million to anti-gay Christian hate groups in 2017.
The news set off a firestorm of criticism because previously the company had claimed they had stopped supporting anti-LGBT organizations. Yet despite repeated claims from the company that they were no longer anti-gay, they continued to actively support and fund anti-gay Christian hate groups.
Yet here we are once again, with the chicken franchise promising not to support Christian hate groups in the future.
Time will tell.
Bottom line: Once again, Chick-fil-A promises they will stop supporting conservative Christian groups with an anti-LGBT agenda.