Fanatics cry ‘capitulation’ after Chick-Fil-A ends religious donations

Fanatics cry ‘capitulation’ after Chick-Fil-A ends religious donations November 19, 2019

RELIGIOUS news outlets are beside themselves with fury following an announcement by US fast-food chain Chick-Fil-A that it is to stop funding the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

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For example, beneath the headline “Chick-Fil-A Surrenders to LGBT Bullies,” homophobe Rod Dreher, above, writing for The American Conservative said in a lengthy rant:

I despise the LGBT bullies, but I’m not letting Chick-fil-A’s leadership off the hook …

Shame on you, Chick-fil-A. You had no reason to capitulate. You have successfully resisted the mob for years, and built a booming business in spite of it! But capitulate you did. I love Chick-fil-A, but it’s going to be a while before I go there again. This is nothing but gutless surrender.

And it’s a lesson to all of us. The LGBT lobby, and their progressive allies, will never, ever leave you alone. Never. You watch: within five years, Chick-fil-A will be embracing woke advertising campaigns. Just this morning, I was looking across the breakfast table at my kids’ cereal box, saw this rainbow, and wondered why Honey Nut Cheerios had gone gay.

Meanwhile, over at LifeSiteNews, Calvin Freiburger squealed:

For years Chick-fil-A has risen in the fast-food ranks thanks in no small part to its proud Christian identity. But in a stunning reversal, the chicken restaurant announced Monday that it will end charitable donations to several Christian groups branded by pro-LGBT activists as ‘anti-gay.’

For years, LGBT activists have attempted to brand Chick-fil-A as ‘hateful’ due to CEO Dan Cathy’s stated opposition to same-sex ‘marriage’ and the company’s donations to social conservative groups such as Family Research Council and Focus on the Family. But while the company has no shortage of detractors in politics and media, the complaints have fallen on deaf ears among actual customers.

Freiburger ends by publishing the contact details of the company, and urges Christians to voice their complaints.

What put a spike up Dreher and Freiburger’s arses is a Monday statement from the company that sent shockwaves through the ranks of True Believers™. It announced it was making a major change to perhaps the most controversial part of the company: its charitable-giving arm.

The company said it would:

Deepen its giving to a smaller number of organizations working exclusively in the areas of education, homelessness and hunger.

A Chick-fil-A representative confirmed that the company would no longer donate to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army, two organisations that have been criticised by LGBTQ advocates.

The rep said:

We made multiyear commitments to both organizations, and we fulfilled those obligations in 2018. Moving forward you will see that the Chick-fil-A Foundation will support the three specific initiatives of homelessness, hunger and education.

According to Business Insider, Chick-fil-A has faced backlash for its donations and those of its top executives for years. Before 2012, Chick-fil-A made significant donations to right-wing and religious organisations known for lobbying against LGBTQ rights through the WinShape Foundation.

It stopped making donations to almost all of those controversial groups after facing backlash in 2012, when CEO Dan Cathy said he did not support same-sex marriage. However, the company continued its relationships with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army.

Rodney Bullard, the head of the Chick-fil-A Foundation, defended the donations in an interview with Business Insider earlier this year, saying they were:

Relevant and impactful in the community. For us, that’s a much higher calling than any political or cultural war that’s being waged.

The latest protest against the company took place last week. Dozens of students at West Linn High School in Oregon participated in a walk-out over the presence of a Chick-fil-A food truck at football games. The protest  was organised by the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance.

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  • The Bofa on the Sofa

    The outrage from the bigots over the fact that CFA is now only supporting education, homelessness and hunger and not actively supporting anti-gay groups only goes to affirm the accusations that CFA was supporting anti-gay groups.

    There has been a local issue about a proposed CFA coming in, and the response has been to try to claim that either it’s not really a bigoted organization or that to ignore the politics and just serve food. The comments from the bigots, however, highlight the fact that being anti-LGBT is a very recognizable part of their identity.

    For years Chick-fil-A has risen in the fast-food ranks thanks in no small part to its proud Christian identity. But in a stunning reversal, the chicken restaurant announced Monday that it will end charitable donations to several Christian groups branded by pro-LGBT activists as ‘anti-gay.

    I don’t find it surprising at all that they don’t consider education, homelessness and hunger to be sufficiently Christian.

  • Cozmo the Magician

    “The sky is falling… the sky is falling…” oh nvm, wrong chicken.

  • barriejohn

    Hahahahaha – “Chicken”!

    Just this morning, I was looking across the breakfast table at my kids’ cereal box, saw this rainbow, and wondered why Honey Nut Cheerios had gone gay.

    I’m speechless.

  • Old Harry

    If you like the suffocating peanut oil atmosphere of their banal feeding trough stores and/or the utter banality of their flavourless food, is this going to keep you from going there, knowing the US has plenty of ways to anonymously steering money to ‘the right places’ for the ‘rich enough’?

    And, how could you be a practicing Christian while snuffling down such ultra-non-kosher slop, anyway?

  • Dana W

    I had one of their sandwiches once to see if I’m missing anything. It was fairly good, but I still boycott them. And now Popeye’s does it so much better!

  • guerillasurgeon

    I’d have thought that any decent conservative would applaud the idea that the company is putting money ahead of religious bigotry. That’s capitalism right?

  • Michael Neville

    I refuse to eat at Chick-fil-A until they show they’re truly supporting all of humanity and I refuse to eat at Popeye’s until they offer a spinach dish.

  • Michael Neville

    Just because Jesus talked about loving your neighbor is no reason for Christians to follow that bit of nonsense.

  • Raging Bee

    Yeah, especially if it makes you a socialist!

  • UWIR

    Lucky Charms and Skittles succumbed to the Gay Agenda TM a long time ago.

  • Milo C

    Gods I’m looking forward to reading about the RCC “capitulating” into treating humans with basic dignity and respect. On page 17 of a future newspaper.

  • Milo C

    Thanks, power-of-suggestion. Popeye’s for dinner tonight!

  • Dana W

    We have them every Saturday. 🙂

  • Jezebel’sOlderSister
  • Dana W

    Never wait on a meat place to do a veggie dish. if you go it it would have meat in it anyway.

  • Vanity Unfair

    But wouldn’t a conservative Judaeo-Christian assume that the cereal manufacturer was celebrating JHWH’s pledge never again to eradicate humanity.

  • Brian Curtis

    Yep, they’ve really gotten bad at hiding their agenda since voting for Trump. “I don’t care about feeding the hungry and housing the poor. If we’re not attacking gay people, it doesn’t count!

  • Brian Curtis

    And the inevitable backlash as outraged Catholics decry them for ‘selling out to the forces of compassion and decency, in opposition to all that the Church stands for.’

  • Stephen Mynett

    This is really does show the mindset of these creeps. An earthquake or tsunami which kills thousands is seen as an act of their god against the gays, despite the fact it kills people regardless of their sexuality, belief or race or whatever. Yet a beautiful natural phenomenon, the rainbow is never interpreted as a message from their god to say gays are OK.

    Who has the agenda here?