Two pieces in the past week have shed even more light on the depths Chick-fil-A has descended in an effort to capitulate to the abortion and LGBT movements.
Two weeks ago, TruNews reported on the widespread report that Chick-fil-A had “caved in” to the sexually confused and deviant movement by cutting its charitable funding to groups deemed “anti-LGBT”. These groups included The Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a Christian boys’ home in Georgia.
The company tried to soft-sell the changes, saying they were part of planned refocusing of its charitable giving to organizations that provide education, feed the hungry, and shelter the homeless—all of which were already being done by The Salvation Army. Most Christians, particularly evangelicals, saw through the excuses and the backlash was both sudden and forceful.
This prompted the Rev. Franklin Graham to attempt to intervene. Here’s what he wrote about his exchange with Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy, son of the company’s founder Truett Cathy:
“Has Chick-fil-A caved? Some are saying they’ve rolled over, that they’ve conceded to the LGBTQ protests because they released a statement about their charitable giving. They announced that in 2020 they’re giving to fight hunger and homelessness and support education. What’s wrong with that?
“I picked up the phone and called Dan Cathy. Dan was very clear that they have not bowed down to anyone’s demands, including the LGBTQ community. They will continue to support whoever they want to support. They haven’t changed who they are or what they believe. Chick-fil-A remains committed to Christian values. Dan Cathy assured me that this isn’t going to change. I hope all those who jumped to the wrong conclusion about them read this.
“In my opinion, the gay movement wouldn’t ever be happy with Chick-fil-A unless they were open on Sunday, gave all of their charitable donations to LGBTQ organizations, and flew the rainbow flag over their stores! Their hatred for Chick-fil-A is rooted in founder Truett Cathy’s strong stand for biblical “traditional” values and his desire to honor God.
“No fast food chain does a better job. I went through the drive-thru at Chick-fil-A yesterday morning, and I thought I might get dinner there—but a whole lot of other people had the same idea! A Chick-fil-A sandwich with waffle fries sounds really good right now!”
The reaction to Graham’s comments were also rapid-fire. Liberty Counsel President Mat Staver was among the first to criticize the world-renowned evangelist’s pass for Chick-fil-A. In an op-ed written for The Christian Post, the front-lines culture warrior wrote:
“Franklin, you have done a huge disservice by not doing more investigation into Chick-fil-A’s betrayal and capitulation to the LGBT agenda. While Dan Cathy may say the company has the same values, the company’s statements and actions tell a different story. The President and Chief Operating Officer, Tim Tassopoulos continues to serve as an advisor to the Atlanta Boy Scouts. This alone should raise a red flag considering the Boy Scouts also capitulated to the LGBT agenda. He stated: ‘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.’
“In 2014, Chick-fil-A decided to stop funding the Paul Anderson Youth Home because it was accused of being ‘anti-LGBT. But it still had funding commitments with the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, both of which are also falsely accused of being ‘anti-LGBT’ because they have biblical policies on marriage and sex outside of marriage. Now that the funding commitment has expired, Chick-fil-A says it will no longer fund the Salvation Army and FCA, even though the Salvation Army fits within its giving priority of funding organizations that provide housing and food banks, and FCA provides education. Instead, Tassopoulos states Chick-fil-A will now fund Covenant House International, which is much smaller than the Salvation Army (in only 31 cities) and an LGBTQ activist.
“Tassopoulos, speaking of funding Covenant House, states: ‘This provides more focus and more clarity.’ At least he is correct, and this clarity reveals the betrayal.
“The founder of Covenant House, a Catholic priest pedophile, was sued for allegedly sexually abusing the youth who were seeking shelter and food. Covenant House proudly promotes LGBTQ on its website, referring to ‘LGBTQ Inclusion Initiatives,’ and even doing an ‘inclusion assessment’ at every one of its facilities.
“Covenant House also proudly supports the New York City Gay Pride parade with its own float, banners, t-shirts, and hastag #CovUnity. Covenant House is recognized as a national funder of LGBTQ causes.”
Staver went on to write that Covenant House—in addition to celebrating homosexuality, transgenderism, and the rest of the LGBT agenda—also drives young girls to abortion mills to murder their unborn babies. He concluded:
“To save its own corporate skin, Chick-fil-A has thrown good, biblical, organizations under the bus and legitimized the false narrative of the LGBT activists. I attended a meeting yesterday in Washington, D.C., with national leaders, and although the meeting was not about Chick-fil-A, the leaders expressed outrage … over Chick-fil-A’s betrayal.”
But now it’s been learned that Chick-fil-A’s betrayal of its founder’s Christian principles goes even further. Christian political columnist and commentator and pro-life activist Ryan Bomberger—writing for Town Hall—noted that Chick-fil-A also funds:
The YWCA — which is pro-abortion, pro-LGBT, and partners with Planned Parenthood;
The Pace Center for Girls — a pro-abortion organization that has partnered with Glorida Steinem, who blames “climate change” on childbirth;
Usher’s New Look — a social justice and community organizing group that promotes liberal, unbiblical issues;
Chris 180 — the pro-LGBT behavioral health and child welfare service agency that is closely aligned with the Human Rights Campaign; and
Junior Achievement — which joined a coalition in opposition to the First Amendment Defense Act in Georgia.
But, Bomberger also discovered Chick-fil-A provided funding to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which was directly tied to a hate crime targeting Christians. In 2012, Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press he supported the biblical belief that marriage is between one man and one woman.
Just a few days later, a disgruntled activist—with the SPLC’s “hate map” in hand and a backpack full of Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches—stormed the headquarters of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. His goal: to “kill as many as possible and smear the Chick-fil-A sandwiches in victims’ faces.”
But just five later, the very same Chick-fil-A that angered the shooter donated money to the SPLC. Bomberger wrapped up his commentary as follows:
“So much for ‘not being encumbered by someone else’s politics or cultural war.’ These groups, and many more funded by Chick-fil-A, are clearly political on the Left. Of course Chick-fil-A funds a lot of great initiatives, but they’re being publicly dishonest about their corporate evolution. And the millions of families who’ve supported them over the years, because of the fast food chain’s principled stand, deserve to know the COWardice that the company has shown in the face of LGBT activism.”