The past two weeks has shed a lot of light into the activity of Chick-fil-a’s charitable arm. It started when it was announced they would no longer be funding groups that were seen as “anti-LGBT.” Organizations that are affected are: Salvation Army, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Paul Anderson Youth Home, etc. In their stead, Chick-Fil-A will fund the SPLC, Covenant House, YWCA (a pro social justice con), the New Leaders Council, the pro abortion Pace Center for Girls, the Disruptivator Summit, Chris 180, etc.
This enraged many on the right, as much of Chick-fil-a’s success over the past few years can be attributed to the “christian” community rallying to its defense when the gay community came out in force against the company. Chick-fil-a returned the favor by stabbing its clientele in the back.
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 messageTim Tassopoulos, CFA’s President and COO
The Salvation Army responded to the cut in funding, saying:
We’re saddened to learn that a corporate partner has felt it necessary to divert funding to other hunger, education and homelessness organizations . . . We serve more than 23 million individuals a year, including those in the LGBTQ+ community. In fact, we believe we are the largest provider of poverty relief to the LGBTQ+ populationSalvation Army in Interview
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.Christian Post
What is the Covenant House? It is a Pro LBGT, participates in parades and social media advocacy. It’s founder was alleged child-abuser Franciscan Priest Fr. Bruce Ritter. Covenant House also assists minors in obtaining abortions, ans transports them to clinics. Remember that when you have your next jesus-approved chicken sandwich.
Then news broke about Chick-fil-a funding the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2017 (a left wing terrorist organization that is fervently anti-Christian, and inspired a mass-shooter. They have millions of dollars in offshore accounts too). Ironically enough, the SPLC-inspired shooter purchased Chick-fil-a to use as a guise for infiltrating the Family Research Council. I guess CFA wants more left-wing terrorists to buy their products. What an absolute slap in the face. Especially to those of us working at organizations targeted by the SPLC.
Chick-Fil-A not only abandoned its core values, but it continues to lie to its customer base about their shift in values. I propose a three-fold boycott against the company:
- Stop buying their products. Encourage Conservative, Inc.-type groups, like the Heritage Foundation and Leadership Institute, to stop using chick-fil-a as a caterer.
- Deprive them of quality labor: Stop allowing your christian/church children to work there.
- Fair Tax: Advocate for changes in our tax system. Support the Fair Tax movement.
When this news first broke, my opinion was that I didn’t care they cut funding from groups like Salvation Army (its actually its own wacky religious denomination). I also dont believe companies should be using charities as ways to decrease their tax burden when they could be lowering their prices, or paying employees more. Then more facts came out, and the situation became worse.
The boycott I suppose is permanent in nature. There is nothing they can do that will make me gain respect for them again. Chick-Fil-A runs off of deceit. Even if the board replaces the top executives and directors, its not enough – CFA could not have gone this far without board approval.
Does my favorite company donate to awesome charities? I dont care – I prefer to have a cheaper product, or for companies to take care of their employees. I have always been against corporate foundations, as they are an escape route that alleviates their tax burden. The tax system favors large corporations, and penalizes smaller ones who dont have the resources to afford great attorneys and accountants. That is why our tax system needs to replaced.