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Chick-fil-A Fans Outraged after Company Caves, Halts Donations to Anti-LGBT Groups

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Chick-fil-A Fans Outraged after Company Caves, Halts Donations to Anti-LGBT Groups

Chick-fil-A said Monday it would halt contributions made to certain charities and organizations – such as the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes – that have sparked a controversy among LGBT groups.

Instead, the Chick-fil-A Foundation will focus its charities on three areas: education, homelessness and hunger.

“There’s no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are,” Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos told Bisnow. “There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message.”

This means the Chick-fil-A Foundation will no longer donate to the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and the Paul Anderson Youth Home, Bisnow reported. In a press release, Chick-fil-A said it was “introducing a more focused giving approach to provide additional clarity and impact with the causes it supports.” Going forward, the Chick-fil-A Foundation will support Junior Achievement, Covenant House International and local food banks. It will donate $9 million to those causes in 2020.

“The Foundation has made these changes to create more clarity and to better address three critical needs facing children across the communities we serve,” the press release said.

Chick-fil-A is the third-largest fast-food chain in the United States in sales. Its official corporate purpose is “to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A.” Its stores are closed on Sundays.

The gay rights group GLAAD said Chick-fil-A’s statement should be greeted with “cautious optimism” but that more work needs to be done, CNN reported.

“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,” said Drew Anderson, GLAAD’s director of campaigns and rapid response, told CNN.

On social media, though, many Chick-fil-A supporters expressed disappointment the company was no longer supporting popular faith-based charities and organizations.

“In Aug 2012, I coordinated a national @ChickfilA Appreciation Day after they were being bullied by militant hate groups,” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee wrote on Twitter. “Millions showed up. Today, @ChickfilA betrayed loyal customers for $$. I regret believing they would stay true to convictions of founder Truett Cathey. Sad.”

Gov. Mike Huckabee

@GovMikeHuckabee

In Aug 2012, I coordinated a national @ChickfilA Appreciation Day after they were being bullied by militant hate groups. Millions showed up. Today, @ChickfilA betrayed loyal customers for $$. I regret believing they would stay true to convictions of founder Truett Cathey. Sad.

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Billy Hallowell, a Christian writer, called the move “weak and needless and senseless.”

“I definitely won’t view them the same,” Hallowell wrote. “I knew what I was getting at Target and Starbucks. Now, I guess I know what I’m getting there too. Which is sad.”

Jessica Fletcher

@heckyessica

I think I’m so disappointed because they told the mob to bite me for so long, and they seemed to be one of the only remaining orgs who would do so. I’ll still eat there, but feels like the last great one fell.

Billy Hallowell

@BillyHallowell

Yup. It’s so weak and needless and senseless. I definitely won’t view them the same. I knew what I was getting at Target and Starbucks. Now, I guess I know what I’m getting there too. Which is sad.

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Radio Host Steve Deace tweeted, “#ChickfilA is a top three restaurant chain. How much more money does it really need? So to catch Subway and to get into more airports it slanders the brethren? Being one of the greatest American success stories wasn’t already enough? You cannot serve two masters.”

Steve Deace

@SteveDeaceShow

is a top three restaurant chain. How much more money does it really need? So to catch Subway and to get into more airports it slanders the brethren? Being one of the greatest American success stories wasn’t already enough? You cannot serve two masters.

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On Facebook, customers spoke out by posting comments on Chick-fil-A’s home page under unrelated posts. Most of the reaction was negative. The most popular comment, with 160 likes, read: “Do you not realize that much of your success has been due to your strong convictions? Your decision to cave to a small percentage of the population will likely result in loss of business!!”

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  1. My family and I have noted that whether they are faith-based or not, at some point because of falling bottom lines, in order to financially survive in the market place, YES companies will do whatever they have to to stay afloat fiscally speaking. That said, we in our house have a standard and belief that you support what you believe in and who you believe in. Our dollars do not go into Starbucks, Target, Disney, and other such businesses that do support LGBT and Planned Parenthood. However, this is a new territory for us since we have supported Chick Fill A in the past. I am trying to tread carefully hear rather than just abandon them. Since this is the first we have heard of this then we will b doing some research on every angle of this to find out what is actually going on before we decide what to do next. Prayer is also key here. When Starbucks came out to their investors and stated that if they believed in traditional marriage to sell off their stocks because they don’t want them, that was obvious! Again with Target stores and Disney with blatant issues that were obvious and verifiable. Yet with Chick Fill A who we LOVE it’s harder. Are we going to be fickle or do we slowly take our time to find out all of the facts while praying and then make a sound decision? The first thing I want to know is where did this story come from and is it really true? We are just trying to be very careful not to judge wrongly here.

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