The fast found empire recently announced new changes to its annual giving, with The Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes affected. Further, the company was found to have donated to anti-Christian group the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The company’s CEO, Dan Cathy, wrote a letter to American Family Association’s (AFA) President Tim Wildmon, defending the company’s position.
Wildmon responded on AFA’s website. “In November, Chick-fil-A announced that it would not be donating money to the Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes,” he said. “Homosexual activist organizations had hammered away at the two Christian non-profit groups because their doctrinal statements supported a biblical view of human sexuality and marriage. In turn, Chick-fil-A was accused of supporting “hate” because of the corporate giving.
“In my personal letter to Mr. Cathy, I
asked him two questions: (1) Will Chick-fil-A publicly state that it does not
believe the Salvation Army and FCA are hate groups because of the ministries’
beliefs about sexuality, marriage, and family? (2) Will you publicly state that
Chick-fil-A will not hesitate to fund these two ministries again, should the
opportunity arise in the future?
“Mr. Cathy’s written response included this
statement: “We inadvertently discredited several outstanding organizations
that have effectively served communities for years.”
“This response was a welcomed clarification. It appears that Mr. Cathy understands how many evangelicals perceived the company’s decision, as he stated that these Christian groups were “inadvertently discredited.” The fact that Dan Cathy called these two Christian groups “outstanding organizations” will mean a lot to evangelicals.
“However, I also mentioned in my initial
letter that Chick-fil-A stated that the company would support Covenant House, a
ministry to homeless youth, including homosexual young people. While it is
admirable to help hurting youth in desperate circumstances –– including those
who are LGBTQ –– Covenant House also openly promotes homosexuality as normal,
natural, and healthy. This was evident in Covenant House’s participation in the
NYC gay pride parade and a number of other efforts that make it clear the
ministry does not hold to a biblical view of human sexuality.”
AFA has said it will continue to monitor
Chick-fil-A’s corporate giving, at least for the foreseeable future.
It is reported that Chick-fil-A has changed
its funding arrangements to appease the LGBT community, who have been very
active in their shaming of the company.
In the UK, the nation’s first store was almost closed after LGBT activists protested to the shopping center’s management. Fortunately, an online petition, which attracted more than 44,000 signatures of support, forced management to re-negotiate the company’s lease.