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Chicago Alderman says he can take back his approval
There was a rumor going around last week that Chick-Fil-A had agreed to stop giving money to anti-gay organizations, and Dan Cathy would like to set the record straight: Chick-fil-A is still giving money to anti-gay organizations.
The Chicago Tribune reported last week that Chicago Alderman Proco Moreno, who had been blocking Chick-fil-A’s efforts to open a store in his ward, was going to allow the chain’s expansion because he said company officials told him they’d stop donating to anti-gay groups and would release a public statement against discrimination. Moreno and The Civil Rights Agenda, a pro-LGBT organization based in Chicago, said they’d come to an agreement with the fast-food chain.
“I think the most substantive part of this outcome is that Chick-fil-A has ceased donating to organizations that promote discrimination, specifically against LGBT civil rights,” said Anthony Martinez, executive director of The Civil Rights Agenda, in a statement.
But Dan Cathy was having none of that.
"There continues to be erroneous implications in the media that Chick-fil-A changed our practices and priorities in order to obtain permission for a new restaurant in Chicago. That is incorrect," Cathy said in a statement posted on the website of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. "Chick-fil-A made no such concessions, and we remain true to who we are and who we have been."
Alderman Moreno seems pretty ticked about Cathy's statement, which he says "at the least muddied the progress we had made with Chick-fil-A and, at the worst, contradicted the documents and promises Chick-fil-A made to me and the community earlier this month."
“Perhaps Mr. Cathy felt that he could make these public statements to Mike Huckabee because I had provided a letter of support for his restaurant to the City of Chicago earlier this week,” Moreno continued in a public response to Cathy and Huckabee. “I provided this letter based on the progress we had made with Chick-fil-A. I still need to introduce legislation to make the Chick-fil-A in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago a reality. I will wait to see what Mr. Cathy’s next PUBLIC statement is, and reflect on that statement before moving forward with appropriate legislation.”
Chick-fil-A Stops Giving to 2 Groups Criticized by L.G.B.T.Q. Advocates
Rights organizations called the decision a positive step but said the fast-food chain should do more.
Chick-fil-A said on Monday that it had stopped making charitable donations to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, groups that have been widely criticized by advocates for lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender rights.
The fast-food chain, a longtime target of L.G.B.T.Q. rights groups because of its stance on gay marriage, has met resistance in recent months as it has looked to expand in the United States and other countries.
Chick-fil-A had to cancel the opening of a restaurant at the Buffalo airport in March after local politicians objected to it, and it cut short its plans for a British expansion last month when activists organized a boycott of its f irst outlet there. In September, the grand opening of Chick-fil-A’s first international location, in Toronto, was met with protesters who chanted, “Shame!”
Equal rights advocates described Chick-fil-A’s decision to stop funding the charities as a positive step but called on the chain to do more.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a nonprofit that encourages stronger Christian faith in athletes, requires student leaders to sign a statement banning “any homosexual act.” The Salvation Army, a Christian charity, has been accused of discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation. (The Salvation Army maintains that it serves people of all genders and sexual orientations.)
On Monday, Chick-fil-A released a list of organizations to which its foundation has donated this year. The list did not include either organization, even though the groups had received millions of dollars from the foundation over the years.
Chick-fil-A had made “multiyear commitments” to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes that ended in 2018, a company spokeswoman said. Now, she said, the company plans to give to “a smaller number of organizations working exclusively in the areas of hunger, homelessness and education.”
In an interview with the news website Bisnow, the president of Chick-fil-A, Tim Tassopoulos, appeared to frame the decision as a response to the company’s critics.
“As we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are,” he said. “There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message.”
But Chick-fil-A left open the possibility that it might resume donating to those organizations in the future. “No organization will be excluded from future consideration — faith based or non-faith based,” Mr. Tassopoulos said in a separate statement.
Chick-fil-A CEO Denies Giving 'Concessions' to Open Chicago Restaurant
Chick fil-A has "made no … concessions" regarding its support of groups that oppose gay marriage, company CEO Dan Cathy said in a statement that was posted online by Mike Huckabee, denying a statement by a Chicago alderman that the company said it would reevaluate its policies in the face of a move by city officials to bar Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant there.
"Chick-fil-A made no such concessions, and we remain true to who we are and who we have been," Cathy said in the statement. "There continues to be erroneous implications in the media that Chick-fil-A changed our practices and priorities in order to obtain permission for a new restaurant in Chicago. That is incorrect."
Chicago Alderman Proco Joe Moreno told ABC News Wednesday that he had received a letter from Chick-fil-A's senior director of real estate saying the company had decided to re-evaluate the multimillion-dollar donations it gives to anti-gay marriage activists and other groups with "political agendas."
"The WinShape Foundations is now taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas," the letter said.
A representative from Chick-fil-A did not return calls made by ABC News by press time to explain the letter.
While the company memo "Chick-fil-A: Who We Are," released last week, does use language quoted by Moreno, the document goes on to reaffirm the company's commitment to funding pro-marriage groups, although the document does not clarify as to which groups.
"Chick-fil-A supports programs and marriage retreats to help strengthen and enrich marriages. More than 4,000 couples benefit annually from these programs, including military personnel and sports coaches that received scholarships." [ Click here to view the entire company document.]
Previously the company's WinShape Foundation gave money to groups like the Family Research Council and the Alliance Defense Fund - donations that rekindled a firestorm among pro-gay groups. The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies the Family Research Council as a "hate group," as displayed on the group's "hate map."
Moreno raised the stakes last month when he threatened to block the construction of a Chick -fil-A restaurant, a move that prompted Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to side with Moreno, declaring that "Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago's values."
Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy Speaks Out On Gay Marriage Controversy
Chick-fil-A President and CEO Dan Cathy apparently laments getting the fast-food chain involved in the debate over marriage equality, but he isn't taking back his anti-gay comments.
Cathy spoke with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the homophobic remark that landed him and the business in hot water nearly two years ago.
“Every leader goes through different phases of maturity, growth and development and it helps by (recognizing) the mistakes that you make,” Cathy told the AJC. “And you learn from those mistakes. If not, you’re just a fool. I’m thankful that I lived through it and I learned a lot from it."
In July 2012, Cathy made headlines when he said "guilty as charged" in response to a question about whether the company was in "support of the traditional family." The quip led to boycotts of the restaurant chain by equality supporters.
He may be ready to move on from the debacle, but his views on same-sex marriage have not changed.
"I think the time of truths and principles are captured and codified in God’s word and I’m just personally committed to that,” he told the AJC. “I know others feel very different from that and I respect their opinion and I hope that they would be respectful of mine. . I think that’s a political debate that’s going to rage on. And the wiser thing for us to do is to stay focused on customer service.”
Though he now wants to shift his efforts away from political discourse, he was eager to add his two cents last June when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, tweeting, "Sad day for our nation founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies." He eventually deleted the tweet because, as a spokesperson told The Huffington Post, "his views didn’t necessarily represent the views of all customers, restaurant owners and employees."
Chick-fil-A Stops Donations To Anti-LGBTQ Groups
Topline: Fast-casual restaurant Chick-fil-A will stop donating to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army, the company announced on Monday, cutting its last financial ties to organizations that advocates say discriminate against LGBTQ people after years of criticism.
- Chick-fil-A’s charitable arm, the Chick-fil-A Foundation, said it will focus donations on a small number of organizations in the areas of hunger, homelessness and education and cease donations to the FCA and the Salvation Army.
- The FCA, a nonprofit that supports Christian sports programs and athletes, says in its mission statement that “we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman” and that sex outside of marraige is prohibited.
- The Salvation Army has been accused of denying housing and other services to transgender people and for having a long history of anti-LGBTQ views. The faith-based charity denies it refuses services to anyone because of their sexual orientation of gender identity, but it also continues to say that gay Christians should remain celibate because “Scripture forbids sexual intimacy between members of the same sex.”
- The president and COO of Chick-fil-A said in a statement that the company isn’t ending donations to faith-based organizations altogether.
- The company instead will give larger donations to work-readiness program Junior Achievement USA and homeless nonprofit Covenant House International. Chick-fil-A will start donating $25,000 to a local food bank after each new Chick-fil-A opening.
Crucial quote: “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 COO Tim Tassopoulos said in an interview with Bisnow. “There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message.”
Chief critics: Right-wing and religious pundits decried the decision, saying that Chick-fil-A caved to left-wing pressure. LGBTQ organizations applauded the move, but remained skeptical Chick-fil-A would follow through on its promise and called on the company to actively support LGBTQ causes.
“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,” Drew Anderson, GLAAD’s director of Campaigns and Rapid Response, said in a statement. GLAAD is an organization that monitors anti-LGBTQ discrimination.
Chick-fil-A President Comes Clean About Company's Anti-Gay Philosophy
Chick-fil-A is now confirming in no uncertain terms that the company maintains an anti-LGBT philosophy -- a stance supported in practical terms by the company's history of donations to anti-gay groups.
Although his company's policies seemed to indicate otherwise, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy previously claimed that the company is not anti-gay -- “not anti-anybody.” Cathy, who on Monday foreshadowed his public comments in a blog post titled “Thought For The Week: Become A Part Of The Story,” cleared up any confusion by denouncing marriage equality and its advocates in interviews published in Baptist Press and on The Ken Coleman Show over the past two days. From OnTopMag.com (emphasis added):
Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy has described gay marriage supporters as “arrogant” for going against God on marriage.
In an interview on the Ken Coleman Show, Cathy defended his company's support of groups opposed to marriage equality.
“I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,'” Cathy said. “And I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”
Earlier, Cathy was interviewed by the Baptist Press (emphasis added):
Some have opposed the company's support of the traditional family. “Well, guilty as charged,” said Cathy when asked about the company's position.
"We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.
“We operate as a family business . our restaurants are typically led by families some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that,” Cathy emphasized.
“We intend to stay the course,” he said. “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”
In two Twitter statements Wednesday, Cathy appeared gleeful at the prospect of offending the LGBT community and 'becoming a part of the story.' Cathy has apparently deleted the tweets, but screen shots are below:
Cathy's sentiment comes as little surprise. Though the company had previously denied supporting an anti-gay agenda, Chick-fil-A (via its charitable arm, the WinShape Foundation) donated over $3 million to organizations like the Family Research Council and Exodus International between 2003 and 2009. In 2010, the company donated over $1.9 million to anti-gay causes.
After Chick-fil-A ends donations to 'anti-LGBTQ' charities, gay advocacy group says that's not enough
An LGBTQ advocacy organization called for Chick-fil-A to do more in support of LGBTQ rights within the company, a day after the restaurant chain announced it would no longer be donating to the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home.
GLAAD, which stands for Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said Chick-fil-A needs to address employee rights as its next step.
"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," a GLAAD statement said.
Chick-fil-A has denied that the decision to stop funding the three aforementioned organizations had anything to do with outside pressure to withdraw support for organizations perceived to be antagonistic toward LGBTQ people.
Instead, the company said in a statement that it is attempting to focus its giving on three causes: hunger, homelessness, and education. Multi-year obligations to the Salvation Army and FCA have ended, and Chick-fil-A will now provide funding to organizations through grants that will be reviewed annually.
"Our goal is to donate to the most effective organizations in the areas of education, homelessness and hunger. No organization will be excluded from future consideration – faith-based or non-faith based," a spokesperson told the Christian Post.
Chick-fil-A has for years been a target of protesters and LGBTQ advocacy groups, dating back at least to 2012 when CEO Dan Cathy publicly affirmed a belief in traditional, heterosexual marriage at at time when same-sex marriage was being voted on across the country.
Despite that criticism, the chain has continued to thrive, becoming the third highest-selling chain behind McDonald's and Starbucks, even while only operating six days out of the week.
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Cathy also recalled in his statement some of Chick-fil-A's "redevelopment" efforts in the West Side of Atlanta, a historically black neighborhood, according to local paper the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
His biggest call to action was to "wealthy families," asking them to use their positions of privilege for good.
"Because I am among that demographic, I am calling on them — us — to use our power and influence," he said.
Cathy also invoked teachings from the Bible in his post: "In the book of Nehemiah, found in the Old Testament, we read about the conviction of the cupbearer of the king, who became aware of the plight of his people in Jerusalem. His conviction moved him to action to be a catalyst for the renaissance in his homeland."
The lengthy statement, which does not explicitly address the Black Lives Matter movement, follows widespread criticism the chicken chain faced this week following rumors that it had reportedly donated to President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection campaign. These claims have been debunked previously. Per data from the Center for Responsive Politics, the company itself has not donated to Trump only individuals have.
a list of brands/companies that you don’t need to waste your money at anymore!!— lil j (@spookylilj) June 3, 2020
- urban outfitters
- taco bell (i’m sry but we don’t support trump in this house)
- pizza hut
- brandy melville
- chick fil a
- too fast
Since 2012, Chick-fil-A has been plagued with public perception problems largely due to its history of supporting anti-LGBTQ organizations. (In late 2019, the company announced it would stop doing so.) Gay rights activists have also criticized Cathy himself for taking a stance against same-sex marriage, as well as his family's history of donating to anti-gay groups.
Other fast-food franchises have drawn public outrage over their responses to the ongoing unrest across the country, as well.
On Wednesday, McDonald's tweeted the names of several black people who were shot by police, along with the messaging: "They were one of us."
In response, the company was called out for prioritizing profit over the wellbeing of its employees, especially employees of color.
Trayvon Martin. Michael Brown. Alton Sterling. Botham Jean. Atatiana Jefferson. Ahmaud Arbery. George Floyd. pic.twitter.com/s1UhP5vncv— McDonald's (@McDonalds) June 3, 2020
Companies won't save us. Especially companies like @McDonalds that have, time and time again, put their personal corporate profit ahead of the lives of workers of color from COVID-19 to rampant sexual harassment to poverty wages.#FightFor15 https://t.co/7r5reH4KDW— Fight For 15 (@fightfor15) June 2, 2020
Wendy's also recently faced backlash after Business Insider reported last month that one of its franchisees donated more than $440,000 to Trump's reelection campaign.
On Wednesday, the company tweeted that it would "donate $500,000 to support social justice, the youth and education in the Black community starting with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund."
We’re about putting our money where our mouth is. So here’s our money and here’s our mouth. We are committed to donating $500k to support social justice, the youth and education in the Black community starting with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and we’ll have receipts.— Wendy's (@Wendys) June 3, 2020
The franchisee, James Bodenstedt, CEO of MUY Brands LLC, also owns Taco Bell and Pizza Hut locations across the country, so many have also called for a boycott of those brands.
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'Chick-fil-A remains committed to Christian values,' Franklin Graham says after call to CEO Dan Cathy
Rev. Franklin Graham said he was assured by Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy that the company "remains committed to Christian values," after the fast-food chain’s charity arm decided to no longer donate to three organizations criticized for upholding traditional Christian beliefs on sexuality.
In a Thursday morning Facebook post, Graham, leader of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said he spoke with Cathy on the phone.
Franklin Graham interviewed by Together LA, Fresno, California, May 28, 2018. | (Photo: Screengrab, Together LA)
"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," Graham wrote.
After it was reported this week that the Chick-fil-A Foundation switched up its giving structure to no longer include the Salvation Army, Paul Anderson Youth Home in Georgia and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the company has faced a wave of conservative uproar in response to the decision.
“Many people have fought for Chick-fil-A and for them to capitulate to the bullies is betrayal,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, one of Washington’s most prominent Christian conservative activists, said on his radio show Tuesday.
Donations to those organizations were the focus of much media scrutiny for Chick-fil-A after it was reported earlier this year that Chick-fil-A Foundation donated up to $1.8 million to the groups. Critics labeled the organizations as “discriminatory” because of their “anti-LGBT” beliefs on marriage.
Chick-fil-A has itself often been criticized after its president, Dan Cathy, voiced his opposition to gay marriage in 2012. Because of Cathy’s belief in traditional Christian teaching on marriage and sexuality, the company faced boycotts and condemnation from state and city leaders.
Graham argued, "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."
A Bisnow exclusive Monday revealed that Chick-fil-A Foundation altered its philanthropic structure (which made over 300 donations) to one that focuses on three initiatives with one charity accompanying charity each.
The foundation plans to give $9 million to Junior Achievement USA to support education and Covenant House International to fight homelessness. In addition, the foundation will donate $25,000 to local community food banks to fight hunger every time a new restaurant is opened.
“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 was quoted as saying in the article.
Since then, at least tens of thousands of supporters have backed an online petition launched by the Christian conservative American Family Association demanding that Chick-fil-A “clarify” its position on sexuality and marriage and “reinstate” donations made to the organizations.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor who coordinated Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in 2012 in response to left-wing backlash to Cathey’s position on marriage, said that he believes Chick-fil-A made a “big mistake.”
“Chick-fil-A can give whatever money they want to whatever group they want,” Huckabee said on Perkins’ Washington Watch radio show. “They are free to do that. But when they did what they did yesterday, what was really objectionable was that they basically affirmed the lie that has been told from the far-left about the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.”
“All those millions of people that stood in line for hours to get a chicken sandwich just to say ‘we stand with you and we affirm your right of free speech and right of religion and the right of association,’ they have to feel deeply disappointed with the organization,” Huckabee continued.
Perkins contends that the backlash has been so strong because Chick-fil-A road a “wave of conservative support” to its highest profits ever despite multiple attempts from the political left to bar Chick-fil-A restaurants in airports, cities, and college campuses over the last decade.
“They didn't just survive the LGBT-initiated boycotts — they thrived, doubling sales since the moment liberals decided it was a ‘controversy’ to give to charities like the Salvation Army,” Perkins wrote in an op-ed. “Millions of families drove out of their way to stop at Chick-fil-A — not because the chicken was that good, but because their conviction was.”
According to Perkins, “people who held up this company as a model of moral courage were betrayed.”
“Unlike so many others in corporate America, Chick-fil-A was standing on truth and winning,” Perkins argued. “Then, after years of holding the line, they just up and walked off the field, leaving loyal customers holding the bag.”
Chick-fil-A has defended the decision, stating that it has more do with a philanthropic restructuring rather than a desire to cave to political correctness.
In a statement to The Christian Post on Monday, a company spokesperson stated that “no organization will be excluded from future consideration – faith-based or non-faith based.”
Chick-fil-A has not responded to a follow-up question from CP asking whether or not faith-based organizations that publicly adhere to Christian faith's historic teaching regarding marriage will be included in future consideration.
Conservative evangelical commentator Erick Erickson said on his radio show Wednesday that Chick-fil-A should be given the benefit of the doubt by conservatives but stressed that Chick-fil-A should offer clarification of its position.
“They have made a lot of their loyal customer base mad with what happened,” Erickson said. “What troubles conservatives is Tassopoulos’s statement that ‘as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are.’”
Erickson urged conservatives to presume that it is “not about placating the left.”
“Let’s presume this has nothing to do with distancing themselves from Christian groups. Let’s presume they have been giving money to these organizations and now they have decided they want to give to other organizations now,” Erickson said.
“Let’s presume there is no nefarious intent. But let us also understand that this comes at the very moment that the left is telling Chick-fil-A they will be fought ruthlessly at airports and locations around the world until they distance themselves from these two groups. And as they distance themselves from these two groups the left is telling them they have to stop supporting. So it can be a coincidence but it has left the impression that Chick-fil-A is caving to the left-wing mob.”
Jim Daly, president of the Christian conservative organization Focus on the Family, wrote in a blog post Wednesday night that he believes Chick-fil-A "underestimated the Christian response to their decision."
"Monday’s news was particularly disconcerting, not just because the company has appeared to capitulate to the leftist mafia but because Chick-fil-A’s decision financially impacts some of our nation’s premier Christian organizations," Daly wrote.
"Fellowship of Christian Athletes played a critical role in my coming to Christ. They continue to serve our nation’s youth in remarkable ways and are on the front lines in schools across the country. Likewise, the Salvation Army ministers in powerful ways, alleviating hunger and suffering on so many levels."
Graham, who lost weight on a vegan diet in 2016, said he will continue to enjoy Chick-fil-A meals.
"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!" he wrote.
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Chick-fil-A stops donations to anti-LGBTQ organizations
CNN – Chick-fil-A is ending donations to two organizations that have been criticized for being anti-LGBTQ.
The fast-food chain announced Monday that beginning next year it will only donate to a certain group of charities. That list no longer includes the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
Both organizations have taken controversial stands on homosexuality and same-sex marriage, CNN reports.
In 2018, the Chick-fil-A Foundation donated $1.65 million to the FCA and $115,000 to The Salvation Army, the company revealed Monday.
The FCA writes in its employee application that “neither heterosexual sex outside of marriage nor any homosexual act constitute an alternative lifestyle acceptable to God.” It also states on its website that “marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman.”
The Salvation Army has said in the past that the Bible forbids sexual intimacy between members of the same sex, that gay Christians should embrace celibacy and that scripture does not support same-sex marriages. However, the Salvation Army says its services are available to all people, and the organization strongly refutes accusations that it is anti-LGBTQ.
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Going forward, Chick-fil-A said it will work exclusively with organizations that focus on education, homelessness, and hunger. Those are Junior Achievement USA, Covenant House International and donating $25,000 local food banks.
Chick-fil-A’s donations and comments from its executives have sparked controversy over the past several years. CEO Dan Cathy said in 2012 that the company supports “the biblical definition of the family unit.”
Gay rights organization GLAAD said in a statement that Chick-fil-A customers and employees should “greet today’s announcement with cautious optimism” but said the company still has a checkered policy when it comes to LGBTQ rights.
The Georgia-based company is increasingly expanding into more liberal areas. It recently opened restaurants in New York City. Since it’s privately held, sales figures aren’t public but recent research found that Chick-fil-A generated $9 billion in sales in 2017.
One estimate points to $10.5 billion in sales in 2018, according to Nation’s Restaurant News.
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The respondents clicked on the option that said, "I never cared about the company's politics."
Another 18 percent said they would stop eating at the store because the company should have kept its anti-gay stance one person -- or 9 percent of the 11 respondents -- said he or she would begin eating at the store.
However, those opinions may change once again.
Reports in the media and the subsequent backlash prompted Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy to release a statement clarifying the company's intent on former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's website.
"There continues to be erroneous implications in the media that Chick-fil-A changed our practices and priorities in order to obtain permission for a new restaurant in Chicago," Cathy said. "That is incorrect. Chick-fil-A made no such concessions, and we remain true to who we are and who we have been."
Both those who support Chick-fil-A and others who don't weighed in on Facebook about Cathy's statement.
"Chick fil a has every right to say what they believe. They can even donate money where ever they feel like. That is what makes a free country which is no government control. Other groups/people can disagree and not eat at chick fil a. If your a liberal or conservative keep this in mind. The more government controls the worse it gets," wrote Alex Idk.
Paul Komar, Jr. wrote that Cathy should keep his views to himself.
"Never ate at chick-fil-a, Never will! Cathy, keep hiding behind Jesus, I'm a Christian, too and I'm sick and tired of folks like Cathy thinking that they have "all the truth" on this or any other matter. Let him hold his views, but quit telling the world that "his views," are the views of the Christian Faith. It ain't so, Mr. Cathy, NO college campus or tolerant city will have you!"
The most recent debate regarding Chick-fil-A's stance on gay marriage comes nearly two months after statements Cathy made about the company supporting marriage as defined in the Bible. That sparked calls for a boycott from gay rights activists and prompted a one-day "buy-in" in which supporters of the company lined up around Chick-fil-As to purchase food.
Below is the recent statement Chick-fil-A released concerning its corporate donations.
For many months now, Chick-fil-A's corporate giving has been mischaracterized. And while our sincere intent has been to remain out of this political and social debate, events from Chicago this week have once again resulted in questions around our giving. For that reason, we want to provide some context and clarity around who we are, what we believe and our priorities in relation to corporate giving.
A part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. Because of this commitment, Chick-fil-A's giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities. We will continue to focus our giving in those areas. Our intent is not to support political or social agendas.
As we have stated, the Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators.