Chick-fil-A has a long history of opposing LGBTQ rights giving millions to anti-gay groups which has lead to protests, boycotts, and even new franchises from being opened.
Last month officials said that they would stop donating to these causes and instead focus on education, homelessness and hunger. However the company quietly went back on this promise after getting flack from conservatives and Republicans.
A statement on the chicken joint’s website says the franchise was
“happy and proud”
of its 2018 donations, which include several Christian organizations that discriminate against LGBTQ people. (Read the statement here.)
New tax documents from 2018 reveal more donations than previously thought.
- Two donations of $825,000 went to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a conservative Christian sports ministry that requires staff to abide to a “sexual purity” policing, which forbids all “homosexual acts.”
- Another donation of $115,000 went to the Salvation Army, another Christian charity that has long been condemned for its attitude towards the LGBTQ homeless. (The charity says it now “better understands” the LGBTQ community.)
These donations are in addition to $1.8 million in donations given to the FCA, the Salvation Army and the Paul Anderson Youth Home in 2017.
Last month, Chick-fil-A announced “a new system” for determining the organizations that it would donate to through its foundation.
Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos said,
“There’s no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are.”
In a statement to Vice, Tassopoulos refused to confirm the company would not donate to groups that oppose LGBTQ rights.
“No organization will be excluded from future consideration –faith-based or non-faith-based.”
There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message.”
Crystal clear, thanks. I other words, if you eat there, you’re contributing ––money, dollars, cash– however indirectly, to promoting organizations that have anti-LGBTQ agendas.
Don’t eat at Chick-fil-A!
(via Pink News)