Chick-fil-A says it will still continue donating money to anti-LGBTQ organizations. They say that funding discriminatory groups is part of a “higher calling.”
As you may well have heard, the fast food chain has been under fire for donating millions to organizations that oppose LGBTQ rights.
Consequently Chick-fil-A is being banned or removed from a number of spaces across the country.
But Rodney Bullard, executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation, told Business Insider that the company won’t be stopping the flow of money any time soon.
He says that because the organizations are helping young people, it doesn’t matter if they also discriminate against LGBTQ people.
“The calling for us is to ensure that we are relevant and impactful in the community, and that we’re helping children and that we’re helping them to be everything that they can be. For us, that’s a much higher calling than any political or cultural war that’s being waged. This is really about an authentic problem that is on the ground, that is present and ever present in the lives of many children who can’t help themselves.”
In March, the company’s foundation donated almost $2 million to to anti-LGBTQ groups, in 2017 alone.
According to Metro Weekly,
“The biggest sum, $1.6 million, went to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a religious organization that requires its members to adhere to a “sexual purity” policy that outlaws “homosexual acts.”
$150,000 was given to the Salvation Army, which has long been at odds with LGBTQ rights, including saying they don’t discriminate against hiring LGBTQ people while also fighting against laws that would prevent them from discriminating against LGBTQ people.
A third donation of $6,000 was given to the Paul Anderson Youth Home, a “Christian residential home for troubled young men,” but which reportedly teaches that being gay is wrong and same-sex marriage is against “Jesus Christ and his values.”
Chick-fil-A’s anti-LGBTQ stance comes from the top, from its homophobic CEO Dan Cathy,
In 2012 Cathy publicly stated his opposition to same-sex marriage, telling the Baptist Press,
“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.”
In 2016, boycotts of the restaurant were called for when the company announced plans to open its first location in New York City, with Councilmember Danny Dromm calling them “anti-LGBT” and saying they sent
“a strong anti-LGBT message by forcing their employees and volunteers to adhere to a policy that prohibits same-sex love.”
Let’s look back at a then much younger Randy Rainbow and one of his first parody videos of him working at the Chick.
(Photo, Wikimedia Commons, via Metro Weekly)