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Bisnow reported on Monday that Chick-fil-A would no longer donate to three Christian organizations that hold to biblical standards on sexuality and marriage.

The restaurant chain’s charitable arm, the Chick-fil-A Foundation, will no longer donate to the Salvation Army, the Paul Anderson Youth Home, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In 2018, Reuters reports, Chick-fil-A donated $1.65 million to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and $115,000 to the Atlanta branch of the Salvation Army.

Chick-fil-A has come under fire as it expands to additional markets in the United States and beyond by LGBT activists upset that the restaurant chain supports organizations who oppose same-sex marriage.

As a result, Chick-fil-A has been barred from opening restaurants at airports in San Antonio, Texas and Buffalo, N.Y. In 2018, The New Yorker ran an article calling infiltration of the chain that is closed on Sunday into New York City as “creepy.” LGBT pressure also caused Chick-fil-A’s first restaurant in the United Kingdom to close. In 2012, the mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino, also pledged to block Chick-fil-A’s expansion into his city and Chick-fil-A is poised to open stores there in 2020.

They will now focus their donations on education, homelessness, and hunger. Chick-fil-A plans to donate $9 million dollars to charity which includes a $25,000 donation to a local food bank for each restaurant the chain opens. Chick-fil-A said that the it could give to faith-based or non-faith-based charities, but none of those charities will have “anti-LGBTQ” positions.

“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 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.”

“When there is a tension, we want to make sure we’re being clear. We think this is going to be helpful,” Tassopoulos added. “It’s just the right thing to do: to be clear, caring and supportive, and do it in the community.”

I understand the pressure that Chick-fil-A is under. There is no doubt that their expansion has been impeded, but their decision to surrender to the demands of the LGBT woke mob is a slap in the face to Christians who have supported them over the years for their stand.

What’s sad is that the organizations Chick-fil-A donated to were doing good work that had nothing to do with the marriage debate. Those organizations were just committed to biblical teaching. And so, Chick-fil-A has announced that it will no longer donate to organizations that follow what the Bible says about sexuality and marriage.

Worse yet, is Chick-fil-A just made it harder for other businesses who want to continue to donate to Christian ministries.

It’s their money, they are free to do with it what they want, and fighting hunger and homelessness is a good cause. But they surrendered to a group that will never be satisfied regardless of what they do and sent an awful message doing so.

12 comments
    1. I don’t wish them ill will, I think they’re still going to do a lot of good, and I still believe they are a good company.

  1. Is it really up to us to judge who is right or wrong now a days? Makes my head throb. I’ll give everyone on earth the love I have. Let Jesus see them upstairs Hat’s off to Chik-fil-a for standing up to their moral convictions for so long. For some money is over God’s love, but they have business obligations to meet. Feed the world

    1. I think we can judge right from wrong, yes.

      I understand why Chick-fil-A would make this change. I also understand they were revamping their donation strategy which is completely legitimate. Also, to be clear, this is their money, they can do with it what they like, and it seems like they are still donating to good causes. The biggest question I have about all of this was the statement in the original news article that reported this is that no potential partner which could include faith-based organizations or non-faith-based organizations has an “anti-LGBT position.” The reporter said, the “company said” this. Is this now a criteria? I understand they will still fund Christian organizations, I just wonder if they will fund an organization that expects their staff to adhere to biblical standards on sexuality and marriage, especially if such a standard is public.

  2. The ‘woke’ crowd is slitting it’s own throat denying donation to the Salvation Army. They do tons for the lgbt crowd.

    1. Right, they serve LGBT folks. I think the complaint was the expectations they have for their staff and leadership. That was the issue with FCA as well.

  3. I just called Chick-fil-A and told them I will no longer be patronizing their stores. I encourage others to do the same. On another conservative Web site, someone said that they called too, and were told by CFA that they’ve been deluged with phone calls! Praise the Lord!! The only way businesses like that will change is if it hits them in the wallet.

  4. I contacted them through their website and got this response:

    Chick-fil-A Cares
    Fri 11/22/2019 2:30 PM
    Thank you for reaching out to us. We know you care a lot about Chick-fil-A and the work of the Chick-fil-A Foundation – and we truly value your feedback and appreciate you’re taking the time to share with us. Please know that you have been heard.

    The mission of the Chick-fil-A Foundation is to nourish the potential in every child. For more information on the Chick-fil-A Foundation’s giving, we strongly encourage you to read our announcement directly from us here: chick-fil-a.com/2020foundation

    As you will see, the Chick-fil-A Foundation announced that in 2020 it will focus its giving to address three critical needs facing children: education, homelessness and hunger. In 2020, the Chick-fil-A Foundation will partner with Junior Achievement USA, Covenant House International, and more than 120 local food banks in the communities where Chick-fil-A opens new restaurants. Moving forward, the Chick-fil-A Foundation will reassess philanthropic partnerships annually rather than make multiyear commitments. All organizations – faith-based and non-faith-based-will be considered for future partnerships.

    You can also visit chick-fil-afoundation.org to learn more about our refined giving approach and how we will work with our 2020 partners to help all children reach their potential.

    Thank you again for taking the time to share your comments and concerns with us. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you in one of our restaurants soon.

    Customer Service Team
    Chick-fil-A, Inc.

  5. “$25,000 donation to a local food bank for each restaurant the chain opens.”

    Payoff to the nervous local politicians who were twitchy about letting them open there?

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