Chick-Fil-A Caves

 

 

This is shocking and depressing news. Chick-Fil-A, which has long been on the receiving end of vitriol and harrasment from the LBGT Mob for operating their business based on the Christian beliefs of owner Dan Cathy (including opposition to same-sex marriage) just announced their surrender to the Mob. Specifically, Chick-Fil-A will no longer donate to the Salvation Army, the Paul Anderson Youth Home, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Over the years, Chick-Fil-A has donated millions of dollars to these and other charities. What these three charities that have been written out of Chick-Fil-A’s charitable giving have in common is that each is overtly Christian in their outlook and behavior and have been victims of the same harrasment by the LBGT Mob as Chick-Fil-A.

Chick-Fil-A is pretty transparent in why they are making this move. They are hopeful this move will prevent the type of opposition to the opening of new restaurants in progressive environs such as that of the San Antonio City Council banning of a proposed Chick-Fil-A at the local airport earlier this year. Chick-Fil-A President and CEO Tim Tassopoulos stated “There’s no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear who we are. When there is a tension we want to be sure we’re being clear. We think this is going to be helpful. It’s just the right thing to do: be clear, caring and supportive and do it in the community.” A Chick-Fil-A spokesman stated that the chain will focus it’s charitable donations on “education, homeless, and hunger.” If so, they’ll have a hard time finding organizations that have done as much good in these areas as has the Salvation Army for over 150 years.

I don’t think this is going to work out the way Chick-Fil-A hopes it will. Chick-Fil-A has now shown that it will cave to the totalitarian LBGT Mob. With this victory in hand, the Mob will continue to push for complete capitulation to the LBGT agenda with the same ferocity they have up to this point, while conservatives (especially social conservatives) will view this as a betrayal and, if so, will frequent Chick-Fil-A a little less often. We shall see.

 

 

 

 

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  1. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    Samuel Block (View Comment):

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    They need to listen to Rush Limbaugh. These organizations cannot be appeased. Ever. Whatever you do is never enough.

    Or they just need to be people with eyes and ears!

    How has this managed to escape the minds of so many people who are paid well to make good business decisions. Are they unfamiliar with a utility analysis? Or a simple pros and cons list?

    They are people with eyes and ears.  This is just them recognizing the truth that Christianity is doomed in the public sphere and it is best to separate yourself from it if you want to thrive.   Their Christian fan base may buy their food but that matters little as long as the Left can keep them from building stores and selling that food or sueing them out of any profit when they do.  You can’t really blame them for trying to get along and make a living.   

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  2. Skyler Coolidge
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    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Christian Post: Chick-fil-A denies capitulating to LGBT activists; Christian groups won’t be excluded from donations

    Regardless of how you view their explanation of their charitable-giving programs, I think we all know that if we fell into a coma today and woke up 20 years hence the CFA cows on the billboard would be exclaiming that steers can have udders and give milk, too.

    The explanation reported in the Christian Post, seems sorta, kinda sketchy and vague. The “more focused” phraseology seems to be problematic. The CP is reporting this from an unnamed CFA representative in an email that is not shown. Why doesn’t the CFA CEO issue a public statement ASAP PDQ to put the matter to rest? Otherwise, this will continue to proliferate on social media and hurt their sales.

    I need more acronyms.

    Easy proof for Chik-Fil-A – publicly commit to giving more money to the SA in 2020-2021 than they did in 2018-2019.

    So now we will hold a gun to their head forcing them to give to Salvation Army?   Shouldn’t they be able to change whom they donate to, or if they donate to anyone at all?   

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  3. Brian Watt Member
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    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    https://babylonbee.com/news/cfa-trades-christian-supporters-for-outraged-mob-that-will-stop-at-nothing-to-destroy-them

    Politicfact will be fact checking this article in three…, two…., ….

    Snopes will be conflicted…since they want the story to be true and dissing would be a blow to their general Leftist bias.

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  4. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    Samuel Block (View Comment):

    Vance Richards (View Comment):

    Here are some of the horrible things the Salvation Army does . . .

    So what did S.A. do, or not do, that inspired the alphabeters to label them “anti-LGBT?”

    Because current definition of anti LGBT+ is not celebrating and promoting LGBT+ lifestyle and agendas.  

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  5. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    Samuel Block (View Comment):

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    Here’s the thing – they make great chicken sandwiches, and sides and salads. They’re closed on Sundays. They have served protesters and law enforcement and have shown up in areas where tragedy has occurred and served, including Sunday. They’ve served those that protested them, the LGBTQ plus group, who stood in line with signs against them. Please. Stop making everything political and let this company serve the public, and buy their product. My husband eats here all the time. They are standing firm on campuses. Can we support them in their hour of contemplation and need?

    Oh, I’m not gonna stop eating there. It’s a great company.

    But it’s demonstrably the case that this is done because corporations think they can make gains with the opposition, without the Right punishing them for it. I suppose some have cause to consider this a betrayal. I just think it’s weak.

    That said, the company has already stuck its neck out in a way that most haven’t and wouldn’t.

    I don’t think much of their food and as a family we went mainly to support their mission.  Now they have abandoned their mission I see no reason to go out of my way to support them.  

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  6. Skyler Coolidge
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    I see chick fil-a as a casualty.  I’m not going to abandon them.  They have been relentlessly attacked and remain a principled delicious chicken sandwich shop.

    I’m dismayed at the fickle support they’re getting.

    I also remember when a lot of Christians objected to Salvation Army for being a nonstandard religion.

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  7. Jon1979 Inactive
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    Skyler (View Comment):

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Christian Post: Chick-fil-A denies capitulating to LGBT activists; Christian groups won’t be excluded from donations

    Regardless of how you view their explanation of their charitable-giving programs, I think we all know that if we fell into a coma today and woke up 20 years hence the CFA cows on the billboard would be exclaiming that steers can have udders and give milk, too.

    The explanation reported in the Christian Post, seems sorta, kinda sketchy and vague. The “more focused” phraseology seems to be problematic. The CP is reporting this from an unnamed CFA representative in an email that is not shown. Why doesn’t the CFA CEO issue a public statement ASAP PDQ to put the matter to rest? Otherwise, this will continue to proliferate on social media and hurt their sales.

    I need more acronyms.

    Easy proof for Chik-Fil-A – publicly commit to giving more money to the SA in 2020-2021 than they did in 2018-2019.

    So now we will hold a gun to their head forcing them to give to Salvation Army? Shouldn’t they be able to change whom they donate to, or if they donate to anyone at all?

    The public can really only vote with their pocketbooks as far as who Chick-fil-A decides it’s in their best interest to donate to, and who they need to avoid.

    How the company’s franchise owners view this may be another story entirely. For about the past 15 or so years, getting a Chick-fil-A franchise has pretty much been seen as a license to print money because of the hyper-loyal fan base, and the cost of those franchises has risen accordingly. If the per-store sales suddenly go from being 60-70 percent higher than your average McDonald’s or Wendy’s to being roughly on par with them, they’re not going to be happy campers willing to go along so chicken sandwiches can now be sold in London.

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  8. Samuel Block Support
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    Valiuth (View Comment):

    You could have a few out burst of increased consumption from the Red State people every now and then when your fight with the Blue State people becomes national News. Or you can forgo those random booms for a steady stream of Blue State customers.  

    Maybe. But I know people who hate the company because they’ve been told to, but that’s not why they don’t eat there. They don’t eat fast food, and, true to form, are quite proud of themselves for that. Of course you can go to urban markets and pick up customers. They’re just not going to be the kinds of progressives who have the time and money to boycott everything that they don’t agree with.

    In the long run betting on expanded markets is the best bet.

    The best bet would be to open a store across the street from virtually every store. The parking lots are always full to the brim – even through people know they can move a lot faster than McDonald’s can move a five-car line, I bet they lose a lot of business because it looks daunting.

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  9. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    Here’s the thing – they make great chicken sandwiches, and sides and salads. They’re closed on Sundays. They have served protesters and law enforcement and have shown up in areas where tragedy has occurred and served, including Sunday. They’ve served those that protested them, the LGBTQ plus group, who stood in line with signs against them. Please. Stop making everything political and let this company serve the public, and buy their product. My husband eats here all the time. They are standing firm on campuses. Can we support them in their hour of contemplation and need?

    I am sure they have market testing their great Leftward slide. They will be fine selling their wares to the woke.

    Nope. 

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  10. Jon1979 Inactive
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    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    Here’s the thing – they make great chicken sandwiches, and sides and salads. They’re closed on Sundays. They have served protesters and law enforcement and have shown up in areas where tragedy has occurred and served, including Sunday. They’ve served those that protested them, the LGBTQ plus group, who stood in line with signs against them. Please. Stop making everything political and let this company serve the public, and buy their product. My husband eats here all the time. They are standing firm on campuses. Can we support them in their hour of contemplation and need?

    I am sure they have market testing their great Leftward slide. They will be fine selling their wares to the woke.

    Nope.

    GLAAD’s response today shows they still want their pound of poultry flesh:

    “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,” said Drew Anderson, GLAAD’s director of campaigns and rapid response.

    Of course, this isn’t so much about what GLAAD thinks as it is a public relations war between GLAAD, other organizations like them and Chick-fil-A to sway the opinions of what building owners, municipal authorities and regular people in places like Toronto, London and elsewhere think. GLAAD wants total capitulation to their agenda, which you’d assume is only worth it for Chick-fil-A if they’ve decided to be a multinational company, and like others, care more about the larger market overseas than they do about their base customers in the U.S. (KFC is vastly more popular in Japan than it is in America, and of course a number of companies have made catering to Chinese demands more important than satisfying U.S. customers).

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  11. Tennessee Patriot Member
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    I am not ticked off at CFA because I don’t think they have a right to give to whomever they wish, I am ticked because they have thrown major shade on wonderful organizations that need boosting and praise, not disrespect. The publicity from this will hurt the Salvation Army and FCA. High School administrators across the country will now feel pressure to ban FCA in their schools. FCA has brought many athletes to Christ. Santa Clauses with bells at Christmas will be hissed at and one will have to sneak money into their pot only when others are not looking. I bet the Santa Clause bell ringers will be protested and picketed- perhaps assaulted.

    For that reason, I would feel dirty to ever support CFA again. A pox on them. It is privately owned and highly profitable. They have harmed wonderful service organizations just so they could add more billions to their account and make them feel more welcome in the billionaire’s bubble. This was a despicable move.

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  12. Metalheaddoc Member
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    They will lose my business. I can eat anywhere. Wendy’s makes a nice spicy chicken sandwich that isn’t garnished with betrayal.

    I rather like boneless chicken, spineless chicken–not so much. 

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  13. Nerina Bellinger Inactive
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    @metalheaddoc:

    Wendy’s makes a nice spicy chicken sandwich that isn’t garnished with betrayal.

    This particular bit of rhetorical flourish deserves a special call-out.  Nicely done, MHD.

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  14. Metalheaddoc Member
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    Nerina Bellinger (View Comment):

    @metalheaddoc:

    Wendy’s makes a nice spicy chicken sandwich that isn’t garnished with betrayal.

    This particular bit of rhetorical flourish deserves a special call-out. Nicely done, MHD.

    Thank you kindly!

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  15. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    I suggest a fast from Chick-fil-a from now until Christmas, a sort of Advent fast. You know the usual bill for a trip, so just put those dollars in a virtual or physical kettle that very day. If your car’s steering develops a problem near Chick-fil-A, just stop in the parking lot and make the donation before safely driving away. Please don’t demonstrate in the drive through lane.

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  16. Full Size Tabby Member
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    Chick-Fil-A’s announcement reinforces the false narrative that the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes are “anti-LGBT” groups. Chick-Fil-A must have understood that would be the interpretation, and yet Chick-Fil-A did not say anything in its announcement to counter that false narrative.

    So, Chick-Fil-A is willing to harm people (Salvation Army and the people served by the Salvation Army, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the students served by FCA) in exchange for short term financial gains. That willingness to hurt people for momentary gain is completely counter to the principles that made the company successful in the first place, and is a sign that cultural rot has already taken root within Chick-Fil-A. Once cultural rot takes root in the corporation, the company will soon lose its unique characteristics that people love today, and Chick-Fil-A will become just another generic purveyor of chicken sandwiches. 

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  17. Full Size Tabby Member
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    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    tigerlily: There’s no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear who we are. When there is a tension we want to be sure we’re being clear

    I’m afraid Chick fil A is doing the opposite of being clear. You used to know where they stood on issues. Now, not so much.

    Yeah, the Chick-Fil-A statement is a very muddled mess that is anything but clear. Another indication the company is already rotting from within, and will in a relatively short time lose the internal culture that translates into the exceptional service we see and enjoy today. Likely coming soon to a Chick-Fil-A near you – just another fast food chicken sandwich shoved at you with no enthusiasm or joy. 

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  18. Vance Richards Member
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    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):
    Chick-Fil-A’s announcement reinforces the false narrative that the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes are “anti-LGBT” groups

    Yes, the Salvation Army does not discriminate. The issue for the activists isn’t the services offered by these groups but Christianity itself.

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  19. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    I like their food and will eat there.

    I refuse to make everything political.

    I know I don’t have time to research the ideological positions of every restaurant that I might want to eat at.  Even if a restaurant donates to charity, how many pennies per lunch are they donating, anyway?

    I think the Salvation Army is a noble organization, so I have an unpopular idea.  How about we crack open our own wallets and make donations to the Salvation Army instead of demanding that fast-food restaurants do it?

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  20. Skyler Coolidge
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    Even if a restaurant donates to charity, how many pennies per lunch are they donating, anyway?

    I prefer a restaurant that doesn’t donate.  I want my food to be cheaper, I couldn’t care less about their donations.

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  21. Ammo.com Member
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    I wouldn’t necessarily characterize this as caving as there was a more expedient time than now to make this decision. They are probably doing what they think is best for customer experience and is going to maximize long term value. It’s not a total loss either. There are no doubt many thoughtful Chick-Fil-A customers that are going to pick up the slack by making individual contributions to these organizations. 

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  22. Phil Turmel Coolidge
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    Well, Chik-fil-A’s moral collapse isn’t a surprise to everyone.  From LifeSiteNews:

    CFA fans wouldn’t have been caught by surprise if they had been paying close attention to the organization’s corporate structure, according to Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, writing at Frontpage Magazine. Many of the restaurant’s loyal patrons assumed that CFA was different from other large corporations and that it continued to be guided by a biblical vision. They were wrong. The corporation was slowly evolving away from its Christian principles, but CFA wasn’t about to broadcast that.

    “The Executive Director of the CFA Foundation is Rodney D. Bullard, a former White House fellow and Assistant US Attorney,” noted Greenfield. “Some may have mistaken him for a conservative because he was a fellow in the Bush Administration, but he was an Obama donor, and, more recently, had donated to Hillary Clinton’s campaign while at Chick-fil-A.”

    Read the whole thing.  And note the deliberate pandering to LGBT+ interests in Toronto, confirmed by government filings made by Chik-fil-A.

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  23. Randy Webster Member
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    Phil Turmel (View Comment):
    “The Executive Director of the CFA Foundation is Rodney D. Bullard

    On first reading, I saw that as “Rodney B. Dullard.”

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