In an attempt to get more tax write offs, fast food and friend chicken joint Chick-fil-A continues to pay for anti-LGBTQ with more than $1.4 million in donations. Five years ago, Chick-fil-A chairman and CEO Dan Cathy came out and claimed that he and his Christian company were “guilty as charged” for opposing same-sex marriages. Because the company had a long history of anti-LGBTQ activism under its belt, Cathy saw no reason to change their ways even after the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples can legally get married. Although Chick-fil-A professes to be a company with Christian values, it still bankrolls a number of Anti-LGBTQ organizations. Nevertheless, Chick-fil-A doesn’t want you to talk about that, and just wants to center their conversation around chicken…
When the nation learned that Chick-fil-A was donating tax-exempt money to “charities” that attack LGBTQ rights, the nation in large part stopped buying their chicken sandwiches. At that time, the company issued a statement claiming they plan to “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation and gender.”
Although the company said these words, they refused to back them up. Over the last five years, Chick-fil-A has not instituted a LGBTQ-inclusive and non-discrimination workplace policy, sources report.
And Chick-fil-A’s foundation continues to support anti-LGBTQ organizations around the nation under the guise of being “Christian.” According to the company’s foundation’s recent IRS filing, they gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-LGBTQ organizations in 2015 alone. And those donations grew stronger and more prolific in the forthcoming years.
Although Chick-fil-A’s foundation website claims to be “focused on helping every child become all they were created to be,” it only donated to organizations that do not support rights and equality for LGBTQ youth.
Chick-fil-A Foundation donated $1 million in 2015 to the Fellowship for Christian Athletes. This organization has a strong anti-LGBTQ message. It’s staff and coaches must spread Christian messages and adhere to a strict “sexual purity” policy. This policy prohibits “homosexual acts” even for married people. The Christian group believes that, “The Bible is clear in teaching on sexual sin including sex outside of marriage and homosexual acts. Neither heterosexual sex outside of marriage nor any homosexual act constitute an alternative lifestyle acceptable to God.”
Chick-fil-A Foundation also donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Paul Anderson Youth Home. This Georgia-based “transformative organization” has one major thing in common with Fellowship for Christian Athletes – it is anti-LGBTQ.
The youth home wants to rid the world of “all kinds of evil throughout the culture [including] the explosion of homosexuality in the last century.” Chick-fil-A’s donors promote harmful “ex-gay” therapy where they try to change someone’s nature.
Chick-fil-A Foundation donated $130,000 to the Salvation Army, which has a long history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination.
Although the fast food joint promised to focus on chicken, they’re still bankrolling organizations that promote Anti-LGBTQ discrimination.
Should the restaurant chain get out of politics and focus on food instead?
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