Chick-fil-A, which has been under attack by the left for years for donating to several Christian groups who oppose same-sex marriage, is now saying it won’t donate to those groups any longer:
REUTERS – U.S. fast-food chain Chick-fil-A said on Monday it had stopped funding two Christian organizations, including The Salvation Army, that have come under fire from LGBT+ campaigners.
The fast-food chain’s charitable arm, Chick-fil-A Foundation, donated millions of dollars over a period of years to The Salvation Army and to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), which opposes same-sex marriage.
Chick-fil-A said on Monday it no longer funded these organizations and would instead focus its giving on “education, homelessness and hunger”.
“We made multi-year commitments to both organizations and we fulfilled those obligations in 2018,” a spokeswoman for Chick-fil-A told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The family-owned company said in statement that it would no longer make multi-year commitments and would focus on partnerships annually to “allow maximum impact”, which could include faith-based and non-faith-based charities.
The spokeswoman declined to comment specifically on whether the protests had influenced the decision but added this was “made to create more clarity”.
Some are representing this as “Chick-fil-A caves”, but I don’t think that’s necessarily fair. Chick-fil-A has been under attack for the better part of a decade and they’ve still continued to give to these organizations. Now they’ve fulfilled their obligations and are giving to other groups, which I don’t really have an issue with.
Would it be better if they continued to donate to The Salvation Army and FCA? Perhaps, if for nothing else than to stick it to the left. But I’m not going to get upset at them for donating to other groups.
While they aren’t saying it was because of the backlash, I am sure Chick-fil-A hopes that this will take less heat off of them from the left. But I honestly doubt it will, at least not in the near future. The left will continue to attack and oppose them for donating to these groups in the first place.