(Tea Party 247) – The pressure from the LGBT crowd has apparently become too much to withstand for Chick-fil-A. The chicken company has historically stood on the side of Christianity, conservativism, and traditional family values but now they are abandoning several Christian companies in favor of secular ones. It’s hard to imagine this has nothing to do with political pressure despite the fact that Chick-fil-A has actually seen massive success in the face of social and political adversity thanks to their unwillingness to compromise.
For years Chick-fil-A has risen the fast-food ranks thanks in no small part to its proud Christian identity. But in a stunning reversal, the chicken restaurant announced Monday that it will end charitable donations to several Christian groups branded by pro-LGBT activists as “anti-gay.”
For years, LGBT activists have attempted to brand Chick-fil-A as “hateful” due to CEO Dan Cathy’s stated opposition to same-sex “marriage” and the company’s donations to social conservative groups such as Family Research Council and Focus on the Family. But while the company has no shortage of detractors in politics and media, the complaints have fallen on deaf ears among actual customers.
Chick-fil-A enjoys tremendous success and an overwhelmingly positive reputation due to its service as well as its charitable bent and volunteerism during tragedies and disasters. Furthermore, for all the “anti-LGBT” branding, many homosexual employees and customers have attested to positive, welcoming experiences at Chick-fil-A.
The chain’s steady success in the face of left-wing pressure campaigns – its sales have actually doubled since the boycotts began – would seem to have closed the matter, yet Bisnow reports that starting next year, Chick-fil-A will stop donating to Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and the Paul Anderson Youth Home in favor of refocusing its giving on the causes of education, homelessness, and hunger, through the organizations Junior Achievement USA and Covenant House, as well as to various community food banks.
All three of those organizations have been attacked as “anti-LGBT” for taking traditional biblical stances on homosexuality.
Chick-fil-A is claiming that ending support of these Christian organizations has nothing to do with distancing themselves from the companies’ beliefs and values but rather a movement towards “critical issues in communities where we do business in the U.S.”
“There’s no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are,” Tim Tassopoulos, Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer, told Bisnow. “There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message.”
They are most certainly sending a clear message despite their efforts to appease both sides of the “social aisle,” so to speak. A Chick-fil-A spokeswoman explained to Reuters, “We made multi-year commitments to [Salvation Army and FCA] and we fulfilled those obligations in 2018,” but did not disclose whether or not the decision to cut ties with these Christian organizations was as a result of LGBT pressure.
Not everyone is buying the narrative. Matt Walsh and Jon Schweppe took to Twitter to express their skepticism and disapproval with the company’s move.
Chick fil A defied the LGBT rage mob for years and only grew in popularity because of it. Now all of a sudden they cave. This is the most pointless and counter productive surrender I’ve ever seen.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) November 18, 2019
Wanna know why the Left keeps cancelling everyone and going after corporations like #ChickFilA?
Because it works. Because most people cave.
Fascism wins. Again.
— Jon Schweppe (@JonSchweppe) November 18, 2019
Todd Starnes seems to have a personal experience that would reveal a truth contrary to the company’s story that they are simply fulfilling a “much higher calling than any political or cultural war that’s being waged.” Interesting how they have had no problem being at the center of this “cultural war” up until now.
Starnes retells his experience on his website saying, “So when my new book, “Culture Jihad,” was published – two Chick-fil-A restaurant operators asked me to consider doing signings at their establishment. At the time I thought it was a bit of an unusual request. Typically, book signings are not held in restaurants.
But I thought it might be fun and my team was more than happy to accommodate their requests and my publishing house and publicist moved forward with planning.
However, a few weeks later we were notified that corporate headquarters had pulled the plug on both book signings.
It was unfortunate seeing how the owner/operators had extended the invitation in the first place.
It was not that big of a deal — and so I decided to keep the incident quiet. But with today’s news about Chick-fil-A’s change in values — well — so now you know the rest of the story.”
We’ve all just gone along happily supporting Chick-fil-A as they have been brazenly assertive about their core values and beliefs in the face of intense opposition from the LGBT crowd. They have enjoyed unwavering support from millions of Americans who believe the company represented their voice in the “cultural war” and who have viewed the company as a loyal ally. A friendly safe-haven for conservatives and Christians to gather without fear of being mocked or degraded.
Now all of that is out the window. How many people will continue to support this company after what seems like a major concession in the “cultural war” and a betrayal of their strongest supporters and the company’s own supposed values?