Chick-fil-A ends support for Christian charities
Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A chairman and CEO, responded to a personal letter sent by Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Association – the parent ministry to One Million Moms. The AFA and 1MM petitions asked the company for clarification after Chick-fil-A stunned much of the evangelical community by changing its corporate giving.
In November, Chick-fil-A announced that it would no longer be donating money to The Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Homosexual activist organizations had hammered away at the two Christian non-profit groups because their doctrinal statements supported a biblical view of human sexuality and marriage. In turn, Chick-fil-A was accused of supporting "hate" because of its corporate giving.
In the letter to Mr. Cathy, he was asked two questions: (1) Will Chick-fil-A publicly state that it does not believe The Salvation Army and FCA are hate groups because of the ministries' beliefs about sexuality, marriage, and family? (2) Will you publicly state that Chick-fil-A will not hesitate to fund these two ministries again, should the opportunity arise in the future?
Mr. Cathy's written response included this statement: "We inadvertently discredited several outstanding organizations that have effectively served communities for years."
This response was a welcomed clarification. It appears that Mr. Cathy understands how many evangelicals perceived the company's decision, as he stated that these Christian groups were "inadvertently discredited." The fact that Dan Cathy called these two Christian groups "outstanding organizations" will mean a lot to evangelicals.
However, Wildmon also mentioned in the initial letter that Chick-fil-A stated the company would support Covenant House, a ministry to homeless youth, including homosexual young people. While it is admirable to help hurting youth – including those who are LGBTQ – Covenant House also openly promotes homosexuality as normal, natural, and healthy. This was evident in Covenant House's participation in the NYC gay pride parade and a number of other efforts that make it clear the ministry does not hold to a biblical view of human sexuality.
As a result, AFA and 1MM will continue to monitor Chick-fil-A's corporate giving, at least for the foreseeable future. We believe our supporters rely on us to do so.
Most of the Christians I know love Chick-fil-A and want to trust the company to uphold scriptural principles. We have all been huge fans of Chick-fil-A and want that to continue.
Chick-fil-A was founded on Christian principles, as shared publicly by its founder, Truett Cathy, before his death in 2014.
As you probably know, Chick-fil-A has been hounded by LGBTQ activists since 2012 when then CEO Dan Cathy, son of Truett Cathy, made a public statement in support of the biblical definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman. Since that time, these LGBTQ stormtroopers and their cohorts in the media have been after Chick-fil-A.
For the last couple of years, they have been pounding Chick-fil-A over the company's donations to The Salvation Army, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Paul Anderson Youth Home in Georgia. Because these ministries believe what the Bible teaches about human sexuality and marriage, these ministries have been labeled "hate" groups. Therefore, according to LGBTQ groups, Chick-fil-A donates to hate groups.
Now Chick-fil-A has announced it will no longer make donations to these groups. The company says its contracts with the ministries have simply expired, and they're moving on. Frankly, I don't buy it. For all practical purposes, it looks like they have caved to the LGBTQ activists and their illegitimate complaints. I hope I'm wrong.
Some very fine Christians have spoken out forcefully against what Chick-fil-A has done. Here is what my friend Gov. Mike Huckabee had to say about this turn of events:
"I'm sure you've heard that Chick-fil-A has fully surrendered to the very leftist anti-Christian hate groups. In August 2012, I asked to help promote Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. It was an incredible display of quiet, loving support and record sales. I now regret that I did it and that I invited your participation. Sad day. I wonder how long before they go ahead and open on Sundays?"
Sign our petition to Chick-fil-A urging the company to return to its founding principles of standing beside and supporting those ministries that hold firm to God's view of marriage as between one man and one woman.