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Chick-fil-A ends donations that sparked protests

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/18/19, 12:36 pm

The Chick-fil-A Foundation will no longer support the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army, which affirm a Biblical definition of marriage. The restaurant’s partnership with those groups fueled protests by those who label the company as anti-gay. The foundation said it would now focus its giving in the areas of education, homelessness, and hunger.

Does this satisfy Chick-fil-A’s critics? Many LGBT advocates welcomed the news, but some of the fast-food chain’s conservative and Christian customers said they felt betrayed. “Incredibly stupid move by Chick-fil-A,” blogger Matt Walsh tweeted. “They won’t appease the critics by caving but they might alienate some of their customers.” The foundation said its donations going forward could include faith-based or secular nonprofit groups. It also announced plans to support Covenant House, a ministry for homeless youth founded by a Catholic priest.

Dig deeper: Read previous WORLD coverage of LGBT activists’ attempts to shut down Chick-fil-A expansion.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • Rich277
    Posted: Mon, 11/18/2019 02:21 pm

    So now, any money I would have spent at Chick Fil A will now be donated to the Salvation Army.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 11/18/2019 02:25 pm

    Well, I’m disappointed by this decision, but I strongly believe this is the time to continue to support Chick-fil-A, rather than abandon them. 

    We all know, or should know, that the Salvation Army is doing amazing work for suffering people, both materially and spiritually. They need increased support from us too. 

    As the blogger cited in the article says, this appeasement won’t help. In fact, liberal critics will simply demand more and more, and giving in will result in loss of Chick-fil-A’s positive influence and Christian witness. 

  • Hawkdriver
    Posted: Mon, 11/18/2019 02:59 pm


  • Hawkdriver
    Posted: Mon, 11/18/2019 02:58 pm

    Chick-fil-a needs to take a lesson from the Boy Scouts, There is no appeasement, only compromise and destruction of any resemblence to Biblical Truth.  We can not back down an inch from what the Word of God teaches, period.

  • MTJanet
    Posted: Mon, 11/18/2019 04:22 pm

    An extremely unwise move by Chick-fil-A.  They have shown more interest in mammon than in the Lord, which is the first betrayal.  Secondly, this has damaged religious freedom and freedom of speech.  What has been accomplished?  Nothing - except our enemies have scored a point, emboldening them to push harder.   

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Mon, 11/18/2019 06:51 pm

    I wonder if Chick-fil-A will now support any groups which affirm the Biblical definition of marriage?

  • Laura W
    Posted: Mon, 11/18/2019 07:09 pm

    They'll probably try to find ones that are less vocal about it, anyway. It's unfortunate, but I find it rather hard to blame them, considering the pressure they're under. There is more than one way to be a Godly influence in our culture, so let's not be too quick to assume they've lost their way.

  • AlanE
    Posted: Mon, 11/18/2019 09:05 pm

    I don't know that Chick-Fil-A is obligated to donate to anyone. And I really don't know to what extent they are obligated to reveal whom they do donate to. Nevertheless, it feels very much like CFA has decided to listen and take direction from the folks who see the world through a very different prism. It feels a lot like they're going out looking for approval from all the wrong places. It's a bad idea for teenage kids, and it sure seems like a bad idea for a restaurant that formerly enjoyed nearly unqualified support from a large segment of the community. I don't know whether to wish them well, feel betrayed, or just what. But, I won't be paying the price (which always was a little on the side of high for fast food) to eat there nearly as often any longer. They just sacrificed my default reason to go there as opposed to someplace else.

    Much more a case of disappointment than anger.

  • TWH
    Posted: Mon, 11/18/2019 09:04 pm

    Chick-fil-A has made the judgment that Biblical values are bad for business, throwing two Christian organizatons to the wolves in the process. I will make my future fast-food decisions with that in mind. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 11/18/2019 09:09 pm

    MTJanet, I don’t see this as a money-driven decision.  Everything I’ve read is that the chain is already hugely successful, and that LGBT anger at Chick-fil-A has  driven masses of Christians to support CfA.

    I wonder if they have not simply wearied of the constant anger and condemnation from the left, not to mention, that their thousands of young employees are quite likely abused by their liberal acquaintances simply because they work there. 

    And despite the founders’ beliefs that gay marriage is wrong, I understand neither the Cathys nor any others in CfA leadership are bigots, nor is it likely many franchisees, managers, or employees are.  And one does just get tired of having to put up with lefties constantly screeching “Bigot! Racist!” at you.  


  • TWH
    Posted: Mon, 11/18/2019 09:20 pm

    It's important to remember that we aren't talking about wild-eyed radical groups that the LGBT lobby wants to destroy. Where does this put The Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes? The fury is going to turn towards them until they give in. And acceptance is no longer enough; celebration will be required. They will be abused until they are regularly marching in Pride Parades. 

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Tue, 11/19/2019 01:00 am

    Chick-fil-A is making a big mistake for there are a large segment of their customers who go to the restaurant because they stand up to the radical left. Many, like myself, will go less often and that will cause the company to see a major hit to their pocket book! 

  •  phillipW's picture
    Posted: Tue, 11/19/2019 09:58 am

    Chick Fil A could give free chicken sandwiches for life to any LGBTQ+ supporters and the LGBTQ+ crowd would still hate them.

    All that this announcement proves is that if the 5% LGBTQ+ crowd screams loud enough they will win the battle over the silent 95% who don't espouse their sexual worldview.

    And I would predict that the consequences of this decision will be felt on Chick Fil A's bottom line in a negative way.  It'll be interesting to see if all of my local Chick Fil A's still have cars double wrapped around their building for their drive thru even at non-peak meal times.  

    Side note from me personally.  I stopped patronizing Chick Fil A last year because it was next to impossible to get in and out of their restaurant due to traffic congestion.  I started eating at Zaxbys, which had a much larger parking lot footprint, and was not as busy.  And frankly, the food at Zaxbys is just as good or better then at Chick Fil A.  So my eating patterns won't change regarding Chick Fil A, but if I am ever traveling and desparately searching for somewhere to eat and I have the option between Chick Fil A and something else, I'll opt to go somewhere else.

    And it's not even the fact that the other option is espousing Christian values and beliefs in how they run their business, but it's now a fact that Chick Fil A is nothing but a sellout, led by a bunch of cowards who were afraid to stand up for what they believe in at all costs.  And nothing in my mind is worse then this cowardly betrayal.

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Tue, 11/19/2019 11:04 am

    I really am shocked by this decision. CFA could have easily said they are streamlining their charitable donations to three basic principles: education, hunger, and homelessness. Nobody would have batted an eye. That pretty much summarizes the Salvation Army anyway. FCA is not what I call an "anti-gay" Christian group. Focus on the Family, a preferred target of the alphabet gang, didn't make the list. Regardless, the alphabet gang will not be appeased. They won't rush in to buy waffle fries or chicken nuggets because of this announcement, and why the topic was addressed by this company spokesman is beyond my understanding. I suspect that the original Mr. Cathay is rolling over in his grave. 

  • BjW
    Posted: Tue, 11/19/2019 11:07 am

    CfA was one of my heroes. I am disappointed that LGBT has won this one battle. The LGBT do not try to understand why Christians believe and follow God's Word. They seem to just choose to hate us. I chose CfA first to support their Christian views. Secondly, I paid their higher prices because of their good food, service and employees. CfA was roundly attacked constanly by LGBT, but this will not satisfy them. I guess I will send my CfA dollars to Salvation Army and Christian Athletes. But I am still sad.

  • RC
    Posted: Tue, 11/19/2019 12:57 pm

    Seems like there is a negative assumption being made as to why Chick-fil-A changed their giving program, but we don’t really know why.  Hopefully, they are not bending to radical gay desires, just making a normal change like most organizations do periodically.  Remember that Chick-fil-A is free to donate to whatever causes, to help people in need, they want to, and I am thankful they do.

  • not silent
    Posted: Tue, 11/19/2019 01:56 pm

    We are in a spiritual battle, and I am convinced that we have to seek the Lord's will more than ever.  I sometimes feel helpless, but that reminds me that my strength is in the Lord.

    "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places."  Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)

    "The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds."  2 Corinthians 10:4  (NIV)

    "The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation..."  Exodus 15:2 (NIV)