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The Next Time You Crave Chicken, Remember That Chick-fil-A Is Still Very Much Anti-Gay

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In September 2012, after years of publicly opposing same-sex marriage and donating millions to anti-LGBTQ groups, Chick-fil-A — the Christian-founded fast-food chain known for their chicken sandwiches and billboards of half-literate cows encouraging folks to “EAT MOR CHIKIN” — said that it had “ceased donating to organizations that promote discrimination, specifically against LGBT civil rights.”

Yeah, except they haven’t.

Recent Chick-fil-A anti-LGBTQ donations

According to ThinkProgress, the Chick-fil-A Foundation’s most recent IRS filings from 2015 reveal hundreds of thousands in donations to anti-LGBTQ groups. They gave $1 million to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a religious organization with “a strict ‘sexual purity’ policy, prohibiting any ‘homosexual acts.'”

They also donated $200,000 to the Paul Anderson Youth Home, a Georgia-based group that runs a “Christian residential home for troubled youth.” The organization believes that the “sexual, physical and mental abuse of children” resulted in “the explosion of homosexuality in the last century.”

They also gave $130,000 to the Salvation Army, a religious international charity which long opposed same-sex marriage, allegedly practiced anti-LGBTQ housing discrimination and supports religious exemptions from laws forbidding anti-LGBTQ discrimination.

While these organizations may not be as focused on demonizing anti-LGBTQ people as groups like Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council, their dissemination of anti-LGBTQ ideas still harms the community.

A history of Chick-fil-A anti-LGBTQ behavior

From 2003 to 2008 Chick-fil-A’s charitable arm (the WinShape Foundation) donated more than $1.1 million to anti-LGBT groups. In 2009 they about doubled that amount to $2 million. During that time, they donated millions of dollars to anti-LGBTQ groups (including ones that want to criminalize and deport gay “pedophiles”).

In 2012, after Chick-fil-A executives promised to stop supporting anti-LGBTQ organizations, the company’s now-deceased founder S. Truett Cathy continued to show his support to anti-LGBTQ groups and later stated that the company had never agreed to end its anti-LGBTQ funding at all.

In 2012, the children’s educational TV show Sesame Street stopped offering their toys in Chick-fil-A’s children’s meals because of the company’s anti-LGBTQ politics. Sesame Street ended up donating all their related profits to the LGBTQ media watchdog group GLAAD.

  • HenryJ

    Of course, if you were to ask Mr. Cathy, he would be the first to tell you they give to Christian organizations that do good work for Christ and he would totally obfuscate from recognizing that any of the organizations they donate to do any direct harm to gay and lesbian people. He is just like Trump. It is not about the reality of the situation but how you can spin the situation into a positive PR position for you. In Cathy’s mind he probably genuinely thinks he is not giving to any anti-GLBT organizations. And that is where we will have to push back and show Chick-fil-A that they are wrong.

  • Lazerbyte

    I speak with my wallet and I don’t agree with their belief system. Seems like other companies are doing the same as I applaud Sesame Street for pulling their toys! This is how we can send a message to this company. Movie studios and companies that own IPS that Chik-Fil-A wants as toys the companies could tell Chik-Fil-A that until they stop their bigotry they will not provide Chik-Fil-A with any type of merchandise! If major companies speak with their wallet and tell Chik-Fil-A that discrimination is not ok I think the company would re-evalulate their business practices! As hate is not ok and to continue in this day and age to follow some ancient text that doesn’t even talk about homosexuality is very disheartening! Also these are the first people who talk about how dangerous Muslims are and that we have to watch out for them as they are terrorists! I think this group is just as bad if not worse as they commit domestic terrorism by funding these organizations!

  • Paul in San Antonio

    Mr. Cathy died just about 3 years ago, so no, he wouldn’t say these things.

  • joe fiore

    Sesame Street was never at any time partnered with Chick-fil-A for toys. The line in the article that says that in 2012 the children show stop supporting Chick-fil-A is factually wrong. They were never involved. The article refers to the Jim Henson Company, not Sesame Street. The Jim Henson Company does not have any ownership over the Sesame Street characters. They are the property of Sesame workshop. The only connection is Jim Henson created those characters but they are not products of his company anymore, they belong to Sesame workshop

  • pbr277

    So true. Agree with us or we’ll bludgeon you with the hate label. Freedom of speech and association are great (as long as we appove) Now, off to Chick-fil-A, I go you bigoted asshat.

  • Ham Boner

    I’m gonna finish reading this article, right after I get back from Chik-Fil-A.

  • OhioAn0n

    I fail to see the issue with this, degeneracy should be crushed by any means necessary. Iran has it right with how they treat degenerates, they hang them from cranes.

  • TheBelltower

    The only chick fil a that I will consume are the free samples from the tray in the food court! Lots of samples!

  • Red

    Shut up, Henry. LGBTQ are 100% bigots, they do ZERO good works for anyone. The three organizations do more good for more people every year than ALL LGBTQ people have ever done in history. YOU are the bigot.

  • Red

    Good for Chik-Fil-A. That’s what freedom is all about.

  • Rory Osborne

    I’ll give you a hint. . . They don’t care if you are gay if you have money.

  • NWaff

    The LGBT “tolerance” is so filled with anti-Christian hate.

  • Alyson Mitchell

    Says the guy typing on the computer that was invented by a homosexual

  • Benjamin Clark

    and the Black civil rights movement was filled with anti-KKK hate. The KKK was a Christian organization too. Also, many Christians support LGBTQ rights and many in the LGBTQ community are Christian, so they don’t “Christians”. They hate bigotry.

  • Nita McCreepy

    Why is it people like you think that we should be forced to give our money to a company that is hurting people? Why are you actively trying to take away people’s freedom of choice? Yes, I will label you as hateful because you are acting hatefully. The people who choose not to give their money to bigoted groups are participating in free speech, just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean that it is wrong.

  • D B

    there is a difference between christian hate, and hating discrimination. there are christians who are lgbtq, and proud. if you use religion as justification for discrimination, then no one should be tolerant of that. religion should not give people a free pass to treat people like they are beneath you for being a part of and/or supporting the lgbtq community.

  • D B

    freedom to be religious is one thing, but it shouldn’t be used a free pass to discriminate. or be a bigot. you have a warped sense of what freedom is in relation to being a decent human being.

  • D B

    you can’t be serious. there are loads of lgbtq groups that do great work all over the country. you just choose to ignore it, or you aren’t looking, so you aren’t going to see. you see what you want to see. “LGBTQ are 100% bigots, they do ZERO good works for anyone.” do you even know a majority of lgbtq people to be able to factually back that moronic claim up? no? didn’t think so. hater.

  • LBB

    “…to follow some ancient text that doesn’t even talk about homosexuality”? You may want to have another look at a Bible. It has PLENTY to say about homosexuality. All that aside, if you think Chick-Fil-A is worse than terrorists, you lead a very sheltered life.

  • LBB

    Who is forcing you to give your money to anybody?

  • Olivia Goodwin

    It’s honestly too bad, I love their food, but I cannot support these types of people.

  • meta4

    There’s a lot of discussion on the difference between free speech and bigotry, primarily in where we should draw the line. One side, bigotry shouldn’t be considered free speech because it’s insidiously virulent — on the other, free speech is free no matter the opinion of the holder.

    First, I’d like to comment that free speech isn’t exactly free; one’s right to life takes precedence over one’s right to talk. Therefore, if talk threatens someone’s life, then it’s illegal. Your right to free speech doesn’t allow you to send threats, to incite or advocate violence, or to yell “fire” in a crowded room.

    Secondly, Chik-Fil-A isn’t exactly using their right to free speech. They’re doing more than making a statement, they’re donating thousands of dollars to enable certain programs to practice their beliefs. Yes, according to Citizens United, that money does constitute free speech, but let’s take a look at the differences:

    If a man were to pass around fliers explaining that people with blue eyes are the cause of our country’s decline, that would be free speech. He would express his opinion to those who his message reaches, and he may continue to do so to the extent of his ability, perhaps escalating to having his own anti-blue eyes TV.

    If that same man were to donate a million dollars to an anti-blue eyes organization, however, that would have different effects. That organization would be enabled, through his money, to push legislation making people with blue eyes have to register on a list, to help anti-blue eyes businesses start up discriminatory hiring practices, to spread the word even farther, inciting violence and hatred against blue-eyed people.

    As you will no doubt notice, there is a difference between speech and money. That’s because money is innately more powerful than speech, and has much further-reaching consequences. It’s the difference between yelling at a bomb and striking a match over one.

  • meta4

    I have read the bible, and I’m pretty sure there was just that one line in Leviticus. But didn’t Jesus do something that made it so we didn’t have to follow all those weird rules anymore? Didn’t he die, or something? I mean, I don’t think most Christians still keep kosher or anything — why do we need to still follow one asinine rule when, very specifically, Jesus made it so we wouldn’t have to follow any?

  • LBB

    OK, let’s back up. First, you are correct that the book of Leviticus was in the Old Testament – long before the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And we are in a New Covenant, which means, as you said, those “weird rules” from Leviticus are out the window. (Some Jews keep Kosher still today, though.)

    The place you should be looking for Christ’s teachings is the New Testament. He taught that sexuality is a gift from God, for expression within a Christian marriage. (Yes, “sexual immorality” includes more than homosexuality – it also includes adultery and sex outside of marriage.) However, there are places where homosexuality is identified specifically. For example, look at 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. Hope this helps your studies!