In an effort to generate massive amounts of clicks, a lot of outlets (like me, I’m guilty) jumped all over the news that Chick-Fil-A was ending their partnership with several Christian groups.
Here’s what was written just days ago:
Businesses always change when the founder dies, and S. Truett Cathy is rolling in his grave after the latest move by the once proud Christian company Chick-Fil-A.
“There’s no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are,” Chick-fil-A President and COO Tim Tassopoulos told Bisnow. “There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message.”
Of course, ending partnerships with these charitable groups wasn’t enough for the alphabet soup community. GLAAD issued a statement saying the company isn’t doing enough to help the <2% of the population that identifies as LGBTQ. "In addition to refraining from financially supporting anti-LGBTQ organizations, Chick-fil-A still lacks policies to ensure safe workplaces for LGBTQ employees and should unequivocally speak out against the anti-LGBTQ reputation that their brand represents," said Drew Anderson, GLAAD's director of campaigns and rapid response.
Fortunately, there are folks like Franklin Graham who are prayerful before jumping to conclusions, and he is assured that the Chicken Sandwich titan will remain committed to Christian values.
Here’s what he posted on his Facebook page this week:
Has Chick-fil-A caved? Some are saying they’ve rolled over, that they’ve conceded to the LGBTQ protests because they released a statement about their charitable giving. They announced that in 2020 they’re giving to fight hunger and homelessness and support education. What’s wrong with that?
I picked up the phone and called Dan Cathy. Dan was very clear that they have not bowed down to anyone’s demands, including the LGBTQ community. They will continue to support whoever they want to support. They haven’t changed who they are or what they believe. Chick-fil-A remains committed to Christian values. Dan Cathy assured me that this isn’t going to change. I hope all those who jumped to the wrong conclusion about them read this.
In my opinion, the gay movement wouldn’t ever be happy with Chick-fil-A unless they were open on Sunday, gave all of their charitable donations to LGBTQ organizations, and flew the rainbow flag over their stores! Their hatred for Chick-fil-A is rooted in founder Truett Cathy’s strong stand for biblical “traditional” values and his desire to honor God.
No fast food chain does a better job. I went through the drive-thru at Chick-fil-A yesterday morning, and I thought I might get dinner there—but a whole lot of other people had the same idea! A Chick-fil-A sandwich with waffle fries sounds really good right now!
Time will tell if Chick-Fil-A remains true to their values. Let’s hope they do.