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Chick-fil-A Releases New, Inconclusive Statement Following Interest in Whether It Has Given Up Anti-Gay Giving

Earlier this week there was news of a promise from Chick-fil-A that it would no longer be donating to anti-gay causes after Chicago LGBT rights group The Civil Rights Agenda and alderman Joe Moreno said it had reached an agreement wherein Moreno lifted his objection to the chain opening a restaurant in his ward.

ChickfilaThe news prompted much online interest for confirmation from that fact from Chick-fil-A itself. The company released a statement yesterday that does not really say much.

In a blog post called "Chick-fil-A: Who We Are. A Response to Recent Controversy," the chain writes:

For many months now, Chick-fil-A’s corporate giving has been mischaracterized. And while our sincere intent has been to remain out of this political and social debate, events from Chicago this week have once again resulted in questions around our giving. For that reason, we want to provide some context and clarity around who we are, what we believe and our priorities in relation to corporate giving.

A part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. Because of this commitment, Chick-fil-A’s giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities. We will continue to focus our giving in those areas. Our intent is not to support political or social agendas.

As we have stated, the Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators.

They then direct people to a document, which you can read, HERE...

CathyThe document is apparently the one sent to Moreno, and says pretty much nothing about any new policies. In fact, it says its WinShape foundation, the one which donated to many anti-gay groups, will still be funded in order to sponsor programs to strengthen ('traditional') marriages, etc. and defends the group's "biblically-based principles" and its corporate purpose:

“To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A.”

And, as Andrew noted yesterday, COO Dan Cathy is still flaunting his anti-gay politics.

News of Chick-fil-A's reported agreement to stop donating to anti-gay causes did prompt a backlash from some of its 'Christianist' Facebook followers, though, with comments like this, USA Today reports:

Let me tell you something Chick-fil-A. If go back on your stance....if you give in to all the hate that has come after you....you will have a whole new group of people who will no longer support you. You can never make everybody happy. You have been blessed because you have stood on God's side since your beginning. Don't mess that up now. I'm truly surprised at your cowardice.

Read the company's statement, HERE...

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  1. they keep saying:

    "As we have stated, the Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators."

    It's nice that you keep telling us how you treat your CUSTOMERS. Now, how about the way you treat your EMPLOYEES.

    Posted by: Tim NC | Sep 21, 2012 7:52:04 AM


  2. C'mon, boys and girls, let's get real. C-f-A turning a new cheek on their homophobic corporate anti-GLBT stance of giving millions of dollars in support of hate groups? You gotta be kidding, right? It's a joke, folks, and we can't believe 'em. The shunning of the Cathy family's C-f-A and their franchisees continues unabated.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Sep 21, 2012 8:26:53 AM


  3. Joe Moreno is just another C-F-A patsy.

    His misguided statement of support for them was probably bought by the promise of a nice re-election campaign contribution from a local franchise owner. That's how it works.

    Posted by: Joe in CT | Sep 21, 2012 8:59:15 AM


  4. -sigh-
    I hate to say it but I'm disapointed. I'm disapointed because I held fleeting-feeble hopes that maybe they really did change. This document is proof otherwise. They can pretty it up however they want but the fact is what we are angry about is still there and has just been confirmed. As of now, this entire "we're changing" act has become a farce.

    Posted by: Cocoa | Sep 21, 2012 9:39:53 AM


  5. Does a tiger change its stripes? Does a chicken change its feathers?
    No!!!!

    Of course not! There's plenty of places to buy chicken fast food, just as there are plenty of beers to drink besides Coors.

    Do elephants remember? Yes, and so should you.

    Posted by: i could go on, but I won't | Sep 21, 2012 10:25:18 AM


  6. Even if they're corporate donations to hate groups stopped Cathy would still contribute privately. His private donations come from his corporate paycheck. It's a vicious cycle of hate.

    Posted by: Craig | Sep 21, 2012 11:33:02 AM


  7. Their greed is matched only by their stupidity.

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 21, 2012 2:17:07 PM


  8. “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us."

    Right, by stuffing millions of people with some of the least healthy food you can make from animals that were reared by torture. It reminds me of that Simpson's episode where Lisa tries to help Monty Burns become environmentally friendly. He ends up building a factory that "recycles" all the fish it can suck from the sea and grind up. Lisa realizes not only that Burns is truly evil, but that he's even more evil when he's trying to be good.

    Posted by: JJ | Sep 21, 2012 3:32:08 PM


  9. The wording and sense of the "Facebook" comment are very disconcerting. Given today's "Christian" attitude of "my-way-or-the-highway", there will soon be blood in the streets - literally - because if they don't get their way, they are prepared to fight for it. I am getting very concerned about all our safety.

    Posted by: Pointed | Sep 21, 2012 6:27:06 PM


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