Chick-fil-A Chickens Out

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For decades, Chick-fil-A has been known not just for its tasty chicken sandwiches, but also for its strong witness as a Christian business. As a devout Christian, Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy swam against the cultural tide by refusing to open on Sundays, by speaking up for traditional marriage, and by providing financial support to Christian causes. Because of its stance on marriage, Chick-fil-A has incurred the wrath of the Left. Places as diverse as Boston, Massachusetts; Buffalo, New York; and London, U.K. have prevented Chick-fil-A from opening restaurants because of the company’s stance on “LGBT” matters.

Chick-fil-A has earned the respect and support of Christians for standing firm despite opposition from the left. Unfortunately, that respect dimmed last week. In a November 18, 2019 interview, Chick-fil-A President Tim Tassopoulos announced that the company would stop providing financial gifts to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. These two nonprofits have been deemed “anti-LGBT” by the left for their Biblically-based beliefs about marriage, family, and sexuality. While the company left the door open to resuming its support for similar charities in the future, its announcement sent a clear message: We’ve given in to the pressure, and we’ve given in to the media’s baseless and distorted characterizations of respected Christian groups.

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is saddened by Chick-fil-A’s action and urges the company to reverse course. As John Hirschauer of National Review explains:

“ The decision makes little sense as a financial matter… Whom does Chick-fil-A expect to win over by capitulating to the sort of groups that hate the company and its patrons and raised hell every time a new franchise was slated to open in a nearby metro area? The chain’s corporate image is already damaged beyond repair to many left-wing consumers. No public display of contrition will suffice. GLAAD, for instance, expressed predictable dissatisfaction with Chick-fil-A’s gesture. The organization’s director of campaigns and rapid response, Drew Anderson, released a statement noting that while the company has stopped ‘financially supporting anti-LGBTQ organizations’ — whatever those are —  ‘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.’”

“It’s not good enough now, and it never will be good enough. Chick-fil-A should have known that before it went and capitulated to the mob.”