Amid last year’s controversy regarding Chick-fil-A’s bid to restructure its charitable giving—to the exclusion of Christian organizations like the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes—many of us were left simpy wondering where is Dan Cathy in all of this?
Surely the Chick-fil-A CEO, the man who first rocketed to infamy by publicly affirming God’s design for marriage, wouldn’t just stand idly by while his restaurant’s charitable foundation diverted funding from wonderful Christian charities that help all people to leftist LGBT advocates that promote domestic terrorism and the sexual grooming of children, right?
In a December letter that only recently was shared by the American Family Association, Cathy personally addressed some of the concerns surrounding the controversy, saying he regretted “inadvertently” discrediting these “outstanding organizations” and that the appearance of caving to LGBT demands is incorrect.
“As you have seen, recently we announced changes to our giving strategy at the Chick-fil-A Foundation. These changes were made to better focus on hunger, homelessness and education,” Cathy wrote. “We understand how some thought we were abandoning our longstanding support of faith-based organizations. We inadvertently discredited several outstanding organizations that have effectively served communities for years.”
PJ Media adds that a person with knowledge of Cathy’s intentions says he was referring to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Cathy went on to point to Chick-fil-A’s Corporate Purpose: “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”
“Some also questioned if our commitment to our Corporate Purpose was waning,” Cathy said. “Let me state unequivocally: It is not.”
One can’t help but wonder, however, how glorifying it is to God to take funding away from a Christian organization that helps millions of people all over the world and instead give it to organizations like Covenant House who only operate in a few cities, are rabidly pro-LGBT, and have even been seen shuttling homeless women to abortion clinics.
According to PJ Media, Chick-fil-A also says that its donation to the Southern Poverty Law Center was “misconstrued” and that a volunteer member of the Chick-fil-A Foundation Advisory Board directed that contribution.
We can only hope that this is the case, considering the SPLC is anorganization that had a role in instigating a violent attack on the Family Research Council by a pro-LGBT attacker who expressed a desire to “smear a chicken sandwich” in the faces of his victims.
Cathy sent the letter, a personal response to AFA President Tim Wildmon, who published it on Tuesday. Back in November when it was first announced that Chick-fil-A would stop funding the Salvation Army and others, AFA launched a petition that received 116,000 signatures.
“In my personal letter to Mr. Cathy, I asked him two questions: (1) Will Chick-fil-A publicly state that it does not believe the Salvation Army and FCA are hate groups because of the ministries’ beliefs about sexuality, marriage, and family? (2) Will you publicly state that Chick-fil-A will not hesitate to fund these two ministries again, should the opportunity arise in the future,” Wildmon explained.
Wildmon described Cathy’s letter as “a welcomed clarification,” but said that his organization will continue to monitor Chick-fil-A’s charitable giving:
It appears that Mr. Cathy understands how many evangelicals perceived the company’s decision, as he stated that these Christian groups were “inadvertently discredited.” The fact that Dan Cathy called these two Christian groups “outstanding organizations” will mean a lot to evangelicals.
However, I also mentioned in my initial letter that Chick-fil-A stated that the company would support Covenant House, a ministry to homeless youth, including homosexual young people. While it is admirable to help hurting youth in desperate circumstances –– including those who are LGBTQ –– Covenant House also openly promotes homosexuality as normal, natural, and healthy. This was evident in Covenant House’s participation in the NYC gay pride parade and a number of other efforts that make it clear the ministry does not hold to a biblical view of human sexuality.
As a result, AFA will continue to monitor Chick-fil-A’s corporate giving, at least for the foreseeable future. We believe our supporters rely on us to do so.
Most of the Christians I know love Chick-fil-A and want to trust the company to uphold scriptural principles. We have all been huge fans of Chick-fil-A, and want that to continue.
While the fact that Cathy took the time to respond is appreciated, we simply cannot settle for this. We cannot link arms with evil in our mission to do good. We cannot promote sexual perversion and abortion as we fight homelessness.
It’s each Christian’s prerogative to decide how to spend their hard-earned money, but it seems pretty clear that there may be better places to spend it than at Chick-fil-A.
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