• Chick-fil-A’s Attempts to Appease Its Critics Won’t Cut It in the End

    Surge Summary: Many critics of Chick-fil-A’s recent change of their charitable giving policy aren’t convinced by defenses of the company by Christian figures like Franklin Graham. They contend attempts to appease LGBTQ lobbying groups are ill-fated and will be counter-productive.

    The head-scratching continues over the recent Chick-fil-A contretemps, i.e., the fast-food franchise’s decision to change its philanthropic structure.

    Chris Woodward/Chad Groening (OneNewsNow) reports:

    “That was a gut punch when Chick-fil-A decided to compromise on its values,” is how David Almasi of the National Center for Public Policy Research frames it.

    “It’s something that’s going to hurt the chain more than it’s going to help it, despite what they say.”

    On November 18, 2019, the Chick-fil-A Foundation, which is the corporate foundation of Chick-fil-A, Inc., announced it “will no longer make multiyear commitments and will reassess its philanthropic partnerships annually to allow maximum impact. These partners could include faith-based and non-faith-based charities.” (See related article from OneNewsNow)

    Two of these partners have been The Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Liberal activists and organizations have expressed concerns that those ministries are “anti-LGBTQ.” It was for this reason that a majority of San Antonio City Council members voted to pull a contract with Chick-fil-A to put a restaurant in the San Antonio Airport. LGBTQ activists and organizations have also expressed concerns about Chick-fil-A’s expansion efforts in the U.S., Canada, and the UK.

    Thursday in a Facebook post,  Evangelist Franklin Graham shared details of a phone call he had with Chick-fil-A CEO 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.”

    “They will continue to support whoever they want to support”? With respect to Rev. Graham, in this context that’s a not particularly comforting platitude – especially if those rendering the actual decisions conclude they don’t “want to” direct Chick-fil-A funds any longer toward Bible-honoring groups because that course entails too much controversy, blow-back, etc.

    In any case, Almasi isn’t persuaded. Not at all:

    “The president and the COO, who is not a member of the Cathy family, made the comment when this was announced that ‘as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are,’ – and by saying that ‘who we are’ is someone who is going to change their giving priorities at this time is kind of playing their hand and showing that they are giving in to cancel culture.”

    “That was the thing that was so great about Chick-fil-A,” Almasi adds.

    “It was refreshing to see a corporation that didn’t give into the leftist pressure campaigns, [but] that’s what they did – no matter what they say.”

    Pro-family activist Peter LaBarbera contributes his own observations to the back-and-forth. He predicts the fast-food giant’s appeasement of LGBTQ absolutist radicals is a huge mistake.

    “Already the homosexual lobby is demanding that Chick-fil-A establish a non-discrimination policy at its company …

    They’re going to demand that Chick-fil-A sign onto the HRC Corporate Equality Index with its radical agenda for corporations. They’re not going to let go of Chick-fil-A; they are the political bullies of the century.

    They’re going to demand more concessions and they’re going to continue to call Chick-fil-A hateful,” he emphasizes. “This appeasement strategy will not work.”

    A statement released by aggressively pro-Gay lobbying group GLAAD immediately upon announcement of the restaurant chain’s policy change confirms LaBarbera’s cautions: They were acerbically dissatisfied with its apparent compromise, demanding even more surrender from the corporation. Of course, anyone following the sexual anarchist’s campaign against Chick-fil-A over the past few years could have seen that coming.

    CfA blinked. Those that have made bringing down Chick-fil-their raison d’etre want them to blink more.

    This would be a great time for the franchise’s powers-that-be to reverse this ill-informed move.

    H/T: Chris Woodward/Chad Groening/OneNewsNow

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    Image: Adapted from: Alisdare Hickson ; CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=55807326

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