• Conservative Activist: Sorry, Franklin Graham, You’ve Missed It Defending Chick-fil-A

    Surge Summary: The Rev. Franklin Graham has come to Chick-fil-A’s defense against charges the franchise has abandoned its Christian convictions regarding its charitable giving. Some, like Christian activist Matt Staver, aren’t persuaded by Graham’s brief.

    Evangelist/Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham has mounted a doughty defense of Chick-fil-A in the aftermath of the restaurant chain’s apparent collapse to LGBTQ pressure to cease contributing to pro-traditional marriage, Bible-based organizations.

    Lots of Christian culture watchers, though, ain’t buying what Rev. Graham is selling. Matt Staver, Chairman of Liberty Counsel Action, is among them.

    In a recent Op-Ed, Staver wrote,

    Franklin, you have done a huge disservice by not doing more investigation into Chick-fil-A’s betrayal and capitulation to the LGBT agenda. While Dan Cathy may say the company has the same values, the company’s statements and actions tell a different story.

    It turns out, Staver notes, Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer, Tim Tassopoulos serves as an advisor to the Atlanta Boy Scouts, which, he says “should raise a red flag” all by itself. Don’t forget, the Boy Scouts is another outfit that capitulated to the LGBT’s bullying agenda.

    Tassopoulos stated:

    “There’s no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are.” “There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message.”

    That’s all well and good, but the question remains: What is Chick-fil-A’s message these days?

    In 2014, Chick-fil-A decided to stop funding the Paul Anderson Youth Home because it was accused of being “anti-LGBT.” But it still had funding commitments with the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, both of which are also falsely accused of being “anti-LGBT” because they have biblical policies on marriage and sex outside of marriage. Now that the funding commitment has expired, Chick-fil-A says it will no longer fund the Salvation Army and FCA, even though the Salvation Army fits within its giving priority of funding organizations that provide housing and food banks, and FCA provides education. Instead, Tassopoulos states Chick-fil-A will now fund Covenant House International, which is much smaller than the Salvation Army (in only 31 cities) and an LGBTQ activist.

    Tassopoulos, speaking of funding Covenant House, states: “This provides more focus and more clarity.” At least he is correct, and this clarity reveals the betrayal.

    Covenant House, according to Staver, was founded by a pedophilic Catholic priest who was sued for allegedly sexually abusing youth who were seeking shelter and food. Father Bruce Ritter was never formally charged with any crimes in this regard, but an “Independent investigation commissioned by the charity found none of the allegations of sexual misconduct can be proved beyond any question, but that cumulative evidence was extensive.” (Wikipedia).

    Presently, Covenant House proudly promotes LGBTQ on its website. It refers to “LGBTQ Inclusion Initiatives” and even implements an “inclusion assessment” at its facilities.

    Additionally, the crisis service provider proudly supports the New York City Gay Pride parade with its own float, banners, t-shirts, and hashtag #CovUnity. Covenant House is recognized as a national funder of LGBTQ causes.

    Chick-fil-A dumps the Salvation Army because it wants to expand into new markets and now shuns or[ganizations] the LGBT activists falsely call “anti-LGBT,” and then turns 180 degrees to announce that it will now fund Covenant House, a radical LGBTQ activist organization that celebrates homosexuality, transgenderism, and the entire LGBTQ agenda.

    And Covenant House does not stop at LGBTQ activism; it also takes girls to abortion clinics.

    To save its own corporate skin, Chick-fil-A has thrown good, biblical, organizations under the bus and legitimized the false narrative of the LGBT activists. I attended a meeting yesterday in Washington, D.C., with national leaders, and although the meeting was not about Chick-fil-A, the leaders expressed outrage and betrayal over Chick-fil-A’s betrayal.

    But, as noted by many others, Chick-fil-A’s abandonment of its former charitable giving standards will not slake the slavering vengefulness of LGBT firebrands. These groups, predictably, are calling for more, including employment benefits.

    “Chick-fil-A voluntarily surrendered to gain entrance into more liberal communities,” opines Staver. “In doing so, the company has caused incredible damage to the greater Christian community.”

    H/T: Christian Post/Matt Staver

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    Image: Adapted from: Matt Johnson from Omaha, Nebraska, United States – IMG_1270, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61820343


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