Want to give to a charity? Anti-marriage activists and liberal news organizations may make you think twice before doing a good deed.According to EqualityMatters.org (an anti-religious freedom organization), Chick-Fil-A donated nearly $2 million in 2009 to groups that have anti-gay agendas. Their definition of an anti-gay organization (according to an article published on their website) is an organization that provides “initiatives to promote stable, lasting marriages.”
Chick-Fil-A has gotten a lot of bad press from liberal media outlets such as Huffington Post for their charity organization – WinShape’s support of Christian organizations such as Focus on the Family and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
According to a number of articles, the GLBT community thinks the fast-food restaurant is pulling a fast one on the American consumers. In an effort to block religious freedom, some anti-marriage and anti-Christian activists are calling for boycotting Chick-Fil-A, after the restaurant provided lunch for a Pennsylvania Family Institute event.
Is Chick-Fil-A anti-gay? “We’re not anti-anybody,” said Dan Cathy, President of Chick-Fil-A. “While my family and I believe in the Biblical definition of marriage, we love and respect anyone who disagrees.”
New York University’s Student Senator’s Council (SSC) also considered the matter. They passed a resolution that would “expressly denounce and propose a cessation of partnership with any third-party with a proven link to illegal activities, including labor rights violations.” However, after investigation revealed that the fast food chain complies with federal anti-discrimination laws, the SSC determined that there was no reason to cease a cooperation with Chick-Fil-A based on what charities they support.
Many Muslim, Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant NYU students breathed a sigh of relief. Had the SSC determined to ban Chick-Fil-A, they could have also filed a motion that NYU expel students who attend or give money to churches or other charitable organizations that don’t necessarily agree with the GLBT agenda.
Will Kohler, administrator of a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender blog called back2stonewall.com was quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution saying, “Chick-fil-A can sponsor who they want. It’s a free country.”
A Chick-Fil-A employee, who identified himself as Hulk1234 responded to Huffington’s Post anti-religious freedom article saying, “At the CFA I work at, I have gay co-workers, and this article alone seems to feel like I’m being hated.”
Perhaps this employee is correct. After all, in 2010, Coca-Cola gave $45,000 to an organization that historically focuses on Christian men – the YMCA. They also gave $100,000 to an organization called Christian Aid RC. Yet, there’s no talk about boycotting this soft-drink company.
Market Force, a consumer market research company, ranked Chick-Fil-A America’s third most favorite quick food service restaurant, following a poll of 4500 Americans.
This article is in response to Huffington Post’s article entitled “Chick-Fil-A Fast Food Chain Donated Nearly $2 Million To Anti-Gay Groups In 2009” (November 1, 2011). It demonstrates that anyone (not just Huffington Post) can take a few facts, create a ridiculous bias, take everything out of context, and end up sounding like hate-speech propaganda.