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Chick-Fil-A revises its donation policy

According to the Los Angeles Times, Chick-Fil-A has promised to stop giving money to anti-gay groups. A company spokesman declined to respond.

Excerpts from the story:

Chick-fil-A has pledged to stop giving money to anti-gay groups and to back off political and social debates after an executive’s comments this summer landed the fast-food chain smack in the middle of the gay marriage debate.

The Civil Rights Agenda, which dubs itself the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy group in Illinois, said Chick-fil-A agreed in meetings to stop donating to groups such as Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage. Such groups oppose same-sex marriage.

A report from LGBT advocacy group Equality Matters found that between 2003 and 2009, Chick-fil-A donated more than $3 million to Christian groups that oppose homosexuality. In 2010, the fast food company gave nearly $2 million to such causes, according to the report.

The LGBT collective said the Atlanta-based restaurant chain also sent a letter, signed by its senior director of real estate, to Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno.

Chick-fil-A said in the missive that its nonprofit arm, the WinShape Foundation, “is now taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas,” according to TCRA.

  • Bob Dobbs

    Which just confirms that though they walk hand in hand, Capitalism is ultimately a more important religion in this country than Christianity.

    • Jon

      Whatever, AFA is nothing but a hate group.

  • Adam Sudduth

    Looks like this is a false story. The media has gone viral on this issue, but shows that the media trusts each other a little too much sometimes.

    I like you Dennis, and am not saying that you specifically said this, but you did post it before getting the facts.

  • Dennis Seid

    Adam, I merely posted what the Los Angeles Times wrote and posted on its website. But certainly, it’s up for discussion what’s really happened.

    Having gone to the Chick-Fil-A website, I find its “clarification” on the issue doesn’t say that it has stopped donating to Focus on the Family, AFA or any group. The company reaffirms what it said this summer regarding it’s policy toward donating to organizations.

    So, the LA Times, as well as the Chicago alderman certainly may have misinterpreted what Chick-Fil-A said. I don’t know if Chick-Fil-A spoke to the alderman or what was discussed, though several reports say they did.

    Chick-Fil-A isn’t taking any media questions, so no one can ask directly if they’re not donating to those organization or not. Perhaps if it did, we could all know for sure.

    Thanks for your comments!

    • Adam Sudduth

      With a little research, you can find that National Organization for Marriage has never received funds from CFA. Here is their statement from the day (or day after) that the LA Times article was published:

      ambiguity is not there in regard of that statement. You can not stop something that you have never started. I can not say accurately that I will stop running 5K races if I have never ran a 5K race.

      This is all a moot point now, it is old news and there is no point in continuing to argue this “story”. CFA was slow in responding to the “story” and that may hurt them in the end.

      I could say more, but I am going to try to follow my own advice.

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