Chick-Fil-A is being asked to reverse the course it is undertaking, refusing to renew multiyear donations to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, both organizations known for their support of traditional marriage, and reconfirm their commitment to American’s families.
Nearly 50 leaders that consist of pro-family, pro-life, and other conservative organizations sent a letter to the popular fast-food chicken restaurant chain asking it to reconsider its decision to no longer financially support the Salvation Army.
“We are tremendously disappointed at your company’s complicity in defaming the mission and intent of the Salvation Army, one of America’s oldest and most accomplished charitable organizations,” the conservative leaders write to Dan Cathy, chairman and CEO of Chick-fil-A, in a letter dated Tuesday.
“We urge you to immediately reverse course and reconfirm your commitment to America’s families,” they add.
Among the 49 signers of the letter were Penny Nance, president and CEO of Concerned Women for America; Kay Coles James, president of The Heritage Foundation; Aaron Baer, president of Citizens for Community Values; Brent L. Bozell, founder and CEO of the Media Research Center; Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel; and Kelly Shackelford, president and CEO of First Liberty Institute.
Townhall.com broke the news that Chick-fil-A donated $2,500 to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in 2017. Over the years, the liberal SPLC has attacked many conservative organizations, including the Family Research Council, and labeled them as “hate groups.”
Tim Tassopoulos, president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, said, “No organization will be excluded from future consideration—faith-based or non-faith-based,” in a written statement, last week, about the changes in its charitable giving.
Those 49 conservative leaders in the letter above contend Chick-fil-A caved to LGBT pressure from activists rather than stay true to its principles.
“Your company’s stated mission is ‘To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A,’” they write, adding:
Yet, by bowing to the pressure of left-wing extremist groups, you’ve allowed those ‘faithful stewards’ of the Salvation Army to be branded as ‘extremists,’ likely triggering a series of future events detrimental to the organization and the millions of American poor they serve.
When you were under attack by the left in 2012, America’s families stood with you. We, the signers of this letter, stood with you, and many of us urged our supporters to do the same.
We helped form long lines at your stores, stretching out the doors and around the buildings, in many cases. As a result, your restaurant chain vaulted into the top 3 nationwide.
The letter speaks to millions of Christian conservatives who saw Chick-fil-A as a beacon of hope in standing up against LGBT bully tactics and hateful rhetoric and attacks.
Asking the fast-food chain to reverse its course is not out of the realm of possibility.
“We stand firm with the Salvation Army and others who truly are ‘faithful stewards’ of the heritage entrusted to them and all Americans,” they write. “We urge you to immediately reverse course and reconfirm your commitment to America’s families by rejoining us in support of these groups.”
The Salvation Army has been one of the greatest charities to mankind since day one (1865). My family has always made yearly donations and will continue to do so. Notably, for two reasons, which are, they don’t have a large corporate structure sucking up 85% of the donations (but rather the opposite), and they helped my grandfather back in the late 1920s.
I’m a bit disappointed in Chick-Fil-A. Unless we the people stop putting up with communists’ demands, we will never be a fully sovereign people. They have every right to piss and moan, but caving is out of the question.
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