Chick-fil-A didn’t ask to become a culture war symbol. But it became one. The company endured years of hateful slurs from the LGBT left for the stance of its founders in support of biblical marriage and for the company foundation’s generosity toward Christian charities.
Evangelicals and deplorables across the nation loved this Christian aura around Chick-fil-A and provided the momentum that has catapulted the company to its status as the third most profitable fast food chain in America, even though it’s closed on Sundays.
Now Chick-fil-A announces it will drop its longstanding, generous support of Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The company’s COO explained, “as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are “
Many Christians are demoralized, seeing this as capitulation to LGBT demands. Others call it a routine giving decision. But the company broadcasted it. Family Research Council points out that Chick-fil-A “made a conscious choice to draw attention to this very public divorce from two Bible-believing charities.”
The Salvation Army is a massive target of progressive wrath because it’s Christian and because it because it has, over the years, refused to bow to LGBT demands in its human resources policies. Chick-fil-A let the Salvation Army down, not only financially — by dropping their donation — but also by validating the Left’s critique.
Chick-fil-A announced it will now concentrate on education, hunger, and homelessness. Hmm. Salvation Army is the nation’s largest non-profit fighting homelessness. Reacting to this news, the Army stated, “We believe that we are the largest provider of poverty relief to the LGBTQ population.”
Chick-fil-A has chosen to instead fund Covenant House International, an LGBT-affirming organization that deals with youth homelessness, emphasizing, young people who “find themselves without a home after coming out to their parents or caregiver.”
The strong affirmation Covenant House provides for the LGBT lifestyle says a lot about Chick-fil-A’s new priorities. Will this appease the progressive Left?