Last week I wrote an article about how the Chick-fil-A corporation was choosing profits over principle in the LGBT culture war when it decided to end its affiliation with so-called “anti-LGBT” groups and that it would cease to financially support “organizations like the Salvation Army, The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home.”
Why did Chick-fil-A identify those specific organizations?
Because they have been labeled by the Gay Mafia as homophobic for holding to the Christian belief that marriage is between one man and one woman — a position that CEO of Chick-fil-A Dan Cathy also holds. As you might recall, it was then-President Dan Cathy’s support of traditional marriage in 2012 that served as motivation to launch a nationwide attack against Chick-fil-A by LGBT activists, and it inspired a Christian movement in support of Cathy for standing on his principles.
But under current President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos, things have changed when it comes to the company that still declares on its website that its purpose is “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to (them) and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A.”
In the fallout following his announcement that Chick-fil-A would be severing ties with the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Tassopoulos denied that the corporation was caving to the LGBT agenda. He said it was merely “restructuring” its philanthropic activities and that “Christian” organizations would continue receiving support.
But hey, if you doubt it, just ask Franklin Graham who stated on his Facebook page that “Chick-fil-A is rooted in founder Truett Cathy’s strong stand for biblical ‘traditional’ values and his desire to honor God.”
Of course, as a founding member of the Fellowship of the Pharisees and an unconditional supporter of all things Trump, Graham’s defense of Chick-fil-A should be “tested” to see if it’s true. Based on recent developments in this saga, it appears that it isn’t.
One of the so-called Christian charities now receiving money from Chick-fil-A is Covenant House. While Covenant House does deal with homelessness — as does the Salvation Army, by the way — they are unabashedly pro-LGBT.
Covenant House has also been the subject of a recent NYC investigation into allegations of fraud. The founder, Father Bruce Ritter, was forced to resign many years ago after he was connected to one of the most widely publicized cases of the sexual abuse of children within the Catholic Church; some of the victims of that scandal have recently filed a lawsuit against Covenant House.
Tassopoulos said it was necessary for Chick-fil-A to restructure its charitable giving because “as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are.” While the fast-food chain is free to give to whomever it chooses for whatever reason it wants, this decision along with the attempt to label it as pro-Christian is another example of the cheap grace, lukewarm condition of today’s church.
It’s a lie to say Chick-fil-A isn’t caving to the LGBT agenda. But to paraphrase Mr. Tassopoulos, that’s who they are.
David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative.