As you’ve probably heard, Chick-fil-A recently conceded to critics.
In response to long-held accusations by socially liberal groups over its contribution to certain Christian charities, the chicken chain announced it will no longer donate money to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes or the Salvation Army.
Personally, I’m surprised by the move.
For one thing, the restaurant’s been an incredible success while standing by its claimed convictions. I don’t believe it was poised to gain anything in terms of business by changing its position.
Furthermore, to those who’ve condemned it, it’s still not on their side; it’s not gonna win converts by simply adjusting its charity work.
But it may have lost loyal customers.
On Monday, outspoken conservative Christian Gov. Mike Huckabee shared his disappointment with the Chick via Twitter.
In Mike’s view, the company has betrayed its supporters:
“In Aug 2012, I coordinated a national @ChickfilA Appreciation Day after they were being bullied by militant hate groups. Millions showed up. Today, @ChickfilA betrayed loyal customers for $$. I regret believing they would stay true to convictions of founder Truett Cathey. Sad.”
In Aug 2012, I coordinated a national @ChickfilA Appreciation Day after they were being bullied by militant hate groups. Millions showed up. Today, @ChickfilA betrayed loyal customers for $$. I regret believing they would stay true to convictions of founder Truett Cathey. Sad.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) November 18, 2019
Mike is, of course, not alone:
— Matt Couch 🎙 (@RealMattCouch) November 18, 2019
Now I am glad I never had one in MA
— MissTree ✝ 🇺🇲 🍂🍂🍂 (@MissTree18) November 18, 2019
The family vowed to follow Mr. Cathey vision and core value, I will not sponsor them, extremely disappointed, especially in conservative towns in the South,they will pay the price$$$
— Ruth Torres (@RuthTor34712941) November 18, 2019
I'm so disappointed! They sold out! Greed! Money!
— Jill (@Jill13258346) November 20, 2019
As noted by Fox News, PureFlix writer Billy Hallowell lamented the decision and its part in hurting The Salvation Army:
“[T]he fact that the mainstream media has reduced the Salvation Army — one of the most important humanitarian groups around — to an ‘anti-LGBTQ organization,’ tells us everything we need to know about our current culture. … The most insane part of Chick-fil-A’s decision is it does little to appease those who have long loathed the company. Meanwhile, it does everything to alienate those who have backed the company endlessly against attacks.”
On the other side of the issue, GLAAD responded to the restaurant’s pledge with “cautious optimism.”
Yep — no increase in patrons there.
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