FILE – This Thursday, July 19, 2012 file photo shows a Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant in Atlanta. Earlier this month, Chick-fil-A set off a furor opposing same-sex unions. Other companies are brushing off fears that support for gay marriage could hurt their bottom line. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)
The conservative world erupted on Monday when it was said that Chick-fil-A will no longer work with organizations that have an anti-LGBT stance.
To be clear, at no point has Chick-fil-A said that — they have only said that they will narrow their focus on charitable giving to certain organizations that deal with specific things. I will write about this more completely in an upcoming article.
One of the organizations that has been struck from the list is the Salvation Army, which apparently can’t catch a break lately. However, the Salvation Army has publicly responded in a tweet.
“We’re saddened to learn that a corporate partner has felt it necessary to divert funding to other hunger, education and homelessness organizations — areas in which The Salvation Army, as the largest social services provider in the world, is already fully committed,” said the Salvation Army. “We serve more than 23 million individuals a year, including those in the LGBTQ+ community. In fact, we believe we are the largest provider of poverty relief to the LGBTQ+ population.”
“When misinformation is perpetuated without fact, our ability to serve those in need, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or any other factor, is at risk,” they continued. “We urge the public to seek the truth before rushing to ill-informed judgment and greatly appreciate those partners and donors who ensure that anyone who needs our help feels safe and comfortable to come through our doors.”
— Salvation Army USA (@SalvationArmyUS) November 18, 2019
Chick-fil-A has already begun attempting to fix the PR problem they’re now plagued with. According to the Christian Post, they are not judging a place based on its stance with the LGBT community, but are just realigning their charitable giving:
Beginning in 2020 the Chick-fil-A Foundation will introduce a more focused giving approach, donating to a smaller number of organizations working exclusively in the areas of hunger, homelessness and education. We have also proactively disclosed our 2018 tax filing and a preview of 2019 gifts to date on chick-fil-afoundation.org. The intent of charitable giving from the Chick-fil-A Foundation is to nourish the potential in every child.
Our goal is to donate to the most effective organizations in the areas of education, homelessness and hunger. No organization will be excluded from future consideration – faith-based or non-faith based. I also wanted to add that Chick-fil-A will not be opening on Sundays.
This is the second time the Salvation Army has faced a blow to its name. Recently, pop star Ellie Goulding threatened to withdraw her support from the Salvation Army after an online mob began screeching at her for working with them to launch their “Red Kettle Campaign” on Thanksgiving during a performance at the Dallas Cowboys game.
The Salvation Army responded by addressing the problem head-on and making it clear that their charitable giving also includes LGBT people.