Thanks reportedly to activism from far-left anti-Christian zealots, the U.K.’s first-ever Chick-fil-A restaurant must shutter its doors at the conclusion of its six-month lease at The Oracle shopping center and mall in Reading, Berkshire, England.
In a statement issued this week to the media, a spokesperson for The Oracle said that the shopping mall’s officials will not renew Chick-fil-A’s lease beyond the current “six-month pilot period” because it’s “the right thing to do.”
Chick-Fil-A opened its first UK location last week.
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“At the Oracle, we offer an inclusive space where everyone is welcome,” the spokesperson said in a statement chockablock with the ostensibly tolerant (but in reality divisive) terminology frequently used by members of the radical left.
“We always look to introduce new concepts for our customers, however, we have decided on this occasion that the right thing to do is to only allow Chick-fil-A to trade with us for the initial six month pilot period, and not to extend the lease any further.”
While it appears no legitimate decision was offered for this abrupt decision, the media have linked it to activism from LGBT radicals concerned over the Christian values of Chick-fil-A’s deceased founder, S. Truett Cathy, and its CEO, Cathy’s son Dan.
“A US fast-food chain will cease trading at its first UK outlet amid a row over donations to anti-LGBT groups,” the BBC reported. “Gay rights campaigners called for a boycott of Chick-fil-A, which opened its first branch at The Oracle shopping centre in Reading on 10 October.”
As of Saturday, the protests were continuing, because apparently, Chick-fil-A being allowed to operate at the mall for only six months isn’t good enough.
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Meeting at 10am @theblagrave for debrief and breakfast.
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Concerns (or smears, rather) about Chick-fil-A have circulated since 2011 when the restaurant’s founder was outed as a proud Christian who supported organizations that opposed same-sex marriage.
“In 1984, Cathy founded the WinShape Foundation, a Christian non-profit focused on providing foster homes and camps for children, scholarships for college students and marriage counseling for couples,” the Journal & Courier noted in a recent profile of the chain.
“The nonprofit has made its own donations to other Christian organizations, including those that opposed same-sex marriage and promoted gay conversion therapy. Chick-fil-A made its donation of $8 million to WinShape in 2010.”
Upon learning of Cathy’s history, sleuths looked into Chick-fil-A’s finances and discovered it’s contributed money to Christian organizations that just happen to oppose homosexuality (given as the Christian Bible defines homosexuality as a sin).
One year later, Cathy’s son admitted the truth.
“Well, guilty as charged,” he said when reportedly asked during an interview about the family’s support for traditional man/woman Christian families. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives.”
And thus the floodgates of smears flew wide open and attempts to “cancel” Chick-fil-A sprung into existence across the country.
So far, these efforts have been mostly unsuccessful, with Chick-fil-A continuing to grow and profit wildly beyond its initial expectations.
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“[T]he chain has more than doubled its annual sales and opened nearly 700 more locations, growing to be one of the most popular fast-food restaurants in the nation,” the Journal & Courier’s profile revealed.
As of June 2019, the chain was up to 2,363 restaurants located primarily in the United States, though some had reportedly begun to pop up in Canada as well.
Speaking of which, the opening of Toronto’s first Chick-fil-A restaurant last month provoked the same sorts of outrage and protests being seen currently in Reading.
But instead of bending the knee, everyday Canadians made it clear that they were far more concerned with enjoying a tasty meal versus bullying a company for its Christian beliefs:
Toronto just opened up a Chick-Fil-A and protesters swarmed.
One protester told us that consumers are both homophobic and racist.
Then @TheRealKeean talked to:
• A gay couple: “They represent foolishness”
• A Muslim: “No, I don’t hate gays”
• Black women: “I’m not racist” pic.twitter.com/aszVZmrGkz
— Rebel News (@RebelNewsOnline) September 6, 2019
Given how awash in political correctness that the U.K. has become, what happened this week isn’t all too surprising. Chick-fil-A for its part is taking the news in stride.
“We have been very pleased with what we’ve seen in the U.K. in terms of customer response to our food and our approach to customer service,” a spokesperson said in a statement to Time magazine.
“We mutually agreed to a six-month lease with the Oracle Mall in Reading as part of a longer-term strategy for us as we look to expand our international presence.”
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