Firestorm when Chick-Fil-A caves to ‘rage mob,’ cuts donations to Christian orgs tagged ‘anti-LGBTQ’

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Chick-fil-A finds itself in the center of a firestorm of its own making after the chain announced this week that it will be narrowing the number of charities the company will support — which will no longer include two Christian organizations previously supported.

Two Christian organizations that have been tagged “anti-LGBTQ” by the left.

After receiving backlash for donating to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and The Salvation Army, which have been accused of harboring anti-LGBTQ views because of their Christian beliefs, the nation’s third-largest fast-food chain said that as of 2020, it will give to “a smaller number of organizations working exclusively in the areas of education, homelessness, and hunger.”

“Staying true to its mission of nourishing the potential in every child, the Chick-fil-A Foundation will deepen its giving to a smaller number of organizations working exclusively in the areas of education, homelessness and hunger,” read a news release published in its blog, The Chicken Wire.

In all, Chick-fil-A Inc. and the Foundation “will provide approximately $32 million in total cash gifts in 2020,” the release said.

“Additionally, the Foundation will no longer make multiyear commitments and will reassess its philanthropic partnerships annually to allow maximum impact,” Chick-fil-A said. “These partners could include faith-based and non-faith-based charities.”

The Salvation Army released a statement that denounced “rushing to ill-informed judgment,” insisting that it is “the largest provider of poverty relief to the LGBTQ+ population” and is actively involved in the areas Chick-fil-A is diverting funding to.

“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,” the statement read.

Chick-fil-A has long been a target of the left because of the late founder Dan Cathy’s Christian beliefs, to include opposition to gay marriage.

The company stopped giving money to several conservative Christian groups in 2012 because of this, but continued to donate to The Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes due to a multi-year commitment, which ended in 2018.

“We made multiyear commitments to both organizations, and we fulfilled those obligations in 2018. Moving forward you will see that the Chick-fil-A Foundation will support the three specific initiatives of homelessness, hunger and education,” a Chick-fil-A representative said in a statement to Business Insider.

It seems the chicken sandwich chain didn’t get the memo that you can never satiate the left when it comes to their intolerant views on social justice. Just as troubling, despite subtle overtures, Chick-fil-A remains a target of unhinged liberals to this day.

Case in point:

It’s not so much questioning where the company opts to direct its donations in being a good corporate citizen that has people on the right upset as much as it is the appearance of succumbing to the liberal narrative that Christian beliefs are anti-LGBTQ.

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott responded to the news online, linking to a story from the Dallas Morning News to say he was going to have dinner at a popular BBQ chain.

“I’m headed to Bill Miller’s tonight,” Abbott tweeted.

Of all the responses online, OANN’s Liz Wheeler summed up best what is really at stake here.

Wheeler said in a tweet: “The worst part of Chick-fil-A caving to the rage mob… it empowers & emboldens the rage mob. Now the rage mob knows their bullying works, so they’ll bully other Christian business owners. And those not as powerful as Chick-fil-A could be forced to close.”

Here’s a sampling of other responses from Twitter:


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