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Franklin Graham tries to defend Chick-fil-A after they caved to libs, but conservatives aren’t buying it

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While many Christian conservatives appear to be irate at Chick-fil-A over its supposed capitulation to the LGBT lobby, one of the most revered Christian conservatives in America, Rev. Franklin Graham, isn’t among them.

In a viral Facebook post published Thursday morning and since shared by hundreds of thousands of Americans, the revered 67-year-old evangelist and missionary defended Chick-fil-A from accusations that it has caved to the LGBT lobby.

Check out Graham’s statement, which was also posted to Twitter, below:

“Has Chick-fil-A caved?” he wrote. “Some are saying they’ve rolled over, that they’ve conceded to the LGBTQ protests because they released a statement about their charitable giving. They announced that in 2020 they’re giving to fight hunger and homelessness and support education. What’s wrong with that?”

He added that he’s spoken directly with Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy, the son of the chain’s founder, S. Truett Cathy, and confirmed that the company hasn’t caved.

Dan was very clear that they have not bowed down to anyone’s demands, including the LGBTQ community,” Graham wrote. “They will continue to support whoever they want to support. They haven’t changed who they are or what they believe. Chick-fil-A remains committed to Christian values. Dan Cathy assured me that this isn’t going to change. I hope all those who jumped to the wrong conclusion about them read this.”

The problem is that the evidence doesn’t entirely jive with what Cathy said.

Chick-fil-A did indeed issue a statement/announcement vowing to give money to fight hunger and homeless and support education.

In an announcement published last Monday, the once-popular fast-food chain specifically vowed to “focus” its charity efforts by “giving to a smaller number of organizations working exclusively in the areas of education, homelessness and hunger.”

Nothing wrong with that, right?

Except that in an interview with Bisnow published that very same day, Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos said the chain would no longer contribute to Christian charities such as Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Paul Anderson Youth Home.

In explaining why, Tassopoulos made it sound as if it was necessary for the chain to distance itself from companies that wear their Christianity on their sleeves.

“There’s no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are,” he said. “There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message.”

There are indeed “lots of articles and newscasts,” most of them negative solely because of the company’s Christian roots and Christian giving.

Responding to Graham’s post, numerous Christian conservatives have rushed to argue that he’s dead wrong.

Look:

While Graham hasn’t responded to the criticism, his original post did make the case for why Chick-fil-A turning its back on Christians is something one would only see in “The Twilight Zone.”

“In my opinion, the gay movement wouldn’t ever be happy with Chick-fil-A unless they were open on Sunday, gave all of their charitable donations to LGBTQ organizations, and flew the rainbow flag over their stores!” he wrote. “Their hatred for Chick-fil-A is rooted in founder Truett Cathy’s strong stand for biblical ‘traditional’ values and his desire to honor God.”

While that’s true, the problem here is that it makes Chick-fil-A’s decision seem that much more disturbing and antithetical to everything for which it’s supposed to stand …

Vivek Saxena

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