Chick-Fil-A today issued a statement seemingly contradicting promises made in a legal real estate deal to re-examine and discontinue supporting anti-gay organizations. Yesterday, according to Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno, Chick-Fil-A’s senior director of real estate signed a letter of agreement to Moreno, stating:
“The WinShape Foundations is now taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas.”
Apparently, Chick-Fil-A’s senior director of real estate does not make corporate policy for Chick-Fil-A, and apparently, Chick-Fil-A does not understand that marriage is indeed a political issue.
Chick-Fil-A’s statement today indicates they will not be changing course and will continue to support anti-gay organizations.
Falsely stating that recently, “Chick-fil-A’s corporate giving has been mischaracterized,” the CFA press release states “part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us,” and adds:
“A part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. Because of this commitment, Chick-fil-A’s giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities. We will continue to focus our giving in those areas. Our intent is not to support political or social agendas.”
It is their very support of so-called “pro-family” organizations that may claim to “strengthen families and enrich marriages,” but that’s exactly the code groups like the Family Research Council, the American Family Association, and NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, all use to disguise their true acts and to conflate “pro-family” with “anti-gay,” which is sad, since LGBT people have families too. Just not in the eyes of groups like Chick-Fil-A and their Winshape foundation.
As proof Chick-Fil-A’s policy has not changed, here’s a screenshot of Chick-Fil-A’s updated policy on Facebook in July, when they were being severely criticized for their anti-gay funding:
As you can see, no change.
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