Chick-fil-A Crosses Political Fence

Even as a Chicago politician announced that Chick-fil-A agreed to stop giving money to anti-gay groups, the chicken sandwich franchise stressed its commitment to the Christian faith.

Recently, an alderman in Chicago reportedly secured assurances from Chick-fil-A company executives that it would not longer contribute to anti-gay groups, thus prompting the city official's reversal in his opposition to a new restaurant.

"WinShape, a non-profit funded by Chick-fil-A, has donated millions of dollars to anti-LGBT groups, including some classified as hate groups," according to a statement issued by The Civil Rights Agenda in Illinois.

Reports of these contributions combined with a statement from the company President Dan Cathy that he supported traditional marriage prompted rallies at Chick-fil-A locations across the country, including in Murrieta.

"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," TRCA stated.

"In meetings the company executives clarified that they will no longer give to anti-gay organizations."

The chicken sandwich company however, did not put out such a statement for general consumption.

Instead, it reiterated its support of Christian values, while also ostensibly eschewing any support for political stances.

"A part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us," reads a statement released by the company.

"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."

The statement continues: "As we have stated, the Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.

"We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators."

The Republican September 22, 2012 at 06:20 PM
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LBV Collins September 23, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I'm curious what impact all the "Traditional Marriage" attention had on Chick-fil-A's bottom line. Positive, or negative?
LBV Collins September 23, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Geez... Give it a rest, Republican...
Sam Bradstreet September 23, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Well, I see gay marriage bills are on three more state ballots this November and public opinion for a Federal amendment has surpassed 50%. Conservatism, hatred, discrimination and prejudice continues.....but Chick-Fil-A is finding that discriminating might win you one day but over the long haul it hurts financially.
Laura September 24, 2012 at 04:12 AM
I thought God accepted people into heaven no matter what race, creed, sexuality you are. God does not make mistakes, and perhaps we should understand that we should all love one another no matter what. God loves all, its man who corrupts what is said in the bible, and puts in his own interpretation of the bible. God is love, and we should learn to do the same. NO DISCRIMINATION. I am not Gay, but I truly am sick and tired of hearing people talk negatively about certain groups, colors, creed, etc... especially when it comes from someone who is suppose to be a "christian", this is not a witch hunt people, grow up and realize God is love, and he is trying to tell us something. Perhaps, God created gays and different colors to see if we could love one another unconditionally as he does. Stop the hatred, start the love. Think about it!
Theotis September 24, 2012 at 05:27 PM
wouldn`t doubt it


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