Franklin Graham posted on Facebook Thursday that he called Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy to clear up the current flap over the company dropping three charitable organizations that were targeted by LGBTQ activists, including The Salvation Army. Graham wrote,
Has Chick-fil-A caved? 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?
I picked up the phone and called Dan Cathy. Dan was very clear that they have not bowed down to anyone’s demands, including the LGBTQ community. 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.
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! 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.
No fast food chain does a better job. I went through the drive-thru at Chick-fil-A yesterday morning, and I thought I might get dinner there—but a whole lot of other people had the same idea! A Chick-fil-A sandwich with waffle fries sounds really good right now!
While Cathy may claim, through his surrogate that they will still donate to anyone they want, The Salvation Army, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home will not be on that list. In addition, Bisnews reported that Future Chick-fil-A partners “could include faith-based and non-faith-based charities, but the company said none of the organizations have anti-LGBT positions.” [Emphasis added]
Cathy does not seem to understand that the concern among Christians who supported CFA, despite the prolonged hate campaign against them by activists, revolves around the decision to drop these three groups. The Salvation Army responded with disappointment to the decision by the corporate office in what is seen as a move to appease activists and in doing so, smear innocent Christian organizations as “hate groups.”
— Salvation Army USA (@SalvationArmyUS) November 18, 2019
“We are saddened to learn that a corporate partner has felt it necessary to divert funding to other hunger, education, and homelessness organizations-areas in which The Salvation Army, as the largest social services provider in the world is already fully committed. We serve more than 23 million individuals a year, including those in the LGBTQ+ community. In fact, we believe we are the largest provider of poverty relief to the LGBTQ+ population. 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.”
Cathy did not respond to The Salvation Army’s statement, nor did he explain in any way why they have been blacklisted by his company. This explanation by Graham is sadly lacking and will do nothing to stop loyal CFA customers from seeing the truth. CFA did cave to LGBTQWTF pressure and protests and betrayed its customers in the process. There is no other explanation that anyone has offered to prove otherwise. All three charitable organizations CFA stopped funding had been mercilessly smeared by the agitators and the decision to drop them is a direct result from those lies. Further, CFA is now donating to Covenant House, which is an LGBTQ-affirming organization that holds beliefs in direct conflict with Christianity.
If CFA were a Christian company, its leadership would apologize for taking part in smearing a brother in Christ and reverse course. Instead, Cathy seems to be relying on the goodwill people have for the Graham family while offering non-specific explanations and vague-isms. Just admit what we all know to be true. The gay mafia claimed another corporate head for their mantle.
Megan Fox is the author of “Believe Evidence; The Death of Due Process from Salome to #MeToo.” Follow on Twitter @MeganFoxWriter