Chick-Fil-A Supported Org Forbidding Employees To Engage In ‘Homosexual Acts’
In 2012, Chick-Fil-A made headlines when founder Dan Cathy spoke out in opposition to equal rights for LGBTQ+ people. However, it wasn’t his words that had the most impact — it was his activism.
Cathy’s comments drew attention to the chain, leading to a wider public realization that the company was donating piles of money to organizations that actively work to promote anti-gay discrimination. This was followed by an announcement that Chick-Fil-A would be more selective with its philanthropy, giving less support to anti-LGBTQ+ organizations.
Newly released tax filings contradict this promise.
Specifically, Think Progress noted, Chick-Fil-A gave, in 2017, over $1.6 million to Fellowship of Christian Athletes — an organization that promotes anti-LGBTQ messages to athletes on college campuses, and forbids employees from engaging in “homosexual acts.”
OutSports covered the FCA’s activism earlier this year, warning that members may be invited to join without being notified of the strong anti-gay policies and positions of the organization. They also quoted portions of their Statement of Faith that prevent LGBTQ+ individuals from taking leadership roles in the organization, and identify existing as a LGBTQ+ individual as sin.
It’s not the first time that tax filings have shown Chick-Fil-A’s failure to follow up on a promise to support less discrimination. Two years ago, LGBTQ Nation analyzed returns from 2015, and declared, “Chick-fil-A is still supporting our enemies’ causes.” Those filings, too, demonstrated that Chick-Fil-A was still supporting Fellowship for Christian Athletes, as well as Paul Anderson Youth Home (an institution for ‘troubled’ boys that teaches that homosexuality is against God’s plan) and the Salvation Army (whose anti-LGBTQ+ ideals are well-documented).
However, the 2017 filings represent another increase in donations — in 2015, the chicken chain gave only $1 million to Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and $130k (compared to 2017’s $150k) to the Salvation Army.
While Paul Anderson Youth Home received more from the company in 2015 than 2017 (decreasing from $200k to $6k), this still represents an overall increase in donations to organizations that actively work to decrease rights and dignity for LGBTQ+ people.