In 2012, fast food company Chick-fil-A’s COO Dan Cathay publicly came out against gay marriage. The chain also donated millions of dollars to companies that were hostile against the right of LGBTQ people.
This dedicated was celebrated by many in the conservative community, especially Senator Ted Cruz. Since that time, though, the restaurant has attempted to distance itself from that stance and recently made a donation to the Southern Poverty Law Center. This move infuriated the Texas lawmaker who said that Chick-fil-A had badly “lost its way.”
The restaurant has faced backlash for giving money to biased charities. A number of cities, including San Antonio and Buffalo have rejected attempts by the chain to open in their cities.
The company changed their donation policy and recently made a gift of $2,500 donation to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The reaction from Conservatives was swift. Cruz, himself, tweeted, “If true, Chick-fil-A has badly lost its way. Millions of Christians have been proud of ChickFilA’s courageous stands for religious liberty. To fund those who hate your customers is just sad.”
If true, @ChickfilA has badly lost its way. Millions of Christians have been proud of ChickFilA’s courageous stands for religious liberty. To fund those who hate your customers is just sad. https://t.co/fF8Po4eu8l
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 28, 2019
Cruz wasn’t alone in his criticism. Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said it’s, “time for Christians to find a fast food alternative to Chick-fil-A.” He continued, “not only has Chick-fil-A abandoned donations to Christian groups including the Salvation Army, it has donated to one of the most extreme anti-Christian groups in America.”
Ironically, the Southern Poverty Law Center identifies the Family Research Council as an extemist group. Perkins said in 2011, “The videos are titled ‘It Gets Better.’ They are aimed at persuading kids that although they’ll face struggles and perhaps bullying for ‘coming out’ as homosexual (or transgendered or some other perversion), life will get better. …It’s disgusting. And it’s part of a concerted effort to persuade kids that homosexuality is okay and actually to recruit them into that lifestyle.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.