A few days ago Ratburgher Robert A. McReynolds posted his frustration that many conservatives were slow to turn on Chick-fil-A after the news broke about how Chick-fil-A was putting a knife in the back of the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I was one of the slow ones; I have seen conservatives, many times led by NeverTrump Quislings, rush to judgement to condemn other conservatives. As a conservative, one of my traits is ‘look before you leap.’
Now additional information is available, and I am fully on board with Robert McR.
Chick-fil-A is not to be boycotted just for the way they have flipped on legions of loyal customers who were fiercely supportive on account of the way Chick-fil-A had stood up to Leftist pressure and had resisted the Social Justice anti-Christian culture. In addition to that, Chick-fil-A has rolled over; they negotiated with terrorists and paid extortion money to agents of the Enemy.
The clamor started last week when some alert people noticed a curious press release from Chick-fil-A.
Next year, we are narrowing our corporate giving to three critical needs facing children in our communities: education, homelessness and hunger. The Chick-fil-A Foundation will deepen our giving to a smaller number of organizations working exclusively in these areas. The Foundation is committed to investing in the building blocks for a healthy future by ensuring the youth in our communities have a roof over their heads, food in their stomachs and an education that prepares them for the world they will face.
That came from this guy:
By Rodney Bullard, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for Chick-fil-A, Inc., and Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation
And it linked to this page…
...which explains that the Chick-fil-A Foundation charitable recipients for 2020 will be Junior Achievement, Covenant House, and a bunch of charity food pantries in communities where Chick-fil-A restaurants are located.
This was reported in Christian niche media, who immediately noticed that two particular charities of interest do not appear on this list. Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes have been bashed by Big Gay as “anti-gay” hateful bigots. Their crime? They do not allow people to take positions of leadership who are unwilling to sign on to their statement of Christian values and moral standards. Both groups have no screening for services; in fact, many gay men and lesbian victims of domestic violence have been aided by Salvation Army. Big Gay has provided to the whole Left of America Big Media in spreading lies about both of these organizations and about Chick-fil-A.
The reason for Chick-fil-A to be targeted by the Left is because Chick-fil-A gave financial support to Salvation Army, and stood by Salvation Army even under dishonest media attacks. This was associated with the way the owners of Chick-fil-A, the Cathy family, famously said that they agree with two thousand years of Christian understanding of what marriage is.
Some commenters in Christian niche media asked why Chick-fil-A needed a “Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility.” That was taken as a bad sign. Then it came out that Rodney Bullard was a Hillary donor and had worked in the Obama Administration.
The latest news now is that it turns out that Chick-fil-A has been giving to SPLC for over two years. Yes, the evil Southern Poverty Law Center is collecting the Danegeld from Chick-fil-A.
I learned about this yesterday; I did not post because it was Thanksgiving (and I was already being prickly in a way I had not intended). Now I see JJ commenting her shock and dismay on this topic at Robert’s post earlier today. I think this turn of events is deserving of a fresh post so all y’all can be informed.
JJ is taking her information from LifeSiteNews, a little Catholic blog from Toronto, who have been punching way above their weight class for years, in terms of breaking news stories of general interest. Here is a more succinct version from TheFederalist.com:
Tax records show Chick-fil-A donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in 2017, an anti-Christian group that lists any organization disavowing same-sex marriage as a “hate-group,” including churches, according to Townhall.com.
Chick-fil-A would never give to those gay activist organizations that have been smearing them with lies for a decade. But SPLC, boy howdy, now that is a racket that is really dangerous. SPLC can either protect you by not listing you as a “hate group,” or, on the other hand, they could put you on their list.
SPLC has been leveraging hate for decades. It is no surprise that they monetize the friction generated by Big Gay. They have been running an extortion racket for a long time now, and have all sorts of Leftist friends to help them, including in Atlanta where Chick-fil-A is headquartered.
SPLC has become a leader in slime, and they have included on their famous list of “hate groups” a number of churches because the pastors were willing to preach on traditional Christian morality.
SPLC is an agent of the Enemy, sewing division and attacking Christian churches and ministries over other issues besides homosexuality. Every Leftist issue is fodder for their racket. They have over half a billion dollars in offshore accounts such as the Cayman Islands. Yet they continue to send breathless monthly dunning letters full of Leftist anti-Christian outrage.
So, I have gone from personally boycotting Chick-fil-A because they betrayed their friends at Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I moved to join Robert McR. as an irate proponent of a general boycott.
JJ pointed out the sad irony that Chick-fil-A would roll over for the SPLC extortion. After eight years of standing firm against all sorts of lies, slanders, smears, protests and political opposition, Chick-fil-A succumbed. And they did so in a way that harms the entire Christian movement in America. She quoted the call for a boycott from the Family Research Council. (The Family Research Council is a spinoff of the American Family Association.) Here is some background info from the Family Research Council:
On August 15, 2012, a terrorist shooter stormed Family Research Council’s (FRC) headquarters armed with a loaded semi-automatic pistol, 100 rounds of ammunition, and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches.
The gunman, Floyd Corkins, started firing at FRC’s building manager who heroically tackled the shooter after one of the rounds shattered his arm. Corkins stated that, “I wanted to kill the people in the building and then smear a Chick-fil-A sandwich in their face … to kill as many people as I could.” In a chilling interrogation video released by the FBI, Corkins admitted he picked FRC as a target from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) website.
That is the sort of connection that makes Chick-fil-A payments to SPLC so galling. It is no surprise that Family Research Council is calling for a boycott.
Sadly, I have to agree with the Family Research Council and with Robert McR.