Boycott Chick-fil-A

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.

https://www.chick-fil-afoundation.org/partnerships

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…

https://www.chick-fil-afoundation.org/our-focus

...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.

Danegeld

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.

Boycott Chick-fil-A.

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95 thoughts on “Boycott Chick-fil-A”

  1. CFA’s special relationship with Christian customers is done. Once this news filters through the churches… it’ll take a few weeks… then you’ll start seeing a decline in their overall business, because religious people are their biggest, most solid fanbase. And they’ve been betrayed.

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  2. Just as an aside here and perhaps off-topic, why do companies get themselves involved in political issues? They should be focused upon serving their customers, their stockholders and their employees with excellent product, profitable margins and bonuses.

    Let politics take care of itself on an individual basis. I owned a medium sized business for 25 years and never allowed any political dissertations on my selling floors or media.

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  3. Great piece. I said it once and will say it again: I hope CFA goes out of business and these people are forced to take charity. The smears that their customers endured for them by the Left and this is how they are thanked?

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  4. Robert A. McReynolds:
    Great piece. I said it once and will say it again: I hope CFA goes out of business and these people are forced to take charity. The smears that their customers endured for them by the Left and this is how they are thanked?

    This is my point. Businesses should stay strictly focused upon their consumers and product.

    Stay out of politics.

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  5. EThompson:
    Just as an aside here and perhaps off-topic, why do companies get themselves involved in political issues? They should be focused upon serving their customers, their stockholders and their employees with excellent product, profitable margins and bonuses.

    Let politics take care of itself on an individual basis. I owned a medium sized business for 25 years and never allowed any political dissertations on my selling floors or media.

    Chick-fil-A did not choose to become involved in any political issue.   In 2011, Dan Cathy gave a long and wide-ranging interview to Baptist Press.   At that time, the hot topic in the news was the national uproar over “same-sex marriage.”  Because the Cathys are Baptists, and because Baptists on the Left were saying the usual Leftist blather, the interviewer asked if the Cathys had a position.  Dan Cathy affirmed that the Cathy family affirms two thousand years of Christian understanding that marriage is between one man and one woman.

    Someone sent the interview to a gay blogger, who started sending e-mails to contacts at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.   They printed an article, and then Big Gay went into action, in full attack mode.   To their credit, the Cathys refused to cave.   They never have discriminated against gay customers or gay employees, but they insist on keeping their Baptist standards for executive hires and store manager positions.   For this they have been smeared and lied about ever since.

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  6. Here’s the thing, MJ: Why did Cathy even take that interview? He has a business to run and is slightly deluded in thinking there is such a thing as free speech in this country.

    There just isn’t. The only defense is to protect yourself with wealth and support the proper candidates.

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  7. EThompson:
    Here’s the thing, MJ: Why did Cathy even take that interview? He has a business to run and is slightly deluded in thinking there is such a thing as free speech in this country.

    There just isn’t. The only defense is to protect yourself with wealth and support the proper candidates.

    I fear that both of you are unaware that everything is political now, and that this is the primary weapon of the Left.  There is no safe haven for any citizen, unless you are super wealthy.  All quislings are necessarily leftists because they are cowards.  Although I generally disapprove of boycotts because the motivations can be murky and the results less than inspiring, donating to SPLC is akin to inviting Satan to Thanksgiving dinner, so the Cathy family is shunned.  Thanks to you Ratburghers for shining some light on this issue.

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  8. Robert A. McReynolds:
    Great piece. I said it once and will say it again: I hope CFA goes out of business and these people are forced to take charity. The smears that their customers endured for them by the Left and this is how they are thanked?

    I said this before, but this is what gets my dander up. They may as well be spitting in the faces of all of us who stood with them. It’s one thing to not give money to SA and the like, it’s a whole other thing to give to “the mob”. It is akin to NASCAR giving money to Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition. Haven’t watched (much less gone to) a race since. The thing is, this is a small minority of the population that is allowed to run roughshod over the majority because people/companies give them the power. Heck, we had a local town cancel their Christmas parade because some group (they aren’t telling who) threatened to disrupt it because somebody they didn’t like was in the parade. Uuuggghhh!

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  9. It’s been said before in relation to charitable foundations drifting leftward over time, and it bears out again: any organization that is not explicitly Christian or conservative winds up hard Left eventually. Donating to the SPLC is the worst kind of sell-out because it not only undercuts those who have supported you, it directly puts money in the pocket of those attacking you and your supporters. Unless they’re colossally stupid and thought no one would notice, it’s almost like Bullard is actively trying to destroy their reputation from within.

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  10. EThompson:

    Robert A. McReynolds:
    Great piece. I said it once and will say it again: I hope CFA goes out of business and these people are forced to take charity. The smears that their customers endured for them by the Left and this is how they are thanked?

    This is my point. Businesses should stay strictly focused upon their consumers and product.

    Stay out of politics.

    Well they don’t. So those of us who wish to see some semblance of traditional America survive into the future must be conscious consumers. We didn’t ask for this. It was thrust upon us by a vicious enemy.

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  11. EThompson:
    Here’s the thing, MJ: Why did Cathy even take that interview? He has a business to run and is slightly deluded in thinking there is such a thing as free speech in this country.

    There just isn’t. The only defense is to protect yourself with wealth and support the proper candidates.

    Dan Cathy was helping his father run a growing restaurant chain that had made a key decision right at the beginning.  Before starting Chick-fil-A, S. Truett Cathy’s restaurant was closed on Sundays.   The fact that Chick-fil-A prospered and had (and continues to have) greater earnings per store compared to competitors that are open seven days per week gets noticed from time to time.

    Dan Cathy gave an interview to a little newsletter in North Carolina, the Biblical Recorder.   It was just talking to Baptist friends and customers.   There was nothing about this interview that made it a national story.

    The interview got picked up by the Baptist Press, a national newspaper, but still mostly limited to the community of Baptists.   The think that pushed the story nationally was that Big Gay chose to crusade against this Baptist family business.   At the time Chick-fil-A was mostly just in the South.   They were an appealing target for gay-friendly mass media, who are generally hostile to traditionalist Christians.

    I think it would be a bad idea for Christians to adopt your prescribed policy of never say any religious or political thing in public.   That truly would be the end of free speech, not by having our right taken from us, but by our own capitulation.

    Never give in.   Never give up.

    And do not pay the Danegeld.

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  12. If anyone wants to read the initial interview that Dan Cathy gave to the North Carolina Biblical Reporter, it is still available at the Baptist Press:

    http://www.bpnews.net/38271

    Up at the top of the article there is this:

    Dan Cathy’s success has not erased the biblical values he learned as a child in a Baptist church. He is a warm, common man who is deeply committed to being a faithful Christian witness. And he is fully involved in New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Ga. He drives Chick-fil-A’s efforts to provide genuine hospitality, ensuring that customers have an exceptional dining experience in a Chick-fil-A restaurant. Based on Matthew 5:41, Cathy is on a mission to provide customers with “second-mile” service — exceeding even the highest expectations of a typical fast-food restaurant.

    “We don’t claim to be a Christian business,” Cathy told the Biblical Recorder in a recent visit to North Carolina. He attended a business leadership conference many years ago where he heard Christian businessman Fred Roach say, “There is no such thing as a Christian business.”

    “That got my attention,” Cathy said. Roach went on to say, “Christ never died for a corporation. He died for you and me.”

    “In that spirit … [Christianity] is about a personal relationship. Companies are not lost or saved, but certainly individuals are,” Cathy added.

    “But as an organization we can operate on biblical principles. So that is what we claim to be. [We are] based on biblical principles, asking God and pleading with God to give us wisdom on decisions we make about people and the programs and partnerships we have. And He has blessed us.”

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  13. Bryan G. Stephens:
    Because an imperfect company is no different than than the devil himself.

    How Christian of us.

    I do not wish the Cathy family ill.   Their business practices are admirable.  Closing on Sundays is a terrific Christian witness.

    But paying off the SPLC extortion racket is too much to bear.   SPLC is advancing the cause of the Enemy.   They harm dozens of Christian ministries.  They spread vicious lies and slanders against traditionalist Christians and other conservatives to an eagerly complicit Leftist mass media.

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  14. Robert A. McReynolds:
    Great piece. I said it once and will say it again: I hope CFA goes out of business and these people are forced to take charity. The smears that their customers endured for them by the Left and this is how they are thanked?

    I’m sure you’re right, but I do worry about the local franchisees, who, if I were to guess, are not aware of what is happening at the corporate level.

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  15. This is the bottom of that interview with Biblical Reporter.   It contains the spark that Big Gay used to whip up anti-Chick-fil-A hate.

    The company invests in Christian growth and ministry through its WinShape Foundation (WinShape.com). The name comes from the idea of shaping people to be winners.

    It began as a college scholarship and expanded to a foster care program, an international ministry, and a conference and retreat center modeled after the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove.

    “That morphed into a marriage program in conjunction with national marriage ministries,” Cathy added.

    Some have opposed the company’s support of the traditional family. “Well, guilty as charged,” said Cathy when asked about the company’s position.

    “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.

    “We operate as a family business … our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that,” Cathy emphasized.

    “We intend to stay the course,” he said. “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”

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  16. JJ:

    Robert A. McReynolds:
    Great piece. I said it once and will say it again: I hope CFA goes out of business and these people are forced to take charity. The smears that their customers endured for them by the Left and this is how they are thanked?

    I’m sure you’re right, but I do worry about the local franchisees, who, if I were to guess, are not aware of what is happening at the corporate level.

    Yes.   I am not happy to recommend a boycott against Chick-fil-A.

    Blame the SPLC and the Left.

    This is what the Left does best.   The Left divides.

    It is clear that Chick-fil-A chose to give to SPLC and remove support from Salvation Army in order to open stores in areas where Leftists are in political control.  Chick-fil-A stores are getting evicted from college campuses, including public universities.  They are having leases cancelled at airports.  Mayors and city aldermen blast Chick-fil-A as a “hate group.”  Their restaurant openings in Toronto and in the U.K. (Reading) were met with protests.   The mall in Reading cancelled their lease immediately.   Chick-fil-A said that had just been an experiment.   In Toronto it turned out that Chick-fil-A had hired gay activists for lobbying and PR.

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  17. The Sinistral Bassist:
    It’s been said before in relation to charitable foundations drifting leftward over time, and it bears out again: any organization that is not explicitly Christian or conservative winds up hard Left eventually. Donating to the SPLC is the worst kind of sell-out because it not only undercuts those who have supported you, it directly puts money in the pocket of those attacking you and your supporters. Unless they’re colossally stupid and thought no one would notice, it’s almost like Bullard is actively trying to destroy their reputation from within.

    But Chick-fil-A is explicitly Christian.  The Cathy family has not turned into Leftists.  They were simply worn down and bumped into so many closed doors that they chose to pay off the SPLC extortionists.   They have not gone un-Christian.

    We can be really alarmed that they now have a Leftist “Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility.”

    That was bad enough.   Paying the Danegeld to SPLC is another order beyond that.

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  18. The Sinistral Bassist:
    It’s been said before in relation to charitable foundations drifting leftward over time, and it bears out again: any organization that is not explicitly Christian or conservative winds up hard Left eventually. Donating to the SPLC is the worst kind of sell-out because it not only undercuts those who have supported you, it directly puts money in the pocket of those attacking you and your supporters. Unless they’re colossally stupid and thought no one would notice, it’s almost like Bullard is actively trying to destroy their reputation from within.

    Yes, I’m quite convinced that Bullard has been and will continue to act to destroy Chik-fil-A.  Deliberately.

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  19. MJBubba:

    Bryan G. Stephens:
    Because an imperfect company is no different than than the devil himself.

    How Christian of us.

    I do not wish the Cathy family ill.   Their business practices are admirable.  Closing on Sundays is a terrific Christian witness.

    But paying off the SPLC extortion racket is too much to bear.   SPLC is advancing the cause of the Enemy.   They harm dozens of Christian ministries.  They spread vicious lies and slanders against traditionalist Christians and other conservatives to an eagerly complicit Leftist mass media.

    MJB is entirely correct.  Bryan, are we morally compelled to always turn the other cheek and not resist evil?

    To imply that those are the proper paths is only buttressed by a popular misreading of Christ’s message as delivered in our Bible.  Pacifism and moral equivocation were not part of His message.  Nor has either ever been effective in world affairs. I’m neither fluent in Biblical referencing nor likely to take the time to unequivocally establish precisely what His message was, through exegesis and concomitant argument, but I know what I’ve absorbed and believe by dint of over threescore years of competent Catholic teaching.  We are instructed to judge, and lack of perfection, an impossible standard for all except Him, by either party in a moral dispute doesn’t constitute an argument against righteous action.  (My personal POV?  I miss the Catholic Latin mass, learned Latin in high school, and am ashamed and bewildered by the pontifications of our current leftist pontiff, who will be judged harshly by history.)

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  20. EThompson:
    Businesses should stay strictly focused upon their consumers and product.

    I have always found this to be the wisest policy.  In the latter part of the 1980s, Autodesk was one of the most active and successful of U.S. software companies in developing markets for our products around the world: working with local resellers to translate products and documentation to local languages, supporting educational institutions to incorporate our products (often donated in exchange for their developing curriculum material which can be distributed elsewhere), and willing to price our products in local currencies proportional to the earnings of engineers and drafters in the local economy, even if this was much less than in the developed world.

    One of the countries in which we were very successful was South Africa, where one of our customers was an entrepreneurial trade school which taught students, primarily black and “coloured”, to become AutoCAD operators, placing them at salaries much higher than their previous jobs such as cab drivers and retail clerks.

    This caused us to come onto the radar of the movement demanding all U.S. companies divest any interest in South Africa.  I’m fuzzy on the details at this remove, but I believe they were affiliated with one of the legacy Protestant churches (they of the greying congregations and emptying-out pews).  I refused to have any part of it, despite pressure from MBA types who argued that the amount of money we were getting from the market wasn’t worth the potential trouble of being put on a black list (heh) and having protesters show up outside our front door.  I didn’t see how putting our resellers and customers in South Africa, many of whom employed substantial numbers of non-whites (you can’t say “minorities” when speaking of them in South Africa, so I won’t), out of business would benefit anybody.  My response to the boycott advocates was essentially, “Autodesk has no foreign policy.  We sell to anybody, anywhere in the world, who wants our products and is able to pay for them, as long as the U.S. government permits us to export there.  We comply with all export control and restrictions, such as those in effect for Cuba and Iran.  If the U.S. government should ban exports to South Africa, we will, of course, comply.  Until and unless that happens, we will continue to do business there.”

    I don’t know if this satisfied them (of course it didn’t—those types are never satisfied), but they eventually shut up and never gave us any trouble.

    At the same time, we were pioneers in selling to the Soviet Union and eastern Europe.  We had obtained an explicit ruling that our software was not subject to any of the export controls in effect for those countries, and we even exhibited at a trade show in Moscow during the Andropov era in which a cosmonaut stopped by our booth and said he had used our product in mission planning.  We never got any complaints about this: probably because selling to commies was considered edgy and avant-garde in Reagan-era Marin County, California.  Had anybody complained, I would have made the same statement as I did regarding South Africa.

    In the software business, the reality is that if you don’t sell to a market, or price your product above what people there can afford, what happens is that your product will be pirated and you won’t get any revenue from the market.  If you do business with legitimate people there at a price tailored to the local economy, you can at least extract some revenue you’d otherwise never see while establishing your product as a worldwide standard.

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  21. Since I was riled up, I went to the SPLC website and searched for “Chick-fil-A.”

    Crickets.   They have no current posts that showed up with that search.   The most recent item was where they linked to a Snopes post from June of 2018.   It was one of those hilarious posts where Snopes did a “fact check” on an article at Babylon Bee.

    Babylon Bee had done a satire article about the “Chick-fil-A HATE Act” that would make it a federal hate crime to eat at Chick-fil-A.

    https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/chick-fil-a-crime-legislation/

    The deadly serious Snopes post included an incident in which Jack Dorsey tweeted about his lunch at Chick-fil-A, which resulted in an avalanche of Leftist blow-back and prompted an apology from Dorsey, who thanked the SJW mob for helping him to become woke.

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