Chickens everywhere are rejoicing. Seems like a lot fewer Christians will be eating them and their friends at Chick-fil-A. When I first heard about the latest controversy, I thought, Oh no, they’ve discontinued the waffle fries. But it turns out that the internet is teeming with outraged pundits who believe the most holy of companies has lost its soul.
Apparently, the Chick-fil-A Foundation has ended donations to the Christian charities The Salvation Army, The Paul Anderson Youth Home and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Pressure from the LGBT community appears to be a factor. All the groups that are losing their Chick-fil-A funding have policies that don’t support gay marriage. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee feels betrayed.
“In Aug 2012,” Huckabee tweets, “I coordinated a national @ChickfilA Appreciation Day after they were being bullied by militant hate groups. Millions showed up. Today, @ChickfilA betrayed loyal customers for $$. I regret believing they would stay true to convictions of founder Truett Cathey. Sad.”
Is that actually what they did? Current CEO Tim Tassopoulos responded, “When there is tension, we want to make sure we’re being clear. We think this is going to be helpful.” The foundation claims it will continue to support some Christian charities.
The question must be asked: Which Christian charities? Will only charities approved by critics and special interest groups be considered for funding?
I am sure Chick-fil-A executives crunched the numbers and decided it was good business to drop these charities. I find it hard to believe, however, that they did not also consider why so many Christians showed up when Huckabee rallied the troops to support them. It was because the Christian community thought they had a friend in Chick-fil-A.
I eat at Chick-fil-A not because they are better than everyone else, though it’s good food—I go partly because they have been a shining light in the darkness of a culture that is untethered from any moral compass. Perhaps Chick-fil-A didn’t lose its soul; perhaps it sold its soul to the secular city.
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SOURCE: Charisma News