By: Ted Patterson
Chik-Fil-A, the historically conservative-minded, Christian fast-food franchise, is changing its charitable giving strategy to be more liberal.
Chik-Fil-A, the incredibly popular fast-food chain known for being closed on Sundays, having cheerful employees who go above and beyond the call of typical fast-food service, and for promoting traditional, conservative, Christian values, is apparently veering toward a more secular mission as the company expands.
"The new initiative will no longer include donating to organizations like the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Paul Anderson Youth Home, Chick-fil-A says, all of which sparked criticism in the past from the LGBT community due to the organizations’ stances on homosexuality.
"The move comes after several U.S. airports rejected the company from concessions deals earlier this year. More recently, the landlord of the first Chick-fil-A in the U.K. announced eight days into its lease the pop-up venue would not be welcome to extend — all because of the company’s perceived anti-LGBT stance."
Why It Matters:
Chik-Fil-A was one of the few remaining businesses to stan firm in traditional values against the onslaught of modern, liberal policies. This new initiative is a sign the progressive movement is gaining a stronghold.
“There’s no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are. There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message.”
- Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos
Ted Patterson is editor of Republic Press.