Chick-fil-A announced Monday they will no longer donate to the Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) because both organizations have been quite intolerant towards the LBGTQ community and very critical of same-sex marriage.
The FCA writes in its employee application that “neither heterosexual sex outside of marriage nor any homosexual act constitute an alternative lifestyle acceptable to God.” It also states on its website that “marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman.” FCA did not respond to CNN Business’ request for comment.
The Salvation Army has said in the past that the Bible forbids sexual intimacy between members of the same sex, that gay Christians should embrace celibacy and that scripture does not support same-sex marriages, according to Snopes. However, the Salvation Army says its services are available to all people, and the organization strongly refutes accusations that it is anti-LGBTQ.CNN:
Chick-fil-A said will now work with organizations that focus on education, homelessness, and hinger.
Forbes has reported:
- Right-wing and religious pundits are upset and claim Chick-fil-A caved to left-wing pressure.
- LGBTQ organizations support the move but remain cautious that the company will follow through. Activists have also asked the company to change their own views and “actively support LGBTQ causes.”
“In addition to refraining from financially supporting anti-LGBTQ organizations, Chick-Fil-A still lacks policies to ensure safe workplaces for LGBTQ employees and should unequivocally speak out against the anti-LGBTQ reputation that their brand represents,” Drew Anderson, GLAAD’s director of Campaigns and Rapid Response, said in a statement. GLAAD is an organization that monitors anti-LGBTQ discrimination.