There were reports last week suggesting that Chick-fil-A had backed down and caved under the pressure of the “gay” lobby by halting its donations to organizations that supported traditional marriage and family. These organizations are called “anti-gay” and “hate” groups by those on the left that actually hate the idea of Biblical marriage.
One such lefty was Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno who told CFA that construction of a new restaurant in his Chicago ward was welcomed only when the fast food franchise would give up giving money to “hate groups.” Something gave Moreno the impression that CFA had done an about-face on their stance on “gay” marriage and stated that CFA was welcome to build in his district. CFA had issued a rather ambiguous statement that left many of its followers confused. In a letter from CFA’s head of real estate to Moreno regarding the restaurant’s support of WinShape Foundations, it read:
The WinShape Foundation is now taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas.
LGBT groups took this to mean that CFA would stop giving money to Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage. Many CFA supporters had left Facebook messages and Tweets berating CFA’s alleged compromise. People assumed it was all so that the company would be able to build in a Chicago district with the alderman’s blesssing.
But there was no compromise. Yes, it was true that CFA wouldn’t give to National Organization for Marriage, but what is not mentioned is the fact that CFA never gave to the NOM. And as for Focus on the Family, CFA fully intends on continuing to make those donations. In other words, nothing has changed. Here was Dan Cathy’s statement to Mike Huckabee:
There continues to be erroneous implications in the media that Chick-fil-A changed our practices and priorities in order to obtain permission for a new restaurant in Chicago. That is incorrect. Chick-fil-A made no such concessions, and we remain true to who we are and who we have been.
So, once again, the media is blowing something out of proportion and taking things out of context in order to make a story out of it.