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Did Chick-fil-A fund Uganda’s homophobic ‘Kill the Gays’ bill?

Patrick Kelleher October 16, 2019
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Chick-Fil-A, an American chicken restaurant with well-documented connections to anti-LGBT+ organisations, has just opened its first UK branch (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty)

US fast-food chain Chick-fil-A has been accused of funding anti-LGBT+ projects in Uganda – but is the claim true?

The claim was first made in a viral tweet by @sloppyposts, who wrote on October 12: “Today Uganda announced a bill to legalize murdering gay people. National Christian Organisation paid a preacher to go to Uganda and help their lawmakers with the bill. Chick-fil-a funds National Christian Org.”

They continued: “If you eat at Chick-fil-a, this is what your money goes to.”

Snopes has done a fact check on the claim and found that it is not exactly true, but it’s also not entirely untrue.

Chick-fil-A is linked in a round-about way.

The organisation found that the National Christian Foundation (referred to as the National Christian Organisation in the tweet) has funded projects that oppose LGBT+ rights in Uganda. Meanwhile, that organisation has received funding from the WinShape Foundation, which is closely linked to Chick-fil-A. So, in a roundabout way, Chick-fil-A is connected to the story.

However, there is no evidence to suggest that Chick-fil-A has directly funded anti-LGBT+ projects in Uganda, where a minister is currently planning on retabling an already defeated “Kill the Gays” bill which would introduce the death penalty for gay people.

If you eat at Chick-fil-a, this is what your money goes to.

Snopes also noted that Uganda has not yet introduced the death penalty for gay people – and that the country’s government refuted the claims by one of its ministers last week that they were planning on doing so.

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Chick-fil-A has donated millions of dollars to anti-gay causes. (Getty)

What is clear is that the National Christian Foundation funds anti-LGBT+ projects in Uganda, and that organisation gets their funding from a group closely linked to the fast food chain.

The fast-food chain is notorious for funding various anti-LGBT+ organisations and causes.

Chick-fil-A is notorious for its funding of anti-LGBT+ organisations. The chain – which is the third largest fast food chain in the US, behind McDonalds and Subway – is owned by Baptists who have donated millions of dollars to anti-LGBT+ causes.

The chain expanded to the UK earlier this month with its first outlet opening in Reading, Berkshire.

In 2013, it was reported that the chain had doubled its donations to anti-LGBT+ groups. One of the organisations it donated to works to “protect marriage” as “a lifelong union between one man and one woman.”

In 2012, Chick-fil-A boss Dan Cathy officially confirmed that the chain is against same-sex marriage.

More: anti lgbt, chick-fil-a, fast food, LGBT

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