Chick-fil-A’s flip-flopping has sparked in-fighting among anti-LGBT bigots and we are living for the drama
Anti-LGBT evangelicals have clashed over Chick-fil-A after the company’s flip-flopping on whether to pull the plug on funding to anti-LGBT charities.
Reports emerged last week that the fast food chicken chain was set to end donations to groups that discriminate against LGBT+ people, after facing a years-long boycott.
However, evangelical anti-LGBT pastor Franklin Graham later claimed the company’s CEO had personally assured him that Chick-fil-A would not “bow down” to the LGBT+ community, and that Chick-fil-A would continue to fund any group it chooses.
The twists have led to divisions within the anti-LGBT lobby, with activists bickering over their stance on the company.
Anti-LGBT evangelicals are in-fighting
Mat Staver of anti-LGBT law firm Liberty Counsel turned his fire on Franklin Graham, writing: “Franklin, you have done a huge disservice by not doing more investigation into Chick-Fil-A’s betrayal and capitulation to the LGBT agenda.”
Staver noted that the company’s Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos is an adviser to the Atlanta Boy Scouts, and “this alone should raise a red flag considering the Boy Scouts also capitulated to the LGBT agenda.”
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He described homeless shelter Covenant House, which Chick-fil-A will partner with under its rebooted charity programme, as a “radical LGBTQ activist organization that celebrates homosexuality, transgenderism, and the entire LGBTQ agenda.”
The activist added: “To save its own corporate skin, Chick-Fil-A has thrown good, biblical organizations under the bus and legitimised the false narrative of the LGBT activists.
“I attended a meeting yesterday in Washington, DC with national leaders, and, although the meeting was not about Chick-Fil-A, the leaders expressed outrage and betrayal over Chick-Fil-A’s betrayal.”
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Tony Perkins of anti-LGBT lobbying group Family Research Council also suggested that “people are in such denial” about Chick-fil-A.
He wrote: “They don’t want to believe that the place where they felt at home, the place they’d put on a pedestal and invested so much personal capital, betrayed them. Deep down, I think we all want to explain away Chick-fil-A’s decision.
“It’s a lot easier than the alternative, which is accepting and grieving the fact that this company – a brave holdout for so many years – is running away from the people and principles that made them who they are.”
Meanwhile, the American Family Association has accused Chick-fil-A of “abandoning Christian values and agreeing with homosexual activists who say believing the Bible makes you a hater.”