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Unbelievable: Chick-Fil-A Caves To Pressure From Chi Alderman, Will No Longer Fund Trad Marriage
Weasel Zippers ^ | September 20, 2012

Posted on 09/20/2012 2:04:45 PM PDT by NYer

All that support we gave them (setting a one-day sales record) and this is how they repay us? Caving in so they could open a single store in Chicago.

Via Washington Times:

Chick-fil-A stopped funding traditional-marriage groups in an effort to open a new Chicago restaurant, but the company initially kept quiet about the decision, prompting gay rights groups to speculate that the company feared a backlash from conservative customers.

The Christian-rooted fast food restaurant agreed to stop funding groups such as Focus on the Family that oppose same-sex marriage in a meeting with the Chicago politician who had been blocking the company’s move there. Chick-fil-A wrote a letter to Alderman Joe Moreno affirming this, according to his spokesman, Matt Bailey, but the company initially wouldn’t allow his office to release the letter to the public. Three weeks later they relented.

“There was concern from them,” said Anthony Martinez, executive director for the Civil Rights Agenda, the Illinois lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender group that negotiated with both Chick-fil-A and the alderman to stop funding for so-called anti-gay groups. “They really didn’t want to announce it, really, but, of course, the alderman needed to clarify why he was changing his stance on them opening a restaurant within his ward.”

Chick-fil-A did not returns requests for comment, and has previously said it will not discuss the issue with the media.

Mr. Martinez said Chick-fil-A told the alderman they will no longer fund groups that support traditional marriage through their charity arm, the WinShape Foundation, and will instead use that money toward educational programs and food donations.

“The WinShape Foundations 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,” Chick-fil-A wrote in the letter.



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1 posted on 09/20/2012 2:04:47 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer

I’ll watch for the OPEN SUNDAY signs tomorrow. Meanwhile, Corporate America, Inc. will be donating gazillions to fund gay marriage, Pride parades, and public sodomy. Take the kids!


2 posted on 09/20/2012 2:06:46 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: NYer

That’s really deflating. Sickening! I hope those who live near one of them will boycott.


3 posted on 09/20/2012 2:07:06 PM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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To: NYer

“Mr. Martinez said Chick-fil-A told the alderman they will no longer fund groups that support traditional marriage through their charity arm,”

...they just lost my business.


4 posted on 09/20/2012 2:07:10 PM PDT by albie
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To: NYer

wtf


5 posted on 09/20/2012 2:07:16 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: NYer

not exactly so....all they said was they would reconsider not that they would change. don’t let the lefties fool you


6 posted on 09/20/2012 2:07:19 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: NYer

It is a disgrace tha one small group can speak out and quash the Free Speech Rights of a Pro Family company.


7 posted on 09/20/2012 2:08:53 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: NYer

I wonder if it was the franchise owner or corporate.


8 posted on 09/20/2012 2:09:12 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: Nifster

If they offered to “reconsider” in business-speak that means they are caving.


9 posted on 09/20/2012 2:09:42 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American that a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah

Ping!


10 posted on 09/20/2012 2:10:05 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: NYer
Chick-fil-A: Who We Are. A Response to Recent Controversy.

For many months now, Chick-fil-A’s corporate giving has been mischaracterized. And while our sincere intent has been to remain out of this political and social debate, events from Chicago this week have once again resulted in questions around our giving. For that reason, we want to provide some context and clarity around who we are, what we believe and our priorities in relation to corporate giving.

A part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. Because of this commitment, Chick-fil-A’s giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities. We will continue to focus our giving in those areas. Our intent is not to support political or social agendas.

As we have stated, the Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators.

For better understanding of our corporate giving, please click here to download the PDF document titled
“Chick-fil-A: Who We Are.”

11 posted on 09/20/2012 2:11:59 PM PDT by tobyhill (Obamacare, the final nail in the US coffin.)
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To: NYer

I was planning to patronize one that will be opening near me. Now, fuhgetaboutit.


12 posted on 09/20/2012 2:12:27 PM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: tobyhill

Pile of PR crap. Notice they did not deny the report.


13 posted on 09/20/2012 2:13:42 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: NYer

I think there was a complete misrepresentation of what was said. They didn’t say they would cease to support family, life, or Christian charities. They said they would not support organizations SPECIFICALLY DEDICATED to opposing gay marriage. There are only a few small organizations that fit that description, and I doubt whether they supported them in the first place.

I wouldn’t advise anyone to believe what the left wing press says, especially since they twist their language when talking about anything gay.


14 posted on 09/20/2012 2:13:46 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: NYer

I think Lefties are twisting this to make those of us who support traditional morality lose heart. Here is part of the statement on Chick Fil A’s website.

“A part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. Because of this commitment, Chick-fil-A’s giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities. We will continue to focus our giving in those areas. Our intent is not to support political or social agendas.”

The statement can be read in full here,

http://www.chick-fil-a.com/Connect/Contact-Us


15 posted on 09/20/2012 2:13:46 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: Monterrosa-24
If they offered to “reconsider” in business-speak that means they are caving.

It is also 'business-speak' to 'F.O.' (i.e., 'I reconsidered, and decided not to change anything').
I'd like to get Chick-Fil-A's definitive response to these claims made by the Sodomite lobby.

16 posted on 09/20/2012 2:15:25 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: Cicero

And exactly why shouldn’t they support organizations that want to stop gay marriage? EVERY OTHER CORPORATION that has weighed in on the issue gives its profits to weirdo organizations dedicated to shoving it down our throats. No outcry. No nothing.


17 posted on 09/20/2012 2:15:48 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: NYer

THIS IS BS.

This is the spin from some Chicago Democrat.

Don’t believe the accusations.

Wait until you hear from “the good guys.”

Dang, some FReepers are stupid. So eager to believe the worst, from the mouths of the worst kind of people.


18 posted on 09/20/2012 2:15:52 PM PDT by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: NYer

I’ll be waiting to see if the gays have their own “Chick-Fil-A day” to celebrate their “victory”.


19 posted on 09/20/2012 2:16:00 PM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: NYer
Contact Chic-fil-a

The Kenyan must go.

20 posted on 09/20/2012 2:16:15 PM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: tobyhill; NYer
After yesterday's spirited thread, I wrote to Mr. Dan Cathy personally; haven't heard back...but I guess this is his corporate respose to the flap.

What a public relations nightmare.

21 posted on 09/20/2012 2:17:06 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: albie

And you believe “Mr. Martinez,” the executive director for the Civil Rights Agenda ... why?

Because you’re gullible.


22 posted on 09/20/2012 2:17:14 PM PDT by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: madprof98
That's my thought. I won't eat there again until they explicitly say that they WILL support Traditional Marriage Groups.
23 posted on 09/20/2012 2:17:21 PM PDT by tobyhill (Obamacare, the final nail in the US coffin.)
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To: madprof98

Wow, I have seen a lot of stupid moves by corporate America but this one is in a class all it’s own.


24 posted on 09/20/2012 2:17:49 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: Theo
Wait until you hear from “the good guys.”

The "good guys" (chicken salesmen) have put their best foot forward; see post #11 here. Notice that they did not deny a report that has now been published widely in the mainstream press, including the hometown paper's business news section.

25 posted on 09/20/2012 2:17:52 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: NYer

This is why government only gets worse. This is why the GOP is headed to the dustbin of history. This is why our republic is dead. No one with any authority has cojones to stand up and say “You will not cross this line.”

The martyrs of ancient Rome died for their faith. St. Thomas More was murdered for standing on principle. The early Jesuits died horribly trying to bring the faith to the Indians. Today, in America, no one has the courage of his convictions and will defend them - no matter what.

Guess what - we are already a conquered nation. Wear your chains proudly.

IF SECESSION NOT, THEN REVOLUTION MUST.


26 posted on 09/20/2012 2:19:45 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: NYer

I must say I’m really disappointed. Selling out for one lousy restaurant in Chicago.


27 posted on 09/20/2012 2:19:57 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: NYer
If Chick-Fil-A really stopped funding Focus On The Family because of the militant queers (that's right, I said it), then I am going to write a letter to Dan Cathy, and tell him how much I supported CFA when they were standing up for righteousness.

I will also tell him that my family will not be returning to CFA. Capitulation after how we supported them? SPINELESS.

28 posted on 09/20/2012 2:20:58 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (My game is disruption. I will use lethal force --my vote-- in self-defense against Obama.)
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To: NYer

If the store is built, then they probably caved.


29 posted on 09/20/2012 2:21:25 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: Cicero

Focus on the Family is not “dedicated” to opposing homosexual “marriage.” That organization existed long before this even became a ballot issue, as a ministry to support spouses/parents in living a Christian life.


30 posted on 09/20/2012 2:23:10 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("In the kingdom of the blind, sight is a crime and mentioning what you see is a gaffe.")
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To: NYer
Satan is very pleased with his accomplishment. Chick-fil-A has willingly allowed themselves to be corrupted by his evil. Satan will always take advantage of those who stray from God's Word.
31 posted on 09/20/2012 2:23:23 PM PDT by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war....)
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To: NYer; madprof98

untrue.


32 posted on 09/20/2012 2:26:14 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: albie

Big Mistake by CFA. The one who supported their business
are Christians with solid beliefs. The Gays will never SUPPORT CFA.
Bad business move. It makes me regret my support of them.
No more for me.

CFA got “turned” faster than the new Teaparty congresscritters by DC.


33 posted on 09/20/2012 2:27:16 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: madprof98

The people who do the most good in fighting gay marriage are church groups, family advocates, pro-lifers, Christians, and so forth.

The Catholic position is that we should love everyone, and want what’s good for them. That means that you need to love and sympathize with those who are gay—but not gay activities. Hate the sin, but love the sinner. Since gay marriage is not good for gays any more than anyone else, and since it undermines true marriage, family and children, it should be opposed.

But I think it’s perfectly reasonable to say that they are not focused specifically on opposing gay marriage. Their interests are more broadly Christian. In fact, I presume that their leaders continue to oppose it, but their emphasis is on what is good for marriage, family, children—and also for those with gay inclinations.

The opposition is trying to paint them as gay haters. Of course, they deny that, and rightly so.


34 posted on 09/20/2012 2:27:54 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: sickoflibs; stephenjohnbanker; NFHale

if this decision is the actual policy of CFA...just dayum...seems very few are willing to stand firm on principle and tell the dark forces to fornicate themselves...


35 posted on 09/20/2012 2:29:42 PM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: NYer

I am ashamed that I wasted one hour standing in line with a few hundred other regular Americans to show my support last month.

Craven fools.


36 posted on 09/20/2012 2:30:32 PM PDT by Elpasser
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To: madprof98

Their response is excellent; their giving policy hasn’t changed.

They will continue to give money to organizations and programs, for example, that “strengthen families and enrich marriages.” And, of course, they continue to define “marriage” as between one man and one woman.

Please don’t contribute to the defamation of a decent and honorable restaurant.


37 posted on 09/20/2012 2:31:41 PM PDT by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: Elpasser

And I’m ashamed that you consider yourself a FReeper.

What an idiot, believing the spin of a Chicago alderman and gay-rights advocate, over the plainly state press release from CFA.

Please note that Chick-fil-A’s giving policy hasn’t changed.

They will continue to give money to organizations and programs, for example, that “strengthen families and enrich marriages.” And, of course, they continue to define “marriage” as between one man and one woman.

DANG, FREEPERS ARE SO GULLIBLE! WHEN WILL WE LEARN to not just swallow the crap that the MSM tries to slam down our throats? Idiots.


38 posted on 09/20/2012 2:34:55 PM PDT by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: tennmountainman

You are gullible. You believe the spin from gay lobbyists, Chicago aldermen, and the MSM over the clear press release from CFA (which states that they will continue giving money to pro-family organizations and programs).


39 posted on 09/20/2012 2:36:11 PM PDT by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: NYer

Hmmm, perhaps the next thing you know they will be open on Sundays, even though the ones running the company now promised their father they would not do that?


40 posted on 09/20/2012 2:44:05 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: NYer

I have a hard time believing that Chick-Fil-A caved based on a single alderman.


41 posted on 09/20/2012 2:44:54 PM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: NYer
A part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. Because of this commitment, Chick-fil-A’s giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities. We will continue to focus our giving in those areas. Their position has not changed. Corporate just pulled the wool over the leftists' eyes. The sodomites believe they won or are just being dishonest (more likely).
42 posted on 09/20/2012 2:53:38 PM PDT by Jimmy4Toes (Is a sarcasm tag really necessary?)
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To: albie

Have they not watched J.C Penney implode!


43 posted on 09/20/2012 2:54:25 PM PDT by rocketmag
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To: NYer

For many months now, Chick-fil-A’s corporate giving has been mischaracterized. And while our sincere intent has been to remain out of this political and social debate, events from Chicago this week have once again resulted in questions around our giving. For that reason, we want to provide some context and clarity around who we are, what we believe and our priorities in relation to corporate giving. For a better understanding of our corporate giving, please see the attached document titled “Chick-fil-A: Who We Are”. This is the same document provided and referred to in coverage surrounding Chicago. http://cot.ag/Sa2Sac

FDrom their FB page


44 posted on 09/20/2012 2:56:45 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: NYer

If this turns out to be true, then CFA will be cutting their own throats like the idiots who dropped Rush because of complaints from a bunch of Loser Occupy types. Even if all the queers support CFA now that they’ve (apparently) caved, they will lose more business than they will gain by opening a store in Chi-Town.


45 posted on 09/20/2012 2:56:58 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Jimmy4Toes
A part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. Because of this commitment, Chick-fil-A’s giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities. We will continue to focus our giving in those areas.

Their position has not changed. Corporate just pulled the wool over the leftists' eyes. The sodomites believe they won or are just being dishonest (more likely).

Sorry, forgot to format.

46 posted on 09/20/2012 2:57:06 PM PDT by Jimmy4Toes (Is a sarcasm tag really necessary?)
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“Will No Longer Fund Trad Marriage”

huh? Why should marriage need funding?

This is silly.

Chick-Fil-A’s management can operate the company with highly ethical and Christian standards regardless of whether it gives money to any cause.

Why should traditional marriage need chicken money, anyway?

Chill. It’s a good company with good folks running it. It’s capitalism, and I support it.


47 posted on 09/20/2012 2:58:40 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: NYer

If I were a lib, I’d be laughing and flipping everyone the bird too.

For all the tough talk no one lifting a finger to stop them on anything. :(


48 posted on 09/20/2012 3:01:18 PM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: Monterrosa-24

not necessarily...this was released by the LGBT people not the Chick Fil A folks... those folks will say thing s to put pressure on people to do things their way. I don’t believe it until I see the corporation say it.

still won’t change my support for a family owned business with great food


49 posted on 09/20/2012 3:11:46 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Cicero
That means that you need to love and sympathize with those who are gay—but not gay activities. Hate the sin, but love the sinner.

I hate seeing that quote over and over. When people see "love the sinner" they think it means something like loving your child or loving your spouse or loving your country or holding hands in Sedona, Arizona. It means nothing of the sort. All it means is desiring for that soul not to be lost. None of the ordinary meanings of love were meant to apply. As a Christian you can both hate the sin and find the sinner to be disgusting and repugnant, as long as you pray for his or her soul to be saved. If you have the gift of evangelization you can try that, too, but good luck with that.

50 posted on 09/20/2012 3:12:13 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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