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November 21, 2019

According to "Snopes" Chick fil-A is Doing a Trumpie with Their New Announcement

Trumpie is this Publisher's own original description of a lier and a cheat


What's True
The Chick-fil-A Foundation's November 2019 announcement of a new charitable-donations strategy meant the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, both high-profile groups that have been criticized in the past as anti-LGBT, would no longer receive funding in 2020.
What's False
However, the new donations strategy also meant several dozen other groups — with no anti-LGBT record — would not receive funding in 2020 either, and so the strategy does not appear to have been targeted specifically at the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Further, Chick-fil-A has repeatedly declined to specify that the cut to the controversial groups' funding was linked to their LGBT-rights records, and a company spokesperson would not rule out the possibility that the groups could receive funding again in the future.
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In November 2019, we received multiple inquiries from readers about the accuracy of reports that the fast food giant Chick-fil-A had announced it would cut off donations to religious groups whose views and policies on LGBT rights have drawn criticism in the past. 

On Nov. 18, CNN published an article with the headline “Chick-Fil-A Will No Longer Donate to Anti-LGBTQ Organizations,” which reported that:

“Chick-fil-A is making major changes to its charitable foundation, ending donations to two organizations that have been criticized for being anti-LGBTQ. The fast food chain announced Monday that beginning next year it will only donate to a certain group of charities. That list no longer includes the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Both organizations have taken controversial stands on homosexuality and same-sex marriage.”

CBS News posted an article with the headline “Chick-Fil-A to Stop Donations to Some Charities After LGBT Protests,” adding that:

“Chick-fil-A is shifting its charitable donations in the new year as the fast-food chain looks to avoid the spotlight that came with its history of financing evangelical groups that opposed LGBTQ rights, including same-sex marriage. The Atlanta-based company in 2020 plans to funnel more of its donations to fewer charities, targeting issues like homelessness, hunger and education, the Chick-fil-A Foundation said Monday.”

For its part, The Guardian published a story with the headline “Chick-Fil-A Pulls Funding for Christian Groups Criticised for LGBT Stance.”

There were significant elements of truth to these reports. In November, Chick-fil-A did indeed announce a new charitable-donations strategy for 2020 and beyond, and that strategy no longer involves disbursing funding to groups such as the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, connections that have damaged the company’s public image in some quarters.

However, when asked by Snopes, a spokesperson for Chick-fil-A did not link the strategic shift to concerns over the LGBT-rights records of the groups in question, and would not rule out any group receiving funding in future, “as long as they are highly effective in areas of hunger, homelessness and education.”

Furthermore, many news reports markedly failed to mention that the fast food company’s change in approach to charitable donations did not appear to have been specifically targeted at Christian organizations perceived as anti-LGBT, and that in fact more than 80 groups — many of them with no religious affiliation — who received funding in 2019, would also no longer be funded. 


On Nov. 18, Chick-fil-A announced a new donations strategy for the Chick-fil-A Foundation, the company’s official philanthropic arm. The statement read:

“Starting in 2020, the Chick-fil-A Foundation is introducing a more focused giving approach to provide additional clarity and impact with the causes it supports. Staying true to its mission of nourishing the potential in every child, the Chick-fil-A Foundation will deepen its giving to a smaller number of organizations working exclusively in the areas of education, homelessness and hunger.”

According to the statement, the new approach will involve the Foundation giving a total of $9 million to Junior Achievement USA, a K-12 educational non-profit; Covenant House International, a non-profit focused on youth homelessness; and donating $25,000 to a food bank in every location where Chick-fil-A opens a new restaurant. 

A company spokesperson confirmed that these would be the only charitable initiatives to which the Foundation would be contributing in 2020, meaning more than 80 other organizations would miss out on funding they had received in 2019, according to a fact sheet published by the company. 

This was an important piece of context, and many news reports misled readers by omitting it. While the shift in strategy would mean an end to funding for controversial Christian groups (in 2020 at least), it would also spell an end to disbursements for several dozen other organizations with no record of anti-LGBT policies, many of them with no religious affiliation. As such, the Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes do not appear to have been specifically targeted. 

According to tax documents also published on Nov. 18, the Chick-fil-A Foundation in 2018 gave $1.65 million to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a non-profit Christian sports ministry whose “Statement of Faith” proclaims: 

“We believe God’s design for sexual intimacy is to be expressed only within the context of marriage. God instituted marriage between one man and one woman as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman.”

However, the Foundation emphasized in a press release that the $1.65 million was given in order to “provide underserved youth with week-long summer sports camps at Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” adding that “Students who participate are not required to be members of FCA or sign any FCA pledge.”

In 2018, the Foundation also donated $115,000 to the Salvation Army, the well-known Christian church that operates charity shops and homeless shelters in several countries around the world. The Salvation Army has been accused on multiple occasions of anti-LGBT discrimination, and promotes a traditional Christian conception of marriage that precludes same-sex marriage.

However, in recent years, the organization has sought to fight back against its anti-LGBT public image, and again rejected such characterizations in a strongly worded statement issued in response to the Chick-fil-A’s announcement in November 2019:

“We serve more than 23 million individuals a year, including those in the LGBTQ+ community. In fact, we believe we are the largest provider of poverty relief to the LGBTQ+ population. When misinformation is perpetuated without fact, our ability to serve those in need, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or any other factor, is at risk. We urge the public to seek the truth before rushing to ill-informed judgment and greatly appreciate those partners and donors who ensure that anyone who needs our help feels safe and comfortable to come through our doors.”

We asked a spokesperson for Chick-fil-A whether funding had been cut from the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as a result of those groups’ past records on LGBT rights, or public concerns over those records. The spokesperson did not directly answer that question, instead saying that the strategic shift was intended to “provide maximum impact and maximum clarity with our charitable dollars.”

We asked the spokesperson whether groups such as the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which have been criticized as anti-LGBT, would not be receiving funding for the foreseeable future. The spokesperson did not rule out the possibility that such groups could receive funding again in the future, writing: “No organization will be excluded from future consideration — faith-based or not — as long as they are highly effective in areas of hunger, homelessness and education.”


The Chick-fil-A Foundation’s November 2019 announcement never mentioned LGBT rights and never stipulated that certain groups were being excluded from funding in 2020 due to concerns over their policies towards LGBT people. Likewise, a spokesperson for the company did not respond directly to our invitation to confirm that the strategic shift announced in November 2019 was informed by such concerns. The spokesperson also would not rule out the possibility of such controversial groups receiving funding again in the future.

Moreover, the change in approach does not appear to have been specifically targeted at the Salvation Army or the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In fact, several dozen separate groups who were funded in 2018 and 2019 — with no record of anti-LGBT policies, and often without even any religious affiliation — would also no longer receive any money from the Chick-fil-A Foundation. News outlets misled readers by failing to report this important piece of contextual information. 

However, it is true that the company’s major change in approach to charitable donations did have the effect of ending (at least temporarily) its contributions to two controversial Christian organizations — the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army — whose links to Chick-fil-A have in recent years proved damaging to the fast food company’s public image. As a result, then, we rate this claim “Mixture.”

October 20, 2019

First Chik fil-a Restaurant in UK, Told to Pack Up because Their Connection to The Anti Gay Evangelicals

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Note: Last week a Preacher was kicked out of Rwanda. This same preacher and others like him come from mainly the US and they need lots of money to go to an African Country tohelp the local governments with legislation for executions for those that are Gay. The money comes from companies ...
such as Chick-fil-A and they have rouse the anger on the LGBTQ community, at least those that care about people threatened with death, not that jail with no end is any better, but a couple of African countries have taken us to the Spanish inquisition in which the same was being done but including those that did not abandon their beliefs and pick up Jesus Christ.

For some of us even in todays Trump ( I'll do what I want no matter who gets hurt) there are things
 that simply is not acceptable.

In the US the fight for this type of company is been almost a draw except when they try to open in Universities and public owned places. Then you see the resistance to this Christian money. Wouldn't it be nice if it helped people here? Ministers go out to expand to where there are new territories and potential for millions of new converts. The right kind of converts they like, those in political upheaval and money being short and religion is a hope in God they need. These people are friendly and their restaurant is run. You could see a long line but it won't last for long. Enough order takers, at least 3 expediters and then3 in the kitchen wich everything is automated. Mc D's is tried but with the wrong type of worker or the wrong training. Where an McD does it that way they run great. Starbuck's started doing it this way too. No one has to be told to go to a register or do this or that they know what might be getting behind and they go there. When I was younger I wanted to own a Restaurant and no matter to what restaurant I went to, wether Europe or Canada, San Francisco, NYC. Etc., I took mental note about how they were doing their thing and what was the wait time before and after the customer placed the order.
Adam Gonzalez

The U.K.'s first and only Chick-fil-A restaurant will close it was announced Friday—just eight days after it opened in Reading, south England.
LGBT+ groups expressed concerns about Chick-fil-A's views on LGBT+ rights and the company's donations to perceived anti-LGBT+ organizations.
The Oracle shopping mall said it would not renew Chick-fil-A's six-month lease, telling the BBC it's the "right thing to do."
"We always look to introduce new concepts for our customers, however, we have decided on this occasion that the right thing to do is to only allow Chick-fil-A to trade with us for the initial six-month pilot period, and not to extend the lease any further," an Oracle spokesperson told the BBC.

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LGBT+ rights groups in Reading, including the organizers of Reading Pride, have been critical of the new Chick-fil-A branch in recent weeks. A planned protest on Saturday will go ahead.
"The chain's ethos and moral stance towards #LGBTQ people goes completely against our values, and that of the UK," Reading Pride tweeted earlier this week.

Reading Pride said its concerns about Chick-fil-A's position on LGBT+ views included 
comments made by the company's CEO Dan Cathy in 2012 opposing 
same-sex marriage.
In an interview with the Biblical Recorder, Cathy said: 
"We are very much supportive of the family—the biblical definition of the family unit.
We are a family-owned business, 
a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. 
We give God thanks for that ...
We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families."

In a radio interview the same year, Cathy said that by redefining marriage,
 "I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation."

In March, the website ThinkProgress reported that, in 2017, the Chick-fil-A Foundation 
gave just over $1.6 million to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which requires
 employees to adhere to a "sexual purity" clause that forbids "homosexual acts."
Reading Pride organizers said Friday they felt it was "reasonable" to allow Chick-fil-A to 
see out its six-month lease at the Oracle shopping center, which would allow
 "re-settlement and notice for employees that have moved from other jobs."
The U.K. Pride Network, a group that brings together organizers of Pride events
 around the U.K., tweeted Friday: "Cluck off @ChickfilA you are not welcome!" 

It also said it would show solidarity with Reading Pride organizers at a 
protest planned at the
Chick-fil-A restaurant on Saturday. 
Reading Pride organizers said that Saturday's protest will go ahead as planned—
despite the store closing—"to advise where their money should go" as they believe
 Chick-fil-A will be "profiting from unsuspecting patrons" over the six-month 
tenure of its lease.

BY , Newsweek

April 16, 2019

Chick-fil- A Wants Their Homophobia and Chicken in Commerce Too

 , Cincinnati Enquirer
A public protest took place at the center of the Cincinnati Cyclones' game Saturday night at U.S. Bank Arena where people held "Chick-fil-A is ANTI-GAY" signs.
The hockey team, in the midst of a playoff series, has threatened seven people with criminal trespassing if they ever return, spokesman Everett Fitzhugh said Sunday. Signs will be banned on the "Fan Zam" Zamboni from now on, too, Fitzhugh said.
"Moving forward, we have adopted a 'no signage' policy on the Fan Zam, and we will be monitoring all riders to make sure something like this doesn't happen again," he said.
The Cyclones were hosting the Kalamazoo Wings in Game 2 of the first round of the ECHL's Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Cyclones, tied with one win apiece with the Wings in the best of 7 matchup, will have to win in Kalamazoo, Michigan to bring the playoffs back to Cincinnati. Game 6 against Kalamazoo, if needed, will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at U.S. Bank Arena. People snuck the signs aboard the "Fan Zam" Zamboni during the game's first intermission, according to the Cyclones' Twitter account.
The "Fan Zam," labeled for sponsor Chick-fil-A, carts people around the rink.
The signs were hidden inside a birthday sign, according to the Twitter post. The people, who are seen on Reddit riding with the signs in the "Fan Zam" with Chick-fil-A's cow mascot, were tossed by the Cyclones from the game.
The fast-food chain continues to be criticized for anti-gay marriage statements made in years past by the company's CEO, according to a recent USA Today article. The family-owned chain is also facing protests for donations to organizations reported to oppose LGBTQ rights, according to an April 12 USA Today article. LGBTQ is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (or queer).
The Cyclones continued to publicly rebuke the protesters' actions in the comments section of the hockey team's own tweet with the following statement:

During the first intermission a group of protestors riding the Chick-fil-A Fan Zam displayed unacceptable messaging that was hidden inside of a birthday sign. The Cincinnati Cyclones & U.S. Bank Arena do not condone this type of behavior or the messaging expressed. 1 of 2

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Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Seelbach took to social media Sunday afternoon in response to Cincinnati Cyclones having Chick-fil-A as a sponsor.
"Can’t have it both ways Cincinnati Cyclones," Seelbach said. "You can’t pretend to be LGBT friendly by hosting a pride night, but also have anti-gay Chick-fil-A as a sponsor."
The Cyclones have no further comment on the matter, Fitzhugh said in response to being asked about Seelbach's comments.

March 24, 2019

San Antonio City Council Votes to Keep Anti Gay Chick-fil-A Out From Opening at The Airport

"They are not giving as much to anti gay groups but they are still giving/supporting them"


The San Antonio City Council narrowly voted to prevent Chick-fil-a from opening a restaurant at the city's airport on Thursday due to the company's alleged bias against LGBT rights.

The council voted, 6-4, for excluding Chick-fil-a from the overall restaurant and concession space operated by Atlanta-based airport concessionaire Paradies Lagardre. Chick-fil-a has been accused of anti-LGBT behavior for years. CEO Dan Cathy first drew condemnation from LGBT groups in 2012 when he said he supported "the biblical definition of the family unit" -- marriage only between a man and woman.

The agreement with Paradies Lagardre was for 10,000 square feet in food and concession space, including not only the Chick-fil-a, but also a Smoke Shack, San Antonio Spurs retail store and coffee shop and bar. The Chick-fil-a would have replaced Raising Cane's, also a chicken restaurant chain.

The Chick-fil-a was set to fill just 658 square feet of the deal, according to the agreement.

Sen. Ted Cruz blasted the vote on Twitter Saturday, saying, "San Antonio City Council voted to ban @ChickfilA from the airport bc the company gave to...the Fellowship of Christian Athletes & the Salvation Army?!? That's ridiculous. And not Texas."

The Chick-fil-a would've paid $366,507 annually in rent to the city as part of a guarantee of $2.165 million in annual rent from the company, according to the concessionaire agreement. Chick-fil-a also would've paid 10 percent of annual gross receipts to the city.

The lease would've begun Jan. 1, 2020.

"With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion," District 1 Councilman Roberto Trevino, who voted against Chick-fil-a, said in a statement Friday. "San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we do not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.

"Everyone has a place here, and everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport," he continued. "I look forward to the announcement of a suitable replacement by Paradies."

Chick-fil-a said in a statement to San Antonio ABC affiliate KSAT that they were disappointed by the vote.

"This is the first we've heard of this. It's disappointing," the statement said. "We would have liked to have had a dialogue with the city council before this decision was made. We agree with Councilmember Treviño that everyone is and should feel welcome at Chick-fil-A. We plan to reach out to the city council to gain a better understanding of this decision."

Just this week it was reported by ThinkProgress that Chick-fil-a had donated $1.8 million to conservative groups that advocated against homosexuality, mostly the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, in newly released 2017 tax filings.

Chick-fil-a, founded in 1946 by Cathy's father, S. Truett Cathy, operates more than 2,000 restaurants around the country

July 13, 2018

Homophobic Papa John's (J.Schnatter) Resigns After More Racist Comments

In  2074 at 3am a pedestrian spots Papa Johns pizza dough exploding on a dumpster. If you have been buying pizza from this nazi, the same might happen to you. Picture: Independent


Papa John’s founder John Schnatter resigned as board chairman from the pizza company after he apologized for using a racial slur on a conference call that was set up to teach Schnatter how to not say offensive things.
This is the latest in the fallout for Schantter, who faced increasing pressure after he admitted using the n-word and described a scene of violence against African Americans on a conference call in May. 
Forbes first reported the call, which was set up to help take Schnatter through a “role-playing exercise” to help him deal with racially sensitive situations. Schantter stepped down as CEO from Papa John’s last year, after he blamed NFL leadership for failing to stop anthem protests, which he said had driven down the chain’s sales.
Schnatter confirmed to Forbes that he made those comments and apologized. “News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true,” he said in a statement. “Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society.”
Papa John’s said it had accepted Schnatter’s resignation and will appoint a new chair. Schnatter — under mounting pressure, including from the Louisville chapter of the NAACP— also tendered his resignation Wednesday from the University of Louisville Board of Trustees.
Schnatter was appointed to the Board of Trustees by Gov. Matt Bevin but has long been a fixture at, and financial backer of, the university. The football stadium bears the name of the company he founded — Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium — and he donated millions to found an eponymous Center for Free Enterprise at Louisville. 
Another city also responded: The mayor of Jeffersonville, Indiana — Schnatter’s hometown — ordered his name removed from its local field house on Wednesday. Schnatter had donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to renovate the aging facility last year. 
The pizza chain itself was also dealt a blow after Yahoo reported that the MLB had suspendeda promotional deal with Papa John’s. The NFL incident had brought repercussions on the company; the NFL replaced Papa John’s with Pizza Hut as the official pizza of the league, and Papa John’s faced slowing sales
Schnatter created controversy even before his NFL remarks last year. The Papa John’s founder got slammed in 2012 for saying that the cost of insuring his employees under the Affordable Care Act would raise the cost of pizza, which led to pushback from customers.
Schnatter, who notoriously featured himself in lots of commercials, had dialed back his public-facing role with the company after the NFL debacle. But according to Forbes, the founder wanted to stage a comeback. The conference call was an attempt to avoid future PR disasters — and ended up seriously backfiring.
Source Vox

May 21, 2018

Gay Coupled Kicked Out of Lyft Ride by Driver~~A Kiss~

 Ben Martella and Alec Jansen had no reason to believe their ride from Butler University in Indianapolis was going to be anything out of the ordinary earlier this month. But about a mile into the ride, the Lyft driver ordered the pair to get out of the car at a red light. Why? They had dared to share a brief kiss in the back seat of the car, the couple told the Indianapolis Star.
“We basically pecked, nothing out of the ordinary,” Martella, who is a student at Butler, told the paper. “He looked in his rear view mirror. He was yelling. We were stunned. We didn’t know the reason for it. He said, ‘I’m going to end your ride. I can’t have that in my car. I don’t have that here.’ … I was really upset. It was a big reaction for such a small display of affection between two guys.” Jensen agreed on the entire surreal nature of the sequence of events: “We gave each other a short kiss on the lips. … I was just surprised the whole thing happened. It just didn’t seem like it was real.” Martella tweeted about the incident, saying he felt “unfairly judged by this service.”
Lyft refunded their money and said it took “the appropriate and necessary actions.” It was only after the paper contacted the company that it confirmed the driver had been “deactivated.” Considering the discrimination they suffered while using the company’s service though, the couple seems a bit dissatisfied with the company’s response. Martella said that his communication with the company was all “very impersonal. It’s all been half-way responses to the answer I was looking for.” Now he says he’s considering taking legal action. 

September 23, 2017

Judge Rules Against Justice Dept on The Anti Gay Cake Story " Same as Just Serving Whites Only"


A Minnesota couple skirmishing on the front lines of the culture war over a business’s right to say no to same-sex marriage clients suffered a setback this week.

In December 2016, Carl and Angel Larsen, owners of videography company Telescope Media Group, targeted the state in a lawsuit challenging a provision in Minnesota’s Human Rights Act outlawing discrimination. This week, Chief U.S. District Court John Tunheim dismissed the case, ruling that the Larsens’ wish to turn down same-sex clients was “conduct akin to a ‘White Applicants Only’ sign,” according to the Star Tribune.

Despite the ruling, the issue is not likely to fade away soon. The St. Cloud couple’s attorney has indicated that the Larsens plan to appeal the ruling. But on a larger scale, the same powerhouse conservative group driving the litigation has a similar case at the U.S. Supreme Court.

The couple’s original suit challenged the constitutionality of the state statute. The Larsens, according to their complaint, were trying to break into the wedding videography business, but the Christian pair wanted to work only with heterosexual couples. To do otherwise would be “promoting a conception of marriage that directly contradicts their religious beliefs,” the lawsuit argued.

But due to an update to the state’s Human Rights Act, it is illegal for businesses to treat people differently because of “race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation,” according to the state’s website. The civil penalties for violators can be as much as $25,000.

In interviews and statements at the time, the Larsens shoehorned their legal argument into terms of artistic freedom.

“Imagine, if you can, government officials sitting down with Alfred Hitchcock back in the day, to tell him that, despite his commitment to making great films of suspense, political correctness demanded that he start making musicals, too. Or else,” Carl Larsen wrote in a December 2016 commentary in the Star Tribune. “Or maybe they’d crack down on Steven Spielberg. If he’s going to make a monster hit about a shark, he’s going to have to do films about dolphins, too. Again, or else.”
(Washington Post Co.)

“Creative professionals don’t surrender their freedom of speech and freedom from coercion when they choose to make a living with their art,” the couple told CNN.


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