Chick-fil-A Caves: Will No Longer Support Salvation Army and Others

For years Chick-Fil-A has been hounded by protesters that detest the company’s support of organizations that they find at odds with the LGBT movement.  Among the charities in question are the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Paul Anderson Youth Home.  Chick-fil-A management has pushed back, noting that it supports great causes that achieve great outcomes, but as the fast-food chain expands across the nation and internationally, the pressure became too much.

in an interview with Biznow, Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos said:
“There’s no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are.  There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message.”

Apparently that message is that the company will cave to outside pressure, just like most every other company.  Chick-fil-A will focus its charitable giving on three areas, including homelessness, education, and hunger.  To that end, it will send funds to organizations like Junior Achievement USA to support education, Covenant House International to fight homelessness and community food banks for its hunger initiative in each city where the chain operates.
It seems unlikely that the move will stop the protesters, it’s more likely to encourage them through success to call for more action, such as severing all ties with the founding Cathy family because they support traditional views of marriage.

87 Comments

  1. I am very disappointed that Chick filmA has given into bullying. I will not be eating there again. The corporation had an exemplary record of non discrimination and welcoming all. It has,in one fell swoop wiped that out.

    • This is extremely disappointing to hear that Chic fil A is bowing to pressure. I am a normal guy who believes individuals and organizations have the right to support any organization they want, and excluding ones like the Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes goes against their conservative founding principles. It is just plain wrong to CFA to capitulate. As Martha commented, they have an exemplary record of treating their fellow man. They don’t need to bow to potential customers who are against the very thing their founder built the company believing in. Just another chicken sandwich chain who has lost their way.

      • I agree. I also choose to no longer support Chick-Fil-A.
        I am soooooo disgusted with people and companies giving in to bullies. All it does is encourage them to increase their childish and evil behavior.

        • You don’t know the inner/under workings of the Salvation Army! The leaders live in virtual luxury while the ones they’re supposing to be helping are at minimum and below wage. Years ago I thought the other big organization, United Way, was the best one to support THEN those in charge of the organization were found to be using the donations for their own use. I’ve quit giving to any of the groups that say they help people.

    • Mr Truitt Cathy would have never given in to the low rent weasels who threatened Chik Fil A. It’s a Sad day for America.

    • The issue I have is this – it wasn’t the capitulation to the LGBD Crowd – it was their fear of man instead of their reverence and fear of our Lord. They stood their ground rooted in Bible Verse until now and if they believe taking the money they were using to support God’s Rules and giving to another charity because the two they will no longer support were also doing God’s will, by opposing the Murdering of millions of children. This also reflects on the fact the LGBD Community forced the issue this puts them in a bad light as it seems they now appear as okay with LGBD’s agenda. Guess they will find out the way God sees it soon enough. Point is you are either a Christian all the way or you are just mouthing the words.

      • In other words joker you back or are a part of the homosexual community that rejects their humanity!!! I will not support Salvation Army as long as they donate to homosexuals!!

    • LET US NOT FORGET THAT FOR YEARS, CHICK FILET HAS BEEN HARASSED BY THE LGBT AND THEY HAVE SACRIFICED A LOT BY STANDING FIRM AGAINST THE LGBT. CHICK FILET HAS BEEN AN EXAMPLE OF THE LOVE OF GOD AND OUR COUNTRY TO ALL OF US. PUT YOURSELF IN THEIR PLACE. IF THE LIVELIHOOD OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DEPENDED UPON THE DECISION THAT HAS BEEN MADE BY CHICK FILET NOW, YOU MIGHT DO THE SAME THING. I FEEL SURE THAT THE DECISION TO DO THIS HAS WEIGHED HEAVY ON THE HEART OF THE OWNERS AND OF THIS FINE COMPANY. I BELIEVE THAT THE OWNER IS A CHRISTIAN AND WE HAVE TO ADMIT THAT IT HAS BEEN A CONSTANT FIGHT AGAINST THIS EVIL ORGANIZATION TO FORCE WHAT THEY WANT FOR THEIR GROUP INSTEAD OF ALLOWING CHICK FILET TO MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS AS TO HOW THEY BELIEVE AND WHAT THEY HAVE WORKED FOR. IF IT WERE YOU OR I, WHAT WOULD WE DO? WE NEED TO STAND WITH CHICK FILET AND PRAY FOR THEM INSTEAD OF THROWING ROCKS AT THEM. IF THEY ARE TIRED OF THE PRESSURE AND ARE DETERMINED TO ALLOW GOD TO TAKE IT OVER NOW, GOD KNOWS THE OWNER’S HEART AND GOD WILL MOST DEFINITELY TAKE CARE OF IT. ONE DAY SOON, GOD IS GOING TO RAIN HAILSTONES DOWN ON ALL EVIL AND ON THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE THAT HE IS GOD AND THE ONLY GOD. REMEMBER, GOD DESTROYED SODOM AND GOMORRAH. LET’S ALLOW GOD TO BE THE JUDGE IN THIS MATTER.

    • Wouldn’t worry about what happens here on earth – would be really worried about what God sees. For a Christian Business to let any group sway their deep founded beliefs in God, must not have the roots many thought they had. It becomes evident the almighty dollar has taken another victim.

  2. Stupid move Chick fil A! Disappointed in your management…no longer standing up to protestors. YOU WILL LOSE MORE BUSINESS OVER THIS THAN WITH THE PROTESTORS.

  3. Nice going, can we expect you to cave in to all protests? It’s the same as saying “I’m Guilty” I hate pressure groups like this no matter what their protesting unless of course the company is truely doing something really bad.

  4. Only certain people in America have the freedom to have a point of view and obviously Chick fi a is not one of them. When will all Americans have a right to support what they believe in. There used to be freedom of religion in America but not any more!

  5. Ill promise you this. They have just lost tons of business. America is still a country of faith, and a move like this will not sit well with those who have supported them in the past. I know. I personally, will NOT be going to their establishments any longer, nor will my family and friends.

  6. It is actually bewildering to think how the vast majority in America will knuckle under to pressure from a very shrill and determined minority.

  7. Sorry to hear you quit trusting in God and put the desires of money first. You have seen how God has stood with you and made you prosper for respecting Sunday and taking a stand for what is right. Now you bow to Satan and his people because of the heat you have received. Remember Daniel and his three friends stood with the Lord and the furnace did not hurt them. I lpray and hope you reconsider this decision and not bow down to satan.

  8. Too bad Chick-Fil-A decided to allow the bullies to win. I thought that was what we are fighting against in schools is Bullies. Besides the LGBT only make up a very small % of our population when did they out number the Christians? Oh I forgot they just Bullies.

  9. So sad to see another American company give in to the cry babies who think the world owes them everything they ask for. One more step toward the death of America. 😪

  10. I support life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Just because you gay does not mean I need to support you.
    Do not take away my freedoms,,,,as you fight for acceptance of your freedom

  11. As usual whenever the opposition protests or bullies a ligament company with good moral standard bullies overrun them. It seems almost impossible to WALK the Walk today. We the standard-bearers are losing a lot of battles and not because we are wrong. Though we pray for fairness it doesn’t look seem to come. The swamp creatures are taking over because we haven’t been doing enough. WAKE UP AMERICA. The odds of the ride coming to an end are very near. A check of your food supply and survival gear should be done immediately.

  12. I am in shock that Chick-Fil-A would cave in to anyone! Your food is excellent, staff very well trained, and cleanliness cannot be beat. Your charitable contributions should be of no concern to anyone and you have decided to eliminate three of the most needy causes. Salvation Army? This is, my opinion, the most legitimate and helpful charity this country offers. Oh, Ill still be your customer since I appreciate all your efforts, but I am against your contributions for education. Will you satisfy my desires????

  13. YOU HAVE THE ABSOLUTE RIGHT TO EXERCISE YOUR APPETITE AND INCOME SPENDING ANY WAY YOU WISH.
    WHEN IT COMES TO FOOD – SO MANY ELEMENTS COME INTO PLAY:
    HOW IS IT RAISED? HOW IS IT FED? ARE HUMANE TREATMENTS BEING EMPLOYED – AND FOLLOWED?
    COMPANIES HAVE THE RIGHT – WITHIN REASON AND STOCK HOLDER AGREEMENT – TO ALLOT A PORTION OF
    THEIR PROFITS TO ORGANIZATIONS THEY BELIEVE TO BE IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF ‘CONSTRUCTIVE CHARITY.’
    IF YOU – AS A CUSTOMER – DISAGREE WITH THOSE CHOICES – WALK! THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVE
    COMPETITORS.
    STUFF YOUR ‘GUT’ — NOT THE BALLOT BOX!

  14. This tells you who are the ‘narrow minded’ people in our communities. I just do not understand the LGBsomething folks. Just go about your business, in this day and age no one cares about all that other stuff. They never did in the past either, that is why we have different church sects. Form one of those if you need to express yourselves all the time.

  15. It is Chick-fil-A’s money. Let them spend it as they wish. I agree giving in to the left only encourages them, so don’t expect them to stop protesting Chick-fil-A. Maybe after seeing the result CFA management may wakeup to the fact that giving in to the LBGT is seen by them as a sign of weakness.

  16. How can a few … people have such a damning affect on a huge corporation? For goodness sake a set. We have to take these matters in hand now. The community in question the LBGTQ or whatever is out of hand. Do your own thing. Be discreet. Don’t bother us. We don’t tell you what we do, and frankly I have no interest in what you do. So stop trying to tell me how I should live my life

  17. too bad, your assisting the socialist party in the destruction of American values. I used to respect your company for holding to your beliefs,now, I,m not sure if you’ll keep on bending to the dregs of society, and whether I will continue to frequent your facilities.

  18. Caving to simply another self interest group for their own purpose is the sign of a weak CEO and after reviewing lost sales in the coming months, he may see the foolishness of the move.

  19. It certainly is none of their business what companies chose to support. If they are offended by the standards others chose to uphold to in their personal life’s then they need to learn to respect the rights of others and the charities that mean a great deal to them. This group has the option like the rest of the population to go elsewhere to eat. Doing what you believe in when it comes to giving is the individual’s choice as to what you want to do with your money.
    I hope Chick-Fil-A doesn’t cave in to their whims. This makes the organized LGBT movement a group of notorious individuals who gets their own way through intimidation and only encourages them to continue to force our country and those distant places into complying with their wishes.
    Unfortunately the LGBT community does not display tolerance towards those who differ with their way of living. If one doesn’t go along with their agenda, they attack while claiming that you are the ones doing the attacking. If you believe it is an immortal lifestyle than they need to accept your position on this issue and stop trying to convert you to their way of thinking.
    This sounds like a lot of compromising instead of doing things from the heart even if these different causes are important too.

  20. The Salvation Army refuses no one who needs assistance. Perhaps some individuals within the Army have done so, but the organization itself dies not ask about sexual orientation when a person in need goes to them for aid. It’s disappointing that Chick-Fil-A has given in to the pressure, when they have stood so strong in the past.

  21. Question; This is still America isn’t it, isn’t this a “Majority” rule society??? does this mean that they are in charge???? There is nothing right about being able to threaten a company, school, office to cease operating or be forced out of business, to me that seems like a “terrorist” action and should be treated as such !

  22. Put simply, I agree. When a person or business is so intimidated that they feel they can’t support an organization such as the Salvation Army, it’s time to stop and rethink, again. The Salvation Army has been around a very long time, much longer than Chic filet….so, if that’s their so called American response, here’s mine, GOODBYE! You no longer have my business and others any longer….see how easy it is to turn your back. You’ll soon feel it too….so much for your Christian ways. If you truly were Christian, you would NEVER do this. You may as well stay open on Sundays afterall. Perhaps you’ll rethink your decision but too late for me….I’m going where they have the Salvation Army!

  23. Chick Fil A may need to reevaluate this stance. ALWAYS remember that GOD is on your side, and REMEMBER why you are on this earth . . . to be a witness to HIM in spite of ALL adversity. REMEMBER: “If thy strength fail in the face of adversity, Your strength is small” (I think Proverbs). Team Trump and his allies 2020 – KAGA (Keep America Great Again).

  24. Sorry, Chick-fil-A, you’ve made your choice to acquiesce to anti God forces. We who have supported you forever are making our choice. Unfortunately, it will be to no longer eat at Chick-fil-A.

  25. I’m really sorry to read another good deed is being crushed by the liberal policies that we are all suppose to respect while they show nothing but contempt for others. There isn’t a Chick fil-A near where we live but this giving in effect all of America.

  26. No, they didn’t cave. Their giving is done by contract and those contracts expired. They chose other charities just as they have before. The above article is commonly referred to as “Spin”.
    The last time they were taken to task and belittled by leftist forces their business exploded. There are millions upon millions of people who still uphold their belief in GOD and mainstream religious values.

  27. I thought there was still one honorable corporation that stood for traditional values. I am really sad to see them cave in to the gay movement. In particular, they are going to stop contributing to one of the best organizations, the Salvation Army, who has a long record of charitable service always being one of the first groups on the scene of disasters like 911. Shame on you, Chick-fil-A!

  28. Chick-fil-A does not discriminate against anyone. They have free speech too and the right to support anyone based on their principles. If someone from LGBT … they will be served at Chick-fil-A, but should not expect the company to follow their example.

  29. Very sad day. Extremely disappointing, no wonder Americans are running away from the Christian Church in droves. Jesus said in a powerful way, “WOE TO YOU IF EVERY MAN SPEAKS WELL OF YOU.” Woe to you Chic fil A!

  30. They have a right to their views but the thing is that the holy bible is clear about homosexuality and the tragic results that are known about it because GOD never has nor will condone SSM and these types of marriages are never approved by GOD ever and never will be period.

  31. Goes to show how some organizations have no spine to standup to what is right, when it comes to pressure from evil groups threating their income. They are just another turncoat.

  32. I am going to minimize my going to Chick fil a attendance in the future. To their executives – you had better go back to reading your bibles.

  33. It is difficult to see a business pressured by a narrow-minded group to the point that they acquiesce to their demands, even though their own views are different. The Salvation Army, in particular, would gladly help this same group at any time they encountered trouble, without any bias at all. Our freedoms must apply equally to all, or to none.

  34. Perhaps it would make some sense if the Salvation Army was anti-something but in this case they just don’t support them outwardly. What happened to a world where we all have the right to our beliefs and to support whichever causes that we want to support? Not only does this speak poorly of Chick Fil A (my support for them is gone) it speaks poorly of the LGBT groups who think they should have 100% support or they can’t tolerate said people or groups who are not openly in support of them.

  35. I have supported the Salvation Army strongly since the 50s when I was in the Army. It is the only charity I have given any significant money to in years, largely because the Salvation Army helps more people, with far less money, than the Red Cross. I have not eaten at Chick Fil-a as I got burned out on chicken in my teens, and after learning what Tyson does to chickens, I have rarely eaten chicken at all.

  36. I am so ashamed of you, Chik-Fil-A! I’m sorry, but I have re-thought my loyalty to you and cannot in good conscience buy and eat your products if you now refuse to support groups like the Salvation Army, which is known all over the world for helping people in need, providing them food and sometimes warm beds and never asks their political or religious beliefs. I’ve stood by you before, but I cannot stand with you now – I hope you will give serious thought to changing your mind and standing up for what’s right, not just for what’s currently political correct.

  37. I agree. I also choose to no longer support Chick-Fil-A.
    I am soooooo disgusted with people and companies giving in to bullies. All it does is encourage them to increase their childish and evil behavior.

  38. The saddest thing is that in today’s America a business MUST bow to pressure from the lgbtqu etc… special interest groups if they want to continue being in business. Political correctness has undermined traditional American values and this is but one more example. I’ll eat at chick-fil-A more often now because I know the only reason they’ve caved in to the public pressure is to remain in business. Stand on your judgmental high horses people but how many of their employees would be out of work and on public aid if chick-fil-A closed their doors?

  39. It would appear that Chick-fil-A’s attempt to placate the hounds of Political Correctness has run afoul of those of a higher moral standard. Oh, well, dance with the Devil…….

  40. I normally am a pretty tolerant person, but, when a group has vastly differing views from mine and then wants to force me to accept those views, I get very unpleasant. Don’t have any problem with folks living their lives the way they see fit, just don’t try to tell me that theirs’ is the only way. Chic-fil-a has every right to donate to whatever charities that they deem necessary, and, nobody has any right to try to tell them otherwise. The LGBT community, in their ignorant actions against this fine restaurant chain, has demonstrated their bigoted intolerance of other people and has shown their true colors. It is no wonder such hate is generated against their community. Hate begets hate.

  41. It was heartbreaking to learn that Chick Fil A stopped dominating to the Salvation Army and Athletic Association for Christian Group. I can’t believe the Owner caved to the LGBTQ COMMUNITY which God Anhors. You cannot be a true Christian if you continue the sinfulness. In order to be saved you must obey God’s laws not the worlds law. Please reconsider you know the Lord gives and the Lord takes away.

  42. Chic-fil-a. I hope there is enough LGBT community to attend your places of businesses because it looks like you are going down for the count and rightly so. Nobody I know will ever eat there again.

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