Salvation Army says it is victim of ‘misinformation’ after Chick-fil-A ends funding partnership by Staff writer for Christian Today
GNN Note – At the end of the day, this move by the “cancel culture” ultimately hurts the very people they were attempting to “represent” and is yet another example of the leftist mob pushing an agenda that DOES NOT FIT with the majority of people. Chick-Fil-A is going to suffer as much as the people that will no longer be helped by their donations.
The Salvation Army has said it is “saddened” by the decision of Chick-fil-A to cancel funding for the organisation’s social projects after coming under pressure from LGBT campaigners.
Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos told Bisnow that it was restructuring its giving to focus on education, homelessness and hunger, and that the new plans no longer include donations to organisations like The Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Paul Anderson Youth Home, all of which have been accused of being anti-LGBT.
“There’s no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are,” Tassopoulos said.
“There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message.”
In a statement, The Salvation Army claimed it was the victim of “misinformation” and urged people to “seek the truth”.
“We’re saddened to learn that a corporate partner has felt it necessary to divert funding to other hunger, education and homelessness organizations — areas in which The Salvation Army, as the largest social services provider in the world, is already fully committed,” it said.
“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.”
The Christian-owned Chick-fil-A has come under pressure over its stance on gay marriage. The UK’s first Chick-fil-A branch was forced to close when its landlords informed the chain just days after it opened that it would not be renewing its six-month pilot lease.
The decision by the Oracle shopping centre in Reading was made after LGBT campaigners started protests demanding the restaurant’s closure. A spokesperson for the Oracle said that not renewing the lease was “the right thing to do”