November 1, 2011
By Adam Bink
This morning, Equality Matters released the findings of their lengthy investigation and found Chick-Fil-A donated nearly $2 million to anti-gay groups in just the year 2009. That doesn’t include the more than $1 million they donated between 2003 and 2008, and I can only imagine what the numbers were in the last calendar year. They include:
- Marriage & Family Legacy Fund: $994,199
- Fellowship Of Christian Athletes: $480,000
- National Christian Foundation: $240,000
- Focus On The Family: $12,500
- Eagle Forum: $5,000
- Exodus International: $1,000
- Family Research Council: $1,000
Every one of them has a mission to keep LGBT people down. Every single one. Exodus International holds a particular place in the pantheon, teaching that being gay — or what they call “sexual brokenness” — is perverse and using the scare of AIDS to recruit people in the 1980s. Perhaps nothing is so horrible as driving people to hate themselves and consider taking their own lives.
Whenever one of these reports comes out, everyone says “I’m not eating Chick-Fil-A anymore!” to themselves and their friends and posts it on Facebook, but the message never makes it through to Chick-Fil-A. If it doesn’t, they never know how much business they lose. While Chick-Fil-A’s ownership and leadership may be driven by personal beliefs, they aren’t immune from losing customer support, either — and the less money they have, the less they have to give it to groups that seek to drive LGBT people off the face of the Earth. So give them a call, drop them an e-mail, walk into your local Chick-Fil-A and give them feedback. Write to your paper and break the news of the Equality Matters report so more people know about it. Call into your radio station and denounce Chick-Fil-A.
The more we create a firestorm, the more we change their policies, or if not, dry up their well of money with which they can feed hate.