Did Chick-fil-A cave? Restaurant chain responds to ‘mischaracterization’ of giving practices

Chick-fil-A today issued a statement to clarify what it calls a months-long mischaracterization of the chain’s charitable giving practices.

Many conservatives were disappointed yesterday at reports the chain had caved to pressure from Chicago alderman Joe Moreno, who in August had opposed the construction of a franchise in his ward. Moreno had announced Wednesday that he had reached an agreement with the chain, saying that “for the first time, Chick-fil-A has provided a way to ensure that their employees know that discrimination will not be tolerated.”

Thursday’s statement by Chick-fil-A, though, reiterates the chain’s corporate commitment “to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us.” It continues, “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.”

A report published today on CitizenLink, an affiliate of the group Focus on the Family, says that Wednesday’s news reports were incorrect and that Chick-fil-A “did not agree to stop making donations to groups that support the biblical definition of marriage in exchange for being allowed to open a franchise in Chicago.”

CitizenLink cites a press release by the gay-rights group The Civil Rights Agenda as the mainstream media’s source of the claim that Chick-fil-A would no longer donate to groups that champion traditional marriage. Indeed, The Advocate on Thursday reported that the chain was “already raising questionable money” with a motorcycle ride to benefit the Marriage and Family Foundation.

In its statement, Chick-fil-A said only that “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.” While Chick-fil-A’s “clarification” statement still leaves a number of questions open, it appears for now that claims of the chain caving come not from Chick-fil-A or Moreno but from a third party anxious to claim victory in the controversy.

Twitchy will continue to monitor the situation.

  • BTeacher99

    The original claim purported that ChickFilA would no longer “support” Focus On The Family. Since CFA has included tapes, books, and trinkets in their Kids’ Meals for years (focusing on good character and moral truth), I hope that relationship remains intact.

  • Red_Neckerson

    The left has used this strategy before- lie, and hope that the lie generates a positive swing that the victim (of the lie) will be shamed into toeing the line. Exactly like the caucasian Guilford College co-ed who claimed she was attacked by white males and racial slurs written on her body in magic marker- then confessed that the event never happened. She had been pushing for an “African American studies program”. The college then created the course, and she left the school in disgrace- but triumphant.

  • weRbroke

    Seen it before, activists boycott, it fails, they make schit up to claim they “won”, spin dry it thru the MediaMaytag. It’s all good for fundraising for a little while. I see Chick giving to their haters, just to be a better humanitarian.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

      Why should it be up to the detractors, though, to determine what a hate group actually is?

      • weRbroke

        People are going to hate, and they feel justified in their hate because they have been reminded they must feel hate, every day. If no one pays enough attention to their “cause”, they ramp up the efforts to bully who ever isn’t a group conformist. If one does not publicly declare their LOVE or HATE for something, silence is assumed to be a negative. If you don’t say you are for something, you “must be against it”. If you dont’ say you support Planned Parenthood, it means you are against women. Its easy because some people are totally wired to accept what they are told as fact, believe what they cannot really see, and feel how they have been taught to feel.
        Judging by the success of the Buycutt reaction to their boycott, it is promising sign that people are waking up to the sham that the NOH8 displays, that they are exactly what they say they hate…that they are the intolerant haters and hate anyone who does not agree with them. Give them enough rope and they will hang their own dirty laundry out to dry, for all to see. Its only a matter of time before some lunatic will take their “rights” to protest completely over the top, for the nation to see, just how ugly HATE on display can be. We witnessed the national reaction to the dipwad that posted his attack on that woman working there. He kicked his own ass, hard.

      • weRbroke

        People are going to hate, and they feel justified in their hate because they have been reminded they must feel hate, every day. If no one pays enough attention to their “cause”, they ramp up the efforts to bully who ever isn’t a group conformist. If one does not publicly declare their LOVE or HATE for something, silence is assumed to be a negative. If you don’t say you are for something, you “must be against it”. If you dont’ say you support Planned Parenthood, it means you are against women. Its easy because some people are totally wired to accept what they are told as fact, believe what they cannot really see, and feel how they have been taught to feel.
        Judging by the success of the Buycutt reaction to their boycott, it is promising sign that people are waking up to the sham that the NOH8 displays, that they are exactly what they say they hate…that they are the intolerant haters and hate anyone who does not agree with them. Give them enough rope and they will hang their own dirty laundry out to dry, for all to see. Its only a matter of time before some lunatic will take their “rights” to protest completely over the top, for the nation to see, just how ugly HATE on display can be. We witnessed the national reaction to the dipwad that posted his attack on that woman working there. He kicked his own ass, hard.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

      Why should it be up to the detractors, though, to determine what a hate group actually is?

  • JettieG

    I’m hungry…

  • peteee363

    i knew it was a lie from the beginning. the alderman was trying to make himself look like a hero when the new restaurant opens up. so he lies about the situation, first by stating their already in place employee rules, which never discriminated against anybody. then makes up the idea they will not support tradtional marraiges. the first part was true, since they have always followed this, but the second part was the face saving lie!

  • peteee363

    i knew it was a lie from the beginning. the alderman was trying to make himself look like a hero when the new restaurant opens up. so he lies about the situation, first by stating their already in place employee rules, which never discriminated against anybody. then makes up the idea they will not support tradtional marraiges. the first part was true, since they have always followed this, but the second part was the face saving lie!

  • stuckinIL4now

    I was wondering since I had read conflicting reports. But I disagree with you, Twitchy, as I do believe Moreno wishes to claim victory bcuz he’s just spouting the Windy City way and may likely be in cahoots with The Civil Rights Agenda group.

    I didn’t think Chik-fil-A had to send any notice to it’s stores bcuz they were already treating every person “with honor, dignity and respect” and they still have the right to contribute to any group they want to and neither Moreno nor his counterpart Chicago thugs can do a thing about it–except whine and cry which they do anyway with absolutely no provocation.

  • michael s

    YES CHICK FIL A FOLDED AND I LOVE IT. You made chick fil a your cause celebre,tried to make back of the check signer chick fil a Rachel a heroine. You couldn’t wait to give chick fil a your money,support chick fil a appreciation day like it was a holiday REMEMBER. Stand up for conservative values. I say they should rename themselves WAFFLE HOUSE FOR WHAT THEY DID TO YOU CONSERVATIVES AND YOUR. MONEY. I GUESS YOU DIDN’T BUILD THAT SUPPORT WITH THE CATHY FAMILY.

    • Darth_Venomous

      Y’know, they have meds for individuals like you. Look into it.

      • michael s

        Its possible, however I give my money and support to real causes. I don’t take on fraudulent causes from 2 faced and duplicitous people who run I got to have it both ways like im jenna jameson companies .

        • Darth_Venomous

          I see. So freedom to hold values & beliefs, particularly those of a religious nature, without penalty from government (say, refusal by an alderman to grant a building permit merely because of said beliefs), doesn’t count as a “real cause” to you. And that people who do hold those beliefs, yet still want the right to choose where to spend their money, are “2 faced and duplicitous” when they perceive a proprietor may have abandoned those beliefs that they had supposedly shared.

          Got it.

          Y’know, they have meds for individuals like you. Look into it.

          • michael s

            The people that supported waffle house I mean chick fil a appreciation day aren’t the 2 faced and duplicitous people I spoke of. The Cathy family are 2 faced and duplicitous. You and others appear to have been taken. You should demand 100% support from the Cathy’s no exceptions. After all YOU DID BUILD THAT CHIK FIL A BANK ACCOUNT. According to reports not the gay community.

          • Darth_Venomous

            Well, since the Cathy family apparently did not cave in, as has subsequently been established, the credibility of your claims appears to have been thoroughly shredded.

            Which, given that you seemingly support the heterophobic community in this, really isn’t all that surprising.

          • michael s

            According to reports, the Chicago alderman at the center of this is demanding a definitive statement from the Cathys. The alderman feels waffle house I mean chick fil a are being 2 faced. I will comment when the definitive statement is issued.

          • Darth_Venomous

            According to reports, the Chicago alderman at the center of this is demanding a definitive statement from the Cathys.

            Far be it from me to speak for Dan Cathy, and of course he’s too nice of a man to say this.

            But were that me, I’d tell needle-pud Moreno to go pound sand.

            Then I’d take the city of Chicago to court and not only force them to allow the construction…I’d make them pay for it. Using my hand-picked contractors.

            The alderman feels waffle house I mean chick fil a are being 2 faced.

            That’s one of the problems with Moreno. He feels. He doesn’t think.

            Slight difference.

            And while I’m sure you think feel you’re being clever by referring to Chick-Fil-A as “Waffle House”…that makes one of you.

            I will comment when the definitive statement is issued.

            You were saying…?

            “For many months now, Chick-fil-A’s corporate giving has been mischaracterized,” executives said in today’s statement. “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.”

            Get crackin’ there, Sparky.

          • http://www.facebook.com/kent.vig Kent Vig

            Uh…..Sparky……We are waiting…..crickets

      • michael s

        Its possible, however I give my money and support to real causes. I don’t take on fraudulent causes from 2 faced and duplicitous people who run I got to have it both ways like im jenna jameson companies .

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Smith/100003111027734 John Smith

    I think they did cave in a sense. They gave a statement that tries to allow for each side to get a reading that will make them happy rather than being forthright. For the liberals, they can focus on how it is not their intent to get involved in social or political issues. For Christians, they can focus on the fact that they are claiming that nothing has changed and the still support the family. A forthright statement would have been: “We will continue to give to organizations like Focus on the Family, not primarily because they are ‘against’ homosexuals as much as because they are for family and, therefore, biblical marriage with all that entails.” But while such a statement would have clarified matters for Christians, it would also have angered the liberals. Instead, they went with a wishy-washy, politician-sounding wording–regardless of whether they indeed have not departed from their original principles.