Following Northeastern Snub, Chick-Fil-A Swears It's Not Anti-Gay
Written by Jonathan Higbee |
Thursday, 01 March 2012
|Tags: chick-fil-a, northeastern university, claims, anti-gay, statement, winshape foundation, homophobia, christianity, religion, exodus international, family research council|
After students and faculty at Northeastern University stood by their decision to keep Chick-Fil-A off campus grounds based on the company's anti-gay efforts, a spokesman for the fast food chain insists his employer is not homophobic.
In a statement that calls Northeastern's decision to block Chick-Fil-A as a vendor, a spokesman for the company attempts to paint a rose-tinted picture:
The most important thing we need to confirm is that we are not anti-anybody and Chick-fil-A have [sic] no agenda, policy or position against anyone as some reports continue to represent. Here’s the clarification and correction. Chick-fil-A has been scrutinized of late about our charitable giving, specifically through our WinShape Foundation, and whether or not we have some hidden political agenda. We don’t. Our agenda is simple: to graciously serve great food and have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A. This is the reason why we were initially invited to the campus.
Let's quickly refresh ourselves on the WinShape Foundation's charitable donations. Through WinShape, Chick-Fil-A has donated to:
- Fighting marriage equality with contributions to Marriage and Family Legacy Fund, Family Research Council
- Encouraging anti-gay bullying of LGBT youth with contributions to Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Focus on the Family
- Supporting "ex-gay therapy" with contributions to Exodus International
So, "not anti-anybody," Chick-Fil-A?
(Sources: ThinkProgress, Equality Matters)