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Enraged conservatives want to cancel Chick-fil-A for “surrendering” to the “LGBT bully mob”

Members of the conservative Christian group Texas Values used "Save Chick-fil-A Day" to advocate for legal discrimination against LGBTQ people.
Members of the conservative Christian group Texas Values used "Save Chick-fil-A Day" to advocate for legal discrimination against LGBTQ people. Photo: Screenshot

Conservatives are angry that Chick-fil-A announced that it would stop making anti-LGBTQ donations.

Yesterday, Chick-fil-A said in a press release that its charitable arm, the Chick-fil-A Foundation, had a new plan for giving money. That plan involved an end to yearly commitments to many small organizations, instead giving larger sums to fewer organizations that will be reviewed regularly.

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In their announcement, they said that they would be giving to Covenant House International, Junior Achievement USA, and local food banks. This excludes the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home in Atlanta – the three anti-LGBTQ organizations they gave to previously that caused a rash of bad press for the fast food restaurant earlier this year.

And conservatives are really, really mad.

Chick-fil-A’s history of anti-LGBTQ giving goes back a decade, and conservatives have used Chick-fil-A as a symbol of their fidelity to the movement, going so far as to organize a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” in 2012 there they encouraged everyone who opposes LGBTQ equality to eat there.

“In Aug 2012, I coordinated a national @ChickfilA Appreciation Day after they were being bullied by militant hate groups,” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) tweeted yesterday. “Millions showed up. Today, @ChickfilA betrayed loyal customers for $$.”

“The sad message of @ChickfilA is quite clear- they surrendered to anti-Christian hate groups,” Huckabee wrote, implying that supporting LGBTQ equality is the same thing as hating Christians.

Daily Wire editor Ben Shapiro said that Chick-fil-A has “caved at the behest of the censorious Left.”

“This is a terrible move and just the latest indicator that the center cannot hold,” Shapiro wrote, referencing a William Butler Yeats poem written in the wake of World War I, referring to political upheaval at the beginning of the Irish War of Independence. Because a chicken sandwich is comparable to the deaths of millions of people, or something.

Rod Dreher, editor of The American Conservative, tweeted: “Shame, shame on you, @ChickfilA. You are the 3rd most successful fast food franchise in the US. You had no reason to capitulate. But you did.”

He also called Chick-fil-A “cowards.”

Federalist contributor Jesse Kelly blamed this on the “LGBT bully mob,” which is “unquestionably the most powerful mob in America today,” despite its inability to get basic employment protections at the federal level.

“Everyone bends the knee or risk their wrath,” Kelly added. “Makes me freaking ill.”

The far-right site NewsBusters published an article on the new policy that calls out the “once-proud Christian establishment Chick-fil-A” for being “scared off from donating to its Christian allies by the leftist mob.”

Townhall‘s article on the matter says that conservatives are “peeved” in the title. Commenters disagreed with that and one suggested that “peeved” should be replaced with “righteously angry.”

“I never thought I’d see the day, but conservatives have announced that the home of the original chicken sandwich needs to be cancelled,” the article opens.

Conservative YouTuber Mark Dice tweeted that this is proof that one should “Never. Give. In. To. Leftists.” He didn’t explain why – the policy was announced yesterday, it will take effect next year, and there is no way to know its effects yet.

Reality TV personality Alana Stewart complained that Chick-fil-A is “alienating all of their customers and caving in to the ones who never went there anyway.”

None of these people bothered to explain why donating to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes was better than donating to Junior Achievement USA and Covenant House International.

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