In 2018, Chick-fil-A’s sales totaled $10.46 billion, up from $9 billion in 2017, the third-highest sales in the United States, according to Nation’s Restaurant News, behind only McDonald’s and Starbucks. And it was still only open six days a week, staying closed on Sundays.
In 2012, the LGBT began boycotting the chain because of donations it gave to the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Paul Anderson Youth Home among nearly 300 others– because these groups were branded as anti-same sex marriage or anti-gay organizations. At the time, Chick-fil-A’s annual sales were $4.6 billion. Since then its sales more than doubled and they opened nearly 700 more restaurants.
Chick-fil-A is closed every Sunday and on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Founded in 1967, Chick-fil-A currently operates more than 2,400 restaurants in 47 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada.
In July 2012, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy told the Bible Recorder, “[A]s an organization we can operate on biblical principles. So that is what we claim to be. [We are] based on biblical principles, asking God and pleading with God to give us wisdom on decisions we make about people and the programs and partnerships we have. And He has blessed us.”
It was clear to everyone who Chick-fil-A is then, and now.
However, for some strange reason, Chick-fil-A president and COO, Tim Tassopoulos, said in an interview with Bisnow that it will no longer donate to these charities because “as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are.”
Starting in 2020, the Chick-fil-A Foundation plans to give $9 million to organizations like Junior Achievement USA to support education, Covenant House International to fight homelessness and community food banks for its hunger initiative in each city where the chain operates. It also plans to give at least $25,000 to a local food bank each time it opens a new location. “This provides more focus and more clarity,” Tassopoulos said. “We think [education, hunger and homelessness] are critical issues in communities where we do business in the U.S.”
Salvation Army said in a statement to Bisnow, “We’re saddened to learn that a corporate partner has felt it necessary to divert funding to other hunger, education and homelessness organizations. 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 there is a tension, we want to make sure we’re being clear. We think this is going to be helpful,” Tassopoulos said. “It’s just the right thing to do: to be clear, caring and supportive, and do it in the community.”
All of this sounds pretty fishy. By committing to Christian principles and taking a stand, Chick-fil-A’s business exploded. It didn’t matter that the LGBT boycotted because they boycott everything– that is what they are known for. They hate, boycott and punish people who don’t agree with them or support their view in the name of “tolerance.”
The excuse of opening in new markets or “doing the right thing” by no longer supporting Christian ministries doesn’t make any sense. Chick-fil-A became the top three restaurant in the U.S. specifically after Cathy made his statement about supporting heterosexual marriage.
The incessant attack by the Left and LGBTQ will not end simply because they switch which charities they give to. They will just find another method and reason to attack because they hate Christians, or in actuality, they hate the Bible and the very God who gave them life.
The irony is that the Torah and the Quran both condemn homosexuality and same-sex marriage. And yet adherents to these books are not targeted by the LGBTQ community.