Let’s get this out of the way — Chick-Fil-A is a private corporation that can do whatever it wants with its money. The problem is the chicken sandwich maker has caved to the progressive secular mob and, in the left scoring that win, Chick-Fil-A will embolden more of this.
Chick-Fil-A has been under attack by the left for its support of the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The groups have routinely been attacked as homophobic and anti-trans. The Salvation Army actually hires members of the Alphabet Gang1 and even offers insurance for married members of the Alphabet Gang.
Chick-Fil-A says it is ending its support of the Salvation Army because it wants to focus on fighting homelessness. I wonder if this was an intentional ploy from some within Chick-Fil-A to signal that this is a hostage situation. The Salvation Army is the largest nonprofit in America that fights homelessness. Chick-Fil-A claiming it must abandon the Salvation Army to fight homelessness is like saying the Navy must abandon bodies of water for dry land in order to float its ships. It makes no sense.
Well, it would make no sense except that Chick-Fil-A has been attacked repeatedly in the last year for its support of the Salvation Army. Leftwing mobs have harassed individual stores and leftwing politicians have attacked the corporation and stymied its expansion plans because its supports both FCA and the Salvation Army.
It is extraordinarily convenient that Chick-Fil-A abandons the largest non-profit in America dedicated to fighting homelessness in order to fight homelessness and does so after sustained attack from progressive mobs for that support.
According to President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos, “There’s no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are… There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message.” Curious wording for the company to use. The company denies it is walking away from Christian groups, but as they go into new markets and get attacked as anti-gay and anti-trans because of support for these groups, Chick-Fil-A wants to be clear about their message. Hmmmm…
The fallout from what Chick-Fil-A has done will be significant even if we concede it has the right to do what it is doing.
First, it ratifies the attacks on the Salvation Army by the left. The organization, because it is Christian, got attacked and Chick-Fil-A abandoning it will embolden attacks on the organization. Chick-Fil-A has essentially consented to the leftwing slander of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army.
Second, other organizations will now be pressured to stop supporting the Salvation Army and FCA. Any company that lets bellringers stand out front will get harassed for this. After all, if Chick-Fil-A thinks the Salvation Army is bad, why are these organizations helping the group.
Third, the leftist mob is going to be encouraged to do more of this against other Christian organizations. Chick-Fil-A caving sends a powerful signal that other groups can be targeted for shaming, canceling, and harassment.
Fourth, Chick-Fil-A is not going to get a pass. They caved on this. That signals weakness. They are going to cave on other things too. They will have to cave. They’ve been made to care by the left so now will be made to care even more.
Fifth, the charities that Chick-Fil-A is going to support will have targets painted on their backs. One of the organizations already had a previous abuse scandal. It is going to get a metaphorical rectal exam by the left now. So too will any other organizations Chick-Fil-A supports in the future.
Sixth, Chick-Fil-A is trying to make friends with its enemies by making enemies of its friends. Without caving to the progressive mob, Chick-Fil-A has become the third most profitable fast food business in America. It has done so with a loyal following and a lot of good will. Some of that will go away now. More troubling, Chick-Fil-A is doing this for people who are not its customer base.
Caving to the mob will just encourage the mob to redouble its efforts. Chick-Fil-A handled this extremely poorly and in so doing is undermining other faith based non-profits, the Salvation Army, and Chick-Fil-A itself. The company should walk this back.
If Chick-Fil-A thinks the Salvation Army is large enough itself, announce that its bellringers are welcome at locations. Or make one big payment to the Salvation Army next year. But the way it looks right now, Chick-Fil-A has decided to betray its loyal customers and a terrific nonprofit all to placate a mob that will now only be more aggressive.
Chick-Fil-A can do whatever it wants with its money and no non-profit should feel entitled to Chick-Fil-A’s money. But the timing of this is deeply troubling and the way Chick-Fil-A subsequently refused to answer questions about severing ties with the Salvation Army strongly suggests it is bending the knee to the mob. No one, including an organization, can serve God and money. It looks like Chick-Fil-A picked the wrong side.