Chick-fil-A: Lies, Truth, Confusion, and Abandonment

Gene Lalor | September 23, 2012 

For years, MassResistance.com has performed yeoman’s service on behalf of the institutions of the American family and traditional marriage. It has valiantly, almost uniliterally, foughtagainst concerted efforts by the Lesbian-Bisexual-Gay-Transgendered movement to subvert both those institutions and to seduce the youth of America into the sick,smarmy world of homosexuality.
(See “Chick-fil-A and Homosexual Intolerance,” http://www.genelalor.com/blog1/?p=3526 and “Chick-fil-A versus the Loonie Left,” http://www.genelalor.com/blog1/?p=27284.)
MassResistance hasn’t surrendered in that ongoing struggle but has announced it will cease in its efforts to defend Chick-fil-A but not for the reasons you might suspect.

Despite widespread reports to the contrary, Chick-fil-A hasn’t reneged on its commitment to supporting organizations working on behalf of the American family and traditional marriage but the company’s confused dealings with those calculatedly-false reports have frustrated the good folks at MassResistance to such an extent that they are giving up.

Far too much to summarize,the full MassResistanceexplanatory e-mail follows in its entirety:

Chick-fil-A Comes to Los UPDATE: New information on the accusations that Chick-fil-A caved in to the homosexual movement’s demands.

and DreamWorks Animation In our last email, dated Sept. 21, we excoriated Chick-fil-A and its CEO Dan Cathy for allegedly caving in to the demands of the homosexual movement. Our title was: Chick-fil-A caves in to homosexual pressure. Agrees not to donate to pro-family groups in exchange for permission to put restaurant in Chicago. Slap in the face to pro-family supporters.

It appears that this is largely not true. We’ve published the truth below. But finally finding that out wasn’t easy. This is definitely one of the most exasperating news stories we’ve ever covered. Getting to the facts has entailed wading through a lot of confusion generated by the homosexual movement, the pro-family movement, and especially Chick-fil-A itself.

What was reported in the press

Our email quoted from the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Times, Huffington Post, and a homosexual press release. They all basically reported the following: Chick-fil-A officials had told Chicago Alderman Joe Monero in writing that the company would no longer donate any money to “anti-gay,” pro-family groups.

Chick-fil-A also allegedly showed documentation that they had not recently given money to such groups.

The company supposedly also promised to make an internal statement about non-discrimination on sexual orientation. In doing this, Chick-fil-A reportedly had negotiated with Moreno and also a Chicago homosexual activist group called “Civil Rights Agenda.”

In return, as Monero gleefully announced, he would not block Chick-fil-A’s efforts to open a restaurant in his trendy Chicago district. He termed this a “great victory for the gay rights movement.”

Several newspapers contacted Chick-fil-A for their comments on this, but the company refused to respond except to direct them to a statement on their website.

Chick-fil-A’s two main statements they’ve been giving out regarding this were:

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. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.

The WinShape Foundations [Chick-fil-A's non-profit arm] is now taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas.

These statements certainly lend credence to the charges as reported in the last few days that the company was changing its policy of donating to pro-family groups. And Chick-fil-A said nothing to the press to descredit that interpretation.

As a result, the story was reported everywhere that Chick-fil-A had caved in to the demands of the homosexual movement.

For example:

New York Times: Chick-fil-A and Chicago Alderman Reach Agreement

Los Angeles Times: Chick-fil-A vows to stop donating to anti-gay groups

Thus in our recent email, we reported on what every news agency was saying, along with what we could find on the Chick-fil-A website about it.

More confusion from the pro-family movement
Soon after publishing our article, we were inundated by over a hundred people emailing us articles by CitizenLink.com (Focus on the Family) and WorldNetDaily, which deny the press reports about Chick-fil-A caving in. Now, we are great admirers of CitizenLink and WorldNetDaily, but in our opinion their articles only added to the confusion.
The CitizenLink article, “Chick-fil-A Sets the Record Straight”, has a lot of accusations, statements of principle, and platitudes — but sadly does not include any substantial facts. Neither of these articles is persuasive to an unbiased reader.
Friday afternoon we were finally successful in reaching someone in the Chick-fil-A public relations department. Previously, we were only able to reach people who were not knowledgeable of the situation, would not comment, or just recorded messages. The public relations woman we talked to was fairly candid, which was refreshing. We asked her direct questions, and she answered them.
The main points of our conversation: The WorldNetDaily article, “Press suckered by Chick-fil-A fairy tale”, mostly regurgitates Chick-fil-A’s presWe asked her direct questions, and she answered them.
The main points of our conversation:

She told us unequivocally that Chick-fil-A is going to continue to donate to the same pro-family groups as before, even the ones that the homosexual groups disapprove of. We specifically asked her if this included Family Research Council, Exodus International, Eagle Forum, and Focus on the Family. She said “Yes, it includes those.”

But what about the public statements that Chick-fil-A was (1) re-evaluating who they give to, and (2) would avoid the “gay marriage” arena completely? She agreed that those statements were confusing but would not elaborate further as to why they are being pushed.

Sept. 22, 2012
MassResistance Update
Pro-family activism

“In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
- George Orwell

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UPDATE: New information on the accusations that Chick-fil-A caved in to the homosexual movement’s demands.
In our last email, dated Sept. 21, we excoriated Chick-fil-A and its CEO Dan Cathy for allegedly caving in to the demands of the homosexual movement. Our title was: Chick-fil-A caves in to homosexual pressure. Agrees not to donate to pro-family groups in exchange for permission to put restaurant in Chicago. Slap in the face to pro-family supporters.It appears that this is largely not true. We’ve published the truth below. But finally finding that out wasn’t easy.This is definitely one of the most exasperating news stories we’ve ever covered. Getting to the facts has entailed wading through a lot of confusion generated by the homosexual movement, the pro-family movement, and especially Chick-fil-A itself. What was reported in the pressOur email quoted from the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Times, Huffington Post, and a homosexual press release.They all basically reported the following: Chick-fil-A officials had told Chicago Alderman Joe Monero in writing that the company would no longer donate any money to “anti-gay,” pro-family groups.Chick-fil-A also allegedly showed documentation that they had not recently given money to such groups. The company supposedly also promised to make an internal statement about non-discrimination on sexual orientation. In doing this, Chick-fil-A reportedly had negotiated with Moreno and also a Chicago homosexual activist group called “Civil Rights Agenda.”In return, as Monero gleefully announced, he would not block Chick-fil-A’s efforts to open a restaurant in his trendy Chicago district. He termed this a “great victory for the gay rights movement.”

Several newspapers contacted Chick-fil-A for their comments on this, but the company refused to respond except to direct them to a statement on their website.

Chick-fil-A’s two main statements they’ve been giving out regarding this were:

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. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.
And

The WinShape Foundations [Chick-fil-A's non-profit arm] is now taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas.

These statements certainly lend credence to the charges as reported in the last few days that the company was changing its policy of donating to pro-family groups. And Chick-fil-A said nothing to the press to descredit that interpretation.
As a result, the story was reported everywhere that Chick-fil-A had caved in to the demands of the homosexual movement. For example:

New York Times:

Chicago Tribune: Moreno relents, will allow Chick-fil-A

Los Angeles Times: Chick-fil-A vows to stop donating to anti-gay groups

Thus in our recent email,

we reported on what every news agency was saying, along with what we could find on the Chick-fil-A website about it.
More confusion from the pro-family movement

Soon after publishing our article, we were inundated by over a hundred people emailing us articles by CitizenLink.com (Focus on the Family) and WorldNetDaily, which deny the press reports about Chick-fil-A caving in. Now, we are great admirers of CitizenLink and WorldNetDaily, but in our opinion their articles only added to the confusion.

The CitizenLink article,

“Chick-fil-A Sets the Record Straight”, has a lot of accusations, statements of principle, and platitudes — but sadly does not include any substantial facts.
The WorldNetDaily article, “Press suckered by Chick-fil-A fairy tale”, mostly regurgitates Chick-fil-A’s press releases and corporate policy statements, which are not particularly helpful as “evidence” one way or another. But it adds no substantial facts.

Neither of these articles is persuasive to an unbiased reader.
And what’s the truth? Did they really cave in?

Friday afternoon we were finally successful in reaching someone in the Chick-fil-A public relations department. Previously, we were only able to reach people who were not knowledgeable of the situation, would not comment, or just recorded messages. The public relations woman we talked to was fairly candid, which was refreshing. We asked her direct questions, and she answered them.

The main points of our conversation:

  1. She told us unequivocally that Chick-fil-A is going to continue to donate to the same pro-family groups as before, even the ones that the homosexual groups disapprove of. We specifically asked her if this included Family Research Council, Exodus International, Eagle Forum, and Focus on the Family. She said “Yes, it includes those.”
  2. But what about the public statements that Chick-fil-A was (1) re-evaluating who they give to, and (2) would avoid the “gay marriage” arena completely? She agreed that those statements were confusing but would not elaborate further as to why they are being pushed.
  3. Why did Chick-fil-A refuse to respond to questions by the press about this, which would have cleared things up? She said that the company often doesn’t respond to the media because of the media’s propensity to spin things. (We suggested that in this case it was necessary.)
  4. Did Chick-fil-A executives actually meet and negotiate with Alderman Moreno and the homosexual group Civil Rights Agenda? She said she did not know whether they did or not.
  5. Did CEO Dan Cathy actually meet with college homosexual activists to find “common ground” as has been widely reported in the press? She said she did not know.
We talked for quite a while and she reiterated those points. We asked the obvious question: If Chick-fil-A is giving to the same pro-family groups as before — and this is the crux of the heated issue here — why not say that clearly on a prominent place on the web site, and tell it to the press, instead of having them read a confusing and misleading policy statement? It would have solved all the misunderstanding going around. She didn’t have an answer to that.
So apparently Chick-fil-A really isn’t caving in. But who would have known?

Did the liberal media malevolently spin this?

The big theme among the conservative bloggers, including even Michelle Malkin

is that the evil liberal media was using their usual tactics to spin disinformation — that Chick-fil-A is caving in to the homosexuals.
We don’t buy that. This time, we think the media did its due diligence. It was Chick-fil-A that was being squirrely.

Here’s what we surmise actually happened: The Chick-fil-A executives met with the Alderman and the homosexual group, and gave them their “official” statements that imply — though don’t state specifically — that Chick-fil-A is changing its donations policy. They also gave them their 2011 Form 990, which probably doesn’t show any “troubling” donations. The Alderman and the homosexuals accepted the reasonable meaning of the words, and probably exaggerated a bit and claimed “victory” to the media. When asked by the press for their side of the story, Chick-fil-A refused to talk and simply pointed to the ambiguous and misleading “policy” statements.

In something as charged as this, one should not have to search for a “public relations” person to get the basic facts. Chick-fil-A should be straightforward on the website — unless they are trying to obscure something.

So apparently Chick-fil-A really isn’t caving in. But who would have known? When asked by the press for their side of the story, Chick-fil-A refused to talk and simply pointed to the ambiguous and misleading “policy” statements. In something as charged as this, one should not have to search for a “public relations” person to get the basic facts. Chick-fil-A should be straightforward on the website–unless they are trying to obscure something.

Why you should be angry

All this just exacerbates the horrible double standard going on. Corporations across America openly brag about the millions of dollars they give to fund the radical homosexual movement. Yet Chick-fil-A tries to dance around and obfuscate the relatively tiny amounts it gives to groups fighting for the truth (e.g., they gave just $1000 to Family Research Council).

Why not just be upfront and “proud” of doing good things?

We tried our best to get the real story and report it to you accurately. We think that Chick-fil-A’s refusal to deny the allegations against it with a clear statement of the facts, and to further make it difficult and confusing for even its allies to get a straight story, produced the result they deserve: misleading press reports across the country.

And the sophomoric blather from the conservative movement trying to defend them only added to the problem. You, our readers, are the ones who have also suffered by not getting the facts you deserved. It’s possible that this email is the most accurate article out there on this incident!

The larger problems still stand. You can’t play down the middle on these large culture-war issues. It just doesn’t work. And if the reports are true that Mr. Cathy and other company executives are meeting with radical GLBT groups, that should be of concern to pro-family people.

You can’t “negotiate” with the LGBT radicals for “common ground.” There is no common ground with these people. They are out to radically change society. They certainly don’t ever look for common ground with us.

Finally, unless there is an incredibly compelling reason, this is the last Chick-fil-A article that MassResistance will be doing. We’ve had it. We tried to do the right thing and got a lot of abuse for it. Let somebody else have the aggravation of figuring them out.

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I don’t know all the facts in this brouhahainvolving a known, reliable defender of American values and a purveyor of admittedly delicious chicken but if I had my druthers I’d opt in favor of believing in an organization dedicated to defending American values over one dedicated only to profits.


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