Chick-fil-A protested for perceived anti-gay agenda

Monday, April 15th, 2013 By

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Popular restaurant chain Chick-fil-A is being protested over donations to a religious organization with an anti-gay rights agenda. A Pennsylvania location of Chick-fil-A provided catering to a marriage seminar put on by a conservative evangelical group that is hostile to LGBT causes. Several colleges have student groups demanding the restaurant be banned from campus for promoting discriminatory messages.

Pennsylvania Chick-fil-A causes protests

Because of the rumor that Chick-fil-A has an anti-gay agenda, the company is facing controversy, says The New York Times. It was disclosed that a Chick-fil-A location is donating sandwiches to a seminar called “The Art of Marriage: Getting to the Heart of God’s Design” by the Pennsylvania Family Institute, and the seminar is being held in February. The event got sandwiches donated from a location near Harrisburg, Penn., because the group running the event is a 503(c) non-profit organization. Operators of Chick-fil-A restaurants are encouraged to make charitable donations, so the act may not have been religiously motivated. Many college campuses are trying to get the restaurant banned from campuses, and LGBT rights groups want boycotts.

History of Christian values

There have always been values associated with Chick-fil-A, and they happen to be Christian. Sunday school teacher Truett Cathy is the founder of the chain. His policy from the founding of the restaurant was that it would be closed on Sundays and all locations follow that schedule to this day. Christian values are promoted in the charitable foundation, WinShape, which the company runs. WinShape gives scholarships to college students and runs a network of foster homes. “Premarital boot camp” is put on by the WinShape for those engaged. It also does summer camps for kids and getaways for married couples.

Company denies discriminating

The corporation of Chick-fil-A did come out with a statement that says it doesn’t support discrimination. There is nothing on the Chick-fil-A website about the controversy. However, “honor, dignity and respect” is how employees are expected to treat everyone at the restaurant, according to a video posted on Facebook by president Dan Cathy. Years ago Chick-fil-A made headlines because a Muslim wouldn’t participate in prayers and was fired, which got the company sued in 2006.

Information from

New York Times

Chick-fil-A website

WinShape Foundation

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This post has 6 comments

  1. Wake up call says:

    I think its great that there still a few busines and people who beleave in God and take a stand on it. All you have to do is look around and see how bad things are getting in world because of the way our goverment and people are acting and living.

  2. Todd says:

    Wow! A church that actually does not agree with Gay Rights Agendas???? And because Chic-fil-A agrees to donate sandwiches to one of their seminars then the franchise is automatically Gay Bashing.
    Come on you bunch of fairies. That is a stretch.

  3. kirk says:

    Remember…if you are not for the gays….you must be against them…lol Not true but thats the way it is. I beleive one man one woman… I guess I must be anti-gay huh…./

  4. mp1 says:

    Good for you Chik-Fil-A…..stick to your values and morals. One of the few companies that truly have those.

  5. Illision says:

    So support of mariage is considered anti-homosexual? THat really makes me wonder about the homosexual agenda!

  6. Robin says:

    I think there should be hate crimes for "Anti-heterosexual Marriages" because any support for heterosexual marriages nowadays is discrimination against homosexuals. Are you serious? Common sense is a thing of old nowadays

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