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Chick-fil-A Was Lying

Chick-fil-A Was Lying

Last week I reported here that the fast-food company Chick-fil-A had apparently changed its mind and would stop giving money to political opponents of same-sex marriage.

At the time, I expressed some skepticism as to whether this information could be accurate. Was it possible to believe that Dan Cathy had done a complete about-face and decided to embrace what he had once denigrated?

No, it is not possible. Not only does Chick-fil-A, which claims to stand for Christian principles, continue to support anti-gay groups, but now it has taken up lying, a decidedly un-Christian action.

That’s right, we have been duped. Let me explain.

On September 18, just a few days after Chick-fil-A had supposedly agreed to stop funding bigoted groups, their president, Dan Cathy, tweeted a†photo from a†fundraiser.† The event was hosted by WinShape, a non-profit funded by Chick-fil-A, which has donated millions of dollars to anti-LGBT groups, including some classified as hate groups.

This fundraiser, a 200 miles couple’s motorcycle ride called “2012 WinShape Ride for the Family,” had an entry fee of $3,500 per couple. In addition, sponsorship packages posted online show that organizations could pledge $5,000 for “silver” status, $10,000 for “gold” or $15,000 and more to reach “platinum.”

And where was all this money going?

That long ride was in reality a fundraiser for an organization that helps lobby against marriage equality. Registration forms for the event asked that checks be sent, not to the WinShape Foundation, but directly to the Marriage and Family Foundation at 5200 Buffington Road in Atlanta, Georgia, an address that just happens to be shared by Chick-fil-A’s headquarters.

In case you’ve forgotten about this organization: the Marriage and Family Foundation was identified in the investigation by Equality Matters of Chick-fil-A’s questionable giving history, as the top antigay recipient in 2010, when it received more than $1 million in donations.

So nothing has changed.

Meanwhile, Alderman Moreno of Chicago is furious.

From The Advocate:

The Chicago alderman who claims Chick-fil-A executives promised him the company was changing its antigay ways is now demanding an explanation for President Dan Cathy’s recent behavior. And if he doesn’t get one, then the alderman says Cathy can forget about expanding in Chicago.

Cathy told Fox News’ Mike Huckabee on Friday that his fast-food chain had “made no such concessions” to Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno and that “we remain true to who we are and who we have been.”

No, the leopard really hasn’t changed its spots.

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9:06AM PDT on Oct 5, 2012

Karen s: Besides always posting in block letters (which in Internet language stands for shouting), I suggest you look up the word Fact. Religion and other pseudo beliefs have nothing to do with facts. Karen, a fact is that two people loving eachother is a loving couple. A couple consists of two people. In this case, two people in love. Since love is way better than hate (not really a fact, but an assumption), the law should not discriminate against those loving eachother. But it does. Unfortunately. The day when the whole world (you know that part outside your bedroom, Karen) embraces love, we will have an equal society, no more wars because hate has been abolished and much happier people.

8:57AM PDT on Oct 5, 2012

"...the alderman says Cathy can forget about expanding in Chicago."

That's a cool Alderman. Wish more people with political power would be as firm as him. Guess Chicago's off the books for Mr. Cathy. So glad I've never set foot in his establishment.


3:03PM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

Commandment 9: Thou shalt not lie.

7:58PM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

Karen, you don’t know a damned thing about God and you asinine posting proved it. Let me know when you figure it out. I really don’t expect to hear from you again though.

8:30AM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

I absolutely agree with you Kandice B.

7:52PM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

Ooooooh -- Two men kissing?! an ABOMINATION in the sight of the Lord!
Two men LOVING EACH OTHER?! and SHOWING IT?! in PUBLIC?!
Where CHILDREN COULD SEE TWO PEOPLE WHO LOVE EACH OTHER?!
That is PORNOGRAPHY!!!
How dare they show it on Care2, even?!
PORNOGRAPHY on Care2! It will CORRUPT ALL THE INNOCENTS, here!!!
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There is not one single reason against Gay Marriage that is not religiously based. Not one. Not one that is in ANY way reasonable, rational, truthful, logical, scientific, supportable by any evidence whatsoever..... Nada. Zilch. None.
The Supremes should decide Gay cases, on the basis of the First Amendment to the Constitution - Separation of Church and State. {If they asked me!} That in itself, should nullify, make null and void, ANY anti-Gay legislation whatsoever.
Thank you for the update, David.

7:48AM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

Isn't lying an unChristian to do? Shame on Chik-Fil-A.

5:24PM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

THE TWO MEN KISSING, NEED TO READ THE WORD OF GOD AND GET THE TRUTH APPLIED TO THEIR LIVES, THEY NEED GOD.

5:23PM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

WE CANT BELEIVE EVERTHING WE HEAR, AND NOT EVERTHING YOU SEE, ONLY BELEIVE WHAT YOU KNOW THAT IS FACT.

6:28PM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

I am god damn tired of this chick-fila-a bullshit. Let's just chalk them up as hate-mongering assholes who WILL use earned money to promote a biogoted agenda.

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