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.
Photo Credit: Elvert Barnes