Chick-fil-A cuts charity ties with anti-LGBTQ groups
The company revealed that it would no longer donate to the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and other groups that have been criticized for their stances on LGBTQ issues.
The numbers of the membership loss from the BSA is telling.
The BSA has been an American institution for more than 100 years. During that time more than 105 million men and boys have participated in the program. However, recent years have seen a significant decline in Scouting membership and revenue. In 2014 the Boy Scouts began allowing openly gay boys into Scout troops. The next year, membership fell by about 6 percent, the largest single-year decline in membership in the organization’s history. Between 2013 and 2016 (the last year for which numbers are publicly available), membership has fallen by about 10 percent.
Scouts began accepting gay adult leaders in 2015. Earlier this year, the BSA began accepting transgender boys (girls who identify themselves as boys). The Mormon Church, Scouting’s largest faith-based partner, announced in May it would pull about 185,000 boys out of the program in response to these developments.
Evangelicals have also been exiting the BSA. In 2013, a group of evangelical leaders formed Trail Life USA to provide a safe haven for boys and men who value many aspects of the Boy Scout program, but believe the pro-gay drift has gone too far. At an organizational meeting in 2013 in Nashville, Bill Bunkley, one of the group’s leaders, said, “We’re here to honor the legacy of the Boy Scouts of America but now, quite frankly, we are called in a new direction.” Since that organizational meeting, Trail Life USA has grown to nearly 30,000 members, many of them former Boy Scouts.
I used to donate to the BSA and now I do not, I used to enjoy Chick-Fil-A…
…and now I will not. The same thing I said about the Boy Scouts I say about CFA; they embrace their enemies and push away their friends
It’s very sad. I love Chick-fil-A, but that’s it for me also. Back to In-N-Out Burger.
If the last 48 hours have proven anything about Chick-fil-A, it’s this: It was never about the chicken. For millions of Americans, there was a much deeper significance behind every decision to pull in the parking lot and walk through those doors. It wasn’t about the menu. It wasn’t even about the service. It was that every time someone ate there, they were making a cultural statement. Chick-fil-A was a business, yes. But it was also a giant rebuttal of everything the bullies stood for. Until it wasn’t.
Maybe that’s why people are in such denial. They don’t want to believe that the place where they felt at home, the place they’d put on a pedestal and invested so much personal capital, betrayed them. Deep down, I think we all want to explain away Chick-fil-A’s decision. It’s a lot easier than the alternative, which is accepting and grieving the fact that this company — a brave holdout for so many years — is running away from the people and principles that made them who they are.
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The Salvation Army is one of the few charities I trust, they’re in my will. I went a long time without CFA before an outlet opened here, I won’t miss them.
I have a coupon for a free sandwich I received from CFA for filling out a online survey, I’m planning to staple that to my letter to them excoriating them for their about-face. The coupon will prove that (unlike the protestors they are caving in to) I was a actual customer.