There were a number of good points in my article Did Chick-Fil-A Donate to the SPLC? Rather than address all of them in the comments, let’s do it here.
Is Chick-fil-a a Christian based organization or not?
No. I think we call those “churches.” Are there companies that are predominately owned and operated by Christians? Or Jews or Muslims or atheists? And do their values and worldview affect their decisions? Certainly. Do I care what religion the owners and management of a company are. Nope. Not even a little bit.
They’ve certainly suggested that they are. Is that a false claim?
Here’s what Franklin Graham has said:
Rev. Franklin Graham said he was assured by Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy that the company “remains committed to Christian values.”
I don’t want to get into “word thinking” and trying too hard to define “Christian values.” Dan Cathy is Southern Baptist and as a Presbyterian I suspect there are various “Christian values” that we might disagree on.
If you look for a list of “Christian values,” you won’t find a definitive list. I kind of liked this one:
- Faith in God
- Self-control and Moderation
- Honesty and Integrity
- Kindness and Compassion
- Contentment and Thankfulness
- Patience and Perseverance
- Peace and Humility
- Loyalty and Commitment
The company’s official statement of corporate purpose says that the business exists “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”[
And of course, Dan Cathy has said “As it relates to society in general, I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.’ ”
Back in the 1960s and most of the 1970s, these things were just considered normal. The fact that these are now somehow uniquely Christian values that need to be upheld is a relatively new occurrence.
When they “use” and advertise their religious beliefs to gain market share then basically renounce all those who have backed them and fought for their freedom to do so – then that’s a slap in the face 🤦🏼♀️ Soon they will be open in Sunday’s 🙄
This was a comment I received on Twitter. Have they differentiated themselves by providing the kinds of service of the pre-woke era (to coin a phrase)? Certainly. People liked that and bought chicken sandwiches.
When the whole gay marriage thing broke out, Chick-fil-A did a press release saying “if you’re a Christian, you must come and buy our chicken sandwiches!” Wait . . . no they didn’t do that. People decided on their own that they would do so.
After the kerfuffle quieted down, Chick-fil-A did another a press release saying “we’d like to thank the Christians who rallied to support us.” Wait . . . no they didn’t do that either.
I hate to be the one to break this to you but Chick-fil-A management probably didn’t need your support or want your support (although they were glad to take your money!) That’s all on you and not on them. If you feel that it’s a slap in the face, that’s on you as well.
Will they ever be open on Sunday? Should it ever become necessary to open on Sunday to continue the viability of the company, you can bet your last nickel that they will do so!
If they are actually financially supporting anti-Christian organizations and efforts by taking the lords name in vain, that must be taken seriously.
Well, let’s talk about the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.”
Seems pretty reasonable. Let’s cut to the chase — I have no tolerance for the wackos on the far right that include the Ku Klux Klan, white nationalists, the neo-Nazi movement, anti-government militias. The problem with the SPLC is that they’ve swept up President Trump and many of us in the same net.
Why is that? Because you can’t collect money in donations unless you can make the problem big enough. And so you claim there are 1,020 “hate groups” operating in the United States. Well, that’s certainly a big problem! Except, of course, the total number of people is small and their ability or desire to do something is pretty small as well. But if you collect money to fight hate, you better make the haters big enough or you might as well fold your tent and go home.
Is the SLPC anti-Christian? Tough call but I’m going to say no. In fact, their interim president and CEO, Karen Baynes-Dunning, seems like a fine Christian woman. She may be very wrong in her worldview but I’d have dinner with her and hear her out.
So what’s the net of all of this?
I hate conservative virtue signaling as much as I had the left’s virtue signaling and I think there’s one hell of a lot of that going on right now.
If you like their chicken sandwiches, go. If you don’t, don’t go.
If you want to feel like you’re doing something noble by buying a chicken sandwich, feel free. However, when the company does something you consider “un-Christian” it might be better and more Christian to forgive them then to get your knickers all in a twist particularly over a $2,500 donation.