By Trudy Ring
The American Family Association, one of the most homophobic and transphobic groups in the nation, is exaggerating its role in pushing Chick-fil-A to continue to donate to faith-based organizations, including (perhaps) those that are anti-LGBTQ.
The fast-food chain, owned by a conservative Christian family, sent mixed signals in November about whether the Chick-fil-A Foundation would continue to give to organizations with anti-LGBTQ policies and histories, prompting outcry from the AFA (classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center), former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and other members of the religious right. The AFA posted on its website Tuesday that it had received a “clarification” of the giving policy and shared a letter from Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A’s president and CEO, but this same letter actually went to hundreds of recipients, The Advocate has learned.
Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos said in November that the foundation had fulfilled multiyear commitments to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army, both of which have anti-LGBTQ policies or histories, and said none of the charities under consideration had such policies. Then he backtracked a bit, saying, “No organization will be excluded from future consideration — faith-based or non-faith-based,” without addressing if an organization’s stance on LGBTQ rights would be a concern.
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