Chick-fil-A Increased its Funding of Anti-Gay Groups in 2017

Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy, image via Facebook

How anti-gay could Chick-Fil-A even be these days? Newly-released tax filings from 2017 say it's only gotten worse.

The filings show that the Chick-fil-A Foundation donated more than $1.8 million to three groups with anti-LGBT policies. The foundation’s funding comes almost entirely from the chicken restaurant’s treasury, and it shares leadership with the company.

The donations number $1,653,416 to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, $6,000 to the Paul Anderson Youth Home, and $150,000 to the Salvation Army: a slight increase from 2016.

“[America is] 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,” Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy stated on the Ken Coleman Show in 2012, setting off national boycotts that continue to this day.

City officials in Chicago, Boston, and New York City threatened to bar Chick-fil-A from doing business in their cities. The Jim Henson Co. withdrew collaborations with the company.

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a religious organization that requires a strict “sexual purity” policy for its employees that bars any “homosexual acts.”

Paul Anderson Youth Home, a “Christian residential home for troubled youth,” teaches boys that homosexuality is wrong and that same-sex marriage is “rage against Jesus Christ and His values.”

The Salvation Army has a record of side-stepping legal protections for LGBT Americans. At the time of the donations the company had a written policy of only complying with local “relevant employment laws.” The organization’s website has since changed to indicate a national policy of non-discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Reached for comment Tuesday about the tax filings, Chick-fil-A, Inc. said they made a decision in 2017 to no longer donate to the Paul Anderson Youth Home moving forward.

“In 2017, a decision was made by the Chick-fil-A Foundation to no longer donate to the group after a blog post from 2010 surfaced that does not meet Chick-fil-A’s commitment to creating a welcoming environment to all,” the company told ThinkProgress.

The company continues its contributions to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army. Representatives explained that donations to those groups are for summer sports camps and various children’s programs, respectively.

Worth noting is that the company offers no benefits or protections to LGBT employees; landing Chick-Fil-A a 0 on the Human Rights Campaign's corporate equality index.


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