This is a total betrayal of Christian values.
Since making the announcement that they would stop supporting pro-family charities earlier this week, Chic-fil-A has been performing damage control against criticisms that they turned their backs on their Christian customers who helped them become the world’s leading chicken restaurant.
They were able to pull the wool over the eyes of Rev. Franklin Graham, who defended the fast food giant after talking with Chic-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy.
“I picked up the phone and called Dan Cathy. Dan was very clear that they have not bowed down to anyone’s demands, including the LGBTQ community. They will continue to support whoever they want to support,” Graham wrote in a Facebook post.
“They haven’t changed who they are or what they believe. Chick-fil-A remains committed to Christian values. Dan Cathy assured me that this isn’t going to change. I hope all those who jumped to the wrong conclusion about them read this,” he added.
Liberty Counsel chairman Mat Staver took Graham to task in an open letter for CBN News for defending Chic-fil-A following their shameful capitulation.
“Franklin, you have done a huge disservice by not doing more investigation into Chick-Fil-A’s betrayal and capitulation to the LGBT agenda,” he wrote.
In his open letter, Staver noted that Chic-fil-A would no longer be donating to Salvation Army and would instead fund Covenant House International.
Covenant House is a charity rooted in the Catholic Church that targets homeless children and brings them into their facilities. It was founded by Father Bruce Ritter in 1973. Abuse victim Darryl Bassile claims that Ritter sexually abused him after bringing him into the Covenant House when he was a homeless youth.
Bassile was denied the ability to file a lawsuit in 1993 against Ritter, Covenant House and the Conventual Franciscans because the statute of limitations had expired. Ritter died in 1999.
“At 14, what was I to do? Was I to say no? Was I to be put back on the streets?” Bassile said earlier this year. “I stayed, and I endured until I could go someplace else.”
“You learn to live, but you never really find closure,” he said to the New York Daily News, adding that the sexual abuse he suffered gave him post-traumatic stress disorder.
Covenant House is an extremely LGBT-friendly, supporting the annual New York City gay pride parade with a float and the hashtag #CovUnity. It also helps to fund the LGBT agenda on a national basis.
“Chick-Fil-A dumps the Salvation Army because it wants to expand into new markets and now shuns originations the LGBT activists falsely call “anti-LGBT”, and then turns 180 degrees to announce that it will now fund Covenant House, a radical LGBTQ activist organization that celebrates homosexuality, transgenderism, and the entire LGBTQ agenda,” Staver wrote.
Even worse, a report from Church Militant indicated that Covenant House took a young girl to an abortion clinic earlier this year to presumably murder her baby in the womb. Four pro-life protesters saw a Covenant House van pull up to the abortion facility in Detroit where they saw a young woman who looked to be sedated walk into the clinic.
Staver does not believe that Christians should accept the lip service from Chic-fil-A as Franklin Graham has done. He believes that what Chic-fil-A has done constitutes a major betrayal to the Christian community.
“Chick-Fil-A voluntarily surrendered to gain entrance into more liberal communities. In doing so, the company has caused incredible damage to the greater Christian community,” he said.