Rod Thomson

Chick-fil-A is vilified by the American left — and particularly the LGBTQ+ community — like few other American companies.

The reason is clear: They are honest, biblical Christians in their beliefs and statements, including on marriage being between one man and one woman — because that is what the Bible explicitly says and what all of Christianity and the rest of the world believed through all of history until, literally just a few years ago.

But that adherence to biblical norms in today’s America means they must be crushed by the activist LGBTQ+ left that seeks to destroy anyone who will not think like them, i.e. bakers, florists and pizza shops around the nation.

This has resulted in a growing number of bans — and a fascinating turn of events.

The first wave of bans was in 2012, when Democratic city officials in San Francisco, Boston and New York threatened or enacted bans or attempted to block Chick-fil-A from opening restaurants in their cities because Chick-fil-A donated to Christian organizations such as the Family Research Council.

The LGBTQ+ activists organized boycotts and were immediately swamped by giant counter-protests with Chick-fil-A’s customers standing in line around corners to show their support. Rarely has a tactic backfired so magnificently.

The newest round of bans came after the leftist ThinkProgress organization charged that the Chick-fil-A foundation supported “groups with a record of anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination.” Those miscreant hate-filling groups? The Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which both operate on clear biblical understandings that are 2,000 years old. Chick-fil-A gave $1.6 million to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and $150,000 to the Salvation Army in 2017.

That generosity resulted in the San Antonio City Council banning Chick-fil-A at their airport because “everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport,” according to Councilman Robert Trevino. Two weeks later, a New York Democratic assemblyman Sean Ryan, announced that the Buffalo airport was prohibiting Chick-fil-A from operating there, because “the views of Chick-fil-A do not represent our state or the Western New York community.”

Actually, they probably do.

Most recently, the kiddos in the student government at Trinity University, a private liberal arts college in Texas affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, voted to ban Chick-fil-A from their campus. The school does not have a Chick-fil-A on their campus, but serves its food on a rotating basis in the cafeteria. The unanimous vote to ban the chain was because of Chick-fil-A’s donations to groups that failed to support LGBTQ+ rights.

During all of this, Chick-fil-A executives have been nothing but class, creating a pretty stark contrast with those who are trying to shut them down and destroy the company if possible.

In an interview with Business Insider, Rodney Bullard, vice president of corporate social responsibility at Chick-fil-A and executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation, said the foundation focuses on lower-income and underserved youth.

“The calling for us is to ensure that we are relevant and impactful in the community, and that we’re helping children and that we’re helping them to be everything that they can be,” Bullard said. “For us, that’s a much higher calling than any political or cultural war that’s being waged.”

He also said that Chick-fil-A would be willing to work with LGBTQ+ groups in reaching children through these programs they have with 300 partners.

Chick-fil-A does not discriminate against LGBTQ+ people in hiring or serving. So this is about what Chick-fil-A leaders think and say. Further, they are willing to work with LGBTQ+ groups without requiring them to change their views. That, of course, is not reciprocated.

But a funny thing has happened in all of these attacks on Chick-fil-A. The chain is growing at a torrid pace.

Restaurant Business researched Technomic’s Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report and reported that Chick-fil-A’s domestic sales leapfrogged Taco Bell, Wendy’s and Burger King last year and will almost assuredly pass Subway this year to make it the third-largest restaurant chain by sales, behind only McDonald’s and Starbucks.

Kalinowski Equity Research agrees with that assessment: “We have long pointed out that Chick-fil-A is the restaurant competition with which McDonald’s U.S. should most concern itself—and by extension, investors should, too.”

Chick-fil-A sales increased 14.2 percent in 2018 and may increase 15 percent this year, much faster than any major, mature chain.

This success will not go unnoticed. And it is not likely to change behavior towards the chain by LGBTQ+ activists.

There is a deep well of hate for traditional Christian beliefs on the left and specifically in the LGBTQ+ activist corner. So expect ThinkProgress to continue to push out information on Chick-fil-A’s connections with Christian organizations and try to damage the company.

But at this point, apparently the American people are disinclined to pay attention beyond countering with buying more chicken sandwiches.

Rod Thomson is an author, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator, former journalist and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act.


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13 thoughts on “LGBTQ War On Chick-fil-A Is Failing Spectacularly

  • May 22, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    I remember the first boycott several years ago. Like many others in our town I went to the local Chick-fil-A to see what was happening (and to get a delicious sandwich). The place was packed. You couldn’t even enter the store there were so many people buying food and showing support. Even today that restaurant has cars at its drive up window around the block at all hours.

    I go out of my way to eat at Chick-fil-A .

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    • May 22, 2019 at 2:38 pm
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      A one mile line here in Owasso Ok that day

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  • May 22, 2019 at 1:18 pm
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    Chick-Fil-A seems fair and balanced advocating ideals anyone should be proud of. The company is tolerant and not hateful. Great job, Chick-Fil-A!

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  • May 22, 2019 at 1:45 pm
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    What a pleasant experience with Chick Fil A….The left Hates, the Christians love yet they are persecuted and that persecution is cheered on by elected officials who supposedly represent US. It’s a crazy world we live in.

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  • May 22, 2019 at 2:43 pm
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    No gay or lesbian has ever been refused service nor rejected from being hired for being gay by this company.

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  • May 22, 2019 at 3:42 pm
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    Just another example of how the anti traditional liberal band requires a new target: attack a fine and respected establishment for what it isn’t (an entity that trumpets liberal culture). Sad but widespread; let the snowflake culture continue its childish rants, no one will tell me where I should or shouldn’t eat.

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  • May 22, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    We’ve got a ‘temporary’ Chik-fil-A wagon in town, sent here to evaluate potential for a store. Sales have been four TIMES their projections.

    My wife and I try to get by there at least once a week. GOOD FOOD!

    Eeet Mor Chiken!

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  • May 24, 2019 at 9:27 am
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    I keep reading this appellation “anti” attributed to anyone who disagrees with a “progressive” (i.e. – democrat socialist, fascist, liberal, communist, LGBTQRSTUV) position.

    You support traditional marriage as defined by history and every culture on the planet since before recorded history; the left calls you “anti-LGBTXYZ.”

    You support the idea of teaching young people to abstain from sex before marriage, accept the consequences of their actions, not kill an unborn human being, and you are “anti-choice”, “anti-woman,” “anti-abortion.”

    You support the idea of LEGAL immigration, with limits, a NON-porous border, and you’re called “anti-brown people.”

    You KNOW that islam has proceeded through fire and sword and strict adherence to the word of its prophet to murder nearly 3/4 Billion humans in 1400 years in growing to its present 57 states/countries; that it oppresses women, minorities, LGBTxyz types and the left calls you “islamophobic,” (as if that semantically valueless term is valid) again, “anti-brown people.”

    This Chik Fil-A issue is classic leftist rhetorical combat. Just be glad they haven’t resorted to the usual violent means of affecting social change when their rhetoric has failed to change hearts and minds or cow the morally brave and patriotically correct.

    Well, they haven’t resorted to it YET.

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  • May 24, 2019 at 9:11 pm
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    ROD – someone had posted a hateful statement against Chick-fil-A in “Nextdoor”. When this agitator (I have deleted his name from the thread as to not get me in trouble, so I nicknamed him “agitator” for the purposes of reposting the conversation). He said that Chick-fil-A donates to hate groups, which sane people know isn’t true, so I just put the question out there to him. His entire “argument” got more bizarre as he stammered along, and he NEVER DID ANSWER MY ORIGINAL QUESTION. I wonder if he even read what I wrote because he completely ignored my words. Here is the “debate”:

    Started on 5/22

    ME – Jane: I’m just curious as to what you consider “hate groups”? The franchise donates to none. Jane

    Agitator: Organizations that call themselves Christians and then put money into anti-gay causes. Jesus didn’t say a single word about gay people.

    https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/3/21/18275850/chick-fil-a-anti-lgbtq-donations
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    Jane: I repeat: Chick-fil-A donates to NO hate groups. Actually, the Bible does mention this behavior “1 Corinthians 6:9-10: 9Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men ” And before you place any labels on me, I have no problem whatsoever with gay marriage. What people do in the privacy of their homes and that behavior doesn’t affect others, is none of my business. We bought our home from a gay couple, our next door neighbors were a gay couple for 17 years, and truthfully, we got along better with them than the gay couple that had our house before us. Lastly, I have a lesbian friend since we lived in the same neighborhood when we were children. I love them all. This said, I do have a problem with people who stir up trouble by vilifying fine organizations like Chick-fil-A, who have done nothing wrong…NOTHING. Salvation army is in our will – does that makes us haters too?

    Agitator: Jesus said nothing at all, however the “Old Testament”says lots of things like, shrimp is off limits: Leviticus 11:9-12. Shaving your beard is a sin: Leviticus 19:27. How about being blessed for killing small children? Pslam 137:9. The Old Tedtament is garbage, it is full of hate. It is clearly not the same “God” described in the New Testament.

    Jane :
    Corinthians is in the New Testament.

    Agitator: And what did he say?

    The references to homosexuality itself in the New Testament hinge on the interpretation of three specific Greek words: arsenokoitēs (ἀρσενοκοίτης), malakos (μαλακός), and porneia (πορνεία) and its cognates.[1][2] While it is not disputed that the three Greek words apply to sexual relations between men (and possibly between women), some academics interpret the relevant passages as a prohibition against pederasty or prostitution rather than homosexuality per se, while other scholars have presented counter arguments. [3][4][5] The historical context of the passages has also been a subject of debate.

    Jesus said, “Love thy neighbor”, he didn’t say, unless he is gay, or Mexican, or Muslim, or whatever else. The teachings of Jesus are about love and forgiveness, not hate. On top of this, it isn’t for you to judge people, it is for “God” to do so. Right?

    Jane: Wow, you know how to divert from the subject at hand. Just WHERE was I judging anyone?!?! Did you even READ where I said I loved all my friends? The person who started this thread is “judging” a wonderful organization (Chick-fil-A), calling it hateful, when it is anything but. I am ending this debate because it has gone off the track.

    Agitator: LOL, you can’t win the debate so your ending it. R O F L! Go back to hating gay people because you think Jesus wants you to…. Some people are so incredibly dumb.

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    • May 24, 2019 at 9:53 pm
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      Unfortunately, I’ve had that conversation more times than I can count. And it’s more true in the age of Trump than ever.

      It is almost the modus operandi: Ignore comments, copy and paste same thing you’ve said over and over, repeat with ratcheted up copy and paste. I think it essentially works as self-brainwashing propaganda.

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      • May 25, 2019 at 10:50 am
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        Thanks Rod. Your words ring true, as always.

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        • May 25, 2019 at 1:26 pm
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          Thanks, Jane.

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