Everyone is familiar with the popular restaurant chain Chic-fil-A. What you probably are not familiar with is their donations made during the past years.
According to the 2009 IRS 990 forms WinShape, Chick-Fil-A’s charitable foundation, received $7,814,788 from Chick-fil-A Inc. WinShape donated over $1 million of that money to various anti-gay organizations.
One of the organizations that received a donation for WinShape was Exodus International. Exodus International is an organization that promotes ex-gay therapy, treating homosexuality as form of sexual brokenness.
Now there is no doubt in my mind that Chick-fil-A makes excellent food, and it is without a doubt one of my favorite places to eat at on campus. Where else would be a better place to get a chicken sandwich?
But when I realized the money I spent on those chicken sandwiches was going to anti-gay organizations like Exodus International, I had to stop.
I find it highly ironic that Chick-fil-A was voted third most beloved restaurant chain in the United States. A company that takes such great strides to repress members of the community should not be ranked so highly.
The president of Chick-fil-A Dan Cathy defended the actions of the WinShape foundation saying “We’re not anti-anybody… Our mission is to create raving fans.” That may be true, but clearly the donations of Chick-fil-A contradict what Cathy said.
Chick-fil-A is a restaurant renowned for its religious background. The restaurant still closes on Sunday, and in this day and age where everything is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week that is very honorable. But even with its religious ties is it necessary to have so many connections to anti-gay organizations? I consider myself a religious person, but you don’t see me running for my torch and pitchfork whenever the LGBT community wants to get married.
In all honesty, do we want a business that promotes anti-LGBT organizations serving our campus? Granted they have great food, but is it worth it when these organizations crush the dreams of people just like you and me.
Schools like the Florida State University, University of North Texas, Mississippi State University, and the University of New Orleans have formed petitions asking their schools to not support anti-LGBT companies like Chick-fil-A; some cases even evicting the restaurant off the campus. Personally I would rather see a Burger King at the current location of our Chick-fil-A and that is just one of the many restaurant chains we could have.
I am curious as to what the students of UNC Charlotte will do. Will you take a stand like your fellow students across the nation, or will you just go about you business as usual?