Chick-fil-A has just released an internal memo Who Are We? in which the fast food chain says it will no longer fund organizations with political and social views and says it will treat LGBT people "with honor, dignity and respect." The only thing I've got in mind after reading this is: "LOL".
It is easy to release a statement with promises. I want actions like Fred Sainz of HRC who studies the policies for LGBTs of the biggest companies and who said "their statements are completely empty unless they back them up with actions" because, currently, Chick-fil-A doesn't have any anti-discrimination policy.
Moreover, they don't clearly say they will stop giving money to anti-gay organizations. They just specify that their "intent is not to engage in political or social debates."
One could then think that they will not give money to anti-gay organizations anymore but one is not naive and one is right because the memo also says: "A part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us.
"Because of this commitment, Chick-fil-A's giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities. We will continue to focus our giving in those areas."
Does that sound pro-marriage equality?
You want more anti-gay details? Ok.
Headquarters of Chick-fil-A are located at the same address than the Marriage and Family Foundation in Atlanta. According to Equality Matters, Marriage and Family was created to be the "implementation and funding arm" for the Marriage CoMission, a coalition of groups formed in response to the "downward spiral of marriage and the traditional family in America."
Who helped to launch Marriage and Family?
Donald Cathy, the senior vice-president of Chick-fil-A.
Moreover, it would seem, according to The Advocate, instead of directly collecting the money raised via WinShape (company created by Chick-fil-A founder and chairman S. Truett Cathy used by Chick-fil-A to donate to anti-gay groups) as a result of the "Ride for Family," a motorcycle trip, Chick-fil-A asked participants to send checks directly to the Marriage and Family Foundation.
So you, Chick-fil-A, do you really believe we are so stupid? That some lines of a memo will stop us to do bad publicity for your business?
If we really think about it, who is stupid?
You clearly show you were against LGBTQ rights and now you beg the community to forget this discrimination (thing we won't do) and guess who is not happy about this? Your biggest fans. Ouch!