Eat mor chikin and help fund homophobia

BUILT on “Christian principles” by crazy Southern Baptist S Truett Cathy, Chick-Fil-A is an Atlanta-based junk food chain of some 1,6000 outlets that is helping to fuel homophobia in the US.

Billionaire bigot S Truett Cathy

It has just emerged that the chain spent $5 million between 2003 and 2010 to support anti-gay organisations and hate groups.

The company was founded in 1946 and trashes literacy by using the motto ”Eat mor chikin” in its advertising. Its founder is described by as:

One of the finest Christian entreprenuers (sic) in American history, this person exemplifies what all Christian businessmen should strive to be in the workplace.

Two interesting things about the 91-year-old wingnut from Forbes:

• His is rich to the tune of $1.6-billion (well, he was in 2007).

• And he owns the Batmobile from Batman Returns.

According to a report released yesterday by Equality Matters, a part of Media Matters. Chick-Fil-A donated over $3 million to outfits like the Family Research Council and Exodus International between 2003 and 2009. And in 2010 alone, Chick-fil-A donated over $1.9 million to anti-gay causes, more than any other year for which public records are available.

Chick-Fil-A channels donations through its charitable arm, the WinShape Foundation which was set up by Cathy in 1984.

Some of the other anti-gay organisations and hate groups Chick-Fil-A’s money has supported include Marriage & Family Foundation, Fellowship Of Christian Athletes, and the Georgia Family Council. The Family Research Council (FRC), mentioned above, is a certified anti-gay hate group.

Florida teacher Jerry Buell, who last year wrote on Facebook that same sex marriage almost made him throw up, is a member of the Fellowship Of Christian Athletes.

Wikipedia adds:

S Truett Cathy is a devout Southern Baptist; his religious beliefs have a major impact on the company. The company’s official statement of corporate purpose says that the business exists ‘To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A’.

Cathy’s beliefs are also responsible for one of the chain’s distinctive features: All Chick-fil-A locations (company-owned and franchised, whether in a mall or freestanding) are closed on Sundays, as well as on Thanksgiving and Christmas.