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.
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 GiantsforGod.com 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.
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.