After supporting Chick-fil-A, Franklin Graham forced to ask us to pray for company
Danielle Jarvis

Danielle Jarvis

Franklin Graham last week stood up for Christian-owned Chick-fil-A over changes to their new donation policy, but after revelations that the company has donated to an anti-Christian group, he has been forced to issue a new statement.

The fast food group issued a statement announcing its new giving changes, stating that,  “Starting in 2020, the Chick-fil-A Foundation is introducing a more focused giving approach to provide additional clarity and impact with the causes it supports. Staying true to its mission of nourishing the potential in every child, the Chick-fil-A Foundation will deepen its giving to a smaller number of organizations working exclusively in the areas of education, homelessness and hunger.”

This means organizations like The Salvation Army, who previously received funding, will no longer be part of the company’s giving. Chick fil-A opened its first store in the UK recently, but the store was set to close after LGBT supporters protested.

As loyal Christian supporters of the company were up in arms over the decision, Graham picked up the phone and spoke to directly with the company’s CEO, Dan Cathy. Lat week he took to social media and offered his support, stating, “Has Chick-fil-A caved? Some are saying they’ve rolled over, that they’ve conceded to the LGBTQ protests because they released a statement about their charitable giving. They announced that in 2020 they’re giving to fight hunger and homelessness and support education. What’s wrong with that?

“I picked up the phone and called Dan Cathy, Dan was very clear that they have not bowed down to anyone’s demands, including the LGBTQ community. They will continue to support whoever they want to support. They haven’t changed who they are or what they believe. Chick-fil-A remains committed to Christian values.

“Dan Cathy assured me that this isn’t going to change. I hope all those who jumped to the wrong conclusion about them read this. In my opinion, the gay movement wouldn’t ever be happy with Chick-fil-A unless they were open on Sunday, gave all of their charitable donations to LGBTQ organizations, and flew the rainbow flag over their stores! Their hatred for Chick-fil-A is rooted in founder Truett Cathy’s strong stand for biblical “traditional” values and his desire to honor God.

“No fast food chain does a better job. I went through the drive-thru at Chick-fil-A yesterday morning, and I thought I might get dinner there—but a whole lot of other people had the same idea! A Chick-fil-A sandwich with waffle fries sounds really good right now!”

That’s a ringing endorsement from one of America’s most high profile Christians. But in the meantime, new news broke that the fast food outlet had donated money to the anti-Christian group Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Townhall.com uncovered an IRS 990 form showing that the Chick-fil-A Foundation contributed $2,500 in 2017 to the group. On August 15, 2012, a terrorist shooter stormed Family Research Council’s (FRC) headquarters armed with a loaded semi-automatic pistol, 100 rounds of ammunition, and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches.

The gunman, Floyd Corkins, started firing at FRC’s building manager who heroically tackled the shooter after one of the rounds shattered his arm.  Corkins stated that, “I wanted to kill the people in the building and then smear a Chick-fil-A sandwich in their face … to kill as many people as I could.”

In a chilling interrogation video released by the FBI, Corkins admitted he picked FRC as a target from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) website. Corkins pled guilty to three charges, including committing an act of domestic terrorism while armed – the first such charge under D.C.’s post-9/11 anti-terrorism law.

Graham was therefore forced to issue another, updated statement, asking Christians to pray for the country.

“Chick-fil-A has been in the news a lot, and every day it seems there’s a new article about their charitable giving,” he stated. “There has been a lot of concern and criticism, and maybe rightly so. For Christian schools, businesses, and organizations, there is always a danger of drifting to the left. It is my sincere hope that Chick-fil-A will not allow that to happen.

“With the majority of corporate America caving to the LGBTQ agenda, Chick-fil-A has stood against the tide—with people of faith supporting them all the way. What can we do now? I would encourage Christians everywhere to pray for Dan Cathy, his brother Bubba, and the family as they have some important decisions to make.

Chick-fil-A has been in the news a lot, and every day it seems there’s a new article about their charitable giving….

Posted by Franklin Graham on Saturday, 30 November 2019

“It’s their company, they can do what they want. But my prayer is that God will lead and direct them, and that they will continue to honor their late father Truett Cathy’s strong stand for biblical values–all to the glory of God! While Chick-fil-A is one of the few restaurants closed on Sunday to honor God, what if we make today “Pray for Chick-fil-A Day?” Will you join me in praying?”

The company is yet to release any official statement over its donation to SPLC.

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