American chicken chain Chick-fil-A is still directing donations to organizations with anti-LGBTI outlooks, new tax filings released today (20 March) show.
The fast-food chain has taken great strides to downplay its record for donating to homophobic groups in the past.
But 2017 tax filings show the chain’s charitable arm, the Chick-fil-A Foundation, donated $1.65 million to Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which imposes a ban on ‘homosexual acts’ on its employees.
Moreover, $150,000 also went to the Salvation Army, which has a heated history around LGBTI issues.
Finally, a small donation also went to the Paul Anderson Youth Home, which serves some fairly anti-gay views.
Significantly, these donations are a slight increase from the previous year.
The foundation’s funding comes almost entirely from the corporate treasury and shares leadership with the main Chick-fil-A company.
So, while it’s officially the Chick-fil-A Foundation doing the donating here, anti-LGBTI groups are still benefiting.
What were the three companies?
Paul Anderson Youth Home is a ‘Christian residential home for troubled youth,’ its website says.
However, it teaches youth in its care that homosexuality is wrong and that same-sex marriage is ‘rage against Jesus Christ and His values.’
Fellowship of Christian Athletes once said homosexuality was the result of ‘abuse, neglect, [and] molestation.’
Furthermore, Salvation Army has a long history of anti-LGBTI activity.
Though it have denied the anti-gay ‘myth,’ stories of anti-gay discrimination have dogged the charity for years.
This includes the organization formally stating its belief that gay men are ‘deserving of death.’
It was listed in parts of the Salvation Army’s ‘Salvationist Handbook of Doctrine.’
In response, a Chick-fil-A spokesperson told Gay Star News: ‘In 2017, the Chick-fil-A Foundation gave $9.9 million in donations to communities across America.
‘In addition, the Chick-fil-A organization contributed $8.8 million to scholarships to support the college education of more than 3,000 team members.
‘The sole focus of our donations was to support causes focused on youth and education. We are proud of the positive impact we are making in communities across America and have been transparent about our giving on our web site.
‘To suggest our giving was done to support a political or non-inclusive agenda is inaccurate and misleading.’
What about Chick-fil-A itself?
Chick-fil-A hasn’t been without its fair share of controversies, these began in 2012.
Equality Matters first reported the company donated nearly $2 million to anti-gay groups in 2010. Then the COO Dan Cathy said the company is against marriage equality and operates on ‘biblical principles’.
Same-sex couples began kissing in front of establishments as a form of protest.