On Tuesday's episode of "Pat Gray Unleashed," Pat discussed misguided outrage that erupted on Twitter after headlines accused Chick-fil-A of caving to backlash from the LGBTQ community.
Why both sides of the political aisle are mad
Mainstream media outlets ran headlines that made Chick-fil-A appear to have opted out of annual donations to Christian organizations that are reportedly anti-LGBTQ.
CNBC ran an article with this headline: "Chick-fil-A no longer donates to controversial Christian charities after LGBTQ protests."
The New York Times headline similarly ran this headline: "Chick-fil-A Stops Giving to 2 Groups Criticized by LGBTQ. Advocates Rights organizations called the decision a positive step but said the fast-food chain should do more."
Chick-fil-A fulfilled its obligations to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and are going to focus its donations on hunger, homeless and education. The fast-food restaurant released the following news release:
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 it's giving to a smaller number of organizations working exclusively in the areas of education, homelessness, and hunger.
Today we are excited to announce the Foundation has committed $9 million to the following initiatives for 2020:
- Education: To support education, we are expanding our partnership with Junior Achievement USA (JA). JA offers kindergarten to 12th-grade programs that foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. The organization reaches nearly 5 million students annually.
- Homelessness: To address youth homelessness, we are expanding our partnership with Covenant House International. For more than four decades, Covenant House has helped transform and save the lives of more than a million homeless, runaway and trafficked young people – reaching 70,000 youth each year.
- Hunger: To fight hunger, we will support more than 120 communities by dedicating $25,000 to a local food bank at each new Chick-fil-A opening. continue reading
Pat asserted that he was taken aback at first, but once he read the article, he realized that people are losing their minds over nothing. He explained that Chick-fil-A did not cave to pressure from the LGBTQ community and that the restaurant chain intends to help feed those in need at the community level.
Watch the video below for details.
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