Posted: Sep 19, 2012 1:27 PM CDT Updated: Sep 19, 2012 2:20 PM CDT
By Cecelia Hanley - email
(RNN) – Chick-fil-A will no longer give money to anti-gay organizations, according to an organization championing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. The move comes as part of a real estate deal in Chicago.
Moreno, executive director of TCRA, stated he negotiated concessions with executives at the fast food company and advised them about anti-discrimination policies. WGCL reports that Moreno negotiated the compromise as part of a real estate deal.
"My sole interest in this fight was to make substantive progress on the vital civil rights issue of our day. With this action, I believe that real progress has been made to address the very legitimate concerns of the LGBT community regarding Chick-fil-A. Moreover, the company has agreed to a compromised traffic pattern. Therefore, I will be providing Chick-fil-A the letter of support they have been requesting to allow for a subdivision of the property located at 2538-70 N. Elston Avenue. I also will be introducing a City Council ordinance that will formalize the subdivision," Moreno said.
In a news release Wednesday, Illinois-based group The Civil Rights Agenda revealed excerpts of a letter from a Chick-fil-A executive to Alderman Moreno.
"The WinShape Foundations is now taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas," the letter stated.
WinShape Foundations is the charitable arm of Chick-fil-A and the Cathy family, who started the fast food company.
Chick-fil-A came under fire after Dan Cathy, president of the Atlanta-based fast food chain, said in an July 16 interview with the Baptist Press that the organization supports "… the biblical definition of the family unit.
"We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives," he said. "We give God thanks for that ... we know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."
The backlash prompted boycotts from LGBT supporters as well as "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," a rally suggested by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is also a Baptist minister.
"We are very pleased with this outcome and thank Alderman Moreno for his work on this issue," said Anthony Martinez, executive director of The Civil Rights Agenda. "I think the most substantive part of this outcome is that Chick-fil-A has ceased donating to organizations that promote discrimination, specifically against LGBT civil rights."
Chick-fil-A also has sent a memo to franchise and stakeholders stating the company will "treat every person with honor, dignity and respect-regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation and gender."
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I'm glad they've changed their policy, but just like before, I'm still not going to spend any of my atheist dollars there. I don't want my money going toward their crazy xtian charities:
The requirements of the scholarship program have varied in details over the years. Eligibility originally required current Chick-fil-A employment, high achievement and community involvement in high school, and a willingness to sign a contract including Christianity-based rules. Employment by Chick-fil-A is no longer a requirement, but the Christian-based nature of WinShape is perhaps stronger today than ever; the current contract specifies weekly meeting attendance, leadership discussion group participation, community service, and a fundamentalist Christian lifestyle, including abstaining from alcohol and drugs. Beginning in 2006, freshmen and transfer students were required to attend a week-long orientation camp known as FreshThing.
The WinShape Foundation was created by Chick-fil-A founder, S. Truett Cathy, and his wife, Jeannette, in 1982. The simple vision then, as it is today, was to strengthen families and bring people closer to God and each other. Each ministry within the WinShape Foundation is committed to equipping Christ-centered servant leaders who live life on purpose; with purpose; from children to college students, families, couples, business leaders and others in need around the world.
Ditto for me. Altho, being vegetarian, the chances of my eating there were never a consideration anyway. Damn, I wish I could boycot them.
Yeah I don't eat there myself because of the xtian beliefs - but it is good they aren't giving money to antigay groups. At least that is an improvement.