Chick-fil-A's ties to a controversial Christian charity are going viral as the chain expands into the UK. Here's the breakdown of what happened.

Business Insider | 10/17/2019 | Kate Taylor
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Chick-fil-A is facing backlash for its history of donations to anti-LGBTQ organizations as it expands into the UK.

Viral posts on social media have condemned Chick-fil-A for the donations, specifically those given to the National Christian Foundation (NCF), a major Christian nonprofit.

NCF - Organizations - Charities - Hate - Groups

The NCF has donated to conservative religious organizations and charities, including some designated as hate groups with ties to people pushing anti-LGBTQ legislation in Uganda and other countries.

Chick-fil-A has not donated to the NCF since 2012, following backlash when CEO Dan Cathy spoke out against same-sex marriage.

WinShape - Foundation - Cathy - Family - Donations

The WinShape Foundation, a nonprofit backed by the Cathy family that is mostly funded by donations from Chick-fil-A, no longer donates to the NCF. The NCF donated $65,120 to WinShape in 2017.

Dan Cathy and his wife seem to continue to support the NCF, donating $5,750 to an affiliated nonprofit in 2017.

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Chick-fil-A - Backlash - Aftermath - Location - UK

Chick-fil-A is facing backlash in the aftermath of opening its first location in the UK, as the chain's relationship to a major Christian charity is under scrutiny.

Last week, Chick-fil-A opened its first permanent location in the UK, in the town of Reading in Berkshire, England.

Chain - Backlash - Customers

Now, the chain is facing backlash from potential customers.

A protest is being organized for this Saturday in Reading, with the goal of enlightening "potential patrons to the Chick-fil-A chain and their anti LGBT+ stance." The Facebook invitation to the protest draws connections between Chick-fil-A and anti-LGBTQ legislation in Uganda, including the "Kill the Gays" bill that would impose the death penalty for homosexuality.

UK - Country - Place - Backward - Practising

"The UK is a progressive country with no place for backward practising organisations that support charities including a charity that sent a preacher to...
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