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Chick-fil-A attempted to quell blowback from conservatives over a previous donation to an anti-Christian organization Wednesday, seemingly blaming an anonymous staffer for the decision while maintaining that the check was cut to “change lives” in the spirit of “thinking about others.”
The fast food chain, known for its chicken sandwiches and upholding of Christian values, has come under fire in recent days for halting donations to faith-based organizations — such as the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes — while previously donating to far-left groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The restaurant giant’s 2017 990 IRS filing states that it not only gave a $2,500 donation to the SPLC, but also to various pro-abortion and pro-LGBT rights groups, Townhall.com pointed out.
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In a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation, Chick-fil-A conceded that it made the donation to the left-wing extremist organization but pointed to Christian groups that it also gave to, including the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The statement does not say whether the company will halt any future SPLC donations, as it infamously announced regarding the Christian organizations after a disingenuous pressure campaign from far-left activists.
“The SPLC donation was made by a volunteer member of the Chick-fil-A Foundation Advisory Board,” a press representative for Chick-fil-A press said.
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“Each volunteer advisor, in 2017, was offered the opportunity to recommend a grant recipient,” the statement continued. “The grants were given to a range of organizations, including Meals on Wheels, Atlanta Mission, the Holocaust Survivor Support Fund, Georgia Historical Society and brain health research at Emory University.”
The spokesperson then cited Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy, whose Christian values “still guide the business today.”
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“He famously said: ‘Probably the greatest gift that God has given any one of us is the power that we have to change people’s lives...
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