Who cares about poor people as long as affluent liberals can eat their chicken in peace right? Recently Chick-Fil-A announced they would no longer be donating to certain charities who have, completely unrelated to their mission, opposed gay marriage rights.
The media hasn’t salivated this much since they (probably) stood outside Chick-Fil-A last Sunday, hungover on self-congratulation and oatmilk White Russians, cursing the Lord himself for the sabbath which kept them from their guilty pleasure: a spicy chicken sandwich from an establishment run by, [shudder], conservatives.
If there is anything more reviled to the leftist media than a conservative, its a Christian.The headlines were quick to intentionally conflate Christianity as a whole with oppostition to gay marriage rights under the law. Factually speaking, Christians do not all share the same views on the rights of homosexual couples to marry. Despite the National Review’s blatantly false headline, Chick-fil-a did not stop giving to all Christian charities – they have decided to stop giving to three specific charities: the Salvation Army, the Paul Anderson Youth Home, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Reading through the media coverage – readers would think Chick-Fil-A had been donating to political advocacy groups who work to oppose gay marriage rights and equality laws or extremist hate organizations like Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church. Instead – they were donating to one of the most popular and well known charities in the United States, the Salvation Army.
Liberal activists have for months (years) made wild claims that Chick-Fil-A makes unethical donations. It is true, the Salvation Army – who is responsible for feeding, clothing and caring for the nation’s most poor and at need, particularly at Christmas time – has leadership in their church which has stated they do not support gay unions. The Salvation Army does not turn away or ask anyone about their sexual orientation, they do not lobby regularly at all and not ever in regard to gay marriage. Unlike charities that are the darling of the left like Planned Parenthood and the Sierra Club, significantly less than 1% of Salvation Army revenue has gone to lobbying efforts.
Salvation Army raises hundreds of millions of dollars a year, 82% of which go directly to their programs which is significantly above average. The money they raise impacts millions of families in poverty who would go without basic needs like food and clothing without them. They also ensure millions of children living in sometimes dire circumstances receive Christmas presents every year by partnering with their communities and other churches (more Christinas! Oh no!). Counting all of their locations and services, the Salvation Army provides a basic need to about one human being every single second of every single day (around 27 million individuals helped every year).
The Salvation Army has dedicated its mission and its resources for a hundred years to providing dignity and humanity to those who need a bed to sleep in or a hot meal.
But let them eat cake, right? Preferably from a bakery in Colorado. Liberals care more that no one says anything that might hurt a gay couple’s feelings than that gay couples living on the street have a roof to sleep under or that a transchild in a foster home gets the tiny reprive of a Christmas present each December. The Salvation Army poses no risk whatsoever to the legality of gay marriage in the United States (or anywhere). They are not even trying to pose a risk to gay marriage. They simply hold religious views as a church which they do not impart on any aspect of their charitable reach.
So congratulations liberal LGBT community and your white knights in the mainstream media. Millions of dollars of basic needs will no longer be met because feelings maybe got hurt by some people but nothing actually happened to them. Merry Christmas. Enjoy pretending like you haven’t been eating Chick-Fil-A this whole time.