Despite national headlines on Monday reporting on Chick-fil-A’s decision to halt all future donations to anti-LGBTQ+ organizations, conservative Christian leader Franklin Graham says that the fast-food chain has not “conceded to the LGBTQ protests” nor has it “bowed down to anyone’s demands, including the LGBTQ community.”
In a Thursday Facebook post, Graham, who is also a prominent Trump ally, said he had personally called Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy as soon as he read reports that the restaurant might stop donating to anti-LGBTQ causes.
According to Graham, Cathy was “very clear that they have not bowed down to anyone’s demands, including the LGBTQ community.”
“Has Chick-fil-A caved? Some are saying they’ve rolled over, that they’ve conceded to the LGBTQ protests because they released a statement about their charitable giving,” Graham wrote to his millions of followers. “They announced that in 2020 they’re giving to fight hunger and homelessness and support education. What’s wrong with that?”
He continued: “I picked up the phone and called Dan Cathy. Dan was very clear that they have not bowed down to anyone’s demands, including the LGBTQ community. They will continue to support whoever they want to support. They haven’t changed who they are or what they believe. Chick-fil-A remains committed to Christian values. Dan Cathy assured me that this isn’t going to change. I hope all those who jumped to the wrong conclusion about them read this.”
“In my opinion, the gay movement wouldn’t ever be happy with Chick-fil-A unless they were open on Sunday, gave all of their charitable donations to LGBTQ organizations, and flew the rainbow flag over their stores!” he added. “Their hatred for Chick-fil-A is rooted in founder Truett Cathy’s strong stand for biblical “traditional” values and his desire to honor God. No fast food chain does a better job. I went through the drive-thru at Chick-fil-A yesterday morning, and I thought I might get dinner there—but a whole lot of other people had the same idea! A Chick-fil-A sandwich with waffle fries sounds really good right now!”
Chick-fil-A also appeared to backpedal away from their decision in a statement to Vice News this week following public outcry by Christian groups.
“No organization will be excluded from future consideration–faith-based or non-faith-based,” Chick-fil-A President and COO Tim Tassopoulos said in a statement to Vice.
The statement noted that donations from the business will go to groups focused on education, homelessness, and hunger.