The popular chicken sandwich restaurant chain, Chick-fil-A, recently announced it will halt donations to several Christian organizations and causes, which supporters said was due to public and political pressure. The restaurant said that it will end donations from its foundation to the following groups: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Salvation Army, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home.
Chick-fil-A said that it will focus on education, combating homelessness and fighting hunger in 2020. As a part of these changes, the Chick-fil-A Foundation committed $9 million for these efforts.
The news media had a different take on the Chick-fil-A announcement, with multiple news channels and outlets welcoming the change and suggesting that Chick-fil-A’s prior policy was “anti-LGBTQ+.”
NowThis News published a YouTube video on the news, titled, “Chick-Fil-A to Stop Donations to Anti-LGBTQ+ Groups.” NowThis’s video description read, “Chick-fil-A says it will finally stop donating to charities that oppose LGBTQ+ rights.”
CBS News continued the rhetoric in its YouTube video, which almost read word-for-word like NowThis News’s title, “Chick-fil-A to stop donating to anti-LGBTQ+ charities.”
Despite the media’s narrative about Chick-fil-A, it is difficult for the mainstream media to claim neutrality and impartiality on this issue when it portrays Christian values as “anti-LGBTQ+.” Some Christians counter and note that they welcome the LGBTQ+ community, but they have the right to disagree on policies because they interpret some policies as infringing on their constitutionally-protected religious beliefs.
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