Evangelist Franklin Graham on Thursday defended Chick-fil-A’s decision to change its donation strategy, saying he had called CEO Dan Cathy and was assured the company had not caved and remains committed to Christian values.
On Monday, the Chick-fil-A Foundation unveiled a “more focused giving approach” that will concentrate on the areas of education, homelessness and hunger. Beginning in 2020, the Foundation will exclusively fund Junior Achievement USA, Covenant House International, and local food banks.
Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos told Bisnow.com that the Foundation no longer would donate to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army – two ministries that have been at the heart of criticism by LGBT groups.
“Has Chick-fil-A caved?” Graham asked in a post on Facebook. “Some are saying they’ve rolled over, that they’ve conceded to the LGBTQ protests because they released a statement about their charitable giving. They announced that in 2020 they’re giving to fight hunger and homelessness and support education. What’s wrong with that?
“I picked up the phone and called Dan Cathy,” Graham said, referencing the Chick-fil-A CEO. “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.”
Nothing Chick-fil-A does, Graham said, will…