Shock and Betrayal: Chick-Fil-A Has Donated to SPLC and Many Other Left-Wing Groups

Earlier this month, Chick-fil-A announced that it would stop donating to three Christian organizations that have long been attacked as anti-LGBT “hate groups” by left-wing pressure groups, leaving the restaurant chain’s conservative allies feeling betrayed.

While Chick-fil-A claimed in a statement that it was simply restructuring its philanthropy—not caving in to political correctness—it was not lost on conservatives that all three groups—The Salvation Army, Paul Anderson Youth Home and Fellowship of Christian Athletes— all have traditional views on human sexuality and have been characterized as “anti-LGBT” by gay rights groups.

Now, one of Chick-fil-A’s biggest supporters—the Family Research Council (FRC)—has a special reason to feel the sting of betrayal. 

In 2017,  the Chick-fil-A Foundation gave a generous donation to the anti-Christian Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which several years ago inspired a potentially deadly domestic terrorist attack on the pro-family Christian organization.

The gunman, Floyd Corkins, stormed FRC headquarters in 2012 “armed with a semi-automatic pistol, 100 rounds of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches,” after he had seen the SPLC’s  “hate” map online.

A massacre was averted when Leo Johnson, the building’s manager, managed to tackle the rampaging gunman.

Corkins had entered the FRC’s Washington offices, lying about seeking a role as an intern and Johnson, who was at the security desk, asked to see some identification.

Corkins bent down to ruffle through his backpack. Leo, sensing trouble, stepped out from behind the desk. Corkins pulled out a pistol and Leo, unarmed, advanced toward his would-be killer. Corkins shot Leo in the forearm, but seriously wounded, Leo grappled with him, and took Corkins’s gun away. Soon, Randy Burt and Charles Foster, both FRC staffers, rushed to Leo’s aid. Corkins was subdued and held until Metropolitan Police arrived.

“I wanted to kill the people in the building and then smear a Chick-fil-A sandwich in their face,” Corkins would later tell the FBI.

The gunman had been enraged by the nationwide Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, which was organized by conservative activists who wanted to show their support for the restaurant when it was under attack by LGBT activists and their supporters in the corporate media, as well as the Democrat Party.

Corkins later pleaded guilty to three charges, including committing an act of domestic terrorism while armed.

In spite of all that, the SPLC still lists FRC— previously one of Chick-fil-A’s most vocal defenders—as a “hate group.”  The restaurant paid FRC back by donating to one of its worst enemies.

Conservative website TownHall.com on Tuesday published an IRS 990 form that shows the Chick-fil-A Foundation—incredibly!— contributed $2,500 to the SPLC in 2017.

FRC reacted to the stunning news on Twitter, describing the ACLU as “one of the most extreme anti-Christian groups in America.”

In addition to the SPLC, Chick-fil-A has proven its “woke” bonafides by funding a number of other liberal groups, Townhall found.

Chick-fil-A funds the deeply political YWCA, a radically pro-abortion and pro-LGBTQ organization that repeatedly partners with Planned Parenthood.

Chick-fil-A also funds the DC-based New Leaders Council that identifies as a “hub of progressive millennial thought leadership” which exists to “support one another along their individual path to a more progressive political and cultural landscape.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins expressed his disappointment in Chick-Fil-A on the Todd Starnes Radio Show.

“It’s time for Christians to find a fast food alternative to Chick-fil-A,” he said.

“Tax reports have now exposed Chick-fil-A for funding the anti-Christian Southern Poverty Law Center; an organization linked in federal court to domestic terrorism after their smear campaign of Christian organizations resulted in a shooting in which the gunman planned to smear Chick-fil-A sandwiches in the faces of his victims,” Perkins said.

Perkins then shared a shocking detail about what happened in the aftermath of the 2012 attack.

“Dan Cathy, nor anyone with Chick-fil-A inquired about the well-being of Mr. Johnson or any of the FRC team members, but they made a donation to the SPLC which was linked in federal court to this act of domestic terrorism,” Perkins said. “Chick-fil-A has seriously lost their way.”

He added: “Not only has Chick-fil-A abandoned donations to Christian groups including the Salvation Army, it has donated to one of the most extreme anti-Christian groups in America. Anyone who opposes the SPLC, including many Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and traditional conservatives, is slandered and slapped with the ‘extremist’ label or even worse, their ‘hate group’ designation.”

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About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

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