Chick-Fil-A, the Atlanta-based fast food chicken restaurant that specializes in Christianity, has used its more than 1600 outlets to fuel its zest for stopping same-sex marriage, spending $5 million between 2003 and 2010 on anti-gay organizations and hate groups, including $2 million in 2010 alone.
The company, which was founded in 1946, and uses the taglineÂ “Eat mor chikin” in its advertising, “donated over $3 million to organizations like the Family Research Council and Exodus International between 2003 and 2009. And in 2010 alone, Chick-fil-A donated over $1.9 million to anti-gay causes, more than any other year for which public records are available,” according to a report released today by Equality Matters, a part of Media Matters. The report details the organizations Chick-Fil-A has supported, and notes:
The WinShape Foundation is Chick-fil-A’s charitable arm, created by Chick-fil-A founder and chairman S. Truett Cathy in 1984. WinShape has received a substantial amount of funding from Chick-fil-A: in 2010 alone, WinShape received $8,067,161 from Chick-fil-A Inc.
Some of the other anti-gay organizations and hate groups Chick-Fil-A’s money has supported include Marriage & Family Foundation, Fellowship Of Christian Athletes, and the Georgia Family Council. The Family Research CouncilÂ (FRC), mentioned above,Â is a certified anti-gay hate group.
Florida teacherÂ Jerry Buell, whoÂ last yearÂ wrote on Facebook that same sex marriage almost made him throw up, is a member of theÂ Fellowship Of Christian Athletes.
S. Truett Cathy is a devoutÂ Southern Baptist; his religious beliefs have a major impact on the company.Â The company’s official statement of corporate purpose says that the business exists “To glorifyÂ GodÂ by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”Â Cathy’s beliefs are also responsible for one of the chain’s distinctive features: All Chick-fil-A locations (company-owned and franchised, whether in a mall or freestanding) areÂ closed on Sundays, as well as onÂ ThanksgivingÂ andÂ Christmas.
Zack Ford at Think Progress notes:
Groups like the National Organization for Marriage and One Million Moms continue to be unsurprisingly silent about whether Chick-fil-A should insteadÂ â€œremain neutral in the culture war.â€
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‘Trump Is Advocating Civil War’: Reporter Stunned When President Refuses to Commit to Peaceful Transfer of Power
President Donald Trump on Wednesday refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, instead sending a message to Democrats to “get rid of the ballots.”
Trump’s remarks were so disturbing the reporter who asked the question called it “the most frightening answer I have ever received to any question I have ever asked.”
Veteran journalist Brian Karem, a political analyst for CNN and the White House correspondent for Playboy, had asked the President the very simple question.
This is the most frightening answer I have ever received to any question I have ever asked. I’ve interviewed convicted killers with more empathy. @realDonaldTrump is advocating Civil War. https://t.co/8eMY9Csuhp
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) September 23, 2020
“Well we’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump replied. “I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, the ballots are a disaster.”
“Get ri9d of the ballots and you’ll have – we’ll have a very peaceful – there won’t be a transfer, frankly, there will be a continuation.”
“The ballots are out of control. You know it, and you know who knows it? The Democrats.”
Ballots are how Americans cast their votes, and have been doing so for centuries.
President Trump is asked if he will commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the election
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 23, 2020
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President Donald Trump was late for his 6:00 PM press conference and literally left in the middle for an “emergency” phone call.
“I have to leave for an emergency phone call,” Trump told reporters in the White House press briefing room. As he tried to leave one reporter peppered him with spot-on questions about this afternoon’s decision by a grand jury to not charge any of the three Louisville police officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor.
Asked what the call was about, Trump replied, “I have a big call.”
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Richard L. Hasen, better known as “Rick,” says “I’ve never been more worried about American democracy than I am right now.” Hasen is a law professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law and was a founding co-editor at Election Law Journal.
Professor Hasen has a Master’s and PhD degree in political science and also has a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD), but may be best know for his writings at ElectionLawBlog.
“If we are lucky enough, the election will not be close, and we will avoid this election meltdown only to start panicking again in the run-up to 2024. But if it is close, all bets are off,” Hasen writes at Slate.
Hasen points to a two-pronged attack being waged by Trump.
The first is to try to reduce turnout, including the return of mail-in ballots – which he calls “not a particularly strong” argument.
The “second play…is far more worrisome.”
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(Hasen generously links to NCRM’s report on Pence’s remarks here.)
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