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An anti-Chick-fil-A protestor holds a sign outside a Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant, August 1, 2012 in Hollywood, California.
Chick-fil-A is going to stick with chicken and get out of politics. The about-face comes after the fast-food chain faced pressure from a Chicago politician trying to stop a new location opening in his city.
Alderman Proco (Joe) Moreno negotiated a change in the company’s donation policies. Chick-fil-A reportedly sent a statement to Moreno stating: “The WinShape Foundations [a non-profit funded by Chick-fil-A] is now taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas.”
WinShape had donated millions of dollars to anti-gay groups previously. In meetings, company executives said they would no longer do so. The Georgia based company caused a stir earlier this summer when its president, Dan Cathy, told “The Baptist Press” that his business was “guilty as charged” of supporting “the biblical definition of the family unit.” It sparked boycotts and boycott-backlashes.
How much pressure has the chain been under in recent weeks? Did they not receive enough support from customers with similar beliefs? What does this say about mixing business and beliefs?
Drake Bennett, writer, Bloomberg business week