The chain then said it wouldn't exclude charities, faith-based or not.
It didn't take long for conservatives to publicly denounce Chick-fil-A for asserting they will no longer use their charity surplus to support anti-LGBT organizations. In a widely reported story, the fast-food chain announced on Monday that they are trying to be more inclusive and rather than give money to notoriously anti-LGBT charities such as Salvation Army, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, they will instead focus on three directives: education, hunger, and homelessness.
They will also approach local charities in places where Chick-fil-A is present. All this in hopes communities will find them "caring and supportive."
Conservatives have made Chick-fil-A a symbol of religious loyalty for many years, it is the number three most profitable fast-food eatery in the nation.
But that relationship may have been fractured this week, as top conservatives chided the company for what they amount to as an act of betrayal.
Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) tweeted his thoughts on their disloyalty, especially since he started a movement that encouraged homophobes to eat at the chain during "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" seven years ago.
“In Aug 2012, I coordinated a national @ChickfilA Appreciation Day after they were being bullied by militant hate groups,” tweeted Huckabee (R) on Monday. “Millions showed up. Today, @ChickfilA betrayed loyal customers for $$.”
He added: “The sad message of @ChickfilA is quite clear- they surrendered to anti-Christian hate groups."
Jesse Kelly of Federalist made a grand accusation, "The LGBT bully mob is unquestionably the most powerful mob in America today. Everyone bends the knee or risk their wrath. Makes me freaking ill."
Ben Shapiro, editor of the Daily Wire, said the company “caved at the behest of the censorious Left.”
The American Conservative editor Rod Dreher called them "cowards" and wrote, "Shame, shame on you, @ChickfilA. You are the 3rd most successful fast food franchise in the US. You had no reason to capitulate. But you did.”
Pointed remarks also came from NewsBusters which said Chick-fil-A has been “scared off from donating to its Christian allies by the leftist mob.”
"No organization will be excluded from future consideration–faith-based or non-faith-based," he said.