Even Joe Moreno, a Chicago alderman securely in the pro-homosexual camp, confirmed to WND that the company’s giving should not even have been an issue.
Responding to a question about his review of Chick-fil-A form 990 for 2011, he confirmed that there were no donations “of concern.”
He was asked, “Does the alderman reviewing the 990 for 2011 and finding no donations of concern mean that Chick-fil-A was already meeting a demand before it was even a demand since at least 2010.”
“I believe that is the case,” a statement from Moreno’s office confirmed to WND.
He said in an interview with Current.com that a statement had been obtained that the company no longer would donate to pro-marriage organizations, and “I also recently reviewed their 990 statement, which is a statement that shows all of their givings, they must submit publicly in the spring, and as of this date they haven’t given a dollar to those groups.”
But the most recent 990 form would cover 2011, meaning there was no “objectionable” giving, according to Moreno, as long back as 21 months – predating any of the flap over Cathy’s statements.
Moreno, however, told Cenk Uygur on “The Young Turks” just this week that, “This is the first time in the company’s history that they’ve done this [stated a non-discrimination policy]. I think it’s because of your actions, the community’s actions and partly because of my actions in not supporting the restaurant… That they’ve changed their tune, it’s a big step for the community.”
The Cathy Family side….
“For many months now, Chick-fil-A’s corporate giving has been mischaracterized. And while our sincere intent has been to remain out of this political and social debate, events from Chicago this week have once again resulted in questions around our giving,” the company said.
“A part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. Because of this commitment, Chick-fil-A’s giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities. We will continue to focus our giving in those areas. Our intent is not to support political or social agendas.
“Over the past three years alone, in cities and towns across American, Chick-fil-A has given more than $68 million in contributions to over 700 different educational and charitable organizations and has provided millions of dollars in food donations.”
That giving focuses on scholarships for employees, donations to higher education, youth education programs, food for various children’s programs, disaster relief and military appreciation outreaches.
It also donates to “development youth and family/marriage enrichment programs and supporting … communities” including band uniforms, the Salvation Army, Jerusalem House, foster homes, marriage retreats, day camps and others.
“By making financial investments in these educational and charitable organizations, we aspire to have a positive impact in our community,” the company said.
Read the full article at http://www.wnd.com/2012/09/gay-advocates-cook-up-chick-fil-a-fairytale/