Posted on November 29, 2019

Chick-fil-A Grilled Over Donation to Southern Poverty Law Center

Valerie Richardson, The Washington Times, November 27, 2019

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Five years after a gunman stormed the Family Research Council, planning to smear Chick-fil-A sandwiches in his victims’ faces, the Chick-fil-A Foundation donated $2,500 to the Southern Poverty Law Center — the group credited by the shooter with inspiring his attack.

The donation, first reported by, stunned FRC President Tony Perkins, who condemned Wednesday the Chick-fil-A Foundation, saying it was “time for Christians to find a fast food alternative to Chick-fil-A.”


In 2012, gunman Floyd Lee Corkins shot building manager Leo Johnson after storming the FRC building in Washington, D.C., carrying 50 rounds of ammunition and a backpack of Chick-fil-A sandwiches. The shooter later told the FBI that he found FRC on the SPLC’s list of “anti-gay groups.”

“The gunman was enraged by the nationwide Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day held two weeks before and used the SPLC’s ‘hate map’ to identify FRC as his target,” Mr. Perkins said.


The fast-growing, chicken-sandwich chain known for its Christian principles has been accused of bowing to the left with its new “focused approach to giving in 2020,” which resulted in halting funding to the Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, both longtime recipients of Chick-fil-A donations.


Conservative leaders sent a letter Tuesday to Chick-fil-A to reverse its decision on the Salvation Army and other Christian charities, while the foundation has said that its future giving could include faith-based philanthropies.