Chick-Fil-A Franchise Donates to LGBT Film Festival, Evangelicals Lose Their Minds

In Depth

It’s not often enough that the universe throws us a story about a corporation suffering under the heel of delicious irony. I am happy to report that today, it has done so.

Via GrubStreet’s Clint Rainey, who has done an excellent job compiling all this information and you should really click that link, the trouble for the chain started when a Nashville-area Chick-Fil-A franchise donated to Level Ground, a local LGBT film festival. The festival then listed Chick-Fil-A on its sponsors page—which is technically accurate, but it’s easy to see how some people took that as the corporate chain itself sponsoring the event.

Cue hysterical evangelical outrage.

Chick-Fil-A corporate has distanced itself from the whole thing, basically saying they don’t have any effect on local sponsorships and more or less throwing up a shruggie. That hasn’t stopped the angry bigot parade, though. One particularly amusing example from the chain’s Facebook page:

We are all Ryan Foley. Several commenters have also copy-pasted the following, which is kind of a sad sign that bigots have to use a homophobia template rather than coming up with their own:

There’s also a petition circulating started by a man named Steven Policastro and titled “CFA Goes Gay, Corporate Needs to Know!” It is every bit as hilarious as you’re expecting and hoping it will be. Of particular note is the following quote:

And upon further inquiry, your sponsorship of this organization supports pro-gay organizations such as:
-The Christian Closet (gay-affirming Christian counseling)
-The Center For Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (promoting the gay agenda in Christian ministry)
-Therapists 4 Equality (LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy)
-The Reformation Project (an attempt to bring the gay agenda into the church’s theology)
-Believe Outloud (an organization to promote gender equality to Christian clergy)
and many other groups that promote an agenda which is contrary to Chick-fil-A’s corporate stance on Christian values regarding marriage and stewardship.

Those all sound like excellent organizations. Thank you, petition douchebag, for letting us know of worthy causes to which we might donate!

I’m not sure if I’ll even be able to hear the comments section over the sound of our collective Delightful Irony Boner. There has to be a German word for that, right? By God, I hope there is.

Image via James R. Martin/Shutterstock.

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