Today from the “I Can’t Make This Shit Up “ department……..
Anti-gay Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy whose company has donated thousands upon thousands of dollars to anti-gay LGBT hate groups is receiving an EQUALITY award from the Urban League of Greater Atlanta at its prestigious Equal Opportunity Day Dinner in November.
This year’s theme is “Celebrating Champions of Justice and Equality.”
Honorees of the prestigious recognition this year include Congressman John Lewis, who is truly a shining beacon of equality, civil rights, and justice for all and Chick-fil-A CEO Dan T. Cathy. You may remember Cathy and the statements he made against gay marriage that sparked headlines throughout the world and a boycott of the chicken restaurant.
Yes, Dan Cathy has since made amends with gay rights activist groups and has stopped donating to organizations that are overtly anti-gay, but his position on gay marriage remains the same. And the corporation is seemingly still donating large sums to organizations like the Marriage & Family Foundation and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which both promote marriage in the ‘biblical sense’ and are strongly and openly opposed to same-sex marriage.
On the June day that the US Supreme Court overturned DOMA, Cathy tweeted and almost immediately deleted this message: “Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies.”
The ULGA is defending giving Cathy the award on its Facebook page, The backlash and comments are overwhelmingly negative.
Statement Regarding ULGA Presentation of the Community Empowerment Award to Dan Cathy, President/CEO Chick fil A Foundation at 52nd EOD Dinner
The Urban League of Greater Atlanta has received questions and concerns about why Dan Cathy is among the awardees at this year’s annual Equal Opportunity Day Dinner on Nov. 16. Cathy, President/CEO of the Chick fil A Foundation is receiving this year’s Community Empowerment Award. The Community Empowerment Award is presented to an organization that has made significant contributions to advance community empowerment. The Urban League of Greater Atlanta is awarding the Chick-fil-A Foundation and Cathy for the Foundation’s significant financial contributions that support programs that empower communities – including funding for a signature program that teaches inner city youth financial literacy, a local community food bank.
We based the award on the following initiatives of the Foundation:
1) The Chick-fil-A Foundation recently made a significant investment in the Foundation’s first major capital project, Junior Achievement’s Chick-fil-A Foundation Discovery Center. It is designed to build financial literacy for Atlanta’s youth.
· The need for financial literacy education is clear:
•High school dropouts are three times more likely to live in poverty.
•One-third of U.S. adults do not pay all their bills on time.
•Nearly 40 percent of adults do not have any non-retirement savings.
2) The Chick-fil-A Foundation invests in the Atlanta Community Food Bank
Knowing children need nutrition to excel in school, the Foundation partners with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which provides food for food pantries, community kitchens, childcare centers, night shelters and senior centers. The Chick-fil-A Foundation has sponsored food drives, supplied volunteers and given financial donations.
3) The Chick-fil-A Foundation supports Youth & Education Programs
The programs support the Foundation’s youth and education projects: Mentoring high school students; bringing camps to financially disadvantaged neighborhoods; providing weekend meals for students in need; and sponsoring college scholarships.
4) The Chick-fil-A Foundation supports Covenant House
The Chick-fil-A Foundation provides financial support of Covenant House’s services to homeless, abandoned, trafficked and exploited youth. Covenant House offers educational programs that allow our youth to follow dreams.
5) The Chick-fil-A Foundation supports Community Development Programs.
6) The Chick-fil-A Foundation supports Raising Expectations
Through providing transportation and financial donations, the Foundation supportsRaising Expectations in their work to benefit the lives of Atlanta youth with their extensive services designed to develop participants’ academic, social and civic abilities.
7) The Chick-fil-A Foundation supports Wellspring Living
The Chick-fil-A Foundation has donated funds to help Wellspring Living expand their facilities to meet the growing need for their programs. The organization helps women who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation overcome their broken pasts and move toward hopeful futures.
Please be assured that the Urban League of Greater Atlanta supports and works for equal rights for all people, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or physical ability. This includes the recent Employment Non-Discrimination Act that was passed out of the US Senate this week.
I wonder if Dan Cathy had said about black people what he’s said about gay people, and his company donated to StormFront and other white supremacists groups if the Urban League of Atlanta would still give him this award?