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November 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – If you want to know why LGBT activists launch their angry protests, organize sweeping boycotts, and work to make the lives of those who oppose them so miserable, look no further than Chick-Fil-A’s announcement today: The company confirmed to the Thomas Reuters Foundation that they will no longer be donating money to the Salvation Army or the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

As CNBC put it: “Chick-Fil-A said on Monday that it has stopped funding two Christian charities after coming under fire in recent weeks from LGBTQ activists.” In the past, the chicken chain’s charitable foundation has given millions of dollars to these two organizations which, as Christian organizations, “have a history of opposing same-sex marriage.” It doesn’t matter if you’re feeding the homeless and helping the poor through tough times: If you’re not on board with turfing the Bible, you’re a target.

“We made multi-year commitments to both organizations and we fulfilled those obligations in 2018,” Chick-Fil-A’s spokeswoman stated, noting that going forward the fast food chain would focus on donating to the causes of “education, homelessness, and hunger.” One might argue that the Salvation Army is the perfect organization to donate to if one wants to contribute to the fight against homelessness and hunger, but it is no longer charity or effectiveness that is important. It is ideology. 

The Salvation Army may seem like an odd target for LGBT rage, but they’ve made the news more than once over their perceived hostility to homosexual relationships. After praising their work feeding the homeless and the hungry and even showing up to help out at several shelters, singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding made an abrupt about-turn earlier this month after LGBT activists barraged her with criticism. Goulding promptly defected to the rainbow mafia, announcing that she would cancel her scheduled Thanksgiving halftime performance at the Dallas Cowboys football game unless the Salvation Army made a “solid, committed pledge or donation to the LGBTQ community.”

This move was widely praised by LGBT activists, who apparently didn’t notice how disgusting it is that a celebrity was attempting to extort cash from a charity that feeds the homeless in order to drive their ideological agenda. In fact, the Salvation Army does not involve itself in cultural discussions surrounding social issues, and is happy to assist and feed anybody they come across, regardless of their beliefs or their lifestyle. But at this point in the culture war, anything other than explicit affirmation of (or a donation to) the LGBT movement is an unacceptable level of support.

But back to Chick-Fil-A. The fast food chain has long been a primary target of LGBT activists due to CEO Dan Cathy’s comments opposing the redefinition of marriage, and recent outlets opening in Toronto as well as the UK were met with massive protests. In Toronto, the protestors were met with long lines of customers eager to get their hands on the famous chicken sandwiches, which one unhinged activist claimed were a representation of tasty hatred. The UK outlet will be closing down, much to the satisfaction of those who dedicated their time to decrying the homophobic food served there.

Chick-Fil-A has declined to comment further on their decision to stop donating to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, but if CNBC is correct in their reporting that this decision was Chick-Fil-A’s attempt to back out of the culture wars, it is more evidence of how incredibly effective the long, sustained campaigns of protest and boycott launched by the LGBT movement really are. Eventually, worn down by the anger and the hatred and the constant controversy, most people simply get tired out and want the hostility to end. To achieve that, they have to cave and give the rainbow mafia what they want.

Because their supply of hostility and hatred is limitless, LGBT campaigners have made cultural colonization their full-time job. 

Jonathon’s new podcast, The Van Maren Show, is dedicated to telling the stories of the pro-life and pro-family movement. In his latest episode, he interviews Dale Ahlquist, the president and co-founder of the American Chesterton Society. Ahlquist has written, edited, or contributed to an enormous number of books on the English author and philosopher G.K. Chesterton. He also runs a series of schools called Chesterton Academies that seeks to showcase Chesterton’s thinking. You can subscribe here and listen to the episode below:

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.