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Moreno relents, will allow Chick-fil-A
Chicago Tribune ^ | September 19, 2012 | Hal Dardick

Posted on 09/19/2012 8:32:31 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man

Chicago alderman who made national headlines during the summer for opposing a Chick-fil-A in his increasingly trendy Northwest Side ward has reversed course, saying he will let the fast-food chain open a store in Logan Square.

Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno, 1st, said the restaurant has agreed to include a statement of respect for all sexual orientations in an internal document and promised that its not-for-profit arm would not contribute money to groups that oppose gay marriage.

Though Moreno said he scored a "big win," the company made nearly identical pledges in a July 19 Facebook post that went up even before Moreno took issue with Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy's opposition to gay marriage.

The statement of respect also falls short of Moreno's goal of adding language opposing discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to the company's employee handbook.

Moreno said the statement will be included in a memo called "Chick-fil-A: Who We Are" to be distributed to all corporate employees and restaurant operators. The alderman said the memo will state the company's commitment to "treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender." It also would state that it is the company's "intent ... not to engage in political or social debates."

Company officials did not respond to repeated requests to confirm Moreno's assertions about the document or the foundation's donation policies. Instead, company spokesman Jerry Johnston emailed the Tribune a copy of the statement it first posted on Facebook with very similar language to what Moreno said will be in the "Who We Are" document.

Moreno said he achieved his goal of getting Chick-fil-A to "affirm that they do not have discriminatory policies."

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(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: chicago; chickfila; liberalfascism; moreno
The Huffington Post is running this headline...”Chick-Fil-A Agrees To Cease Funding To Anti-Gay Organizations ...”

But I can't find any evidence, in the Chicago Tribune article or on the Chik-Fil-A website, that Chik-Fil-A has actually changed it's policy at all. (They did agree to some traffic flow changes for their new location.)

I found this on their website...

The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our Restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect –regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.

Time will tell if Chik-Fil-A will continue funding the defense of traditional marriage, but it looks like Moreno is looking to claim victory in order to back away from an obviously unconstitutional effort to deny a private business of it's first amendment rights.

1 posted on 09/19/2012 8:32:32 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: Tex-Con-Man

CFL always supported pro-family groups which lefties call “anti-gay”. The alderman just declared victory and brought the troops home.


2 posted on 09/19/2012 8:36:58 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

...and the war against a civilized free thinking society continues.


3 posted on 09/19/2012 8:38:34 AM PDT by exPBRrat
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To: Tex-Con-Man

By adding that pledge, it looks more like CFA relented.


4 posted on 09/19/2012 8:38:37 AM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: Tex-Con-Man
The Huffington Post is running this headline...”Chick-Fil-A Agrees To Cease Funding To Anti-Gay Organizations ...”

Talk about a biased lying headline! At least the Chi Trib headline Moreno relents, will allow Chick-fil-A is more accurate.
 

5 posted on 09/19/2012 8:39:07 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: AppyPappy
Poco "Joe" Moreno has also made a promise he's not telling anybody about and that is that the Chicago Chick-Fil-A won't have to pay protection to any of Joe's mob cousins, and there will be no defacing of the premises by anybody at any time ever or they're dead.

Joe forgot some of his buds like chicken sandwiches. Good for the heart!

6 posted on 09/19/2012 8:42:54 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: FrankR

It’s just a matter of time before the homo-agenda puts the wooden stake right into the heart of our Armed Forces...

...after all: an affirmative action policy of promoting gay officers and NCO’s must be made to address this formerly hostile organization attitudes toward Gays.

It’s bad enough the AF has already become just another social support network for the preferred voter group.


7 posted on 09/19/2012 8:44:10 AM PDT by exPBRrat
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To: Tex-Con-Man

Did Chik-fil-A ever fund those organizations, or was it the owner’s personal money? I thought it was their own money, which if true, then nothing has really changed.


8 posted on 09/19/2012 8:45:11 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: FrankR

I agree. “We the people” turned out in millions to support Chic fil A. Now it looks like CFA will stop support of traditional marriage.


9 posted on 09/19/2012 8:47:29 AM PDT by Terry Mross (The Clintons are extremely afraid of obama. Do they owe him their souls?)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

It depends whether you consider family or pro-life groups, or for that matter churches and church-sponsored charities, to be “anti-gay.”

Alderman Joe Moreno probably says yes, these are hate groups, and Chick-Fil-A says no, they are not.

In any case, I think the truth is that the Alderman is backing down, because it was a politically stupid move in the first place.


10 posted on 09/19/2012 8:49:48 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Vince Ferrer
Winshape Foundation is the Chik-Fil-A charity.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WinShape_Foundation

11 posted on 09/19/2012 8:50:08 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: Terry Mross

Did the company support traditional marriage with its donations, or did Dan Cathey support it personally?

I thought it was always the individual as opposed to the corporate entity.

Do you KNOW as fact that the corporation used to donate to pro-traditional family orgs., and do you KNOW as fact they are now dropping it?


12 posted on 09/19/2012 8:55:11 AM PDT by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR." - Glenn Beck)
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To: Vince Ferrer

It was corporate funds.


13 posted on 09/19/2012 9:04:29 AM PDT by ace2u_in_MD (You missed something...)
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To: muawiyah
Joe forgot some of his buds like chicken sandwiches. Good for the heart!

Well, Brown's Chicken wasn't particularly good for the heart! Maybe Chik-Fil-A will be luckier, like Michael Corleone was luckier than Moe Green!

Brown's Chicken Massacre
14 posted on 09/19/2012 9:04:44 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I have a new zest for life!"--Calvin from Las Vegas)
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To: Tex-Con-Man
Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno, 1st, said the restaurant has agreed to include a statement of respect for all sexual orientations in an internal document and promised that its not-for-profit arm would not contribute money to groups that oppose gay marriage.

I certainly hope CFA hasn't changed their policy from a national perspective. Perhaps this simply refers to the what the franchise owner will do.

If it turns out CFA has bent to the "will" of the homo activities, I will be sorely disappointed in them.

15 posted on 09/19/2012 9:06:11 AM PDT by MEGoody (You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Vince Ferrer; Tex-Con-Man
Did Chik-fil-A ever fund those organizations, or was it the owner’s
personal money? I thought it was their own money, which if true,
then nothing has really changed.
and that's real the question; did they say, "CORPORATE $$$$$...
or Private $$$$"...There is a important difference.
(Communist) Moreno relents...HE Lost.

16 posted on 09/19/2012 9:10:56 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
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To: MEGoody

Chic-fil-A does not use a traditional franchise model. The store is owned by corporate, the employees are employed by corporate, the franchise holder is in a profit sharinging agreement with corporate.

That is the reason the agreement was signed by the Director of Real Estate...


17 posted on 09/19/2012 9:11:16 AM PDT by ace2u_in_MD (You missed something...)
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To: exPBRrat

As an Air Force veteran (60’s), this is sad to see.


18 posted on 09/19/2012 9:22:43 AM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno, 1st, said the restaurant has agreed to include a statement of respect for all sexual orientations in an internal document and promised that its not-for-profit arm would not contribute money to groups that oppose gay marriage.

NONSENSE. This would mean that they could never contribute money to anyone. You could contribute today to a group that has not taken a stand against homosexuals marrying only to see them adopt that stand 3 months later.
I think this is a typical democrat lying as usual.


19 posted on 09/19/2012 9:41:00 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: txrangerette

If it’s Dan Cathey personally donating, great! I stand corrected. But if it was the corporation and they now say they will stay out of politics, that’s different. However, I just thought of something. What if Chic Fil A doesn’t consider traditional marriage a political issue.


20 posted on 09/19/2012 11:17:29 AM PDT by Terry Mross (The Clintons are extremely afraid of obama. Do they owe him their souls?)
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To: MEGoody

http://www.salon.com/2012/09/19/will_chick_fil_a_stop_funding_anti_gay_groups/

In a letter addressed to Alderman Moreno and signed by Chick-fil-A’s Senior Director of Real Estate, it states, “The WinShape Foundations is now taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas.” Winshape, a non-profit funded by Chick-fil-a, has donated millions of dollars to anti-LGBT groups, including some classified as hate groups, such as Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage. In meetings the company executives clarified that they will no longer give to anti-gay organizations.

But WinShape didn’t release the same comment to BuzzFeed. In fact, they refused to say anything conclusive, and seemed to lack self-awareness about having an anti-gay stance:

“We have no agenda, policy or position against anyone. We have a 65-year history of providing hospitality for all people and, as a dedicated family business, serving and valuing everyone regardless of their beliefs or opinions,” he said in a general press statement emailed to BuzzFeed by another Chick-fil-A spokesman, Jerry Johnston, who said the company’s press statement is not new. “The genuine, historical intent of our WinShape Foundation and corporate giving has been to support youth, family and educational programs.”


21 posted on 09/19/2012 4:18:34 PM PDT by Livin_large
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To: exPBRrat

This kind of mind control is SOP for liberals. Look at any university campus. Liberals are as open minded as the Taliban.


22 posted on 09/19/2012 4:50:00 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Livin_large

Sounds like WinShape is saying they are going to stop doing something they were never doing in the first place. LOL


23 posted on 09/20/2012 5:50:07 AM PDT by MEGoody (You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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