Chick-fil-A’s flip-flopping has sparked in-fighting among anti-LGBT bigots and we are living for the drama

A Chick-fil-A logo is seen on a take out bag at one of its restaurants on July 28, 2012 in Bethesda, Maryland.

Anti-LGBT evangelicals have clashed over Chick-fil-A after the company’s flip-flopping on whether to pull the plug on funding to anti-LGBT charities.

Reports emerged last week that the fast food chicken chain was set to end donations to groups that discriminate against LGBT+ people, after facing a years-long boycott.

However, evangelical anti-LGBT pastor Franklin Graham later claimed the company’s CEO had personally assured him that Chick-fil-A would not “bow down” to the LGBT+ community, and that Chick-fil-A would continue to fund any group it chooses.

The twists have led to divisions within the anti-LGBT lobby, with activists bickering over their stance on the company.

Anti-LGBT evangelicals are in-fighting

Mat Staver of anti-LGBT law firm Liberty Counsel turned his fire on Franklin Graham, writing: “Franklin, you have done a huge disservice by not doing more investigation into Chick-Fil-A’s betrayal and capitulation to the LGBT agenda.”

Staver noted that the company’s Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos is an adviser to the Atlanta Boy Scouts, and “this alone should raise a red flag considering the Boy Scouts also capitulated to the LGBT agenda.”

Chick-fil-A sign in Naples, Florida

Chick-fil-A sign in Naples, Florida. (Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

He described homeless shelter Covenant House, which Chick-fil-A will partner with under its rebooted charity programme, as a “radical LGBTQ activist organization that celebrates homosexuality, transgenderism, and the entire LGBTQ agenda.”

The activist added: “To save its own corporate skin, Chick-Fil-A has thrown good, biblical organizations under the bus and legitimised the false narrative of the LGBT activists.

“I attended a meeting yesterday in Washington, DC with national leaders, and, although the meeting was not about Chick-Fil-A, the leaders expressed outrage and betrayal over Chick-Fil-A’s betrayal.”

Nobody knows what to think about Chick-fil-A any more

Tony Perkins of anti-LGBT lobbying group Family Research Council also suggested that “people are in such denial” about Chick-fil-A.

He wrote: “They don’t want to believe that the place where they felt at home, the place they’d put on a pedestal and invested so much personal capital, betrayed them. Deep down, I think we all want to explain away Chick-fil-A’s decision.

“It’s a lot easier than the alternative, which is accepting and grieving the fact that this company – a brave holdout for so many years – is running away from the people and principles that made them who they are.”

Meanwhile, the American Family Association has accused Chick-fil-A of “abandoning Christian values and agreeing with homosexual activists who say believing the Bible makes you a hater.”