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Chick-Fil-A has been known to fund organizations some might deem inexcusable.
Illustration: Hailey Russell • The Sentry

don’t support companies with questionable morals

On Oct. 10, Reuters reported, “Uganda announced plans on Thursday for a bill that would impose the death penalty on homosexuals, saying the legislation would curb a rise in unnatural sex in the east African nation.  The bill—colloquially known as ‘Kill the Gays’ in Uganda—was nullified five years ago on a technicality and the government said it plans to resurrect it within weeks.” 

In the following days @sloppyposts tweeted information that linked the National Christian Foundation, incorrectly labeled the National Christian Organization, to the restaurant Chick-fil-A.  NCF has backed groups in Uganda that have actively lobbied for the bill. 

This connection is through the charitable organization WinShape Foundation that was created by Truett and Jeannette Cathy, the founders of Chick-fil-A.  This organization receives most of its funding from Chick-fil-A and has records of donating to the National Christian Foundation. 

The tweet ended with, “If you eat at Chick-fil-A, this is what your money goes to.”  It implies that anyone who supports Chick-fil-A indirectly supports legislation that makes homosexuality punishable by death.  

Consumers need to be aware of what their money is being used for once it is handed over to a corporation. 

Along with the buzz around Chick-fil-A, the video game development company Blizzard claimed headlines after banning the Hearthstone player Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai for a year and stripping him of his tournament winnings after he expressed support of human rights in Hong Kong during an interview.  Within 24 hours of the news breaking #boycottBlizzard was trending on Twitter and many Reddit users posted screenshots of their deleted accounts.    

Blizzard reported after the backlash that they were reducing Ng Wai’s ban to six months and would return his winnings. 

Avoiding organizations that are either corrupt, use their affluent standing to push morally questionable legislation, or are willing to support fascist governments for profits is not an easy task, but it is not impossible.  In the modern age, there are numerous watchdogs that keep the masses updated on a business’s activities. 

Instances like the examples above and many others over the years showcase why it is vital that people understand and care about how the money they spend in support of a business is then spent by that business.  The hard truth is that change cannot happen on an individual basis, not when these corporations move more money around than the average person can dream of.   

However, consumers are not powerless since businesses like Chick-fil-A and Blizzard rely on customers to buy their product.  Without revenue a business can’t stay open.  Profits are any product-based service’s Achilles’ heel.  Change can happen if people become picky with how they spend their money and only support businesses that share their values.   

Momentary wants and needs are not more important than human rights or the health of the planet. 

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