The UK’s first Chick-fil-A outlet is set to close after LGBTQ activists announced plans to protest the restaurant for donating millions of dollars to Christian organisations.
Activists from the LGBTQ organisation, Reading Pride, threatened to continue a campaign against the outlet until it was forced out, following news that the Chick-fil-A Foundation had donated millions of dollars to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Paul Anderson Youth Home and the Salvation Army.
Chick-fil-A opened their first UK outlet at The Oracle shopping centre, in Reading on October 10, however, a spokeswoman for the centre has said the restaurant’s lease will not be renewed.
“We always look to introduce new concepts for our customers,” she said. “However, we have decided on this occasion that the right thing to do is to only allow Chick-Fil-A to trade with us for the initial six-month pilot period, and not to extend the lease any further.”
The family-owned fast-food chain said: “Our giving has always focused on youth and education. We have never donated with the purpose of supporting a social or political agenda.”
Although the centre announced the closure of the outlet, Reading Pride still plans on protesting the restaurant.
In a post on Facebook, the LGBTQ organisation said: “The reason for allowing them to remain for 6 months is to allow for re-settlement and notice for employees that have moved from other jobs. We feel this is a reasonable request.
“However, as the restaurant will be profiting from unsuspecting patrons, we will continue with the protest on Saturday, to advise where their money could go. We hope to see as many supporters of the cause at the protest.”
The organisation went on to say, “Ultimately, we want to see the chain removed from Reading and ultimately the UK.”
It’s not a question of tolerance anymore. Regardless of how tolerant you are of those with differing lifestyles, if you’re not outwardly approving of everything the LGBTQ activists demand, you will not be tolerated.
Notice that those who accuse Christians of “discrimination” against LGBTQ people only ever offer up one solution: outright, legalised discrimination against Christians.
Despite what they may say, it’s not discrimination they oppose. It’s anyone who doesn’t affirm their ideology.