Mike Huckabee has long fought Chick-fil-A for attacks from the left, but after the company's announcement Monday to stop donating to two Christian organizations, he has changed his tune.
The company announced that it was donating to initiatives that promote its "mission to near the potential of every child." It said that in 2020 it would stop donating to two Christian organizations, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and The Salvation Army, accused by gay rights activists for having anti-LGBTQ opinions.
"In August 2012, I coordinated a national Chick-fil-A appreciation day after being bullied by militant hate groups," the former Arkansas governor tweeted Monday. "Today, Chick-fil-A betrayed local customers for $$. I regret that I thought they would stay true to founder Truett Cathy's conviction. Sad."
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The prominent conservative Christian leader added that the popular chicken chain was considered the movement of the popular chicken chain as customers to reassure those who despise them. "
Huckabee was not alone, but as many expressed his disappointment and anger online and questioning whether the company will remain true to the beliefs and family values.
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Billy Hallowell, author of "Pure Flix", a Christian production company, said "the fact that mainstream media has reduced the of the most important humanitarian groups around ̵
He added that the decision was bad because it made no one happy.
"The craziest part of Chick-fil-A's decision," Hallowell said, "is doing little to reassure those who have long disliked the company. At the same time, it does everything to promote those who have endlessly supported the company attacks. "
The national gay rights group, GLAAD, said the company's statement should be greeted with" cautious optimism "but more work needs to be done.  "Chick-fil-A still lacks policies to ensure safe workplaces for LGBTQ employees and should unequivocally speak out against the anti-LGBTQ reputation their brand represents," Drew Anderson, GLAAD's campaign director and prompt response, told CNN .  Fox Business Network host Charles Payne called Chick-fil-A's decision "confusing."
"Christians fought the company against wave after wave of criticism. The Salvation Army helps everyone. I never thought it was political," said Payne. "Then again, I never thought a chicken sandwich could be political."
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Chick-fil- A has received a barrage of negative comments on its latest social media posts, with many saying they will no longer go out of their way to go there.