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Chick-fil-A has embraced DEI, but what does that mean?

From The Epoch Times. Some conservatives have suggested a boycott of Chick-fil-A after the fast-food chain was discovered to have a vice president of “diversity, equity, [and] inclusion,” or DEI.

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In a previously issued Chick-fil-A news release, the company said that Erick McReynolds serves as its vice president of DEI, saying: “Chick-fil-A restaurants have long been recognized as a place where people know they will be treated well. Modeling care for others starts in the restaurant, and we are committed to ensuring mutual respect, understanding, and dignity everywhere we do business.”

DEI is a set of principles that large corporations, government agencies, and schools have increasingly incorporated into their work environments, often mandating employees receive such training. …

“They are designed to replace the system of academic merit with a system of race-based preferences and discrimination — which, in many cases, explicitly violates federal civil rights law,” wrote Rufo for his Substack page earlier this year.

The Chick-fil-A announcement was highlighted this week by several prominent conservative accounts. According to McReynolds’s LinkedIn page, he was hired as Chick-fil-A’s vice president for “Diversity, Equity [and] Inclusion” in late 2021. …

By Tuesday afternoon, Lindsay wrote on Twitter that he agreed with the boycott calls and made demands. “We must demand that Chick-fil-A fire their entire ESG and Sustainability staff and partners (including DEI), referring to the left-wing environmental, social, and governance framework. …

The chicken-based fast-food chain has been generally well respected among conservatives due to the company’s religious values and its prior support for religious groups. In the McReynolds DEI announcement, Chick-fil-A makes reference to its corporate purpose, which is “to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us” and “to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A.” …

Backlash Growing

In recent weeks, a number of companies have faced backlash for embracing what critics say are left-wing values or a pro-LGBT agenda. Since early April, Bud Light has seen a significant backlash after it produced a beer can with transgender activist and influencer Dylan Mulvaney’s face and as Mulvaney suggested a partnership with the brand. …

Another major boycott was directed at Target after the company released a line of LGBT clothing for children — including onesies for infants — for its “pride collection,” according to its website. Other companies, like Kohl’s and PetSmart, have similarly been criticized for selling similar products. …

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June 3, 2023

Last night I had a dream in which I saw a converted full of what looks like bones. The meat had been stripped out of it. Someone was placing these bones and putting them inside a grinder machine. To be mixed with ground meat.
As I touch the mixture I was able to see what was left of the bone particles.
Still asking the Lord for revelation, I went to Ezekiel and the valley of dead bones. And how it finishes with the Grand Army of the Lord, the remnants, us.
I believe the enemy of our souls is trying to crush us down and mix us together, then it will be very impossible to separate us from the world.
I remember touching the mixture and it felt stranger.
This was my interpretation. Hope it helps.

June 3, 2023

I understand that now WAL-MART has also jumped on the band wagon and are advertising their display of so-called pride line of clothing!!!!! Hopefully, their “bottom line” of profits will show the exact results that came about with Budweiser and Target! They ALL need to find out WHERE it all lead Satan to when he got involved with PRIDE: Straight to He!!
Dear Father God, please bring boldness and courage to your family so that we as Christians TAKE A STAND against the wiles of the devil and adhere to YOUR WORD. Amen

Mary Lillian King
June 2, 2023

Dear Lord, in Jesus name, Please, we beseech you to cause this horrible woke-communist agenda to be obliterated. Mary Lillian King

Joy Molina
June 2, 2023

We must understand, this is coming down from our government. As a business you either comply with ESG, or your credit score drops
The more you comply with the liberal, Communist agenda, your credit score goes up, if not, it goes down.

June 2, 2023

2 Chr 7:14
“As for me and my house, we will follow the Lord” (Jos 24:15)
God help your church to worship You in Spirit and truth (Jn 4:24)

Frankie Hutchens
June 2, 2023

Sounds like there is a snake in the chicken coop!
Chik-fil-A don’t forget your number 1 priority: God.

June 1, 2023

If target is boycotted. if Budweiser light is boycotted. I am boycotting Hersheys for the boy girl mascot —–THEN BOYCOTT CHICK FILET!!!!!!

Sheila Price
June 1, 2023

I pray that the CEO’s and new HR hires out of the universities and colleges that have been fed ideologies conducive to Socialism.. they don’t know what they don’t know… Father, please open their spiritual eyes and ears to see and hear the Truth, and understand that there has never been a country that had survived embracing socialism, which is a step away from communism.
Lord, help us get people elected into our school boards who will work to get history and civics back in the classroom, teaching the WHOLE history of our nation, good, bad, ugly… the whole of our nation’s history needs to be taught through eyes of Truth, not slanted through the desire to divide and weaken the minds of our youth.
Weaker, uneducated people are easier to control, as has been evident by the trends in society right now.
No more “woke” but bring on the AWAKENING! In Yeshua’s Holy Name. Yes and Amen!

June 1, 2023

In 2019, the organization stopped giving to local churches and Christian organizations, preferring instead to give to non-Christian organizations.

From the AJC in 2019-

Atlanta-based Chick-Fil-A has dropped the Paul Anderson Youth Home in Vidalia, Georgia from its Foundation’s donation list for 2020.
In a press release on its Web site Monday, the Company announced what they called a more focused giving approach to provide additional clarity and impact with the causes it supports.

They said the Chick-Fil-A Foundation will narrow its giving to two charities, Junior Achievement and Covenant House International… Company officials say they will deepen giving to a smaller number of organizations working exclusively in the areas of education, homelessness and hunger.

June 1, 2023

Usually I am in agreement with most articles written here, but this one, along with some of the replies, leaves me saddened. It seems as though most Christians like the idea of being handed their sandwich by a Christian employee who works for a Christian employer, who perhaps bought their chicken from a Christian farmer. As an almost 70 year old follower of Jesus, who firmly believes that Loving One Another is my highest calling, I get the feeling that this beloved restaurant wanting to show inclusiveness in their business is somehow shocking and unacceptable. Let me remind you that Jesus unashamedly spent a great deal of time with the outcasts and marginalized in society. What better way is there to show God’s love to others than to spend time with them and get to know them? If we aren’t willing to do that, then maybe we aren’t any different than the Pharisees were in Jesus’ time on Earth. Please people, take a moment to think about what we sound like! It’s not like they are taking away the sandwich wrapper with the chicken logo and replacing it with a rainbow. If Jesus were asked “Has Chick-fil-A Gone Woke?” I have a feeling He might respond to us, You hypocrite, first take the drumstick out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the beak out of your brother’s eye.

    Catherine Seybold
    June 1, 2023

    We are told to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature”. Mark 16:15 This is how we show God’s Love to others. When we are preaching, we are not accepting a person’s lifestyle, we are showing them a better way.

    Sheila Price
    June 1, 2023

    Jesus addressed the true issues, and much of the time it was because of demonic forces at work.
    People who are convinced they are born a way that is contrary to scripture are being manipulated, oppressed or possessed by evil forces.
    That’s not a politically correct thing to say, but most Truth isn’t politically correct.
    Our job as given authority from Jesus Himself to do is to bind on earth what is bound in heaven and to loose on earth what is loosed in heaven. Please read “The Return of the gods” by Jonathan Conn.
    I pray for all who are trapped in lifestyles contrary to scripture. I bind the demons deceiving them and loose people from evils grip. Jesus gave us authority to heal the sick, raise the dead and CAST OUT DEMONS.
    The Church as a whole has not been doing our job.
    Addressing the true issues and setting people free from lies is the best thing we can do for them.
    I have a grandchild trapped in this false reality. It is demonic and a lie and I rebuke it in my prayers for all of them.
    I don’t know ANY of them that are not also trapped in the pharmaceutical nightmare of drugs for depression and anxiety. It’s not of God. The MOST INCLUSIVE thing we can do is address the true issues.

    Trust in Jesus
    June 2, 2023

    We have to be very careful of false compassion, false love, and false acceptance. Jesus told us to love the people but hate the sin and snares of the devil. He told us to cast out demons and preach the gospel and through Him we would set the captives free. The enemy uses manipulation of emotions which is witchcraft to deceive people into thinking to love someone is to accept them as they are and let them stay that way. That is NOT true!!! Celebrating someone believing they are different than God made them or being forced to call them something other than they were created by God is lying and tempting to sin therefore sin itself and also celebrating a demon. These people NEED FREE. They need REAL LOVE which calls them OUT of darkness into the light by speaking to who God created them to be and the purpose of their life that the devil is trying desperately to steal from them. We don’t need classes on how to be inclusive to them, we need to carry the power and love of God so they encounter God and get set free. Perversion leads to more perversion. We MUST have holiness RETURN to our nation and the Body of Christ! Jesus said COME OUT OF THE WORLD, BE SEPARATE! Holy Spirit is the only One who can teach how to love anyone His way! This training is false and teaches capitulation, it’s time the church is full of bold truth and full of real love at the same time.

    June 3, 2023

    With all due respect, I believe, Karin, that you are missing the point, and “cherry-picking” Scriptures. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees because of their inappropriate use of God’s Holy Word, to “lift themselves up” in the social world [praying in public, and praying with many eloquent words], wearing their many phylacteries so all could see, etc. Jesus’ time spent with sinners was used to CHANGE THEM and bring them into God’s kingdom. He did not join in, in support and agreement with their sins and evil thinking and beliefs. He pointed out The Way, God’s Way, whereby they could be saved from their wickedness, twisted thinking, and forgiven of their sinful ways. Jesus never said, Let’s go “woke;” He DID say: Let’s wake up, rise up, and follow God’s Way. We clearly see WHERE PRIDE in satan led him: OUT of heaven and cast into an eternal sentence of he!!. Father God, help those in Your family to have ears to hear, and eyes to see, the truth in Your Word, and live according to YOUR WAY, HOLY GOD. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

    June 3, 2023

    Karin, i replied to your comment, but it was posted farther below. Please scroll to find my response to your comment above.

June 1, 2023

They showed their true colors when they stopped donating to the Paul Anderson House because the children’s home was a Christian children’s home.
Look up the following article from 2019-
GLAAD Commends Chick-fil-A for Dropping Donations to Christian Groups

Joseph Sullens
June 1, 2023

Warriors arise!
It’s time to take back the rainbow and what it represents from the clutches of the enemy!
It’s time to stand up and proclaim God’s truth that He created us as only male and female and that He does not make mistakes!
It’s time to take back EVERY month for the Lord and declare and decree that His will be done!
We declare and decree that His righteousness has prevailed!
We declare and decree that sin has been judged!
We declare and decree that we will stand by faith, shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters in Yeshua, wearing the armor of the Lord, ready to do battle with the enemy!
For the saints of God and for the Lamb is our battle cry!

    Trust in Jesus
    June 2, 2023

    I literally did this toady, consecrating June and the rainbow BACK to Jesus in His Name by His blood! The devil gets NOTHING!! Jesus owns it all, hallelujah!!!!!!!!! Praise God!!

Keith Roberson
June 1, 2023

I stopped patronizing Chick-Fil-A when they dropped their charity support for the Salvation Army.

June 1, 2023

Are you aware that Epoch Times is owned by the organization who follow Falun Gong? I was quite surprised. What are we to believe when a Chinese religion owns a new paper?

June 1, 2023

To add DEI to an organization that already has strong Christian under-pinnings (at least in part) is a foolish and un-necessary move. DEI is ultimately about advancing Marxist mindsets in popular culture. The idea that there is gross inequity in our society and our culture because it’s “flawed from its inception” with racism is nothing more than a farce created by Marxists to weaken the foundation and resiliency of our nation. For years, people from all walks of life and all ethnic backgrounds have posted videos on You Tube about how much they loved Chick Fil’ A! Why? Because of the Christ-like culture that’s exuded in their leadership and culture. To add DEI to this is like smearing something unclean on something beautiful. This is not an improvement, but a degradation.

Lord, as states like Texas moved to ban DEI from universities, let it be banned from corporate America. Cleanse our nation and send a spiritual awakening so that the un-surpassed ethics of the gospel can be released in their fullness and the counterfeit (and harmful) constructs of the enemy be completely exposed.

June 1, 2023

If Chick…. Really had God values, then it would not need revamping of teaching respect of any persons. God is equality. A relationship with God has nothing to do with respect, race.
It is recognition of one’s sin, a missing the mark. Jesus is the provider of forgiveness for missing the mark. When we know him, then we can begin to understand respect, equality.
Holy Spirit reveal yourself to Chick…. Leader. Remove any deceptive ideas, burn the dross. May he yield to your teaching, correction, discipline of your words.

Vaughn Cassidy
June 1, 2023

So, how long ago did we see the CEO perform a disgusting act of self-abasement and shine the shoes of LeCrae on national television?

Anyone surprised? I am not.

Julie W
June 1, 2023

Lately, this scripture has been coming to mind from Matthew 16: 24-27 (TPT) : “24Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If you truly want to follow me, you should at once completely reject and disown your own life. And you must be willing to share my cross and experience it as your own, as you continually surrender to my ways. 25For if you choose self-sacrifice and lose your lives for my glory, you will continually discover true life. But if you choose to keep your lives for yourselves, you will forfeit what you try to keep. 26For even if you were to gain all the wealth and power of this world—at the cost of your own life—what good would that be? And what could be more valuable to you than your own soul? 27 I, the Son of Man, will one day return with my messengers and in the splendor and majesty of my Father. And then I will reward each person according to what they have done.”
We are making our choices now, as God is removing gray areas. No more compromise. Compromise has gotten us to this place. It is time to take a stand for righteousness. We need to stop adopting the world’s ways and just walk as Jesus walks. We don’t need to be like the world and burn things down or destroy property that has nothing to do with anything. We can simply stop participating with the world. Steward what God has given us well, including where we place our finances. And we should pray for those that may be making missteps – that they would return to the NARROW way of righteousness. Jesus called it narrow for a reason and He also said that few find it (are willing to walk it)

June 1, 2023

As Christians we are mandated to treat all people with love, joy, peace, goodness, kindness, patience, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. We can not condone the works of the flesh.( Galatians 5:13-26).

Christine Stott
June 1, 2023

Lord, we pray for our nation and seek to be in alignment with Your will. Direct our steps, so that You may be glorified.

June 1, 2023

We need to pray for Dan Cathy the CEO of Chick Fila. I believe he is under deception right now, filled with “fake white guilt!” Recently he washed the feet of a young black man thinking he is helping black people with inclusion into the same American society that we have been included in since the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863! Yes I know about Jim Crow and discrimination of blacks in most areas of life in America. I am black and in my 73 years of life in America have done all I chose to do in America! Have I encountered racism? Yes, but I knew it was merely sent from satan to cause chaos and I moved on away from it! This DEI is to create a Marxist society with biden and his evil administration being the ruling elites! This young man hired by Mr. Cathy is probably a trained Marxist just like blm. He is probably a wolf in sheep’s clothing trying to change Chick Fila from the inside out, letting the “cold water” heat up slowly until Mr. Cathy won’t recognize the Christian business his father built! We can put a quick STOP to this deception with our prayers! FATHER GOD please expose quickly this DEI Marxist agent to the ruling board of Chick Fila! Let them remove him and this position quick and in a hurry! FATHER GOD please speak clearly to Dan Cathy and show him the deception he has walked into! Deliver him immediately from satan’s clutches in the MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS!

    Edie Yae
    June 5, 2023

    Lord, I stand in agreement with my sister, Carol. May Your people unite and watch and see what You will do! Amen.

Sandy M
June 1, 2023

So sad! There seems to be a “Virus” going around that affects companies & CEO’s that is more deadly for these companies than COVID. So very sad.

Michele Snow
June 1, 2023

Lord… we pray that Chick-Fil-A is not falling prey to the ways of the world, but will continue to hold true to You and not cave and go the way that many other corporations have towards things that are not of You. We encourage them to hold steady in their godly convictions, so they may be a beacon of light in the corporate world. Give them the strength needed to do so. Amen.


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