Chick-fil-A has offered a response to critics constantly protesting their establishment over claims that the company is anti-LGBT: The restaurant’s mission in helping others is bigger than partisan attacks or the culture war in general, and they will not be deterred in their work.
Rodney Bullard, the head of Chick-fil-A's charitable foundation and the restaurant chain’s vice president of corporate social responsibility, addressed left-wing backlash in an interview with Business Insider on Tuesday.
"There's a calling to help people, and I think at times that has been confused with a calling, somehow, to exclude," explained Bullard, according to The Blaze. "And that's not the case. The focus, the phrase 'every child' — we're very intentional about that. We do have programs and we look for programs that are inclusive as well to help every child."
As noted by Business Insider, Chick-fil-A has received backlash for donating to Christian organizations like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army; far-left outlets have labeled such charities anti-LGBT for their stance on same-sex marriage.
Bullard, who formerly served as a White House fellow under the Obama administration, highlighted that the Chick-fil-A Foundation "works with more than 300 partners, primarily focusing on lower-income and underserved youth," the report states. "He also said he believes reporting on the Chick-fil-A Foundation's donations has failed to dig into what the funds have gone towards," such as children in need and not any specific religious sect.
"Under Bullard, Chick-fil-A has focused on low-income youth and economic inequality. Bullard said a child born into poverty in Atlanta has just a 4% chance of achieving self-sufficient wealth," Business Insider notes.
"Regardless of where you may find yourself on any particular issue, this is our collective problem and that we all can be a part of the solution," said Bullard. "At the end of the day, the calling for us is to ensure that we are relevant and impactful in the community, and that we're helping children and that we're helping them to be everything that they can be."
The executive made it clear that the company’s charitable mission will not be slowed down by unfair criticism.
"For us, that's a much higher calling than any political or cultural war that's being waged," emphasized Bullard. "This is really about an authentic problem that is on the ground, that is present and ever present in the lives of many children who can't help themselves.”
The charity head said Chick-fil-A has "to do more of telling the story of our need, and we have to do more of doing the work. Because, at the end of the day, this is about the work. It can't be about me personally and it can't be about anything other than doing the work for these kids."
"That's why I'm here," he said. "That’s why we're all here, and I love that about Chick-fil-A. There really is a sincerity in our employee base, sincerity that comes from the top down, that it really is about the mission."
As reported by The Daily Wire last week, Chick-fil-A has chugged along to massive success in the face of the fringe opposition, becoming the third-largest restaurant chain in the nation and tripling their sales over the last ten years.