Keep Chick-Fil-A open!
The UK’s first Chick-Fil-A restaurant is being forced to close after it has been open less than a week thanks to aggressive protests from the LGBT lobby.
This is not because of any wrongdoing on behalf of Chick-Fil-A, but simply because Chick Fil-A are a Christian business whose US owners do not support same-sex marriage and who refuse to donate to pro-LGBT causes, instead choosing organisations which promote Christian sexual ethics and values.
This is an attack on religious freedom. Chick-Fil-A are not in breach of any UK employment laws and do not discriminate against any of their customers therefore there is no good reason why this popular restaurant cannot be allowed to remain open.
As a company who are guided by Christian ethics, Chick-Fil-A pay their staff above market rates, offer enhanced employee Terms and Conditions and close on a Sunday to give all staff a day with their families and friends.
It is not the role of a commercial landlord to police the corporate values or religious beliefs of their tenants. No company is compelled to engage in any type of philanthropic activity and it is entirely up to individuals and corporations to decide which organisations best reflect their values.
Have the management at the Reading Oracle taken similar steps when it comes to policing the ethics of all of the retailers who rent units in the mall? What do they have to say about the ethics of one of their joint owners, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, who work on behalf of the government in that country, where homosexuality is illegal?
The charitable foundation set up by Chick-Fil-A does extremely worthwhile work to help with economic mobility of young people by focusing on homeless and poverty, education and community revitalisation, yet because they have no political or social agenda and do not celebrate LGBTQ ideology, activists have branded them hateful and wish to shut Chick-fil-A down.
Chick Fil-A are doing nothing illegal or immoral. We should not allow the aggressive LGBT lobby to prevent a company from being able to run a business simply because they are Christian. To do so runs contrary to the UK’s values of freedom and tolerance.
Sign the petition to the management at the Oracle Reading asking them to allow this popular chain to remain open.