Nov 202019

Citing an agreement that committed it through 2018, Chick-fil-A announced Monday it would not give to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army going forward.

Beginning in 2020, Chick-fil-A will give to a smaller number of organizations focusing on education, homelessness, and hunger.


…the Foundation will no longer make multiyear commitments and will reassess its philanthropic partnerships annually to allow maximum impact. These partners could include faith-based and non-faith-based charities.

So this is being interpreted by some as Chick-fil-A said it would stop donating to groups perceived as anti-gay, but then backtracked with this “faith-based” inclusion.

That this upsets hordes of shrieking malcontents is not surprising. In many liberal eyes, Chick-fil-A has been evil incarnate for far too long, and there is no path to redemption for them.

I am surprised, however, at the number of conservative and faith-based groups who are viewing this as some sort of half-hearted capitulation; a surrender to the mob. It is nothing of the sort. A tight focus on education, homelessness, and hunger is entirely consistent with a Christian world view.

Chick-fil-A was a significant force for charitable good before this announcement, and it will continue to be so going forward. To dissect this announcement looking for reasons to be mad is no more sensible than the manufactured basis on which people have hated Chick-fil-A.

 Posted by at 11:30 am
Nov 172019

I laid out pretty much what I had to say in a Facebook status last night, and I’m still behind it:

Tua was in the game because he was performing at an extremely high level, and it was only the second quarter. If you’ve paid any attention at all, you know that this is entirely consistent with the way Coach Saban has played starters the entire time he’s been at Alabama. There was no error committed here. It was bad luck that could have happened on the first play of the game. So stop the tongue-clucking. You know what they say about hindsight.

I have been so looking forward to having Tua in the NFL, not only because he’s our best chance since Stabler to have an Alabama quarterback star as a long-term starter, but because we need what he has to offer. He is positive. He leads with a smile. He is a powerful witness for Christ. There is no more obvious hero for young people–indeed, for any of us.

I’m so sad that this future is in such jeopardy for him now. I deeply hope he can recover and fulfill it.

God be with you, bright light. #PrayersforTua

Today we’ve learned that his hip joint was reset at the stadium (very good news) and that after extensive consultation, he’s having surgery in the morning that should put him on the road to a full recovery.

Tua in good spirits, playing the ukulele and singing. (From Facebook.)

Whether that means he declares for the 2020 NFL draft or comes back to Alabama for his senior year, no one knows. But it doesn’t really matter to me. I’m just so delighted to hear that “full recovery” is the reasonable expectation. He is such a special young man, and I hope we all can enjoy and benefit from him being in the spotlight for several years (such as an NFL career would afford him).

Very disappointed in everyone who led with chatter about Nick Saban, the Auburn game, playoffs, or other extraneous nonsense when discussing Tua’s injury. Elevate yourselves.

 Posted by at 11:51 pm
Oct 302019

Folks, let’s go over something real quick, OK? This… Person 1: “We should support government-funded Good Thing!” Person 2: “I might be on board with Good Thing, but is the government really the best agent to supply it?” Person 1: “WHY ARE YOU AGAINST GOOD THING?!?!?!” …is ridiculous. And all too common.

 Posted by at 9:17 pm
Oct 242019

For now, it would appear that protests against the first Chick-fil-A restaurant in the United Kingdom have succeeded. Though the Reading restaurant was able to open, the mall in which it is housed has decided not to renew its six-month lease. Refusing to renew the lease is “the right thing to do,” a mall spokesperson […]

 Posted by at 9:34 am
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