The Madison Mallards, a summer collegiate baseball team in Wisconsin, have severed ties with the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A because of the company’s supposed support for “anti-LGBTQ organizations.”
The Mallards, who compete in the Northwoods League, announced their decision on Facebook last week, along with a rainbow image of the team’s logo.
“For 19 years, the Mallards have prided ourselves on building an experience focused on fun and inclusion, while working hard to stay away from the sometimes negative energy that can surround day-to-day life around us,” the post said. “In that spirit, today we are announcing that we are ending our relationship with Chick-fil-A.
“What was intended as a simple promotion has evolved to associate us with something that we don’t stand for: the support of anti-LGBTQ organizations. Simply put, our corporate values do not align. We made a mistake not realizing the negative impact of our decision and the people this would offend and for that, we sincerely apologize.”
The Mallards said they “always have been supportive of everyone’s lifestyle and we support our LGBTQ friends without question.”
For nineteen years, the Mallards have prided ourselves on building an experience focused on fun and inclusion while…
The team didn’t specify which “anti-LGBTQ organizations” Chick-fil-A supported, but the company, which is known for its commitment to traditional Christian values, has been under attack for its donations to the Salvation Army, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Paul Anderson Youth Home.
In their stance in favor of supposed tolerance, the Mallards are showing zero tolerance toward traditional Christian values, a point mentioned by several people who commented on the Facebook post.
“So you’re okay with discriminating against religious organizations who serve everybody that enters the restaurant. Got it,” Felicia Wagner posted. “You will no longer be receiving support from me or my family.”
Steve Petrica said, “I missed the part where Chik-fil-A is an ‘anti-LGBTQ organization.’ As far as I can tell, they serve anyone who walks in the door without discrimination; they hire qualified employees without discrimination; and they buy from vendors without discrimination. So where’s the problem?”
“Definition of the word Bigot: intolerant toward those holding different opinions,” Ryan Hartberg posted. “To the best of my knowledge and research, Chick-Fil-A has never treated anyone who patrons their business with anything less than respect and class. … This is a clear, cut and dry case of bigotry, regardless of the organization or belief structure.”
The Mallards were offering a Chick-fil-A Friends and Family package, but the deal has disappeared from the team’s website.
According to AllEvents.in, fans would have received a ticket, a Mallards hat and a voucher for a Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich for just $10. (A minimum purchase of four tickets was required, and it was available only for select games.)
The decision to cancel what seems like a great deal for families in the name of political correctness and virtue signaling is sure to alienate a lot of fans.
While Chick-fil-A has received sharp criticism from the left because of its Christian values, it remains extraordinarily popular.
Last July, Fox Business reported the chain ranked No. 1 in customer satisfaction among fast-food establishments for the third year in a row.
Earlier this month, Chick-fil-A became the third-largest fast-food chain in the United States, behind McDonald’s and Starbucks, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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