LGBT rainbow poppy causes controversy as critics say it disrespects veterans
Across Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, millions commemorate the sacrifices made by their respective armies and the great sacrifices made in the fight against tyranny. They do so by wearing a commemorative poppy, made of paper or fabric and traditionally made with red material and a black centre.
Sales of poppies in Canada go towards the Legion Poppy Fund to provide financial assistance to veterans, as they do in the other aforementioned countries.
Well known Christian fast-food organization Chick-fil-A has decided to halt funding to two organizations that critics call ‘anti-LGBT,’ and advocates call ‘pro-traditional family.’
For years now, Chick-fil-A, the Georgia-based chicken restaurant has faced backlash from LGBT groups for their hefty donations to The Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Recently, in Toronto, the opening of the city’s first Chick-fil-A was greeted with large groups of both LGBT and animal rights protestors, making for some viral moments as activists staged ‘die-ins,’ attempted to stop people from entering the restaurant, and yelled customers’ faces with megaphones.
Chick-fil-A told ABC News that they would instead be focusing on donations to groups that prevent homelessness, hunger, and education, starting next year.
“Beginning in 2020 the Chick-fil-A Foundation will introduce a more focused giving approach, donating to a smaller number of organizations working exclusively in the areas of hunger, homelessness and education,” Chick-fil-A said in a statement Monday.
“We have also proactively disclosed our 2018 tax filing and a preview of 2019 gifts to date on chick-fil-afoundation.org,” the statement continued. “The intent of charitable giving from the Chick-fil-A Foundation is to nourish the potential in every child.”
COO of Chick-fil-A Tim Tassopoulos stated that “no organization will be excluded from future consideration, faith-based or non-faith-based.
Tim Tassopoulos, the president and COO of Chick-fil-A, added that “no organization will be excluded from future consideration, faith-based or non-faith-based.”
“Our goal is to donate to the most effective organizations in the areas of education, homelessness and hunger,” Tassopoulos added.
Chick-fil-A has long been known as a faithful staple in the fast-food industry, having been described as a restaurant that “sells chicken with a side of Christianity” by the Atlantic in 2014.
The restaurant was founded by the late S. Truett Cathy, who opened the first chicken-sandwich stand in an Atlanta mall in 1967. Cathy, a man of faith, made a conscious effort to incorporate Christianity into his business, even putting Bible quotes on the styrofoam sweet-tea cups, and ensuring that stores remained closed on Sabbath, keeping this rule intact long after many other businesses moved away from similar Blue law policies.
In 2012, Cathy was quoted saying that he believes in the “biblical definition of the marriage,” that marriage should only be between a man and a woman. This statement from Cathy, who was 86 at the time, prompted major national attention and controversy.
Cathy’s statement led to a domino effect of demonstrations and counter-demonstrations, starting when a New York woman planned an LGBT kissing event at one of the restaurants. This then led to former U.S. presidential candidate and Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee holding a “Chick-fil-A appreciation day.”
This is all exasperated by Cathy’s frequent funding to the Salvation Army, which LGBT groups have long accused of being anti-LGBT, thanks largely to comments made by one Australian Salvation Army leader who said that gays “should be put to death.”
To this controversy, the Salvation Army has responded, stating:
“It is important to note that the Army around the world immediately rejected those comments and made public statements against them. We stand by the rejection of those comments still. We sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community and to our clients, employees, donors and volunteers for the offence caused by this misrepresentation of the Army’s views.”
In addition, the Salvation Army also has also pointed out that they do not discriminate against anyone in need, regardless if they are LGBT.
“For more than 130 years, The Salvation Army has had the privilege of serving vulnerable people in over 400 communities across Canada. Last year, we helped over 1.8 million people. We assisted people from the LGBTQ community and will continue to do so. And we employ individuals from the LGBTQ community as well.”
The other group Chick-fil-A frequently donated to, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, was subject to extreme backlash after comments regarding their support of the Bible’s definition of traditional marriage, stating:
“God instituted marriage between one man and one woman as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman.”
A Chick-fil-A spokesperson told Reuters that “We made multi-year commitments to both organizations and we fulfilled those obligations in 2018.”
The spokesperson later refused to comment to Reuters on whether the protests influenced the decision to change donations.
Residents in Windsor and across Canada are outraged after roughly 160 Canadian flags were stolen from the World War I section of one of the city’s largest cemeteries.
Flags were reported missing from the Windsor Grove Cemetery on Giles Blvd and Howard Ave on Monday.
President of the Windsor Veterans Memorial Service Committee Paul Lauzon told CTV that he “can’t understand why someone would take the flags,” which are sold for next to nothing at any local dollar store.
News of the robbery quickly made its way through the community, as the flags which were placed last week as a tribute to Remembrance Day and stolen, have already been replaced by a local donor who paid to replace over 100 of the flags.
A bigger Canadian flag on the pole was also stolen.
Every Remembrance Day we see the same thing.
The kind words about gratitude, and sacrifice, and honouring those who died to defend our nation and our freedom.
And those words are important, and they are good.
However, it seems increasingly empty for the words to be repeated while no action is taken beyond that.
We keep saying how much we love our veterans, yet veterans aren’t getting the help they need, are told by the PM they’re “asking for more than we can afford to give,” and still have high rates of homelessness and suicide—often being denied help, or being forced to wait far too long for help.
Both the Liberals and Conservatives have repeatedly broken faith with Canada’s veterans, seemingly glad to use veterans for photo ops during election time, and then ‘moving on’ when the campaign is over.
Additionally, we thank our veterans and honour those who died to protect and preserve Canada and our freedoms, yet we insult their memory by letting our country be so poorly defended.
The military is withering away, our air force is short of pilots and the pilots we do have are flying garbage planes, our military innovation is basically non-existent, and our biggest arms sales aren’t to our own military, they’re to Saudi Arabia.
It’s a national disgrace.
If we truly love our country, we need to show that love by protecting it. After all, if you love something then you want it to be kept safe.
So how can we explain the fact that Canada is undefended?
No missile defence.
A laughably weak presence in the North.
No real air force.
Barely any tanks.
No innovation in areas like hypersonic missiles or armed drones.
Some might say, “oh, the world is beyond that now,” but that is simply absurd.
The world is more dangerous than ever, with military spending going up around the globe, and areas like Canada’s north are potential future battlegrounds for resource acquisition and conflict.
But instead of addressing any of those areas, Canada is sleepwalking while our potential adversaries are awake.
And in a huge irony, many of the people who hate the United States the most are the same people who want to keep our Canadian military weak, thus forcing us to be 100% reliant on the US for our national defence.
The fact is that Canada must move beyond words on Remembrance Day, and start actually giving our veterans the help they need—and have earned, and start building up our armed forces. If that takes billions of dollars, then so be it, that’s the price we need to pay to turn the nice Remembrance Day words into something tangible.
Word spread quickly on social media this evening that Simon Fraser University has backed out of its decision to host the event entitled “#GIDYVR: How Media Bias Shapes the Gender Identity Debate” on November 2nd.
In addition to Vancouver feminist Meghan Murphy, the event was slated to feature Quillette Canadian editor Jonathan Kay and The Post Millennial contributor Anna Slatz, and was co-organized by Mark Collard, an SFU professor of anthropology, Amy Eileen Hamm, Holly Stamer, and GIDYVR. Free speech activist Lindsay Shepherd was set to moderate.
Collard, who had originally sponsored the event and assisted in booking the venue at SFU’s Harbour Centre campus, decided to withdraw his support for the event after speaking to senior director of campus public safety, Tim Marron. Marron explained that there was a high risk of violence as a result of the event.
“The senior admin had been very firm about respecting my academic freedom in terms of supporting the event,” Collard told The Post Millennial. “Tim explained what happened yesterday in a meeting between the SFU LGBT student group called Out On Campus and an outside group called Coalition Against Trans Antagonism (CATA). CATA was attempting to persuade Out On Campus to use direct action, discussing tactics such as pulling fire alarms and engaging in property damage. The ball was left in my court, and because of the safety concerns, I could not in good conscience allow this to proceed.”
There is apparently a report on the potential risks drafted by SFU security but Collard has not seen it yet—it remains with senior administration.
The Post Millennial also reached out to Meghan Murphy, who told us, “We are still going to fight this. GIDYVR is in touch with our lawyer, Jay Cameron, from the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms in order to put pressure on SFU to keep our booking. Apparently, there was a meeting involving a trans activist group, and security determined that there was a viable threat of violence from this group. We do not accept that the booking is cancelled, so therefore the booking is not cancelled. We were not consulted by the university or security. We were just informed at the last minute that Mark Collard didn’t want to go through with it. We’re not going to shut down an event every time someone threatens us. Threats are par for the course. As far as we’re concerned, the event will go on.”
When asked if he had any regrets about pulling out, Collard said, “Yes, of course, I do. Civil society should have mechanisms to allow free speech to happen. What this does is incentivize the bad behaviour, since they will be more likely to do this in the future. On the other hand, I know the importance of listening to experts, and [Marron] has 19 years of security experience. He told me on a scale of one to ten, the probability of violence was an eleven.”
The event is sold out with approximately 200 attendees. If SFU does not find a way forward with this event, organizers will be forced to find a new venue that can accommodate the 200 ticket holders and can meet their security concerns all in one day.
The Post Millennial also reached out to SFU Security. This article will be updated if we hear back.