Chick-fil-A has gained notoriety for its controversial stance on LGBT rights and the people who advocate for them. But the DC Gazette, a conservative website, reports that one of the restaurant chain’s Orlando locations opened up on Sunday after the horrible massacre at the Pulse nightclub. Why? To cook food for people who were donating blood in the wake of the tragedy.
The Gazette reports that “in a shocking move, the Orlando location at University and Rouse Road fired up its grills on Sunday.” The shock wasn’t because Chick-fil-A has a record of anti-LGBT sentiment and because the victims of the massacre were at a gay nightclub when it occurred, but because the staunchly Christian business was open on Sundays — something it never is. The Gazette writer, Vianna Vaughn, is clearly determined to rewrite the narrative around Chick-fil-A — focusing it more on compassion and less on intolerance. But at its corporate site Chick-fil-A makes no mention of its generosity in Orlando. In this it follows the much-cited bible verse from Matthew 6:2.