- The Washington Times - Friday, October 11, 2019

A public charter school in New Orleans on Thursday rejected a free teachers lunch from Chick-fil-A out of solidarity with the LGBTQ community.

Steven Corbett, principal of Lusher Charter School, said in a statement that Chick-Fil-A’s values didn’t align with the school’s “culture of kindness.”

“Out of respect to our LGBTQ staff, we have chosen to not serve Chick-Fil-A at an employee lunch. The #1 rule at Lusher is to ‘Be Kind,’ and we live this motto every day,” the principal said, according to local CBS affiliate WWL. “Chick-Fil-A has been politically outspoken about its views, and we feel it is not part of Lusher’s culture of kindness and community.”

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The meal was being provided by the College Football Playoff Foundation, which said it will bring the teachers food from another restaurant instead. The organization’s Tony Fay said he respected the school’s decision, WWL reported.

Chick-fil-A made headlines this spring after the left-wing ThinkProgress released a report saying the Chick-fil-A Foundation donated $1.8 million in 2017 to Christian and socially conservative groups with an alleged history of anti-LGBTQ bias.

The report renewed criticism of the fast-food chain that first started in 2012 after CEO Dan Cathy, a conservative Christian, revealed his disapproval of gay marriage.

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