Earlier this week, fast-food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A revealed it was revising its charitable giving policy to deny groups the company had previously given donations apparently because of their stances on LGBTQ issues.
Among those groups were the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Paul Anderson Youth Home. During an appearance on Huntsville radio WVNN’s “The Jeff Poor Show” on Tuesday, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, a candidate for U.S. Senate, spoke about Chick-fil-A’s decision.
Moore did not speak directly about Chick-fil-A’s motives. However, he questioned as to whether or not other political candidates would talk about the issue of “the LGBTQ agenda.”
“I’m not going to try to guess what Chick-fil-A’s motives are,” Moore said. “You can ask Chick-fil-A. I know that there’s always confusion over this. My question is — is how many political candidates running for the Senate will speak out against the LGBTQ agenda, which is pretty clear — take away your religious liberty, passing a bill Congress called the Equality Act. And people are afraid to talk out against the LGBTQ agenda.”
Earlier in the day, former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville, one of Moore’s opponents in the race for Alabama’s 2020 GOP U.S. Senatorial nomination, expressed his disappointment in Chick-fil-A’s decision.
Moore pledged to remain steadfast on the issue.
“They can intimidate other people,” he said. “They’ll never intimidate me. What they’re doing is wrong. It’s immoral. It’s against the basis of our country. It’s against the family. It’s against everything that we stand for. And what they’re doing in effect is taking away religious liberty rights of people who don’t believe in them.”
While discussing the broader issue of the LGBTQ agenda, Moore posed the question: What does the “Q” in LGBTQ stand for, which is “queer.” He offered his thoughts on the term and asked whether or not other candidates were intimidated or standing up when it comes to such topics.
“It’s ‘queer.’ In our society it’s always been ‘queer.’ In our society it used to be a mental disease, and now we are incorporating it as a right,” he said. “I just don’t agree with it. I will continue not to agree with it. And to me, that’s the point of this story about Chick-fil-A. Whether they’re intimidated or whether or not — that’s not for me to say. What’s for me to say is whether the candidates in this election and every election are intimidated by it, or are they standing up?”