CFA’s vice president of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion is Erick McReynolds. According to McReynolds’ LinkedIn page, he has been vice president of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion since 2021, was executive director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion starting in 2020, and first began working for Chick-fil-A in 2007.
Chick-fil-A is widely admired for the quality of its food, its excellent customer service, and—by many evangelicals—for its Christian values. Not only is its stated purpose to glorify God but the company, founded by Truett Cathy, also closes on Sundays in order to provide employees a day of rest and worship.
Chick-fil-A has dealt with controversy in the past, but mainly from those who claim it is anti-LGBTQ. In 2012, Dan Cathy (Truett Cathy’s son and CFA’s current chairman) sparked controversy for saying, “We are very much supportive of the family—the biblical definition of the family unit.”
In 2019, CFA announced that its charitable giving would focus “exclusively in the areas of hunger, homelessness, and education.” The company had previously supported organizations such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army, and the announcement prompted speculation that CFA was making the change to move away from controversy related to gay marriage. The company denied that LGBTQ concerns had influenced its decision.
Chick-fil-A remains wildly popular in the U.S., even though its reputation as a Christian company has led some both in and outside the country to picket or boycott the company over the years. Now, the sellers of the Lord’s chicken are taking fire from an unlikely camp in the culture wars.
“R.I.P Chick-Fil-A,” said Breanna Morello, whose Twitter profile lists her as a senior producer and reporter for “The Absolute Truth With Emerald Robinson.” “You will be missed.”
James Lindsay, an atheist who has become an ally of some conservative Christians, tweeted, “I think we owe @ChickfilA an opportunity to tell their customers why they adopted DEI, etc, and push SEL education in their kids’ books. Did they sign up willingly, or did someone bend their knee for them? They have a track record of standing up to pressure for their values.”
Former Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis, G3 Ministries founder and president Dr. Josh Buice, and Grace to You’s Darrell B. Harrison each tweeted critiques of Chick-fil-A, with the latter two saying that the company’s DEI stance does not fit with biblical values. Satire site The Babylon Bee published an article Wednesday with a headline that said, “Chick-fil-A Now Training White Employees To Say ‘My Privilege.’”
Others, however, came to the company’s defense or at least faulted those calling for a boycott.