An executive with Chick-fil-A, a company that's donated to anti-gay-marriage causes, will speak at the Air Force Academy's Character and Leadership Development Symposium Feb. 21 and 22. Rodney Bullard, vice president of the chain's corporate social responsibility section, is an AFA grad and worked as a U.S. Attorney and for NASA.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which has LGBTQ clients at the Academy, says inviting Bullard is another "in a long line of such despicable instances of fundamentalist Christian-based homophobic oppression" at the Academy.
According to BusinessInsider.com, Chick-fil-A has overhauled its image in recent years from supporting "the biblical definition of a family" to be more inclusive. Company officials say they want to focus on food. "We want Chick-fil-A to be for everyone," company official David Farmer said in 2016.
The chain is closed on Sundays to allow employees to worship, and its corporate "purpose" is: "To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us... ."
AFA reps didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.