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Chili’s abruptly cancels Monday fundraiser for anti-vaccination group

Posted by on Apr. 7, 2014 at 2:36 AM
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By Tom Boggioni
Sunday, April 6, 2014 22:06 EDT

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Restaurant chain Chili’s has abruptly cancelled their plans raise funds on Monday for a national autism group after receiving negative feedback from the public over the group’s anti-vaccination stance.

In a statement released Sunday night, Chili’s said:

Chili’s is committed to giving back to the communities in which our guests live and work through local and national Give Back Events. While we remain committed to supporting the children and families affected by autism, we are canceling Monday’s Give Back Event based on the feedback we heard from our guests.

We believe autism awareness continues to be an important cause to our guests and team members, and we will find another way to support this worthy effort in the future with again our sole intention being to help families affected by autism. At Chili’s, we want to make every guest feel special and we thank all of our loyal guests for your thoughtful questions and comments.

Chili’s had previously announced that they would be donating 10 percent of customers’ checks to the National Autism Association in honor of National Autism Awareness month.

Concern arose when it was pointed out that the NAA claimed on their website that vaccinations can expedite autism in “some, if not many, children.”

Although the NAA doesn’t make any specific claims about vaccinations and autism, it does direct users to the National Vaccine Information Center, a nonprofit organization which has been described as “… the most powerful anti-vaccine organization in America, and its relationship with the U.S. government consists almost entirely of opposing federal efforts aimed at vaccinating children.”

Chili’s had previously addressed the grow controversy on Facebook writing:

“The intent of our 4/7 National Give Back Event is not to express a view on this matter, but rather to support the families affected by autism,” Chili’s writes in the post. “Our choice to partner with the National Autism Association was based on the percentage of donations that would go directly to providing financial assistance to families and supporting programs that aid the development and safety of children with autism.”

Chili’s has not made any additional statements since the press release.


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PPCLC
by Bronze Member on Apr. 7, 2014 at 8:48 AM
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Smart move, IMO. Taking sides and supporting a political cause, which vaxing versus non-vaxing has quickly become one, sometimes does not bode well for a company.

billsfan1104
by Jules on Apr. 7, 2014 at 10:33 AM
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I think this was a terrible move on Chilis part. If you don't agree with a group they give charity too , then don't go. But this attitude of, "you don't agree with me, so I am going to take you down" is dangerous.
4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Apr. 7, 2014 at 10:45 AM
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With the rate of Autism being so high this may end up backfiring on Chilis, as the group I think it's a stretch to suggest they are antivaccine.    They are dedicated to research, which I think all parents should support and not have such a fear of when it comes to this discussion about environmental factors and Autism.  

  It certainly didn't go over well when SGK decided to drop Planned Parenthood breast cancer screening funding over their small percentage of abortion services.  

Goodwoman614
by Satan on Apr. 7, 2014 at 12:08 PM

BUMP!

Goodwoman614
by Satan on Apr. 7, 2014 at 12:10 PM
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I'm glad Chili's doesn't wish to be seen as supporting any part of the anti vaccine b.s.

4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Apr. 7, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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Are you equally glad to see them not associate with a large organization that funds Autism research?  It's a stretch to suggest the NAA is anti vaccine.  They advocate for research into all environmental factors that may trigger autism with the goal of looking for ways to make things more safe and raise awareness.  

Are you actually against funding research to conclusively prove or disprove vaccines are an environmental trigger for SOME children with Autism?  They certainly don't advocate that all parents skip vaccinating.  I don't think you will find anything anywhere on their site that suggests anything of the sort.  

Quoting Goodwoman614:

I'm glad Chili's doesn't wish to be seen as supporting any part of the anti vaccine b.s.


lga1965
by on Apr. 7, 2014 at 12:16 PM
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I agree.

Quoting Goodwoman614:

I'm glad Chili's doesn't wish to be seen as supporting any part of the anti vaccine b.s.

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lga1965
by on Apr. 7, 2014 at 12:19 PM
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If it was ONLY autism research that would be great. But if they still stubbornly believe that vaccines cause autism, they are defeating themselves and tainting their goals.
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4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Apr. 7, 2014 at 12:28 PM
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They don't, there is nothing anywhere on their site that suggests anything of the sort.  They speak to the causes and state that many parents indicate their children's autism was triggered after being vaccinated.  They see this as one of many environmental issues that MAY be a trigger.  They also acknowledge that is is a small percentage of parents that report this as the trigger.  They state that because there is no definitive research on the topic more needs to be done to determine if in fact there is a connection or rule out any connection.  

People should really take the time to research on their own what is presented in this articles and not take what is presented at face value.  It will provide a far more balanced base for forming an opinion.  

This group provides emergency funding to low income families struggling to meet the costs and obtain the treatment needed for their Autistic children.  They provide communication devices to help families communicate with their nonverbal/minimally verbal children, They provide learning material to help families educate those that may come in contact with their children on what Autism is and how to keep their autistic child safe and they fund research in programs that may directly benefit and provide treatment for affected children.   None of their programs are anti vaccine.  None.  

Quoting lga1965: If it was ONLY autism research that would be great. But if they still stubbornly believe that vaccines cause autism, they are defeating themselves and tainting their goals.


lga1965
by on Apr. 7, 2014 at 12:33 PM
I have researched for a couple of years.

Quoting 4evrinbluejeans:

They don't, there is nothing anywhere on their site that suggests anything of the sort.  They speak to the causes and state that many parents indicate their children's autism was triggered after being vaccinated.  They see this as one of many environmental issues that MAY be a trigger.  They also acknowledge that is is a small percentage of parents that report this as the trigger.  They state that because there is no definitive research on the topic more needs to be done to determine if in fact there is a connection or rule out any connection.  

People should really take the time to research on their own what is presented in this articles and not take what is presented at face value.  It will provide a far more balanced base for forming an opinion.  

This group provides emergency funding to low income families struggling to meet the costs and obtain the treatment needed for their Autistic children.  They provide communication devices to help families communicate with their nonverbal/minimally verbal children, They provide learning material to help families educate those that may come in contact with their children on what Autism is and how to keep their autistic child safe and they fund research in programs that may directly benefit and provide treatment for affected children.   None of their programs are anti vaccine.  None.  

Quoting lga1965: If it was ONLY autism research that would be great. But if they still stubbornly believe that vaccines cause autism, they are defeating themselves and tainting their goals.

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