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Chick-fil-A Faces Campus Opposition

chick-fil-a_meal1Fast food chain Chick-fil-A continues to be attacked by liberals and faces opposition on numerous college campuses for it’s support of organizations labeled by liberals as hate groups.  These groups include:

Family Research Council
Exodus International
Focus On the Family
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Marriage & Family Legacy Fund

What makes these groups “hate groups”, the liberals say, is that they are all “anti-gay”.

Chick-fil-A has been blocked from opening a franchise on the campus of Boston’s Northeastern University.  A small group of students complained about the organizations to which the company contributed.  They followed their objections to allowing the chain on campus by gathering bout 300 signatures – 1.5% of the student body.  The Student Government Association then voted 31-5 not to allow Chick-fil-A to become a vendor. 

Chick-fil-A also has faced opposition at Duke University, Bowling Green University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Gainesville State College, Indiana University South Bend, Mississippi State University, Texas Tech University, the University of North Texas, Loyola Law School and New York University.
At NYU an online petition was started asking school officials to close the existing Chick-fil-A location on campus. The petition now includes almost 11,000 signatures.

Also at NYU, a fictitious flyer was handed out on the campus by two men pretending to be Chick-fil-A employees.  The flyer said:  “Please be prepared to discuss your religion, family history, personal relationships etc upon interviewing.  Chick-fil-A reserves the right to question, in detail, your sexual relationship history. Anyone living in sin need not apply.”

Chick-fil-A responded on their Facebook page:  “Chick-fil-A fans, we’re aware of a fake and inappropriate flyer that is circulating the web right now. We can assure you that this was not created or distributed by any Chick-fil-A Restaurant or any of its independent Operators. Chick-fil-A serves all of our customers, team members and potential team members with the utmost honor, dignity and respect. Thanks for your continued support!”

The chair of the Student Senators Council at NYU got it right.  He emailed students to say the Council voted not to remove the restaurant.  He said, “The SSC also believes there is a fundamental difference between personal boycott and institutional prohibition.  To ban any entity from campus for ideological reasons is, in most every case, to limit freedom of expression.”

Chick-fil-A disagrees with the issues brought forward by students.

“We’re a restaurant that has a hospitality that says we’re here to embrace everyone who wants to come and be part of Chick-fil-A,” said Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy. “So to be identified with some sort of hate group that has a political agenda – that is not Chick-fil-A at all.”

Typing all this about Chick-fil-A has me craving a number 1 combo, hold the pickle.  But, it’s Sunday and all Chick-fil-A locations are closed.   Probably another reason some students don’t like them!

From the Chick-fil-A website:

Why We’re Closed on Sundays

Our founder, Truett Cathy, made the decision to close on Sundays in 1946 when he opened his first restaurant in Hapeville, Georgia. He has often shared that his decision was as much practical as spiritual. He believes that all franchised Chick-fil-A Operators and their Restaurant employees should have an opportunity to rest, spend time with family and friends, and worship if they choose to do so. That’s why all Chick-fil-A Restaurants are closed on Sundays. It’s part of our recipe for success.

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