Students at a university in Nebraska are not happy after the student government voted last week to ban Chick-fil-A from coming on campus, due to the company CEO’s support of traditional marriage.
The University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK) student government’s decision came despite the large number of students choosing the popular restaurant chain as their first choice for a new concession on campus.
“When we learned more about Chick-fil-A and its corporate values and discriminatory policies, and after hearing these concerns raised by a section of our student body, we concluded that these corporate values are not aligned with our values as a student body, and it is not in the best interested of our UNK community to pursue Chick-fil-A right now,” UNK student government president Evan Calhoun wrote.
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As reported by Western Journalism, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy received a lot of criticism a few years ago, when he stated his support for traditional marriage. Various organizations called for a boycott of the fast-food chain, but others rallied in support of Cathy’s First Amendment right to express his views and live out his faith.
In 2013, following some Supreme Court decisions which laid the foundation for last June’s ruling striking down all marriage statutes defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman as unconstitutional, Cathy tweeted: “Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies.”
After hearing that the student government chose to override the results, UNK student Trevor Wiegert wrote a letter to the governing body, The Daily Wire reported:
I think it is ridiculous and appalling that this is a situation we are faced with as a campus and student body, due to the preconceived notions of a very small minority.
This is a country that was built and has thrived on the notion of free speech. Taking a man’s opinion on his belief in the traditional family and construing it to supposedly encompass his entire company’s corporate values and discriminatory policies in order to feel “safe” or like you’re not being “persecuted” is simply asinine.
Aaron Ohri echoed Wiegert’s views, writing to the campus community that the student government is in fact picking favorites among students’ beliefs:
Your e-mail on why Chick-Fil-A does not “Align with our student body values,” and that this is why it cannot be a restaurant on this campus, is a complete and total slap in the face to many of us on this campus who believe that Chick-Fil-A is not wrong in what they believe.
I understand that a Christian lifestlye [sic.] in this day and society is completely “Disrespectful” but please do not ever again send me an e-mail speaking for the “whole student body” when you do not have a clue what most of us actually think.
Wiegert told The Daily Wire that the student government was responding to the concerns raised by a small group of students. Due to pressure from Wiegert and other students on campus, the governing body decided to hold an open forum this week, with a final decision to come this Thursday concerning allowing the restaurant on campus.
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“Several other schools have voted on resolutions calling for the removal of Chick-fil-A from campus, including Elon University, Davidson College, the University of New Mexico, New York University, and Wichita State University,” Campus Reform reported. A professor at Eastern Illinois University called an on-campus Chick-fil-A a symbol of “hate.”
Last fall, similar complaints were raised against allowing a Chick-fil-A to open in the Denver International Airport, prompting the restaurant chain to release a statement which read in part, “Chick-fil-A, Inc. and its franchised restaurant owners are equal opportunity employers, employing more than 75,000 individuals who represent many diverse viewpoints, opinions, backgrounds and beliefs.”
The Denver City Council ultimately voted to allow the restaurant to open.
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Last fall, Chick-fil-A was named the most Christian-friendly business in the United States.
h/t: BizPac Review
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