A university in North Carolina has voted to ban the popular fast food chain Chick-fil-A from its campus, reports state.
The Student Government Association of Elon University, a private educational institution in Glen Raven, voted 35 to 11 to request that Chick-fil-A be replaced on campus. The vote was based on a resolution introduced by the gay and straight alliance at the school, who claimed that the restaurant did not comport with the university’s non-discrimination policy because it disagrees with same-sex “marriage.”
However, as previously reported, Chick-fil-A says that while company president Dan Cathy expressed his support for the “Biblical definition of the family unit,” the restaurant has long adhered to a policy of equal treatment toward homosexuals, whether they be customers or employees.
The organizer of a large picnic event designed to help unify Republican leaders and supporters in Connecticut next Saturday canceled his plans to serve 100 Chick-fil-A sandwiches after deciding the controversy over the restaurant owner’s stand against same-sex marriage might become a distraction.
“It was never about gay marriage,” Mitch Beck told the Connecticut Post in a phone interview. He said the controversy surrounding the gay activists’ vocal opposition against Chick-fil-A was “threatening to overtake the importance of the event,” the Post wrote.
Beck, an executive recruiter, said he ordered 100 sandwiches from the nearest Chick-fil-A franchise (in New Jersey across the states’ line) as a show of support for management’s First Amendment rights of free speech.
The event is aimed at helping Republicans, including 30 political candidates, network with each other and to grow the party’s presence in the state.
Naturally, either way they get attacked by the Democrats:
In a statement issued late Friday, Democratic State Central Committee Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo seized the opportunity to ridicule the decision by the host of the Republican event to not serve Chick-fil-A. Also, she framed the debate as a civil rights issue as many supporters of same-sex marriage have done.
“While the Republicans gather together to celebrate their unity and discuss issues like whether or not to serve Chick-fil-A for lunch, Democrats across the state are talking to voters about the issues that matter to them: jobs, education and health care,” DiNardo said.
“The largest Republican event to date this election season has focused on their squabble over chicken and if they can strut alongside those who want to rollback decades of civil rights advances,” she said, as reported by the Connecticut Post. “Surely those in elected positions in our government could use the time for more constructive things than the logistics of purchasing food in New Jersey for an event in Connecticut.”
It does seem pretty stupid to bring in food from NJ to CT; it’d be cold by the time it arrived…
It would have been best to not have made such arrangements in the first place… But then the GOP is the Stupid Party, while the Democrats are the Evil Party, as Sam Francis used to say…
Students at Davidson began protesting against serving Chick-fil-A at school sponsored late-night food-and-music events called After Midnight, which are held on one Saturday each month. An online petition gathered nearly 500 signatures calling for the school to stop serving Chick-fil-A at campus sanctioned events. Some Davidson students oppose the company’s support of anti-gay groups, and its president, Dan Cathy, admitting to being against same-sex marriage rights.
He’s making a documentary about his legal squabble with the chicken chain; here’s the trailer:
This sort of thing always irritates me, how businesses think that (a) they own a certain combination of certain words, and (b) that little businesses in out-of-the-way places are some sort of threat to their brand, esp. when the products the two different businesses promote are so entirely different, as to cause no confusion in the minds of anyone…
I hope he wins his case.
Life used to be a lot simpler. When you were hungry or needed to buy some pens, you simply bought a sandwich at a deli or went to the stationery store. The notion that where you ate or bought pens might be a politically significant act didn’t cross your mind.
Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case.
Over at the Atlantic Monthly, Jonathan Merritt criticized those calling for a boycott of Chick-fil-A. After citing examples of Chick-fil-A’s service to communities and its dedication to its employees, Merritt asked, “In a nation that’s as divided as ours is, do we really want our commercial lives and our political lives to be so wholly intermeshed?”
In a better world, the answer might be “no.” In that better world, buying pens and eating lunch would be a politics-free experience. All that would matter is whether we’re getting value for our money.
Unfortunately, we’re stuck with the one we have. In this one, big corporations like Office Depot will embrace all sorts of fashionable and politically correct causes if they think it will help their stock price. They are asking us to patronize them because they “care” about the politically correct thing. This is why Office Depot publicly joined forces with Lady Gaga and her campaign for “empowerment.”
And this is why Kraft produced an Oreo cookie with rainbow-colored filling. Unfortunately, I’m not kidding.
In other words, they, not consumers, introduced politics into the equation, thus running the risk that people might object to the politics they were embracing.
Now, I’m not calling for a boycott of Office Depot. But there’s no reason why we shouldn’t take their “advocacy” into consideration when we need office supplies; is there?
And let’s be clear: The people who turn buying pens and eating Oreos into a politically-significant act have no ground to complain when a privately owned business like Chick-fil-A publicly proclaims that it is pro-family.
So the next time you’re hungry, by all means feel free to take into consideration Chick-fil-A’s commitment to the traditional family and giving back to the community. After all, it’s still a free country.
And some people say the ‘culture war’ is over, or should be. (Some would call for an end to Christian boycotts, for example.)
It’s just barely begun.
Let the games begin, in earnest! Red state vs. blue state; which corporations will win?
Vote with your dollars, folks – and shut down businesses that support causes you don’t agree with.
Then maybe, eventually, corporations will stop pandering to special interest groups, once they see it hurts their bottom line.
*Update: In all seriousness, I don’t know that public boycotts can work, because they tend to either establish counter-reactions, or don’t convince others to join in. But private actions, not publicized, could shut down a company if enough of their customers did it – unless they figured out in time why their sales were dropping… A buycott of companies standing for the good and right is probably a better idea; the success of the Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day on August 1 shows how well such can work.
This is the new political America, where bullying runs rampant. Chick-Fil-A had never discriminated against gay and lesbian patrons or employees. There are no allegations that it had. But that won’t stop people from invading its places of business to make political statements. And that won’t stop liberal heavy-hitters from discriminating against it using the power of government. (BreitBart.com)
It is not enough, for the Left, that you act morally, even according to their standards. It is equally vital that you publicly acknowledge that their standards are correct, and that you agree with them. Anything less is not enough. (DG)
The Muppets are ending their relationship with fast food restaurant chain Chick-Fil-A in a show of support for gay marriage, the creators of the puppet troupe said on Monday.
“The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors,” the company said in a statement posted on their official Facebook page.
The Henson company, named after the creator of lovable characters like Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, supplied their Creature Shop Muppet toys to Chick-Fil-A for children’s meal packages but decided to sever ties after recent statements by the fast-food chain’s Chief Executive Dan Cathy.
Cathy told the Baptist Press in a recent interview the company supported the “traditional family,” and “the biblical definition of the family unit.”
I’ve always wanted to eat at Chick-fil-A – we don’t have any outlets here in Canada, nor are there any in the parts of the States I’ve been in – and now I want to, more than ever, to show my support for their commitment to the Christian faith.