A gay student group at Duquesne University has expressed concern over the college’s plans to place a brand new Chick-Fil-A in their food court.
Despite Chick-Fil-A being a Christian, family-owned business, one student, Niko Martini, claims that this restaurant specializing in chicken sandwiches has a “questionable history on civil rights and human rights.”
Niko Martini, a member of the Lambda executive board and Senator at Large, believes that the university should refuse doing business with Chick-Fil-A. He sites vague claims, such as that the company is discriminatory towards homosexuals, lesbians, and other non-heterosexual orientations.
Martini has also been working with student government leaders, in an attempt to pass legislation urging the school to reconsider Chick-Fil-A as a dining option. Duke University’s campus newspaper, The Duquesne Duke, reports:
“At the March 26 Student Government Association meeting, Senator at Large Niko Martini proposed that the SGA pass a resolution asking the university to reconsider the inclusion of Chick-fil-A as a dining option for students.”
“Martini is on the Lambda executive board. He clarified that he made the proposal on his own behalf and not Lambda’s.”
“ ‘Chick-fil-A has a questionable history on civil rights and human rights,’ he said in a statement to The Duke. ‘I think it’s imperative the university chooses to do business with organizations that coincide with the [university’s] mission and expectations they give students regarding diversity and inclusion.’ ”
“The SGA Senate did not pass any resolution but agreed to consider an alternate resolution to vett the Chick-fil-A Express, which senators tabled for the April 9 SGA meeting to allow time to research the concerns.”
Lambda’s executive group also met with Auxiliary Services to share their concerns regarding this new restaurant. In particular, they dislike the company’s position on “LGTBQIA+ issues.” They claim that Chick-Fil-A has been donating to “anti-LGBT” organizations, and implied that it creates an ‘unsafe environment’ for the gay community.
Despite this, Chick-Fil-A has made numerous statements, claiming that they do not discriminate. The Duquesne Duke reports further:
“In a statement provided by Chick-fil-A, Manager of External Communications Amanda Hannah said that the Chick-fil-A Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm, focuses on youth and education.”
“ ‘Only organizations directly aligned with that mission are funded,’ Hannah said. ‘Programs with social or political agendas are not included in that giving.’ ”
“Reporting from the left-leaning website ThinkProgress revealed that the Chick-fil-A Foundation donated $1,017,610 to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in 2014.”
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, or FCA, has a “Sexual Purity Statement,” for its volunteers and staff, urging them to wait until marriage to engage in sexual intercourse. It seems that this is the “anti-gay” organization that these college liberals are referring to.
I would like to make something clear—just because you don’t agree with, or support, a certain lifestyle, does NOT mean that you hate them. The left has mistaken “tolerance,” for “acceptance,” when in reality they’re two different things.
Chick Fil A, as a Christian business, is completely free to donate to which organizations they see fit. There is nothing wrong with them supporting their religion. I would also like to point out that the same liberals who attack Christianity, openly welcome Islam into our country.
As of now, the University is still deciding what to do over this controversy, but for the sake of this country, I hope they make the right decision.