Students Demand Removal of Chick-Fil-A From Campuses Across U.S.

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Posted on July 26, 2012 - 9:08am by Sue.

Students from seven schools across country launch petitions on Change.org demanding removal of Chick-fil-A franchises over company’s reportedly anti-gay stance [press release from Change.org]

WASHINGTON, DC – Students from seven schools across the country have launched petitions on Change.org in the past 48 hours demanding the removal or prevention of Chick-fil-A franchises on their campuses following this week’s media blitz over the fast food chain’s public stance against same-sex marriage.

The petitions target officials at the University of Illinois, University of Kansas, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Ball State University, College of Charleston, Wichita State University, and Minnesota State University.

“In the last several days, the president of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy, reaffirmed the company's anti-gay marriage stance and their allocation of funds to support organizations countering the marriage equality movement,” wrote James Castle, a law student at the University of Kansas, in his petition on Change.org. “Because Chick-fil-A's stance on gay rights could create a hostile environment for queer youth and allies, having a Chick-fil-A on campus deeply conflicts with The University of Kansas Mission on Values and the Chancellor's and Provost's personal commitments to diversity at KU.”

Last week, a media firestorm erupted when it was revealed that Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy told a radio interviewer that “as it relates to society in general, I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than You as to what constitutes a marriage’... I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is all about."

Chick-fil-A’s charitable arm, The WinShape Foundation, has long been a supporter of organizations that aim to ban same-sex marriage. Through WinShape and direct charitable donations, Chick-fil-A is reported to have given more than $2 million to anti-gay groups.

The student-led movement to block Chick-fil-A from college campuses began last fall when students at 11 schools launched petitions on Change.org after a similar round of media coverage. One such student at Northeastern University started a Change.org petition that, after gaining just over 600 signatures, helped in stopping Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant on its campus. Another student at New York University launched a petition on Change.org that attracted nearly 15,000 signatures, sparking protests against Chick-fil-A’s presence that continue to roil the campus.

Petitions launched on Change.org in the past 48 hours targeting Chick-fil-A:
http://www.change.org/petitions/u-of-illinois-evict-chick-fil-a-from-the-illini-union
http://www.change.org/petitions/the-university-of-kansas-remove-chik-fil-a-from-ku-memorial-unions
http://www.change.org/petitions/iupui-remove-chick-fil-a-from-the-campus-center-food-court
http://www.change.org/petitions/president-ball-state-university-remove-chick-fil-a-from-ball-state-s-campus
http://www.change.org/petitions/college-of-charleston-cofc-against-the-opening-of-a-homophobic-chick-fil-a-on-campus
http://www.change.org/petitions/wichita-state-university-remove-chick-fil-a-from-the-rhatigan-student-center
http://www.change.org/petitions/minnesota-state-university-mankato-remove-chick-fil-a-from-the-centennial-student-union

Comments

Anonymous (not verified) says:

August 1, 2012 - 10:16am

Why do people have such a problem with how the Cathy,s run thier business. I thought this country had freedom of speech.
I have been to quite a few Chick Fil A,s and have seen quite a few gay, lesbian, black, white, and basically all races, male and female.
To say he is discriminatory is wrong. He has his beliefs and his values which he is entitled to under the constitution.
What he said everyone might not agree with, but it is his right as an American. Unfortunately people forget we have freedom of speech and they try to stifle what we say.
Leave the Cathy's alone and let them into the campuses. With this economy we need as many jobs as possible for all people and as I said earlier, Chik Fil A doesn't discriminate. At least not in Florida.



Anonymous (not verified) says:

August 2, 2012 - 8:57am

You are right, "anonymous" we do have enormous freedom of speech in America, for which we are grateful. And I don't think anyone is suggesting that Cathy be arrested for his words. But as a powerful man, directly responsible for the well-being of thousands of employees and their families, his words have extra weight, and therefor he should be extra careful. When he warns of godly retribution for the nation's support of gay rights, believers in an angry punitive god may well react in fear, and not with careful thought. When Cathy purports to know God's will with regard to what we call marriage, people who have a vested interest in believing him may feel justified in hurting that which they believe is hurting them. If the father tells the child that Santa doesn't like dogs and won't bring him any toys if he lets the dog sleep in the house, would we blame the child if he gave the dog a shove on its way out the back door? While there are laws restricting "hate-speech," what Cathy says is probably not quite that. Yet, it is inciting and appeals to people's fear, and not their reason. So it is understandable that others protest what he says.
And, while employing a diverse population is a step up from not employing minorities, it is actually the law that he does so. I choose to support people and organizations that do the least harm, and maybe some good. And equal rights, for me, is important, and I don't expect retribution from above. So, I'm not buying any chick fil a anytime soon. But you can :)



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