What would we do without the campus activists of the world, who are now protecting their fellow students from the horrors of Chick-fil-A? Probably just enjoy Chick-fil-A, to be honest.The latest campus craziness comes out of Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University, where some students report living in “fear” of Chick-fil-A’s arrival on their campus. Why? Because from 2003-2009, the organization donated $5 million to groups that oppose same-sex marriage. About $2 million went to groups that directly opposed same sex marriage, while the other $3 million went to more general Christian groups (that opposed same sex marriage for religious reasons, but didn’t lobby against it). That’s pennies on pennies on the dollar for the company, which brought in $6 billion in revenue in 2015, and had Chick-fil-A been run by devout Muslims opposed to same sex marriage, we’d all be bigots for mentioning it.
Despite the fact that mass protests of Chick-fil-A in 2012 led to even larger counter-protests (leading to the company’s largest single day of sales on “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day on August 1, 2012), by September 2012 the company had stepped out of the political arena, and stopped donating to groups that oppose gay rights. So all is good, right?Apparently not. According to the Daily Caller, Duquesne University Student Senator Niko Martini proposed a resolution at the March 26 student government association meeting to stop the arrival of conservative fast food before it’s too late.
“Chick-fil-A has a questionable history on civil rights and human rights,” Martini told The Duquesne Duke. “I think it’s imperative [that] the university chooses to do business with organizations that coincide with the [university’s] mission and expectations they give students regarding diversity and inclusion.’
That resolution failed but the student government did agree to another resolution that would allow for a “vetting process” of the new restaurant.Martini’s campaign has been embraced by the university’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) where Martini is a member of the executive board. The GSA says Chick-fil-A poses a clear and present danger to the group’s “safe place” on campus.
“I’ve tried very hard within the last semester and a half to promote this safe environment for the LGBTQ community. So I fear that with the Chick-fil-A being in Options [an on-campus food fair] that maybe people will feel that safe place is at risk,” GSA president Rachel Coury said.
Contrary to the hysterical fears of these students, Chick-fil-A restaurants aren’t generally known as hotbeds of violence.Ironically, Chick-fil-A is only coming to Duquesne because in a survey, students asked for more chicken dinner options on campus. But apparently they meant LIBERAL chickens.
Anyway, if students plan on rallying against the company when it arrives on campus, I encourage them to schedule their protest on a Sunday.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]