• Oh, the Horror! More Anti-Chick-fil A Hysteria from the Left

    Surge Summary: An outspoken faculty group from the University of Kansas lodges a formal protest against the presence of Chick-fil A on their campus — objecting to the restaurant franchise’s reputation for conservative, Christian views on sexuality and marriage. 

    Political and cultural Progressives hysterical? Why, wherever would we get that notion?

    OneNewsNow’s Michael Haverluck provides a clue:

    Several faculty members at the University of Kansas are pushing administrators to ban Chick-fil-A from campus, arguing its presence violates the “safety” and “mental well-being” of students and staff – and citing the franchise’s Christian values.

    It’s the third-largest fast-food franchise in America and has openly stated it welcomes and serves all members of society – what kind of a for-profit outfit would operate in any other way? Yet, key “faculty influencers” on the KU campus who press social justice values of “inclusion” are demanding Chick-fil-A be booted from campus.

    “The faculty council, filled with ‘extreme frustration,’ wants America’s favorite restaurant removed from campus for being a ‘bastion of bigotry’ after KU administrators relocated a Chick-fil-A from a basement to ‘prime real estate’ on campus to the Memorial Union,” Fox News reported. “But worse yet, to the council, is the ‘Chick-fil-A Coin Toss’ at the start of the Jayhawks’ football home games.”

    In a letter to KU’s chancellor, provost, a leading professor, and members of the school’s community, the pro-LGBTQ staff is calling for Chick-fil-A’s diminished presence on campus in the name of so-called “inclusion.”

    “We – members of the Sexuality & Gender Diversity Faculty and Staff Council – write to express our extreme frustration at the University’s moves over the summer to deepen its relationship with Chick-fil-A,” the letter reads. “In the Spring, we spoke out to denounce the decision to relocate the business, which has a history of supporting organizations that are hostile to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, families and communities.”

    Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy has supported “the biblical definition of the family unit” and professed that

    “[w]e 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.’”

    Those statements were adduced in the faculty’s brief against the restaurant chain. Any business espousing such views should not be welcomed on campus!

    They insist they are “outraged” with university officials’ growing relationship with Chick-fil-A. They slur the corporation as a “bastion of bigotry,” that its very presence undercuts the school’s mission of fostering a “safe and accepting”, multicultural, inclusive environment which will encourage diversity, equity and inclusion.

    That’s rich. “Safe and accepting” for whom? “Diversity” and “inclusion” for what groups? Not Chick-fil A, apparently

    Complicating this dust-up is the KU campus building where Chick-fil-A is to operate is one in which campus funds built transgender restrooms – it’s considered something of a symbol of victory for LGBTQ rights.

    Mustn’t soil it with the Chick-fil-A “homophobes”!

    “The Union was one of the first places on campus to incorporate gender inclusive bathrooms for the comfort and validation of the experiences and range of identities of the people who walk our halls,” the letter continued. “The arrival of Chick-fil-A in this building is insulting, counterproductive and unacceptable.”

    KU’s Sexuality & Gender Diversity Faculty and Staff Council ends its plea with a call for the university to cut-off its partnership with the franchise and limit its business interactions with those that are pro-LGBTQ causes.

    “We beseech you to rectify this situation immediately, promoting inclusion and equity instead of hatred and intolerance,” the council pleads. “At the very least, we demand a guarantee from the Chancellor, KU Athletics and the Provost that these contracts will not be renewed once expired. We also insist that KU make the process by which it chooses its on-campus vendors more transparent, principled and inclusive of representatives of the larger KU community.”

    Furthermore, the call went forth to withhold business from Chick-fil-A along with an exhortation to favor pro-LGBTQ businesses over Christian ones.

    “[W]e will urge our members and allies to speak with our dollars – as well as our words – and boycott the restaurant,” the letter concludes. “We look forward to educating the larger KU community about Chick-fil-A and working with KU to find a replacement vendor that better reflects our KU values.”

    Many American universities may hypocritically portray themselves as “marketplace[s] of ideas,” but, the fact is, many — KU, obviously, among them – are attempting to limit those ideas to ones that are not contrary to their Lefty passions.

    Troublingly, it looks like KU Interim Provost Carl Lejuez is folding before the politically correct pressure.

    “Moving forward, I believe it is important to have thoughtful discussion and deliberation when we enter into contracts,” Lejuez wrote in an email to KU faculty and staff, according to Fox News. “In the future, we will do so in a manner that is transparent and informed by our commitment to affirm diversity and to be a welcoming and inclusive campus.”

    Translation: We are paving the way to give Chick-fil A the heave-ho.

    Conservatives, happily, on the other hand, are not remaining silent on this silliness.

    Opposing the boycott and call for Chick-fil-A to be removed from campus, the conservative student group College Republicans is defending the Christian restaurant’s right to serve and do business on campus – as well as students’ right to enjoy their favorite food.

    “KU’s College Republicans have launched a petition to defend the nation’s most popular fast food chain,” [radio host Todd]Starnes noted. “And they plan to serve Chick-fil-A at their first meeting of the semester.”

    The petition calls for students, alumni and concerned citizens to remind KU Chancellor Doug Girod that the anti-Chick-fil-A sentiments of LGBTQ activists on the faculty do not represent those held by the general student body.

    “Tell our university administration that our community wants Chick-fil-A on this campus,” the conservative group wrote, according to Fox.

    As should generally be expected, the editorial board of the local Kansas City Star is on board with the pro-LGBTQ faculty, recommending KU students and staff choose Popeyes’ new chicken sandwich instead of Chick-fil A fare.

    “But for those who don’t like the political views underlying the ultra-popular spicy chicken sandwich, the solution should be simple: Vote with your feet and eat elsewhere,” the Star’s editorial board wrote. “[W]ord is that Popeyes has a really good chicken sandwich.”

    Good grief. In an adult, rational world this would be the stuff of a TV sitcom script, not part of a collection of real-life circumstances involving a major state university.

    Meanwhile, in an example of the kind of gracious act that has come to be associated with the eatery chain,

    Chick-fil-A in Greensboro, North Carolina, reached out to Popeyes employees last week in a Christian gesture of goodwill by providing them chicken sandwiches when they became “stressed out” by running out of their new chicken sandwiches during their chaotic launch to compete with the Christian fast food giant.

    Kind of astonishing, but consistent with the philosophy of Chick-fil A CEO Dan Cathay who has built his life – and his business – on the God of grace proclaimed through his favorite Book.

    Meanwhile, portions of the University of Kansas faculty and staff are near to being traumatized because a chicken-sandwich-selling concern has set up shop nearby?


    H/T: Michael Haverluck/OneNewsNow

    Image: Adapted from: ErikaWittlieb from Pixabay 

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