Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Northeastern University Cancels Chick-fil-A Eatery Plans

This blog in the past has addressed the large amounts of money given to anti-gay organizations by Christianist owned Chick-fil-A. Moneys derived from the eatery are distributed to virtually a who's who of anti-gay organizations whose primary goal is to denigrate and ostracize LGBT individuals. Now, North eastern University - rightfully in my view - has cancelled plans to have a Chick-fil-A restaurant on campus after students complained about Chick-fil-A's anti-gay agenda. Yes, the owners of Chick-fil_A are free to give their money as they wish, but by the same token institutions are free to refuse to do business with corporations that denigrate and seek to indirectly harm their students. I can already hear the professional Christians and members of the Christian Taliban whining that Chick-fil-A is being persecuted. The truth, of course, is that Chick-fil-A and its owners are the ones engaging in the persecution of other citizens. The Boston Globe looks at Northeastern University's decision to kick Chick-fil-A to the curb. Here are highlights:

Plans to bring a Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant to the Northeastern University campus have been canceled after the student government denounced the chain over its support of groups opposed to gay and lesbian rights.

In a move applauded by the university, the student Senate passed a resolution, 31 to 5 with eight abstentions, Monday night “stating that the student body does not support bringing CFA [Chick-fil-A] to campus,” the association said via social media.

The Equality Matters website reported that the Atlanta-based company's charitable arm, WinShape, has donated millions to anti-gay causes in recent years. "Based on the outcome of Monday night's senate resolution, Chick-fil—A will not be part of the group of vendors considered for the renovation of the student center," Northeastern said in a statement.

“We are proud of the decision that affirms our university’s commitment to be an inclusive, diverse community that is respectful of all," college spokeswoman Renata Nyul said in another statement.

Northeastern is the latest college campus to raise concerns about the company. The issue has also arisen at New York University, Marshall, and Duke, among other places.

The company did not respond to several requests for comment today. In an interview last month with The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy defended the company and said he was not "anti-anybody. ... Our mission is to create raving fans."

If Mr. Cathy isn't lying - like most Christianists do routinely - then he has to explain why Chick-fil-A and its affiliate are financing groups that are clearly anti-gay. Which to me is certainly anti-someone. I ceased giving my money to Chick-fil-A years ago and hope more consumers will come to realize the bigotry that they are financing when the eat at Chick-fil-A.

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