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Students Across U.S. Demand Removal of Chick-fil-A From Campus

 
By Stephan Horbelt
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Students from seven schools across the country have launched petitions on Change.org demanding removal of Chick-fil-A franchises over the company’s anti-gay stance.

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 recent graduate of KU, 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 

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  1. Don posted on 07/30/2012 08:49 AM
    Presumably, all these schools have no curriculum covering the first amendment.
    1. Amber posted on 07/30/2012 09:19 AM
      @Don Well, the First Amendment protects speech, but there is nothing in it that requires other people to agree with your speech. A university has the right to remove an employee for making racist or sexist remarks, especially if they offend other employees and students.

      I think the whole boycott is just stupid because Chick-Fil=A is a Christian company, closed on Sundays, and everyone is acting surprised that its founder doesn't support gay marriage. I think Chick-Fil-A has handled themselves extremely professionally, and has said they are not involving themselves in politics regardless of its founder's religious beliefs. I, as a supporter of gay marriage, will still eat at Chick-Fil-A because I think their food is delicious.
    2. Lesli posted on 07/30/2012 10:31 AM
      @Don @Don- The First Amendment protects Mr. Cathy and his rights to have and promote his opinion. Even I support that right. But, in supporting HIS rights, I also OPPOSE the fact that Mr. Cathy is contributing money to organizations that are REMOVING/BANNING?OPPOSING the rights of other Americans, namely same sex partners wishing to make their love relationships legal in the eyes of the law. Once one group decides to deny rights to another group, it becomes discrimination. We, as Americans, as a group, oppose discriminatory practices. We were founded upon the principles of freedom and equal treatment. Allowing a group to vote away another group's rights is not only morally wrong, it is un-American in principle and law.
  2. chhesl posted on 07/30/2012 08:57 AM
    Well now that's stupid....we want our right, but lets take away someone elses to get it? I think i shall find a Chic Filet....support free speech. You guys just made them more customers.......duh! nice job.
  3. Milt posted on 07/30/2012 09:31 AM
    I'll make sure I go out of my way to eat at Chick-fil-A! If they don't like it, then go eat a corn dog!
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