Chick-fil-A may need more help than those bad spelling cows that paint their billboards can offer! Students at Duquesne University have petitioned their school to reconsider a plan to bring the fast food chicken giant to their campus. They argue that the restaurant’s support for traditional marriage would create an unsafe environment for gay students.
Niko Martini, a student senator at the university located in Pittsburgh, filed a petition with the student government asking the school to not include Chick-fil-A in its Options Food Court. “Chick-fil-A has a questionable history on civil rights and human rights,” Mr. Martini said in a statement to The Duke (the student paper). “I think it’s imperative the university chooses to do business with organizations that coincide with the [university’s] mission and expectations they give students regarding diversity and inclusion.” Here’s the interesting thing. . .Duquesne University is a Catholic university and the church teaches against a homosexual lifestyle.
Chick-fil-A has taken much criticism from the left since their CEO, Dan Cathy, said that the company supports “the biblical definition of the family unit.” In 2015, the student government at John Hopkins University forced the removal of their Chick-fil-A restaurant because its presence was a “microaggression.” The New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, challenged his constituents not to eat at the new Chick-fil-A that opened in Queens last year.
The president of Duquesne’s gay-straight alliance, Rachel Coury, said that she feared Chick-fil-A would roll back the efforts to create a safe environment for the gay students on campus. “I’ve tried very hard within the last semester and a half to promote this safe environment for the LGBTQ+ community,” Ms. Coury told The Duke. “So I fear that with the Chick-fil-A … maybe people will feel that safe place is at risk.” Coury called on the campus to make a statement and eliminate the fear of being marginalized. She said it would mean a lot to the LGBT community.
Even with all these concerns being expressed, The Duke reports that the student response to the planned Chick-fil-A restaurant has been “mostly positive.” “I think it gives us another option, and it’s more food choices that make us comparable to other colleges that have a lot more chain restaurants on their campus, which is something I think we lack,” computer science student Madison Seffrin told The Duke.
Oh, the power that those pesky cows have in getting us to “Eat Mor Chiken”!