Even though the fast food chain Chick-fil-A has routinely fended off the hate leftists have directed at it simply because the company’s late founder expressed support for biblical morality, another university has voted to ban the restaurant from campus.
According to LifeSiteNews, the faculty of Cal Poly San Luis Obisbo “voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to recommend expelling Chick-fil-A from campus.” Strangely, the school likened the presence of Chick-fil-A on campus — and there has been one there for 25 years — to pornography in the campus bookstores.
“We don’t sell pornography in the bookstore and we don’t have a Hooters on campus — we already pre-select those kind of things based on our existing values,” academic senate vice chair Thomas Gutierrez told the on-campus publication Mustang News. “This is a similar thing, the difference is we’re actually profiting from this. So our money, every dollar a student is spending at Chick-fil-A, is going to these causes that are in violation of our values.”
Thirty-eight of the Cal Poly’s academic senate’s 44 members voted to force Chick-fil-A off campus. University spokesman Matt Lazier agreed that Chick-fil-A represents bigotry but disagreed that fighting “intolerance with intolerance” would solve the problem.
“While university administration passionately disagrees with the values of some of the organizations, the president of Chick-fil-A has chosen to make personal donations to, we do not believe in responding to intolerance with intolerance,” Lazier said. “Rather, we must model our values of inclusion — that means upholding the rights of others to have different perspectives and ensuring there is space in our community for differing viewpoints and ideologies, even those that may be in direct conflict with our own.”
The hate toward the chicken sandwich empire began in 2012 when company founder Dan Cathy expressed support for traditional one-man/one-woman marriage, prompting boycotts across the country from LGBTQ activists.
“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,'” Cathy said at the time. “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”
Just last year, two major publications wrote scathing articles begging people to boycott the business: The New Yorker and HuffPost. “If You Really Love LGBTQ People, You Just Can’t Keep Eating Chick-fil-A,” wrote Noah Michelson of HuffPost. When Chick-fil-A wanted to set up shop in New York City, Dan Piepenring of The New Yorker called it a “creepy infiltration” of the city.
Since then, Chick-fil-A has been banned from two major airports: San Antonio and Buffalo. Most recently, a dean at Rider University resigned from his post when the school banned the chicken restaurant on campus.
As reported by The Daily Wire’s Amanda Prestigiacomo, however, the chicken giant just continues to thrive no matter what the Left throws at it, becoming the third biggest fast-food chain in the United States with $10.2 billion in sales while doubling its number of locations since 2007.