This has got to be one of the first documented cases of college students lobbying AGAINST bringing a Chick-Fil-A to campus. What’s there to hate about the establishment? Their chicken sandwiches are absolute fire and what I assume heaven is made out of. Their breakfast food tastes like puppy paws and fine-aged whiskey. Ya know what it probably is? It’s because they’re always closed on Sundays, and that’s always when I want a spicy chicken sandwich the most, and I always forget until I pull into the drive thru, and then a rush of regret, sadness and personal hatred for myself rushes over me.
No, it’s not that, but some students at Duquesne University, a private Catholic university in Pittsburgh (remember this point), are lobbying against plans to bring a Chick-Fil-A to campus because they “fear” the fast food business will threaten students’ safe spaces. Oof.
The Duquesne Duke:
At the March 26 Student Government Association meeting, Senator at Large Niko Martini proposed that the SGA pass a resolution asking the university to reconsider the inclusion of Chick-fil-A as a dining option for students.
“Chick-fil-A has a questionable history on civil rights and human rights,” he said in a statement to The Duke. “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.”
“I’ve tried very hard within the last semester and a half to promote this safe environment for the LGBTQ+ community,” [Lambda President Rachel] Coury said. “So I fear that with the Chick-fil-A being in Options that maybe people will feel that safe place is at risk.”
I don’t think the addition of a Chick-Fil-A on a private Catholic campus is going to turn everyone against the LGBTQ+ community. In fact, if you want to talk about “a questionable history on civil rights and human rights” then why in the hell are you going to a school run by the Catholic church in the first place? That’s like a four to five year (or six if you’re going for that Master’s in Gender Studies) triggering experience every single day. Chick-Fil-A is closed on Sunday’s, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas because it was founded on Christian beliefs (which is essentially the tomato to Catholicism’s tomatoe in the religion circles).
You know what triggers me? U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement centers. But guess what I do. I take the looooong walk around it to get to where I need to be so I don’t see the building, fall to the ground and burst into flames. So far, so good. I’m still here, baby.
We’ll wait and see how this one plays out, but I’d be surprised to see Duquesne balk on this one. There’s only been so many times when a spicy chicken sandwich has caused so much uproar.
[via Duquesne Duke]
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