Chick-fil-A: Florida Students Disagree Over Restaurant's Right To Be On Campus

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Should good food outweigh common decency?
Some people are really serious about food. Chick-fil-A, a Christian restaurant chain, came in as the number one choice in a survey among Florida Gulf Coast University students when asked which restaurants they wanted in their student union next year. The problem is that Chick-fil-A has recently been outed as a huge supporter of anti-gay organizations.

Some students have a problem with a homophobic restaurant being established on campus, but some just don't care. As one student told RSWFlorida, an NBC affiliate in the Ft. Myers area, ""I go there because they make good chicken sandwiches," said Jose Diaz. "Just because the campus has a Chick-fil-A doesn't mean that they're saying they're anti-gay." Seems like a good chicken sandwich will trump American's civil rights every time.

There are students who realize that no matter how enjoyable a chicken sandwich is, the right for adult Americans to be able to make a legal commitment to those they love is at least slightly more important. "If it's up to me, there will not be a Chick-fil-A on our campus come next year," FGCU senior Tyler Offerman told RSWFlorida. Offerman, along with Rashad Davis, a gay FGCU sophomore, is leading the fight against a Chick-fil-A being established on campus.

A spokesperson for the school says that the school and Chick-fil-A are only waiting for the ink to dry as contracts are already 99% finalized. The student activists are facing two formidable opponents -- greedy academia and corporate America. "And, so if the students want chicken, they're going to have chicken," said Joe Shepard, FGCU Vice President of Administrative Services.

But the monoliths may be facing a backlash from an infinite enemy. Gay student Rashad Davis started a Facebook page against the restaurant. Facebook has become infamous for making the impossible, possible. Let's not forget that it took a Facebook campaign to get Lorne Michaels to finally have Betty White host Saturday Night Live. With power like that behind them, gay students may be able to retain their dignity as FGCU students.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that Dan Cathy, the CEO of Chick-fil-A, doesn't have any problem with gays forking over their money for tasty Chick-fil-A goodness. "Let me be clear, Chick-fil-A serves all people and values all people," stated Dan Cathy in a Facebook response to the recent backlash. In other words, as long as homosexuals use their money for Chick-fil-A menu items and not wedding arrangements, Cathy takes no issue.

The problem as Chick-fil-A sees it is when heathens want equal rights. The New York Times recently reported that Chick-fil-A is guided by a conservative philosophy and that the family who owns the operation supports groups who work towards stopping same-sex marriage initiatives around the country. These are the same groups that fight the legalization of gay marriage and raise propositions to overturn its legality when it does in fact become legal.

While it is true that Chick-fil-A has not committed any crimes, such as turning away gay customers, is it morally correct to allow a company with such exclusive moral principles to operate on a college campus where diversity is not only encouraged, but mandatory?

You tell me.

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Mary
Mary

GIVE ME THE CHICKEN! Chick Filet and Dan Cathy, I hope you get your spot on campus and break records in selling lots of those good sandwiches!!

rachelle
rachelle

If Chik fil a's owners are using their profits to support organizations that persecute LGBT's then it would be pretty short sighted to hand them the money to do so as a gay/lesbian person or anyone who supports minority rights. I already stopped eating Chik fil a because of certain flaws with their menu such as a lack of cheese sauce for their huge, dry, potato fries. Now I have an even better reason to avoid the place!

Bdoeafrica
Bdoeafrica

Chik-fil-A is disgusting for numerous reasons, this is just one more. In college I refused to work at the Chik-Fil-A over other food court options.

Squeegie
Squeegie

So what definition of diversity are universities going to promulgate, the one that includes all views or the one that includes only the views that suit their agendas, whatever those agendas happen to be? This opposition to folks with a definite and defensible point of view seems intolerant at the very least and hypocritical with regards to the presumed nature of diversity, unless "diverse" is just group think for forcing those who don't agree to do things your way.

Think I'll have chicken for lunch tomorrow.

George
George

Socko2u: Why should I buy my chicken else where, I like Chick-fil-A, I could not care less what you like? You are pro-gay and anti-Christian you are no different than your own words.

Christian boy
Christian boy

"a college campus where diversity is not only encouraged, but mandatory?" they should have finished off by saying with the exception of christian beliefs.

Socko2u
Socko2u

Christian Coalition is at it again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is no room in today's world for this type of thinking be active in the rights of people speak out, be leaders!! Get your chicken else where, stand up and make a difference! whats next Tattoos are Taboo!!

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