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Restaurant supports hate

How about chicken served with a side of discrimination? That’s the way many in the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered) community saw the unprecedented support for Chick-fil-A after Mike Huckabee sided with Chick-fil-A’s CEO, Dan Cathy, by calling for a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”  Cathy commented in an interview that he supports traditional families and marriage.  And support it he does. Let me tie the pieces together for you.

Equality Matters is a media organization that supports full equality for the LGBT community, while correcting anti-gay misinformation.  In a report released in early July, Equality Matters reported that Chick-fil-A’s charitable arm distributed almost $2 million to anti-gay groups in 2010.  There are several of these groups that concern the LGBT community.  They are Exodus International, Family Research Council, and National Organization for Marriage. 

The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled the Family Research Council as a “hate group” that promotes propaganda against the LGBT community, usually in the form of claims that are found to have no scientific basis. The FRC was one of 13 organizations singled out by the SPLC in a winter 2010 Intelligence Report. In 2010, an FRC lobbying report shows that they paid $25,000 to two lobbyists in an effort to stop Congress from approving a resolution denouncing Uganda for passing legislation that would allow homosexuals to be executed. Their crime—being themselves.

In addition to executing gays, the proposed Ugandan bill also would make it a crime to fail turn in someone who is gay. This bill was largely supported by another hate group, National Organization for Marriage (NOM). 

The National Organization for Marriage previously partnered with Chick-fil-A on some business related ventures. NOM is also listed as a hate group by SPLC for providing misinformation and saying it so loudly that politicians and religious leaders repeat it, even louder.

Exodus International is a ministry based out of Orlando that offers to help Christians to rid themselves of unwanted homosexual inclinations through counseling and prayer.  This reparative therapy, according to the American Psychological Association, has little evidence of actually changing sexual orientation and says that it may cause potential harm.

As I watched news reports on the number of cars waiting for hours at the drive-thru and walk-in counters, I was dismayed by the number of Americans who would support such archaic ideology. Consumer support gave Chick-fil-A a day of record-setting sales. Yes, there were counter protests, but those were severely lacking in numbers.

This comes together on the VSU campus in the form of a Chick-fil-A express. Many in the LGBT community on campus are upset after the move over the summer of the Chick-fil-A from the University Center to the main campus, especially in light of Cathy’s comments. There is much debate on how VSU should address this issue.  The student handbook does have a clause in its “Equal Opportunity Statement” where sexual orientation is protected.

If we, as a campus, are supposed to stop a multitude of discriminations including sexual orientation, then why aren’t we refusing to do business with a company that would openly support hate groups?  Other campuses and cities have stopped Chick-fil-A from opening on their campuses and neighborhoods. With the lines that I have seen in the Student Union, snaking its way through the rope stands, a chicken sandwich served with a side of homophobia looks like it is here to stay.


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  1. About the way this article is presented right alongside the news articles… An editorial is not news. You have it on the news page. It is your (liberal) opinion. That does not make it “news”.

  2. I know it is wrong for them to be donating money to anti-gay groups, but it really isn’t hurting anyone. Chick-fil-a does not ask a person if they are gay or not when the approach the counter.

    Every customer is served, no matter what.

    Also, Chick-fil-a has always been a Christian company, it is obvious that they would not support gay marriage, that is what Christians do.

  3. Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing, unless you say something one group doesn’t like. Then you business should be forcibly closed.

    Vote with your wallet. Don’t buy Chick-fil-A products if you don’t like the company.

    Oh yeah, when do I get to submit my list of business that should be closed because I disagree with their politics?

    • Hypocrisy?? please…. businesses are run by people… if you don’t like the fact that they are Christians, don’t eat there. As Jim says, when I don’t agree with your politics do you want me at your (business) door saying close this person down…?? WHO are you to say what businesses can operate in this country?

  4. Thank you. I’m glad other people notice the hypocrisy of allowing Chik-Fil-A to operate on our campus. I feel like it is a blatant slap in the face to LGBT students here at VSU. If our president and other organizational staff think this is okay, then we have a problem.

  5. Freedom of speech is a precious thing. America is the Land of the Free. You may delete this but know this: Chick FilA has a right to speak and you have a right not to patronize their business. You purport to speak for everyone on this campus by saying we don’t need ChikFilA. You are not speaking for me.

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