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Emory University's Student Government Association approved on Monday a resolution denouncing Chick-fil-A as a campus vendor, according to a story in the student newspaper The Emory Wheel.
The Dec. 2 vote was 18-3-3 and "signifies a statement by SGA that they support the LGBTQ community at Emory and encourage the university to reconsider its relationship with Chick-fil-A," according to student newspaper.
The Atlanta-based fast food chain faced renewed criticism earlier this year after its president, Dan Cathy, made comments reaffirming the company’s opposition to gay marriage. Chick-fil-A’s nonprofit foundation, the Winshape Foundation, also supports organizations that oppose LGBT rights.
It is unlikely however that university officials will force Chick-fil-A off campus.
A few weeks back in this column, I wrote about a certain restaurant known for its chicken sandwiches, waffle fries, and hatemongering religious extremism.
I received a message in response from a reader, in which he stated: “There is so much misinformation and exaggeration about CFA’s donations to ‘hate groups.’ Only $1,000 each was donated to FRC and Exodus, and not millions as has been reported here by gay activists and other left-wing publications.”
This distortion of the truth has been repeated so consistently, but doesn’t stand up to even the most passive scrutiny. Even supporters of the Chick-fil-A boycott may not be aware of how the corporate funds were distributed. So, here are the exact dollar amounts of the donations, who got ‘em, and why it’s a problem.
Outcry over LGBT rights heats up at Emory after LGBT student groups speak out
Leaders of seven LGBT student organizations at Emory University sent a letter today to school administrators decrying the ongoing presence of Chick-fil-A on the Decatur campus and asking Emory to end its "contractual relationship" with the fast food chain immediately.
Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A, reiterated his restaurant chain's support for "Biblical families" — and you can be damned sure that does not include supporting same-sex couples and our families, despite hints maybe they didn't hate us.
When it comes to Biblical families, does that mean Mr. Cathy supports the ones where the wife has to be a virgin when married? The ones where a man can marry many women? And the many other weird (according to today's standards) combinations the Bible endorsed?
In case you are still interested in the ongoing saga of Chick-fil-A and its anti-gay mission (but seriously, you all should know by now they do not care about LGBT people and our civil rights), here's a video clip of Cathy being interviewed by Atlanta news station WXIA:
I was bombarded with Facebook messages and emails. Everyone sent me the same couple of links. An organization in Chicago claimed Chick-fil-A had seen the light of reason and kindness, and intended to change their ways. “Yaaay,” said my friends and colleagues. “Just wait,” I replied.
Turns out the policy in question was merely a reminder to Chick-fil-A employees (and the country) that the company treats all of their customers equally. I have never doubted that Chick-fil-A is willing to take my gay money. My problem is that they then use my gay money to fight against my gay rights. This practice remains unchanged.
I understand people love their damn waffle fries, but I’m gonna need y’all to let this company go. You just can’t fix some folks, and interacting with them will only frustrate you and embolden them. I will give you an example.
Topher Payne: Chick-fil-A goes crazypants on LGBT rights
Remember when the Chicago alderman dug in and said he would oppose the building of a new Chick-fil-A in his community because of its anti-gay stances, specifically statements made by Dan Cathy that he opposes gay marriage?
Well, that alderman, Joe Moreno, says now he's fine with the Atlanta-based restaurant building in his neighborhood after he says the chain agreed to include an LGBT inclusion statement in its internal documents. More importantly, he says, he also was told by Chick-fil-A officials that Winshape would no longer donate to anti-gay causes, according to a story in the Chicago Tribune. Winshape, the nonprofit organization of Chick-fil-A, has donated millions to anti-gay causes over the years giving rise to LGBT anger and boycotts.
Students and alumni at Atlanta's Emory University are ramping up concerns about the school's connections with Chick-fil-A, the chicken chain known for funding anti-gay causes.
"Make chicken, not judgements," reads an anti Chick-fil-A flyer now posted on campus.
Most Emory students were not on campus when the latest round of controversy over Chick-fil-A heated up in mid-July, when Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy told a Christian media outlet that his company is “guilty as charged” on opposing marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Now that fall semester is underway, opposition to the relationship between Emory — arguably one of the most LGBT-inclusive campuses in the Southeast — and Chick-fil-A is growing.