LifeSite attacks Fordham University Chick-fil-A campus ban
Catholic website LifeSite has issued a stern rebuke to Fordham University for banning Chick-fil-A from the campus because the company’s connections to anti-gay groups.
The Fordham Observer noted: “Following pushback from clubs and independent students over LGBTQ issues and menu offerings, the university has opted to decline an Aramark proposal to install a Chick-fil-A in the Ram Café.”
The Rainbow Alliance was joined by United Student Government, Commuter Students Association, and the Residence Hall Association in fighting to keep Chick-fil-A off Fordham’s campus.
In a statement, Fordham spokesman Bob Howe said:
“Decisions regarding on-campus dining options are made in consultation with Fordham’s student government, to ensure that the choices reflect student preferences in menu and service.
“The students, via their elected representatives, voted against a Chick-fil-A for a variety of reasons. The University generally accedes to such decisions, absent a compelling nutritional or financial reason to reject the students’ dining preferences.”
Fordham rejected bringing Chick-fil-A on campus because the LGBTQ community was offended by the comps. past. ☺️ I picked the right school.
— Olivia (@oliviaspenard) May 11, 2017
The Fordham Observer reports that in an attempt to win approval of the Fordham cafeteria proposal, “Representatives from Chick-fil-A offered to collaboratively run unspecified programming with the Rainbow Alliance in conjunction with the rollout of a venue on campus.”
That would seem to be at odds with Chick-fil-A’s founder, the late S. Truett Cathy, who espoused biblical values. Cathy founded Child-fil-A in 1967. Fifty years later, it has 2,100 restaurants in 46 states and Washington, D.C., with sales reaching nearly $8 billion in 2016, according to the corporate website.
Two LifeSiteNews emails sent to Chick-fil-A yesterday inquiring about what sort of “collaboration” was planned with Rainbow Alliance or whether the Atlanta-based fast-food corporation has explicit franchise guidelines for its philanthropy and local partnerships were not answered.
For example, would Chick-fil-A “partner” with a pro-abortion-“rights” group — or reject such an outreach as a violation of its biblical principles? (At least one local Chick-fil-A franchise, in Iowa City, Iowa, has reportedly donated to a homosexual “pride” event.)
According to CFA’s corporate website, Truett Cathy was “known for having a keen business sense, a work ethic forged during the Depression, and a personal and business philosophy based on biblical principles.”
Chick-fil-A is famously closed for business on Sunday (the Sabbath), one of the biblical principles it honors.
But Littleton reminds Truett’s son, CEO Dan Cathy, that the Bible also clearly and consistently proscribes homosexual behavior as sinful, and urged the wholesome corporation that plays Christian music in its restaurants not to do anything to compromise Chick-fil-A’s witness on that issue.