University Students Freak Out Over Campus Chick-fil-A
Feathers have been ruffled at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln over a proposed Chick-fil-A outpost in the student union.
“I’m not going to give any of my gay dollars to Chick-fil-A,” one irate student told the Daily Nebraskan.
The university recently announced that Chick-fil-A would be one of two new dining options available to students, causing angst among some LGBTQIA+ folks.
“This does not make me feel welcome as a gay student on campus,” student Joe John wrote in a lengthy newspaper letter titled, “I will support my community by not eating Chick-fil-A.”
The newspaper reports that students have accused the family owned fast food restaurant of being “homophobic” and having a “long history of anti-LGBT rhetoric.”
“At a time when the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has repeatedly emphasized stressing inclusivity on campus, I find it awfully hypocritical of them to place a business like Chick-fil-A in the union. Chick-fil-A has a long history of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and will be just two floors below the LGBTQA Resource Center,” he wrote.
John was also perturbed because the family owned company donated money to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
To be clear, Chick-fil-A is not hate chicken. It has never discriminated against people because of their sexual orientation. Anyone suggesting otherwise is flat-out lying.
The Daily Nebraskan reports the university’s LGBTQIA+ resource center director may consider a boycott of the campus eatery. But the newspaper says that’s unlikely because of the state’s conservative population.
A conservative student at the university called in to the “Todd Starnes Radio Show” and dismissed the attacks on Chick-fil-A, saying some people were just trying to find something to be offended by.
“The university itself is always leaning towards the left,” “AJ from Lincoln” said. “As a conservative on campus, I feel like it’s hard for me to fit in with the university.”
“AJ from Lincoln” also said the haters are going against Nebraska’s inclusive values.
“Going after a company like Chick-fil-A just because of their religious views — I don’t think that’s fair,” he said.
It seems to me that if certain students suffer indigestion at the sight of a Chick-fil-A, perhaps they should consider dining somewhere else.
As for the rest of you folks at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, I say eat more chicken!