Guess where we will now plan to go for dinner on Saturday night…
From SF Gate: Fast food restaurant Chick-Fil-A may soon be kicked off campus at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, if a push by the school’s academic senate to get the chain franchise removed is underscored by university President Jeffrey Armstrong.
Faculty that make up the campus organization point to Chick-Fil-A Foundation’s history of donating to anti-LGBT causes, noting that its values are not consistent with those of the university.
In a vote Tuesday, the vast majority of the academic senate (38 out of 44) opted to recommend getting rid of the chicken chain’s location despite its 25-year tenure on campus.
“We don’t sell pornography in the bookstore and we don’t have a Hooters on campus — we already pre-select those kind of things based on our existing values,” said academic senate Vice Chair Thomas Gutierrez to the on-campus publication Mustang News. “This is a similar thing, the difference is we’re actually profiting from this. So our money, every dollar a student is spending at Chick-Fil-A, is going to these causes that are in violation of our values.”
In response, university spokesman Matt Lazier released two statements. One voiced a hesitation to “censor” a business because of different viewpoints, as KSBY reports. In a subsequent comment, Lazier stated that the school aims to be inclusive above all else:
“While university administration passionately disagrees with the values of some of the organizations the president of Chick-fil-A has chosen to make personal donations to, we do not believe in responding to intolerance with intolerance,” he told KSBY. “Rather, we must model our values of inclusion – that means upholding the rights of others to have different perspectives and ensuring there is space in our community for differing viewpoints and ideologies, even those that may be in direct conflict with our own.”
If the university does wind up deciding to remove the restaurant, it would need to curtail a five-year contract extension on the location, signed in 2018.
It would likely be expensive to terminate the contract, but the academic senate hopes that the university will see that “(business) partners are held to the same high diversity and inclusion standards of as the rest of the campus community.”
It’s not the first time this Chick-Fil-A location has sparked a debate. In 2012, about 50 protesters held a national “Kiss-In” at the Cal Poly franchise — the only one in San Luis Obispo County — to protest the company president’s anti-LGBT comments.
In the Bay Area, local city officials are similarly attempting to navigate what to do about Chick-Fil-A stores. In April, San Jose politicians openly considered ways to make a planned San Jose Airport Chick-Fil-A the “gayest in the country.”
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Washington State’s first Chick-fil-A opened three weeks ago. And it’s still going strong!
CNN: S. Truett Cathy, who grew his boneless chicken sandwich business from one store in Georgia to the Chick-fil-A chain — a $5 billion company with more than 1,800 locations — died early Monday morning. He was 93. He had been ailing for some time.
“He died peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones,” Chick-fil-A said in a statement posted on its website.
Deeply religious, Cathy made the decision when he opened his first store in Hapeville, Georgia, that it would stay closed on Sundays. Sixty-eight years later, that policy still stands at all Chick-fil-A stores.
Cathy first dreamed up his concept for a chicken sandwich after a poultry distributor wondered if there was a way to use leftover chicken from meals prepared for plane passengers.
He tried it on his customers at his Hapeville store, the Dwarf Grill. The first Chick-fil-A opened at a mall in Atlanta in 1967. Today, Chick-fil-A has surpassed KFC in U.S. sales. But the company Cathy founded remains privately held and family-owned. In recent years, Cathy handed over the reins of the company to his son, Dan, and assumed the title of chairman emeritus.
Chick-fil-A’s leadership shares Cathy’s religious beliefs, openly espousing biblical values not only in its operating principles but in its conservative definition of family as well.
Gay and lesbian rights groups have had a longstanding beef with Chick-fil-A over what they claim is the company’s opposition to gay marriage. In 2012, the company was forced to weather a firestorm of criticism when Dan Cathy weighed in on the issue in an interview with The Baptist Press.
“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
I ventured over the oh so “welcoming to everyone” liberal web site Huffington Post to read the comments. While many were respectful, the No H8 crowd was ever-present (with a little colonialism and severe lack of self-awareness):
KIRO: The fast-food chain owned by a family that vocally opposes
same-sex homosexual marriage is planning to open a restaurant in Seattle, a city that overwhelmingly approved marriage equality.
Chick-fil-A attracted protests last summer, after company President Dave Cherry told a radio show, “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”
Planning documents show Chick-fil-A is preparing to file an application to build an outlet at Northeast Northgate Way and Roosevelt Way Northeast.
“I’m stunned,” said state Sen. Ed Murray. Murray would become Seattle’s first openly
gay homosexual mayor if his challenge to incumbent Mike McGinn is successful.
“If they want to be in Seattle, they have to obey the civil rights laws that protect our citizens, civil rights laws that I passed,” Murray said.
Neither Murray nor McGinn wants to see Chick-fil-A in Seattle, but neither would try to use mayoral powers to block it. “We’ll process the application according to the rules,” McGinn said. “The land-use code doesn’t have a provision about bigotry of owners.”
“Simply having a mayor being able to say this business can be here and this business can’t, I don’t think that is a democratic process,” said Murray.
Whoever is elected mayor may not have much leverage. The planning department says Chick-fil-A may likely not need to ask for any special zoning to build on the Northgate area site. And approval may not require a public hearing.
I’d like to know what civil rights law Chick-fil-A is violating, just because the owner has a belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman.
Perhaps McGinn should take a look in the mirror for the definition of “bigot“. It goes both ways when he doesn’t accept the ideas of members of a particular group.