Chick-fil-A issues classy response after college nixes potential site over company’s social stances
Chick-fil-A has been forced to defend itself after a New Jersey college revealed that the restaurant would not be welcome on the campus over its biblical stance on LGBT issues.
What are the details?
In a diplomatic statement to CBS News, a spokesperson for the restaurant expressed the company’s sentiments on being excluded from choices at Rider University.
“Chick-fil-A is a restaurant company focused on food, service and hospitality, and our restaurants and licensed locations on college campuses welcome everyone,” a company spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “We have no policy of discrimination against any group, and we do not have a political or social agenda.”
Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, announced earlier this month that despite the eatery being the top choice among students surveyed about a new restaurant on campus, university officials nixed the beloved chain from the list because “their corporate values have not sufficiently progressed enough to align with those of Rider.”
The university’s decision was made to “promote … inclusion for all people.”
A portion of the release explained that “[a]lthough it was included in previous surveys, Chick-fil-A was removed as one of the options based on the company’s record widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ+ community.”
The release also added, “We fully acknowledge an organization’s right to hold these beliefs, just as we acknowledge the right for individuals in our community and elsewhere to also personally hold the same beliefs.”
Rider University isn’t the only educational institution turning its nose up at the restaurant.
In October, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s school board barred district employees and its schools from officially participating in a kids’ run sponsored by Chick-fil-A.
In June, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was castigated for simply admitting that he was eating at the restaurant.
Despite all of this, however, Chick-fil-A remains steadfast in its commitment to better communities around the U.S.
In 2016, a massive Sunday power outage struck the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the restaurant — which is traditionally closed on Sundays — worked tirelessly to feed hungry travelers.
After 2016’s Pulse nightclub massacre, the restaurant opened on a Sunday once more and handed out free food to thousands of people who had queued up to donate blood to victims.
Texas saw the chain eatery at its best in 2016, when the restaurant opened yet again on a Sunday to prepare food for first responders and disaster response teams attending to a series of deadly tornadoes.