Editorial: Chicken combo please, hold the hate

Being situated squarely in the Bible Belt, RSC and the surrounding community is not often exposed to religious controversy. What would be considered controversial elsewhere often draws little more than a second mention in our neck of the woods.

Chick-fil-A, the fast food restaurant chain ubiquitous with cows whom have poor spelling, recently made a donation of food to the Pennsylvania Family Institute, one of the latest of several food donations to groups with anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transvestite (LGBT) stances and agendas. Other groups sponsored by Chick-fil-A include the Citizens for Community Values, the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family.

Pro-LGBT groups and universities have reacted negatively to this latest donation to a gay-bashing organization, with the University of Indiana – South Bend going so far as to suspend Chick-fil-A operations on their campus.

Chick-fil-A has never made any attempt to hide the part of Christian beliefs that plays in their business practice, so it should really come as no surprise that the company supports other Christian-centric groups through donations.

So, the question is, is it appropriate to punish a company financially because of their philanthropic decisions?

The University of Indiana’s decision to suspend the company’s operations is a bit of a black eye on Chick-fil-A’s efforts to expand out of the South. With over 1,500 locations, Chick-fil-A has been spending the past decade moving the brand beyond its Deep South comfort locations.

RSC also regularly receives catering from Chick-fil-A for school events, and is usually a popular draw amongst students and faculty. Should the fact that Chick-fil-A actively supports groups built around intolerance, hatred and bigotry change the school’s relationship with the company?

The college’s already has a background with allowing different groups to practice what they preach on the campus. The newest club on campus, Spectrum Alliance, supports member who are, or know, people in an LGBT background, while the veteran club Baptist Collegiate Ministry brings their religion to others interested.

These two conflicting ideologies have not been questioned or turned against here at Rose.

In the end, as with any restaurant chain, the thing that matters most is what comes on that tray when someone orders food. So if supporting gay-bashers is your thing, then please, enjoy that chicken sandwich.


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