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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Northeastern University Bars Chick-fil-A From Campus

Chick-fil-ABoston Globe, Northeastern Students’ Protest Blocks Chick-fil-A:

Northeastern University said yesterday that a Chick-fil-A fast-food restaurant will not be coming to campus, after the college’s student government denounced the chain amid reports that it supports groups opposed to gay and lesbian rights.... The Equality Matters website, which advocates for full equality for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered people, reported that tax records show that the company’s charitable arm, WinShape, has donated millions to antigay causes in recent years

UpdateNYU Students to Protest Campus Chick-Fil-A for 'Anti-Gay' Donations

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Northeastern's lost. Chic-fil-A is an incredible company, run by a generous family. Chic-fil-A also happens to be one of the very best, if not the best, fast food restaurant in the country. We want a Chic-fil-A (outside of NYU) in NYC!!

Posted by: The Cows | Mar 1, 2012 7:55:33 AM

Northwestern is the one guilty of intolerance...and, overreaction.

Posted by: Woody | Mar 1, 2012 9:30:36 AM

I agree with Woody, on two counts: (1) by condemning a corporation that advocates for policies that restrict the civil rights of many Americans (including many of its own employees), the students at this school are being total bigots; and (2) getting the name of the school right does not matter.

Posted by: Andrew | Mar 1, 2012 5:23:23 PM

Yeah, Andrew, I caught my inconsequential error on the point later, but only a person with no good argument on his side would even bring it up.

Also, I'm personally familiar with Chick-fil-A and the Cathy family. In fact, a relative of ours owns three of their stores. You won't find a nicer bunch of people who want to help others rather than keep them down. The truth is that political correctness and the gay mafia are anti-Christian, and that's the reason for this attack on them.

You should criticize supporters of Islam for hanging homosexuals, but you likely accept it as a politically correct religion, like the rest of the liberal world.

Posted by: Woody | Mar 1, 2012 10:00:14 PM

The fact that Chick fil-A is delicious and that most of their charitable giving is quite goodhearted doesn't mean that people shouldn't call them out on the small part of it that is destructive. At some point the protests aren't about whether or not Chick fil-A is a good company but more about the fact that giving any amount of money to Exodus Interational et al is unacceptable. It is unfortunate that an otherwise good company has to be marred to make that point, but I'm not sad that the point is being made. Chick fil-A should apologize for those few bad donations and move on with being a great restaurant.

That said, I do think people should quit twisting the anti-gay donation numbers around.

Posted by: Guest | Mar 2, 2012 12:05:22 AM

And no one says a peep about Ben and Jerry's support for the OWS movement. Limiting rights for gays isn't good but supporting OWS that would limit the rights of everyone and destroy the foundational principles on which the country was built is even worse.

I wrote Unilever who owns Ben and Jerry's about their association with OWS and how I felt compelled to drop my stock in their company. All I got back was a boilerplate response. There was no acknowledgement that they felt any shame for backing the same movement that has endorsements from both the Communist and Fascist parties in the US. There was no response to how they felt about their name being associated with a violent movement that destroys private property like a band of foraging locusts and whose encampments are ground zero for crime waves.

But you will never see a protest against Unilever or Ben and Jerry's on a college campus.

Posted by: Reardon | Mar 2, 2012 8:19:04 AM

I will be as tolerant of your values (looking at you, GLAD) as you are of mine.

Posted by: Bill Johnson | Mar 2, 2012 8:27:34 AM

So, let me get this straight. It's OK to attack charitable giving that goes to faith-based organizations, among many others. But it's *not* OK to attack charitable giving that gets funneled from breast cancer research at the Susan G Komen for the Cure to Planned Parenthood. Who has the political agenda here?

Posted by: Dave | Mar 2, 2012 8:32:20 AM

Hey, not that they'd do it because they're a quality crowd but how about Chick-fil-A announce that they're no longer going to hire anybody from Northeastern until they at least get an apology for the hateful slur made against them?

Posted by: Jack Lacton | Mar 2, 2012 8:33:37 AM

GiBLeTs GIBLETS GBLT, no BLTs either

Posted by: coo coo for coco puffs | Mar 2, 2012 8:39:26 AM

Wait, so to promote acceptance of gays, the gays have barred the campus from getting a Chik-Fil-A? And they think this will make people like them?

Wow. Just wow. Keep up the great work.

Posted by: Some Guy | Mar 2, 2012 8:40:33 AM

There is a CFA about 6 blocks from me and I eat there in preference to all the other fast food places that are clustered nearby. Except on Sunday when they're closed. Their prerogative to do what they want and lose my business on that one day of the week. I respect that.

Posted by: Locomotive Breath | Mar 2, 2012 8:57:00 AM

Guest, from 12:05 am. Are you serious? What's wrong with giving to any group you want to?? Do you even know anything about Exodus International? Obviously not. They are for gays and lesbians who WANT to leave the lifestyle. They are not forcing themselves on anyone. Just like Jews for Jesus is for Jewish people who WANT to believe in Jesus. Why is this so difficult to comprehend??

Posted by: Purple Koolaid | Mar 2, 2012 9:05:12 AM

The "safe" course for corporations is to stop all corporate donations to any cause. This will end the claims of "destructive" charitable, but politically incorrect, giving.

More money to the owners. Should the individual shareholders want to make donations, it's on their hook and they can give to any group they choose. Money is free speech.

More money for employee college scholarships in the generous Chick-fil-A plan might be an alternative.

Posted by: E1 | Mar 2, 2012 9:05:29 AM

Essentially they're conflating faith-based with anti-gay, getting their panties in a wad and missing out on some REALLY AWESOME CHICKEN SANDWICHES. Whatever.

I am always amused by the irony inherent in statements like, "Northeastern prides itself on being tolerant, diverse and inclusive," especially when used to BAN something from campus.

Posted by: BAW | Mar 2, 2012 9:12:06 AM

And I am quite certain that NU student government is actively working to have the Islamic Society removed from the Office of Spiritual Life and banned from campus because of the death sentences routinely given from homosexual activity?


No.... the silence is very telling.

Posted by: Sid | Mar 2, 2012 9:41:26 AM

Will the school be applying the same standard to fast food chains that donate to anti-life organizations like Planned Parenthood, which promote religious bigotry against Catholics and others who believe int he sanctity of human life? Will they ban fast food franchises that have affirmative action programs on the basis that they engage in invidious race and gender-based discrimination in hiring and promotion? Or is it only those who hold to traditional moral beliefs who are to be excluded by the tolerant?

Posted by: Rhymes With Right | Mar 2, 2012 9:43:51 AM

I was a student there back in the anti-war protest days. Most STEM students were too busy studying to have the time to protest. I suspect this is the same. A few Liberal Arts students run the student council and drove this issue over the apathy of the student body.

But it's really a moot point. The campus is not isolated from the City of Boston. Chick-Fil-A could open up a store on Huntington Ave within a block of the campus on and still get busines from the student body. They don't need to be on campus.

Posted by: JR | Mar 2, 2012 9:50:45 AM

I'm curious. Now that DADT has been repealed, exactly what rights to straights have that gays lack? I, as a straight male, am no more allowed to marry another man (straight or gay) than a homosexual man is. In terms of marriage, we have the exact same rights.

Of course we have different *wants*, but last I checked, rights and wants were not the same thing.

Posted by: Jason Bontrager | Mar 2, 2012 10:54:22 AM

Good grief. The homosexual PC fascists are at it again. I suppose next they'll be be doing public book-burnings, while simultaneously whining about intolerance, and narrow-mindedness.

Hypocrisy, thy name is American Homosexuals.

Posted by: r3VOLutionist777 | Mar 2, 2012 11:03:28 AM

If the students of Northeastern have the right to donate to pro-gay causes, then everybody else has the right to donate to antigay causes. It sounds like they don't want "freedom", but enforcement of their beliefs on others.
Somehow I'm not at all surprised.

Posted by: DaveP. | Mar 2, 2012 11:29:13 AM

I haven't done the research, but suspect that instead of contributing to "anti-gay" causes, that Chick-fil-A contributes to Christian and traditional causes. I'm sure they also object to the Chick-fil-A policy of being closed on Sunday. I live in a city renoun for terrible service, and without fail the local Chick-fil-A stores are cleaner, friendlier, more conscientious, and just plain more pleasant than 90%+ of the other fast food places, and I'm sure it's solely due to corporate culture and the management it produces.

If I were at Northeastern, I'd find the closest off-campus store and take a walk with my friends for some good chicken.

Posted by: submandave | Mar 2, 2012 11:30:51 AM

This only enhances Northeastern's well deserved reputation as a diploma factory for the pretentious and ill educated.

Posted by: SmokeVanThorn | Mar 2, 2012 11:50:05 AM

Woody, if a Muslim restaurateur who advocated hanging homosexuals wanted to open a restaurant in the same spot, do you really think he would be allowed to? I'm sure you don't really think that. In fact, I'm pretty sure he wouldn't even get as far as this Chick-fil-A did for the simple fact that he's Muslim and therefore wants to impose his Muslimness on everyone else via his pita bread. Or something to that effect. Derpderpderp.

Posted by: MikeIP | Mar 2, 2012 12:15:59 PM

It is not enough for the leftists to eat where they want and let others eat where they want. The leftists feel entitled to dictate who gets to be in business and where anyone may eat. They are tyrants and they seek total control over other's lives.

Posted by: Tom in SFCA | Mar 2, 2012 12:16:01 PM

I'm sure glad we have Guest around to tell us who are the "acceptable" and "unacceptable" charities and other non-profits so that we'll know to whom we can make donations. In a free country, Chick-fil-A can give their money to whoever damnwell they please, thank you very much.

Posted by: DCThunder | Mar 2, 2012 12:38:10 PM

"advocates for policies that restrict the civil rights of many Americans"

Not agreeing with your values != restricting your civil rights

Posted by: Fen | Mar 2, 2012 1:21:29 PM

They can give their money to who they like and so can I. No Chik Fil A for me.

Posted by: Josh Reynolds | Mar 2, 2012 2:15:50 PM

No no. Chick-fil-A should just invite the no brained partisans to bite them and move on. Never wrestle with a pig.

Posted by: Curtis | Mar 2, 2012 4:32:39 PM

So, let me get this staight. Students, faculty and staff at Northeastern who support groups opposed to gay and lesbian rights are to be (in theory) treated with tolerance and respect. But a national fast-food chain that does the same as only a trival part of its corporate footprint is to be banished from the campus.

Posted by: David E. | Mar 2, 2012 9:29:07 PM