Chick-fil-A was on course to be the newest restaurant at a private New Jersey University to be included on the menu, but the University refused and decided bigotry should win the day.
According to Fox News, Rider University took a poll to see what students wanted to see included in terms of food options on the campus, and Chick-fil-A was proving to be the clear winner. However, the University rejected the idea, claiming that they “perceived” the chicken chain’s stances on LGBT matters to be questionable.
Not that they were questionable, just that they were “perceived” to be. The actual word used by the University.
Chick-fil-A, however, wasn’t going to take this lying down and corrected the University in a statement that made it clear that while they do hold Christian values, they do not practice exclusion of any kind.
“Chick-fil-A is a restaurant company focused on food, service and hospitality, and our restaurants and licensed locations on college campuses welcome everyone. We have no policy of discrimination against any group, and we do not have a political or social agenda,” the restaurant’s responded.
This means that the only bigotry being practiced here is by Rider University, who is rejecting the restaurant on the premise that the religious beliefs that fuel its business standards must also include discrimination of members of the LGBT community. That’s an awful lot of assumptions going on.
Rider University has said that it will organize a forum for students and faculty members to voice their opinions on the matter.
Chick-fil-A has faced loads of discrimination in the past, including, according to Fox News, one instance Pittsburgh Public Schools when the board voted unanimously to oppose Chick-fil-A as the corporate sponsor for the Pittsburgh Kids Marathon and Kids of Steel program for their Christian stances.
Regardless of the hate Chick-fil-A gets for their “perceived” hatred of the LGBT community, it is quickly climbing the ladder in terms of being one of the most popular fast food chains in America and is expected to be the third most successful chain under McDonalds and Starbucks by 2020.