Student Gov't Tries Banning Chick-fil-A, but Christian College Tells Them It Ain't Happening


It feels, at times, like our nation’s colleges and universities are some kind of liberal asylum. But at one Texas school, however, the inmates aren’t running the place — at least when it comes to Chick-fil-A.

As Campus Reform reported, the Student Government Association at Trinity University adopted a resolution demanding that the fast food restaurant be banned from campus.

“Chick-fil-a donated 1.8 million dollars to anti-LGBT+ organizations in 2017, such as the Paul Anderson Youth Home, the Salvation Army, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, according to their most recent available tax return,” the resolution read.

We’ve heard this all before. All three of these organizations are openly Christian, although only one of them — the Paul Anderson Youth Home — is particularly controversial, and Chick-fil-A’s donation to them ($6,000) was infinitesimally small.

However, this and Chick-fil-A’s Christian roots were simply unacceptable to the school’s student government.

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“Underrepresented students from the LGBT+ community have expressed the drastic assault on their identities and beings as a result of Chick-fil-a’s ideals and actions, and SGA stands to represent all students regardless of the size of the community,” the resolution read.

Keep in mind that Trinity is a Christian school and that nobody is under compulsion to go there. In fact, there are plenty of other schools in the state of Texas that anyone can go to, I’ve been told.

It’s even in the city of San Antonio, which I’m told has many fine educational facilities — some of them even state-run.

Nevertheless, the student government determined that “[t]he sentiment displayed at the ‘Speaking of Chick-Fil-A’ forum demonstrated that students disapprove of having Chick-fil-a on campus in Revolve, and would advocate for a comparable substitute that doesn’t conflict with Trinity’s values. The negative consequences of having Chick-fil-a on campus outweigh the desires of those who are in favor of keeping it on campus.”

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And while it may “be it resolved that the Trinity University Student Government Association recommends that Chick-fil-a is removed from the rotation at Revolve,” the school isn’t quite on board.

“We do not make vendor decisions based on their political or religious beliefs,” Tess Coody-Anders, Trinity University’s vice president for strategic communications and marketing, said in a Friday email to students, according to Campus Reform.

Instead, she discussed how they would look at “utilization, variety of options, vendor performance, and campus-wide feedback.”

In other words, if Chick-fil-A was making people feel so uncomfortable, they wouldn’t eat at Chick-fil-A.

While the student government is a deliberative body, it’s not exactly a representation of an entire campus; voter participation at schools, where the only people who normally vote are the type of hyper-political animals who actually care about the candidates, usually isn’t very high.

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What does tell you a lot about what the campus thinks, however, is what they’re willing to spend their money (and/or food hall credits) on.

And apparently, Chick-fil-A hasn’t failed the “utilization,” “vendor performance” or “campus-wide feedback” options.

“Based on these criteria, Chick-fil-A appears to be a preferred vendor by students and the broader Trinity community,” the email noted.

Or, as TheBlaze put it, “the school’s vice president for strategic communications and marketing, sent an email to students notifying them that their vote effectively means nothing.”

The fact this was even being considered was ridiculous — but, as Young Conservatives of Texas chapter president Isaiah Mitchell pointed out, they had an advantage behind their ridiculousness.

“The leftists here have the advantage of outrage,” Mitchell told Campus Reform.

“It’s not valid, but it’s an advantage we don’t have because we understand that the presence of Chick-fil-A doesn’t harm anybody. They don’t realize that.”

Maybe small incidents like this will be enough for conservatives to get outraged. Sure, it’s a minor thing, but it’s still irksome enough to get our attention.

And theoretically, liberals should be upset too!

After all, if they love tolerance so much, then they should be concerned.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
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