“Our first concern relates to Chick-fil-A’s long history of antagonism toward the LGBTQ+ community.”
Notre Dame is a Catholic school. If these students and faculty members feel this way, why are they at Notre Dame?
Campus Reform reports:
Notre Dame students, faculty are trying to keep Chick-fil-A off campus
Over 180 University of Notre Dame students and faculty have signed an open letter opposing the addition of a Chick-Fil-A on campus.
“While a large portion of the student body would approve of this decision, we hope to show that many of us oppose the addition of Chick-fil-A,” the open letter states.
Notre Dame’s campus dining had released a statement on Instagram stating that the school’s updated dining plans are not finalized and are considering a “variety of future restaurant options, including Chick-fil-A.”
On July 1, two Notre Dame undergraduates published an op-ed in the school’s student newspaper, The Observer, arguing that Chick-fil-A should not be on campus. The students state that they have “serious ethical concerns” about the company and that a different restaurant would better fit the Catholic university’s mission.
“Our first concern relates to Chick-fil-A’s long history of antagonism toward the LGBTQ+ community. Over the past two decades, Chick-fil-A has donated significant sums to groups that oppose LGBTQ+ rights. From 2003 to 2012, the restaurant’s charitable arm gave over $5 million to queerphobic groups, including groups supporting conversion therapy. Despite public outcry and promises to halt anti-LGBTQ+ donations, in 2017, the donations to anti-LGBTQ+ organizations resumed, including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Paul Anderson Youth Home, and the Salvation Army,” the op-ed states.
The students raised further concerns regarding Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s Christian faith and personal opposition to same-sex marriage, citing his leadership as “regressive.”
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