N.C. college considers Chick-fil-A ban

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

(Updated 7:18 p.m.)

A high-priced North Carolina liberal arts college is considering kicking Chick-fil-A off campus because of the Atlanta-based company’s leader’s position on marriage.

Several months after they were made, comments by Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy in support of traditional marriage between a man and woman continue to reverberate. Earlier this month Cathy reaffirmed his commitment to “biblical families.”

The Student Government Association at Elon, a $38,000-a-year private college in north-central North Carolina, recently voted in favor of a resolution asking administrators to stop offering Chick-fil-A sandwiches on campus, according to The Times-News newspaper.

“We are honored to serve the students, faculty and staff of Elon University and to be a part of their campus,” said Chick-fil-A spokesman Jerry Johnston in a statement Wednesday. “The Chick-fil-A culture and 66-year service tradition in all of its locations is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. Our intent is not to engage in political or social debates.”

The Elon resolution, drafted by a campus gay-straight alliance, accuses the company of not being in compliance with Elon’s anti-discrimination policy, partly because critics say the company has funded groups considered to be anti-gay and lesbian.

The 35-11 SGA vote was made despite overwhelming support for Chick-fil-A by Elon students, alumni faculty and staff, according to a poll conducted by the student newspaper, The Pendulum, which supports keeping Chick-fil-A sandwiches on campus.

Chick-fil-A’s contract is with Aramark, Elon’s food service vendor. A university spokesman told The Times-News the college could instruct Aramark to find another vendor, but no decision has been made.

Whether Chick-fil-A is eventually dropped, however, is another matter. While many colleges have seen student protests and petitions against Chick-fil-A in the wake of Cathy’s comments, few have instituted an outright ban on the company’s sandwiches.

Elon, founded in 1889, has an enrollment of about 4,000 and ranks No. 2 among Southern universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 America’s Best Colleges Guide.”

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Dasher

October 17th, 2012
2:00 pm

I love how people claim to be open-minded, then get all upset that someone dares to hold a different view of things.

JacobHall86

October 17th, 2012
2:05 pm

I think it’s interesting that a majority of the people NOT on the SGA support ChickFilA on campus.

Pat

October 17th, 2012
2:16 pm

You may want to edit this…

This is how it is

October 17th, 2012
2:25 pm

So close that ChickFilA and open one on Bob Jones campus… Big deal…

Mark Richt

October 17th, 2012
2:27 pm

Elon isn’t even an FBS school. Who cares what they do. Go Dawgs!

Tag

October 17th, 2012
2:30 pm

There are a lot of different views/people in the world.
That’s the american way and the way of the world.
I support both parties rights to their views.

Bill

October 17th, 2012
2:39 pm

What does that say for U North Carolina? So now they want to take our Constitutional rights if they don’t agree..BS.

Stuart

October 17th, 2012
2:41 pm

Such hypocrisy in our world. The group that is slighted always shows its self as not being that much better.

3d

October 17th, 2012
2:43 pm

Churchill said if you’re not liberal when you’re 20 you have no heart and not conservative when you’re 40 you have no brain.

If the shoe fits.

king of mean

October 17th, 2012
2:45 pm

I love how all have to cow-tow to the few.

here’s a novel idea – if you disagree with a franchise’s position on an issue, simply don’t go there. take your $ somewhere else.

there are kids on that campus that love waffle fries and fried chicken sandwiches that could care less about either side you’re on. they just want a decent, fairly priced meal.

Opinion

October 17th, 2012
2:45 pm

Get Real. So I guess that gays and lesbians only eat at establishments with owners that support same sex marriage. I THINK NOT. Get over yourself, if you think everyone must agree with you and you can never have someone oppose your views.

skipper

October 17th, 2012
2:45 pm

Crap like this only makes straights detest gays even more………..their agenda is the only agenda.

Steve

October 17th, 2012
2:46 pm

Only a UGA fan would use an academic institution’s football classification to determine merit. Stay classy Dawgs.

Mark Richt
October 17th, 2012
2:27 pm

Elon isn’t even an FBS school. Who cares what they do. Go Dawgs!

Bobby

October 17th, 2012
2:46 pm

It would be nice if Georgia Tech would ban CFA on campus. CFA simply supports the idea that all Southerners are rednecks and drink blue ribbon beer. To Hell With Georgia and CFA too!

HADLEY

October 17th, 2012
2:47 pm

Enter your comments here

Billy

October 17th, 2012
2:50 pm

Leftists are hypocrites. I’ve got a flash for you liberals: “There is NO counsel against the Lord.” Whatever you do, whatever you think, you’ll always be wrong on the subject at hand, and I’m not talking about chicken sandwiches. Read the first chapter of Romans for spiritual guidance on the subject…

sonria

October 17th, 2012
2:50 pm

Bill @ 2:39 pm — re-read the article. Elon is a PRIVATE college and not associated with the UNC system. They’re also known in NC for being unusually progressive; conservatives need not apply. I’m hardly surprised to see this though disappointed that the SGA won’t listen to the voices of the students, the majority of whom WANT Chick-Fil-A.

Lefty

October 17th, 2012
2:51 pm

Bill – what constitutional right are “they” trying to take away? Unless I missed the amendment that says that as citizens of the U.S. we are entitled to mediocre, fast food chicken sandwiches, what you said makes absolutely no sense, and I really hope you don’t vote.

AtlSteve

October 17th, 2012
2:52 pm

Sounds like the SGA is walking instep with the desires of the students, faculty, & staff.

Typical Redneck

October 17th, 2012
2:55 pm

Steve, I think it was meant to be humorous.

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 17th, 2012
2:55 pm

Their dispute is with the Bible not Cathy. Read the book of Genesis.

John Wayne

October 17th, 2012
2:58 pm

Whether anyone will admit it or not this country was founded and built on the principles of the ten commandments. I am not one to go throw around religion but the truth is the truth. This world is in a mess and this country because we have gotten away from morals and values. I respect what others believe but I expect them to respect my views also. In God we Trust is the rock of this country.

Tech Man

October 17th, 2012
3:01 pm

Eat More Chicken!

HADLEY

October 17th, 2012
3:04 pm

So if I say I support gay marriage and give money to support their cause, does that make me discriminatory towards traditional marriage? I’m sure it doesn’t. Why? Because it shines a negative light on a lifestyle that has been allowed to take on many forms of victimization. At the same time those who “CHOOSE” that lifestyle can be just as discriminatory by limiting others access to things just because others are in conflict with it. As the scripture goes, which I’m sure some will “CHOOSE” to ignore, “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?”

HADLEY

October 17th, 2012
3:05 pm

Not coincidently, I am John Wayne fan!

joe

October 17th, 2012
3:07 pm

What’s wrong with the Elon SGA? For starters, the G. Nothing good ever begins with government. These libs in training are in for a rude awakening once their days as students are over. The world does not function like your liberal professors teach you to believe. The real world not only hurts at times, it slaps back. Don’t rely on government for anything…rely on yourself.

Big ED

October 17th, 2012
3:07 pm

I do support Chick-fil-a on what they have belive to. Because the bible do tell the turth. They have the same freedom to what they belive too. let not take that away from the American people, the freem of Relegon. And I will alway support those that keep the bible meaning.

TBone

October 17th, 2012
3:10 pm

I think the tactics employed by the GLBT groups are short sighted and counter-productive in the end but they seem more interested in just keeping their causes (misguided as they are) in the news. I guess any news is good news to some regardless of the substance. Some folks believe that marriage (between a man and a woman) as an institution has served society well for many years and doesn’t need to be redefined for the purposes of rescuing some folks identity and purpose.

Crickett

October 17th, 2012
3:10 pm

The gays are angry and mad at the world. Now they want to get back at straght people and bully their agenda down our throats.

Junior Samples

October 17th, 2012
3:11 pm

liberals are a very tolerant bunch…until you disagree with them. Geez

Mountain Man

October 17th, 2012
3:15 pm

What the hell is an Elon? Roll Tide!!!!! SOL… Snicker Out Loud!

AW

October 17th, 2012
3:15 pm

What is this teaching our college kids? If you don’t like something in life you simply need to start a petition, get ‘enough’ people to sign it and then march it up to someone’s office and demand they do something about it. Yeah, that’s how real life works….NOT. When will the healthy eater’s of the world unite and run Dominos out of town? If you don’t like something vote with your feet (like a previous poster said) and spend your $ elsewhere. Sheesh…have to admin I’m jealous of how much time some of these folks have on their hands.

The Man

October 17th, 2012
3:18 pm

Man I use to date a fine girl from that school. Yea she was liberal but she was fine so I put up with her weird ways. Sometimes you gotta sacrifice…the fellas know what I am talking about. What happen to freedom of choice??? Come on liberals give me a break!!!!

veemmmgee

October 17th, 2012
3:21 pm

@Bobby – this CFA fan doesn’t like blue ribbon beer, and doesn’t have a red neck. You must have scored high in Arrogance 101 your first semester at Georgia Tech.

are you kidding me......

October 17th, 2012
3:22 pm

No wonder these kids cant get a job after graduating….is this all they have to worry about??? Just dont buy the product….duh…

nofreecheese

October 17th, 2012
3:22 pm

The open-minded left; when they say something offensive it’s free speech; when someone says something contrary to their beliefs it’s hate speech. Truett Cathy has never judged or discriminated against anybody! He simply has a set of beliefs which he promotes and beilieves in; he has never tried to impose them.

If I personally find abortion barbaric, but never try to impose this belief on women, nor try to support legislation or judicial decisions restricting abortion, I suppose I would be considered morally defective by the left b/c I don’t want to fund them.

The point is that the left isn’t content w/ the right to do something; they want absolute and total capitulation and financial support of their beliefs.

John Hicks

October 17th, 2012
3:23 pm

Eat More Chicken! Not each other .

Guido

October 17th, 2012
3:24 pm

‘The 35-11 SGA vote was made despite overwhelming support for Chick-fil-A by Elon students…’

Sounds like the Elon student government is adhering to closely-held liberal values: “we don’t care what our constituents want and believe, because government knows what’s best for you”.

SBinF

October 17th, 2012
3:24 pm

“Whether anyone will admit it or not this country was founded and built on the principles of the ten commandments. I am not one to go throw around religion but the truth is the truth. This world is in a mess and this country because we have gotten away from morals and values. I respect what others believe but I expect them to respect my views also. In God we Trust is the rock of this country.”

You should really read up on the religious views of the founding fathers. You might be very surprised.

Chris

October 17th, 2012
3:29 pm

Pat is right…

**A** (sp) high-priced North Carolina liberal arts college is considering kicking Chick-fil-A off campus because of the Atlanta-based company leader’s position on marriage.

kady

October 17th, 2012
3:30 pm

You want them off campus? Just don’t eat their food – no profit – they will leave…lol…you people are so narrow minded…

RDU

October 17th, 2012
3:36 pm

Elon is a private college and is not part of the UNC system. It is known as one of the easiest colleges to get into, for rich parents that insist their drug addicted lazy heirs to the family business get a degree.

I guess now it is also a school for wealthy gays and wannabes to feel powerful and important. The rest student body could care less who represents them, they just have the munchies.

Liberals are so open minded that their brains have fallen out!

Wilbur

October 17th, 2012
3:37 pm

So a few of the “elites” want to use their power to force an outcome that the majority of the students don’t support or agree with. Moreover, this desire to use their power arises out of a personal conviction that has nothing to do with the school or its purposes.

How often we see liberals use this same line of thinking as a few of the so-called elites try to jam their opinions on the rest of us. As one of my young liberal friends said with a straight face “in a democracy, sometimes a few of us need to decide what is best for all of us”.

Perhaps we should divide the group into gatherers and sharers so everyone will know their place.

Andy O

October 17th, 2012
3:39 pm

I keep waiting for someone to file a suit because they are too dumb to get in to college and therefore they are being discriminated against.

James

October 17th, 2012
3:41 pm

-Good for Elon. I hope there is a similar uproar when the Chick fil a Bowl tries to become one of the contract and playoff rotation bowls in 2014. You have the right to say what you want, but people have the right to boycott you and/or ask the college presidents to choose another bowl instead.

BG

October 17th, 2012
3:43 pm

I guess freedom of speech does not apply to Chic-fil-A or it’s owner.

aon

October 17th, 2012
3:44 pm

I love the fact that they are “considering” taking Chick-fil-A off of the campus. @ Give Me A Break – if their dispute is with the Bible then what is there to “consider”. Just close it down. @ Junior Samples – AMEN! At the end of the day I’m sure God is just fine with us all enjoying a great Chick-fil-a every now and then!

True Christian

October 17th, 2012
3:44 pm

This is so typical. Liberals claim to be tolerant, but they won’t tolerate my intolerance. They are such Hippocrates!

Big Al

October 17th, 2012
3:44 pm

The Bible thumpers have been on the wrong side of history for years. Nothing new here.

Employer

October 17th, 2012
3:46 pm

That’s cool with me. I just banned Elon grads from working at my company. Bans work in both directions.