(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- Last week the Catholic University of Notre Dame announced that a Chick-fil-A restaurant will be opening on campus next year, this despite vocal opposition from some students and faculty.
It wasn’t an enormous backlash of opposition, of course. On July 1, two Notre Dame students published in the campus newspaper a letter cosigned by about 200 students and faculty expressing their concern over including a Chick-fil-A on campus — citing ethical concerns that arise from supporting the chain.
Notre Dame has over twelve thousand students enrolled, so two hundred “students and faculty” is hardly a groundswell of opposition.
Then again, Chick-fil-A has been a constant target of protests because company CEO Dan Cathy, a Christian, opposes same-sex marriage, and the company has donated money to organizations opposed to the so-called “LGBTQ+ movement.”
In their letter, the wee minority of complainers claimed that endless alternative restaurants exist that would be able to both “enhance the array of on-campus dining options and support the wellbeing of an increasingly diverse student body.” As if the mere presence of a Chick-fil-A threatens students’ “wellbeing.”
Notre Dame initially posted notice in May announcing Chick-fil-A as among the restaurants it was considering adding to campus dining. And on Thursday, the university said in a statement that it had reviewed the concerns over Chick-fil-A’s “charitable giving” and discussed them with representatives from the company, “campus partners,” and students. It concluded that Chick-fil-A had responded to the concerns “in a satisfactory manner.” The university also pointed out that among the students there was overwhelming support for having a Chick-fil-A restaurant on campus.
Last week, lawmakers in the state of New York attempted to block a bid from Chick-fil-A to open restaurants along the New York State Thruway. Democrat politicians accused Chick-fil-A of “bigotry” and not reflecting the values of New York.
Several years ago, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio attempted to block Chick-fil-A from opening restaurants in the city. He failed. The restaurant opened with long lines of customers stretching out onto the sidewalk. And now Manhattan is the home of the world’s largest Chick-fil-A.