The student government at Johns Hopkins University passed a resolution last week, banning Chick-Fil-A from campus, saying that allowing the fast food place on campus would be an act of “microagression” against the LGBTQ community and its allies, Yahoo News is reporting.
In an 18-8 vote, the student government called on the university to consider “other, non-discriminatory options” and to keep Chick-Fil-A out of the discussion when looking for new on-campus dining locations.
The Student Government Association (SGA) issued a statement explaining the resolution, which appears below, courtesy of The College Fix.
“The SGA does not support the proposal of a Chick-fil-A, in a current or future sense, particularly on any location that is central to student life. Visiting prospective and current students, staff, faculty, and other visitors who are members of the LGBTQ+ community or are allies would be subjected to the microaggression of supporting current or future Chick-fil-A development plans.”
Chick-Fil-A has long been the subject of controversy due to statements made in the past by company CEO Dan Cathy regarding gay marriage and other LGBTQ issues, as well as donations made by the company toward “anti-gay” causes, according to this Inquisitr report. Since 2012, however, the company has backed off from its public “anti-gay” stance, no longer making donations to anti-LGBTQ causes.
The resolution to ban Chick-Fil-A from Johns Hopkins was largely symbolic, however, as the company does not have a location on the Baltimore campus and has no immediate plans to build one. However, as The College Fix notes, construction is under way on a new, mixed-use development on campus, and apparently some within Johns Hopkins’ student government want to nip any talk of a campus Chick-Fil-A in the bud.
One Johns Hopkins student, Andrew Guernsey, wrote an op-ed in The National Review blaming the Chick-Fil-A ban on political correctness.
“A new spirit of intolerance has arisen on the Johns Hopkins University campus, and conservative Christians are the targets. The JHU student government’s vote this week to ban any hypothetical future Chick-fil-A outlet from campus because of the company owner’s support for traditional marriage… sends a clear message that students who disagree with liberal orthodoxy are not welcome on the Hopkins campus.”
Reason writer Robby Soave – who admits that he supports LGBTQ rights – opines that the resolution to ban Chick-Fil-A from Johns Hopkins was misplaced.
“It’s true that Cathy’s personal views on gay marriage are regrettable, and it’s also true that he invited some measure of blowback when he waded into the culture wars (like it or not)—but he corrected that error long ago. Now the students are guilty of the same thing that made them so mad at Chick-fil-A in the first person: mixing business and politics.”
Do you believe that the Johns Hopkins student government made the right decision, or the wrong decision, to ban Chick-Fil-A from campus? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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