Despite protests from faculty and the student body president against Chick-fil-A over LGBT issues, Purdue University is boldly standing with America’s favorite food restaurant to be on campus.
Administration of the university in West Lawfayette, Indiana, made it clear where the school stands on equal rights.
“While we respect and protect the rights of all to express their opinions at Purdue, this clarification is intended to reassure our students and others that this long-requested dining option will not be taken from them and to dispel any impression that Purdue would ever seriously consider such an action,” the university declared in a public statement Friday.
‘Inclusion’ doesn’t mean exclusion of everyone who doesn’t agree
School officials impressed that they will not hypocritically exclude individuals and businesses from their campus who aren’t in unison with popular campus politics in the name of so-called “inclusion.”
“Like all Purdue vendors, the young woman franchisee – a Purdue graduate – has signed and observed a commitment of equal access and treatment in her employment and service practices,” the statement continues. “We would not be promoting choice and freedom by depriving thousands of people in our community of a choice they have long sought and are already taking advantage of in large numbers, and, we would not be practicing inclusion by excluding a completely legitimate business and its staff from our campus.”
Purdue University Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Dr. John Gates was included in the statement, stressing that inclusion means welcoming Chick-fil-A – not rejecting it because of its biblical beliefs on human sexuality.
“We are fortunate to be a campus that embraces excellence through diversity and freedom of expression and choice for all people,” Gates is quoted in the public statement. “The Chick-fil-A operator on campus is bound by Purdue’s non-discrimination policy statement, and we look forward to them respecting our institutional core values of integrity, honor, respect, inclusion, innovation and growth.”
LGBT challenged in push for campus dominance
The decision to reaffirm Chick-fil-A’s inclusion on campus came in the midst of activist measures taken by the LGBT community on campus, which promotes inclusion of those who support and embrace the LGBT lifestyle … and exclusion of those who don’t.
“Purdue’s renewed commitment to Chick-fil-A came after the University Senate’s Equity and Diversity Committee proposed a measure meant to pressure Purdue’s administration to make sure that commercial ventures on campus ‘uphold the same values and promote inclusivity with their policies, hiring practices and actions,” the Lawfayette Journal & Courier reported. “The proposal – which will be up for a formal University Senate vote on Oct. 21 – didn’t call out Chick-fil-A by name, but on Monday, when the measure was first discussed, Jo Boileau, Purdue’s student body president, said Chick-fil-A was an issue for the campus’ LGBT community.”
Boileau made it clear that businesses not affirming LGBT values are something that should not be tolerated or wanted on campus.
“As student body president and as an openly gay student, this is something I’m confronting on a daily basis – in conversations I’m having every single day with students on this campus,” Boileau shared at Monday’s University Senate meeting, according to the Journal & Courier.
Chick-fil-A’s Christian owner has long stood for biblical values regarding human sexuality – including his stance on same-sex marriage – but the Georgia-based company has attempted to not make its business political in nature and welcomes customers of all beliefs to come and be served in an atmosphere of love, respect and godly hospitality.
But professor Linda Prokopy – a member of the Purdue University Senate Equity and Diversity Committee, who serves in Purdue’s Forestry and Natural Resources Department – believes inclusion calls for excluding those who don’t agree.
“I’m extremely disappointed that Purdue is not standing behind our diversity statement,” Prokopy lamented Friday, according to the Journal & Courier. “While it’s freedom of speech for people to choose to eat where they like – and I would not object to a Chick-fil-A off campus – it is not OK for the university to so openly tell the LGBTQ community that we are OK hosting a business that will donate profits to groups that seek to hurt them.”
Because Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy affirmed God’s definition of marriage of being only between one man and one woman in an interview years back, resistance to America’s third-largest restaurant franchise by LGBT activists has come on a regular basis – especially on college and university campuses where a progressive and politically correct mindset is encouraged and oftentimes indoctrinated by college staff.
“Purdue opponents said Chick-fil-A ‘needed to reacclimate itself with the proper way to treat its LGBT students and staff,’” the College Fix pointed out. “Nevertheless, the restaurant already has been on campus for a year via ‘pop-up’-style eateries at various locations.”
In the midst of the latest controversy, Chick-fil-A’s corporate offices released a statement affirming its own policy of acceptance and tolerance for all.
“We are a restaurant company and have no political or social agenda,” the statement reads, according to the Journal & Courier. “More than 145,000 people from different backgrounds and beliefs represent Chick-fil-A, and we are proud to partner with universities like Purdue across the United States. We look forward to serving everyone in our restaurants.”