Chick-Fil-A Protest Spawned on NYU Campus Over Opposition to Gay Marriage

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Anti-gay Chick-fil-A flourishes in Greenwich Village, the home of the gay rights movement.


Bisexual NYU freshmen and Santa Monica, California, native Hillary Dworkoski has launched a protest of Chick-fil-A's presence on the Greenwich Village campus via a petition on Change.org. Quoted in a press release, Dworkoski said, "I was disturbed to find out that not only was NYU supporting an extremely anti-gay company, but it was also home to New York City's only Chick-fil-A restaurant. I knew I had to do something."


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The sandwich in question


According to an investigation by Equality Matters, the company donated nearly $2 million to anti-gay groups via its charitable arm, the WinShape Foundation. This money has gone to support groups opposed to gay marriage, such as Focus on the Family, Exodus International, and the Family Research Council.

Chick-fil-A was founded as the Dwarf Grill in Hapeville, Georgia, in 1946, and currently boast more than 1,500 locations, most located in the South. Annual sales totaled $3.5 billion in 2010. The NYU branch is a rather sad thing, located in a dorm food court and offering reheated chicken sandwiches to homesick students from the South. As we reported in 2010, the food isn't very good. The waffle fries and fried-chicken sandwiches are apparently popular among students.


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The small Chick-fil-A Express location is inside an NYU dorm, but accessible to the public.


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34 comments
susand98
susand98

The double standard for "freedom" is appalling!  The sneers and name calling such as  "Jesus Chicken" and the "muscle flexing" by hysterical bullies is showing a lack of any integrity and if anything is an enemy in winning hearts and minds over to "gay rights".  If you are truly concerned about "human rights" then how could you possibly be so arrogant as to demand this company disavow their standards.  This company has the right to their beliefs and actually they have never done anything but help college students with jobs and help pay their way through school.

ps.  Who said the food isn't good??   More lies.

 

 

Captain_americana
Captain_americana

Instead of wasting all that energy protesting and forcing her views on others, why not start her own chicken restaurant and do something useful for society.

Big T
Big T

HMM, A slice of greasy, nasty, NY pizza pie, or a fresh Chic-Fil-A sandwich?  The choice is simple.  Go ahead and protest.  Sorry, hun (and all gays) not everyone likes or agrees with the lifestyle of everyone else.  So you won't be eating there...it won't hurt this great organization's business or rep one bit!  By the way, has she even bothered to check into all of the other causes that this company supports??  I am sure that many would fall right in line with what she believes.  I guess she's just not happy that they don't support her sexual choice???

Joker
Joker

Their anti-gay stance is based on the religious standpoints of the company itself. Protesting a company based on it's religious stance should be grounds for a lawsuit based on religious discrimination. It's just as much of discrimination to protest a group for their religious views and charities as it it to protest a group based on their sexual preferences. 

Mungo
Mungo

These "Uberchristians" are just another group of corporate thugs.  They've clobbered scores of small businesses for "copyright" infringement for using the words "eat" and "more" (even if spelled correctly and not in context of chicken) in advertising and logos.  One of the dudes (who sells Tshirts promoting Kale in Vermont) is fighting back with a video.  Check out http://boingboing.net/2012/03/...

gina
gina

I think Ms Dworkoski has created a tempest in a teapot here, and many have joined in her overreaction.  I'm sure my comment will elicit much disagreement, but we are still in the United States, aren't we?  And I think this is a great part of the problem.  Ms. Dworkoski objects to the social policies of Chik-fil-A's charitable arm, WinShape Foundation.  Since when is Focus on the Family a heinous organization?  It's not as if Chik-fil-A is supporting child pornography or the return to slavery, for crying out loud!  If Ms. Dworkoski objects to Chik-fil-A's political position so much, I would suggest she boycott the restaurant.  Freedom of opinion seems only to count when that opinion doesn't contradict hers, and the many other reactionaries who've now taken up this unfair and gratuitous campaign.  Her position is arrogant and intolerant.  Yet, because she is a citizen of the U.S., she is ensured the right to her opinion and to say what she wishes.  Why would she deny this same right to others whose opinion might not align with hers?  As the saying goes, "I may disagree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."   Lighten up, Ms. Dworkoski, and let it go. 

Mia Savage
Mia Savage

Excuse me? Chick Fil A tastes awesome. But this is poorly researched. Still I am aware of the ideology behind the restaurant, and it ain't far from the truth. Bad taste in my mouth.

architect424
architect424

an anti-gay agenda is not the only aspect of these groups, and every company is involved in something that will offend someone. (Chick-Fil-A and this, Apple and human rights in China, the list goes on).  If you don't like the food, or don't agree with the actions of a company, make an individual decision not to eat there, but don't withhold that same decision from other students.  One individual's (like that of the woman quoted in the article) opinion is no more important than any others, and in this case any decision should be rendered by the student's wallets, and not by any administrative decree.

Linfla
Linfla

I have been personally boycotting this bastion of evangelical chickens for years, and I am physically no worse for it and ideologically better for it.

Grandmommy72
Grandmommy72

I DON"t much  like Chick-Fil-A's food, but I love what they stand for.  I believe that I might just have run out and buy some folks lunch in our local Chick-Fil-A.

School of Education, 1970
School of Education, 1970

That sandwich looks gross, even worse than the dorm food that freshmen were required to buy in the Weinstein basement 40 years ago! Glad to hear some students are finally organizing a protest. The old Weinstein food plan oppressed everybody equally, just as the gay movement was coming into being. Glad to see students are protesting.

nexus974
nexus974

1500 locations and $3.5 billion in sales and it's flourishing in Greenwich Village ...but the food 'isn't very good'? Well, I can believe you or I can believe sales figures.

"The waffle fries and fried-chicken sandwiches are apparently popular among students."Brilliant insight.

Anyway, this is a privately owned family business. The founders have a very strong Christian faith(their restaurants are closed on Sundays to allow employees to go to church) and I seriously doubt your boycott will change thier business practices.

Paris Tucker
Paris Tucker

Its NOT just Accusations Bdon. It is FACT that they had donated funds to these groups and its been a well known story for some time now. The fact remains that they are using funds that were earned from people like you and me buying their food. I have stopped going there along with the rest of my family based on their practices of supporting bigotry based groups. 

 If everyone in the country stood up to companies backing these hate groups maybe we would grow as a country! 

GinaFleacyno
GinaFleacyno

i am glad to say I have never eaten this crap!

cat22
cat22

As for someone who is gay and works for this company... I can say that all this is not true. The company financially donated to an organization that has been traced to be anti gay but they are not simply anti gay organizations. They help bring families together... People can't appreciate a sincere act of kindness without questioning the intentions. 

Pete Gaioni
Pete Gaioni

In the name of full disclosure, I do think it's important to acknowledge that we married gays are, in fact, committed to destroying Traditional Marriage and tearing asunder the very fabric of society. Moreover, I think we must confess to employing a variety of questionable tactics: we recruit children to our lifestyle, we have drug-riddled sex parties each night, and we lead a generally Godless existence. Oh, and we should embrace the fact that we obviously sacrifice small animals at the full moon and drink their blood.To read about the full extent of our evil plot, please visit us on the web at:www.mymarriageruinsyours.co....

nailman
nailman

your nails look nasty.....

Mark1161
Mark1161

One of the few, maybe the only one, fast food chains that is closed on Sunday.

boarderthom
boarderthom

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has written some strong words on this, from his latest book - "I could not have fought against the discrimination of apartheid and not also fight against the discrimination that homosexuals endure, even in our own churches and faith groups." (pg 54) and - "Equally, I cannot keep quiet while people are being penalized for something about which they can nothing - their sexuality. To discriminate against our sisters and brothers who are lesbian or gay on grounds of their sexual orientation for me is as totally unacceptable and unjust as apartheid ever was." (pg 55)

Patrick L. Coleman
Patrick L. Coleman

I tried to confirm this this morning -- it's Equality Matters, not Equity Matters. Might want to correct your report.

Jo Hargis
Jo Hargis

 Yep, we got one in our small Texas town about two years ago.  I have yet to step foot in it, nor will I ever.

To Grandmommy72, commenter below: Do you teach your grandchildren the same hate you were taught? To hate someone because they are different? Did your church teach you that or did you get that straight from your bible? Your parents?  I'd like to think you're ashamed of your statement, but somehow I don't think so.  You realize you're supporting a company that donates to groups designated as "hate groups", right? Nah, I doubt you care about that either.

Guest
Guest

I'm with you!  Good for Chick-Fil-A!  

Norman
Norman

They give millions to take gay rights away and look at gays as less than straights, but they arent "anti-gay"? what is your definition of anti-gay? you mean, they arent beating you at work? wow-raise the bar dumdum

Rsietsema
Rsietsema

And what, cat22, is your job at Chick-fil-A, please?

Rsietsema
Rsietsema

Thanks so much, Patrick, will correct immediately

Bdoan
Bdoan

Perhaps you should verify this information Brandi, before boycotting a company based on the accusations of an 18 year old who is in the hotbed of reaction

Norman
Norman

Bdoan-it was verified over a year ago-where have you been?

Allanhowls
Allanhowls

Their anti-gay stance is well-known, and they have gotten in trouble in recent years for refusing to hire gays, as well as requring pre-work prayers.

I think you're the one who's ill-informed.

Norman
Norman

grandmommy-you go to hell and you di-you go to hell right now! God made homosexuality-how dare you question Him

Grandmommy72
Grandmommy72

May Chick-Fil-A's tribae increase.  Homosexuality is an Abomination to God.

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