Rider U to Ban Chick-fil-A Over Conservative Values


November 27, 2018 3:21 PM
by Susan Dutca
Despite being voted the top choice for a fast-food restaurant last year at the college, Chick-fil-A will no longer be a restaurant franchise option at Rider University based on the company's record widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ+ community. The decision to remove Chick-fil-A as a new restaurant franchise option required a difficult assessment of competing interests.

Despite being voted the top choice for a fast-food restaurant last year at the college, Chick-fil-A will no longer be a restaurant franchise option at Rider University "based on the company's record widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ+ community." The decision to remove Chick-fil-A as a new restaurant franchise option "required a difficult assessment of competing interests."

Chick-fil-A did not respond to the university's open letter on the issue but rather, in an email to Atlanta Business Chronicle, stated that it is a "restaurant company focused on food, service, and hospitality, and our restaurants and licensed locations on college campuses welcome everyone. We have no policy of discrimination against any group, and we do not have a political or social agenda. More than 120,000 people from all different backgrounds and beliefs represent the Chick-fil-A brand." Chick-fil-A is one of the fastest-growing restaurants in the country, with locations in 48 states and possible expansion into Canada.

While Rider University states that some may view the decision as a "form of exclusion," it will remain "faithful to our values of inclusion." The university intends on holding a campus forum so that all voices can be heard. In your opinion, should Chick-fil-A be removed as a dining option? Why or why not?

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Liz M  on  12/10/2018 3:26:23 PM commented:

Bad Move on Rider U's part. My daughter's an excellent student who not only holds a 4.2 GPA but is also an amazing fine arts student. She is currently on the search for colleges and Rider won't be on our list!

ms  on  12/9/2018 7:07:52 AM commented:

While Rider University states that some may view the decision as a "form of exclusion," it will remain "faithful to our values of inclusion." Do the "values of inclusion" mean that "all people are equal, but some are more equal than others?" How does EXcluding those who disagree with you align with "values of INclusion?"

DJT  on  12/7/2018 8:07:03 PM commented:

Rider University, a lower tier institution with a 70% acceptance rate. Hope they got the free publicity they needed.

mar K.  on  12/5/2018 4:11:02 PM commented:

typically liberals who preach diversity but are intolerant to any views that they don't agree with. Laughable and pathetic.

Al Guien  on  12/5/2018 1:49:18 PM commented:

This decision has nothing to do with freedom of speech or freedom of expression. Chick-fil-A isn't actively opposing the LGBT community, but the fact that they don't AGREE with the ideals in that community makes Rider U upset, because they want everyone to THINK the same way as they do. The can't stand the idea that a company serving students fast food has even the slightest of variance in their thinking, so they feel the need to either change their thinking or shut them up before they get the chance to speak. 1984, anyone?

Carrie R.  on  12/3/2018 9:49:15 PM commented:

I agree with Mitch C.! Another example of our country's slip into socialism, then on to communism. Silence those you don't agree with in the name of "tolerance" and "inclusion". Freedom of expression and thought - when you agree with "us".

Dylan M  on  12/3/2018 9:15:34 PM commented:

This is absolutely ridiculous, just leave the restaurant alone this is a silly ban. Although it’s owners beliefs are Christian doesn’t mean there against any beliefs at all or LGBTQ+ and they certainty do not discriminate, there is no citation or evidence in this claim. If anything Rider U would be attacking Christians, this chain restaurant in particular is very welcoming to everyone and are nice to customers.

Damian Matthews  on  12/3/2018 7:45:46 PM commented:

They’re wrong for this, Chick Fil A is christianity based, and the LGBTQ+ community is a sin.

M S  on  12/3/2018 5:14:04 PM commented:

Oh no, this restaurant offended me by not having the same opinions as me, let's ban it! No.

M S  on  12/3/2018 5:14:02 PM commented:

Oh no, this restaurant offended me by not having the same opinions as me, let's ban it! No.

Lucas P.  on  12/3/2018 10:19:56 AM commented:

Rider University is trying to be different and make a stand against what they believe to be social injustice. I understand that but at the same time at least give students the opportunity to choose what they want to eat. If students want to protest and not eat at chic fil a then that should be their choice. The school shouldn't have to make that choice for them.

Mitch C.  on  12/3/2018 9:19:47 AM commented:

"While Rider University states that some may view the decision as a 'form of exclusion,' it will remain 'faithful to our values of inclusion.'" Typical double-speak of totalitarian/socialist/progressive propagandists. I'm sure Chik-Fil-A will do just fine without Ryder U.

me  on  12/2/2018 6:25:36 PM commented:

Literally nobody cares

Liza f  on  12/1/2018 11:30:59 PM commented:

This is Ryder university students loss. Thank you Chick-Fil-A for standing by your beliefs! If the liberals stand for theirs, we stand for ours!!

Barbara.c  on  12/1/2018 3:42:40 PM commented:

I believe you should respect everyone's opinion. Even if you disagree, there's no need for hatred.

Gil B.  on  12/1/2018 10:11:33 AM commented:

From every indication that I have ever seen the LGBTQ+ community is for the most part moral and upstanding Americans themselves as is Chick-fil-A. Everyone has their diverse parts to play in life and they are not mutually exclusive. Obviously, by the connotation here Rider University does not hold this opinion and thinks there is something off. Chick-fil-A accepts everyone. It is apparent that it is Rider University that has a problem with that.

Benni G  on  11/30/2018 8:40:48 PM commented:

Anyone that doesn't think they've done anything to discriminate against the lgbt+ community is willfully ignorant. Any quick google search will tell you that they've gone out of their way to donate to "charities" that opposed gay marriage. Money isn't freedom of speech. Choosing not to support businesses that have STILL not done anything to rectify their opposition to equal rights is not, and should never be considered, bigoted. People misunderstand free speech. It means the government isn't supposed to be able to silence the press, and that you can't get arrested for calling the queen a fat ugly toad. Saying bad things (or in this case doing bad things) SHOULD have consequences, even if they aren't currently illegal. And no, Sarah, if your mind is only full of bigoted thoughts, then you are not allowed to speak your mind. It is the year 2018 of our good lord, and we are TRYING to progress as a society. Catch up or shut up.

Anony. Mous  on  11/30/2018 6:33:41 PM commented:

If a person straight out said they disliked black, brown, yellow, and even white people, they'd get helluva hate directed towards them. So why is this different? Isn't saying that you don't support same-sex marriage the same as saying you disprove mixed relationships or other ethnicities in general? It's not free speech, it's hate. All of a sudden announcing that they didn't support gay marriage is unnecessary and uncalled for, not to mention they've reportedly donated millions of dollars to anti-LGBT groups. They're a restaurant for Pete's sake! They are bigots, period. They value their beliefs more than humanity itself.

Trinity G.  on  11/29/2018 10:47:37 PM commented:

Whether or not you agree or disagree with Chick-Fil-A's faith-based origins, the fact remains that Chick-Fil-A has not acted bigoted towards anyone. The only thing they've done is utilized their freedom of speech. If Rider wants to prove that they're open-minded and completely progressive, than they should all be for "diversity" of thought. Who's the bigoted one when Rider kicks out those who disagree with them?

Tonja P.  on  11/29/2018 8:18:17 PM commented:

I fully support Chick-Fil-A and appreciate their Christian values. I have never seen them discriminate against anyone. They have a right to operate their business as they see fit. It seems many today have forgotten this country was founded upon Christian values and seem to bend over backwards to support everything and anything against those values and we are suppose to be like sheep and blindly follow along or we are terrible people. I will always support companies who show strong moral values in their operations, advertising and treatment of their customers.

Meadowe G.  on  11/29/2018 2:29:50 PM commented:

This is widely talked about within the communities all over and It's simply a way of belief. As I personally don't agree with Chick-Fil-A and their discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community, I respect their right to have the opinion. Some have different ways of showing their side and if Rider U is choosing to, by simply not supporting them, then so be it. Everyone has a right to their own ways.

Sarah J.  on  11/28/2018 8:11:21 PM commented:

That's ridiculous. Chick-fil-A is a great restaurant and would never turn down someone down for their sexual preference. It seems to me more like Rider University is doing the wrong thing for punishing Chick-fil-A for utilizing free speech. Are we not allowed to speak our own minds anymore?

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