The senate of Trinity University’s Student Government Association unanimously passed a resolution recommending the removal of Chick-fil-A from the San Antonio campus, the Trinitonian reported.
“Trinity’s values of diversity and inclusion and Chick-fil-a’s values regarding the LGBT+ community are mutually exclusive,” last week’s resolution said, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
In March, the city of San Antonio banned Chick-fil-A from its airport over the restaurant’s “legacy of anti-LGBTQ” behavior.
‘Looks really bad’
“Obviously [the presence of Chick-fil-A] has the potential to make a lot of people feel uncomfortable on campus, and also it looks really bad for Trinity in the context of recruiting potential students who may be a part of the LGBTQ community,” senator Claire Carlson told the Trinitonian.
Chick-fil-A doesn’t have a permanent presence at the private college but is one of several chains at the Commons Food Court that come to campus on a rotating basis, typically once every two weeks, the Express-News said.
The May 1 resolution cited Chick-fil-A’s donations to the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home, as well as its score of zero on the Washington-based Human Rights Campaign’s 2015 Corporate Equality Index “for failing to protect their LGBT+ employees from discrimination in the workplace,” the Express-News added.
“Underrepresented students from the LGBT+ community have expressed the drastic assault on their identities and beings as a result of Chick-fil-a’s ideals and actions, and SGA stands to represent all students regardless of the size of the community,” the resolution added, the paper said. “Trinity is a university that emphasizes its commitment to diversity and inclusion. Having Chick-fil-a in the rotation at Revolve conflicts with those values.”
Ty Tinker, student government president, told the Express-News the SGA decided to go after Chick-fil-A when “a lot of proactive folks, including PRIDE [Trinity’s student LGBT group], came to student government and university administrators.”
But student Christopher Ault told the Express-News that only a small minority of students have pushed to oust Chick-fil-A: “I like the values that it stands for,” he told the paper in reference to the restaurant’s Christian values.
Isaiah Mitchell, president of Trinity’s Young Conservatives of Texas, told the Express-News that Chick-fil-A’s donations do not harm LGBTQ people.
“The Salvation Army, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, these other organizations that Chick-fil-A supports, do not actually cause harm to the LGBT community,” he told the paper, noting that standing “against the political goals of the LGBTQ left” does not rise to the level of “actually harming.”
The Trinity student government’s resolution in and of itself doesn’t affect Chick-fil-A’s on-campus presence, but it can be sent to administrators for their consideration.
The vice chair of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s academic senate likened Chick-fil-A to “pornography” as the faculty body earlier this week voted overwhelmingly to kick the restaurant off campus after 25 years.
(H/T: Campus Reform)