from the College Fix:
Blocked from some schools, Chick-fil-A still thrives on campuses across the country
In spite of negative press and the efforts of several schools working to keep the popular restaurant off their campuses in recent years, Chick-fil-A remains a steady presence at hundreds of schools across the country.
Particularly since 2012, when the company’s president, Dan Cathy, voiced support for “the biblical definition of the family unit,” the school has come under fire from LGBT activists and other progressive groups. Last June, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was slammed for simply eating at Chick-fil-A. LGBT organizations have accused Chick-fil-A of donating money to “hate groups.” Last April, The New Yorker covered the restaurant’s expansion with an article titled “Chick-fil-A”s Creepy Infiltration of New York City,” with the author unfavorably noting the chain’s “pervasive Christian traditionalism.”
The perception that the restaurant is anti-LGBT has resulted in numerous schools refusing to allow Chick-fil-A to open restaurants on their campuses. In 2015, the Student Government Association at Johns Hopkins University said that bringing Chick-fil-A to campus would constitute a “microaggression.” Fordham University, a Catholic school, rejected Chick-fil-A in 2017 because of backlash from students. Emory University kicked an existing Chick-fil-A off campus several years ago.
The most recent incident occurred in November at Rider University in New Jersey. The school issued a statement indicating it would not allow Chick-fil-A to operate on campus “based on the company’s record widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ+ community.”