YES! Chick-Fil-A gets kicked off Northeastern campus due to contributions to anti-gay organizations

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    Mar 01, 2012 12:02 AM GMT
    http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2012/02/29/ChickfilA_Chased_Off_Bostons_Northeastern_University/

    "After Northeastern University's student senate voted overwhelmingly to ban Chick-fil-A from campus, school officials cancelled a pending contract with the Atlanta-based fast food chain that's given millions to antigay causes. Northeastern was considering allowing Chick-fil-A to open a restaurant at the newly renovated student center, but a petition opposing the chain soon gained 300 student signatures.

    Then on Monday, the student senate voted 31 to 5, with eight abstentions, to oppose Chick-fil-A setting up shop. The university quickly cancelled the chain’s contract, much to the surprise of some students. The school sent out a press release that didn’t dance around the fact that Chick-fil-A was not welcome because it's donated to antigay causes through its charitable arm, Winshape.

    “We are proud of the decision that affirms our university’s commitment to be an inclusive, diverse community that is respectful of all,” college spokeswoman Renata Nyul said in a statement."
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    Mar 01, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
    That makes my heart a pitter patter!
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    Mar 01, 2012 12:36 AM GMT
    I'm so happy that I don't live near a chick-fil-a, because I'm not tempted to eat there.

    It's really good... ;)
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    Mar 01, 2012 1:57 AM GMT
    I'm so happy I want to slaughter my own chicken and eat it in the name of equality!
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    Mar 01, 2012 1:58 AM GMT
    I wonder if this means more places will follow suit.
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    Mar 01, 2012 1:59 AM GMT
    Too bad about chickfilla.. their samiches are pretty good. I won't eat there now.
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    Mar 01, 2012 2:20 AM GMT
    http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/roxbury/2012/02/chick-fil-a_we_are_not_anti-an.html?camp

    Actions speak louder than words, eh?
  • LJay

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    Mar 01, 2012 3:01 AM GMT
    Good for Northeastern!

    It's time that Chick Fil-A got the message that press releases will not make up for hate. I am surprised they don't pass out Santorum stickers.
  • mynyun

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    Mar 01, 2012 3:03 AM GMT
    I've lived around Chik-fil-a's but was never tempted to eat at one because of their anti-gay status. I've actually eaten there once, but only because I was with my roommate and he bought it. Otherwise, they have gotten neither my money, nor my support.
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    Mar 01, 2012 3:05 AM GMT

    All i hope that comes from this is that Chick-fil-a stops donating to such hate-based organizations so that i can eat their delicious sammiches again... guilt-free icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 01, 2012 3:23 AM GMT
    WOW, just WOW. Looks like the anti-gay forces have had a setback. Waiting for the anti-gay haters here to tell us why this is a bad thing. May take a while until they open their emailed talking points. Should be amusing to see how they defend Chick-fil-A.
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    Mar 01, 2012 3:34 AM GMT
    This has come up at other campuses. Thank you to North Eastern for standing up to them and just flat out saying no.
  • waccamatt

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    Mar 01, 2012 3:47 AM GMT
    Way to go, Huskies!
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    Mar 01, 2012 3:53 AM GMT
    From an astrological perspective, not everyone has a life of marriage and children. It is wrong to fund groups that are against the lives of people who weren't born to marry heterosexually and grow that marriage into an opposite-gender parenting team.
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    Mar 01, 2012 4:22 AM GMT
    prancer saidThis has come up at other campuses. Thank you to North Eastern for standing up to them and just flat out saying no.


    really? didn't know that. do you know what other campuses, by chance?
  • TrentGrad

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    Mar 01, 2012 5:40 AM GMT
    Their defense of their charitable arm is actually quite funny.

    “Of the $1,733,699 given by Chick-fil-A, $1,714,199 was given to three organizations: The Marriage & Family Legacy Fund (part of Marriage CoMission), The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and The National Christian Foundation. Of these three organizations, none of them can truly be said to have an anti-gay agenda,” the BG News column says. “The only thing about them that can be considered anti-gay is that they are all Christian-run organizations; so, because of their religious beliefs they naturally don’t promote homosexuality. But outside of that, no part of their mission involves actively battling gay rights.''

    So when I wikipedia'd:

    "Fellowship of Christian Athletes," criticism included:

    "The FCA Ministry Leader application requires applicants to agree to a statement saying that homosexuality is "an alternate lifestyle" and is not acceptable."

    And then there's their website: http://tinyurl.com/7arbwhq

    I didn't really feel like digging up the dirt on the other two groups their charitable arm supports, but I suspect there's dirt there as well.

    Good for that University...hopefully others will follow suit. If Chick-fil-A wants to support Christian causes, they could sponsor thousands of impoverished children through "Christian Children's Fund" rather than supporting bigotry that preach conversion therapy and so on.
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    Mar 01, 2012 12:03 PM GMT
    This came up at IU South Bend and I believe, but have to verify, it came shortly after at another school as well.
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    Mar 01, 2012 1:18 PM GMT
    EastCoastNAZ saidhttp://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2012/02/29/ChickfilA_Chased_Off_Bostons_Northeastern_University/

    "After Northeastern University's student senate voted overwhelmingly to ban Chick-fil-A from campus, school officials cancelled a pending contract with the Atlanta-based fast food chain that's given millions to antigay causes. Northeastern was considering allowing Chick-fil-A to open a restaurant at the newly renovated student center, but a petition opposing the chain soon gained 300 student signatures.

    Then on Monday, the student senate voted 31 to 5, with eight abstentions, to oppose Chick-fil-A setting up shop. The university quickly cancelled the chain’s contract, much to the surprise of some students. The school sent out a press release that didn’t dance around the fact that Chick-fil-A was not welcome because it's donated to antigay causes through its charitable arm, Winshape.

    “We are proud of the decision that affirms our university’s commitment to be an inclusive, diverse community that is respectful of all,” college spokeswoman Renata Nyul said in a statement."



    Yes! Let's hear it for my alma mater! Go Huskies

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    Mar 01, 2012 1:38 PM GMT
    TrentGrad said “The only thing about them that can be considered anti-gay is that they are all Christian-run organizations; so, because of their religious beliefs they naturally don’t promote homosexuality. But outside of that, no part of their mission involves actively battling gay rights.''


    Can't make that assumption. These are all "Christian-run organizations" who are making the case for full inclusion and welcome:

    • Metropolitan Community Church
    • Believe Out Loud
    • Gay Christian Network
    • Progressive Christians Uniting
    • The Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists
    • Gay, Lesbian and Affirming Disciples Alliance - Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
    • Integrity USA – The Episcopal Church
    • Lutherans Concerned/North America – Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
    • More Light Presbyterians – Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
    • Coalition for LGBT Concerns – United Church of Christ
    • Reconciling Ministries Network – United Methodist Church
    • Affirm United/S'affirmer Ensemble – United Church of Canada
    • Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests - Church of the Brethren
    • Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Church Canada
    • Room for All – Reformed Church in America
    • Welcoming Community Network – Community of Christ
    • Intersections International
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    Mar 01, 2012 1:47 PM GMT
    Can I throw something else in that I find exciting about this...

    The people spoke, and the leadership listened and backed them up.

    Wouldn't it be nice if our elected officials would take note?

    A lot of times something like this happens and the administration comes in with "We hear you, but we know better about what is the best interests of this institution..." and nothing changes... Here, the opposite happened.

    Kudos!!!
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    Mar 01, 2012 2:03 PM GMT
    GOOD! their food tastes like wet cardboard anyway.
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    Mar 01, 2012 2:20 PM GMT
    njmeanwhile saidThese are all "Christian-run organizations" who are making the case for full inclusion and welcome:

    [LIST]

    I don't believe I saw Metropolitan Community Churches in that list, which is focused on the GLBT community. It largely follows an Episcopal liturgy.

    Founded in 1968, it has a relatively small number of local congregations (222), still under the leadership of founder Troy Perry (whom I've met, and my husband has known for decades).

    My husband & I both belong, and his late partner's ashes are kept at the MCC cathedral in Fort Lauderdale. I'm no longer a practicing Christian, but I still attend services because of the beauty & love I find there (I even used to be a Lector and Eucharistic Minister).

    I may not believe in the religious doctrine, but I do enjoy being with GLBT people who have found peace & comfort in their lives through this church. For those who cling to Christianity, but find their gay orientation to be an issue with some denominations, I do recommend looking into the MCC.

    http://mccchurch.org/
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    Mar 01, 2012 2:23 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said[quote][cite]njmeanwhile said[/cite]These are all "Christian-run organizations" who are making the case for full inclusion and welcome:

    [LIST]

    I don't believe I saw Metropolitan Community Churches in that list, which is focused on the GLBT community. It largely follows an Episcopal liturgy.

    Founded in 1968, it has a relatively small number of local congregations (222), still under the leadership of founder Troy Perry (whom I've met, and my husband has known for decades).

    My husband & I both belong, and his late partner's ashes are kept at the MCC cathedral in Fort Lauderdale. I'm no longer a practicing Christian, but I still attend services because of the beauty & love I find there (I even used to be a Lector and Eucharistic Minister).

    I may not believe in the religious doctrine, but I do enjoy being with GLBT people who have found peace & comfort in their lives through this church. For those who cling to Christianity, but find their gay orientation to be an issue with some denominations, I do recommend looking into the MCC.

    http://mccchurch.org/


    Added! I assumed they were in there because I met some of their leadership at a Believe Out Loud conference in 2010. I guess when you are over 90% LGBT "congregational welcome" is not an issue?
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    Mar 01, 2012 2:38 PM GMT
    njmeanwhile saidAdded! I assumed they were in there because I met some of their leadership at a Believe Out Loud conference in 2010. I guess when you are over 90% LGBT "congregational welcome" is not an issue?

    Thanks. But there is in fact a congregational welcome, though not an issue, as you say. All may join, straight or gay.

    First time attendees to the church are invited to stand and identify themselves, and say where they are from. We all applaud them, and they receive a gift bag.

    To become a recognized member of the MCC/Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale you must attend a training session. Then you are formally confirmed in the congregation at a ceremony, as I and my husband were.

    It is our dream (unlikely to happen in this Red State within our lifetimes) that someday we will be married there. Certainly we will be buried from there.
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    Mar 03, 2012 1:41 AM GMT
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    TrentGrad said “The only thing about them that can be considered anti-gay is that they are all Christian-run organizations; so, because of their religious beliefs they naturally don’t promote homosexuality. But outside of that, no part of their mission involves actively battling gay rights.''


    Can't make that assumption. These are all "Christian-run organizations" who are making the case for full inclusion and welcome:

    • Metropolitan Community Church
    • Believe Out Loud
    • Gay Christian Network
    • Progressive Christians Uniting
    • The Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists
    • Gay, Lesbian and Affirming Disciples Alliance - Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
    • Integrity USA – The Episcopal Church
    • Lutherans Concerned/North America – Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
    • More Light Presbyterians – Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
    • Coalition for LGBT Concerns – United Church of Christ
    • Reconciling Ministries Network – United Methodist Church
    • Affirm United/S'affirmer Ensemble – United Church of Canada
    • Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests - Church of the Brethren
    • Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Church Canada
    • Room for All – Reformed Church in America
    • Welcoming Community Network – Community of Christ
    • Intersections International


    Thank you for the post. The Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists is an interesting entry on your list.

    http://www.wabaptists.org/whoweare.htm

    And, "Room for All" I cannot say I remember, even though I have some association with the RCA.