NJ University Refuses to Bring Chick-fil-A to Campus Over Chain's 'Corporate Values'
'When chicken meets politics.'
New Jersey's Rider University sent a survey to students asking them which restaurants they would like to see on campus, but when it became clear Chick-fil-A was the top pick, the school told students the popular fast-food chain would not be brought to campus.
Campus Reform first reported on the survey that was sent to students during the spring semester.
After the results were compiled, the school sent an email to students on November 1, saying Chick-fila-A's "corporate values have not sufficiently progressed enough to align with those of Rider."
The school went on to clarify that the decision was in an effort to “promote ... inclusion for all people."
Chick-fil-A has been criticized over CEO Dan Cathy's views on same-sex marriage. In 2012, he came out in defense of the traditional definition of marriage and expressed views critical of same-sex marriage stemming from his Christian faith.
“There are a number of factors that contribute to a campus’ decision to invite a retail partner on campus,” Rider Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Jan Friedman-Krupnick told Campus Reform. “While Chick-fil-A is among other restaurants preferenced by Rider students, there are members of the community (faculty, staff, and students) who strongly opposed the option as well.”
"In all of our campus decisions, we carefully weigh benefits, risks and voices representative of all of our campus constituents," Friedman-Krupnick added.
After Carley Shimkus reported the story on "Fox & Friends First" Wednesday morning -- quipping this is a case of "when chicken meets politics" -- several social media users shared their reactions.
"So you practice inclusiveness by excluding Chick-fil-A? How does that work?" one user said.
Another added, "Why bother asking students when you have an agenda?"
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