After Dan Cathy’s negative remarks on gay marriage, the dust is finally settling.
It appears that Chick-fil-A will continue to sell chicken sandwiches and gays will continue to be alienated by the fast food chain for the foreseeable future.
But as the country moves on to the next controversy of the hour, the Chick-fil-A saga will continue to resonate with students at UNC Charlotte.
When hunger causes a rush to prospector, the campus Chick-fil-A sits; ready to serve up chicken sandwiches with an understated side of gay prejudice and politics as it eats away your precious db.
It has been a while since Dan Cathy’s remarks on gay-marriage and the campus Chick-Fil-A is alive and well. When looking for justification in removing Chick-Fil-A from our grounds, it would be easy to mark Cathy’s comments as openly prejudice.
Admittedly, his comments seemed more a matter of a man sharing his personal views on a social issue rather than an attack on the gay community. While no one will confuse him with George Wallace or Hitler, Cathy’s comments have still had a negative impact on a lot of people.
A stigma now comes along with Chick-Fil-A, and that should be the basis for any argument for our universities disassociation with the franchise.
In fact, the removal of our campus installment of the southern fast food chain should have moved to the top of the to-do list for Chancellor Dubois for several reasons.
The first is that Cathy’s comments made it clear that he and his company do not support same sex marriage on a religious basis, with Cathy saying that we as a generation are “inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage’”. Cathy is entitled to his opinion, but these comments have still alienated a certain segment of American society; a segment that exists on our campus.
This is where the morale obligation of the university should come into play, because UNC Charlotte is more than just an academic institution. It is a community, one that students call home, and we must be mindful of how the actions of others affect our own.
UNC Charlotte prides itself on the values of diversity and inclusiveness. The morale stance that Cathy took for him and his company in regards to gay marriage is in stark contrast to these values.
Cathy’s comments also expressed Chick-Fil-A’s stance on gay rights, the biggest social issue of our generation. In doing so he has turned Chick-Fil-A into more than just a place to eat. The company is now a symbol of conservative values.
There isn’t anything wrong with this stance. There just should not be a place for vendors like Chick-Fil-A on a campus as diverse as UNC Charlotte.
Our lunch should be served with fries and drinks, not ideology and politics. A fast food chain should provide food, not social commentary and this blurring of roles should be reason enough to severe ties with Chick-Fil-A.