Daily Archives: February 4, 2011

Surely the facts want Waffle Fries with that.

“On some college campuses, students are agitated about the presence of Chick-fil-A, a purveyor of Southern-style chicken sandwiches that has run afoul of some proponents of same-sex marriage. But at a New York University cafeteria, the only place in the city where a craving for Chick-fil-A can be sated, the squawking has been limited.
Some N.Y.U. students have complained to the university’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Student Center, said John Beckman, a university spokesman. And a Facebook group Remove Chick-fil-A from NYU (and thus NYC!) is up and running.
But so far, the food court in Weinstein Hall continues to serve the chain’s fried-chicken nuggets, sandwiches and waffle fries, he said.
Elsewhere, gay-rights advocates have stoked opposition to Chick-fil-A since one of its outlets in Pennsylvania lent support to marriage seminars, scheduled for next week, that were arranged by a group that has been outspoken against same-sex marriage. At Indiana University’s campus in South Bend, a student group persuaded the university to ban Chick-fil-A products briefly. On Monday, that university’s chancellor invited Chick-fil-A to return to campus on Wednesday.
The president of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy, has said that the company was not endorsing the seminars, merely providing food at them.”

Liar, liar, pants on fire!

“At N.Y.U., JJ Bishop-Boros, a member and former officer of the university’s Queer Union, said the group had decided against pressing a boycott “that focuses only on Chick-fil-A and gay marriage.” Instead, he said, Queer Union hopes to meet with other campus groups to examine the practices of each food distributor on campus, from the wages they pay workers to environmental issues.
“If we only criticize Chick-fil-A, we’re almost justifying other businesses’ practices,” he said. “It would be hypocritical.” “

Talk about “missing the point.”

“In the dining hall, students who were lined up for Chick-fil-A food said they were unaware of the controversy.
“Chick-fil-A’s great, and it’s the only one in New York City, which makes it even cooler,” said Morgan Ingari, a sophomore, as she reached for a bag of waffle fries.
But behind her, J. P. Borum, a writing professor who was making her first foray to Chick-fil-A, reversed course after hearing about the flap. “I’m gay and Episcopal,” she said, opting instead for a salad from another station. She said she had “never heard a peep about this from students.”
At N.Y.U., the complaints have not been brought to the university senate for discussion, Mr. Beckman said. He said that the products of another Atlanta-based company, Coca-Cola, had been banned from campus for a few years after students protested against the company’s labor practices.”

The fact that it rots your teeth being a minor concern.

“The station serving Chick-fil-A’s food has been a popular part of a food court in the dining hall on University Place in Manhattan since the fall of 2004, Mr. Beckman said. Chick-fil-A won out in a student taste test when the dining hall was being revamped by its operator, Aramark, he said.
Mr. Beckman said the food court was open only to students and others with university identification cards, but as food bloggers have written, this policy does not seem to be heavily enforced, and on some food-oriented Web sites like Yelp.com, outsiders have shared tales of their incursions spurred by serious cravings for fried chicken and pickles on a buttered bun.
“Thank God for this hidden treasure!” one reviewer wrote on Yelp. “Yes it’s in an N.Y.U. dining hall. But if you feel too weird eating with students you can get plastic bag and take it to Washington Square Park.” “

And after you’ve finished eating tou can take that plastic bag, put it over you head and asphyxiate yourself.

And Now The Times Readership Speaks!

“Lost from this discussion is the fact that whatever Chick-fil-A is serving up is not food, but processed junk. Who cares what they think about gay marriage, which people have a right to oppose? (N.B. I’m not saying anyone should or shouldn’t, just that it shoudn’t be part of the decision to eat or not to eat its food.) The opponents of Chick-fil-A ought to rethink their priorities.
— Bill Stepp”

Dunbar

“Well, I’ve never eaten at a Chick-fil-a outlet but I think I’ll stop by one this weekend for the sheer joy of spending my money at a place under attack by the Gay Bully Boys.
As a lesbian woman, I support a business’ right to prosper without having to pass the ever-expanding progressive litmus test of pseudo-political righteousness.

http://lesbianconservative.com

— Lesbian Conservative”

“I agree with the the member of NYU’s Queer Union who thinks that a decision to boycott should not only be focused in Chick-fil-A. What sort of contributions and support do the owners of Burger King provide to anti-gay organizations? McDonald’s, Wendys, KFC, Taco Bell, etc., should all be held to the same standard. The owners of Chick-fil-A are an easy target because they are high profile Christians and up front about their beliefs, but they are not the only company owners giving aid to homophobic groups. It’s easier to join a lynch mob than research the facts. This is the Coors Beer boycott all over again. Trash Coors and ignore whatever the owners of Budweiser were doing. Gay people get played like a banjo over and over again.
— eric”

“““The company’s Christian culture and its strict hiring practices, which require potential operators to discuss their marital status and civic and church involvement, have attracted controversy before, including a 2002 lawsuit brought by a Muslim restaurant owner in Houston who said he was fired because he did not pray to Jesus with other employees at a training session.”
Who cares about that when they make supposedly great food, right?
— T. Lee”

“Gays need to leave Chick-fi-la alone and stop acting like the whole world revolves around their agenda. They want all these rights but want to walk all over the rights of those who don’t support them. Newsflash! No one has to!!!!!
Do what yo do and stop acting like whiny babies, always on parade. I am sick and tired of this foolishness! Find something else to do with your spare time like feeding the poor or teaching kids to read.
If your sexuality is your obsession you have much bigger issues than a fast food restaurant.
— Jennifer”

“this is absurd. trying to shed bad light on a business that employs people and feeds hundreds of thousands inexpensively. All for what? because they donated some food to a private group that has its own point of view on an issue? what is this? Agenda driven economic-McCarthyism? Grow up. And because you’re sensationalizing this cowardly tactic, I’m going down tomorrow and spending $100 at Chic-fil-As!!!
This is America. Last time i checked, people are allowed to have different points of view. Not subjected to Chrystl-nacht harassment.
— josephb”

Pass the chicken, Luchino!

“I agree with A Thinker’s comment. People just want to dive down your throat if you don’t comply or agree with their definition of human rights or any other issue the current political party stands for. As far as I, and everyone else who finds this matter ridiculous, is concerned, these people need to stop wasting our time making a big contempt-filled commotion about this crud and get a life!
— Josh Cunningham”

“There was once a great assemblage of the cullud population,
all the cullud swells was there,
They had got them-selves together to discuss the situation
and rumours in the air.
There were speakers there from Georgia and some from Tennessee,
who were making feather fly,
When a roostah in the bahn-ya’d flew up what folks could see,
Then those darkies all did cry.
Chorus: Who dat say chicken in dis crowd?
Speak de word agin’ and speak it loud–
Blame de lan’ let white folks rule it,
I’se a lookin fu a pullet,
Who dat say chicken in dis crowd?

A famous culled preacher told his listnin’ congregation,
all about de way to ac’,
Ef dey want to be respected and become a mighty nation
to be hones’ Fu’ a fac’.
Dey mus nebber lie, no nebber, an’ mus’ not be caught a-stealin’
any pullets fun de lin’,
But an aged deacon got up an’ his voice it shook wif feelin’,
As dese words he said to him.
Chorus: Who dat say chicken in dis crowd?
Speak de word agin’ and speak it loud–
What’s de use of all dis talkin’,
Let me hyeah a hen a sqauwkin’
Who dat say chicken in dis crowd?”

— Paul Laurence Dunbar

“Chick Fil A is awesome… I love the new spicy chicken sandwich. I am heterosexual and a proponent of gay marriage but I am not going to ban Chick Fil A merely because they provide or will provide food to an anti-gay marriage organization. Nor will I ban them because the owners of the company are religious and espouse Christian values. It has no impact on my life. In N Out Burger is another fast food chain that is a proponent of Christian values. While I have no issue with persons expressing their views or banning Chick Fil A, it’s really quite comical and just stupid. The protesters certainly need to refocus their efforts in a more meaningful way. When I was in college I laughed at this kind of silliness on campus and focused my energy on enjoying my college years both academically and socially. Personally, I’d rather be pounding 25 cent pints of Bud Lite than standing around in the cold protesting a chicken restaurant.
— Ronald* “

Rufus will sing us out.