North Carolina College Considering Ban on Chick-fil-A

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    A Chick-fil-A restaurant is seen here in Southern California, Aug. 1, 2012.
By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter
August 10, 2012|5:03 pm

A college in North Carolina is considering a ban on products from Chick-fil-A in response to complaints over the chicken sandwich chain's connections to social conservative groups.

Davidson College's Union Board, a student organization that oversees events at the campus, decided last week to consider halting the use of Chick-fil-A for its popular "After Midnight" monthly program.

Bill Giduz, director of Media Relations at Davidson, provided The Christian Post with a statement regarding the pending decision.

"In light of the controversy over Chick-fil-A, the board has decided to gather student input on the matter and discuss it at one of their early-semester weekly meetings after classes resume on August 27," read the statement.

"The Union Board serves different menus at After Midnight throughout the year, and Chick-fil-A is served once or twice annually … Until a final decision is made, alternative options will be served at After Midnight and other Union Board events."

"The only process envisioned is that the students who are members of the College Union Board are planning to discuss the issue," said Giduz to CP. "They're the party responsible for the 'After Midnight' events and what's served on those occasions. They have not yet set a date for their deliberation."

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Davidson College is not the only academic institution mulling over a ban on Chick-fil-A products because of the fast-food chain's connections to organizations like Focus on the Family and Family Research Council. New York University may also ban Chick-fil-A over the ideological viewpoints of its leadership.

Philip Lentz, director of Public Affairs for NYU, told The Christian Post that the university had in the past seriously considered removing Chick-fil-A from their campus.

"In 2011, the Student Senators Council passed a resolution asking that Chick-fil-A be removed from campus. However, this spring, the council withdrew that resolution, saying a ban would have limited freedom of expression," said Lentz.

"These types of issues at NYU are typically considered by our University Senate, which consists of representatives of the faculty, students, administrators and deans … So the issue has not yet been presented to the University Senate."

Lentz explained that the effort to ban Chick-fil-A from NYU reappeared on the agenda after the much publicized remarks of COO Dan Cathy regarding same-sex marriage.

"In the wake of the recent controversy over Mr. Cathy's remarks, the NYU administration has asked the University Senate to take up the issue of Chick-fil-A's status on campus when it reconvenes this fall," said Lentz.

"As of right now, the Chick-fil-A on the NYU campus is closed for the summer and is scheduled to reopen when students return for the fall semester."

Cathy said last month that he supports the biblical definition of the family unit. He also remarked that America was "inviting God's judgment" for saying "we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage."

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