Chick-fil-A sandwich
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Everyone is familiar with the popular restaurant chain Chic-fil-A. What you probably are not familiar with is their donations made during the past years.

According to the 2009 IRS 990 forms WinShape, Chick-Fil-A’s charitable foundation, received $7,814,788 from Chick-fil-A Inc. WinShape donated over $1 million of that money to various anti-gay organizations.

One of the organizations that received a donation for WinShape was Exodus International. Exodus International is an organization that promotes ex-gay therapy, treating homosexuality as form of sexual brokenness.

Now there is no doubt in my mind that Chick-fil-A makes excellent food, and it is without a doubt one of my favorite places to eat at on campus. Where else would be a better place to get a chicken sandwich?

But when I realized the money I spent on those chicken sandwiches was going to anti-gay organizations like Exodus International, I had to stop.

I find it highly ironic that Chick-fil-A was voted third most beloved restaurant chain in the United States. A company that takes such great strides to repress members of the community should not be ranked so highly.

The president of Chick-fil-A Dan Cathy defended the actions of the WinShape foundation saying “We’re not anti-anybody… Our mission is to create raving fans.” That may be true, but clearly the donations of Chick-fil-A contradict what Cathy said.

Chick-fil-A is a restaurant renowned for its religious background. The restaurant still closes on Sunday, and in this day and age where everything is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week that is very honorable. But even with its religious ties is it necessary to have so many connections to anti-gay organizations? I consider myself a religious person, but you don’t see me running for my torch and pitchfork whenever the LGBT community wants to get married.

In all honesty, do we want a business that promotes anti-LGBT organizations serving our campus? Granted they have great food, but is it worth it when these organizations crush the dreams of people just like you and me.

Schools like the Florida State University, University of North Texas, Mississippi State University, and the University of New Orleans have formed petitions asking their schools to not support anti-LGBT companies like Chick-fil-A; some cases even evicting the restaurant off the campus. Personally I would rather see a Burger King at the current location of our Chick-fil-A and that is just one of the many restaurant chains we could have.

I am curious as to what the students of UNC Charlotte will do. Will you take a stand like your fellow students across the nation, or will you just go about you business as usual?

16 COMMENTS

      • @lkeels Because I don’t really care what their political or social backing is? Its a fast food place for goodness sake.

      • @Rmatth17 Yes, and the money that you give them funds organizations that promoted hatred, bullying and intolerance. It’s blood money.

      • @lkeels you are obviously on a campaign to be right instead of informative or just sharing your opinion. You can have your little rant over Chik fil A. The problem is, it won’t stop there. You’ll keep ranting and having pity parties because there will always be someone out there who disagrees with you. That is called life. Go get some nuggets and some sweet tea and chill.

  1. I don’t think it is fair to claim that it is a bad organization just because they stand up for what they believe in. Exodus is not anti gay, it is for people who struggle with their sexual preference and choose to get help. No one is forced to go there and they may leave at any time. Therefor, it also is not a “bad” organization. I’m personally tired of everyone being tolerant of everything EXCEPT for people who choose to embrace Christian principles. 
    Don’t place judgement on the one place who is not afraid to stand up for what they believe in. You do not have to agree with their stance, but to say they are grabbing their “torch and pitch fork” sounds awfully intolerant to me. Doesn’t that make you a bit hypocritical?

    • @Momoftwo The Exodus organization is not only anti-gay, but they employ practices in their “program” that have been categorized as torture, both physical and mental. They even use electric shock applied to the private areas of those they “treat.”

  2. The apathy and hateful attitudes here at UNCC never fail to amaze me. This is disgusting, even if nobody is forced to go there. (Which many parents and family do force their children to go to these types of programs) They are promoting a false believe that being gay is a choice. It isn’t. I commend the article writer for standing up in what he believes in. But fast-food honestly has no place on this campus to begin with. Shouldn’t we be promoting healthier options instead of processed garbage?

    • @nuvensgelados Maybe I’m nuts… but look at the economics behind it. Fast food makes money. Especially the raised prices on campus. They don’t care about “healthy options”… this isn’t elementary school. If your in college and can’t make healthy choices for yourself then that’s a problem in the 1st place. Pretty sure the Student Health Center has a nutritionist here on campus if you need someone to talk to.

    • Being gay is a choice. You choose whether or not to act upon feelings foe a person of the same sex. Just as a heterosexual chooses whether or not to act upon their feelings for the opposite sex. If I wanted to fall in love with an 80 year old grandpa I could if I so chose. It is completely a choice. I’ve been married for 13 years and I choose every day to love my husband. People need to take responsibility for their choices and quit saying they have no choice in the matter. It’s just stupid.

    • Being gay is a choice. You choose whether or not to act upon feelings for a person of the same sex. Just as a heterosexual chooses whether or not to act upon their feelings for the opposite sex. If I wanted to fall in love with an 80 year old grandpa I could if I so chose. It is completely a choice. I’ve been married for 13 years and I choose every day to love my husband. People need to take responsibility for their choices and quit saying they have no choice in the matter. It’s just stupid.

      • @Momoftwo That’s ridiculous. You don’t choose who you are attracted to. Having sex with a man doesn’t make me gay any more than having sex with a man makes you straight. Your attractions, your feelings are what define your sexuality. Did you choose to be attracted to men? No, you didn’t, and so you didn’t choose to be straight any more than I chose to be gay. And no, you can’t fall in love with ANYONE just because you choose to. You do not choose to love your husband. If you have to make a choice to love him, then you don’t love him at all. I feel sorry for you….and him.

      • @lkeels You are wrong. Choosing to love my husband it what makes true love real! I choose to live him in the good times and in te bad times. I will never walk away from our marriage because I daily make the choice that I will choose to love him TODAY! 50% of marriages end up in divorce because people, like you believe that love is all about feelings. What happens when those “feelings” change? People leave and go looking for those “feelings” with someone else. The most rimantic thing a person can do is CHOOSE to love someone through all of life’s circumstances. I choose to love my husband because I am committed to him. I am committed to the vows that I made before God and man 13+ years ago. I love him with all of my heart, because everyday I choose to accept him, believe in him, support him, trust him. You obviously do not understand love beyond feelings…. As I said before, it it is possible to have feelings for anyone. I have had feelings for many different types of people in my life. Attraction fades. Love remains.

      • @momoftwo How can you seriously say some is “wrong” just because their view point is different from yours? This is the true definition of ignorance. I encourage and challenge you do research on the subject of homosexuality. Perhaps after educating yourself, you may actually grow as a person and come to understand people’s differences, rather than just stating someone is wrong. We are all humans and we all have differing view points, however, education is the most vital thing to help us understand those differences.

  3. I don’t agree that Chick-fil-a should be removed from campus. It is the right of every student/person to choose whether or not to eat there. If we remove Chick-fil-a then we are removing the students right to choose. Will I still eat there? I honestly don’t know, probably not and I love their food. Not because Dan Cathy is anti-gay but because I don’t like where he donates its money. My choice.

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