Texas Christian college student gov votes to ban Chick-fil-A

  • Trinity University in Texas' student government voted in favor of a resolution to ban Chick-fil-A from campus.
  • The resolution cites the restaurant chain's "anti-LGBT+" stances as the reason.

The student government at a Texas Christian college passed a resolution to remove Chick-fil-A food from the campus dining hall because of the restaurant’s stances on LGBT issues. 

Trinity University is a private school affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. 

"Trinity’s values of diversity and inclusion and Chick-fil-A’s values regarding the LGBT+ community are mutually exclusive"   

The resolution states that Chick-fil-A donated to “anti-LGBT+” organizations including the Salvation Army, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Paul Anderson Youth Home, and that students in the LGBT+ community have expressed “the drastic assault on their identities and beings as a result of Chick-fil-A’s ideals and actions."

[RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Rider Univ refuses to bring Chick-Fil-A to campus, despite students' demands]

"Trinity’s values of diversity and inclusion and Chick-fil-A’s values regarding the LGBT+ community are mutually exclusive,” the student government at Trinity University wrote in the resolution

While there is no permanent Chick-fil-A location on Trinity's campus, the chicken chain's food has been available on rotation in the school's dining hall, along with food options from other chain restaurants. 

According to the Trinitonian, the resolution is being sent to the administration for its consideration. 

“As far as resolutions go, it would be sent out to the student body, it would express our opinion, it would not directly enable change,” student government president Ty Tinker said at the meeting. 

“Obviously it has the potential to make a lot of people feel uncomfortable on campus, and also it looks really bad for Trinity in the context of recruiting potential students who may be a part of the LGBTQ community,” student senator Claire Carlson said. 

[RELATED: Johns Hopkins students: Chick-fil-A on campus a ‘microaggression’ against LGBT community]

“The Salvation Army, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, these other organizations that Chick-fil-A supports, do not actually cause harm to the LGBT community,” Young Conservatives of Texas President Isaiah Mitchell said, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The newspaper also reported that the resolution came after the San Antonio City Council voted to ban Chick-fil-A from San Antonio International Airport contracts. 

Manfred Wendt, a 2018 Trinity alum, told Campus Reform "As an alumni of Trinity University and the Executive Director for YCT [Young Conservatives of Texas], I find the whole situation absurd. Political stunts pulled by the San Antonio City Council should not affect Trinity University's students. The Chick-fil-A situation is a perfect example of progressive slacktivism. 

"If having Chick-fil-a on campus was actually an issue, they should have started protesting in August. I hope that the board of trustees does the wise thing and chooses to ignore the SGA resolution as its unlikely anyone will care once students return to classes in the fall and the ban Chick-fil-a fad will go back into hibernation," Wendt added.

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Frances Floresca is a Utah Campus Correspondent, and reports on liberal bias and abuse for Campus Reform. She attends University of Utah, where she studies Business Administration. She is the Outreach Coordinator for Turning Point USA and former President of College Republicans.

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