Consider this. Rider University in New Jersey is the latest among several schools attempting to punish the very successful restaurant chain, Chick-fil-A. Hoping to please the student body, the school was to offer a survey on which restaurant would be the popular choice for the campus. But late last year, Rider school leadership decided to remove Chick-fil-A from consideration.
No, this was not for ill treatment of chickens. The Rider decision was based on something they considered even more sinister. It was a perspective on marriage.
It’s been well documented that the Cathy family who founded Chick-fil-A has this unwavering idea that marriage is about a husband and a wife. Yes, there always are a few of the “socially unenlightened” who haven’t jumped on the bandwagon of marriage between, well, almost anything. (I.e., the woman who wanted to marry her dog!*)
The LGBTQ+ crowd can hardly stand this supposed ignorance of the Cathy mindset. And what better way to put a stop to it than attempt to keep Chick-fil-A from having restaurants and customers. So they put pressure on where they can, hoping to change the corporate values of one of America’s most popular restaurants.
Alas. The efforts hardly stand a chance. First of all, Chick-fil-A is a privately held company. And get this: the firm has reported sales growth in every single year since its founding back in 1946!
There’s more to their story, as any customer will tell you. It isn’t just about chicken. The company has a knack for hiring the right kind of people who actually thrive on SERVICE. The employees actually seem to enjoy their work and are happy to see you and serve you!
There’s no “anti-gay”literature and treatment to be found in their corporate culture. As a corporate spokesman recently told CNN, “We have no policy of discrimination against any group, and we do not have a political or social agenda. More than 145,000 people from different backgrounds and beliefs represent the Chick-fil-A brand.”
So where’s the discrimination? On college campuses. Several schools have nixed allowing the chicken vendors on their campus. I chuckled out loud as Rider spokeswoman Kristine Brown said on CNN the decision was "not a judgment on religious values.” Of course it is. The whole gay marriage issue is based on a rejection of teaching from the Bible.
As it turns out, the dean of the Rider College of Business Administration couldn’t take the hypocrisy and resigned. Cynthia Newman refused to abide by the talking points the school wanted employees to use in defending their position. She explained, ”I am not willing to compromise my faith and Christian values, and I will not be viewed as being in any way complicit when an affront is made to those values.”
Good for Cynthia!
As for all that academic wisdom? The Bible spells it out quite well. “This is because God considers the wisdom of this world to be foolish. It is just as the Scriptures say, ‘God catches the wise when they try to outsmart him.’" (1 Corinthians 3:19, CEV)
Watching the politically correct crowd try to force Chick-fil-A to cave under the winds of social pressure in like watching two sides play chicken. I don’t see a ruffling of Chick-fil-A feathers yet. Nor do I expect to.
As the company might say for sticking to their guns, “It’s my pleasure.”
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