No Chick-fil-A on Campus, Say Johns Hopkins Students

Though critics say resolution is a 'witch hunt'
By Alex Tirpack,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2015 2:37 PM CDT
No Chick-fil-A on Campus, Say Johns Hopkins Students
Chick-fil-A is not welcome on-campus, says a new resolution from John Hopkins University's SGA.   (Business Wire Commercial Photo)

(Newser) – Students at Johns Hopkins University will have to get their Chick-fil-A fix off campus if the student government has its way. Earlier this week, the SGA released a resolution informing administrators that it's opposed to bringing the chain to campus, reports Eater. The move is in response to statements CEO Dan Cathy made a few years ago in support of "traditional" marriage, which many viewed as discriminatory to the LGBT community. The SGA calls any on-campus presence of the chain a potential "microaggression" toward LGBT students, faculty, and visitors, but it characterizes the resolution not as a ban but only as its opinion, reports the College Fix.

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Not everyone is pleased. In the National Review, JHU student Andrew Guernsey calls the resolution a "witch hunt" and "intolerant" of conservative Christians who support a biblical definition of marriage. It "sends a clear message that students who disagree with liberal orthodoxy are not welcome on the Hopkins campus," he writes. The SGA is apparently worried that the chain will be a tenant in a new development under construction at the Baltimore school. It cites similar efforts at schools including North Carolina State and Indiana University. A blogger at Reason wonders, "Must every single facet of life be reduced to politics—even the consumption of fried chicken?" (Read more Chick-Fil-A stories.)

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