by Brendan Pringle
The Left declared victory at Emory
University in Atlanta, Georgia after the administration tentatively
decided to kick Chick-Fil-A off its campus.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, however, noted on
Wednesday that the change is not final.
According to the school's
administration, its decision was not political. As Emory's Food
Advisory Committee co-chair Michael Sacks commented in an
interview: "A chicken sandwich isn't very popular, so we want to do
a burger place."
But given the university's location,
the excuse seems a bit baffling. When was chicken
ever unpopular in Georgia-home of the Zac Brown Band
("and a little bit of chicken fried…")?
Another co-chair, Karoline Porcello,
even told the campus newspaper that a contributing factor was that
the restaurant didn't rise to the standards of campus life and
So who's telling the truth?
While Emory University's real
motivation remains unclear, the Left argues that it has a lot to do
with pressure from gay advocates at the university over the past
six months. During a protest in November, a student activist named
Grant Schleifer told reporters that he felt that
Chick-fil-A's presence on campus is hurtful to the gay [LGBT]
community and reflects poorly on the student body's morals.
"A hateful group can't live in our
home because it makes it a toxic environment. It's uncomfortable
for gay people and their allies," Schleifer said.
For one, Chick-fil-A is not a hate
group; it is a restaurant, and its leadership has said nothing
"hateful" about gay people.
Moreover, it hasn't been
demonstrating on campus. It has only been serving chicken.
In December, the Student Government
Association passed a resolution opposing Chick-fil-A, and despite a
response from the SGA, they continued their relentless assault on
the chicken eatery for its mere existence on campus.
It's fair to suspect that these
attacks motivated the Food Advisory Committee's sudden
Hopefully, other universities will
not acquiesce to the same liberal pressure. In the meantime,
students may want to "Eat Mor Chikin" while they still can.