Rider University, a private college located in Lawrence Township, New Jersey decided to reject student demands to build a Chick-fil-A on campus, saying that the popular chain's "corporate values" are not in line with those of the college's, The Washington Times reports.
Administrators at the university sent out a survey to students asking what eatery they want on the campus and the majority of people said that they wanted a Chick-fil-A to be built. However, the school decided to not put the restaurant on campus, saying that the school's staff has a problem with the chicken chain's corporate values.
The university sent out a mass email to students explaining their decision to reject the results of the survey, saying that Chick-fil-A's corporate values have not sufficiently progressed enough to align with those of Rider." In the past, Chick-fil-A's CEO, Dan Cathy, has openly said that he does not approve of same-sex marriage, saying that, as a nation, The United States is inviting God's wrath by allowing same-sex marriage, as we are displaying our arrogance by saying we know better than God by redefining marriage. Dan Cathy has also said that he is "supportive of… the biblical definition of the family unit."
Additionally, Chick-fil-A continues to donate to anti-LGBT organizations such as Paul Anderson Youth Home, an organization that teaches that abuse in childhood leads to homosexuality (which is just not true) and is in favor of conversion therapy.
The vice president of Student Affairs at Rider, Jan Friedman-Krupnick, said that the decision to reject the building of Chick-fil-A came about after officials listened to the concerns from Rider's community, which includes faculty, staff, and students alike. She said that the decision was made by a number of factors and while Chick-fil-A was among the restaurants that students wanted, many members of Rider's community opposed having the chain on their campus.
I have never eaten at a Chick-fil-A but I've heard that it is delicious, so it is no surprise that many students wanted it to be on campus and many are most likely upset about the college's decision. But is it a good idea to sacrifice one's moral values to appease the majority? This decision is definitely one that I can see being very polarizing.