Assistant Perspectives Editor
Fresh out of high school — barely old enough to buy a lottery ticket, let alone purchase all of the alcohol you will surely consume — you enter college. You’re new to voting, you do not care who the deputy sheriff is and you’re still harboring the unspoken hope your parents will continue to pay your phone bill for the duration of your academic life.
On this foundation, you delve into the university experience. You meet the first English professor to confess to you that starting the occasional sentence with the word “but” is okay. You find a witty political science professor that shows you definitions for things like poverty and tyranny you never knew existed. Finally, doors are opening. Change is in your hands.
Roads are waiting to be travelled and choices are waiting to be made. The world is poised for movement. You are knowledge. You are power. You are revolution. It’s up to you to reform society and to bring opponents of goodwill to their knees, to stand for what is right and to sit beside those who can’t. There will never again be a time in your life when the world will rest upon your fingertips the way it does now.
When a popular restaurant chain, with outlets currently residing on APSU’s campus comes under fire for their apparent support of the outlawing of same-sex marriage, university students are faced with a decision. We weigh the facts, consider our morals, and come to a realization.
According to www.change.org, Indiana University South Bend students united to circulate a petition for the removal of Chick-fil-A as an on-campus vendor on the grounds they support organizations with anti-gay marriage agendas. The website-based petition gained 13,720 signatures after several stories surfaced, noting “the restaurant’s deep connections to anti-gay organizations like Focus on the Family, the National Organization for Marriage, Exodus International, and the Pennsylvania Family Institute.”
The donation of food items to a meeting for the Pennsylvania Family Institute happened to be the red flag that set bloggers and other gay-marriage advocates on a crusade. Chick-fil-A is a notoriously religious company, well known for their support of family and relationship building and even closing on Sundays for church purposes. But students at IUSB feel the company has taken this support too far, alienating LGBT students and any of those that sympathize with the LGBT movement for equality.
The petition resulted in the suspension of Chick-fil-A as an on-campus food vendor and has since spurred other universities to do the same. The PR Newswire website published the official statement of Dan Cathy, COO of family-run business Chick-fil-A, in which he defends the actions of his franchise. “We have no agenda against anyone,” Cathy said. “While my family and I believe in the Biblical definition of marriage, we love and respect anyone who disagrees.”
Cyber commentators have had their say on networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Chick-fil-A supporter John Joyner wrote, “You have nothing to explain to your customers, we support your family values and know that you mean no ill-will to those with other opinions.” While opponents have left comments such as, “Never again will I enjoy your spicy chicken sandwich.” But the controversy has not yet appeared on the campus of APSU. So here I stand, bringing it to the eyes of The All State readers.
Chick-fil-A has been accused of supporting organizations that shun the idea of gay marriage. Evidence has been gathered; it can be found nearly anywhere, and primarily in this article. We can choose to ignore it or we can choose our stance. We are the reformers of the world. This is a call to arms — not to petition, nor to protest or even blog. This is a charge for students of APSU to be aware, to gather knowledge and to take a stand. TAS