This week a story out of Northeastern University in Boston caught our eye. Here is the scoop: the wildly popular and addictive Chick-fil-A (CFA) wanted to open up a franchise at Northeastern. However, on February 27 Northeastern's student government voted 31 to 5 against having the Atlanta-based fast food chain open up on campus, specifically stating on Twitter that CFA has a "history of donating to anti-gay organizations."
As a result, according to Boston.com, Northeastern officials ended all talks with CFA and said, "Thanks, but no thanks." As the report states:
The Equality Matters website reported that the Atlanta-based company's charitable arm, WinShape, has donated millions to anti-gay causes in recent years.
"Based on the outcome of Monday night's senate resolution, Chick-fil-A will not be part of the group of vendors considered for the renovation of the student center," Northeastern said in a statement.
“We are proud of the decision that affirms our university’s commitment to be an inclusive, diverse community that is respectful of all," college spokeswoman Renata Nyul said in another statement.
One of the charities that WinShape supports is the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). The FCA has a very detailed application process for individuals and groups interested in supporting them. Here is one of the statements that all applications must agree to:
FCA'S SEXUAL PURITY STATEMENT
God desires His children to lead pure lives of holiness. The Bible is clear in teaching on sexual sin including sex outside of marriage and homosexual acts. Neither heterosexual sex outside of marriage nor any homosexual act constitute an alternate lifestyle acceptable to God. While upholding God’s standard of holiness, FCA strongly affirms God’s love and redemptive power in the individual who chooses to follow Him. FCA’s desire is to encourage individuals to trust in Jesus and turn away from any impure lifestyle. Do you agree with FCA's Sexual Purity Policy? *
CFA responded with two statements to Boston.com, stating that this decision was "hasty." Here are what they sent to Boston.com:
Thank you, for contacting Chick-fil-A, Inc. and allowing us to provide you a response on the situation that is developing at Northeastern University.
First, I am providing the two attached statements, our response from our president Dan T. Cathy, and an interesting article, I believe, by a student at Bowling Green State University.
The campus article [link here] says it as clear as we potentially can…likewise, we feel the decision at Northeastern was too hasty, and we did not have an adequate opportunity to speak into the circumstances on the Northeastern campus with greater clarity and correction. Remember that the student governing body had overwhelmingly selected the Chick-fil-A brand as an addition to it campus restaurant offerings.
The most important thing we need to confirm is that we are not anti-anybody and Chick-fil-A have no agenda, policy or position against anyone as some reports continue to represent. Here’s the clarification and correction. Chick-fil-A has been scrutinized of late about our charitable giving, specifically through our WinShape Foundation, and whether or not we have some hidden political agenda. We don’t. Our agenda is simple: to graciously serve great food and have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A. This is the reason why we were initially invited to the campus.