A new Chick-fil-A Express will be opening at Duquesne University for the upcoming fall semester. However, not every student is excited about eating delicious chicken sandwiches.
Niko Martini is an executive member of Duquesne’s gay-straight alliance group (known as Lambda) and has formally requested that student government pass a resolution asking the university to reverse its decision to allow Chick-fil-A on campus.
“Chick-fil-A has a questionable history on civil rights and human rights,” Martini told Duquesne’s student paper, The Duke. “I think it’s imperative the university chooses to do business with organizations that coincide with the [university’s] mission and expectations they give students regarding diversity and inclusion.”
Martini isn’t the only student who takes issue with Chick-fil-A on a matter of principle. Unfortunately, there are others who go so far as to believe the mere presence of the fast food chain will jeopardize students’ safety and sense of security.
“I’ve tried very hard within the last semester and a half to promote this safe environment for the LGBTQ+ community. So I fear that with the Chick-fil-A being in Options that maybe people will feel that safe place is at risk,” stated Lambda President Rachel Coury.
At first glance, it would seem very normal for Duquesne University to include the fast food chain onto their campus. Duquesne is a private Catholic institution, and Chick-fil-A has a long history of supporting Christian programs. Some of these donations, however, have put the restaurant chain at odds with pro-LGBT groups. Chick-fil-A President and CEO Dan Cathy sparked controversy when he publicly came out against same-sex marriage.
Chick-fil-A, however, has assured the University that they do not discriminate and have forgone corporate donations.
To be sure — there will be no politics or religion included in the opening of a Chick-fil-A at Duquesne University. In fact, a Chick-fil-A Express means it will literally only take up a few feet of space in their food court.
Surely a few chicken sandwiches will not threaten the safe spaces of social justices warriors on campus.