Why Johns Hopkins Students Just Banned Chick-Fil-A

Why Johns Hopkins Students Just Banned Chick-Fil-A


Chick-Fil-A may have thousands of “restaurants” (using the term loosely) across the globe, but there’s one place they are not welcome – Johns Hopkins University. Last week, the student government took a stand against the company by voting against any branch of the chain opening there in the future.  In the resolution, the students said opening a Chick-Fil-A on campus would be a “microaggression” to the LGBTQ+ community.

Chick-Fil-A has a well-earned bad reputation when it comes to relations with the LGBT world. CEO Dan Cathy is a vocal critic of same-sex marriage, and the company has donated large sums of cash to anti-gay groups, including one listed as a hate group by the SPLC.

“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’ and I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is about,” Cathy has said regarding same-sex marriage.

LGBT rights aside, there’s another very important reason not to visit your local Chick-Fil-A. As an undercover investigation recently revealed, the company’s suppliers show horrific cruelty to the unlucky chickens who end up in those processed patties.

In the investigation video, workers toss, kick and crush the wings of the birds. And at the slaughterhouse, things only get worse. The chickens are callously hung up by their legs, which often leads to broken bones. Then they’re electrocuted and dragged across a beheading blade — though many remain fully conscious. The birds are then dipped into a scalding water bath that loosens their feathers – many are scalded alive.

So, in the name of LGBT rights and on behalf of the feathered victims of factory farming, I applaud Johns Hopkins students on their Chick-Fil-A-shunning move. Good going, guys.

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  1. Ivan

    I think you should have said, “Good going guys..and gals, and other…”, but that’s debatable. Anyway…

    We live in a country which is economically and politically dominated by racist, narcissistic, homophobic caucasian people, who are all too often also mis-educated and religiously bigoted. It’s bad soup.

    Kicking Chic-Filet to the curb in one spot is a nice gesture but sadly only be a like a single vaccine shot in the midst of a plague.

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    • Lady Freethinker

      Ivan, you are right — hey, even I’m not immune to the social conditioning of the patriarchy! It’s so much easier to have a general term, though. Too bad it always defaults to male.

      And yes, it is a small gesture. But even a single vaccine shot helps a little bit…


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  2. Sondra

    Yes, I think we should definitely punish people who express opinions that go against the popular, hip opinions of the day. We should definitely punish businesses when ANYONE within that organization expresses an opinion contrary to the common, popular opinion of the day.

    It’s still a free country. I’m sorry you are so proud to see it become less free.

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    • Lady Freethinker

      Hi Sondra,

      Unless you believe that money equals speech (which I do not), this is not a matter of free speech at all. It’s a matter of giving money to a company that, in turn, gives money to anti-gay hate groups. And kudos to these students for refusing to do that.


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  3. Ivan

    Ok, Sondra. I have come up with several explanations for why you offered that comment.
    1. Either you are being extremely obtuse in your sarcasm (which I tend to doubt);
    2.You misread and misinterpreted everything Nina said;
    3.The objective and critical thinking faculties of your brain have malfunctioned;
    4. You are still living in the past (like Ted Cruz) or in an alternative universe (with Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee), and you simply do not get the fact that, in the here and now, in this universe, many human beings are trying to eliminate racism, bigotry, prejudice and homophobia, and your thinking is simply backwards. And stale. And out of touch.

    At any rate, I have no idea why you are reading this blog. Punishment is not the issue. The issue is rectification. And the only freedom you are advocating is a freedom from the burdens of critical thinking. Very sad.

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