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.