Skip to comments.Chick-fil-A flap embroils N.Y.U.; Vote on fall menu
Posted on 08/19/2012 6:17:26 AM PDT by scottjewell
A local food fight is causing a lot of squawking in the Village.
The ruckus began when Dan Cathy, president of the Atlanta-based restaurant chain Chick-fil-A, criticized gay marriage. N.Y.U.s Weinstein Residence Hall, which is currently closed for summer break, serves food from this company.
The Village location is the only Chick-fil-A franchise in the city.
Hillary Dworkoski, a former student at N.Y.U.s Gallatin School of Indi-vidualized Study, caused a lot of clucking by circulating a petition at www.change.org, urging N.Y.U. to stop doing business with Chick-fil-A.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is openly gay, stirred the pot last month when she used Council letterhead in a message to university President John Sexton, asking him to cancel ties with Chick-fil-A. More feathers flew because she opened by mentioning her official capacity as the Speaker of the NYC Council, and on behalf of my family.
If Quinn had her way, students might have to gobble up other offerings at the Weinstein dining room on University Place, like Quiznos subs, fruit-filled pancakes and Grab n Go items like sushi.
N.Y.U.s decision on the subject is pending. In a statement, a spokesperson said, The recent remarks attributed to Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy about gay marriage are out of step with N.Y.U.s views on this matter, and with our practices. As to the schools next move, the statement said, The University Administration will ask the University Senate to take up the issue of Chick-fil-As status on campus again when it reconvenes this fall to make a recommendation on how to proceed.
In a written statement, Steve Robinson, Chick-fil-A executive vice president of marketing, said, We value everyone and strive to treat all people with a caring spirit. An online press release for the company says, Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.
Mayor Bloomberg doesnt feel its governments duty to flush Chick-fil-A out of the city. On WOR Radios The John Gambling Show with Mayor Mike, Bloomberg said it was inappropriate for government to look at somebodys political views and decide whether they can live in the city or operate a business in the city or work for someone in the city.
Similarly, Gregory Angelo, chairperson of Log Cabin Republicans of New York State, representing gays and lesbians within the Republican Party, cried fowl at the effort to ban the chicken chain.
I do not want elected officials making the choice of how or where to spend my money, Angelo said.
Tina Montenegro, an N.Y.U. doctoral student in French literature, said the owner of Chick-fil-A stating his opinion is free expression.
Marion Nestle, a professor in the nutrition department at N.Y.U., said, It seems to me that there are two issues here. Should N.Y.U. permit franchises on campus from fast-food companies with distasteful views about sexual preference? And should N.Y.U. permit fast-food and beverage companies to be on campus at all?
Nestle said such fast-food companies market themselves to poor families and children both here and in developing nations.
The Chick-fil-A issue is a good reason for N.Y.U. to reconsider all of its arrangements with fast-food and soda companies, Nestle stated.
On another gustatory note, radio host Gambling said the chains chicken sandwiches were tasty. The mayor chimed in, Never had one, I didnt know about them until I read about them in the paper.
The L.G.B.T. Center on W. 13th St. declined comment on the politically incorrect poultry place.
However, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the local gay and lesbian synagogue, said, As individual consumers, we should express our values through how we spend our dollars.
So much for tolerance
I have only eaten at Chik-fil-a a few times............we just got one in town about a year- 2 years ago. My husband loves it. Saturday I was doing all my errands in town and it was moving in day for our local university and town was slammed. I decided to go the the CFA drive-thru. They were completely packed, but the service was EXCELLENT! They should seriously consider hiring out their reatsaurant trainers because the other fast food places have workers who seem barely alive( & barely clean!).
Anyway, long story short, I have seen many people here extol the spicy chicken sandwich & I got it. It was really DELICIOUS! Can any CFA devotees tell me their opinion of the strips & nuggets. They will be my next choice when I go again.
It’s clearer than ever now - although it was always fairly clear - that their tolerance and diversity extends only as far as their own ideology.
When did Dan Cathy “criticize gay marriage”? I thought he expressed his opinion on traditional marriage.
Mr. Shapiro shouldn’t attempt to write an article without the facts....oh wait....
That's a rather transparent lie.
They see nothing ironic in nations called People’s Republic of xxx.
I really don’t want to give ‘them’ ideas, but watch them turn the CLOSED SUNDAYS policy against Chik-fil-A along the lines of I eat 7 days a week so anything us lil darlins are offered should be open 7 days a week, if not 24 hrs a day because “We are special, after all we are College Students” .....etc...etc..
I love the nuggets for so many reasons... they have more of the delicious coating - they are easy to eat while driving :) you can get just 4, or 6, or 8 depending on how hungry you are.... The strips are delicious,too. Very, very tender - they are the tenderloin of the chicken breast. I prefer them on the salad - with house dressing. Back to the nuggets - the sauces are wonderful and make the nuggets - my favorite is the chick-fil-a sauce - but the polynesian is yummy.... you can't go wrong with anything on their menu. Try it all!!!
Why not just let the students take a vote ... with their dollars? Each dollar spent at Chick-fil-a is a vote for; each dollar not spent there is a vote against.
Raise your hand if you’re sick-up and fed with bitchy, self-obsessed homosexuals.
Why don’t they just get to the root of their complaint and ban conservatives? Or easier yet, ban white people? That way they will know their precious campus is completely bigot-free.
You won't be disappointed in the nuggets.
They're make with actual pieces of chicken and are various sizes - as opposed to those identically shaped mystery thingies you get at McDonalds. The seasoning is excellent too.
Get the Polynesian sauce for dipping.
They ask for tolerance for their perverted sexual inclinations while they will not tolerate a Chicken sandwich.