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Chick-fil-A flap embroils N.Y.U.; Vote on fall menu
The Villager ^ | Aug 19 2012 | Gary Shapiro

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 school’s next move, the statement said, “The University Administration will ask the University Senate to take up the issue of Chick-fil-A’s 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 doesn’t feel it’s government’s duty to flush Chick-fil-A out of the city. On WOR Radio’s “The John Gambling Show with Mayor Mike,” Bloomberg said it was inappropriate for “government to look at somebody’s 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 chain’s chicken sandwiches were tasty. The mayor chimed in, “Never had one, I didn’t 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.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chickfila; homosexualagenda; leftismoncampus; nyc; nyuliberalfascism
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1 posted on 08/19/2012 6:17:37 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: scottjewell
Eat Mor Chikin
2 posted on 08/19/2012 6:31:03 AM PDT by JPG (Make it happen.)
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To: scottjewell

So much for tolerance


3 posted on 08/19/2012 6:36:28 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: scottjewell
That's the problem with the lib mentality, they believe free speech should only be aloud when you agree with their views.
4 posted on 08/19/2012 6:42:30 AM PDT by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: V_TWIN

aloud=allowed


5 posted on 08/19/2012 6:44:07 AM PDT by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: scottjewell
The “oh, so much more tolerant and knowledgeable than thou” liberal university NYU, would not be so callous as to ban those with diverse opinions, would they? (Rhetorical question, :) )
6 posted on 08/19/2012 6:46:47 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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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.


7 posted on 08/19/2012 6:48:21 AM PDT by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

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.


8 posted on 08/19/2012 6:48:38 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: leaning conservative

restaurant..............sorry.


9 posted on 08/19/2012 6:50:33 AM PDT by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: scottjewell

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....


10 posted on 08/19/2012 6:53:54 AM PDT by jch10 (America needs some R and R!)
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To: scottjewell
“We value everyone and strive to treat all people with a caring spirit.”

That's a rather transparent lie.

11 posted on 08/19/2012 6:56:51 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: scottjewell

They see nothing ironic in nations called People’s Republic of xxx.


12 posted on 08/19/2012 7:01:19 AM PDT by relictele
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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..


13 posted on 08/19/2012 7:01:31 AM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: rockrr

How so?

}:-)4


14 posted on 08/19/2012 7:02:02 AM PDT by Moose4 (...and walk away.)
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To: leaning conservative
Can any CFA devotees tell me their opinion of the strips & nuggets. They will be my next choice when I go again.

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!!!

15 posted on 08/19/2012 7:06:14 AM PDT by Momto2 (I hate it when I wake up and Obama is President.......)
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To: scottjewell

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.


16 posted on 08/19/2012 7:08:54 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: scottjewell

Raise your hand if you’re sick-up and fed with bitchy, self-obsessed homosexuals.


17 posted on 08/19/2012 7:10:06 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: scottjewell

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.


18 posted on 08/19/2012 7:11:57 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: leaning conservative
Can any CFA devotees tell me their opinion of the strips & nuggets. They will be my next choice when I go again.

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.

19 posted on 08/19/2012 7:14:31 AM PDT by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: FatherofFive

They ask for tolerance for their perverted sexual inclinations while they will not tolerate a Chicken sandwich.


20 posted on 08/19/2012 7:18:56 AM PDT by Venturer
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