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An Open Letter to My University, Concerning Chic-Fil-A

To Whom It May Concern:

Earlier this week, Northeastern University took a stand for equality and human rights on its campus. Deciding that the move would not be consistent with its values of inclusivity and diversity, it rejected an application by Chic-Fil-A to be included in its on-campus eatery options.  Due to the University of West Georgia’s similar commitment to its students and community, it is my opinion that the University should choose to end its relationship with the company in a show of solidarity with the campus’ LGBTQ student body.

Many students and other readers may be aware that Chic-Fil-A is a Christian institution, holding true to their ideals by refusing to serve on Sunday.  Unfortunately, the company also promotes more extreme principles through their fundraising and charities.  Their money goes to support anti-LGBTQ causes including Exodus International and Focus on the Family, while the Human Rights Campaign has given the company an equality score of *0* (zero) for having no protections for their LGBTQ employees.

While I respect the right of any person or business to support and acknowledge their own firmly held beliefs, I do not agree with the University of West Georgia supporting a company that so clearly does not fall in line with our mission of support and inclusion.  As this campus continues to progress in the areas of academics, sports and humanitarian service, I humbly request an evaluation by the student body, the faculty and the administration as to whether or not this contract is in line with our beliefs and values.



Pecan, BS Sociology

Graduate Research Assistant

Written by thelittlepecan

March 2, 2012 at 12:54 pm

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  1. An excellent open letter, indeed! And one that Georgia State University could look to as well!


    March 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    • Thanks! The published it in the online version of The West Georgian, too, but no one seems to have read it.


      March 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm

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