Sen. Lindsey Graham mentioned he would “go to warfare” for Chick-fil-A in response to pupil efforts on the College of Notre Dame to maintain the quick meals chain off campus over issues about meat consumption and its stance on LGBTQ points.
Earlier this month, two college students wrote a letter to the editor of the college’s pupil newspaper, The Observer, pushing again on the potential addition of a Chick-fil-A to the college’s eating choices and outlining their “severe moral issues” in regards to the firm.
The letter requested different college students to signal an open letter to the college’s Campus Eating in opposition to the addition of Chick-fil-A and to “name on pupil and college leaders” to cease having the restaurant cater campus occasions.
Graham, a Republican within the U.S. Senate from South Carolina, tweeted Wednesday that it was “disappointing to hear” that some on the college need to “ban Chick-fil-A from doing enterprise on campus as a result of they disagree with the values held by the Chick-fil-A founders.”
“What a harmful precedent to set,” Graham tweeted.
He went on to say he needs “everybody in South Carolina and throughout America to know” he has Chick-fil-A’s again.
“I hope we don’t need to, however I will go to war for the principles Chick-fil-A stands for,” he wrote. “Nice meals. Nice service. Nice values. God bless Chick-fil-A!”
This isn’t the primary time Chick-fil-A has confronted pushback towards opening a franchise. Earlier this month, lawmakers in New York requested the New York State Thruway Authority to rethink including Chick-fil-A eating places to up to date service areas on the Thruway, native outlet WROC reported.
The chain has lengthy confronted controversy for its donations to organizations which have a historical past of taking anti-LGBTQ stances, together with opposing same-sex marriage. The corporate mentioned in 2019 that it will solely be donating to organizations that “work within the areas of homelessness, starvation and training beginning in 2020.”
However the Notre Dame college students who wrote the letter to the editor mentioned their “first concern” is “Chick-fil-A’s lengthy historical past of antagonism towards the LGBTQ+ group” and its donations to “teams that oppose LGBTQ+ rights.”
They accused Chick-fil-A of “participation in animal agriculture,” which they known as “environmentally unsustainable.”
“North America has an obsession with meat like no different nation on Earth and it’s serving to destroy the planet,” the scholars wrote within the letter.
The scholars additionally mentioned Notre Dame doesn’t want extra quick meals eating places.
“Consisting primarily of fried rooster and potatoes, the menu at Chick-fil-A doesn’t provide an array of choices appropriate for a various campus group,” they wrote. “Vegetarians and vegans, a rising minority of the coed physique, would obtain little profit from a fried rooster restaurant. Additionally, a restaurant closed on Sundays isn’t finest for a bustling, hungry faculty campus.”
The letter pointed to an Instagram put up from Notre Dame’s Campus Eating, which clarified that the college doesn’t have a contract with Chick-fil-A.
“Campus Eating is presently conducting a complete retail eating grasp plan and is contemplating quite a lot of choices, together with Chick-fil-A,” the put up mentioned.
The scholars wrote that “Chick-fil-A isn’t the reply”
“There are higher options that might each improve the array of on-campus eating choices and assist the well-being of an more and more numerous pupil physique,” they wrote.