Everyone knows that Chik-Fil-A is amazing. Like, you don’t even have to convince people. You can tell by the constant and consistent long lines that you experience on a daily, hell… even hourly, basis. I mean, you can’t even say Chik-Fil-A made a mistake on your order without people saying that you lying… tho all in fun. 🙂
What makes them so amazing, you ask?!
Their customer service, the chicken, lemonade, and waffle fries, of course! And even though they are closed on Sunday, they still have a dedicated customer base that isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
So, imagine my surprise when I learned that a dean at Rider University decided to step down from her position b/c the university is getting rid of Chik-Fil-A restaurant on their campus. Story here.
Cynthia Newman, a dean at Rider University, stated that the removal of Chik-Fil-A goes against her Christian beliefs. According to the article, Rider is removing the restaurant “based on the company’s record widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ+ community.”
Rider distributed a campus-wide email stating that “the move was an effort to be more inclusive” and “corporate values have not sufficiently progressed enough to align with those of Rider.”
Newman stated that the values of Chik-Fil-A are also that of Christian and other faiths. According to the article, Newman, “… asked administrators to apologize for offending Christians, but ultimately decided to step down after the university stuck to its original stance.”
In response to Newman’s resignation, the school responded, “… we maintain that the decision about choosing an on-campus restaurant franchise was in no way a judgment on religious values” and finished with, “Rather, our intention was to foster a sense of respect and belonging of all members of the campus community, including those who identify as LGBTQ+.”
Chik-Fil-A has had their bouts with their stance and beliefs in the traditional family unit and refused to budge on that to please their donors or anyone else. However, they did comment on the Rider situation saying, “We have no policy of discrimination against any group, and we do not have a political or social agenda.”
Newman will leave her position as dean beginning next year, but she will remain as faculty at the university. Rider University stated, “We’re pleased that she will remain as a member of the faculty and also continue to play a role on the provost’s leadership team as a special assistant to the provost.”
A Rant in my Spirit:
While I understand that you took a stance and wanted to let your voice be heard, this wasn’t really newsworthy.
You resigned from the dean position, but you didn’t completely leave the university. It would have been different if you had really left the university on account of your beliefs.
It’s cool to voice your opinion and stand firm in your beliefs, but the reason you’re keeping your job at the university isn’t b/c you voiced your opinion and took a stand. It’s b/c you have bills to pay and have become accosted to that lifestyle.
I really think that you are only missing the title of “dean,” but you still have the “dean” pay. See, they made accommodations for you to go elsewhere at the same university.
A Word of Advice:
I’m going to cut right to the chase b/c I can’t get past the fact that this was even a news story:
THIS WASN’T WORTHY OF NATIONAL NEWS!!!
This really could have stayed campus-wide news and things would have been just fine. However, since CNN and NBC had to pick up this story… here we are.