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There are few Americans that have not heard of Chick-fil-A.  Most have partaken of their delicious, reasonably priced offerings, and enjoyed their tongue-in-cheek advertisements. Many know the Cathy family, which founded and still runs the corporation, are Christians, and the three most obvious influences of that Christianity are the closure of all restaurants, nationwide, on Sundays, the philanthropy of the Cathy family, the corporation, and of individual franchises, and the unfailingly cheerful, helpful and plainly nice demeanor of Chick-fil-A employees.  What’s not to like?  Leftist drones at the University of Kansas know:

University of Kansas faculty, advocating for LGBTQ people on campus, are denouncing the school’s new relationship with Chick-fil-A restaurant chain and calling for a boycott.

Chick-fil-A had operated out of the basement of KU’s Wescoe Hall for 15 years, but this school year moved up to a prominent spot in the student union. In addition, the restaurant secured a sponsorship — the newly created ‘Chick-fil-A Coin Toss’ at the start of every Jayhawks home football game for the next several years.

‘KU granted Chick-fil-A, a bastion of bigotry, a prime retail location in the heart of our campus,’ KU’s Sexuality & Gender Diversity Faculty and Staff Council said in a letter sent this weekto Chancellor Doug Girod, the provost’s office and the athletic department.

‘Moving Chick-fil-A to the Union and granting it a role at the start of all home football games violates the feelings of safety and inclusion that so many of us have striven to create, foster, and protect on campus, and sends a message that the Union, KU Athletics, and the administration at large are more concerned about money and corporate sponsorship than the physical, emotional, and mental well being of marginalized and LGBTQ people.’

Let us take a moment to consider this, gentle readers. I suppose if one overindulged in Chick-fil-A’s juicy and tasty fare, they might be physically affected, though only temporarily.  As to the emotional and mental damage such good and inexpensive food might cause, I’ll leave that to the expert ministrations of the psychologists who have diagnosed President Trump despite never having met him. Surely they can do similar long-range, remote viewing diagnoses, and as with Mr. Trump, accuse them of genocide? Oh, and I don’t recall any portion of the Constitution that speaks to a right never to experience any non-congenial emotion, but of course with Leftists, one never knows what might be lurking in the emanations and penumbras, or emanations of penumbras.

I also wonder how the mere existence of a Chick-fil-A franchise might in any way harm “marginalized and LGBTQ people.” Presumably they remain free to choose to eat elsewhere?  Such people don’t like good chicken?  Or perhaps they’ve discovered some sort of new oppression or gender—last time I checked, there were only 57–or something that renders Chick-fil-A beyond the pale?

The council objects to the university relationship with Chick-fil-A because of the owner’s ‘history of supporting organizations that are hostile to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people, families, and communities,’ the letter said.

‘The culture of Chick-fil-A fosters hate and discrimination on multiple levels. In short, Chick-fil-A on KU’s campus stands in direct contrast to the university’s mission of fostering a multicultural, inclusive environment.’

I’m still not getting it.  I’ve been in multiple Chick-fil-A restaurants in multiple states.  Not once did I see a “no marginalized and LGBTQ people” sign.  Such is “the culture of Chick-fil-A” that not once did I see any employee treat a customer with less then cheerful kindness.  Not once did I see anyone that might possibly be marginalized, or LGBTQ people in any way harassed, denigrated or made to feel less than welcome.  In short, no discrimination, no lack of inclusion, plenty of diversity and multiculturalism, and a clean, inviting environment.  So what’s the complaint again?

The chain first came under fire in 2011 when it was reported that through its charity, WinShape, millions of dollars were donated to support anti-gay rights groups. Then in 2012, Dan Cathy, the conservative owner of the Atlanta-based fast-food chain, made public statements condemning same-sex marriage.

‘We’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’ The Washington Post quoted Cathy as saying. ‘And I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude that thinks we have the audacity to redefine what marriage is all about.’

Ah!  There it is.  I notice no mention is made of how Cathy oppressed “marginalized and LGBTQ people,” unilaterally rewrote the laws of the several states and federal government to discriminate against them, and mandated that all Americans profess belief in Christianity, whose sacrament would, from that time forward, be Chick-fil-A nuggets and Coke.  That’s probably because none of that happened.  Cathy merely made a comment on the Gospel, and accurately represented it. No one is forced to accept that comment, to act on it, nor is anyone forced to accept Christ, or to patronize a Chick-fil-A.

KU associate professor Katie Batza, who teaches women and gender studies and is president of the faculty and staff council, said her group, along with student groups, has been in discussions with university administrators for years over the existence of Chick-fil-A on the Lawrence campus.

Since 2004, the restaurant had been located in the food court in the basement of Wescoe Hall and had limited hours of operation. The move puts the restaurant in a high traffic area of the union, where more students, faculty and campus visitors dine every day, and it is within a few 100 feet of the Sexuality & Gender Diversity Faculty and Staff Council office, Batza said.

It’s “within a few 100 feet of the Sexuality & Gender Diversity Faculty and Staff Council office”?! The horror.  I’ll bet those evil Cathys did that on purpose to harm the “physical, emotional, and mental well being of marginalized and LGBTQ people.”  One can scarcely imagine the physical and mental harm the smells wafting some “few 100 feet” might cause.

The council has about 30 members, but she said it represents hundreds of faculty, staff and students who ‘are very upset about this. My sense is that there will be hundreds who will boycott or protest.’

In 2014 students and faculty had asked university officials not to renew the restaurant’s contract.

‘And despite that they went ahead and signed a contract for another 10 years,’ Batza said. The latest move, she said, is another indication that concern about having the chain on campus ‘is falling on deaf ears.’

It fell on deaf ears despite the ravings of physically, emotionally and mentally deranged special snowflakes? What sorts of monsters are running that university?  How dare they make decisions based on rationality and the maintenance and reputation of an educational institution rather than pander to the neuroses of the perpetually aggrieved?!  What could they possibly be thinking?

In its current contract, the chain pays KU a leasing fee of $60,000 a year.

In a statement to The Star on Wednesday, Lejuez said that moving the restaurant to the union was a money-saving action: The restaurant contract called for upgrades at Wescoe that would cost the university roughly $3 million. Moving the restaurant to the union cost about $400,000.

Oh.  And the horror is never-ending:

But the chain appears to be expanding its presence in Midwestern colleges. Kansas State University announcedearlier this year that for the first time, Chick-fil-A sandwiches would be served at concession stands at home football games.

Chick-fil-A is also located on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus and near the University of Missouri’s football stadium in Columbia.

Oh, the safety! Oh, the children!  Oh, the chicken!  Oh, oh, oh!  But just how evil are the Christian chicken fanatics?  Mary Chastain at Legal Insurrection provides background:

I mean, look at this hateful company! You know the chicken sandwich war erupted this past week. Well, in Greensboro, NC, a Chick-fil-A employee saw stressed out Popeyes employeesrun out of its new chicken sandwiches.

The hateful man gave the employees and some customers free sandwiches!! It turns out he has been friends with the Popeyes employees for a long time. They usually have breakfast at Chick-fil-A but haven’t been able to catch a break due to the demand for their sandwich.

A Chick-fil-A manager in Maryland rushed outto help a WWII veteran change his tire. The 96-year-old man came to the counter in tears, and Daryl Howard happily helped.

In Mississippi, a homeless man went to the counter at a Chick-fil-A with only $5. The woman behind the counter told the manthat breakfast was on her and took his order.

How can such hate and evil be allowed to exist?

This is only part of the battle to control every aspect of American life. “[M]arginalized,” but particularly “LGBTQ people” not only want an end to any and all discrimination against them–particularly where none exists–but can never take yes for an answer, because there is no manifestation of such discrimination whatever at Chick-fil-A.  They object, rather, to anyone so much as thinking ill of them for their choices.  They seek to—as they have said about President Trump–“normalize” their abnormality.

Such people are for tolerance and diversity and inclusion only so long as everyone thinks, believes and acts just as they do.  Anyone failing to embrace their one, true faith is not only excommunicated, but must be destroyed.  It is not enough, it’s never enough for “LGBTQ people” to enjoy every right and privilege of every other American, they must never hear a discouraging word, and the skies must not be cloudy all day.  And woe to him or her who might cast a potentially disapproving glance at a LGBTQ person, couple, or group publically demonstrating their affection or solidarity.

Fortunately, there is as of yet no right never to hear anything with which one might disagree, nor are there laws to force right think and right speech (actually, left think and left speech, but you know what I mean).  There is one silver lining, however.  “Marginalized and LGBTQ people” retain one vital right, just like the rest of us.  They remain free to patronize Chick-fil-A, or not.  They just can’t, at least at the University of Kansas—and Texas—force us to call them blessed, and to publically marvel at their virtue and perfection.

Thank God, and the Founders, for that.  Now excuse me while Mrs. Manor and I do our weekly grocery shopping, with a stop at the local Chick-fil-A.  Eat mor chikin; ignore more special snowflakes.