*Last week, the student senate at Northeastern University, in Boston, voted to end negotiations to bring fast-food chain Chick-fil-A to campus after students protested over the company’s affiliation with several Christian organizations the students say have an “anti-gay” agenda.
The Atlanta-based company, dogged for months by accusations of homophobia, insists it is “not anti-anybody” but instead simply wants to “graciously serve great food and have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”
But students from at least 10 campuses aren’t buying it. Incensed over the company’s Christian values, they opposed new franchises and lobbied for the removal of existing restaurants on campuses across the country. Although the furor has generated a lot of media attention, prompting the company’s president to publicly defend its philanthropic affiliations, it’s not likely to hurt Chick-fil-A’s bottom line. With about 1,540 restaurants in 38 states and annual sales figures topping $3 billion, the company still has plenty of fans.
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*Officials at West Shore School District in Pennsylvania have agreed to lift a ban that prevented at least one middle school student from wearing an “Abortion is not Healthcare” T-shirt.
In response to the policy revisions, Alliance Defense Fund attorneys on Wednesday filed a notice of voluntary dismissal of the lawsuit they had pursued on behalf of the student.
“Public schools should not censor pro-life students for their views,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel David Cortman, in a statement. “School district officials have done the right thing in recognizing this young man’s First Amendment right to express his beliefs. We commend the revision of their unconstitutional policies so that students can engage in free speech protected by the First Amendment.”
Last September, a student at Crossroads Middle School in Lewisberry, Pa., wore a white shirt that was scribbled with the phrase “Abortion is not Healthcare.” He was sent to the principal’s office by his fifth period teacher and was told his shirt “might insult somebody.” The student had to turn his shirt inside out.
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