A DECISION to bar Chick-fil-A – a fast food business run operated according to biblical principles – from gaining a foothold at a New Jersey university has resulted in the resignation of a ‘very committed Christian’ staff member.
Cynthia Newman, above, dean of Rider University’s College of Business Administration until her recent resignation, said the decision not allow Chick-fil-A on the campus made her feel:
Like I had been punched in the stomach.
Newman said her views as a “very committed Christian” and the fast food chain’s views “mirror” one another.
Rider said that the restaurant was removed from consideration because its values were out of step with its values.
The university, located outside Trenton, sent out a survey last year asking students which restaurants they would like to see on campus. In November, Newman said, a second survey was sent but did not include Chick-fil-A as a choice.The university said at the time the restaurant was taken off the list because of its opposition to the LGBTQ community and that its principles do not align with Rider’s.
Chick-fil-A has donated millions over the years to groups that oppose same-sex marriage. In 2012, the company’s Chief Operating Officer criticized same-sex marriage, prompting some politicians to block the chain from expanding in certain areas.
Newman said when the university released “talking points” to staff about what they should say to anyone critical of the decision she felt she couldn’t adhere to them.
I am not willing to compromise my faith and Christian values and I will not be viewed as being in any way complicit when an affront is made to those values.
Kristine Brown, a Rider spokeswoman said that:
Choosing an on-campus restaurant franchise was in no way a judgment on religious values. Rather, our intention was to foster a sense of respect and belonging of all members of the campus community