Rejection of ‘Jesus chicken’ outlet forces resignation of university dean

Rejection of ‘Jesus chicken’ outlet forces resignation of university dean March 6, 2019

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.

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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

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  • Thanks4AllTheFish

    I’ve seen some lousy excuses for quitting a job but this one kinda stands out. Seriously Cynthia, is the job market so flush right now that rejection of a fast food restaurant is reason enough to call it quits? I’ve stopped trying to understand perceived Christian persecution but I have to tell you, this one is a knee slapper. Good luck on your job search.

  • Polytropos

    She’ll find that flouncing out of her previous job because she doesn’t like their company policy isn’t something prospective employers find attractive. But then, America has Christian universities and maybe some of them are hiring. Some of them aren’t even diploma mills, technically.

  • Phil Rimmer

    If LBTQ students encountered her and her views, they too would feel punched in the stomach.

    Wince and learn, lady.

  • Moss Quito

    America, you are weird.

  • WallofSleep

    “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.”

    This is what happens when you allow ONE political party take over your religion and dictate its ‘values’. You end up with a nation full of idiots who think corporations have the same constitutional rights as individual citizens, and that denying a corporate, profit driven entity a space on your property to sell goods is somehow an affront to your religious faith. Do you even know what it is you’re worshiping anymore, Newman?

  • WallofSleep

    Oh yeah, there are plenty of opportunities for her to take advantage of xtian welfare here in the States.

  • Barry Duke

    She’s big on business administration. So is the hugely successful tycoon Trump. She is a “very committed Christian”. So are the sycophantic evangelicals who have their heads so far up Trump’s arse they can’t tell day from night. So there’s gotta be a job for her in the White House.

  • Polytropos

    Just as well for her.

  • nmgirl

    I really want to go change the sign to “Jesus Chicken”!

  • kyuss

    Rider said that the restaurant was removed from consideration because its values were out of step with its values.<—— Whomever wrote this sentence sucks

    Also, don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out, Ms. Newman.

  • Joe M!

    I’ve read the Bible several times and I have found not a single reference to “waffle fries”. Any Aramaic speakers here?

  • primenumbers

    People with her views have done vastly more harm than actually punching people in actual stomachs.

  • primenumbers

    She just wants to be (or more accurately be seen as) a martyr. She’s no doubt got the book deal lined up and a lecture trip to preach to the converted.

  • primenumbers

    If she’s that committed, shouldn’t she either be at home teaching her own kids and not out in the workforce taking away a job from a man? Or in a nunnery or something? Or maybe she just picks her “commitment” when it’s aimed at supporting anti-gay bigotry?

  • Phil Rimmer

    True! Did they but know it. Yet they have no concept of the poison they circulate.

    You are not excused the bigotry from your own mouth, which you must own and believe with passion, to say it out loud, but least of all when it is made up by some old white men as an interpretation of a self obscuring scripture.

  • Riley Whodat Venable

    I’m sure Liberty University will hire her. Oh, wait… she’s a woman? Oh well.

  • Riley Whodat Venable

    I’m curious how the faculty and staff of the COB feel about her resignation.

  • Cozmo the Magician

    awwww little snowflake could not have her special chicken safe place from which to spit on upon people she don’t like so she left in a great big xtian huff! YAY!

  • Cozmo the Magician

    yeah, she will probably start a gofuckthem fund raiser since she was forced out of her old job…

  • Thanks4AllTheFish

    I’m sure she will be missed. It’s not hard to comprehend that anyone this triggered by a non-issue is a joy to be around.

  • Thanks4AllTheFish

    In today’s media circus, any publicity seems to be profitable. When nondescript government job holders like Kim Davis can generate controversy by platforming their religious beliefs outside the cultural norm and then expect the rest of us to bow to her will, we have reached Bizarro world reality. Expect to see much more of this.

  • Raging Bee

    She could replace Sarah Sanders…

  • Raging Bee

    Who needs Aramaic? THE KING JAMES BIBLE IS THE INERRANT WORD OF GOD!!! It sez so on a bumper-sticker I saw! True story!

  • rubaxter

    WTF good is a food chain that won’t be open on Sunday’s on campus and won’t welcome anyone but the most Christer people for jobs there?

    Feck’em and their peckerwood ‘Chickens Fer Jeebus’!

  • Chuck Johnson

    “Choosing an on-campus restaurant franchise was in no way a judgment on religious values.”

    Not true.
    It was a judgement (specifically) on the religious value of LGBTQ bigotry and marginalization.
    This is quite obviously a religious value that Chick-fil-A holds dear.

  • Larry Dawson

    It was a judgement that with that store you could not get a meal on Sundays, so let the students starve.

  • Chuck Johnson

    That, too.