The students at Rider University, located in New Jersey, wanted Chick-fil-A to come to campus.  Why wouldn’t they?  The waffle fries and delicious chicken could keep many students fueled for their late night cram sessions.  But after the students let their preference be known, the administration refused to let Chick-fil-A onto campus, because of their so-called “opposition to the LGBTQ+ community.”

Is Chick-fil-A opposed to the LBGTQ community?

Of course not, but its founder was a Christian and that’s enough to disqualify them.  Fox News reports the dean of the College of Business at Rider University, Cynthia Newman, decided she’d had enough of the university’s anti-Christian bigotry.

First, she reached out to university officials privately asking them to apologize for their offensive stance on the matter.  Instead of apologizing, the university sent out another email that doubled down on their intolerant stance.

Newman, fed up, actually resigned over this controversy.

“I felt like I had been punched in the stomach when I read that statement,” Newman told Campus Reform. “I’m a very committed Christian and Chick-fil-A’s values — their corporate purpose statement is to glorify God and to be faithful stewards of all that’s entrusted to them and to have a positive influence on everyone who comes into contact with them — and I would say that that mirrors my personal beliefs perfectly. And so I really felt it very personally.”

Well, she took it personally for a good reason.  The university is against people like her: Christian people who actually live out their values.

Are you parents of potential Rider students paying attention?   Alumni?

If you’re a Christian, you’re not wanted on campus.

If you are a person who values ideological diversity, stay away.

Here’s more from Fox about Newman’s brave stance:

She couldn’t get behind the university “in good conscience” because of her Christian faith and values, and their ban indicated that people who adhere to values similar to Chick-fil-A’s are not responsible citizens.

So on February 14, after weeks of mulling the decision, Newman announced her resignation.

Much to her surprise, Newman received a lot of support from faculty and staff for showing that “no one group’s opinions, values, beliefs, should be elevated over anyone’s else’s…we should be able to respectfully disagree…we shouldn’t be putting down one person’s values because they don’t align with our personal values.”

“You’re the one who has to live in the world that’s around you,” she said, “and so if you feel something is not right in that world, you have an obligation to stand up and to say what your perspective is on that.”


Hat Tip: Fox News

Image Credit: Jay Reed on Flickr

About The Author

Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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