In November of 2018, Rider University — a private university located in New Jersey — sparked controversy after announcing that they banned Chick-fil-A from a list of possible restaurants to include on campus. The announcement came as a shock since results of a poll confirmed students were actually leaning towards Chick-fil-A as an option, reported NBC News.
Chick-fil-A was reportedly removed by the university because the restaurant is “widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ+ community.” Chick-fil-A customers are well aware that the franchise openly supports conservative Christian values.
The college suffered major consequences as a result of their unusual decision in support of the LGBT community. The dean of the College of Business, Cynthia Newman, resigned because she did not want to be a part of the university’s anti-Christian actions.
According to CBN News, her resignation is effective beginning August 31st of 2019.
“I felt like I had been punched in the stomach [when I found out],” Newman stated. “I am a very committed Christian and Chick-fil-A’s values...their corporate purpose statement is to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to them and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with them. I would say that that mirrors my personal beliefs perfectly.”
Newman allegedly requested the university to make a public apology, but they refused. She also mentioned that she “could not, in good conscience as a committed Christian, adhere to” talking points that the university instructed staff to tell students who were upset about the anti-Chick-fil-A decision.
Watch the dean speak about her experience in the video below:
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