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Franklin Graham Calls Student Protest Over Chick-Fil-A 'Ridiculuous'

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Duquesne University students all a-flutter over a proposed Chick-fil-A outlet on their campus were reminded by the Rev. Franklin Graham that Christians bring love, not hate.

The college decided to bring Chick-fil-A to campus after students at the Pittsburgh college said they wanted more chicken options.

However, some students decided politics was more important than poultry.

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“Chick-fil-A has a questionable history on civil rights and human rights,” said Nike Martini, a member of the university’s student senate. “I think it’s imperative the university chooses to do business with organizations that coincide with the mission and expectations they give students regarding diversity and inclusion.”

“I’ve tried very hard within the last semester and a half to promote this safe environment for the LGBTQ+ community,” said Lambda president Rachel Coury. “So I fear that with the Chick-fil-A … that maybe people will feel that safe place is at risk.”

“It would be a really big deal for Lambda and the whole LGBTQ community on campus if someone could make a statement to eliminate the fear of being marginalized by having this business on campus,” Coury added.

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Graham suggested students understand more about the chain and the family behind it, as well as their principles.

“Chick-fil-A is back in the news. I’ve known the Cathy family — founders and owners of Chick-fil-A — for years, and they are committed to applying biblical principles to their business. That means showing love and respect to all of their customers,” Graham wrote on his Facebook page.

“Some students at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh filed a petition with the student government asking that Chick-fil-A not be included in its food court. Activists fear that gay students might not feel it is a ‘safe place’ for them to eat. That’s ridiculous. It’s a very safe place for them,” he added.

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“These students might want to rethink boycotting restaurants because the owners or founders believe in the Word of God. Some great ones do. In-N-Out Burger, one of the top hamburger chains in America, was founded by Christians and continues to put Scripture on their packaging, such as John 3:16 on the bottom of their cups,” he wrote.

Graham closed with a message to students who fail to understand the bottom line of Christianity.

“Gays don’t need to be afraid of Christians, because God tells Christians to love everyone, even though we disagree with them,” he said.

Other commentators also agreed the students should swallow their objections.

“Folks, this anti-poultry bigotry from perpetually offended groups is getting to be a bit tedious,” wrote Todd Starnes on Fox News.

“As for Duquesne University students who might be triggered by a Chick-fil-A cow – I would urge you to make an appointment with your school’s counseling service,” Starnes added. “Eat more chicken, Snowflakes.”

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