by Sarah Begley via Time.com
Students object to the CEO’s stance on gay marriage
Students at Johns Hopkins University voted this week to ask the school’s administrators to prevent Chick-fil-A from opening a store on campus.
Citing Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s opposition to gay marriage, students said the presence of the chain on campus would be a microaggression against LGBT members of the community, Eater reports.
Though the Student Government Association approved the resolution, the move is purely hypothetical: there’s no indication that the Johns Hopkins administration was in negotiations with Chick-fil-A, though some students had wondered whether the chain might open a location in a new building under construction on campus.
A note from Al:
The late owner of Chick-fil-A made an offhanded comment a few years ago condoning marriage as a union between a man and a woman. So now Johns Hopkins, considered one of our best institutions of higher learning, feels it needs to protect homosexual students from the sight of a Chick-fil-A because it might “trigger” negative feelings within homosexual students and faculty.
American pop culture and our fundamental institutions continue to expect very little maturity from the American citizenry. American universities stopped playing the loco parentis role a generation ago. Consequently, they no longer “patronize” students by holding up the moral standards that have worked for millennia, rules about illicit sexuality, excessive self-indulgence, ostentatious spending, preoccupation with image and fashion. Universities used to believe they had a role to play in reinforcing the consensus social morality which was greatly influenced by the Christianity of most of the students and the parents of the students.
Today, they have decided to reassert their paternalistic role by protecting students from unpleasant and discomforting “triggers” like a Chick-fil-A restaurant. Some are also trying to create “safe spaces” in which teachers are to avoid concepts and language that might trigger distress about neo-colonialism, ageism, sexism, homophobia, islamophobia, just continue the list. They are preventing the future leaders of our country from having to learn what most parents told their kids a generation ago: “sticks and stones can break my bones, but names can never hurt me.” Using demeaning language about people and their ideas is not a Christian way of debate. But the futile effort to keep harsh words from the ears of the next generation of leaders means abandoning them to an emotional adolescence and lack of toughness that won’t them or us very well.
– Al Kresta