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Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012 7:28 pm | Updated: 9:43 am, Wed Mar 27, 2013.

Student Senate unanimously passed a resolution Friday asking for the removal of Chick-fil-A from campus.

The resolution cited donations of over $1.9 million by WinShape, the charitable arm of Chick-fil-A, to “non-profit organizations seeking to fight, ban and oppress equal rights for sexual minorities and members of the LGBTQ community.”

Student Body President Erik Zimmerman noted the university’s “We are One, We are the ‘e’” campaign when speaking in favor of the resolution.

“How can we say 'we are one' when we allow an organization that promotes hatred of others on campus?” Zimmerman said.

The resolution will now be forwarded to Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Narbeth Emmanuel and Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe as an official request that Chick-fil-A be removed from campus.

“The resolution essentially lets the administration know that student government has taken a stand,” Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman said he expects many students to initially be opposed to the measure. Student government is launching an education initiative to ensure students understand why the resolution was passed.

“We want people to know that this isn’t attacking free speech,” Zimmerman said. “It’s about the fact that they fund these organizations.”

Chick-fil-A has been in the news this week after The Civil Rights Agenda issued a press release Tuesday stating that Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno had negotiated a deal in which Chick-fil-A would no longer support anti-gay marriage causes in return for the Moreno dropping his opposition to a new Chick-fil-A in Chicago.

According to the Associated Press, Chick-fil-A never confirmed the press release issued by The Civil Rights Agenda. Subsequent releases by Chick-fil-A have not clearly stated if they will or will not continue to support anti-gay marriage groups.

Zimmerman said the resolution was necessary because it was his understanding that the university administration did not believe that there was student support to have Chick-fil-A removed.

“One of the great things about SIUE is that almost anything that happens has to be started by the students,” Zimmerman said.

Update — Sept. 22: In a written statement, Emmanuel said the resolution will be carefully reviewed and other stakeholders consulted before a decision is made.

“It is necessary and important that considerations such as our business interest — since the revenue from our Dining Services goes back to students — our legal obligations and the our moral and ethical responsibilities are considered in the process,” Emmanuel said.

In his statement, Emmanuel said he thinks the presenters at the meeting, who spoke in favor of the resolution, made compelling moral arguments, but the final decision will be made after balancing competing interests.

“We must be good stewards of student funds. We must protect the University from legal liability and, at the same time, we must be true to our values and moral obligations,” Emmanuel said.

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  • BH posted at 2:35 am on Sat, Sep 29, 2012.

    BH Posts: 1

    Like it or not, Chik-Fil-A has made itself a lightning rod example of the social inequity feedback loop perpetuated by purchased influence, ideological supremacy, and the perceived value of exclusivity.

    Despite the inconvenience and absurdity it may cause, I applaud Student Government for calling attention to the disparity and incompatibility in standards between SIUE and Chik-Fil-A.

    History shows us that we work toward greater inclusion and acceptance across the spectrum of human diversity even when it means that we must refuse to accept intolerance.

  • WarrenGHarding posted at 1:50 am on Thu, Sep 27, 2012.

    WarrenGHarding Posts: 1

    This is a travesty. First off I would mention that I am for gay rights and gay marriage. However, corporations and people are entitled to free speech and to give money to whoever they want as long as these people are not violent. The student senate wanting to remove Chick Fil A for its political and religious views is wrong. If we allow this we are hurting free speech and freedom of choice and in turn we are hurting the student body as a whole. Let the students decide with their wallets if Chick Fil A's actions are moral. Our student government should not try to legislate our consumption based on its own views. Would we want Congress to outlaw McDonalds if McDonalds gave money to a charity Congress did not agree with? This is a gross overstep by our student government and I will personally start a petition to combat this if they are successful. I do not agree with the actions of Chick Fil A but punishing an establishment because of its views and donations is an injustice.

  • IamSHP posted at 7:55 pm on Mon, Sep 24, 2012.

    IamSHP Posts: 1

    I am not sure about Erik Zimmerman and the rest of the people that care so much, but when I go to a fast food restaurant, I could care less about its views on social issues.

    We have an Apple Store, Apple is known to use child labor. Are you in favor of child labor, Mr. Zimmerman? If you are not, then where is the petition to get Apple off campus?

    Or is this issue more personal for you? If so, why are you exploiting your powers to make it a big deal?

    Do the people that have jobs at SIUe's Chick-Fil-A agree with the companies views on this issue?

    Wouldn't a bigger issue be about fast food in general and how unhealthy it is?

    Ask the student body if it cares, not your inner circle of useless opinions.

  • phaedrus posted at 6:22 pm on Sun, Sep 23, 2012.

    phaedrus Posts: 13

    Again, all you have are lies and misrepresentations to bolster your false opinions on things. If you think you have any evidence (which I know you could not possibly have since they are lies) to back up your false statements, let us see it. Otherwise, go pedal your phony garbage somewhere else. It is obvious that you have nothing productive to add to this conversation or anything else. All you have are lies and personal attacks. I wonder if you are probably a friend of my nephew and his drug-addicted friends. I am guessing that since you are employing the same modus operandi here. It the same style they proffered when they stole my identity to commit acts of cyberfraud and libel. In any event, this is about Narbeth Emmanuel and the corruption at Student Affairs, not your silly little shortcomings. I also find your fixation with the falseness of where I reside amusing. I am guessing by your slander that you are a hate-monger and a bigot. In your own style, let me suggest that, although you left the trailer, the trailer never left you! :)

  • DaBears posted at 5:24 pm on Sun, Sep 23, 2012.

    DaBears Posts: 9

    sorry to inform you brother I am a very productive member to society. I lived in a trailer once and that was when I was in college where I earned a degree but I moved on and purchased a home. I don't do drugs like yourself and I also pay taxes....more than my fair share in my opinion. So if I'm not a productive member then what does that make you? I'll give you a hint....starts with a capital 'L'

  • phaedrus posted at 9:53 am on Sun, Sep 23, 2012.

    phaedrus Posts: 13

    Again, "DaBears' is out here discrediting himself with another rambling bit of gibberish simply because he is too 'bored' (or unable?) to do anything else. Personal attacks are his specialty, and he has nothing of interest to offer this forum. Ones wonders if he is not related somehow to Jim Klenke? :) In any event, my concerns regarding Narbeth Emmanuel's lack of ethics and morality on this campus are valid and should be of great concern to the SIUe community. 'DaBears' ought to figure out how to stop being 'bored' with himself and maybe learn how to properly read and interpret what's written so that he may become a productive member of our society. Until then, his opinions are simply nonsense gibberish.

  • DaBears posted at 7:53 am on Sun, Sep 23, 2012.

    DaBears Posts: 9

    Ya know, I see the connections people are trying to make as far as what Chik Fil A charity does....but sorry, I don't think too many people care. It's similar to the argument that you shouldn't buy a foreign car because their government is communist and what they do to their people or you shouldn't listen to a particular band's music because of their open political stance....we could do this all day long. Are we going to stop buying Wal-Mart stuff because half of their stuff is from a foreign country? No, because they have the cheapest price and the market cornered. Chick Fil A donates a lot of money to good causes too and they provide jobs and a good workplace to my understanding. I think the media has gone a little crazy with this one over a gotcha question. That's my 2 cents.

    I guess we could all go to phaedrus's trailer and smoke a joint and hash this out though!! maybe he'll throw in a couple pizza's!!! He wants to type about how I discredit myself?? smoke another brother! crackheads...i tell ya

  • teamhp posted at 10:57 pm on Sat, Sep 22, 2012.

    teamhp Posts: 2

    In 2009, Chick-Fil-A's charitable arm, Winshape [1], donated to Exodus International [2], a group whose mission was "to effectively communicate the message of liberation from homosexuality." [3]
    There is a lot of misunderstanding, in this country, as to why the gay community is so upset about a fast-food company taking a public stand against LGBT rights.

    The quick and simple of it, is this, hateful rhetoric inspires hate. It inspires bullies; it inspires suicide; it inspires murder; and, in the case of Uganda, it even inspires the death penalty.

    But, to many, it may not seem so controversial, or hateful, to say that your company is "very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit," as Chick-Fil-A did. It should be noted here that the language Chick-Fil-A used closely mimics the messaging of the Ugandan anti-gay conference.
    Some who defend Chick-fil-A's First Amendment right, are right to do so. But Chick-fil-A donates to organizations that are actively working to deny or take away the rights of those they deem to be immoral. Organizations that go to places like Uganda to preach that "the gay movement is an evil institution" and that "gay men sodomize teenage boys".Chick-fil-A supports organizations who believe that homosexuality is the same as pedophilia or bestiality. They support organizations that preach so much hatred that it leads to murder.

    In 2010, The Guardian reported that a Ugandan newspaper known as Rolling Stone, "published a story featuring the names, and in some cases, photographs of 100 homosexuals under the headline 'Hang Them'". [7]

    The Rolling Stone "Hang Them" story was published just days before the one year anniversary of the day the "Kill the Gays" bill was introduced. The Guardian reported that the bill was "inspired at least in part by a group of US evangelicals with close links to Uganda."

    Yes, students of SIUe, vote with your wallet. Don't let your money fund the spread of bigotry and hatred. Even if this place is not removed from campus, we can make the choice to never give them another dollar.

  • phaedrus posted at 5:09 pm on Sat, Sep 22, 2012.

    phaedrus Posts: 13

    My original post is relevant to this article because it mentions Narbeth Emmanuel and his statements about "moral and ethical responsibilities" as they relate to the university. I have well-evidenced information that Mr. Emmanuel does not honestly understand the meaning of such words. Again, the SIUe community should be aware that, despite Mr. Emmanuel's promises to investigate this issue with Chick-Fil-A, his actions in a previous matter suggest that he does not attend to the duties of his office with the honesty and integrity necessary to believe he is, indeed, acting on behalf of the best interests of the students here. The evidence for my claims can found at: http://www.siue.edu/~jwilsaa/editorial.shtml Thank you.

  • phaedrus posted at 3:58 pm on Sat, Sep 22, 2012.

    phaedrus Posts: 13

    Obviously, 'DaBears' can not read this material with any honesty. So, please disregard his statements below. He has already proven that his agenda here is solely to attack me personally rather than debate the issues. He only discredits himself with such foolishness. Again, take it somewhere else.

  • phaedrus posted at 3:53 pm on Sat, Sep 22, 2012.

    phaedrus Posts: 13

    To DaBears: Your attempts to attack me personally for bringing a serious issue of corruption at Student Affairs to the attention of the SIUe community rather than to debate this matter in an open and honest fashion speaks volumes about who and what you are. I do not care about your silly attacks. If you can not address the matters at hand, then take it somewhere else.

  • DaBears posted at 3:50 pm on Sat, Sep 22, 2012.

    DaBears Posts: 9

    Ok I admit I did read some of your (Mr. wilson) claim out of curiosity...i'm bored...You admit to letting your nephew come inside your Trailer and smoke pot....how can anyone take you seriously dude? and again this has nothing to do with Chik Fil A or the student senate....so bye bye

  • DaBears posted at 3:34 pm on Sat, Sep 22, 2012.

    DaBears Posts: 9

    Mr. Wilson, you obviously have an unrelated beef with your family member and that is completely unrelated to this issue. I'm going to guess you probably need help mentally ...and we don't care to read any of your shameless plug of your site.

  • phaedrus posted at 2:46 pm on Sat, Sep 22, 2012.

    phaedrus Posts: 13

    Given Narbeth Emmanuel's propensity toward dishonesty when he makes claims to "carefully review" matters that come before him, don't except any honest or thoughtful responses to be forthcoming. He has clearly demonstrated to me that he knows nothing of "moral and ethical responsibilities" in his capacity as head of Student Affairs. Because of that, Student Affairs has no integrity, and it is largely because of Emmanuel's blatant lack of honesty in leadership. For more information and proof of Emmanuel's (and Jim Klenke's) ongoing acts of corruption, please visit: http://www.siue.edu/~jwilsaa/editorial.shtml Thank you.

  • nathanstuller posted at 12:05 pm on Sat, Sep 22, 2012.

    nathanstuller Posts: 1

    How can we say 'we are one' when we prohibit anyone who disagrees with the majority from having a voice or an opinion on campus? Tolerance means the acceptance of those with whom we disagree, not the squashing of all dissenting voices.

    The organizations mentioned as being supported by WinShape support a traditional understanding of marriage, but they are not advocating any sort of persecution of the LGBTQ community. Chick-Fil-A does not have any policy refusing service to homosexuals, or prohibiting them from being hired by the company franchises. They are not a hate group, and they do not support hate groups, they just happen to disagree with the Student Senate. The actions of the Student Senate, in seeking to ban a group due to its opinion on gay rights, is far more hateful than anything that Chick-Fil-A has ever supported.

  • DaBears posted at 11:34 am on Sat, Sep 22, 2012.

    DaBears Posts: 9

    That's all fine and dandy your student senate passed your agenda unanimously. How about letting the student body decide with their wallet. I'd be willing to bet the student body would prefer Chik Fil A stays and expand their menu so we can have more delicious choices. On the other hand maybe they will stop eating there and they will leave on their own. My mouth is watering thinking about that spicy chicken sammich!!!!!! MMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmm!!!!


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