A simple decision over preferred food vendors at the University of Nebraska-Kearney has turned into a battle over the right to one’s opinion without being systematically punished by higher education.
The war on poultry rages on yet another public university campus – this time at the University of Nebraska – Kearney. The hullabaloo started last January when students were asked to select a new dining option for the student union. Their choices included Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, IHOP, A&W and Sbarro.
Students overwhelmingly voted for Chick-fil-a, and here’s what happened next.
[I]t turns out majority does not rule at the University of Nebraska – Kearney. A vocal minority pitched a fit and demanded that Chick-fil-A be banished from campus. Among those opposed to the chicken restaurant were members of the university’s Queer Straight Alliance (QSA).
“We only hope to create dialogue on the importance of being aware to issues facing diverse and minority students,” QSA president Tiff Weekley told the Kearney Hub. “Though majority voices are most often heard, it is important to listen to what issues are facing all students and to start conversations around those.”
The student government caved and students were polled again, this time without Chick-fil-a listed as an option.
Aside from the fact that UNK students will tragically miss out on delicious chicken sandwiches now, this commotion is about something much larger: the tyranny of the progressive ideologue, and higher education’s mission to create as many of them as possible.
One frustrated UNK student hit the nail on the head:
Pro-poultry student Aaron Ohri fired off a letter calling the student government’s decision a “complete and total slap in the face to many of us on this campus who believe that Chick-fil-A is not wrong in what they believe.”
“I understand that a Christian lifestyle in this day and society is completely ‘disrespectful’ but please do not ever again send me an email speaking for the ‘whole student body’ when you do not have a clue what most of us actually think,” he wrote in a letter to the university.
The University of Nebraska has sent a clear message to students: agree with the progressive agenda, or you will be silenced. Even on a public university campus, there is no tolerance for anyone with a conservative viewpoint, and apparently no opportunity for business either.