NC college has problems with definitions

posted at 10:41 am on August 15, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Yes, I realize that we’ve nearly exhausted our outrageous outrage over the Chick-fil-A controversy, which started over some bad reporting at CNN and exploded into two national movements, one of which got thoroughly outclassed by the other in every imaginable way.  That doesn’t mean the pettiness over the underlying issues has ceased, as The Daily Caller reports today. Davidson College in North Carolina has blocked Chick-fil-A from participating in a series of monthly events … in order to demonstrate Davidson College’s “inclusiveness.”

No, I’m not kidding:

Students led a petition to ban the restaurant chain from monthly “After Midnight” events — free food and entertainment events from midnight to 2 a.m. run by the Union Board, a student activities organization. The nighttime events sometimes feature Chick-fil-A sandwiches.

The Union Board has decided not to schedule Chick-fil-A sandwiches until they get more feedback from students. …

Union Board president Adriana Nassar and vice president Cameron Joe claim they are trying to create an inclusive environment for the student body.

“The Davidson College Union Board is firmly committed to building an inclusive community that serves each member of our student body,” Nassar and Joe said in a joint statement Monday.

Let’s take a look at both sides.  The owner of the business on one side has an opinion on the definition of marriage that has been the standard for thousands of years, which was so universal that the current liberal in the White House professed it repeatedly in his last campaign and only changed his public position on it three months ago.  Despite this opinion, the business itself welcomes and serves job seekers regardless of sexual orientation, and even passed out free water to protesters a couple of weeks ago.

The other side — in this case, specifically Davidson College — refuses to welcome a business owned by someone with a different opinion on this matter, implicitly demanding that anyone who wants to do business with the college must agree with its own position or find itself barred from campus.

Which one of these fits the definition of “inclusive“?

Oh, and there’s also this issue:

“Davidson College is an institution of higher learning established in 1837 by Presbyterians of North Carolina. Since its founding, the ties that bind the College to its Presbyterian heritage, including the historic understanding of Christian faith called The Reformed Tradition, have remained close and strong. The College is committed to continuing this vital relationship” —Davidson College Constitution (.pdf), Preamble, Statement of Purpose.

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“Marriage is a gift God has given to all humankind for the well-being of the entire human family. Marriage is a civil contract between a woman and a man. For Christians marriage is a covenant through which a man and a woman are called to live out together before God their lives of discipleship. In a service of Christian marriage a lifelong commitment is made by a woman and a man to each other, publicly witnessed and acknowledged by the community of faith” — from the Book of Order (.pdf) (or constitution) of the Presbyterian Church in the USA.

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So, if Dan Cathy’s views are identical to those of the Presbyterian Church, to which Davidson College maintains “close and strong” ties, what exactly is the problem with serving Chick-fil-A meals on campus?

Remember when colleges actually taught knowledge and logic?  Or at least understood English?  Here’s a hint to the academics at Davidson: If you’re excluding in the name of “inclusiveness” or acting intolerant in the name of “tolerance,” you’re doing it wrong.


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Hypocrites.

stukinIL4now on August 15, 2012 at 1:06 PM

How is it that Leftists have taken over Christian colleges?

faraway on August 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Ever read the 10th plank of the Communist Manifesto? Or #17 of the goals of Communism as read into the 1963 US Congressional record? You should take a peek sometime. Makes for great bedtime reading ;)

TASS71 on August 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Come to think of it… EVERYONE should read those 2 links… then you might understand what we are up against…

TASS71 on August 15, 2012 at 1:18 PM

They are abandoning inclusiveness principles in order to save inclusiveness.

Or something.

Dexter_Alarius on August 15, 2012 at 1:40 PM

How is it that Leftists have taken over Christian colleges?

faraway on August 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM

It isn’t a takeover, its a surrender. Consider Princeton, which started as Presbyterian college. First, they rejected the authority of the bible. After that, any biblical command which doesn’t meet the sensibilities of the time is simply ignored, until you end up with theology professors who don’t believe there is a God.

The schools weren’t taken over, Christians simply stopped defending truth.

dcman98 on August 15, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Which came first, the Richard or the whiskey?

Speakup on August 15, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Ever read the 10th plank of the Communist Manifesto? Or #17 of the goals of Communism as read into the 1963 US Congressional record? You should take a peek sometime. Makes for great bedtime reading ;)

TASS71 on August 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Great links TASS, sadly not only do 95% of our fellow American’s not know this, the few who do even the majority of them think it’s more conspiracy theory than real. Most like Capt’n Ed here have been so brainwashed they believe Joesph McCarthy was both wrong and evil and have so firmly lodged in their head the mantra that “It can’t happen here” that they will be thrown into a gulag before it finally dawns on them it not only can, but already has happened here.

SWalker on August 15, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Has there ever been a case in recorded history of a marriage between members of the same sex? That is until the welfare state made it very profitable to be married?

aniptofar on August 15, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Well, yes. According to Wikipedia (yeah, I know), Emperor Nero married men on two different occasions — once as the “bride” and once as the groom.

One story I’ve read, which I haven’t found on the net yet, says that after his wife Poppaea died (supposedly he kicked her to death and was stricken with remorse afterwards), he saw a young man one day whose looks reminded him of her, had the young man castrated (history does not record if he consented), and married him. As the story goes, a Senator in attendance at the wedding is said to have remarked that it was “a pity Nero’s father had not made such a marriage.”

:-)

Mary in LA on August 15, 2012 at 2:39 PM

illiberal retards. All of them. They think / feel in bumper-sticker slogans. Ask them three questions in a row on ANY topic they advocate and they run out of answers.

rayra on August 15, 2012 at 2:40 PM

And we thought is was far fetched that the future was going to be controlled by the thought police…….

Intolerant tolerance, tolerated by the intolerant oppressive progressives.

ActinUpinTexas on August 15, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Aren’t these the same folks who have COEXIST and RESPECT stickers on their cars? Will there every be a point when a lefty has an “omg, what was I thinking” moment?

sdbatboy on August 15, 2012 at 3:49 PM

What did you expect? It’s an American college in 2012. They don’t do logic.

spiritof61 on August 15, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Mary in LA on August 15, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Yes. I believe Caligula made his favorite horse a senator, too.

spiritof61 on August 15, 2012 at 4:19 PM

This probably has more to do with Chik-fil-a, as a corporation, actively donatating money to anti-gay organizations than it does with what one person in the corporate hierarchy said on record. But the media firestorm over the whole thing wouldn’t indicate that at all.

http://equalitymatters.org/factcheck/201207020001

Grindstone on August 15, 2012 at 5:24 PM

In the President’s other words, “Resist We Much”.

djaymick on August 15, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Never forget that homosexuality amongst other deviancies (such as incest) was part of what rotted Greek and Roman civilization.

wildcat72 on August 15, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Silly me, I thought it was the constant pressure of migrating barbarian tribes, a poor economy, successively bad rulers, and internal politics that brought down the Western Empire (remember, the Eastern Empire didn’t dissolve until much later). No, indeed it was the ghey secks. That had been going on since before it’s rise. Makes sense.

Grindstone on August 15, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Yes. I believe Caligula made his favorite horse a senator, too.

spiritof61 on August 15, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Yes, he did, according to Suetonius. The horse was named Incitatus — “Speedy” — and had a stable of marble, a retinue of slaves, and was fed delicacies, including grain dusted with flakes of gold.

Either Caligula was doing this to rub into the faces of the Senators that he thought that a whole horse was better than the bunch of horse’s asses he considered them to be, or else he was just completely out of his mind. I favor the latter theory. :-)

Mary in LA on August 15, 2012 at 5:44 PM

From the Right:

The Left’s Totalitarian Temptation

M2RB: I just realised that I didn’t put up anything. Any suggestions?

From the Left:

Chik-Fil-A: Free Speech, Corporate Personhood, And Donations

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/08/chik-fil-free-speech-corporate.html

M2RB: Led Zepplin

Yet, they both come down against the loons.

Resist We Much on August 15, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Aren’t these the same folks who have COEXIST and RESPECT stickers on their cars? Will there every be a point when a lefty has an “omg, what was I thinking” moment?

sdbatboy on August 15, 2012 at 3:49 PM

No. They are blind to irony. I think it’s a prerequisite to “liberalism”.

talkingpoints on August 15, 2012 at 7:31 PM

The problem for libs is they hate NORMAL. Productive, healthy people don’t need government. Which means they don’t need libs. So NORMAL marriages must be destroyed at all costs.

Why do I keep emphasizing the word NORMAL? It’s to tweak the homofascist crowd. No law, no platitude, no amount of political censorship can make this thing you WANT to call a “marriage” NORMAL.

Because it isn’t.

wildcat72 on August 15, 2012 at 11:05 AM

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Uh, wildcat’; ALL political debate can be boiled down to “defining normal”, no matter what specific subject is being argued over.

Just happens to be same-sex marriage, in this case.

listens2glenn on August 15, 2012 at 8:50 PM

wildcat72 on August 15, 2012 at 11:15 AM

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Silly me, I thought it was the constant pressure of migrating barbarian tribes, a poor economy, successively bad rulers, and internal politics that brought down the Western Empire (remember, the Eastern Empire didn’t dissolve until much later). No, indeed it was the ghey secks. That had been going on since before it’s rise. Makes sense.

Grindstone on August 15, 2012 at 5:32 PM

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Hey “silly you”. It was the rejection of God, and hedonism of all types that brought them down.

listens2glenn on August 15, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Davidson is Presbyterian by heritage it is not run by the denomination.

Happy Nomad on August 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM

How is it that Leftists have taken over Christian colleges?

faraway on August 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM

It’s what they do. Liberals almost never build or create anything. The usual pattern is to take over what someone else built.

Did you know Harvard, Yale, and Princeton were founded to train preachers?

tom on August 15, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Welcome. I’ve not seen you trolling before.

BuckeyeSam on August 15, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I’m sensing there’s some sarcasm there. Note the use of “flukeing”.

GWB on August 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Hey “silly you”. It was the rejection of God, and hedonism of all types that brought them down.

listens2glenn on August 15, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Wasn’t the Empire converted to Christianity as a whole at Constantine’s conversion on his deathbed? And what about the whole rise of the empire under the pagan religion?

Grindstone on August 16, 2012 at 3:55 PM

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