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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