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Sen. Graham Applauds Notre Dame for Allowing Chick-fil-A to Open on Campus

Sen. Graham Applauds Notre Dame for Allowing Chick-fil-A to Open on Campus

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. (AP/Susan Walsh)

By    |   Friday, 16 July 2021 07:56 PM EDT

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Thursday applauded the University of Notre Dame for standing against ''cancel culture'' and allowing Chick-fil-A to open a location on campus.

''Big win! Great to hear Chick-fil-A is coming to Notre Dame. Well done to all the patriots at Notre Dame who stood up for Chick-fil-A and against Cancel Culture. Hope New York will follow your lead," Graham tweeted, in reference to New York state lawmakers pushing to keep the fast-food chain out of state rest stops.

In a statement, Notre Dame said it was looking forward to the opening.

''Notre Dame has examined the concerns surrounding Chick-fil-A's charitable giving, discussed them with company representatives, campus partners and students and believes that Chick-fil-A has responded to these issues in a satisfactory manner. The company's response can be found here.

''Our students have overwhelmingly expressed a desire to have a Chick-fil-A restaurant on campus, and we look forward to opening one early next year.''

A group of students and faculty had written a letter urging the university not to partner with the company because of its values, particularly its stance on LGBTQ issues.

''Over the past two decades, Chick-fil-A has donated significant sums to groups that oppose LGBTQ+ rights. From 2003 to 2012, the restaurant's charitable arm gave over $5 million to queerphobic groups, including groups supporting conversion therapy,'' they said. ''Despite public outcry and promises to halt anti-LGBTQ+ donations, in 2017 the donations to anti-LGBTQ+ organizations resumed, including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Paul Anderson Youth Home and the Salvation Army.

''In addition, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy, who boasts a net worth of over $8 billion, pours his personal funds into anti-LGBTQ+ causes.''

Some lawmakers in New York have criticized the inclusion of Chick-fil-A in rest stops planned by the Thruway Authority and asked the agency to reconsider.

"New York State has long stood on the right side of history and supported the LGBTQ+ community, but this decision flies in the face of our progressive values and will undermine the progress we have worked to achieve," wrote Assembly member Linda Rosenthal. 

Solange Reyner

Solange Reyner is a writer and editor for Newsmax. She has more than 15 years in the journalism industry reporting and covering news, sports and politics.

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