Had enough of the Chick-fil-A/gay marriage controversy? Well, too bad, because some enterprising students are bringing the battle to the University of Tennessee campus, just as students return for the fall semester. (Classes start next Wednesday, in case you were wondering.)
A forensic anthropology major named Chris Averette has started a petition on Change.org asking the university to sever ties with the fast food company, citing the school's non-discrimination policy. So far, just 175 people have signed the petition, but that hasn't stopped those swell guys over at the Family Action Council of Tennessee from getting involved. They've sent a letter to UT warning the university that Chick-fil-A is protected by the first amendment and that "retaliation" against the company is a violation of federal law.
Now given the politics most UT undergrads possess, this isn't a petition we could see getting a lot of traction anyway. But given that FACT is now involved, we're more apt to support the spunky kids. As you may recall, FACT is significantly funded by the ultra-conservative Christian Focus on the Family, and is led by former state Sen. David Fowler, who, as the Nashville Scene pointed out today, loves all of God's people as his own. From Fowler's Facebook page:
Since college kids love to politicize things, we expect this won't be the last we hear of this battle.