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SAN LUIS OBISPO, California, May 10, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The faculty of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to recommend expelling Chick-fil-A from campus, with one of the school’s leaders drawing a bizarre moral equivalence between the Christian food chain and other unsavory practices.

Chick-fil-A has had a location on campus for 25 years, but on Tuesday 38 of Cal Poly’s academic senate’s 44 members voted to recommend terminating it, SF Gate reports.

“We don't sell pornography in the bookstore and we don't have a Hooters on campus — we already pre-select those kind of things based on our existing values,” academic senate Vice Chair Thomas Gutierrez said. “This is a similar thing, the difference is we're actually profiting from this. So our money, every dollar a student is spending at Chick-Fil-A, is going to these causes that are in violation of our values.”

Chick-fil-A is famously operated on the Christian principles of its national leadership, including closing on Sundays, listing “to glorify God” as part of its corporate purpose, and its active charitable arm. For years, liberals have advocated boycotting the chain due to CEO Dan Cathy’s stated opposition to same-sex “marriage” and the company’s donations to social conservative groups such as Family Research Council and Focus on the Family.

University spokesman Matt Lazier endorsed the faculty’s premise that Chick-fil-A was “intolerant,” but disagreed with their conclusion of what to do about it.

“While university administration passionately disagrees with the values of some of the organizations the president of Chick-fil-A has chosen to make personal donations to, we do not believe in responding to intolerance with intolerance,” Lazier said. “Rather, we must model our values of inclusion – that means upholding the rights of others to have different perspectives and ensuring there is space in our community for differing viewpoints and ideologies, even those that may be in direct conflict with our own.”

Despite pro-LGBT activists’ common insinuations that the company’s Christian conservatism translates to “excluding” or otherwise mistreating anyone, many homosexual employees and customers have attested to positive, welcoming experiences with Chick-fil-A.

Should the faculty ultimately convince Cal Poly’s administration to remove Chick-fil-A, it would also require canceling a five-year contract extension chain and the school signed in 2018. The academic senate argues the cost of doing so would be worth it, to ensure that “(business) partners are held to the same high diversity and inclusion standards of as the rest of the campus community.”

Despite hostility from activists, academia, and local governments, Chick-fil-A continues to thrive. The company’s sales have tripled over the past decade, the Wall Street Journal reports, and now it’s poised to take its place as the third-largest restaurant chain in the United States, just behind McDonald’s and Starbucks.

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