[Update: Perhaps coincidentally, the local franchisee for Chick-Fil-A sent an email to members of local media less than 30 minutes after we posted this story inviting us to dine for free at any of the three locations in Lafayette.]
A petition drive is afoot that seeks to boot from the UL Lafayette campus Chick-Fil-A, a fast food chain owned by fundamentalist Christians — Chick-Fil-A restaurants are closed on Sundays — whose foundation, WinShape, donates heavily to rightwing, anti-gay/lesbian groups like Focus on the Family and Exodus International, a “pray away the gay” group.
According to the petition posted at SignOn.org:
I support the cause of removing Chick-fil-A from UL Lafayette due to their anti-LGBT and anti-Civil Rights record.
Chick-fil-A currently serves thousands of students a year at UL Lafayette. However, the company has consistently funded groups that fight against LGBT Equality. Chick-fil-A has donated over $5 million dollars to anti-gay organizations between 2003 - 2010.
As a campus that supports diversity and inclusion, UL Lafayette, its faculty, staff, and students should not be funding a company that supports anti-equality measures. Removing this restaurant from campus will send a strong message that UL Lafayette stands up for the rights of all their students, faculty, and staff.
The move to push Chick-Fil-A off the Lafayette campus is not a new phenomenon. LGBT student groups and their supporters have waged similar campaigns at college campuses across the country. Earlier this year following a 31-5 vote against Chick-Fil-A by its Student Senate, Northeastern University in Boston scrapped plans to allow a franchise on its campus.
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DEC 8 - Maybe that wasn't such a good idea, after all. This post on the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association's site says we're looking at oil prices that are tanking because there's so much oil coming out of the Gulf. Some are even predicting a glut. What's likely to be the result? Lower gas prices, higher refinery profits, and more pressure on the feds to loosen export restrictions.
DEC 8 Here's the latest from blogger Robert Mann, and it's on one of his favorite topics: Bobby Jindal. He's taking a look at Jindal's record and his current maneuvering, which of course is a ploy to position him for a run for the White House. "America Next," Jindal's current big idea, is just as vague about what it is proposing as Jindal usually is, Mann says. And it won't protect him from his "unimaginative record," as Mann describes it.
DEC 8 - Don't know what that is? Then run on over to LaPolitics and read this post by Jeremy Alford, which serves as a history lesson about the famed tonic and it's purveyor, Dudley LeBlanc. It's really a fascinating story and Alford's description of Dudley as an "icon of Louisiana politics and culture" is not an exaggeration.
DEC 8 In this editorial, the Picayune again urges Gov. Jindal to take the Medicaid money. But the piece's exhortation that Jindal "be sensible" is a little misplaced, isn't it? Because Jindal's not being stupid -- well, maybe he is -- but he's following orders from people he believes can get him into the White House. This editorial is engaging in the argument that Jindal is publicly making, without acknowledging what his true motivations are. Somebody send these guys a clue.
DEC 8 Columnist Mark Ballard is writing about the impact of Vance McAllister's defeat of Neil Riser in this post. He starts out talking about how McAllister's more reasonable approach was more attractive to voters than was Riser's hard-line (tea-party-ish) rants. Dan Claitor, a state lege from BR who is expected to run for Congress soon, expressed it best when he said voters aren't looking for candidates who are "throwing temper tantrums when they can't get their way."
DEC 8 It's always gratifying when a Louisiana son makes international headlines. And our son, David "former KKK grand poobah" Duke is back in the news, making us all proud. This (UK) Telegraph story, unearthed by the Dead Pelican, tells us that Duke has been expelled from Italy but is trying to return. The Italians say he is trying to "establish a pan-European, extremist neo-Nazi group in northern Italy." Huh. You don't say.
DEC 9 This is a kind of puzzling post from columnist Jim Beam, in which he discusses a recent appearance by former Gov. Edwin Edwards in Lake Charles. He said he's surprised by EWE's "grasp of current events." Did Jim never meet Slick Eddie? He's no dummy, and for Beam to assume he is -- well, given he covered the man for 50 years, that's the surprise.
DEC 9 A "suspicious package" shut down part of Zachary Sunday, WAFB tells us in this post. The package, which eventually was "rendered safe" (bomb squad lingo for blown up) was found in a storage unit that someone quit paying on. Other cop gear was found in the unit, so it is possible the thing was a training tool, police say. But they leave out the best part: who bought it? Barry, Jarrod or Darrell?
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