I don’t believe that being gay is a mental illness, but clearly there are some mentally ill gay students at the university’s flagship campus in Albuquerque.
A group of liberal students at the University of New Mexico tried their best to get Chick-fil-A kicked off campus because they claimed the eatery made them feel “unsafe.” The students even took to theatrics, such as crying and hyperventilating, before a vote was held on whether the restaurant could stay or not- despite a majority of students having no problem with them on campus. Gay students claimed that they even felt threatened by the mere sight of students and faculty carrying bags with the Chick-fil-A logo on them.
“Chick-fil-A landed on the hot plate last week after a student group voted to kick the restaurant off campus claiming its very presence made gay students feel unsafe.
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"'Please look at this from a moral standpoint,' said Brittany Arneson, a student against having Chick-fil-A on campus. 'Look at the kids that are here that are telling you, 'I do not feel safe on this campus anymore.'"
Crying and hyperventilating over the presence of a fast food restaurant on the campus – all due to the religious beliefs and political activity of the owner of the company? Claiming that they don’t feel safe on campus because they might spy a student or faculty member carrying a bag or eating a sandwich? What next – a claim that they fear that the chicken chain’s bovine mascots are going to engage in gay-bashing attacks on the campus quad? Such emotional instability simply is not psychologically normal.
But let’s suppose that this measure had passed – what would it have changed? Would it have forbidden someone from bringing the forbidden food on to the campus? Would it have prevented the wearing of apparel with the logo on it? No, it would not – so the irrational fears would not have been dissipated.
And beyond that, consider what would be necessary next had the board caved into this silliness. Fairness and equality would have required, for example, that the school ban McDonalds from the campus at the request of quivering and quaking Christians offended by the chain’s regular financial contributions to Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortionist? Or what about the demands of Jewish students who feel threatened by the religious and political beliefs of a Muslim franchisee operating on campus? And let’s not forget the concerns of conservative students who feel unsafe because of the express advocacy of liberal politics by their professors in their classroom?
Face it – maturity requires that you accept that there are those who disagree with you, and who perhaps don’t even like you. If these psychologically unstable students cannot handle that reality, perhaps it is they who need to be removed from campus for the safety of others.