19 October 2014

LGBTs Do Not Promote Inclusivity and Diversity

A principal who is an active gay rights activist has implemented her so-called ‘powers’ to suppress a planned activity to raise funds for the school’s booster club. Guess what is the activity all about? Selling Chick-fil-A sandwiches in school.

What in the world is wrong and so offensive about the plum juicy chicken breast tucked between two buttered buns that can ruffle the feathers of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT)?

If you think the LGBTs are here to promote inclusivity and diversity, then this latest move prove you wrong. What the principal of California’s Ventura High School just did shows that LGBTs are some of the least inclusive and diverse of all.

What did the waffle fries and banana pudding milkshakes do that offended the sensitivities of LGBTs deemed unacceptable by the federal government?

One thing is certain – principal Val Wyatt’s ban has less to do with poultry and more to do with politics.

"With their political stance on gay rights and because the students of Ventura High School and their parents would be at the event, I didn’t want them on campus,” Wyatt told the Ventura County Star.

It was a sentiment supported by Trudy Tuttle Ariaga, superintendent of the Ventura Unified School District.

"We value inclusivity and diversity on our campus, and all our events and activities are going to adhere to our mission,” Ariaga told CBS News in Los Angeles.

It appears that the school officials have very short term memory. We better remind them that the local Chick-fil-A franchise has a storied history of supporting the school district – to the tune of thousands of dollars – and owner Robert Shaffer had generously offered to give the booster club 200 meals for a “back-to-school” event on the planned date at which they expected to raise US$ 1,600 for the football team, the Ventura Star reported.

“That would have gone toward the football program, everything from uniforms to food for the boys,” booster club president Dan Swim told the Star. “We don’t charge money for the boys to play football.”

A few days before the back-to-school event, the principal broke the news to the booster club. She said her “main reason” for banning Chick-fil-A was because she did not want an outside organization to sell or advertise during the event.

"I work really hard to keep Ventura High School from being a marketplace for all kinds of vendors to come to the campus and reap profit,” she told the newspaper.

Well, dear. That’s a bit disingenuous. Chick-fil-A was not making a single penny. They were giving all the proceeds to the booster club. Just admit that the ‘main reason’ had more to do with Chick-fil-A’s opposition to gay rights.