By Emma Karlin, staff writer
So much of what is taught on today’s college campuses is useless “feel good” drivel. It is very often nothing more than pap designed to “build self-esteem.” Nevertheless, occasionally a genuine lesson will bubble up through the worthless sludge. This is what happened recently at the University of New Mexico (UNM). While the lesson was unintended, it was clear and for a change valuable. Students learned that they do not have to automatically yield to minority opinion and if they tell demanding Gay activists to get lost the world will not come to an end. Here’s how it unfolded.
A group of “frightened” Gay activists on the campus of the University of New Mexico recently got a big surprise when they demanded that Chick-Fil-A be forced to leave, because its mere presence frightened them. Undeterred that a majority of fellow students favored keeping the chicken sandwich shop right where it is, the Gay agitators demanded and got a vote on the matter from the student Senate.
During the debate the hand wringing was classic. Sen. Miquela Ortiz of the Associated Students of UNM said, “Students started expressing to me they felt unsafe to go into their own campus union building. When they said they felt uncomfortable on campus, I felt it was an issue that I should bring up.” Another said, “Please look at this from a moral standpoint. Look at the kids that are here that are telling you, ‘I do not feel safe on this campus anymore.’”
As it turns out the students living on the UNM’s campuses do have many reasons to be fearful, but deep fried chicken sold by a Christian company isn’t one of them. In the last three reporting years these real crimes have been reported by UNM residents: 10 forcible sex crimes; 15 robberies; 145 burglaries; 20 aggravated assaults; 137 auto larcenies and 15 arsons.
The Gay bleating drew responses such as, “Nobody is in imminent danger on this campus because of chicken,” and, “I have friends that work for Chick-fil-A, and they’re taught to treat every customer with the respect that they deserve.”
The vote was 8 to 3 in favor of the chicken restaurant and at least for one day students went back to their dorms having actually learned something: Don’t be afraid of bullies; Gay or otherwise.