Faculty at the Rider University’s College of Business is finding that the college dean has a devotion to Christian values, and therefore to Chick-Fil-A as well.
Cynthia Newman announced that she would be resigning from the position of dean after the school decided to ban Chick-Fil-A.
Originally, the school claimed that the ban was implemented to promote “inclusion for all people” after the food chain took a biblical stance on LGBTQ issues.
In solidarity with the restaurant, Newman delivered her resignation announcement in mid-February.
An excerpt of her announcement reads:
I am a committed follower of Jesus Christ. As such, I endeavor every day to do exactly what Chick-fil-A puts forward as its overarching corporate value: to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to me and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with me.”
Newman also spoke with Cabot Phillips of Campus Reform, sharing insight to her decision.
“Everything positive about me and everything I have ever achieved — whether in my personal or my professional life — that is viewed as being good, I fully attribute to God’s working in and through me,” Newman shared with Phillips. “Anytime I am kind or patient or wise, it is a result of God’s goodness and mercy and my yielding to His presence in my life.”
Also of note is that the school allegedly emailed Newman a list of approved “talking points” to minimize any negative publicity that would result from her resignation. Newman promptly refused those points and spoke out against them.
“I could not, in good conscience, as a committed Christian, adhere to those talking points,” Newman wrote. “I am not willing to compromise my faith and Christian values and I will not be viewed as being in any way complicit when an affront is made to those values.”