“We value inclusivity and diversity on our campus, and all our events and activities are going to adhere to our mission,” she said.’She’ is Trudy Tuttle Ariaga, superintendent of the Ventura Unified School District, who agreed with Ventura High School’s principal Val Wyatt’s banning ‘the booster club for the school from selling Chick-fil-A sandwiches for its football fundraiser due to the company’s stance on the institution of marriage’.
How, exactly, do you show how you ‘value inclusivity and diversity’ by excluding the ‘diverse’ groups which may very well hold a different opinion than yours?
The principal also said she ‘wanted to refrain from using outside vendors’, which is fine – after all, if you don’t want outside vendors, that’s your choice. However, what is not fine is banning a specific vendor because of, in this case, that vendor’s ‘opposition to same-sex “marriage.”’
Either you ban them all, or you ban none. Otherwise, you risk coming across as being exclusive, intolerant, and bigoted.
Some will say (in fact, some already are) that this is just another example of bigotry against Christians. And perhaps there’s truth there – after all, the Cathy family’s view of traditional marriage is informed by their faith. But look at the excuse the principal and superintendant give for the ban: : ‘the company’s stance on the institution of marriage’. There’s the focus of the bigotry, folks – this business has the temerity to have a stance on marriage that is not in line with the inclusive, tolerant, and diversity-loving school district.
Therefore, in order to uphold inclusivity, diversity, and tolerance, the district will be intolerant and exclusive of a diversity of opinion which they do not agree with.
Seriously, if you’re going to preach inclusivity and tolerance and diversity, you really ought to, you know, be consistent and actually practice what you preach?
Food for thought.