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April 26, 2015

NO More Chick-fil-A Votes the Students at Johns Hopkins University


The students of Johns Hopkins University have a message for Chick-fil-A: No, thank you.

The university’s Student Government Association approved a resolution this week saying that university officials should pick “other non-discriminatory options” and rule out any “current and future Chick-fil-A development plans” if searching for new dining vendors on campus.
In the resolution, which passed 18 to 8, the SGA stated that having a Chick-fil-A location on campus would be a “microaggression” toward the campus community, including “visiting prospective and current students, staff, faculty, and other visitors who are members of the LGBTQ community or are allies.”
According to the resolution, the SGA’s stance stems from Chick-fil-A President and CEO Dan Cathy’s “decisive statements against” the LGBTQ community. Cathy is known for his anti-LGBT sentiments, rooted in his religious beliefs, which were highly publicized beginning in summer 2012, raising controversy and protest around the brand.
Responding to the 2013 Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act, which ruled that it was unconstitutional for the court to not recognize same-sex marriages, Cathy tweeted, “Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies.”
The company has since changed its ways, even ceasing its donations to organizations against same-sex unions—but that has not stopped college campuses from expressing their disapproval of hosting Chick-fil-A. Students at North Carolina’s Elon University voted the franchise out in 2012, and Indiana University’s Bloomington campus did the same in January.
The resolution didn’t come in response to any plans to bring the Southern-fried chicken restaurant to the Baltimore campus—and the students’ measure is getting backlash in the conservative press. The National Review said there’s a “new spirit of intolerance” on campus that is targeting conservative Christians.
This is the second time this month that Johns Hopkins has made headlines for taking a strong stance on controversial social topics. Last week, JHU officials decided to reverse the ban on a pro-life display that has appeared at the school’s Spring Fair for decades. The display, which contains photos and models of unborn fetuses, was removed owing to fears that it contained “triggering and disturbing images and content.” The original decision, like the Chick-fil-A rejection, was intended to create a “safe place” on campus for all JHU students.

Ashley Jakubczyk is an editorial intern for and a graduate student at Harvard University. She has also written for Thought Catalog,The Daily Bruin,The Daily Breeze, and Peninsula People magazine.

December 12, 2012

Survey Shows } Britain Less Religious but More Diversified

Religion: Number of Christians down 12% in a decade
The number of people calling themselves Christian in the UK fell dramatically between 2001 and 2011. Christianity was the only religion to see a drop-off in membership, with a 12% decrease during those 10 years. The Methodist church described the results as “challenging but not discouraging” while the pioneering Christian group Fresh Expressions said “The church in England and Wales needs to find new ways of engaging those who no longer have, or never had any interest.”
The British Humanist Association spoke of a “significant cultural shift” in a society where “[r]eligious practice, identity, belonging and belief are all in decline… and non-religious identities are on the rise”. The number of people with no religion at all  in the UK has doubled since 2001.
Islam showed the biggest growth in the country with 1.2 million – 5% of the population – calling themselves Muslims in 2011. That is up 1.8% in the past decade. Critics suggest this figure could be misleading, and in fact be a matter of more Muslims filling in the form properly. Birth rates among the Islamic community are not out of proportion with the rate of population increase.
Marriage: For the first time in history, a majority are unmarried
For the first time ever, the majority of Britons were unmarried in 2011. The percentage of married couples fell from 51 to 47%. Reasons for the decline include women outliving men, leaving an increased population of widows, as well as a greater number of younger couples choosing instead to cohabit. 
As many as 35% of the population classed themselves as single at last count, that is an increase of 5% in 10 years. Fractured communities and, ironically, the communications revolution, are among those reasons for more solo living.
Married, Civil partnered and one-person households accounted for 63% (14.8m) of all households. Meanwhile the number of us living in shared accommodation has grown. In seven years since the Civil Partnership Act was introduced in 2004, the number of official same-sex unions had reached 105,000 by 2011.
Ethnicity: Indians beat Irish as top migrant group while melting pot grows
India had replaced the Republic of Ireland as the biggest migrant community, with Pakistan retaining third position. The success of immigrants including Rajesh Agrawal, 35, who arrived from India with £60, and is now a super-rich entrepreneur has highlighted flaws in changes in the law in the past decade. Had the immigration tick box system been in place when Agrawal came to the UK eight years ago, he wouldn’t have been allowed in.
Britain has proven an ever-warmer melting pot with 2.2% of the population in England and Wales calling themselves mixed race - up from 1.27% in 2001. According to the think tank British Future which produced ‘The Melting Pot Generation: How Britain became more relaxed about race’, the true figure is far higher: “Twice as many people have ethnically mixed parentage – but over half of them choose other census categories, such as black or white”.
Wales had the largest proportion of people who listed their ethnic group as White in 2011,that was 96% of the population. Compared to London where just 59% ticked White in 2011, and less than half of 8.2 million usual residents claimed to be White British. At the same time, Londoners are more likely to consider themselves “British” rather than “English”, leading commentators to report the dawning of a new cosmopolitan sense of ‘Britishness’ sweeping the Capital.
Population: There’s a lot more of us (and more of us were born elsewhere)
Of 56.1 million residents of England and Wales last year (that is 3.7m more than 10 years previously) some 7.5m were born abroad –that is 3m more than the number reported in 2001. Just under half of those had arrived in the past 10 years.
There are now 23.4 million households in the UK, with 2.4 residents per household. The number of these that are mortgages has dropped while the number of renters – most acutely in London where property prices were less affected by the property crisis – has risen in its place.
Census in numbers
14m people now consider themselves without a religion – up from 7.7m in 2001
The number of cars and vans in England and Wales rose to 23.9m
4.2m The number of people who work in the wholesale and retail sector – more than any other
Nearly 80% of people in England and Wales live in a whole house or bungalow,  rather than a flat or apartment
96% of Welsh people are white, compared with just 59% of Londoners
The number of people claiming Jedi Knights as a religion fell by 50% to 176,632

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