Chick-fil-A is one of my favorite fast food places. They are always polite and the food is delicious. But the left seems to harbor a special hatred for Chick-fil-A because the owner is a devout Christian and the restaurant is closed on Sundays. The San Antonio International Airport was slated to have a Chick-fil-A open up there but the city council voted against including the restaurant in the airport’s Terminal A.
Why? Because they say that Chick-fil-A has a ‘legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior’. That’s because the Bible speaks of homosexuality as a sin. In a 6-4 vote, with one abstention, the San Antonio City Council voted on March 21st to deny the chicken restaurant a spot in the terminal’s 10,000 square feet of available space. The restaurant was one of ten stores that planned to inhabit the space.
“Besides Chick-Fil-A, Paradies plans to open concessions for The Luxury, Smoke Shack BBQ, Local Coffee, Boss Bagels & Coffee, Spurs, IStore, Sip Brew Bar and Market, and Adina’s Market,” the outlet wrote. The seven-year contract for concession management at the terminal is expected to create $2.1 million in revenue for the Texas city.
San Antonio is an anomaly in Texas. They are a liberal city in an ocean of conservative Texans. ‘Out In SA’ reporter, Sam Sanchez, claims the restaurant “has long had a reputation for being anti-LGBTQ.” Those are progressive leftist talking points. They simply despise Christians. Sanchez pointed to Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan T. Cathy’s stance on same-sex marriage. Cathy famously opposed the policy in 2012 based on his religious convictions. Reporters then revealed that the company donated millions to faith-based organizations, which Sanchez described as “hostile to LGBTQ rights.”
The details of this story are even worse. San Antonio City Council voted to ban @ChickfilA from the airport bc the company gave to…the Fellowship of Christian Athletes & the Salvation Army?!? That’s ridiculous. And not Texas. #LeftistIntolerance https://t.co/ApTnlpS2E0
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 23, 2019
From The Daily Wire:
“In 2017, the leftist organization Think Progress revealed that Chick-Fil-A, through its non-profit foundation, donated $1.8 million to religious organizations even after the company said it would “leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”
“The city council’s decision appears to have been made based on personal politics without any discussion with the restaurant.
“This is the first we’ve heard of this. It’s disappointing,” Chick-Fil-A told Sanchez in a statement. “We would have liked to have had a dialogue with the city council before this decision was made. We agree with Councilmember Treviño that everyone is and should feel welcome at Chick-fil-A. We plan to reach out to the city council to gain a better understanding of this decision.”
“Roberto C. Trevino, San Antonio’s district 1 city councilman, told Sanchez that he was the one who made the motion to keep Chick-Fil-A from the airport, and that his motion passed after a prolonged discussion.
“With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion,” Treviño said. “San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we don’t have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”
“Trevino added that “everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport.” Everyone, except apparently, those with religious convictions.
“The Left has been trying to destroy Chick-Fil-A since Cathy came out in opposition of same-sex marriage. An attempted boycott of the organization had the opposite effect, as many more came out to support the restaurant. Since then, the Left continues to claim the restaurant as a whole discriminates against LGBTQ Americans, even though no such discrimination has been reported inside a restaurant.”
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— New York Magazine (@NYMag) March 22, 2019
Texas Values, a nonprofit organization that said it’s dedicated to standing for faith, family, and freedom, nailed it:
“In the wake of the City of San Antonio banning Chick-fil-A from their airport based upon their religious beliefs and private donations made to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Texas Values and Texas Values Action are once again calling on the legislature to act to protect religious freedom and ensure all Texans are Free To Believe.
“Despite Councilman Trevino saying ‘Everyone has a place here, and everyone should be welcome…’ Chick-fil-A, Christians, and other businesses who believe in Biblical marriage and biological sex are being persecuted by the city. In this case, it appears business owners can even be punished for donations they make to nonprofits which have nothing to do with how the company conducts its business.
“Local governments targeting and banning private Christian businesses like Chick-Fil-A is a hostility to religion that Texans will not stand for. I thought Texas was ‘open for business.’ I guess that applies everywhere in Texas except for San Antonio, where the government demands that you renounce your religious beliefs.
“This outrageous development only further underscores the need for the legislature to act and stop these out of control city regulations. Texans should be Free to Believe, and free to eat Chick-fil-A. We ask all members of the legislature to co-author HB 1035 and protect business like Chick-fil-A from government punishment.
“HB 1035 The Free To Believe Act by Rep. Bill Zedler, ensures the government cannot punish individual Texans, religious groups, businesses, counselors, medical providers, wedding vendors, or state employees for their sincerely held religious beliefs on marriage and human sexuality. Believing the Bible and living out your faith should never get you fined, jailed, or in any other way punished.”
Senator Ted Cruz is heavily criticizing the move. “Ridiculous,” Cruz tweeted Friday, with a link to a story about the vote. “The details of this story are even worse,” he followed up Saturday, tweeting a link to another story. “San Antonio City Council voted to ban @ChickfilA from the airport bc the company gave to…the Fellowship of Christian Athletes & the Salvation Army?!?”
“That’s ridiculous. And not Texas,” Cruz wrote, along with the hashtag #LeftistIntolerance. I could not agree more.