Standing up for more than just a chicken sandwich

Thursday, May 30, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Chick-fil-A restauranteThe vocal, Texas-sized support for Chick-fil-A is about more than capitalism and chicken sandwiches, says an attorney who has rushed to its defense.

OneNewsNow has reported that San Antonio city council members singled out the popular fast food chain over its donations to two religious-based organizations, Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

When a franchise of the fast food chain appeared on a list of airport vendors, city council members voted to drop Chick-fil-A from the contract, citing the donations, which caused an uproar for the blatant act of religious discrimination.

Chick-fil-A famously became persona nongrata to the Left after its CEO shared his religious views about marriage, and since then college campuses and cities such as New York City have denounced the food chain as “hate chicken,” yet the Georgia-based corporation keeps crushing its wealthier competitors with sales figures and public popularity.  

First Liberty Institute attorney Keisha Russell tells OneNewsNow that Chick-fil-A likely won’t “feel a dent” from the city council’s action, but the larger, looming issue is a city government punishing a private business for its charity decisions.

"If Chick-fil-A was a smaller restaurant, this would have devastating impact on them possibly,” she says, “And we don't want the government to be in a habit of banning businesses because next in line are individuals who aren't going to have the same sort of financial clout that Chick-fil-A has."

First Liberty, acting on its own, contacted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over San Antonio’s punishment, and the federal agency is now investigating the accusation of discrimination that could harm the city’s access to federal grants.   

FAA is also investigating the City of Buffalo which has also turned down a Chick-fil-A location at its airport.

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