TX lawmaker: new law protects our rights, not just our restaurants

Thursday, June 13, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

FCA logoThe governor of Texas has signed legislation that appears to protect Chick-fil-A but the larger, looming issue is about more than chicken sandwiches.

“It protects anyone who donates to or affiliates with a religious organization from getting punished from the government because of their donations to that religious organization,” Jonathan Saenz, of Texas Values, says of the First Amendment Defense Act.

The legislation is also nicknamed the “Save Chick-fil-A” bill.

OneNewsNow has reported that San Antonio city council members singled out Chick-fil-A in an airport contract, voting to drop a franchise from a list of airport vendors over the company’s “legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”

Saenz, Jonathan (Texas Values)Chick-fil-A made national headlines in 2014, and millions of left-wing enemies ever since, when its CEO shared his personal views about biblical marriage. Not forgetting that seemingly unpardonable view, liberal city council members objected to Chick-fil-A donating corporate dollars to two groups, Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

The state legislation actually predated San Antonio’s vote to punish Chick-fil-A, but state Rep. Matt Krause told OneNewsNow in a May interview that the city council’s punishment “crystalized and clarified” the need to strengthen constitutional rights in the Lone Star State.

Krause, who sponsored the bill in the House, told Fox News there is no “discriminatory language of intent” in the bill despite the claims of a lesbian state lawmaker quoted in the same story.

Chick-fil-A restaurante“Of course this bill is aimed at me,” Jessica Gonzalez told Fox News.

The purpose of the legislation, Krause countered in the same story, is to protect the right of an individual or business to support religious organizations without being punished by a government body.

The Fox News story, which described the new law as “controversial,” failed to report that donations to Salvation Army and FCA angered the city council members.

Saenz says there is some talk from the City of San Antonio that it will refuse to follow the law and plans carry out its Chick-fil-A ban.

“But it’s clear that if they continue to do that, they'll be violating state law," Saenz says. "The Save Chick-fil-A bill is for all Texans, not just for Chick-fil-A.”

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