It’s one thing to have an excellent lawyer take up your case.
It’s another to have your state’s attorney general on your side.
In late March, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton opened an investigation into discrimination against Chick-fil-A by the City of San Antonio.
And now, just a few short weeks later, the Texas Legislator has just passed a new “Chick-fil-A Bill” officially defending the Christian company from attacks.
Here’s what this new law means:
As we reported previously in our article titled Another Chick-fil-A Banned by Atheist Politicians, the city of San Antonio recently lashed out at the Christian company.
You see, Chick-fil-A sought to expand into San Antonio, Texas by opening an airport location.
All was ready to proceed, until atheist city council members banned the company due to their Christian faith.
Shortly after this action by the city council, Texas State Attorney General Ken Paxton announced he would take up an official investigation into the matter.
He stated that San Antonio made a foul mistake and claimed this decision was discriminatory, and “not only out of step with Texas values, but inconsistent with the Constitution and Texas law.”
Paxton boldly addressed a deeper matter: Our country is based on certain unalienable rights, which include religious freedom. “The City of San Antonio’s decision to exclude a respected vendor based on the religious beliefs associated with that company and its owners is the opposite of tolerance.”
Now, as a result of AG Paxton’s action as well as the advocacy from Christians across the state of Texas, the Texas legislature has passed what has been called the “Chick-fil-A Bill.”
In a vote of 79-62, the Texas House passed the bill which will now head to the governor’s desk for his signature.
The bill would ban any state entity, including city governments, from discriminating against Christian groups by punishing them for their contributions to religious charities.
The San Antonio councilmen seem to think they have a right to judge a company’s goodwill according to their own personal anti-religious agenda.
Their decision came “…after a report noted that in 2017, Chick-fil-A donated nearly $2 million to the Salvation Army, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Paul Anderson Youth Home. The report asserted that the three charities were discriminatory against LGBTQ individuals.”
Just after Chick-fil-A allocated the donation, the SA city council passed a motion that would allow the “Food, Beverage and Retail Prime Concession Agreement with Paradies Lagardère…with the condition that Chick-fil-A be excluded from the agreement.”
Attorney General Paxton is not alone on the stance for religious liberty.
The Republican Representative who sees over San Antonio’s portion of Texas immediately saw through the netting of this illegitimacy.
Rep. Chip Roy commented, “Targeting individuals, organizations, or corporations for carrying out their deeply-held religious beliefs in accord with our laws and consistent with many Americans’ similarly held religious beliefs is hardly making San Antonio a ‘champion of equality and inclusion.’”
Paxton has also determined to get Elaine Chao involved, as the National Secretary of Transportation, to get a federal investigation opened against this matter as well.
His urgency reminds us about the serious nature of this decision. It is not just a simple thing that we should nod at and sweep away.
The matter at hand represents the spiritual warfare firing across our nation. Left or right-wing aside, neither will be flying for long if we cannot repent as a nation and return to the God of the principles this country was founded on.
Rep. Chip Roy states: “I hope this matter can be resolved, as it would be unfortunate if the council’s decision negatively impacted our ability to effectively advocate for San Antonio in Congress due to such rampant discriminatory action against a well-regarded business with such a significant presence in our communities in Central Texas and across the nation.”
Unfortunate, indeed. The insanity of sin is how it can convince the one beneath it of its own logic and rightness, totally disregarding reason and truth.
This decision by the council shows the folly and deceptive nature of separation from God, or even the godly principles at stake out of the bottom lines of America.
Chick-fil-A is a seriously blessed company. Their history under the headship of Truett Cathy’s chicken sandwich recipe has made its mark in 47 states.
The Dwarf Grill began in 1946, as a sweet Georgian eatery where their famous chicken sandwich recipe was born. An even greater Chick-fil-A signature, their unmatched quality of service, was also a result of the Cathy family’s humble business. Faith in God and a life that testifies to it became cornerstones to the entire company, and remain evident even today.
After God led the Cathys to open their first stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant in the ‘80s, the blessings poured in undeniable ways.
From that first 1986 store to 2017, they have reported over $9 billion in revenue. Along this entire journey, they have kept the most important things at the forefront: quality recipes, community building, and excellent service to all people.
All comes from their spiritual commitment to God alone.
As a result of their Christian faith, Chick-fil-A has come under fire for years and has experienced vandalism and boycotts.
But, as previously reported, the boycott of Chick-fil-A has been the most unsuccessful boycott in history.
Praise God that as of yet we still live in a Nation Under God, whose laws are quite well defined and clearly written.
Pray that God protects us and the laws that goad the final decisions made within our nation’s borders.
Pray that the law and decision makers are reminded of the serious matter of keeping in line with the laws of the country for any kind of unity amongst our fellow countrymen.