A recently formed so-called LGBTQ Caucus in the Texas House reportedly blocked a state bill Friday that would have prevented local governments from perpetrating religious discrimination.
Introduced by state Rep. Michael Krause, a Republican, the “Save Chick-fil-A” bill (or H.B. 3172) would have specifically prevented local governments in Texas from essentially punishing businesses and other organizations over their “religious beliefs and moral convictions.”
Krause reportedly introduced the bill two months ago after the radically left-wing San Antonio City Council banned the popular restaurant chain Chick-fil-A from the San Antonio International Airport over its allegedly “anti-LGBTQ behavior.”
This “anti-LGBTQ behavior” included donating $1.8 million in 2017 to three charitable Christian ministries that abide by the Christian beliefs outlined in the Bible. That Christian organizations would abide by Christian beliefs is unfathomable to the left for reasons that remain unclear.
Being Christian doesn’t mean LGBTQ aren’t welcome @ Chick-fil-a. It means the owners welcome every1 but hold Christian values. #ReligiousFreedom
San Antonio bans Chick-fil-A from airport over ‘legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior’ … in the name of ‘equality’ https://t.co/uH17dwCkNV
— Leslie L Allen (@LeslieLAllen2) March 22, 2019
The citizens of beautiful San Antonio deserve more delicious sandwiches, and fewer rabid attacks against companies because of their charitable giving to the community. Come on. —> https://t.co/Nvh0GN30EO
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) March 22, 2019
“The government should not be penalizing, should not taking adverse action against you for your belief on a marriage,” Krause said after the ban was imposed.
While those who believe in actual freedom and liberty agree, Democrats of course disagree.
“Bills like this are hurtful. They cause pain. We can’t allow religion to be a cover for discrimination,” state Rep. Julie Johnson, one of the Democrat members of the so-called LGBTQ Caucus that killed H.B. 3172, said to CNN on Friday.
Chick-fil-A does not in fact engage in hate-mongering or discrimination. The popular fast food chain boasts gay employees and serves gay customers. As a decidedly Christian chain that closes for business every Sunday, however, the restaurant is supportive of Christians causes.
The left has been targeting Chick-fil-A with false allegations of hate and bigotry ever since CEO Dan T. Cathy revealed in 2012 that he supports traditional marriage. There’s nothing hateful about what Cathy said or about the donations the chain makes to Christian organizations.
Many do believe however that there’s something hateful, bigoted and repugnant about making false allegations and discriminating against an organization because of its Christian beliefs.
The LGBTQ Caucus reportedly succeeded in its discriminatory mission this week by raising a so-called “point of order” twice. The second attempt was apparently successful.
The Texas House LGBTQ Caucus arguing our point of order on the discriminatory HB 3172. #txlege #yallmeansall pic.twitter.com/8qx3F2qYOw
— Erin Zwiener (@ErinForYall) May 9, 2019
“Texas Democrats have stifled religious liberty and the freedom to support any organization or belief they do not agree with,” Texas GOP chair James Dickey reportedly said in a statement, adding that Krause’s bill had “sought to defend Texans from government persecution based on their beliefs — which everyone should be in favor of.”
“Instead, Texas Democrats continue to show their true colors by denying Texans their Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms,” he reportedly added.
And to much applause from the radical far-left:
Poor chic fil a.. it’s god’s will though they can’t be upset..HA-HA
— El Pinche Diablo (@thaDEVILhimself) May 10, 2019
THANK YOU! I’ve had enough of these stupid, homophobic, anti-women’s rights, pro-NRA, TX Republicans making our state look stupid!!#VOTEBLUETOSAVEAMERICA#FlipTexasBlue2020
— ⚓?#SaveOurPlanet⚓? (@RiderBabe52) May 10, 2019
So happy this ridiculously anti-gay bill is shut down! Thank you!
— Karen Kelley (@KarenKelleyATX) May 10, 2019
It’s unclear what’s “anti-gay” about allowing Americans to practice their religious beliefs in peace.
Despite the left’s momentary success in Texas, there may still be hope. A member of the Texas Senate has reportedly crafted a “companion bill” that’s been referred to the Senate State Affairs Committee.
“This common-sense religious freedom effort is far from over,” Jonathan Saenz, the president of the conservative Texas Values Action, warned Democrats in a statement Friday.
“We will not allow the clear will of the majority of Texans and a bipartisan majority of the Texas Legislature to be thwarted by a few. The ‘Save Chick-fil-A’ effort includes a Senate Bill, SB 1978, and we are prepared to get it moving immediately.”
The Fight to #SaveChickfilA Continues #HB3172 #txlege https://t.co/ZZKz1OMNH0
— Texas Values Action (@TxValuesAction) May 10, 2019
There’s still some hope in San Antonio as well. Following the city council’s discriminatory ban two months ago, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton launched an investigation.
“I have directed my office to open an investigation into whether the City’s action violates state law,” he wrote at the time in a letter to the San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the city council.
He also reportedly wrote a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao requesting that a federal investigation be opened as well. The city of San Antonio may have violated federal law and DOT regulations by denying a contract to Chick-fil-A on religious grounds after voting to remove the franchise from a new airport concession contract.
Truth be told, a nationwide investigation may be needed. Why? Because religious discrimination has become the norm across the states thanks to the Democrat Party’s anti-Christian bigotry,
In March public authorities in New York scrapped plans to construct a Chick-fil-A at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport over its allegedly “anti-LGBTQ rhetoric.”
Last month a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader accused the NFL of having discriminated against her because of her Christian beliefs.
And just this week a virulently anti-Christian teen who used to rant and rave on social media about how much he hates Christians committed a mass shooting at a Colorado high school.
While Democrats talk a good game about bigotry and discrimination, the fact remains that they’re the ones who’ve normalized anti-Christian bigotry, not to mention anti-Semitism!
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