For months Republican legislators in Texas have been attempting unsuccessfully to pass a bill that would prevent local governments from perpetrating religious discrimination.
Introduced in April by state Rep. Michael Krause, the “Save Chick-fil-A” bill (or H.B. 3172, as it was known) initially faced defeat because of a radical so-called LGBTQ Caucus.
“I don’t care if you’re Chick-Fil-A, I don’t care if you’re Ben and Jerry’s, we need to make sure the government does not penalize you for who you’re associated with or who you donate to,” he said back in May to Austin station KXAN.
Despite these setbacks, a version of the bill eventually made it through the Texas House and then the Senate in late May and was finally signed into law Monday by Gov. Greg Abbott.
The governor had hinted in late May that he’d eventually sign it:
So. What are the odds I’ll sign the Chick-fil-A bill?
I’ll let you know after dinner.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 21, 2019
The bill was introduced after local Democrat officials in San Antonio banned 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.
“The government should not be penalizing, should not taking adverse action against you for your belief on a marriage,” Krause said at the time.
When he introduced his bill shortly thereafter, Democrats complained.
“Bills like this are hurtful. They cause pain. We can’t allow religion to be a cover for discrimination,” state Rep. Julie Johnson, a member of the so-called LGBTQ Caucus that initially killed the bill, said to CNN in early May.
But 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, repugnant and fascistic about using false allegations against a religious organization to discriminate against it.
Chick-fil-A pulled from another airport a week after backlash in Texas. Fascist abuse of power starting to scare people. https://t.co/rYWC5jfxX0
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 31, 2019
Some also feel it’s hateful to falsely accuse others of hatred.
“It’s been cloaked in religious freedom,” state Rep. Celia Israel, a Democrat, complained last month of the bill. “But the genesis, the nexus of this bill, is in hatred.”
“It sends a message that Texas is not welcome and open to all,” she said at the time of the bill. “Nothing new is accomplished by this bill.”
These sentiments were and remain false.
Written by state Sen. Bryan Hughes, the final version of the bill, S.B. 1978, bans local governments from taking “adverse action” against individuals or businesses based on their religious beliefs.
— Texas Values (@txvalues) June 11, 2019
This means Americans of all religious stripes — Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus — will be welcome to practice their religious beliefs in Texas without fear of discrimination.
The increasingly radical left has a habit of redefining words. According to them, for instance, “man” is a noun describing someone who feels like a man, while “woman” is a noun describing someone who feels like a woman.
Likewise, according to socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s fictional Misogynist Dictionary, “nasty” is an adjective used by misogynist men to denigrate the appearance, intelligence or character of a woman who’s rejected him.
None of this is true, of course. Neither is it true that it’s hateful to donate to charitable Christian ministries and support traditional marriage as defined by the Bible.
“Hate” is in fact defined by Merriam-Webster as “intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury.”
The latter portion in italics is important because it coincides with an attitude of victimhood, which, sadly, is an attitude that’s beloved by the radical far-left.
They’ve decided that all gay people are victims — which is false — and concluded therefore that anybody who doesn’t accept the gay agenda (which isn’t equivalent to mistreating gays) is guilty of hate.
Except more often than not, the ones teeming with actual hatred are the ones screaming the loudest that, “I’m a victim!”
Case in point (*LANGUAGE WARNING):
@ChickfilA just a reminder to [email protected] yourselves. It’s always too late. People sometimes make mistakes that are unforgivable. [email protected] lgbtq flags off your page. You’ve done nothing but spend millions [email protected] rights away from us. Fuck you. Trash.
— i🖤House🏠Music🎶 (@iluvhausmuzik) June 11, 2019
hey @ChickfilA fuck you for donating to Anti-LGBT foundations y’all fr trippin bout that shit because you’re runnin a fuckin cult, but ima still take my gay ass up there to get my normal #1 meal, large fry, n large lemonade lite ice.
— 🦋 (@creshwn) May 28, 2019
@ChickfilA fuck you and you’re homophobic chicken. Why don’t you serve that with a smile. PS imma have gay sex on Sunday just for you. How’s that for a special sauce! Bitch
— Bryor (@TheFakeBryor) May 1, 2019
I don’t give a shit about that. They donated money to legalize murdering gay people. None of their charitable causes will ever trump that. Fuck them. You sound stupid. “They donated money to some churches so that should make up for them trying to kill gay people” ass shit. Bye.
— Frank Oshun Knowles (@KizerMoore) April 14, 2019
Chick-fil-A “donated money to legalize murdering gay people”!?
While that’s not even remotely true, it’s not surprising that someone with so much hate in his heart would fall hook, line and sinker for such an obvious lie.
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