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The U.S. government has launched a review of complaints that two American airports illegally discriminated against the very popular Chick-fil-A restaurants – even as LGBT lawmakers resort to tricks to try to protect their campaign against the company for its policy of donating to faith-based charitable groups.
The company has been in the crosshairs of the homosexual and transgender communities since its owner several years ago advocated for traditional marriage. Then the company’s critics were further infuriated when they discovered its contributions go to conservative charities.
Most recently, officials in San Antonio, who discriminated against the Christian-owned company in their airport contract, revealed they are trying to hide from the public their conversations on that issue.
The dispute is ramping up at least partly because, according to the Washington Examiner, the Federal Aviation Administration has confirmed it is investigating San Antonio’s actions, as well as those taken in New York’s Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
In both places, officials specifically excluded Chick-fil-A from their premises.
“The Department of Transportation has received complaints alleging discrimination by two airport operators against a private company due to the expression of the owner’s religious beliefs,” the agency said.
The corporate donations go to organizations such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army, and LGBT agenda players are enraged by that.
Federal law, according to the FAA, prohibits “airport operators from excluding persons on the basis of religious creed from participating in airport activities that receive or benefit from FAA grant funding.”
The company also has faced demands from students and faculty for the same discriminatory practices on the campuses of publicly funded schools such as Cal Polytechnic and others. Officials there, however, refused to cooperate with what they described as “censorship.”
It was in Texas, where the San Antonio investigation is being ramped up, that state Rep. Julie Johnson used a legislative trick known as a “point of order” to try to kill a proposed state law that would protect individuals and companies exercising their constitutionally protected First Amendment rights from being targeted with discrimination by LGBTQ groups.
It was revived, however, and Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign it into law after the legislature gave its approval.
The plan prevents “adverse action” by government entities against those companies and individuals exercising their rights.
The company has been in the bull’s-eye for leftists since 2012 when its president, Dan Cathy, said that God has defined marriage and “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than You as to what constitutes a marriage.’”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also has announced an investigation of the San Antonio action.
Keisha Russell, associate counsel with First Liberty, which has been raising concerns about the airport actions, told Fox, “We are pleased that the FAA responded to our request by opening an investigation into San Antonio for its blatant, illegal religious discrimination against Chick-fil-A.
“First Liberty also launched our own investigation into the city’s actions and we vow to get to the bottom of San Antonio’s decision. American business owners should not have to suffer because they want to operate their businesses in accordance with their religious beliefs. Few things are more un-American than government hostility against religion.”
Chick-fil-A said in a statement that it is happy to serve all people regardless of characteristics, and it is in the business of serving food and hospitality to all.
The company has been forecast to leap past Taco Bell, Burger King and Wendy’s on the ladder of restaurant chains.
It was First Liberty that requested under freedom of information laws access to the San Antonio City Council’s deliberations and comments on the issue.
In response, the city has asked the Texas attorney general for permission to conceal the information First Liberty is seeking.
A letter from Edward Guzman, deputy city attorney in San Antonio, asks the state for permission “to withhold documents from disclosure.”
He cites dozens of sections of the Texas Government Code.
“What do San Antonio officials have to hide?” asked Russell. “Transparency is essential to ensuring public trust in government. Tolerant and inclusive city officials should have no reason to deny the public an opportunity to review how and why they make important decisions.”
Source: U.S. investigates airports targeting Chick-fil-A