Texas Attorney General fights for right to eat Chick-fil-A at the airport
Here we are in 2019, where eating Chick-fil-A is apparently a constitutional right. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has launched an investigation to determine whether the city of San Antonio violated First Amendment rights when it voted to block a Chick-fil-A franchise from opening a location inside the city’s airport, the Texas Tribune reports. The city voted against the proposed airport food court location last week, after a council member raised concerns about supporting a business that’s known for donating millions to anti-LGBTQ organizations. Other council members framed the opposition as a business decision, noting that the company famously closes on Sunday for religious reasons and would therefore bring in less revenue than restaurants that open seven days a week.
“The Constitution’s protection of religious liberty is somehow even better than Chick-fil-A’s chicken,” Paxton wrote in a letter addressed to the city. “Unfortunately, I have serious concerns that both are under assault at the San Antonio airport.” The attorney general also tweeted a statement calling San Antonio’s decision “discriminatory” with an image of Chick-fil-A waffle fries on a flag unironically reading “Come and Take It.”
The City of San Antonio’s decision to exclude Chick-fil-A based on the religious beliefs associated with the company and its owners is the opposite of tolerance. It’s discriminatory, and not only out of step with Texas values, but inconsistent with the Constitution and Texas law. pic.twitter.com/iOk7G9Eltv— Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) March 28, 2019
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