Why Texas is called “The Great State of Texas”: just this week, my friend, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, signed a bill into law that would protect the right of kids to run lemonade stands without being harassed and shut down by police or local governments over business permits and other regulations obviously meant for larger businesses. That's one way to turn lemons into lemonade.
Abbott also signed a bill dubbed the “Save Chick-Fil-A” law because it was inspired by the San Antonio City Council barring Chick-Fil-A from the city airport for donating to Christian charities that allegedly oppose same-sex marriage. (In one of the most clueless statements of the year, a San Antonio city councilman declared the vote to ban a restaurant because it was owned by Christians as a great example of the city becoming “a champion of equality and inclusion.” Maybe that could be the new city motto: “Inclusion via exclusion!”)
This bill has been labeled “controversial” by critics who claim it protects businesses that discriminate against the LGBTQ community. That’s a bigger stretch than Michael Moore’s yoga pants. Did you know that one of the so-called “anti-gay hate groups” that Chick-Fil-A is under fire for supporting is the Salvation Army? This is what comes of misrepresenting religious-based support for traditional marriage as “hatred” of gays. They are not the same thing. By the very definition of their faith, Christians do not “hate” any other human being.
It also shouldn’t be controversial since it’s already illegal on the federal level to discriminate against businesses in awarding contracts because of the religious beliefs of their owners. It violates this thing called the First Amendment that applies even in the wokest of places. It’s great that the leaders of Texas have the guts to stand up for that principle, too, but even before this new state law, city, state and university officials who try to ban Chick-Fil-A for the founder’s Christian beliefs were already flirting with a heap of trouble if the chain decided to make a federal case out of it.
Here is some more background, along with Chick-Fil-A’s response to the allegations.