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Chik-fil-A. But it's too funny not to share!
...Is that constitutional?
How would you like it if you were a teacher and the school said you couldn't teach because you held the wrong political opinions even if you never voiced them in the classroom?
What if you were fired from a garage where you worked as a mechanic because your boss saw you out running on your own time in a MAGA hat.
Is it fair for a department store or a restaurant to check out its employees' political views as a litmus test for employment?
Of course not!
If you disagree with someone, then engage in civil argument and try to convince them of your viewpoint by reasoned argument. Coercion is the refuge of tyrants.
And, pray tell, how exactly does serving chicken sandwiches, waffle fries, and frozen lemonade become a question of bigotry because the owner of the company or the franchise holds a different political view from yours?
That, friends, reflects intolerance, bigotry, and censorship. Those are the tools of the tyrannical left who desire the suppression of free speech. No speech but left speech. No speech but my speech.
My husband and I support the Alliance Defending Freedom with a monthly donation. Check out their article on Chik-fil-A and consider signing up for their updates and, if you feel so inclined as we do, consider supporting them. Here's a bit from the article:
In the past two weeks, two different cities (San Antonio, TX and Buffalo, NY) blocked Chick-fil-A from opening locations in their local airports.
And their reasoning sounds familiar.
San Antonio city councilmembers claimed that Chick-fil-A has a “legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior” and is a “symbol of hate” that will make people feel unwelcome. (Apparently, they’ve never set foot inside one of these restaurants and experienced the unwavering dedication to hospitality.) And New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan said, "The views of Chick-fil-A do not represent our state or the Western New York community..."
The views of Chick-fil-A? Like making a delicious chicken sandwich and serving the local community? I’m sorry. But who’s the one making whom feel unwelcome?
It’s not just us sounding the alarm. Even the American Civil Liberties Union in New York (NYCLU) sees the constitutional problem in banning Chick-fil-a.
According to NYCLU Assistant Director for Legislative Affairs Erika Lorshbough, “The First Amendment does not permit the [transportation authority in Buffalo] to base its contracting decisions on the political views of a vendor.”
That’s why Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has asked for an investigation into San Antonio’s decision to remove Chick-fil-A as an airport vendor, pointing to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission:
The City’s decision to specifically exclude Chick-fil-A from a government program based on the sincerely-held religious beliefs of its leadership raises serious constitutional questions . . . [T]he Supreme Court has soundly rebuked state actors for actions based on animosity to religious belief similar to those in question here.
While elected officials in San Antonio and Buffalo have tried to claim that Chick-fil-A discriminates, there is no evidence to support that. Chick-fil-A hires LGBT people and serves everyone who walks in its doors. And it is dedicated to serving the local community. In the wake of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando in 2016, Chick-fil-A employees worked on a Sunday (when the restaurant is typically closed) to make free food for law enforcement officers and blood donors.
Does that sound like hate to you?The entire article is worth reading. Why not read it while you enjoy a hot chicken sandwich at Chick-fil-A with the drink and side of your choice. Hey, choice is good, right? Aren't we all "free to choose" our fast food favorites?