Texas is back in the news with a controversial bill that is set to go into effect on September 1, 2019. What is being called the “Save Chick-fil-A” bill is making headlines around the nation. The bill is designed to keep the restaurant from being a target by protestors with an agenda.
It is a bill that helps protect the religious freedoms that are guaranteed by law in the United States. Critics of the bill have argued that it is discriminatory against the LGBT people.
Greg Abbott, who is the current Governor of Texas, signed the bill into law without publicity. The bill is one that the Governor has been in support of since he signaled it weeks ago when he wrote the following in a tweet tagged with a newspaper headline, “Save Chick-fil-A bill heads to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk. So. What are the odds I’ll sign the Chick-fil-A bill? I’ll let you know after dinner.”
The new law will keep the government from giving unfavorable actions that would otherwise be directed at a business or person that contributes to organizations that are of a religious nature.
The bill moved very quickly through the Republican-controlled Texas Senate. The bill was drafted largely in part because of the actions of the San Antonio City Council.
The Council stopped Chick-fil-A from opening a new place of business because of their donations to groups that stand against the LGBT community.
The bill sets a new standard that allows businesses and people to support causes as they see fit. It is hard to find any opposition against people that donate to organizations that favor the LGBT cause. Critics only speak out when a company or person does not agree with their way of life and what they believe in.
Opposition and support have been mounting on both sides of the bill. Roberto Trevino, who is a council member on the San Antonio City Council, has stated, “the city did not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.” He is stating that any business that does not support their cause will not have a place to operate out of unless they change their views.”
The Republican-controlled Senate has taken notice of the issue and has developed and passed a bill that keeps people and governmental powers from attacking and taking action against people or businesses based on their donation past.
Really this comes down to penalizing people because they give to a charitable organization that others do not support themselves. People and businesses should be allowed to donate their money to organizations of their choosing.
There is a mountain of social issues that drive the political landscape. This bill is just one piece of the puzzle to solving a much larger problem. Jessica Gonzalez, who is a Democrat serving in Texas, stated, “of course this bill is aimed at me. It’s about reminding those of us who have never belonged not to get too comfortable.” Gonzalez is openly gay and speaks out openly about issues that affect her and many others.”
Matt Krause, who is a Republican for Fort Worth, noted that the bill protects the religious freedoms of all people living in Texas. Even the media pointed out that Chick-fil-A was targeted as anti-LGBT in an unfair way because the company also donates to other organizations such as the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Both of those groups also receive donations from many other sources.
The issue of religious freedom and reverse religious persecution is something that will be around for a long time. The bill really should be seen as a victory for all people in Texas as it protects them from having unfair action taken against them just because they believe a certain way.
Chick-fil-A and other businesses like it should never be targets just because they donate to certain organizations that want to oppose certain groups of people. Many businesses and people donate to highly debated groups all the time and there is never any political or legal action taken against those groups.
It seems to come from the minority that wants to see their cause heard, and they want to press the majority to do things for them that would otherwise never happen.