The Texas Attorney General has launched an investigation of the City of San Antonio citing religious discrimination after city officials banned fast food chain Chick-fil-A from its spot in the San Antonio airport.
Earlier this month, the San Antonio city council moved to ban Chick-fil-A from the city’s airport because the company is famously supportive of traditional Christian values.
District 1 City Councilman Roberto Treviño entered a motion on March 19 to approve the city’s Food, Beverage and Retail Prime Concession Agreement but added a clause to ban the nation’s favorite fast food company from the list of vendors eligible to open a kiosk at the San Antonio International Airport.
“With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion,” Treviño said according to NBC News 4. “San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we do not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior”
That’s right, support Christians and you are labeled a “hater” by the City of San Antonio.
But now, the State of Texas has launched an investigation into the city’s actions under suspicion that the ban is an act of religious discrimination.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the investigation on Thursday.
“The Constitution’s protection of religious liberty is somehow even better than Chick-fil-A’s chicken,” Paxton wrote in a letter to Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the rest of the City Council. “Unfortunately, I have serious concerns that both are under assault at the San Antonio airport.”
Paxton also on Thursday asked Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao to look into whether the city broke any federal law or regulation as a recipient of federal grant funds.
Paxton asked Chao to look into any possible violations of federal codes by the city’s anti-Christian actions.
“Ironically, the City’s efforts to be ‘inclusive’ resulted in the exclusion of Chick-fil-A based on its religious beliefs,” Paxton wrote to Chao on Thursday.
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