The San Antonio City Council voted to ban Chick-Fil-A from the San Antonio International Airport, a move Sen. Ted Cruz says is “ridiculous.”
Chick-Fil-A serves fresh chicken sandwiches, meals and excellent service, its many patrons argue.
However, ThinkProgress advocated against the chicken chain arguing because it donated $1.8 million to groups that it believes “discriminate against the LGBTQ community” it shouldn’t be able to operate at the airport.
District 1 City Councilman Roberto Treviño filed a motion to approve the Food, Beverage and Retail Prime Concession Agreement with Paradies Lagardère.
“With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion,” Treviño said. “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. Everyone has a place here, and everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport. I look forward to the announcement of a suitable replacement by Paradies.”
Sen. Cruz said, however:
The details of this story are even worse. San Antonio City Council voted to ban @ChickfilA from the airport bc the company gave to…the Fellowship of Christian Athletes & the Salvation Army?!? That’s ridiculous. And not Texas. #LeftistIntolerance https://t.co/ApTnlpS2E0
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 23, 2019
“This is the first we’ve heard of this. It’s disappointing,” Chick-fil-A said in a statement to News4 San Antonio. “We would have liked to have had a dialogue with the city council before this decision was made. We agree with Councilmember Treviño that everyone is and should feel welcome at Chick-fil-A. We plan to reach out to the city council to gain a better understanding of this decision.”
Texas Values, a nonprofit organization committed to faith, family and freedom, said the vote discriminates against a Christian businesses.
“Local governments targeting and banning private Christian businesses like Chick-Fil-A is a hostility to religion that Texans will not stand for,” the organization said. “I thought Texas was ‘open for business.’ I guess that applies everywhere in Texas except for San Antonio, where the government demands that you renounce your religious beliefs.”