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Texas lawmakers have passed a bill outlawing “adverse action” against anyone due to donations made to a religious organization. The legislation was nicknamed the “Save Chick-fil-A Bill.”
Texas state Rep. Matt Krause explained the newly passed bill during an interview on the Todd Starnes Radio Show. Click here to listen to the entire podcast.
“Religious liberty is in the free exercise of religion or bedrocks of not only this country but this state,” Krause said. “When we see governments starting to show hostility and infringe on those rights it’s definitely time to speak up.”
The legislation now heads to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk for signature, who has indicated he will sign the measure in a tweet Tuesday.
So. What are the odds I’ll sign the Chick-fil-A bill?
I’ll let you know after dinner.
@ChickfilA #txlege pic.twitter.com/xKS3vDV4gS
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 21, 2019
Krause said that the bill was crafted because the San Antonio City Council had cited donations made by Chick-fil-A to organizations it deemed “discriminatory.”
Those organizations were the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Chick-fil-A, for its part, stayed quiet throughout the whole affair which arose “without any indication of any discrimination or bad faith or bad practice at all,” Krause said.
“There is no allegation that they discriminate in their employment decisions, there’s no allegations they discriminate on who they serve, but who they choose to give their private money to, to donate to to try to help out the community around them,” he continued.
Chick-fil-A was the only company targeted by the city council, as several other major companies, including Coca-Cola, Walmart, and Home Depot have donated to the Salvation Army, which the host Starnes noted showed that the council’s “indignation” was “selective.”
“I keep telling people I don’t care if you’re Chick-fil-A, if you’re Ben and Jerry’s, this law applies to you where the government cannot infringe on your constitutional rights,” Krause said. “And still they said it was somehow hateful or discriminatory to protect folks and organizations like Chick-fil-A from being denied a government contract as Chick-fil-A was here.”
The Texas lawmaker told Fox Nation’s Starnes that America is in a “very dangerous place” if religious views become a “litmus test of whether or not you get the government takes an adverse action against you.”