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Governor Mike Huckabee lashed out at the anti-Christian bigots on the San Antonio City Council after they voted to ban Chick-fil-A from opening a franchise at the international airport.
“I wish that Chick-fil-A would sue the city of San Antonio,” Huckabee said on the Todd Starnes Radio Show. “It’s a restraint of trade. It’s really denying them the ability to do business.”
In 2012 Huckabee was at the forefront of a national movement to defend Chick-fil-A against false allegations that the restaurant chain was anti-gay.
“It’s frightening to me as an American,” he said, referring to the city’s decision.
According to Think Progress, radical leftists on the city council were offended that Chick-fil-A donated to Christian organizations like the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Paul Anderson Youth Home:
Think Progress basically has a problem with Christian organizations requiring members and employees to follow Christian teachings on sexuality. It seems to believe any Christian who supports traditional marriage is a homophobic bigot.
City Councilman Roberto C. Treviño led the charge to block Chick-fil-A from opening a franchise in the airport. He accused the company of having a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.
“With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion,” Treviño said in a statement. “San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we don’t have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”
Huckabee said it should terrify Americans that a city government wants to ban businesses based on religious beliefs.
“It’s an extraordinary affront and should be to any business operator in the United States (for a city council) to say we don’t like what you believe,” Huckabee said. “They can’t find fault with what they do in terms of the way they sell their products – the way they make their products or the way they advertise their products or who they hire and how they train them. The only thing is we don’t like what you believe in your personal life.”
In other words, the San Antonio City Council says it doesn’t matter that Chick-fil-A makes a delicious sandwich. They say the most important thing about a company is that it conforms to the city’s core values.
“And if that becomes the new criteria for being able to be accepted in a community then this country has forever been lost,” Huckabee told me.