Texas Governor Signs 'Chick-fil-A⁩' Law He Says Will Protect Religious Freedom
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Texas Gov Greg Abbott put his signature to a controversial “Chick-fil-A” law in Texas on Thursday, July 18.Abbott said discrimination was not tolerated in Texas. “No business should be discriminated against simply because its owners donate to a church, the Salvation Army, or other religious organization,” he said.He called the law a “victory” for religious freedom in Texas.The law prohibits the government from taking “adverse action” against businesses or individuals based on religious affiliation, or donations to religious groups. It follows the exclusion of Chick-fil-A from a concessions contract by the city of San Antonio.Critics of the law argue it would allow discrimination against the LGBT community.Abbot put pen to paper in front of cameras Thursday with Chick-fil-A products visible on his desk and in the hands of people around him. “Today I signed the ⁦Chick-fil-A⁩ law in Texas. And, had a great lunch,” he said. Credit: Greg Abbott via Storyful
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    redbeard
    Maybe whoever wrote this article should have included an explanation as to why excluding Chick-fil-A from a contract was an adverse action. Seems like they could exclude lots of companies from such a contract without it being based upon a religious reason. Details are sorely lacking in this article.
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    Tom
    Goodness, the ignorance level is quite high today. The law was created in response to the City of San Antonio's refusal to allow a Chick Fila to open in an area for the stated reason of disagreeing with Chick Fila's politics and donations to religious organizations of their choice. So yes, the law is redundant since the City's actions were unconstitutional on their face, but to remove the need for future problems and litigation, Texas drafted and passed this law to dissuade overzealous gay rights activists, who chose to use govt power to discriminate against those with whom they had a political and religious disagreement. The law would also prevent a city from refusing a business that donated to a Muslim charity. It's really very simple.
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    Oh Captain, My Captain
    His religious freedom is already protected. It's called "The Constitution"
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    Bill
    After reading a lot of the comments, I am amazed at how many people don't understand the issue. There are people and organizations that have a tendency to go after organizations that don't discriminate solely because an owner or affiliate of the organization has private beliefs and acts on those beliefs in their personal life. Individuals can boycott as they wish and they are free to do so. What is unacceptable is when government does this and that is what this law is about...preventing government from discriminating.
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    Mabus
    Someone explain to me how separation of church and state is supposed to work. I continue to be baffled by laws based around religion, including Sunday liquor laws in some states.
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    DeWitt
    If you don't agree with this bill in Texas, then don't patronize Chick-fil-A or any other establishment that decides to donate money or services to specific establishments. It is a simple solution. If you don't like a specific movie content then you won't go see the movie. If you don't like specific music, then don't go see the musician.If you don't agree with specific religious content, then don't go to religious services there. JUST STAY AWAY for your own piece of mind.
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    carpe diem
    I'm sure this applies to mosques that want to donate as well, seeing how inclusive Texas is.
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    Richie T
    Last time I checked, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" in the 1st Amendment denies any law, including "RELIGIOUS FREEDOM LAWS, that support religion in any way.
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    1969 Cubs Fan
    Will this law protect non-christian religious groups the same way? With the same zeal?
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    Chivariak
    Remember folks protecting religious rights also means protecting sharia law! Abbott mentioned a church, but it could be a temple, a mosque, etc., --any religious organization.
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