Chick-Fil-A Public Enemy Number One

Chick-Fil-A Public Enemy Number One

Airports across the country house a Chick-fil-A. The city of Buffalo even has a stand-alone restaurant that draws “overflow crowds,” according to the newspaper. But, unless something changes, the Buffalo/Niagara airport won’t have such a restaurant.
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Buffalo Niagara Airport Declared a "Safe Space" from the Evils of Chick-fil-A

The Chicken Wars Continue

Buffalo New York — Koinonia News

Why is it that it is now okay to openly discriminate against those of us who hold traditional Christian values? For the past twenty years, LGBTQwxyz activists have been spreading a lie. The lie is now common to hear that; if you don’t agree with or support the LGBTQ lifestyle choices, you are a “hater.”

Now, in 2019, this supposition seems to be taken as nearly gospel truth in the public square. Many individuals and even businesses are feeling the impact of this attitude. The fast-food giant, Chick-fil-A is probably the most visible example, feeling the impact of this false narrative. Many Liberal municipalities and universities have been working to keep this chicken sandwich purveyor out of their “safe-spaces.”

Barely one week after a Chick-fil-A was blocked from opening at one major U.S. airport, a second airport has done the same, for supposedly for spreading “Hate and Discrimination.”

Buffalo Niagara Airport Ground Zero in the Chicken Wars

The latest airport to say “no” to the famous chicken sandwiches is the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, or more specifically, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA), which oversees the public facility.

The NFTA unveiled plans March 28 to open a Chick-fil-A at the Buffalo airport but backtracked the next day when several protests emerged, led by Democratic Assemblyman Sean M. Ryan of Buffalo. A week earlier, the San Antonio City Council blocked a Chick-fil-A from opening at the San Antonio International Airport.

“I don’t believe the leadership of the NFTA intends to help spread hate and discrimination, but allowing a corporation like Chick-fil-A to do business at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport will help to fund continued divisive anti-LGBTQ rhetoric,” Ryan told The Buffalo News. “New York is a welcoming state that celebrates diversity. The views of Chick-fil-A do not represent our state or the Western New York community, and businesses that support discrimination have no place operating in taxpayer-funded public facilities.”

Why Would a Publicly Funded Facility be Allowed to Discriminate?

Airports across the country house a Chick-fil-A. The city of Buffalo even has a stand-alone restaurant that draws “overflow crowds,” according to the newspaper. But, unless something changes, the Buffalo/Niagara airport won’t have such a restaurant.  

Contrary to what LGBTQ propagandists will tell you, this restaurant chain is quite a-political and culturally diverse. “We do not have a political or social agenda or discriminate against any group,” Chick-fil-A told the newspaper in a statement. The business employs “more than 145,000 people from different backgrounds and beliefs represent the Chick-fil-A brand. We embrace all people, regardless of religion, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Plenty of Buffalo citizens disagreed with Ryan, though. The Buffalo News printed a letter from one such person, John Ringer.

“Seems our little social justice warrior forgot about that pesky part of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment that guarantees religious liberty,” Ringer wrote. “Chick-fil-A officials have never promoted hate; they’re simply observing and staying true to their religious beliefs. Also, doesn’t the NFTA’s deal concerning Chick-fil-A simply reflect the widespread popularity of Chick-fil-A’s product offerings? A logical extension of Ryan’s thinking is that all the customers who patronize Chick-fil-A are promoting hatred!”

Public officials in both cities blocked Chick-fil-A after a ThinkProgress report criticized Chick-fil-A for donating to groups in 2017 that most Christians likely would support. Among the donations: “$1,653,416 to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, $6,000 to the Paul Anderson Youth Home, and $150,000 to the Salvation Army.” The organizations, ThinkProgress said, have a history of LGBT discrimination. Reading through the lines, “discrimination” simply means holding traditional Christian moral beliefs. 

Much of this hate rhetoric can be directly linked to a once reputable group who started out combating true hate groups such as the KKK — the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). the SPLC is now aggressively labeling groups who disagree with the liberal agenda, including the LGBTQ agenda, as being hate groups. Some of the groups which Chick-fil-A has supported are on the SPLC hit list. This is what is making Chick-fil-A a valued target in our culture war.

One Chick-fil-A detractor commented in another article, complaining that the popular corporation “only donated to Christian Charities.” He was seemingly making the assumption the all Christian charities are little more than hate groups as defined by the SLPC.

On a positive note, the Texas attorney general has launched an investigation to determine whether the San Antonio (SA) City Council violated religious-liberty laws by barring Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in the city’s airport.

The SA city council voted recently to exclude Chick-fil-A from a concession agreement with San Antonio International Airport, citing, in part, the religious views associated with the fast-food restaurant chain — specifically, the anti-same-sex marriage values, according to the Texas Tribune.

The state’s attorney general, Ken Paxton, said the treatment of the chain was “discriminatory” and wrote in a letter to San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the city council that his office would investigate whether such a ban violates any state laws. He said he also asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to look at the federal regulations.

“The Constitution’s protection of religious liberty is somehow even better than Chick-fil-A’s chicken,” Paxton (R) wrote. “Unfortunately, I have serious concerns that both are under assault at the San Antonio airport.”

There you have it, in 2019, simply taking a stand for Christian Morals gets you labeled as being a hater, and ripped apart in the court of public opinion. Additionally, in the minds of many liberals, if you disagree with them, you should no longer have the right to exist in the public agora.

According to the Chick-Fil-A website, they currently have a presence in about 30 US airports. Each of these locations are operating without incidents of discrimination or visible signs of hate, other than from a few instances of people becoming violent simply because they saw the restaurant. Additionally, there are no signs saying LGBTQ people need not apply.

As a Christian for over 50 years, and a pastor for over twenty, I can tell you succinctly that hating people (anyone) is NOT a Christian doctrine. Christians are called to spread the Gospel TRUTH that conversion to Christ is essential to attaining eternity in heaven. A big part of that teaching revolves repentance from sin. We teach that “ALL have sinned, not just gay and lesbian folks. Nor do we teach that sexual immorality is limited to the LGBTQ community. Though public opinion and popular understanding of morality is currently evolving, Christians believe that biblical TRUTH is immutable — not fluid, or changeable. KN

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MICHAEL CALLAHAN

Michael Callahan is the Presiding Archbishop of the Catholic Church in America as well as the International Catholic Confederation. Bishop Callahan is also the founder of Koinonia News and has been a conservative blogger for several years.

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  1. Imagine if they did this to an Islamic group or Jewish group. The howls would be louder than a pack of wolves. IOn the name of religious freedom, we are practicing freedom from religion.

    That day may come soon. Then we will be sorry for not speaking up.

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