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Jul 22, 2019

The San Antonio City Council promises no discrimination, however they removed Chick-fil-A from the airport for being closed on Sundays. The city cannot violate the First Amendment that protects citizens from religious discrimination. Learn more at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.


You probably know by now that the City Council of San Antonio, Texas decided to remove Chick-fil-A from its airport.  That is, as a part of a multi-million dollar renovation of the airport, Chick-fil-A had won the bid to have a store.

But, the city council decided that, because its owners gave money to organizations like the Salvation Army, Chick-fil-A could no longer be a part of their airport. 

Of course, the mayor denies that there was any religious discrimination involved.  Instead, he blamed it on the fact that Chick-fil-A—which makes more per store than Subway, Starbucks, and McDonald’s combined—is closed on Sunday. 

First Liberty Institute sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation asking for an investigation into San Antonio’s decision.  Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that they have opened the investigation we asked for, looking into whether San Antonio’s actions violate promises of nondiscrimination they made in seeking millions of dollars in federal grants for the airport renovation.

The San Antonio City Council may spend its taxpayer dollars as its citizens will tolerate. However, it cannot do so in a way that brazenly violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Federal law. After all, federal taxpayers should not be required to subsidize bigotry against religion. 

To learn how First Liberty is protecting religious liberty for all Americans, visit FirstLiberty.org.

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