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Federal Complaints Allege Airports Restrict Religious Freedom by Excluding Chick-fil-a

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating two airports for alleged discrimination against the chicken chain associated with Christianity.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is looking into San Antonio International and Buffalo Niagara International airports after religious discrimination complaints were lodged over the fact that Chick-fil-A restaurants are not allowed at the facilities.

“The Department of Transportation has received complaints alleging discrimination by two airport operators against a private company due to the expression of the owner’s religious beliefs,” the FAA told Fox News.

It is illegal for federally-funded airports to discriminate against private entities based on their religious beliefs. If investigators determine that there is a basis behind these complaints, these airports will effectively be in violation of the law of the land.

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“The FAA notes that federal requirements prohibit airport operators from excluding persons on the basis of religious creed from participating in airport activities that receive or benefit from FAA grant funding,” it said.

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Chick-fil-A has directed money toward pro-Christian groups throughout the country, some of which have opposed gay marriage, making them hated by the Left. It hasn’t hurt their profit margins though as the unabashedly Christian, pro-family restaurant chain remains the nation’s leading chicken outfit.

San Antonio’s city council is on the record banning Chick-fil-A from operating in their airport for its “legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.” Buffalo Niagara International caved and threw Chick-fil-A under the bus after a Democratic public official called them an “anti-LGBTQ corporation.”

If the FAA determines that these declarations constituted religious discrimination, Chick-fil-A could end up at these airports whether liberals like it or not.

First Liberty, a Christian organization that fights for religious liberty, issued the complaint to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in March. The organization believes that the San Antonio decision was anti-Christian and should disqualify them from certain federal grants.

“Federal taxpayers should not be required to subsidize religious bigotry,” First Liberty said about San Antonio’s decision to exclude Chick-fil-A.

The Christian organization is happy that their complaints are being taken seriously, as First Liberty pushes back against the hate campaign waged against Chick-fil-A from the Left.

“We are pleased that the FAA responded to our request by opening an investigation into San Antonio for its blatant, illegal religious discrimination against Chick-fil-A,” said First Liberty Associate Counsel Keisha Russell to Fox News.

“First Liberty also launched our own investigation into the City’s actions and we vow to get to the bottom of San Antonio’s decision. American business owners should not have to suffer because they want to operate their businesses in accordance with their religious beliefs. Few things are more un-American than government hostility against religion,” Russell added.

The state of Texas is rallying around Chick-fil-A, and a bill has been approved by the Texas legislature to override the anti-Christian decision by the San Antonio city council.

“The bill as filed ensures religious beliefs are protected from discrimination. It’s about the First Amendment and freedom of speech, freedom of religion — those uniquely American rights,” the author of the legislation said. It is expected to be signed into law in the near future.

Chick-fil-A maintains that they are not a discriminatory organization and are focused only on making delicious food for customers.

“We are grateful for all our customers and are glad to serve them at any time. We welcome and embrace all people, regardless of religion, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity,” the organization told Fox News.

Nevertheless, Chick-fil-A has become a lightning rod in the culture war. The increasing discrimination against Christians is a disturbing trend across the U.S., as religious exemptions for vaccinations and other religious protections are under attack. This would be a small but important victory for Christians if these complaints can Chick-fil-A operating at these airports.

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Mumford & Sons Guitarist Swarmed by Fanatic Leftists After Praising Andy Ngo’s Book

Musicians are terrified to speak out against fanatic leftism.

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Folk rock musician Winston Marshall was swarmed by furious leftists after congratulating journalist Andy Ngo on the publication of his new book, “Unmasked.” Ngo’s book breaks down Antifa’s model of attacking democracy and political violence in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere, shining light on the street terror group’s extremism.

Marshall, the lead guitarist of Mumford & Sons, hailed Ngo as a “brave man” in a since-deleted tweet.

Antifa supporters were quick to attack the musician as a “Nazi,” unleashing the hate-filled vitriol commonly associated with the intolerant movement. Marshall’s Twitter feed is largely filled with support for Hong Kong demonstrators, a far cry from what leftists might expect from a “fascist.” The English guitar player’s band is known for songs such as “I Will Wait” and “Hopeless Wanderer.”

Others pointed to the faux social media outrage as mere evidence of the Left’s intolerance and fanaticism.

Ngo has been forced to flee the United States under a constant barrage of Antifa threats in recent months, with the street terror group determined to silence Ngo’s reporting on consistent property damage, anarcho-tyranny, and violent crime in Portland and elsewhere.

Unfortunately, Marshall has since deleted the tweet. It’s considered impossible to get anywhere in the mainstream music industry if you haven’t cravenly bowed before the false gods of ultraliberalism and identity leftism. While Marshall took a risk in even saluting Ngo’s work in the first place, he unfortunately appears to have backed down, to a degree, a sad lamentation of the state of mainstream entertainment and corporate culture.


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