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The “Save Chick-fil-A” Bill in Texas Is So Much Worse Than People Think

May 20, 2019

By Hemant Mehta

The Texas State Senate just passed a bill, SB 1978, that is better known as the “Save Chick-fil-A” bill.

On the surface, the bill would prohibit cities from taking “adverse actions” against companies based on their owners’ religious beliefs. It was proposed after San Antonio City Council members rejected a slate of new restaurants at a local airport until Chick-fil-A, with its anti-LGBTQ history, was removed from the list.

But American Atheists says this bill is far more dangerous than we might think. That’s because, as written, the bill doesn’t just permit discrimination against LGBTQ people without consequence. In theory, anyone could get immunity from punishment as long as they cite a religious justification for what they did. Those criminals could then sue the State of Texas for damages connected to the criminal charge.

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