On Thursday, radical leftist Texas State Rep. Julie Johnson (D) managed to kill HB 3172, known as the “Save Chick-fil-A” bill, in the Texas House of Representatives using a procedural trick.
Endorsed by Senator Ted Cruz, the bill would have forbidden any “government entity” from taking “adverse action” against “any person from a person’s belief or action in accordance with the person’s sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction to the person’s membership in, affiliation with, or contribution, donation, or other support provided to a religious organization.”
But Rep. Johnson, a member of the House “LGBTQ Caucus,” found this bill “hurtful” and came up with a last-minute “point of order” to have the bill struck down on a technicality by House Speaker Dennis Bonnen.
This legislation was discriminatory, you see, because it protected free thought. The left is inclusive and therefore must quash our beliefs. It’s all very simple.
No, really, it does make sense. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. War is peace.
As for the backstory on this bill, HB 3172 was aimed squarely at the San Antonio City Council, which garnered nationwide attention in March following its now-infamous ban of Chick-fil-A from the San Antonio International Airport. On a 6-4 vote, the Council, with the support of Mayor Ron Nirenberg, prevented the restaurant chain from being an airport vendor because they donated to organizations that support Christian family values.
Conservatives mobilized to spread the word. Councilman Greg Brockhouse, Nirenberg’s opponent in the ongoing mayoral campaign, led the charge for Chick-fil-A on the Council itself. He attempted to force a re-vote on the ban, but with Nirenberg casting the deciding vote, the Council voted 6-5 to exclude Chick-fil-A once again.
Nirenberg faced San Antonio voters on May 4 in the first round of the mayoral election. Chick-fil-A became a central campaign issue, much to Nirenberg’s chagrin, who said that no one should care about a “fast food subcontract.”
Once considered a heavy favorite for a convincing re-election, Nirenberg had a nailbiter election night and ended up with only 48.7% of the vote to Brockhouse’s 45.6%, forcing a runoff.
A runoff was not supposed to happen and it was considered a surprise in its own right that one was even needed. Remember, this is deep-blue San Antonio. Just the county (Bexar) went to both Hillary Clinton and Beto O’Rourke by double digits, and the city is even more liberal. Democrat Julian Castro (remember him?) once won 82% of the vote in a mayoral election.
Unfortunately for Nirenberg, quite a few people apparently did care about that “fast food subcontract.”
Back in the Texas House, HB 3172’s author, State Rep. Matt Krause, indicated that he will keep trying to pass a version of the “Save Chick-fil-A” bill. Conservative group Texas Values is now focusing on the companion Senate bill, SB 1978. It would also still be technically possible to take a Senate bill that has already advanced to House and amend it with HB 3172’s old language.