Federal probe examines Chick-fil-A decision at Buffalo airport – WHEC

Federal probe examines Chick-fil-A decision at Buffalo airport - WHEC
FAA Investigating 2 Airports For Religious Discrimination After Booting Chick-Fil-A
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reportedly investigating two airports for religious discrimination after they booted Chick-fil-A from their food courts.

The airports — San Antonio International and Buffalo Niagara International — are under investigation by the Department of Transportation after the department received multiple complaints, Fox News reported.

In March, the city council voted to remove Chick-fil-A from the airport vendors contract, citing reports that the companys nonprofit arm donated to organizations such as the Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The companys CEO has a history of anti-LGBT rhetoric and his father, who founded the chain, has given to groups such as the now-defunct Exodus International, which performed conversion therapy, according to these same reports.

FAA investigating two airports where Chick-fil-A restaurants were excluded

“The Department of Transportation has received complaints alleging discrimination by two airport operators against a private company due to the expression of the owners religious beliefs,” the agency said in a statement to Fox News.”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.”

The San Antonio Express-News reported: “Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton launched a separate state inquiry a week after the City Council vote, intended to determine whether the city violated Texas laws. At the time, he encouraged the U.S. Department of Transportation, which oversees the FAA, to look into the matter as well.”

“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,” the agency said in a statement to the Express-News.

Chick-fil-A has long been a target of the political Left and Democrat politicians who despise the wildly popular restaurant.

The FAA is looking into whether the council discriminated against the fast food chain over “the expression of the owners religious beliefs,” threatening the citys millions in federal funding.

The Chick-fil-A restaurant in Buffalo Niagara International Airport was booted after leftist Democrat Assemblyman Sean Ryan urged hospitality company Delaware North and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to deny the restaurant a place in the terminal.

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“The Department of Transportation has received complaints alleging discrimination by two airport operators against a private company due to the expression of the owners religious beliefs,” the FAA said in a statement Friday, according to Fox News.

Feds investigate airports for religious discrimination after banning Chick-fil-A

Recent coverage about Chick-fil-A continues to drive an inaccurate narrative about our brand. We do not have a political or social agenda or discriminate against any group. 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.

FOX 8 noted that as the FAAs investigation takes place, “the Save Chick-fil-A bill, as it has been deemed, is headed to the Texas governors desk for expected signature. The proposed law would reportedly prevent discrimination based on a persons religious beliefs and conscience, including biblically based views of marriage.”

In response to San Antonios decision, the Texas legislature passed a bill preventing Texas governments from refusing to do business with certain companies based on religious affiliation. The bill has been dubbed the “Save Chick-fil-A law.”

Aside from its delicious food and pro-family values, Chick-fil-A has a reputation for going the extra mile when it comes to providing excellent customer service and serving local communities.

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Just this week, a Chick-fil-A employee changed a customers flat tire in the drive-thru line, according to FOX 8. The customer wrote about the experience on his Facebook page:

Chick-fil-A has faced nationwide backlash and calls for boycott because of its continued charitable donations to faith-based groups such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army, which has outraged pro-LGBT groups. Chick-fil-A gave $1,653,416 to the fellowship and $150,000 to the Salvation Army in 2017, per tax filings released earlier this year.

During Hurricane Harvey, an elderly couple called a local Chick-fil-A and asked for help as they were trapped in their flooded home. USA Today reported:

He said the donations were really about an authentic problem that is on the ground, that is present and ever present in the lives of many children who cant help themselves.” While the organization has been open about not supporting gay marriage, executives say its donations sponsor youth camps and outreach to low-income youths.

The restaurant manager, Jeffrey Urban, recognized Spencers number, and answered the phone at the store. He was the only one able to reach to store because of flooding, according to the company.

San Antonios city council attributed its decision to what it said was the restaurants legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior, and the decision to exclude the popular eatery from Buffalo Niagara followed a Democratic lawmakers statement condemning the potential placement over the chains anti-LGBTQ rhetoric.

He passed on Spencers cry for help to a coworker, Cindy Smith. She called her husband, who got his fishing boat and hit the water.

After the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida, Chick-fil-A opened the following day, which was a Sunday when the restaurant was normally closed, to serve law enforcement and people who were donating blood to the victims.

Chick-fil-A staff replaces flat tire and cold food

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