‘We are a restaurant company focused on food and hospitality for all, and we have no social or political stance…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) The government is investigating discriminatory policies in New York and Texas airports that barred the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A from opening.
In March, Chick-fil-A was blocked from opening in Texas’s San Antonio International Airport and New York’s Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced it was investigating both cases after receiving several complaints that the fast-food chain was banned because of its religious beliefs.
The FAA said it had “received complaints alleging discrimination by two airport operators against a private company due to the expression of the owner’s religious beliefs,” according to the New York Post.
“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.
“The findings of the investigation will be communicated to the complainants once the investigations are completed,” it said.
Chick-fil-A has received backlash from leftists for its traditional religious beliefs—specifically CEO Dan Cathy’s conviction about same-sex marriage.
Cathy said in 2012 that the fast-food chain supports “the biblical definition of the family unit.”
Keisha Russell, associate counsel of First Liberty Institute, commended the FAA for protecting religious liberty.
“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,” she said in a statement.
Chick-fil-A told the Huffington Post that it has no involvement in the FAA’s investigation and argued that the liberal media “continues to drive an inaccurate narrative about who we are.”
“We are a restaurant company focused on food and hospitality for all, and we have no social or political stance,” the company said in a statement.
“We are grateful for all our customers and are glad to serve them at any time,” it continued. “We welcome and embrace all people, regardless of religion, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.”