News

Senate Bill 1978, the so Called “Save Chick-fil-A” Bill, Authored by Senator Bryan Hughes (R – Mineola), Passes to Engrossment in the Texas Senate

May 15, 2019

Senate Bill 1978 Protects the Religious Liberty of Businesses and Individuals Against any Discrimination by a Government or Public Entity

 

AUSTIN– Senate Bill 1978 would prevent a government or public entity from penalizing businesses for exercising their religious beliefs. This bill is essential after Chick-fil-A was barred from opening a location at the San Antonio Airport. Senator Hughes opened the floor debate by stating that, “Chick-fil-A has been the target of attacks based on things that are untrue,” and later remarked how “Unfortunately, today, individuals and businesses have been discriminated against due to their religious beliefs.

Senate Bill 1978 was revived in the Texas Senate after being ruled out of order in the Texas House last week. Senate Bill 1978 is about protecting freedom of religion and freedom of worship. We must protect our First Amendment rights secured by God and the constitution. Chick-fil-A should not be punished for choosing to support certain religious organizations that align with their beliefs. Progressive liberals killed the Texas House companion bill, House Bill 3172, but Texas Senate Republicans will not allow the 86thLegislative Session to end without protecting the religious liberty of businesses and individuals.

Senator Hughes hammered home that, “The intent of the bill is to make sure that a government or public entity cannot discriminate against a business or individual based on religious beliefs. Chick-fil-A has gotten a lot of attention, but this bill is to protect all business and individuals’ religious liberty.”Furthermore, this bill protects the rights of all Texas citizens to choose which establishments they patronize and prevents government entities from imposing their religious views on others by denying those they disagree with the basic right to operate.

This Bill gives businesses the right to assert their religious beliefs as a defense without taking away the rights that already exist for other Texans.These individuals and businesses must still prove and show that they have been discriminated against based on their religious beliefs. Senate Bill 1978 also makes clear that this bill protects any and all religious beliefs. Senate Democrats apparently tried the same point of order that House Democrats had used to kill the bill in the House, but the Senate parliamentarian ruled against the point of order and the temporary presiding officer, Paul Bettencourt (R – Houston) respectfully declined the point of order.

Senator Hughes mentioned that Senate Bill 1978, “Will not cloak any organization from illegal activity or discrimination based on religious beliefs.”Senate Bill 1978’s overarching goal is to prevent government entities from taking adverse action against individuals or organizations based on their membership in, affiliation with, or contribution, donation, or other support provided to a religious organization. “Senator Hughes’ bill, SB 1978, will be an important statement for religious freedom when it passes out of the Senate tomorrow,” concluded Senator Paul Bettencourt, Texas Senate Republican Caucus Chair.

Like Us on Facebook

Senate Bill 1978, the save "Chick fil-A Bill," authored by Senator Bryan Hughes (R - Mineola) would prevent a government or public entity from penalizing businesses for exercising their religious beliefs. This bill is essential after Chick-fil-A was barred from opening a location at the San Antonio Airport.

Chick-fil-A should not be punished for choosing to support certain religious organizations that align with their beliefs. Progressive liberals killed the Texas House companion bill, House Bill 3172, but Texas Senate Republicans will not allow the 86th Legislative Session to end without protecting the religious liberty of businesses and individuals.

Read the Bill here: capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB01978F.htm
... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook

We are , ONE NATION UNDER ALMIGHTY GOD and is beautiful to see business with this religious spirit This business are so blessed.

Thank you

And now, perhaps as a result, the Federal Aviation Administration is looking into whether this is discrimination at the airport. The council had a chance to reconsider that decision but instead doubled down it. They will regret it soon!

Chick-Fil--A is this most successful fast food chain out there right now. I really dont think they need government help. A couple of times they have been denied leases in venues that do a significant amount of their business on Sunday and thus want their patrons to have food available on Sunday. It is a contingency of the lease. Chick-fil-A chooses to not open on Sunday. Both are reasonable stances. Dont need government intervention. It is not religious persecution, it is a business dispute.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AMEN

These other groups are taking advantage of our wanting to do right.

Great now can you please Find a funding plan for our schools? Why didn't you cap the school portion of our PROPERTY TAX at 2.5 %?how come the teachers are not getting their 5000$ pay raise you all promised? Why can't you end the ROBINHOOD? Can you please tax something else to fund our schools? the 2 year plan you all came up with just kicks the can down the road!

Common Sense is no longer the norm. We already have a law. Freedom of religion.

Fry San Antonio!!! 😡

FAA is investigating it.

It's discrimination pure and simple and there are already laws against it. If you don't like a business belief system then don't patronize that business.. but don't force your belief system on anyone else either and they are doing just that by not allowing CFA to open a location at the Airport.

Everyone is entitled to an opinion. Just because your beliefs don’t align with a restaurant, you want to deny many others a good place to eat and there aren’t many of those in airports. Don’t like them, don’t shop there, I don’t mind.

Government is going too far telling to whom a business can or cannot donate to. IMO

I don't go there anyway, sorry i just don't like their food.

Republicans are turning this country to communist

🤮

I agree!

Is the chicken from China???

What if they worshipped alah?

Why are you filtering out replies? Since when do you decide which replies I deem relevant? FB has gone way too far!

Texas, please continue to stand up to those who discriminate against other citizens, because they don’t agree.

Everyone dose not like the queer agenda and they should not be penalized for telling the truth about the sinful life styles of others

To you people that don't like Chick-fil-A 🖕

Odd...ignorant politicians using their own personal biases to wrongly claim nonexistent bias. Grow the hell up!

Freedom of religion is why America was founded in the 1st place... Christians were being persecuted for not conforming to the Roman Catholic rule of religion under the law of England.

Texas Senate Republicans are determined to overhaul School FInance before leaving Austin at the end of this legislative session.

The Committee Substitue to House Bill 3 reduces STAAR tests by eliminating the 4th and 7th grade writing tests. Instead, a few writing questions will be added to the existing reading test. CSHB 3 also includes no new Kindergarten testing in the bill and it does not increase passing standards. Students may still pass a STAAR test by ‘approaching grade level,’ a standard that is not changed in the bill.

CSHB 3 also expressly prohibits evaluating teacher performance and incentive pay based solely on STAAR test scores. CSHB 3 includes some outcomes-based funding related to 3rd grade reading levels but allows school districts to use local assessments for this purpose.

The Texas Senate knew that passing CSHB 3 would mean meaningful and realistic change. Instead of succumbing to fear and political inertia and led by Senator Larry Taylor (R - Friendswood), the Texas Senate finally, after decades of band-aides, was able to pass meaningful and long-lasting school finance reform.

Read the Bill here: capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/HB00003S.htm
... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook

We need REAL property tax relief. Property owners should not have to foot the bill for schools. I'm tired of paying for schools I don't use employing education systems I don't agree with. We should be able to own our homes outright after it is paid off just like every other tangible item we buy. We should not be taxed on any item forever.

Thank you for working so hard to do what you can. I look forward to the day when school is free market choices but until then any increase in freedoms and local control is a good step. Thank you!

Substitute Iowa Achievement Test for all tests except EOCs.....no benchmarks....no practice tests....just good teaching and tracking of individual progress in ALL subject areas.....COME ON!!! Its not that difficult!!

A positive step.

Let the teachers go back to teaching. Give the raise they so deserve.

So great at least you started seeing how STAAR testing is useless.. you’ve removed writing from two years of testing. Please consider that no two students are alike in how they learn. Standardized testing does not actually tell anyone anything about the learning that a child has made, especially when in some cases it’s been proven to test at two grade levels higher than the students are actually learning at. Currently because of the STAAR testing as well as the unrealistic education board of Texas children are learning concepts beyond their reach. For instance my first grader was learning Algebra 1 concepts in 1st grade. In K, 1, 2 students should be learning the building blocks for what they learn after 2 grade not having to sort through higher level concepts and ideas. 1 + 1 = is acceptable math for a first grader.. 1+ X = 10 what is X is not... Now that being said if you want to help financial reform for education do away with standardized teaching, start paying for supplies and other needs school districts have. Ensure ISDs in smaller more rural towns are able to pay a teacher an acceptable living wage allowing for decent teachers in those smaller schools and per and re-evaluate Texas TEKS to be age appropriate and I think you’ll have all the parents ears and will have done your only sole duty as the government of Texas.

Can you please pass meaningful School FINANCE REFORM? Pleas tax something else besides my PROPERTY to fund the schools THANKS!

I still believe that STARR testing is not worth the money that is spent on it. Schools could use that money for more things that would improve the actual teaching curriculum. Please rethink this!

Those tests are about stamina , they should reduce the number os stories in the tests, if a child can read and understand they don't need 5 or six long boring stories or articles to prove they can read and comprehand.

I'd rather pay a little more at the gas pump or on sales tax than see Texans homes taken away because they can't afford these outrageous school district tax increases. And stop the BS that taxes aren't being increased. Appraised value increase = Property Tax Increase! Many of those losing their homes don't even have school aged children.

I agree, get rid of STARR TEST. Back to basics, ie reading, writing (cursive), arithmetic, homemaking, VOE, shop, etc!!

How about eliminating school taxes to seniors over 60 yrs old!!

There is no such thing as property tax reduction! Any money saved on property taxes will be collected from you thru some other tax or fee! You cannot reduce total taxation without reducing spending! Do not let any politician tell you differently!

Get the legislature out of the classroom, stop STAAR now, let the teachers teach!! Legislators taking the STAAR is a good idea! No pass resign!!!!!!

Politicians need to take a huge pay cut just like everyone else that relies on federal and state monies

Get rid of STAAR testing. It’s a meaningless test that interferes with teaching students and students learning.

Do away with government involved education. Politicians are controlled by the highest bidder, not what's good for the country!

I’d like to see it all gone. Let teachers teach. Let kids learn.

Stop over taxing me. Stop it stop it stop it.

Get rid of the test altogether

I’d like to see it all gone. Let teachers teach. Let kids learn.

Removing writing an essay in 4th and 7th grades? Replacing with several questions that merely require a short paragraph? Wow! Standards just keep going down.

Yeah well how much lottery money ate you using....that was supposed to be a tax reducer. BS. .Beurocratic Scam!

Do away with STAAR testing altogether.

Get rid of testing period , not right to have it let the teachers teach.

Follow Us on Twitter