As Christians are increasingly discriminated against by those who are hostile to the truths of God’s Word, the Texas Legislature passed (and Governor Greg Abbott signed) S.B. 1978 to codify certain First Amendment Rights of its citizens.
Earlier this year, the San Antonio City Council voted to accept a proposal for a company to operate at its airport, as long as Chick-fil-A was excluded. Illogically (and unconstitutionally), the council claimed it had a right to religiously discriminate against Chick-fil-A because it claimed the company’s foundation was discriminatory in its charitable gifts to Christian nonprofits.
State Attorney General Ken Paxton is beginning an investigation of the San Antonio City Council’s dealings on the issue.
In the meantime, S.B. 1978 prohibits “adverse actions” by any government entity “against any person based wholly or partly on the person's membership in, affiliation with, or contribution, donation, or other support provided to a religious organization.”
The bill defines adverse actions as any attempt to “withhold, reduce, exclude, terminate, or otherwise deny any grant, contract, subcontract, cooperative agreement, loan, scholarship, license, registration, accreditation, employment, or other similar status.” S.B. 1978 protects from discriminatory actions regarding taxes, charitable contributions, public access, benefits, and education.
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