Anti-gay firebrand gets a black eye over proposed ‘Jesus chicken’ law

Anti-gay firebrand gets a black eye over proposed ‘Jesus chicken’ law May 12, 2019

AFTER his wife abandoned him for a woman in 2014, Texas-based Jonathan Saenz, above, abruptly transformed from ‘a socially conservative lobbyist to homophobic firebrand.’

Shortly after, Saenz, a devout Catholic, became President of  the anti-gay group Texas Values Action, and it was in this role that he strongly supported a “Save Chick-Fil-A” bill that sought to prohibit Texas cities and governmental entities from taking “adverse actions” against businesses that publicly espouse religious convictions.

But House Bill 3172 proposed by Fort Worth Republican Matt Krause was derailed this week. By … titter ye not …a lesbian lawmaker!

State Representative Julie Johnson who delivered the blow to the bill said:

Hopefully, this is the day of discrimination against the LGBT community dies in Texas.

She used a procedural maneuvre to shut down debate bill before it began.

The proposed bill came in response to a decision by the city of San Antonio to deny Chick-Fil-A vendor space in its airport because of the faith-based fast-food chain’s vocal opposition to same-sex marriage.

Saenz had organized a “save Chick-Fil-A” rally at the Texas Capitol last month. His organisation also stationed members and supporters outside the House chamber this week, encouraging members to vote for the measure.

Saenz said his group is not ready to give up on the measure, signaling it might be revived as an amendment to similar legislation that is still working its way through the legislative mill.

This commonsense religious freedom effort is far from over. We will not allow the clear will of the majority of Texans and a bipartisan majority of the Texas Legislature to be thwarted by a few.

Texas Values Action is beside itself with fury over its defeat by LGBTQ activists, describing the killing of the bill as:

A major setback to religious freedom … let’s be crystal clear about exactly why the LGBTQ Caucus, national LGBT advocacy groups, and the hard-Left media are celebrating. They are celebrating because the government can still discriminate against Christians.

They are celebrating because San Antonio has banned a Chick-fil-A because of its financial support of Christian ministries. They celebrate because more and more people of faith, including countless small businesses owners including cake bakers, florists, and photographers, are being punished by government for simply operating their business in line with their biblical values.

LGBT advocates celebrate because they ultimately believe that they can completely silence people of faith – just like you and me.

But while they celebrate today, the fight to protect our First Amendment religious freedom rights and the fight to stop government discrimination against Christians is NOT OVER this session.

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  • phatkhat

    I’d leave him for a woman, too. What a jerk.

  • Broga

    “A major setback to religious freedom.” Is that the religious freedom which lets Texas execute men, they are nearly always men, who may be on Death Row for 20 years before they are killed. They get upset at the difficulty in finding the drugs to supposedly enable them to execute the victim without too much pain. Bloody grisly, isn’t it?

  • johnsoncatman

    They celebrate because more and more people of faith, including countless small businesses owners including cake bakers, florists, and photographers, are being punished by government for simply operating their business in line with their biblical values.

    You can have all the “values” that you want, but if you operate a business that is open to the public, then you must follow legal standards, not biblical ones.

    LGBT advocates celebrate because they ultimately believe that they can completely silence people of faith – just like you and me.

    It really looks like you are being silenced.

    But while they celebrate today, the fight to protect our First Amendment religious freedom rights and the fight to stop government discrimination against Christians is NOT OVER this session.

    It is always “religious freedom” for them to push their religious beliefs onto other people and use those beliefs to discriminate against people that they do not like, but they never consider that other people’s religious freedom is just as important. And my religious freedom means that I don’t have to live by your religious rules.

  • Jim Jones

    I’d leave him for Dana Delany, but then I’d never be ‘with’ him.

  • Aloha

    That’s all true. Plus, religious liberties have been limited by civil law for centuries.

    See laws limiting polygamy, wife beating, widow burning, fire codes in churches, pacifism, background checks and educational guidelines for Christian schools. It’s not even anything new.

  • Clancy

    Well, Dana Delany….

  • Rodger

    Any Religion?

    Those who disbelieve in the Quran, for whatever reason, are cursed by Allah, the angels, and men combined. So every good

    Muslim must join Allah and the angels in cursing nonbelievers. 2:161

    Let not the believers take disbelievers for their friends in preference to

    believers. 3:28

    Do not obey disbelievers. 3:149

    Have no unbelieving friends. Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.
    4:89

  • Anri

    This is only a case of discrimination against core Christian values to the exact extent that marginalizing minorities is a core Christian value.

    If you wanna bang that drum, be my guest.

  • The laws limiting pacifism are controversial now, as there are movements to get the right not to kill explicitly recognized internationally as a human right. (A number of human rights organizations support this move.)

  • Jim Jones

    > AFTER his wife abandoned him for a woman in 2014,

    Was she always a lesbian or did he ‘turn’ her? ;P

  • These folks tend to only suppirt religious freedom for themselves: they oppose it for others.

    Around 2007, there were a group of Somali Muslim taxi drivers who refused to carry passengers with booze, because alcohol is haram (forbidden) in Islam. The Right whined about Sharia.

    Also, in 2007 a Hindu opened prayers for Congress, and some Christian fundies protested, calling it an abomination.

  • johnsoncatman

    Exactly. Rules for thee, but not for me.

  • rubaxter

    If this maneuver had been pulled by the anti’s instead of the pro’s there’d be the same volume of rhetoric, only with reversed opinions.

    If this fast food slinger is to be barred then it needs to be more-than-outspokenly stated in non-religious terms, like poor service to the airport users and plain old discrimination against airport users, regardless of what that discrimination is based on.

    I keep hearing religion being brought into this, but it should be clear that it’s ACTIONS, NOT BELIEFS that are the basis for any decision made by the airport, and those actions need to be clearly documented.

    I am speaking in reference to a statement in a link from the above article and from a post in this very blog:

    Then I made comments about Chick-fil-A and what I had been told about their practices, which were perceived as hostile toward the LGBTQ community. I said things that were not accurate. Turns out, Chick-fil-A actually does protect its employees from harassment and discrimination at the workplace. They got policies and enforce those policies. Their charitable giving is innocuous.

    What are the documented actions, and is this statement by a person who voted against the firm, but who is having second thoughts, valid?

    I would never eat at a Chick-fil-A due to their Sunday closing shite, which became persoanally offensive after they were given a sweeheard deal as a food provider at my worksite while not seeing fit to serve the actual workforce on weekends.

  • Brian Curtis

    I always like to ask whose rights are being violated. When they say “The Christians who work at and support Chick Fil-A!”, I ask exactly how those citizens’ rights have been impaired. Eventually, they get around to saying that The Chick Fil-A Corporation’s religious rights are the ones at stake…. I can usually leave it at that, but sometimes I have to help the slower ones by asking who Chick Fil-A voted for in the last election.
    .
    Rights belong to citizens. Corporations are not citizens.

  • rubaxter

    It certainly was a fitting twist of the knife.

    Too bad he’s a bloodless turnip of a human.

  • Atheisticus

    In Texas, that seems to be all they need.

  • Hugh1

    Hi wife left him for a woman – talk about the ultimate ego crusher!

  • 24CaratHooligan

    I’d even leave him for a man FFS…