Saturday, March 23, 2019

San Antonio/Chick-fil-a Debacle Textbook Example of Why GOVERNMENT SHOULDN'T OWN AIRPORTS

They said to Him, “Caesar’s.”

And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.
Matthew 22:21

So this happened:
Wayfarers passing through San Antonio International Airport will be out of luck if they’re craving Chick-fil-A's crispy chicken or waffle fries, as the city council has banned the chicken-centric chain from opening up shop in the air hub due to the company’s alleged “legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”

On Thursday, six members of the San Antonio City Council rejected the inclusion of Chick-fil-A from the new Food, Beverage and Retail Prime Concession Agreement for the airport, KTSA reports. The seven-year contract for concession management at the terminal is expected to create $2.1 million in revenue for the Texas city; the motion that passed gave the green light to food shops including Smoke Shack and Local Coffee.

“With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion," Councilman Roberto Treviño said of the vote, as per News 4 San Antonio. "San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we do not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior."
 Some predictable reactions:

Those reactions aren't wrong. The San Antonio city council's action certainly was an affront to religious liberty.  But they're not asking the right question.

Why does the San Antonio city council have jurisdiction over the airport in the first place?!?

This is why:

Is anyone surprised that an entity controlled by a political body is making political decisions?!?

Because you shouldn't be.

We have no idea about the solution.  Air travel in the United States is, basically, an act of socialism.  There are ample opportunities for reform at both the state and federal level.

As long as socialism continues in air travel, it should surprise nobody that concessions contracts are handed out based on political factors.

Bottom Line: No private business owner would have made this decision....

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