“Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.” Luke 6:22-23.
San Antonio, named for Saint Anthony of Padua: Chick–fil-A was banned from San Antonio’s airport. The Texas attorney general says it’s ‘discriminatory.’ Councilman Robert Trevino said, “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. Everyone has a place here, and everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport.” Despite the false implication, Chick-fil-A has no “legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.” The company says, “restaurants and licensed locations on college campuses welcome everyone. Our corporate office and our more than 2,300 restaurants nationwide are equal opportunity employers and we have no policy of discrimination against any group. We do not have a political or social agenda and more than 120,000 people from different backgrounds and beliefs represent the Chick-fil-A brand.”
Trevino and his allies appear to lack the courage to honestly articulate the motivations for their decision. The City Council’s amendment came just one day after the far-left provocateurs at ThinkProgress reported that, in 2017, Chick-fil-A donated $1.65 million to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, as well as other smaller donations to the Salvation Army and Paul Anderson Youth Home. These facts in the ThinkProgress report appear true, as Chick-fil-A proudly acknowledged, “Since the Chick-fil-A Foundation was created in 2012, our giving has always focused on youth and education.” The City Council is persecuting Chick-fil-A for backing Christian-oriented youth and education causes. No one has ever been denied service at Chick-fil-A because of their sexual orientation or any other characteristic that defines them. But Chick-fil-A is being kicked out of the San Antonio airport because of the company’s support for Christian kids. “The Constitution’s protection of religious liberty is somehow even better than Chick-fil-A’s chicken,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a letter to San Antonio officials. “Unfortunately, I have serious concerns that both are under assault at the San Antonio airport.”
Is this a local problem? Not at all. Jesus Christ said we believers would be “hated, excluded and insulted”. Why? Because non-believers hate Him!
William Penn established a colony where people of faith could practice whatever religion they desired. Pennsylvania became the only colony without a state-run church. Penn’s gift to America was freedom of religion, the right to practice one’s faith in the public marketplace. “All Persons who also profess to believe in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World, shall be capable…to serve this Government in any Capacity,” the Charter of Privileges declared. Nearly 318 years later, that fundamental bedrock of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has all but crumbled. And the statehouse has now become a place where those who profess Jesus Christ face public rebuke.
In March, State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz was invited to deliver a prayer at the beginning of the legislative day. Mrs. Borowicz, a freshman lawmaker and the wife of a Christian minister, gladly accepted the invitation. By chance, the state’s first female Muslim lawmaker was scheduled to be sworn into office on the same day. There were many Muslim visitors in attendance. Also on the agenda was a prayer that was delivered by a Muslim cleric. But it was Mrs. Borowicz’s prayer that made national headlines when she invoked the name of Jesus Christ numerous times. “Jesus, you are our only hope,” she prayed. “At the name of Jesus, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus, that you are Lord.” Movita Johnson-Harrell, who was sworn into office after the prayer, and her fellow Democrats were enraged, calling the prayer “demeaning, degrading and Islamophobic.” Gov. Tom Wolf, also a Democrat, said he was “horrified” by Borowicz’s invocation.
“This morning on a very important day, on a day when we’re swearing in a new member, the first woman Muslim serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in history, there was a prayer that was not meant to inspire us,” he told PennLive.com. He went on to tell a local television station that the prayer was “beneath the dignity of this House.”
Mrs. Borowicz said she considered it a great honor to stand before her fellow lawmakers inside the ornate House chamber and deliver a prayer upon the assembled. “You can see the Scripture as you stand up there and pray, that we all know the truth and the truth shall set you free,” she said referring to an inscription of John 8:32 in the House chamber. I have to imagine the Democrats were equally troubled by the fact that their government buildings are inscribed with numerous Bible verses and religious references.
She flat-out refused to apologize to anyone who took offense at the name of Jesus. “I don’t apologize for it because that’s how I pray almost every day,” she said. “It doesn’t matter who I’m standing in front of — I’m standing for Jesus no matter what.” Mrs. Borowicz faced a national firestorm of hate fomented by the Mainstream Media and Democrats. But their outrage was rather selective. Just a few moments after her prayer, a Muslim cleric delivered a prayer in which he quoted from the Quran. So if a Muslim can pray to Allah in the Pennsylvania statehouse, why can’t a Christian pray in the name of Jesus? “That’s what my 15-year-old son said last night,” Borowicz told me. “There’s a double-standard.” The freshman lawmaker said she prays to Jesus every day and reads her Bible and quotes Scripture.
“As Christians we don’t pray differently based on who we’re standing in front of,” she said. “So whether that would have been in front of a crowd at my church and Christians or before Muslims or before Hindus I stand for Jesus no matter what and no matter who I’m in front of.” Borowicz dismissed accusations that praying in the name of Christ is somehow Islamophobic. “That’s ridiculous. I said I’d pray to Jesus. It’s not directed towards anyone,” she said. “We know that there’s power in the name of Jesus and so I think that it becomes offensive because there’s power behind it.”
I was going to ask a rhetorical question, “how did she ever get elected?” Her last sentence explains it. After I published this post, I read that Buffalo NY airport followed the same mushy course as San Antonio, citing SA’s position as cover for their own lies.