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On March 21, 2019, the San Antonio City Council approved a motion to exclude Chick-Fil-A from the airport concession options. Read the statement from District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño here. Below you will find Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff’s response to the decision:
Where do you draw the line? We talk about being tolerant and not retaliating against individual beliefs and thoughts, even if our beliefs and thoughts are diametrically opposed to those of others. But do we actually practice this in our government? Unfortunately, we do not.
The most recent example of this was displayed by San Antonio City Council. They chose to retaliate against a company whose thoughts and beliefs are different than their majority. Does this make Council right and the company wrong? Does it make the company’s thoughts and beliefs right and those of the Council wrong? These are the wrong questions to ask. Don’t they both have the right to express their beliefs and thoughts without retaliation? Isn’t this the question we should be asking?
Retaliation through action (like denying a contract because of a belief) is the antithesis of what this Council proposes to support – tolerance of all beliefs. That doesn’t mean agreeing to something you oppose, it means defending everyone’s right to believe what they choose and defending their right to do so. If you can’t stomach someone else’s opinion that’s your prerogative, but your job as an elected is to defend their right to have an opinion – not to pass judgment in the form of retaliation.