New Legislation Targets Chick-fil-A Operations

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James Lasher

In a recent development, New York state lawmakers have proposed new legislation that would require restaurants in rest stops on the Thruway and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to be open seven days a week. This proposed bill is specifically aimed at Chick-Fil-A, a fast food eatery that operates in some of the rest stops along the Thruway but is closed on Sundays due to company policy.

Chick-fil-A has a longstanding company policy, in place since its first restaurant opened in 1946, that requires its locations to be closed on Sundays. This policy allows employees to enjoy a day of rest, spend time with their families and worship if they choose. However, this policy has come under scrutiny as Chick-fil-A is now operating in some of the newly renovated rest stops on the Thruway.

As part of the remodel of the Thruway’s 27 rest stops, new vendors have been introduced, including Chick-Fil-A. However, their presence has sparked controversy due to some of the company’s policies.

In response to this issue, the Assembly sponsor of the legislation, Democratic Assembly member Tony Simone, based part of his position on the company’s regarding LGBTQ legislation, regardless that has little to do with being a provider of food services in travel plazas. He also emphasized that it is inconvenient for travelers to rely on a food service that is closed on one of the busiest travel days of the week.


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Democratic Senator Michelle Hinchey, the Senate sponsor of the bill, echoed this sentiment, stating that it is important for rest stops to remain reliable hubs, especially on the busiest travel days of the year. She noted that if one of the main food options is closed for a day, it not only inconveniences travelers but also puts a strain on the food spots that are open, leading to longer wait times.

The proposed legislation will need to pass both houses of the Legislature, which are both controlled by Democratic supermajorities, before it can be sent to the governor’s desk for approval or veto.

As Christians, it’s essential to consider the biblical perspective on obeying and following the ways of God in a society that favors the ways of man. The Bible provides clear guidance on this matter. In the book of Deuteronomy, we are reminded to “follow the Lord your God and fear Him; serve Him and cling to Him with all your heart and soul,” (Deut. 10:20). This verse emphasizes the importance of putting God first in our lives and following His ways above all else.


In the New Testament, Jesus teaches us to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,” (Matt. 6:33), further emphasizing the importance of prioritizing our relationship with God and following His will. As we navigate the complexities of modern life, we must remember to stay true to our faith and follow God’s ways, even when it may be challenging to do so.

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James Lasher is Staff Writer for Charisma Media.

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