I'm baffled by the audacity of those trying to restrict the free speech rights of Dan Cathy, President of Chick-fil-A, who recently expressed his company's support of traditional marriage.
Mind you, we're not talking about any illegal business practices. To my knowledge, Chick-fil-A doesn't discriminate against gays in hiring or conditions of employment. They don't refuse to serve gays respectfully in their restaurants. And I've never heard a word of hate speech targeting gays issuing from Chick-fil-A headquarters.
Nonetheless, officials in several American cities have responded to Cathy's remarks by threatening to do everything in their power to prevent Chick-fil-A from doing business within their boundaries. Meanwhile, closer to home, many U of L students are trying to close down the on-campus Chick-fil-A to demonstrate the school's dedication to tolerance!
Look, anyone can choose to eat at Chick-fil-A or not, for whatever reason. But trying to bring the force of government to bear against the free speech rights of a businessman just because he had the courage to answer a question honestly is not only out of line, it's un-American.
It works both ways – if Dan Cathy's free speech can be punished by government because of his views, then so can yours.
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I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.