Chick-fil-A and Free Speech

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Mr. Cathy, as Chick-fil-A CEO and a private citizen, has the right to voice his beliefs on gay marriage or any other topic. And people have the right to agree or disagree and make consumer choices accordingly. I live in Boston, and the declaration by Mayor Thomas Menino that he doesn’t want Chick-fil-A franchises in his city because of the owner’s views on same-sex marriage is absurd.

I personally support gay marriage and disagree with Mr. Cathy’s views. But I also believe in the freedom of speech.  This Chick-fil-A backlash shows how overbearing and controlling our politicians have become. Is the Boston mayor willing to kick out every business whose owner doesn’t support same-sex marriage? Why not just kick out every Boston citizen who opposes gay marriage?

Freedom of speech is a two-way street. The mayor has a right to advocate gay rights while his citizens have the right to oppose them. The city of Boston, or any other city, cannot keep a legitimate, lawful business out because of disagreement with its politics. This is called content-based discrimination, and it is unconstitutional and just as repulsive as Mr. Cathy’s views on gay marriage. I may hate what you have to say, but I will defend your right to say it. Mayor Menino preaches tolerance, but then something like this happens and he becomes the most intolerant of them all. That’s called hypocrisy. Bottom line: the freedom of speech makes America great. This whole Chick-fil-A controversy is ridiculous. If you don’t support the CEO’s views on gay marriage, then exercise your right not to eat at Chick-fil-A.

5 thoughts on “Chick-fil-A and Free Speech

  1. Grady Fox says:

    I agree completely. The best way to handle this was to let people decide for themselves. I have never eaten at a Chick-fil-A so I won’t be missing anything anyway. But banning a business from doing business seems more tyranny than tolerant. You can’t force people to believe anything other than what they believe…even if it is due to ignorance. The people will decide the fate of Chick-fil-A not politicians. And I as well support gay marriage.

  2. Buster T. says:

    Why “choose to not eat there” because CEO opposes gay marriage? That’s ridiculous. Why is a CEO’s personal views relevant? The company does NOT discriminate against gay people, and his company even offers same sex partner benefits in some states. Boycotting a company because of the personal beliefs of the CEO is ludicrous.

    1. thelibertarianchick says:

      Chick-fil-A has the right to open a restaurant wherever they want. If someone is offended that the CEO opposes gay marriage then they can simply chose not to eat there. Who cares? You could “boycott” K Mart because you don’t like the shade of red of the logo and I wouldn’t care. As long as you aren’t harming others I think you should be able to do whatever you want.

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