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The “Free Speech” Lie In The Chick-Fil-A Argument


Swarms of people have rallied to protect poor Chick-Fil-A from the abuse they’ve suffered–simply for saying gays shouldn’t have equal rights, and for vigorously funding causes that agree with that!

Poor little Chick Fil-A.

But the real killer is that these people don’t label themselves homophobes or haters.

Oh, no!

They’re “patriots” who are defending the Constitution and touchingly supporting everyone’s inspiring right to “free speech.”


Free speech means you can generally say whatever you want without being carted off to prison or otherwise punished by law.

But it doesn’t guarantee that there won’t be any repercussions!

You can run through the street yelling “Blacks shouldn’t be allowed to get married,” but that doesn’t protect you from people boycotting your store and using their free speech to announce their horrified lack of support for you.

I suspect that the “patriots” haven’t thoroughly thought out their noble act to the point where it’s completely devoid of other agendas.

Their moving love of human rights–which they exercise by rallying in support of some old-school gay bashers–doesn’t seem to be an equal-opportunity kind of situation at all.

I mean, if someone found a religious book that said conservatives should be stripped of rights and treated as second class citizens, would the Santorums be lining up to buy that person’s chicken while calling themselves fierce defenders of the Constitution?

No way.

But in defending the hate mongering Chick-Fil-A, these people can hide behind their flag-waving, pseudo libertarian crap while backing an organization’s bigoted views that just happen to mirror their own.

Do they have a right to say that?

Sure. And I have a right to yell bloody murder.

Oh, and I also have a right to remind you that:

(A) The Supreme Court has decided that free speech isn’t absolute.

(B) Section three of DOMA has been found unconstitutional in seven federal courts.

If anyone’s constitutional rights are being violated, it’s same-sex couples who can’t get married.

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