WTVM 8/1/12 EDITORIAL: Chick-fil-a Free Speech - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

WTVM 8/1/12 EDITORIAL: Chick-fil-a Free Speech

It's one of the most popular fast food chains in the nation, but lately, people have been talking less about their chicken sandwiches, and more about comments by Chick-fil-A's owner.

Dan Cathy said he believes in the biblical definition of marriage. He also defends their donations to an organization opposing gay marriage.

That angered the mayors of Boston and Chicago, who promised road blocks to build new Chick-fil-A restaurants in their cities.

Problem is, experts say that move is illegal censorship.                                 

The First Amendment forbids government from "abridging the freedom of speech."

You may disagree with Cathy, but any American or corporation has the right to think and say what they want, even about political and moral issues.

Customers also have the right to stay away in protest.

That's the beauty and freedom of America. Chick-fil-A says there's no evidence that they've ever refused service or directly mistreated lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees or customers, though it's clear Cathy's outspoken views have offended many.

It's your decision to eat or not eat there, and no doubt they may lose some customers.  But they won't lose their right to say what they want.

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