Chick-Fil-A Part 1: About the Whole “Free Speech” Thing


This is part 1 of a 3-part series on Chick-Fil-A. Part 2 will be dealing with the whole “sanctity of marriage” myth. Part 3 will be dealing with why I’ve personally made the decision to no longer spend my money at that bigoted, homophobic fast-food restaurant.

Here’s a link to a pretty damn good summary on Wikipedia. After the fold, I will continue as if you have read that link and/or have a pretty decent understanding of what, exactly, is going on.

Since at least January of 2011, the owners of Chick-Fil-A have been pretty open about their views on same-sex marriage. Now the president of Chick-Fil-A has come out talking about the “sanctity of marriage” and so on. With at least a year or more of words and actions that show a very homophobic bent, many (myself included) have decided to boycott Chick-Fil-A. In response, Mike Huckabee declared August 1 “Chick-Fil-A” appreciation day.

During this time, hundreds of thousands of bigoted, homophobic Christians (and non-Christians) lined up outside Chick-Fil-A stores all over the county to buy bigotry meals and homophobe drinks. And while doing this, they complained about two things: “free speech” and “the sanctity of marriage”. I’m focusing on the former for this post.

Here’s the thing about “free speech”… it does not give you the license to avoid the consequences of what you say.

No one, and I mean no one, wants to stop Chick-Fil-A’s president from saying whatever he wants. But that doesn’t mean we have to continue supporting his homophobia. We can choose to boycott him and his company, as a response to his free speech.

His free speech does not trump our freedom of expression, and so those of us choosing to boycott him are not trying to silence him. We’re hoping that, perhaps, he and his company will join us in the 21st century and let go of their homophobic views. This is not the stifling of his free speech. It is the usage of our freedom of expression.

I will say it again. Just because you have the right to free speech does not mean you have the right to avoid the consequences of what you say. Perhaps the Christians screaming about “free speech” and “persecution” could keep that in mind in the future.

And one other thing… when I or anybody else call(s) you out on your general bigotry (be it homophobia, Islamophobia, antisemitism, atheist-phobia [is there a specific name for anti-atheist bigotry?], racism, etc), we’re not trying to silence you. We’re not attempting to violate your freedom of speech. We’re simply using our free speech to tell you the truth… that you’re a bigot.

Why not embrace your bigotry… or better yet… change.

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About Nathan Hevenstone

I hate straight, white, cis-gendered, able-bodied men. I also play guitar and sing, and I'm an atheist and anti-theist. What now?
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2 Responses to Chick-Fil-A Part 1: About the Whole “Free Speech” Thing

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