ACLU Backs Chick-Fil-A Against Proposed Ban
July 26, 2012 |
In case you haven’t heard, the President of Chick-Fil-A recently said in an interview that he personally believes in the Judeo-Christian form of marriage. Now, anyone who eats at Chick-Fil-A regularly probably already knew that the restaurant has some very deep Christian roots, so much so that all of their locations are closed every Sunday in observance of some religious…thing.
But apparently there are some people who just hate the idea of freedom of religion and freedom of speech so much, that when they heard that the eatery’s President was a bit of a homophobe, they decided to call upon the government for assistance in attacking the chain. Now Mayors and Aldermen are attempting to keep Chick-Fil-A restaurants from coming to Chicago and Boston, but the ACLU says they don’t stand a chance:
“The government can regulate discrimination in employment or against customers, but what the government cannot do is to punish someone for their words,” Adam Schwartz, senior attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, told Fox News. “When an alderman refuses to allow a business to open because its owner has expressed a viewpoint the government disagrees with, the government is practicing viewpoint discrimination.”
The ACLU “strongly supports” same-sex marriage, Schwartz told Fox, but said that if a government can exclude a business for being against same-sex marriage, it can also exclude a business for being in support of same-sex marriage.
That last sentence there is the real kicker, and is a point that is often forgotten by overzealous statists. When you let the government regulate one point of view, you are silently giving it permission to regulate the opposite point of view as well. Thus why government shouldn’t regulate any point of view.
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