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Chick-Fil-A and the right to speak your mind

August 17, 2012
The Marietta Times

I have to write a response to a letter about Chick-Fil-A. I think the letter writer misses the mark completely about what happened. The CEO of Chick-Fil-A gave an interview to a Baptist publication about his values. Somehow, this has been turned into something it isn't. The CEO is in fact against gay marriage, and last time I checked he is free to have that opinion. The problem arose because the mayors of certain cities have publicly declared that Chick-Fil-A is not welcome in their city. The support for Chick-Fil-A is based on freedom of speech. No mayor should be telling a private legal business that they are not welcome in their city. Chick-Fil-A subscribes to certain Christian principals in their business. I believe that everyone is aware that they are not open on Sundays. The company does not discriminate who they serve or hire. So what is the problem? Why should this company be refused in a city? The stance that these mayors have taken is dangerous. Is it right that a mayor should wield so much power that if you believe something different from him or her, you are not welcome in their city? I find it appalling that the left routinely uses tactics such as this to discourage anyone from speaking out about what they believe. I guess diversity is fine as long as it is not in thought.



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