“Free speech” to conservatives means never having to face the repercussions for anything they say. It means they have the right to say whatever they want, and you don’t have the right to respond – ever. More from Musto:
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?
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.