Heh. Chick-Fil-A spends millions of dollars promoting violence toward your fellow citizens, and you’ll actually show up to support them, but one of the stores puts up a “No Guns” sign and it’s the end of the world.
Chick-Fil-A donates millions of dollars each year to the FRC, which advocates criminalizing homosexuality. Saying that people out to be dragged out of their homes by physical force and then locked in cages is advocating violence, even if you want the attackers to wear pretty little government badges.
You’re right, Stormy. Because before the Lawrence decision there were thousands of gay men imprisoned yearly in state re-education camps, forced to wear lavender triangles and read the Bible while they went on compulsory dates with plain-looking but virtuous women. A vertiable police state, I tells ya.
So just because the FRC hasn’t generally been successful in getting their agenda implemented, that makes it all okay? The KKK hasn’t accomplished much in a long time either. That doesn’t mean it’s okay to start sending them money.
The G. K. Chesteron line about will (“You cannot admire will in general because the essence of will is that it is particular.”) applies equally well to free speech. It’s not that people miss the point of the Chick-Fil-A support day, it’s that the recognize you can’t celebrate free speech without addressing the content of the particular free speech you are choosing to celebrate.
I think the KKK has a right to free speech too. That doesn’t mean I’m gonna show up at a cross burning to celebrate it, and it would reflect poorly on anyone who did.