ACLU defends Chick-fil-A’s right to be homophobic

Your typical conservative thinks of the American Civil Liberties Union as automatically opposed to conservative points of view, but that’s a distortion of reality.

Granted, most ACLU members probably are more liberal than not, but the organization defends the First Amendment rights of people whose views they find repugnant.

HERE‘s a good example:

Although the ACLU strongly supports same-sex marriage, a senior attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois warned that if Chicago bans Chick-fil-A over the religious views of its management, it will be engaging in “viewpoint discrimination,” Fox News reported Thursday.

“The government can regulate discrimination in employment or against customers, but what the government cannot do is to punish someone for their words,” said ACLU senior attorney Adam Schwartz.

“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,” he added.



  1. Milton Waddams

    Good. The statements by the Boston mayor and Chicago alderman and Mayor Emmanuel were utterly out of line. Boycotts are one thing, but threats by government officials is entirely another.

  2. Dan F.

    This Chick-fil-A episode exposes liberal hypocrisy in bright colors.

    Here in San Francisco a gay group (men who dress as nuns) has a “Hunky Jesus” beauty contest every Easter in a city park. They don’t have to do it on Easter, but they intentionally pick that day. Many Catholics objected, and the liberals said, “If you don’t like it, don’t go there.”

    Many conservatives object to abortion. The liberals retort, “If you don’t like abortions, don’t have one.”

    In my neighborhood, men walk around in the nude on public sidewalks and sit on public seats (the law says they must use a towel). It’s not a crime to walk around outside in the nude here unless you act lewdly. Parents objected, and the liberals said, “If you don’t like it, don’t visit our neighborhood.”

    So now Chick-fil-A expresses an opinion… did the liberals say, “We don’t like it, so we won’t eat there”? No-o-o-o-o. They tried to bar Chick-fil-A from opening restaurants. This is Hypocrisy with a capital H.

    And Pat, lose this self-righteous attitude about same-sex marriage. Do you think two sisters should be allowed to marry? Or should an adult man be allowed to marry his parents? Should a woman be allowed to marry five men? Smug liberals love to claim that they support marriage for anyone who wants it, but that’s a crock. Everyone draws the line on marriage somewhere, and society is hammering out where that line should be drawn. I support same-sex marriage, but I’ll be the first to predict that legalizing same-sex marriage will open the floodgates to all kinds of unexpected things. There are honorable people on both sides of this argument.

  3. Most people are concerned with the hate groups CFA donates to, not on the opinion they hold. ACLU should know that, and it isn’t mentioned once in this article.

  4. aquamarine

    I’m a lib and find this whole thing absurd and it makes all liberals look like stupidly blind sheep. Suddenly folks who don’t like queer marriage are like Klansman? I think not and the liberals are dangerously close to mind control sort of talk when they engage in this sort of extremist and ridiculous dialogue. I feel I am watching the conservatives do their typical over reacting on issues now w/this liberal rhetoric, and it smacks of the same sort of heavy handed, over zealous reactionary, politics of the right. This is surely not the party I attached myself to in the 70’s. Queers not marrying is not the same as the black ppl’s struggles to be served in restaurants, or to use bathrooms, where to sit on the bus. Redefining marriage in a single generation is a dangerous precedent. There are some institutions in our short lived, semi cohesive, civilization that need to be preserved and if changed, perhaps ought to do so over a long thoughtful period of time. What’s the hurry? Women were denied property rights w/in marriages, no vote, etc. for hundreds of years. This should not be a partisan issue. Our society and culture depend upon tradition folks, like it or not. Not all traditions that appear “square” are problematic nor bad for us as a whole. We as a society are perilously close-though I doubt many see this as so—-to a quick reversal to forms of barbarism if we aren’t tremendously careful. So think about this………is queer marriage soooooooo very very pivotal to our survival as a civilized species?

  5. Neftali

    Milton Waddams nailed it. I support gay marriage, or more accurately, think government should just get out of the marriage business all together.

    Don’t like Chick-fil-A’s CEO? That’s cool. Don’t eat there. Ask your friends not to eat there. Its the right thing to do. This is how capitalism works, and its a beautiful thing.

    However, the business itself has never done anything discriminatory or homophobic. There is zero evidence of any of its customers being treated unfairly. Its just the ideals of the CEO that has some people upset. But to have certain alderman now say they will not allow jobs to be created in their district is completely ridiculous.

  6. rennin1

    Homophobia is a myth. The political Left uses the word ‘homophobia’ in an attempt to create the illusion that any resistance to the gay agenda can only be due to an irrational fear of homosexuals. But most people know that phobias are real ailments (such as agoraphobia and claustrophobia) and that there are real treatments for them. Homophobia is not real and there is no treatment for it. If you truly believe that homophobia is real and that it is indeed a ‘phobia’, try searching for a medical treatment for it and see how far you get. Whatever the Left means when they use the term homophobia, it is not a phobia and they should try using a different term when trying to further their gay agenda.

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