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Food Fight Over Free Speech

Recorded on July 30, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

We've got a food fight over our Constitutional right to free speech.

Some advocates of same-sex marriage consider it intolerant if you disagree with them. Several city officials have threatened the right of Chick-fil-a to do business unless it kow-tows and censors the opinions of company officers.

Those public officials should be ashamed of themselves; their effort to silence others is a violation of what America stands for.

One local official who stood up for free speech is New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg supports same-sex marriage but also recognizes that free speech is fundamental to our nation. That means people have a right to disagree with you.

But those trying to pressure Chick-fil-a seem likely to keep trying, but merely switch tactics.

Nobody should let them—or anybody else—get away with their assault on free speech, nor on the freedom to disagree.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.