Point is speech freedom

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On a hot August day, unprecedented numbers of customers swarmed popular fast food restaurants.

The massive lines brought traffic jams and record sales to Chick-Fil-A stores Aug. 1.

The overwhelming support for the restaurant came as an uprising against criticism of company President Dan Cathy when he spoke out in favor of traditional marriage.

Numerous conservative Christians, as well as some from the opposite side of the gay marriage argument rallied together to promote freedom of speech.

For Temple, Texas, Chick-fil-A owner, Steve Joy, the onslaught of patrons that surrounded his establishments hit hard and did not relent.

Joy said, “It started about 8:00 in the morning and ran through closing time.”

Supporters were impressed with how well the employees handled the crowds.

“First of all they were really tired, and second of all, I think they were inspired, too, by being part of a really big event,” Joy said.

More than 170 miles away in suburban Houston, UMHB sophomore nursing major Rebekah Bogaard was working her summer job at Sugarland’s Chick-fil-A location.

On Support Chick-fil-A day, they had nearly 3,300 customers.

Bogaard said, “It was a historic day for my location, having a total sales of $26,000, which was more than it made at its grand opening back in 1996.”

While Bogaard served the masses in Sugarland, sophomore church music major Christopher Stroup paid a visit to Stonebriar Mall’s food court in Frisco, Texas.

He said almost all the customers were at the Chick-fil-A booth.

Much of the criticism of the support effort attacked Chick-fil-A supporters by calling them hateful.

Some people who generally disagree with mainstream conservatives patronized the restaurants because they understood that freedom of speech is a two-way street.

According to CBS Los Angeles, Rosanne Barr, an actress and former presidential candidate, blasted Christians and Chick-fil-A supporters by tweeting that people who eat Chick-fil-A and worship Christ deserve to get cancer.

After a backlash of tweets from people who had lost loved ones to cancer, she apologized by tweeting, “Christian liars: I never wished cancer on you. I said Jesus will punish you for your deceit. I said processed foods cause cancer.”

It is this kind of speech that leaves many people wondering how standing in line at a restaurant that shares their values is hateful.

Those opposed call for open-mindedness, but where is the tolerance in many of the things they say?

It seems that liberals can say whatever they want, but when conservatives share their views, the idea of tolerance has fled.

Author: Antonio Hebert

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