CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Every American should be free to live and do business according to their faith. But if recent events are any indication, it seems that many Americans want to give lip service to a First Amendment right to free speech for everyone, but will only permit the exercise of that amendment for people with whom they agree.
Case in point -- Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy. Here is a man who learned just how narrowly the First Amendment can be construed by some following his "audacious" claim that his business plan, as well as his business ethics, stems from his Christian faith.
That Cathy said he believes in the Biblical family unit should surprise no one, but many have labeled that, "bigotry." That he is married to his first wife should be lauded, yet activists are demanding that his business leave the campus of West Virginia University.
According to these activists, Chick-fil-A has no business being in the Mountainlair at WVU because of its past financial support for such "hate groups" as Focus on the Family, Family Research Council, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
We hope that WVU will not take retribution on Chick-fil-A by driving them off campus, as activists continue to demand. Should they do so, not only would it be a clear violation of federal law, it should be viewed as a pre-emptive attack upon the religious liberty of every WVU student, alumnus, faculty, and supporter.
Just how far will those demanding the censoring of religious expression in word and deed extend their own logic?
If the WVU football team were to be invited to the Chick-fil-A Bowl, would they be permitted to accept? Are university alumni -- like myself -- who hold to the same, "bigoted" opinion as Mr. Cathy welcome on campus? Will activists object every time WVU accepts a donation from businesses or businessmen who believe that every child is deserving of a mom and a dad?