Sarah Palin Reiterates Support For Chick-fil-A, May Not Understand First Amendment

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While hundreds of thousands partook in Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin repeated her support for the fast-food chain.

In a Fox News interview, the 2008 V.P. nominee defended Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy's decision to publicly express anti-gay marriage views.

Moreover, she called backlash against Chick-fil-A an affront to free speech.

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"Well, that calling for the boycott is a real - has a chilling effect on our 1st Amendment rights," Palin told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren.

"And the owner of the Chick-fil-A business had merely voiced his personal opinion about supporting traditional definition of marriage."

"One boy, one girl, falling in love, getting married."

"Having voiced support for kind of that cornerstone of all civilization and all religions since the beginning of time, he then basically [is] getting crucified."

Whichever side you're on in the gay marriage debate, Sarah Palin's interpretation of the 1st Amendment is interesting to say the least.

Dan Cathy certainly can express his opinions, but as the head of a popular company, has to expect repercussions from such statements.

People who disagree are also free to say and do what they want. Would Palin call boycotts of a pro-gay marriage restaurant an affront to free speech?

How is criticizing something one dislikes - for any reason - and deciding to not give it money akin to crucifying Cathy? Is he dead? Or in jail?

Cities trying to ban the store is a different story, but as far as private citizens go, isn't boycotting Chick-fil-A basically the same as mobilizing support for a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day - the 1st Amendment at its finest?

We digress. If you missed it, Cathy sparked controversy last month when he responded to a question about his anti-gay marriage views.

He told an interviewer that he was "guilty as charged."

"I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,' and I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is about," Cathy said.

These comments have drawn angry responses from a number of politicians and public figures, including calls to boycott the business, sever partnerships and even block Chick-fil-A's expansion into various cities.

Conservatives quickly rallied around the restaurant, with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee organizing a "Chick-fil-A Apprectiation Day" that gained grassroots momentum and a few high-profile backers on the right.

Palin also went to bat for the restaurant last month, sending out a picture of her and her husband, Todd, "supporting a great business."

What's your opinion on the Chick-fil-A controversy?

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Ted Cruz' single largest donor, Peter Thiel of San Francisco, is openly gay and supports same-sex marriage. Thiel donated to Cruz $251,000 in 2009 and recently donated $5,000 for Cruz' Senate primary. He is also the largest single donor to the group backing Cruz - the Club for Growth Action super PAC giving them $1 million in May. Cruz is deceiving Texans about his alliances while claiming to be a Tea Party Republican. It seems that Sarah Palin should have done more homework about Ted before endorsing him, if she is truly opposed to homosexuality. She chased the spotlight at a Chick-fil-a for face time and Cruz bought their fried chicken to serve at his victory party. Seems to me they are both working overtime fleecing the teaparty votes and money.

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Uh...If the mayor of Chicago states that he doesn't want Chick-Fil-A in his town because of their opinion on traditional marriage is a violation of First Amendment rights and your civil rights as well.

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Chick-fill-A's Dan Cathy should be able to express his opinion and the consumers should be able to boycott his establishment. I won't buy Chick-fill-A products because I don't share Cathy's viewpoint on marriage and I believe the message contained a tone of hatred. I'm glad Cathy said what he did because I now know whom I'm dealing with.
Palin should spend more time discussing constructive topics, i.e. all the jobs our companies are exporting to China and India and laying off American workers to increase CEO bonuses.

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Stephanie is right..:) You can't ban a company over free speech. Maybe the mayors of Boston and Chicago should brush up on their understanding of the Constitution before spouting off.

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Hey @jackmcbride
go take a good night sleep and shut up. Like the own article says, the Chick-fill-A CEO (was it?) was on his own rights to say whatever he wants you (and yes he should be expecting repercussion), as are citizens that are criticizing his opinion. But NO political figure, such as the mayors can BAN a business solely because of the opinion of their CEO. And I NEVER saw anyone being disrespected on their restaurant. If people don't like the CEO's comments, just don't eat there anymore. Simples as that.

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Palin's statements of marriage being the 'cornerstone of civilization' & in 'all religion since the beginning of time'.This type of 'marriage' has been popular for approx 150 yrs. During the time of OT & NT, monotheists had multiple wives, polytheists had one. Mono adopted poly beliefs for political & financial gain. Holidays like easter & xmas, marriage, rites & rituals & their props are just a few examples. Her statements are completely ignorant & false.

Ken1

Why does her grandson know the word Faggot?

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Staff member, You might want to read these articles regarding the banning companies over free speech... http://www.foxnews.com/politic... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

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I am not sure Palin knows much about the first amendment.Unless the government is arresting Chic-fil-a employees for supporting homophobia, their first amendment right is fully intact, just like the people who are in opposition to chic-fil-a's homophobia.

Levi1132

@idesign: Where does it say that in the Constitution?