Is the nation wrong in reacting in the manner it has to the Chick-fil-A controversy? Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford and Disturbed frontman David Draiman both agree on the core issue – freedom of speech. If the country values the freedom to believe and say what we choose, then the nation should accept what was said by Chick-fil-A president said, “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.’”
In case you didn’t know it, Halford is gay, so I was a bit surprised and humbled to hear what he had to say about the controversy. In a recent Noisecreep interview, Halford said:
“Before I get into this, I just want to say that I love America. I love the American Constitution and the First Amendment,” says Halford, 60, whose main residence is in Phoenix, Ariz. “I’m actually watching a PBS documentary that I got on DVD about the life of John Adams. If you really get into the heart and soul of this great country, it’s all about the constitution and the First Amendment and freedom of speech.
“Everybody in this country has the right to say what they think and feel and what best represents them. The people at Chick-fil-A have the absolute right to say and do what they want. It doesn’t matter that all of these people disagree with their opinion. The question was how would the people that agree with what that man said do to support the company and how would the ones against his anti-gay remarks protest.
“The supporters have been showing up in droves, to spend money at the restaurants and peacefully assemble. But there has obviously been so many people who have gone out and boycotted the company. I think it’s great. That’s our right here. What you’re seeing here are the elements of the American Constitution in all of their glory. It’s a wonderful thing to see what’s happening and talk about the fact that everyone is discussing the gay rights issue is great.”
A few days before hand, Blabbermouth reported on the extensive Tweet Draiman published:
“The rest of the world is watching us and laughing (again) while the right rallies in support of the Chick-fil-A CEO and chain (whom I may not agree with, but whose freedom of speech is protected by the consistution), once again trying to shove their ideas and values down the rest of the country’s throat; and the left, holding a kiss in, shoving their way of life (a life I completely support and which they are entitled to) in the country’s face as well.”
There is a lot of truth in what Halford and Draiman said. We have the right to say what we choose, but in doing so, people are need to own what they say and be prepared for the consequences when speaking publicly about something so controversial. The nation has grown to accept, not necessarily understand (my take), same sex couples wishing to marry and make a life together.
Photo Credit: Time.com
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