“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Today’s gimme-your-money from National Organization for Marriage instructs us with respect to the First Amendment. According to Brian Brown:

In these past few days we’ve seen yet again why your support is as important as ever. As you have undoubtedly heard, the special-interest homosexual group GLAAD launched their campaign to bully A&E networks into suspending Ducky Dynasty star Phil Robertson from his own show simply for honestly answering questions put to him in an interview with GQ magazine about the tenets of his faith.

It clearly demonstrates how intensely aggressive and intolerant the radicals pushing the same-sex marriage agenda are… and how far they will go to ensure that religious views about sex and marriage are altogether removed from the public square!

They’re going after basic first amendment rights — not just religious liberty, but free speech as well!

No Mr. Brown.

Mr. Robertson has every right to express his racist and homophobic views, no matter how ignorant and offensive they might be. No one has suggested otherwise. However, Mr. Brown, the First Amendment prohibits the government from limiting free speech. A&E is a private company. They are free to make decisions about what they will – and will not – air.

Why, Mr. Brown, are you supporting someone who claims that Blacks were perfectly happy under Jim Crow laws?

While we are at it,the same First Amendment prohibits the government from making laws that recognize religion. That is precisely what NOM and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops want government to do. If any group seeks to insult the First Amendment it would be National Organization for Marriage.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.