Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Boycotts and the 1st Amendment

Between the anti-marriage-equality boycotting Oreo, and the pro-marriage equality boycotting Chick-fil-a... boycotts have been in the news lately.

Both sides are angry, which happens.  And the first amendment is tossed around.  Here's my take.

You are free to talk about your beliefs.  It's your company.  It's also my right to chose where I give my money to. You can't force anyone to change their beliefs.  You are perfectly within your rights to not want to give them money.  You are also perfectly within your rights to give money to products and companies that have values similar to your own.

Which is why I'm going to buy Oreos.

Edited to add:  And as for Boston saying they didn't want a Chick-Fil-A around because of the owner's beliefs and where he contributes his money.  That's a nice thought, but I personally think it sets a bad precedent.  How long before that same thinking blocks the building of mosques or Middle Eastern restaurants?

And while I'm not a big protester... this protest idea seems fun.  A same-sex kiss in!

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