Because God forbid a company be able to fire an employee who makes statements that could affect their bottom line, right? Yet again, with feeling:
The Bill of Rights applies to the government, not to private corporations. Getting in trouble for your beliefs with your employer is an entirely different can of beans than getting in trouble with your government for said beliefs. If I lost my marbles tomorrow and went off and accused a sizable portion of my employer’s customer base of being baby-raping bastards, they would have every right to fire me for that. My comments would affect their bottom line, just as Phil Robertson’s comments could potentially affect A&E’s bottom line, and as a private business they have every right to do within reason whatever they perceive to be in their best interests. There are those who say that A&E is violating Robertson’s rights, but here’s the thing about that: Robertson is perfectly free to go find a paying gig somewhere else. A&E isn’t his employer anyway. He’s already quite wealthy with the money his family has made from their own business. And even if A&E were his employer, well, so what? They’re basically implying that he has a right to a job, which means it’s someone else’s obligation (in this case A&E’s) to provide him with one. And such a belief is — or should be, anyway — anathema to any freedom-loving American. I hate it as badly as any gun owner that Buffalo Wild Wings doesn’t allow concealed carry in their restaurant. But that’s their business. It’s their property and they have the right to administer it as they wish. And because it’s their property, I don’t bitch about my rights being violated. I just go have wings and beer somewhere that is more amenable to concealed carry.
Was it wrong for Clear Channel, Cumulus, et al to throw all their Dixie Chicks records out and not play them anymore, too? Or is it okay for people to get fired when it’s speech you don’t agree with?