What do Chick-fil-A, “Duck Dynasty” and Arizona all have in common? Each has been affected by voicing a negative opinion of homosexuality and subsequently been backed by religious conservatives as having their “freedom of speech” and/or “freedom of religion” violated.
But creating a dangerous environment for a marginalized group of any kind (including religious groups) is not practicing “freedom of speech” or “freedom of religion.” It is a form of domestic terrorism. Men and women across the nation, and indeed the world, are put in physical danger when this form of bigotry is allowed, and even encouraged, and this is why most decent people rail against it and threaten boycotts or other proactive measures.
I’m a strong proponent of free speech, and though I do not adhere to any formal religion, I am also a die-hard advocate of freedom of religion. However, I will not defend blind hatred, especially hatred that puts innocent men and women in danger and takes away their basic human and civil rights.