Cherished Right

Published 9:52 am Monday, August 13, 2012

To the Editor:

In reference to the August 4, 2012 column by Thadd White entitled “My Take on the Chic-Fil-A” I have several questions:

Since an employee of the Roanoke-Chowan News Herald has decided to boycott the Chic-Fil-A restaurant because they exercised their right to Freedom of Speech, should the subscribers of this newspaper now decide to boycott and cancel their subscription?

It would seem that if we truly believed in the Freedom of Speech an individual or business has under the Constitution of the United States, a better response from the public would be to accept the statement as a Cherished Right of our citizens and not start boycotts just because we do not agree with the statement.

My final question is: Where did hate come into this issue? I have followed the Chic-Fil-A statement from the beginning and have seen no evidence of hate except from those who disagree with the Chic-Fil-A statement.

I thank the staff of the Roanoke-Chowan News Herald for allowing me this right of Free Speech and I hope this does not start a boycott or any hate.

Brinson Paul