Not sure the freedom of speech arguement applies here, but I could be wrong. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences. This guy said what he wanted to say. He can still say what he wants to say. He can shout his opinion from the mountaintops if he wishes. No one is telling him he cannot speak his mind. His employer simply said they do not agree with him and do not wish for him to do business with him anymore. That is their right.
incidentally...did Palin feel the same way about the guy that expressed his opinion about her and was fired?Sarah Palin, Gov. Jindal, 'Duck Dynasty' fans react to Phil Robertson's suspension by A&E
Governors, former Vice Presidential nominees -- just about everybody has an opinion about the "Duck Dynasty" brouhaha.
Sarah Palin was one of many of the show's fans to take to social media after news hit that Phil Robertson had been indefinitely suspended by A&E following his controversial statements about homosexuality in an interview with GQ Magazine.
Palin went on Facebook to voice her reaction, charging that the suspension is an attack on freedom of speech.
“Free speech is an endangered species,” she wrote, alongside a photo of herself with the cast of the show. “Those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.”
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also voiced support for his embattled constituents.
“Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV," Jindal said in a statement. "In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended."
Many fans of the series took to Twitter to voice similar thoughts.
Phil Robertson can have his own opinion, just like you have your own @DuckDynastyAE
— Lex (@lexvillaverd) December 19, 2013
they suspended Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty because he said being gay is a sin... lol @ the lack of 1st Amendment rights in the USA
— Evan Mock (@MockaFlocka) December 19, 2013