There was a time when corporations were a creature of the state, set up and licensed to aggregate capital to achieve certain public purposes. These roles are now nearly reversed, but certain steps are needed to complete the process.
Free speech and religious liberty is a civil rights issue. I would never seek to limit the First Amendment rights of other individuals. Chick-fil-A has a right to free speech, but we have a right to push back against its discriminatory practices.
As the occupiers of Zuccotti Park recently found out, the government's ability to limit free speech, to stop the First Amendment, to undercut the right to peaceably assemble and petition for redress of grievances, is perhaps the most critical issue our republic can face.
The same arguments marshaled against Jews and Catholics in previous eras are being advanced against Muslims today. Unity in America is not to be taken for granted. Every generation must both preserve and protect our nation's core principle.
Did my July 3 post inadvertently provide a bully pulpit for BP and Coast Guard propaganda? As it turns out, there is plenty of room for concern regarding this apparent marriage of public relations and a government agency.