posted on Jan, 2 2014 @ 04:23 PM
Here's my opinion on it, assuming they did indeed fire him because of his vocal stance on marriage equality:
I don't personally agree with firing someone because they use their right to public speech, however, I believe that from an employer's standpoint,
they have to right to fire someone for saying something that is counter to the company or corporation's standpoint.
What I thought A&E should have done was keep Phil, but they should have launched a MAJOR public service campaign on their network, discussing the
importance of tolerance and marriage equality. I'm talking blasting hundreds of public service spots ALL DAY, EVERY DAY. They could get other stars
from their other shows to be in the ads, talking about the need for equality for all. That way, NO ONE could ever get the wrong idea that A&E in any
way agrees with Phil's nonsense. That way, Phil gets his free speech, and A&E gets theirs.
It's a little more complicated for the football team, isn't it? I mean, they can't exactly launch an ad campaign talking about how bad marriage
equality is - that would make them look pretty awful. As a matter of fact, they already look pretty awful for firing the guy for preaching equality.
ETA: seeing what some of the others have posted, I would have to say that there is little evidence that the head honchos fired him strictly on his
support of gay marriage - although I bet the coach would have been more than happy to fire him for that very reason.
edit on 2-1-2014 by
kaylaluv because: (no reason given)