Tony Perkins, head of the Christian-based Family Research Council, recently slammed gay rights activists who called for a boycott of Chick-fil-A two years ago because the company's CEO, Dan Cathy, opposed gay rights.
In a recent interview with USA Today, Cathy changed his tune. "All of us become more wise as time goes by," he said. "We sincerely care about all people."
Perkins has called for and/or supported boycotts against Starbucks, Girl Scout Cookies, Betty Crocker, McDonald's and Wal-Mart when those companies advocated gay rights, reports RightWingWatch.org (video below).
On Saturday, Fox News host Mike Huckabee told Perkins that no one has targeted CEO Howard Schultz of Starbucks. Huckabee also claimed the gay rights boycotts (a form of free speech) were trying to “silence” political speech.
Fox News ran the headline "Bullying From the The Left" at the bottom of the screen as Perkins lamented that gay rights groups were "rolling over our freedoms and liberties."
"What they're wanting to do with this is silence the vast majority of Americans who do not agree with them," added Perkins. "That will be detrimental to our system of government."
However, Perkins was not able to cite one example in which gay rights groups had legally silenced anyone from using free speech.