The Constitution is arguable the most important founding document in the United States. It affects all of us pretty much every day; however it does not allow you to say whatever you want without any consequences. The most recent example where the Constitution was misrepresented was when countless politicians, media personnel and just general folks said the firing of patriarch of Duck Dynasty for making anti-gay comments violated his freedom of speech.

I am not going to argue whether or not this guy should be fired, but merely point out that his freedom of speech or freedom of religion have not been violated. The Constitution protects you from the government violating your rights. Phil Robertson, of Duck Dynasty, has not been arrested or charged with a crime for his comments about gays (nor should he be), he has been fired by a private employer for making these comments.

Phil Robertson has the right to make whatever homophobic or racist comments he wants without fear of going to prison for it, however he does not have the right to have his own TV show, or to say what he wants without negative reactions from his employer or people in the community.

This is not the first time that people have tried to wrongly use the freedom of speech defense, and it probably won't be the last. However, in order to have a better debate on the merits of any case we should at least make sure that everyone understands what the Constitution does and does not say. Want a free copy of the Constitution? Send an email to with the number of constitutions you want along with your address.