Originally Posted by DSpivack
Facing consequences for actions or words said doesn't mean one is under attack (or if so, are undeserving of such).
Freedom of speech does not mean saying whatever you want without facing consequences. It only means that you are legally able to say it.
And, more specifically, it only means the government can't prevent you from saying it. Private employers and other entities can lock down speech. For example, one can generally be terminated from private employment for expressing opinion.