Bill O’Reilly continued the fine tradition of fretting over cake makers on his show this week, warning that because of the SCOTUS ruling for marriage equality, Christian bakers could be forced to make cakes for a Nazi party “picnic.”
O’Reilly, like most right-wingers, didn’t handle it well when gays won the right to be married in all 50 states. If this July 1 showing is any indication, it’s not going to get any better for him, either.
During the July 1 edition of “The O’Reilly Factor,” O’Reilly gave voice to the right’s meltdown over the SCOTUS ruling, launching into a tirade that compared LGBT Americans to the American Nazi Party and predicted that Christian bakers, by being forced to make cakes for one, would have to make cakes for both.
O’Reilly pointedly asked guest Julie Roginsky, a Democratic strategist and Fox News contributor, if she was “okay” with Christian business owners being “punished” by “civil authorities”:
The butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker, they all have to cater weddings now, gay weddings. They can get punished by the civil authorities. Are you okay with that?
Referring to them as “places of public accommodation,” Roginsky added she was okay with it. O’Reilly then played his Godwin Card:
Are you okay with a baker saying that he’s not going to make any goods for a Nazi party rally?
When Roginsky brushed the question off, O’Reilly latched on like a bulldog chasing his own tail:
No, no, no. Answer my question. Nazi party comes in, American Nazi party, they’re having a picnic, and they do, and they want the baker to bake them a bunch of cakes and the baker says get the hell out of here.
Even after Roginsky clarified that there was a difference between denying service to a minority and denying service to a hate group, O’Reilly continued pushing:
Wait a minute. They come in, they are known national socialists, they want a cake. The baker says, ‘no, my belief system is that you people are wrong. I’m not baking you a cake.’ Do they have to bake them a cake?
“Nazis are not a protect class,” Roginsky said, adding that gays and lesbians, like black people, Hispanics, Asians, and other minorities, should be.
Towards the end of the conversation, O’Reilly attempted to back pedal on his words, claiming that he wasn’t comparing “gays to Nazis” but, instead, was asking an “individual liberty question.”
One chooses to be wrong and, therefore, a Nazi, but one does not chose to be gay. A better comparison, then, isn’t to replace “gay” with “Nazi,” but with another immutable characteristic — like skin color. If your ethics answer a question like “Should I really make this cake for these black people? It’s against my religion,” with “yes,” it’s time for new ethics.
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