As most people have heard by now, the Indiana state legislature passed one of these so-called “religious freedom” laws that basically made it legal for businesses to discriminate against homosexuals by citing their religious beliefs. Luckily the public backlash was loud and immediate, causing Governor Mike Pence to tuck his tail between his legs and fix the law so that it now specifically prohibits the denial of service to anyone based on their sexual orientation.
I’ve still yet to have anyone explain to me the point of these “religious freedom” laws if they’re not intending to use them to discriminate. Why would any religious person need protection unless they planned to try to break some sort of laws that would be in violation of someone’s civil rights?
During the back and forth about this law I encountered several individuals who tried to use hypotheticals such as an African-American bakery selling a cake for a KKK event, or a Jewish deli being forced to cater a neo-Nazi rally, to ask me if I felt those businesses should be forced to provide hate groups with their service.
As if being a homosexual equated to being part of a vile hate group.
Well, Jon Stewart was back on The Daily Show last night, and he absolutely destroyed those using such nonsense to try to defend these bigoted attempts to legally discriminate against homosexuals.
“It’s been awhile since I’ve taken the SATs, but I believe the formulation as you defend yourselves is this: This couple [two lesbians] is to Christian business as these folks [members of the KKK] are to everyone else,” Stewart said. “Is that what you’re saying? ‘I’m not discriminating, I have nothing against gay people; I’m just saying, for some Christians, catering an elderly lesbian wedding is like making a Jew slow-dance with Hitler.’”
“Do you see how f*cked up that is?,” he continued. “Basically, you see people celebrating love as a hate group.”
That’s exactly how I felt dealing with these fools trying to use many of these same ignorant examples, as if gay Americans wanting equal rights is the equivalent to a radical hate group.
He also hammered Mike Huckabee who last week suggested that the reason Indiana and Arkansas had to backdown from their attempts to discriminate was due to the “militant gay community” putting pressure on businesses.
“So when gays want equality, it’s militancy. And when Christians want to deny service, it’s freedom,” Stewart quipped.
It never ceases to amaze me that these religious people are the ones claiming that their rights are the ones being trampled on as they continue to do everything they can to deny millions of gay Americans equal rights. They’re literally trying to argue that their “freedoms are being taken away” – because they’re not being allowed to deny millions of Americans their Constitutional rights.
It’s absolutely absurd.
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central: