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Longtime Fox News contributor rejects network’s anti-gay rhetoric, gets cut off during segment

After Jan Brewer’s veto of Arizona’s anti-gay “religious liberty” bill, conservative voices are struggling to justify why they supported what many saw as another morally repugnant chapter in the state’s legislative history.

But not longtime Fox News contributor Bernie Goldberg, who pushed back against the network’s support of ideologues behind the bill during an appearance on The Kelly File this Thursday.

Clearly disgusted the bill’s apologists, Goldberg asserted that it was another example religious ideology targeting gays while hiding under the guise of “freedom.”

“And my take was that I understand the concern of social conservatives, religious people. I understand that,” Goldberg said.

“But if you open a shop on Main Street, open to the general public, then you have to really serve the general public. And you can’t say, ‘Well, I’m not going to serve these people, but I will serve those people.’ And a lot of the people commenting on this…”

“Why not? Why not? I mean, this is America,” fill-in host Shannon Bream interrupted. “We all have freedoms. I mean, why would you want to do business with somebody, no matter what your personal issue was that they had with you, why would you want to force them to do business with you? Why not just go down the street and say, “I’m going to spend my money to somebody who supports me and is kind to me and wants to help me and provide these services for me.”

“Okay. Let’s take that argument to its logical conclusion,” Goldberg shot back. “Let’s say it’s not a social conservative Christian who opens the shop but a devout Muslim who opens up a restaurant in your town, wherever your town is. And the woman goes in for lunch, and he says, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa. You can’t come into this restaurant. You need to be here with a man. Those are my deeply-held religious beliefs. Okay?’”

“I probably wouldn’t want to eat there,” Bream said.

“Well, that’s up to you to not want to eat there. But you know, would you have made this argument in 1960 in Greensboro, North Carolina, when four black college students went to Woolworth and sat at the lunch counter where they were not wanted and said, ‘I want lunch.’ They are American heroes, because they didn’t get up and say, ‘I’m not wanted here. I’ll go someplace else.’”

Watch the exchange in the video below:

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  1. MarkB

    March 1, 2014 at 3:40 am

    Yes, Shannon, we all have rights; they do NOT include depriving OTHERS of their rights — you remember, those “inalienable” ones, created equal and entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Just because they aren’t detailed in the Constitution doesn’t mean they don’t apply; they are the foundational principles on which the new nation was BASED, so much so that they didn’t NEED repeating.

  2. whit sibley

    March 3, 2014 at 9:57 am

    By Emily Heath:

    1. My religious liberty is at risk because:

    A) I am not allowed to go to a religious service of my own choosing.
    B) Others are allowed to go to religious services of their own choosing.

    2. My religious liberty is at risk because:

    A) I am not allowed to marry the person I love legally, even though my religious community blesses my marriage.
    B) Some states refuse to enforce my own particular religious beliefs on marriage on those two guys in line down at the courthouse.

    3. My religious liberty is at risk because:

    A) I am being forced to use birth control.
    B) I am unable to force others to not use birth control.

    4. My religious liberty is at risk because:

    A) I am not allowed to pray privately.
    B) I am not allowed to force others to pray the prayers of my faith publicly.

    5. My religious liberty is at risk because:

    A) Being a member of my faith means that I can be bullied without legal recourse.
    B) I am no longer allowed to use my faith to bully gay kids with impunity.

    6. My religious liberty is at risk because:

    A) I am not allowed to purchase, read or possess religious books or material.
    B) Others are allowed to have access books, movies and websites that I do not like.

    7. My religious liberty is at risk because:

    A) My religious group is not allowed equal protection under the establishment clause.
    B) My religious group is not allowed to use public funds, buildings and resources as we would like, for whatever purposes we might like.

    8. My religious liberty is at risk because:

    A) Another religious group has been declared the official faith of my country.
    B) My own religious group is not given status as the official faith of my country.

    9. My religious liberty is at risk because:

    A) My religious community is not allowed to build a house of worship in my community.
    B) A religious community I do not like wants to build a house of worship in my community.

    10. My religious liberty is at risk because:

    A) I am not allowed to teach my children the creation stories of our faith at home.
    B) Public school science classes are teaching science.

  3. Chris Ford

    March 3, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    I’m so sick of hearing “We can agree to disagree” as a closing comment from someone who can’t counter logical argument.

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