O'Reilly Compares Anti-Discrimination Protections For LGBT People To Forcing Black Guest To Attend KKK Meeting
Bill O'Reilly: "If Somebody Invites You, Juan Williams, To An Event, Say A Ku Klux Klan Rally ... It's The Same Thing"
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From the April 6 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:
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O'REILLY: Pretty interesting argument that the former Senator from Pennsylvania is making.
JUAN WILLIAMS: Well, I this it's an artful dodge. A Clear diversion from the real issue here. It's the difference between a matter of discretion and discrimination, Bill. Clearly, the government has an interest in protecting everyone's rights, your civil liberties as Americans, and that includes if you're black, Jewish, female, whatever. But when it comes to a matter of discretion, you and I do business, you know, you run a very successful TV show, the government doesn't tell you what to do, but if you start discriminating against people, then they say "you can't do that, Bill O'Reilly."
O'REILLY: You're making two mistakes. Number one, the discretion versus discrimination takes out the conscience level. So you say "okay, look, gays have to be protected, blacks have to be protected, Jews have to be protected, minorities have to be protected." What about Christians? Christians are a majority. They have to be protected, too, right?
O'REILLY: So, the pizza store didn't say "look, we are not going to sell you a slice of pizza if you're gay," they just didn't want to go to an event - and the event being a gay marriage. So, if somebody invites you, Juan Williams, to an event, say a Ku Klux Klan rally, all right?
O'REILLY: You don't want to go there, okay?
O'REILLY: And you have the perfect right to say no.
WILLIAMS: No thank you.
O'REILLY: I don't like what the KKK stands for. I don't want to go to that event.
O'REILLY: It's the same thing. The pizza place and other people say it violates my religious tenets to go or participate in a gay wedding ceremony. Not to sell a piece of pizza to gays. But to go to an event. Do you not see the difference?