O'Reilly: Could Bakers Be Forced To Make Cakes For Nazis After SCOTUS' Marriage Ruling?
O'Reilly Claims He's Not "Comparing Gays To Nazis"
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From the July 1 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:
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O'REILLY: The butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker, they all have to cater weddings now, gay weddings,Julie, as you know, or they can get punished by the civil authorities. Are you okay with that?
JULIE ROGINSKY: I am okay with that because they're a place of public accommodation.
O'REILLY: Are you okay with a baker saying that he's not going to make any goods for a Nazi party rally?
ROGINSKY: I am okay with a baker saying that if he's going to do straight marriages --
O'REILLY: 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. I'm not having --
ROGINSKY: Very different.
O'REILLY: 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?
ROGINSKY: But Bill, Nazis are not a protected class. I believe that gays and lesbians should be a protected class. Right now, they are not.
O'REILLY: They are not a protected class now.
ROGINSKY: They are not, but they should be.
O'REILLY: So the baker, should he have to bake the cake for the Nazis?
ROGINSKY: No, because you can choose to be a Nazi, you cannot choose to be gay or straight.
O'REILLY: This speaks to individual liberty to me, and I'm not comparing, and I know the websites, the far-left critics will do this. [crosstalk] Wait wait, I have to get this out, because I'm going to be attacked, they're going to say I'm comparing gays to Nazis. That's clearly not what I'm doing. It's an individual liberty question. (emphasis added)