Tucker Carlson: Gay Rights Activists are ‘Jihadis’

Our old pal Tucker Carlson is up to his old tricks again. He’s just hopping mad about those damn gay people who actually have the audacity to think that they should be treated like human beings with equal rights. So mad that he declared on Fox News (of course) that they are “jihadis.”

“All the talk of tolerance that a lot of us sort of took at face value in the ‘90s and even in the last decade — ‘Why can’t all of us get along; you accept me, I’ll accept you’ — they didn’t mean it at all,” Carlson inveighed on Fox’s “Special Report with Bret Baier.”

“These are absolutists. These are jihadists!” he thundered. “These are people who want to make you obey. They don’t brook any opposition to their worldview at all. They will crush you.”‘…

“I mean, if you want to have a gay wedding, fine, go ahead,” Carlson said at the time. (Thanks for the permission, Tucker.) He continued, “If I don’t want to bake you a cake for your gay wedding, that’s okay too. Or should be. That’s called tolerance. But when you try and force me to bake a cake for your gay wedding and threaten me with prison if I don’t, that’s called fascism.”

Jihadis! Fascists! You know, like those uppity black people who passed the Civil Rights Act 50 years ago to do the exact same thing that Carlson is throwing a fit about. Was Martin Luther King a fascist too, Tucker? I mean, he was clearly “intolerant” and unwilling to compromise. He refused to tolerate businesses that refused to serve black people. I mean, he was practically the first coming of Osama Bin Laden, amirite?

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  • Chiroptera

    “If I don’t want to bake you a cake for your gay wedding, that’s okay too. Or should be. That’s called tolerance. But when you try and force me to bake a cake for your gay wedding and threaten me with prison if I don’t, that’s called fascism.”

    Actually, no one is forcing anyone to bake any cakes, and no one is being forced to bake any cakes for any particular people.

    However, people who have chosen of their own free will to run a business providing goods and services to the public in exchange for remuneration, some of whom have chosen of their own free will to provide cakes for weddings, are being told that there are conditions on being allowed to provide goods and services in exchange for remuneration, and one of those conditions is they can’t choose to discriminate against certain groups of people.

    If you sell wedding cakes, then sell wedding cakes. That’s part of your business; just do your job.

    If you don’t want to sell wedding cakes to certain people, then don’t sell wedding cakes at all. Sell other kinds of cakes, or go into a different business altogether.

  • Chiroptera

    Honestly, you’d think that people are being rounded up in the streets and conscripted to work in gay wedding bakeries for free.

  • Ellie

    Who exactly, Mr. Carlson, has been threatened with prison for not baking a cake? Names. I want names.

  • scienceavenger

    Tucker is just another simpleton that thinks “tolerance” means “tolerating everything”, or at least pretends to when it suits him.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Chiroptera “Honestly, you’d think that people are being rounded up in the streets and conscripted to work in gay wedding bakeries for free.”

    They are. They’re like concentration camps, but with frosting.

  • busterggi

    Tucker was channeling his inner Conan the barbarian – que butch of him.

  • cptdoom

    All this wedding talk is pure nonsense. The point of these RFRA expansions is not just to “protect” florists or bakeries or wedding planners, the anti-gay right wants to be able to refuse any service to LGBT people, fire us if we openly acknowledge our truth and refuse to rent/sell to us.

  • lofgren

    I feel like we have enough data on Carlson at this point to conclude that he is really, really, really insecure about his masculinity and finds tolerance of gay people a signifcant threat to his image of himself.

  • dugglebogey

    AS if people are walking up to folks and saying “YOU BAKE ME A CAKE OR ELSE!”

    No, there are people ALREADY baking cakes as a business. Nobody is asking them to endorse a lifestyle. Nobody is forcing them to attend a gay wedding. All they are being asked is to do what they would do for anyone else. Their “burden” is to have to do what they do every day with pleasure for anyone. Unless there’s buttsecks. Then nooooooo.

  • observer

    Regards bakeries and florists, are we sure they don’t attend the event? The bakery that did our wedding cake also served it (granted, that was the reception), and I think the florist also did flower arrangements at the location. It’s been 30 years, so I might be mistaken.

  • Numenaster

    @cptdoom #7, you’ve nailed it. And the point of making such a fuss about these RFRA fig leaves is for the vast majority of Americans to point out to the dedicated haters just how few and isolated they are. Bigots talk openly about their bigotry and their justifications for it when they think the audience agrees with them. We’re showing them that they aren’t the majority they think they are.

  • John Pieret

    observer:

    As you note, every wedding I’ve been to the cake is delivered to the reception, not to the wedding ceremony and if the florist is still arranging flowers during the ceremony, you’re in trouble anyway. As I said before, I have a certain sympathy for wedding photographers, who have to attend the ceremony and interact with the loving couple extensively, posing numerous shots of the couple kissing and so forth. If anyone has a claim to being forced to participate, it’s the photographers.

  • D. C. Sessions

    What’s so strange to me about all of this is that even where frank racism is at issue, there’s absolutely nothing stopping a business owner from posting a sign saying: “I hate niggers, chinks, gooks, ragheads, and queers. But the law is the law, so I’ll serve you if you insist.” I really doubt that he’d have that many people on his hate list disturbing him.

  • Chiroptera

    dugglebogey, #9: Their “burden” is to have to do what they do every day with pleasure for anyone.

    I like the way you put this.

  • Chiroptera

    I also can’t help but think that these bigots are only throwing a tantrum because they are losing this particular battle in the culture war and losing badly.

    If gay people were always able to have legally married, I suspect that most of these bigots would never have thought to say, “no, i won’t take money for a cake because my religion forbids gay marriage.” They’d bake the cake, take the money, and then go home and maybe grumble about sinful people.

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  • marcus

    John Pieret @ 12 Although I disagree with their prejudice, they are also the ones whose work most closely resembles “art” (for certain values of art).

    It occurs to me that I don’t understand why these folks need the imprimatur of law to back up their bigotry when simple rudeness would probably accomplish their goals.

    “Oh yeah, I’d be happy to photograph your gayhomo (air-quotes) “wedding”. I’ve got my old Kodak instamatic and it makes real good pictures. I love gayhomos!” etc.

    Or,

    “I promise not to spit in your wedding cake!”

    Of course they would be demonstrating what disgusting human beings they are…

  • marcus

    Chiroptera @ 15 “I also can’t help but think that these bigots are only throwing a tantrum because they are losing this particular battle in the culture war and losing badly.”

    I think you just answered my question.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    “Fuck Tucker, Tucker sucks.” — George Carlin

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxqCGTkV5wg

  • billyeager

    @Chiroptera

    See, there’s the problem right there. You absolutely nailed it on comment 1, accurately defining, without room for doubt or confusion, what the issue is. How do you get to appear on FOX and say the same damn thing? Because all those vapid talking heads keep missing the point while they’re all screeching about how it is discrimination against teh religulous to make businesses treat all their customers equally.

  • dingojack

    This is pertinent to this issue (especially in Indiana)…

    Dingo