In the same way that Fox News has enlisted African-Americans to denigrate blacks who don't meet right wing standards, it is now relying on Tammy Bruce, a right wing, teabagging lesbian, to scold gay folks. Monday, Bruce joined Steve Doocy in a disingenuous defense of Christian bakers against bullying and thugish gays!
Doocy began by spluttering about how nasty "same sex marriage advocates" have shut down an online fund raising campaign for Christian bakers who have been fined for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding. Fox's Very Important Message about intolerant gays was contained in the banner, "Who's Intolerant, Go-Fund-Me Takes Down Oregon Bakery Page." Doocy claimed that the couple is being fined more than $100,000 dollars and asked if that sounded "fair." (At the onset of this case, Fox & Friends was on the baker's side.)
He welcomed Fox contributor Tammy Bruce. We last saw Bruce, in April, when she whined to Tucker Carlson about those nasty gay "bullies" who gave the anti-gay Indiana pizza parlor a hard time. Meanwhile, the openly gay Bruce has no problem appearing at CPAC with hard-line homophobes and loves the term "gaystopo,"
Doocy summarized the case: "Some state agency said OK, bakery, maybe you're gonna have to pay a fine of $135,000 so somebody else said we're gonna help them." Doocy did not mention that the bakers are being fined because they were in violation of the state's public accommodation law."
Bruce informed us that the business is closed, "so they've already been destroyed." She whined about how this awesome family is "trying to make ends meet" and "good hearted people said, hey, let's try to help." She said that "apparently destroying the business wasn't enough" because the gay bullies complained to the crowd funding site and "it was taken off because it supposedly violated the terms of service." The banner reinforced the agitprop: "Bakery's Fund Raiser Banned,Go-Fund-Me Pressured By Gay Rights Activists."
In articulating talking points used by the anti-gay religious right, Bruce claimed that the bakers "happily" served gays but baking a cake for a gay wedding is asking the bakers "to participate in an act that violates your faith." (Uh, they're not being forced to have gay sex, are they?) The banner: "Hate Fine." She pontificated that "what this suggests is that being true to your faith is hateful." (Ya think?) As a beacon of tolerance (?!), she said that she would bake the cake because she supports gay marriage. Doocy said "right" as she claimed the bakers' discrimination "doesn't hurt the gay community."
When Doocy wanted to know if "Go-Fund-Me" caved, Bruce launched into her spiel about how this is the result of "bullies." Speaking for the gay community, she claimed that the majority of them think "this is a little extreme" when after "you destroy a business, you want to destroy a family." She claimed "most people think this is too much." (Project much?)
The right wing Bruce spoke of how the gay community embraces diversity and "it was never meant for us to become thugs and insist that people go against their faith." She encouraged people to "speak against this to make sure it doesn't go any further."
Fact Check: At one point, Doocy, in quoting Go-Fund-Me terms of service, accused them of using the standards as a "dodge" because the terms don't apply But the terms of the Go-Fund-Me he quoted are bogus. His graphic: "Campaigns in defense of formal charges of heinous crimes, including violent, hateful, or sexual acts" are prohibited." The real terms: "campaigns in defense of formal charges or claims of heinous crimes, violent, hateful, sexual or discriminatory acts." Go-Fund-Me was well within their rights because the bakers were legally found to have discriminated.
Funny, when black people break the law, Fox is indignant. When Christians break the law - not so much. But seriously, with friends like Tammy Bruce, the LGBT community doesn't need enemies!
Oh, and don't worry about the bakers. Franklin Graham is helping out.
1/5/20 Update: Video is not available.
Okay. Go about your business.
With all my love,
I’m just hoping she gets a really nasty yeast infection and she can’t find a gynecologist willing to treat lesbians—you know, because it’s against the gynecologist’s “deeply held religious beliefs.”
And who wants to bet that if Tammy went to one of these “christian bakers” (no—they do NOT deserve to be capitalized as they don’t follow the words or teachings of Christ) for a cake for her same-sex marriage (that, of course, presumes there’s some lesbian who’s soooooo desperate to get married to another woman, she’s forced to scrape the very bottom of the lesbian barrel and get the dregs) and that baker refused because “deeply held religious beliefs,” she’d be raising holy hell (pardon the pun) at the discrimination.
Like most right-wing teabaggers, until something personally affects her, she’s not going to worry about being discriminated against.
The horror of it all …