Openly gay Fox News contributor and Townhall.com editor Guy Benson pointed out a few of his criticisms with the modern-day gay rights movement while at Erick Erickson’s RedState conservative gathering on Saturday.
Benson, who came out as gay in a footnote in his new book End of Discussion: How the Left’s Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun), condemned the fight against Christian-run businesses who refuse to serve same-sex couples for religious reasons.
“One of the reasons we think the gay rights movement has been successful in really shifting public opinion massively on the question of same-sex marriage is they’ve made lots of appeals to sort of Americans’ libertarian sense of fairness. Live and let live. Our marriage doesn’t affect you. Lets be fair. And people were like “Yeah, that’s reasonable.” What made us concerned is how it seems like as soon as they have the upper hand in political opinion, public opinion all of the sudden the rules change. It was no longer live and let live. It was, bake us a cake or else. Celebrate us – it’s mandatory – or we’re going to destroy you. And that’s not what real freedom looks like.”
Benson’s End of Discussion co-author Mary Katharine Ham was also on stage during the talk and revealed the decision to write the book came about after watching the Brendan Eich controversy back in 2014.
At the time that Brendan Eich was found out for this thought crime [supporting Proposition 8], it was enough to make him lose his job. He was hounded out of his job not because he treated anyone badly in the workplace or discriminating against anyone…And we said hey, if you can’t hold a mainstream opinion, political opinion in American society with which the Left and its activists disagree and also hold your job, how free is your speech?
Our own Ari Ezra Waldman had a different take on the Eich controversy, which you can read here: “The Fall of Brendan Eich Happened Without Us.”