“Folks, we had a televised celebrated interracial gay kiss during the NFL Draft,” Maher exclaimed. “The culture war is over, and we won!”
But the Real Time host, pundit, and comedian continued his recent theme of chastising the left for its political correctness, as he has done for several weeks now.
“Last week, when the first gay football player got chosen in the NFL Draft, a player named Don Jones tweeted, ‘OMG. Horrible.’ As is his right, under the asshole clause in the constitution,” Maher reminded his audience. “But the Dolphins fined him and threw him off the team until he underwent sensitivity training, which is when then calmly sit you down and then pin your eyes open like in A Clockwork Orange and make you watch the Bravo channel for 24 hours straight. I mean 24 hours gay.”
I mean, when you hear the Duck Dynasty guy going off on homosexuality, like he did again this week, why even listen? What do you think he was going to say, the Tonys are nothing without Neil Patrick Harris? Folks, we had a televised celebrated interracial gay kiss during the NFL Draft. The culture war is over, and we won!
Maher urged liberals to exercise tolerance and caution, as many on the right have been doing in recent months.
Oh, give this kid a minute to get enlightened. He’s 24. Think how stupid you were when you were 24. Okay, now add football.
A few weeks ago, the CEO of Mozilla was forced to resign because it was revealed in 2008, he supported Prop 8, California’s ban on gay marriage. A bad law, yes, but 52% of Californians voted for it. Did they have to resign? Obama was against gay marriage in 2008, does he have to resign? Hillary came around just last year, can she be president?
You can’t purge everybody who doesn’t evolve exactly on the timetable you did.
Maher also brought up the Benham brothers, who had a scheduled HGTV reality show which was canceled after public outrage about their anti-gay comments and actions, which included organizing an anti-gay protest and urging a city council to deny the LGBT community permits forever.
The Benhams “had a home rehab show scheduled on HGTV, but it got canned after websites got quotes of them saying, get this, that gays are possessed by demons,” Maher acknowledged. “Yes, these two nitwits actually told Glenn Beck that Satan uses gay people to promote a demonic agenda to silence the message of Jesus. I disagree with that. I do. That opinion is different from mine on virtually every assertion in that sentence.”
But if you’re a Christian, you may condemn their homophobia but they got it out of the same dumb book that you also revere. So there is a little bit of a mixed message going on. So maybe it would have worked better not to hound them from their home improvement show and then just let them try to find an interior decorator who will work with them.
Sadly, Maher, as he often does, pronounced sentence before bothering to fully examine the overall issue.
The Benhams didn’t just make ugly remarks about LGBT people — which is bad enough — they actively worked to deny LGBT people civil rights. Brendan Eich of Mozilla didn’t just disagree with same-sex marriage, he donated money to a nasty, ugly campaign. “Protect our children” the Yes On 8 Campaign cried, in ads plastered across what may have seemed like nearly every TV set and billboard in California. They portrayed gay people as unfit to be in classrooms with children. “Obama was against gay marriage in 2008,” yes, but he actively let voters know he opposed Prop 8 and DOMA in 2008. And he supports marriage equality today, whereas Eich still does not. Hillary Clinton may have waited a long time to formally announce support for marriage too, but she couldn’t before her boss, the President, did, and she came pretty close much earlier, stating in 2010 that “gay rights are human rights.”
Maher’s call for tolerance isn’t what’s wrong, it’s that he’s choosing to ignore important facts, and asking progressives to do the same.
Transcript via Real Clear Politics
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