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George Will: ‘Not Neighborly’ to Expect Equality

George Will seems to be rather confused on the question of LGBT equality. On the one hand, he doesn’t think businesses should discriminate against them; on the other hand, he thinks it’s just “not neighborly” to expect them not to and to demand equal treatment.

During a panel discussion on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked Will to respond to a viewer who disagreed with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s decision to veto a law that would have allowed discrimination against gay and lesbian customers on the basis of religion.

“With as many taxes that businesses have to pay, how does this government think they have any justification to tell a business who they will and won’t serve?” the viewer wanted to know.

Will pointed out the public accommodations section of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 said that businesses had to serve everyone equally.

“That’s a settled issue,” the pundit noted. “That said, this too must be said: It’s a funny kind of sore winner in the gay rights movement that would say, ‘A photographer doesn’t want to photograph my wedding — I’ve got lots of other photographers I could go to, but I’m going to use the hammer of government to force them to do this.’”

“It’s not neighborly and it’s not nice,” he added. “The gay rights movement is winning. They should be, as I say, not sore winners.”

I know, right? Like all those uppity black people not being neighborly by thinking they should be able to sit at the same lunch counter with white people. Just not neighborly of them.

Comments

  1. Chiroptera says

    ‘A photographer doesn’t want to photograph my wedding — I’ve got lots of other photographers I could go to, but I’m going to use the hammer of government to force them to do this.’

    What? If there were always “lots” of other photographers and bakers and florists that one “could go to” in each and every situation that can arise, do you think that this would be an issue?

    That these asses really thing that gays and minorities and liberals and child murders have nothing better to do than to make good Christian people angry out of pure spite shows how self-important they think they are.

    I mean, why was segregation such a big deal in the 50s and 60s if black people had “lots of other photographers” to go to?

  2. RickR says

    That these asses really think that gays and minorities [...] have nothing better to do than to make good Christian people angry out of pure spite shows how self-important they think they are.

    Thank you. This can’t be said often or loudly enough.

  3. colnago80 says

    About the usual from the wife swapping, global warming denier George Will. One of the many examples of the type of numbnuts columnist that the Washington Post allows to use their OPED page.

  4. says

    Georgie:

    You think that they’re being unneighborly? Howzabout if I was to say:

    “Fuck you and die, you demented, racist piece-of-shit.”?

    Is that better or worse?

  5. MyPetSlug says

    How about this? Sure black people weren’t allowed to shop at this store, but there’s plenty of other stores they could go to, but to use the hammer of government to force them to be allowed shop there is not neighborly and it’s not nice.

    Apparently, George Will agrees you should have rights, as long as the government doesn’t have to enforce them.

  6. lofgren says

    I don’t see why the negroes have to use our white water fountains when there is a perfectly good horse trough around the back.

  7. matty1 says

    Your title is three words too long and has a misplaced colon (and we all know the problems they can cause).

  8. cptdoom says

    I know, right? Like all those uppity black people not being neighborly by thinking they should be able to sit at the same lunch counter with white people. Just not neighborly of them.

    Never mind those uppity black people, I’m still ticked off at the uppity adulterers. Imagine this: men think they can leave their wives, find a younger, hotter model, and then defy Christian ethics by “divorcing” their wives and taking up with these new women as their “wives.” Yet they get all upset if a good Christian does not want these men and their “wives” in their stores, or otherwise requiring that the Christians publicly acknowledge these men and their “wives” exist. I don’t know how they can be so rude.

    OTOH, the next time I run into George Will at Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, MD, I can tell him his presence (particularly if he’s with his “wife”) offends my “sincerely held religious belief” and he needs to go back home. He’ll understand, right?

  9. illdoittomorrow says

    From the linked article:

    ‘ “With as many taxes that businesses have to pay, how does this government think they have any justification to tell a business who they will and won’t serve?” the viewer wanted to know.’

    What does this twit think paying his taxes entitles him to?

  10. scienceavenger says

    It’s a funny kind of sore winner in the gay rights movement that would say, ‘A photographer doesn’t want to photograph my wedding — I’ve got lots of other photographers I could go to, but I’m going to use the hammer of government to force them to do this.’”

    “You have the right to free speech. So long as you’re not dumb enough to actually try it” – The Clash

  11. Brain Hertz says

    I don’t see why the negroes have to use our white water fountains when there is a perfectly good horse trough around the back.

    In fact, the good people of the town were usually generous enough to provide an actual water fountain right next to the “whites only” one. I guess George Will wouldn’t have a problem with that.

  12. Ichthyic says

    ‘A photographer doesn’t want to photograph my wedding — I’ve got lots of other photographers I could go to, but I’m going to use the hammer of government to force them to do this.’

    A doctor won’t perform my abortion for religious reasons — I’ve got lots of other doctors I could go to…. unless I’m poor, and that’s the only doctor in the area….

    Was George Will EVER smart, or has he always been this stupid?

  13. Ichthyic says

    I’ve read that he made similar comments about racial equality

    ah, he’s always been this stupid then.

  14. Stacy says

    ah, he’s always been this stupid then

    I’m relying on memory here, so caveats apply, but–

    I recall watching one of the Sunday morning political talk shows, at least 20 years ago. There was talk of urban decay and renewal, and Georgie opined that we should just let the big cities go. Gated communities were the wave of the future, sed he.

    (I remembered his suggestion a few years ago when I read Margaret Atwood’s dystopian Oryx and Crake, in which the cities have gone utterly to hell and those with means live isolated in gated communities. Did I mention it’s a dystopia?)

  15. says

    “Margaret Atwood’s dystopian Oryx and Crake, in which the cities have gone utterly to hell and those with means live isolated in gated communities. Did I mention it’s a dystopia?)”

    And that turned out real well for the folks in the gated communities, NOT.

  16. says

    Ichthyic makes a very good point here: “A doctor won’t perform my abortion for religious reasons — I’ve got lots of other doctors I could go to…. unless I’m poor, and that’s the only doctor in the area….”

    Sure maybe they could find another baker but if the baker can discriminate anybody can. So maybe they can’t get their car fixed or the plumbing when a leak is spewing water or, indeed a doctor. How about a religious hospital ER? How’d you like to go in with a broken bone and be told “We don’t serve gays”?

    I think people like Will just think about the situation at hand without looking at the whole picture. Talk about a slippery slope.

  17. eric says

    @1:

    If there were always “lots” of other photographers and bakers and florists that one “could go to” in each and every situation that can arise, do you think that this would be an issue?

    Saying businesses have choice to reject or accept gay patronage is just Phase 1 of the GOP plan. As per the abortion fights, Phase 2 is then to add so much onerous regulation to the businesses that serve gays that it essentially puts them out of business. For example, an extra “health care tax” because teh AIDs. Or maybe an extra inch or so of special forms for Incorporation if your healthcare coverage is going to cover non-hetero spouses. Or something equally ridiculous.

  18. Alverant says

    So I guess Will is saying that christians can’t be expected to act professionally and do their job even if they don’t want to.

  19. bushrat says

    I’ve read that he made similar comments about racial equality, that blacks would be treated fairly if they just stopped being so dang uppity.

    Well,Uppitiness is the leading cause of racism, sexism gender bias etc. I mean is all those lesser people just knew their place, there wouldn’t be all this trouble. Now, keep moving to the back of the bus please.

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