John M. Becker

Jon Stewart Weighs In On Indiana, Anti-LGBT Businesses

Filed By John M. Becker | April 07, 2015 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Daily Show, Indiana, Jon Stewart, license to discriminate, religious freedom, religious liberty, special rights

jon-stewart-indiana.pngLast night on The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart weighed in on the ongoing controversy surrounding Indiana's ugly new "religious freedom" law.

Stewart skewered the double standards of the law's defenders, including Mike Huckabee, who told Faux Noise Fox News that the backlash against anti-LGBT measures in Indiana and Arkansas came from the "militant gay community."

"So when gays want equality, it's militancy," Stewart retorted, "but when Christians want to deny service, it's freedom. Shaddap!"

He also slammed conservatives like Rick Santorum, talk show host Ben Ferguson, and Arkansas GOP state senator Bart Hester for claiming that refusing service to gays is akin to refusing service to hate groups like the Westboro Baptist Church or the Ku Klux Klan.

"'I'm not discriminating; I have nothing against gay people," Stewart mocked. "'I'm just saying: for some Christians, catering an elderly lesbian wedding is like making a Jew slow-dance with Hitler. That's all I'm saying.' Do you see how f**ked up that is???"

Watch, after the break.

In another segment, Stewart discussed Memories Pizza, the small-town Indiana restaurant whose owner ignited a national firestorm after she told a local news reporter that her establishment would refuse service to gays under the new law. Senior Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper traveled to Indiana and discussed his plans to cash in on homophobia:

h/t: Towleroad

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