WATCH: Glenn Beck Has Gay Friends, So He's Not Intolerant

The former Fox News pundit trotted out the classic explanation when recounting how he convinced his daughter that he is a tolerant person.

BY Sunnivie Brydum

December 06 2013 2:44 PM ET

Glenn Beck may have stepped away from his soapbox at Fox News, but he's still peddling the same victim mentality on his new online network, "The Blaze." 

On last night's broadcast, Beck hosted right-wing megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll to spend an hour discussing the disintegration of American values — starting with, of course, growing support for marriage equality. 

While lamenting the supposed intolerance of gay people who take Beck's opposition to their marriages personally, the former Fox News pundit revealed that his own daughter thought "for a while" that he was intolerant.

"And I kept saying to her, 'honey, you don't understand,'" recounted Beck. "When it comes to gay marriage, for example — I have gay friends, I have gay employees, I don't really care. What you do is what you do. You work that out, that's your life. But I tried to explain to her, what this really is about, is telling my church what I have to believe. If I am tolerant, [I] say, 'you do what you want to do;' I get to do what I do, and you can't force me to say that my God says that you can be married, or not married. You can't force me to do that.""

Apparently Beck is unaware that every marriage equality bill that's been passed into law in 16 states and the District of Columbia includes strong, explicit religious exemptions that allow faith-based institutions and clergymembers to refuse to serve, participate in, or recognize same-sex marriages that contradict their religious doctrine. 

"There's a tremendous opportunity for Christians," Beck continued. "Because they lost the war [on marriage]." Beck argued that the best way for antigay Christians to get back into the good graces of the American public is to show more tolerance — and in turn demand the same tolerance for their views. "I'm not trying to shut you up, I'm not trying to do anything to you," whined Beck. "Don't do it to me!"

Lamenting the fact that the freedom to marry has become "the civil rights issue of this generation," Driscoll turned to the oft-repeated conservative talking point claiming that those who oppose marriage equality are unfairly branded as bigots.

"To oppose gay marriage is to be put in the same place as those who opposed integration, and supported segregation, and Jim Crow laws, and that's really the place that we're in," said Driscoll. "And that's a difficult place to be in, especially for, let's say, African-American Bible-believing evangelical pastors who are all of a sudden being told that their opposition to same-sex marriage makes them bigots. I mean, it's a very complicated day when that becomes the sort of McCarthy-istic check-mark [of] are you a good or bad person?"

"Because we are living in McCarthy times," replied Beck. "Because if you say anything, you're a racist, or you're a bigot, or you're a hater for some reason, whatever it is."

Watch the entire interview below.

 

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