Glenn Beck was outraged on Tuesday after former Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore said those who don't believe in man-made climate change should pay a "price," and Elton John called for a boycott of Dolce & Gabbana after the gay fashion designers said they oppose gay adoptions and in vitro fertilization.
"I want to ask you, what kind of country and what kind of world do you want to live in?" Beck demanded on his radio program. "What does the First Amendment really even mean? Do you have a right to free speech? Do you have a right to freedom of thought? Do you have a right to exist if your thoughts are spoken out loud and they happen to disagree with others?"
"Al Gore is talking now about punishing those who disagree with the science of the climate. A punishment for those who disagree with global warming!" Beck continued. "This happened at South by Southwest ... a big meeting of high tech entrepreneurs, artists. This is youth. This is the future."
"Everybody who applauded should have been ashamed of themselves," Beck added. "What kind of fascistic country are we turning into?"
Beck then turned to the Dolce & Gabbana controversy, saying he doesn't agree that children created through in vitro fertilization are "synthetic," but Dolce & Gabbana should not be shut down for their remarks.
"So here's a gay couple, or gay couple that broke up ... that happens to have their roots in Italy where the family sits together and they have a traditional family point of view. And Elton John doesn't like it," Beck said. "Elton -- you have a right to say they're wrong! ... 'Look, I'm bringing up a child myself, this is how we did it. Families come in all shapes and sizes.' You can say whatever you want! They can say whatever they want. And let the people decide!"
But Beck said the left, which often describes itself as "tolerant" and "diverse," seemingly "must punish you, must drive you out of business if you have anything to say other than what they want you to say."
"Do not dare question global climate change! Don't do it!" Beck said mockingly. "And don't you dare say anything about homosexuality that disagrees with Elton John! Don't you do it! We will shut your business down. We will boycott you."
"Let me ask you a question: what the hell is wrong with us?" Beck said. "What the hell is wrong with the people at South by Southwest ... applauding someone saying, 'I'm going to take away someone else's right to disagree with science'?"
Beck highlighted a number of scientific theories that were called into question this year, including the idea that saturated fat should only be eaten in very small amounts and the big bang.
"But how dare you question science?" Beck concluded mockingly. "Nothing good has ever come from anyone ever questioning what another scientist has said."
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