Openly gay conservative radio host Tammy Bruce on Thursday cautioned members of the LGBT community angry over Indiana's religious freedom law against becoming the very "bullies" and "fascists" the gay community has been working for generations to overcome.
Appearing on "Fox & Friends," Bruce said the threats made against a now-closed Indiana pizzeria after its owners said they wouldn't cater gay weddings is "another case of the mob ... taking over the situation here."
"For me, as a gay woman, it remains shocking," Bruce said. "You sit back and watch this frenzy, like a wolf pack, going after survivors in a way ... a pizza shop. And if there’s anyone in the world who should understand the vulnerability of being a minority, of being somebody that maybe others don’t understand or relate to, the vulnerability about work and jobs, being able to live your life as you see fit, it’s the gay community."
Bruce chided LGBT activists for not remembering where they came from: “For me to turn around in the 21st century and see that this is what we were fighting for, so we could condemn people who are different, and with whom we disagree — it is the antithesis of what every civil rights movement was about.”
She compared the fervor over the Indiana law to the hostility and boycotts against Chick-fil-A in 2012 after its chief operating officer spoke out about his opposition to gay marriage.
“I think that when you see a mob operating, there's fear and you tend to retreat,” Bruce said. “We saw this with Chick-fil-A. Everybody came to Chick-fil-A's defense when they were under attack by fascists, by bullies … the gay liberals have turned into bullies, when our work is to stop that kind of behavior.”
Bruce insisted that rather than battling people of faith, the LGBT community should be doing the opposite: "To defend especially those under attack like Christians is exactly what we should be doing."
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