Fox News contributor Bernie Goldberg told Bill O’Reilly Monday evening that he is “immensely uncomfortable with the bigotry on the right” against gay people, and compared gays’ experience with that of black people in the mid-20th century.
“There’s something that needs to be said, no matter how uncomfortable it may make some people who are listening to us: There is a strain of bigotry — and that’s the word I want to use — running through conservative America,” Goldberg said on Fox News. “It doesn’t mean that all conservatives are bigots or even that most conservatives are bigots. That’s not what I’m saying. There’s a strain of bigotry, and it goes against gay people, for instance.”
“Ellen DeGeneres did nothing wrong. She’s gay,” he said. “Reasonable people may disagree on gay marriage. That’s fine. But to call on somebody’s dismissal, to be fired, to lose her job because she’s gay is bigotry.”
Goldberg, a self-identified former liberal, said that the right’s bigotry, like that against blacks in the 1950s and 60s, “has to leave the conservative movement.”