Besen noted that the nation has “been through this” before.
Besen related that as a youngster his father owned a pizza restaurant in a conservative part of Florida and that “I’ve served neo-Nazis pizza before.”
“We had Klansmen come in every day that talked about it,” he said. “We knew that they liked our pizza, we served them . . . We didn’t believe what they stood for, we didn’t like them, but it showed them that we’re open to the public, we serve all the public, and that’s what it is.”
He added that if the family didn’t want to serve everybody, “we would’ve created a private club . . . There’s a difference between religious liberty and religious bigotry.”
“It’s a very slippery slope, and anybody can be affected once we go down the road of discrimination based on so-called religious beliefs that are really just a justification for bigotry,” he added. “Nobody’s safe with this law . . . That’s why there is so much opposition.”
TWO’s Wayne Besen Appears on The Steve Malzberg Show
About the Author
Wayne Besen is the Founding Executive Director of Truth Wins Out and author of “Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth” (Haworth, 2003). In 2010, Besen was awarded the “Visionary Award” at the Out Music Awards for organizing the American Prayer Hour, an event which shined a spotlight on the role American evangelicals played in the introduction of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill.