Over the weekend, Stewart posted the following clarification to his Facebook page:
As part of my advocacy for Amnesty International, I gave an interview on a number of subjects related to human rights, civil rights and freedom of speech. During the interview, I was asked about the Irish bakers who refused to put a message on a cake which supported marriage equality, because of their beliefs. In my view, this particular matter was not about discrimination, but rather personal freedoms and what constitutes them, including the freedom to object. Both equality and freedom of speech are fundamental rights— and this case underscores how we need to ensure one isn’t compromised in the pursuit of the other. I know many disagree with my sentiments, including the courts. I respect and understand their position, especially in this important climate where the tides of prejudices and inequality are (thankfully) turning. What I cannot respect is that some have conflated my position on this single matter to assume I’m anti-equality or that I share the personal beliefs of the bakers. Nothing, absolutely nothing, could be further from the truth. I have long championed the rights of the LGBT community, because equality should not only be, as the people of Ireland powerfully showed the world, universally embraced, but treasured.
The link is worth a read, not just for the clear way in which Stewart expressed his position, but for the comments below. Normally, comment boxes are no-man’s-lands of foul language, incomprehensibly poor spelling and grammar, and explicit personal attacks. But no one seems willing to do that to "Captain Picard." Whether this is a result of so many of us having grown up with him as a role model, or of the loud left’s inability to drown out his message with personal attacks, I’m not sure. But it’s interesting to see that when made by someone on the left, the same exact argument that conservatives have been making for months is seen not as thinly disguised bigotry, but as nearly Solomon-esque wisdom.
As Spock would say … fascinating.