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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) Says Gay Marriage Will Lead To Christianity Being Defined As 'Hate Speech' - VIDEO

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In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network last Friday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) stoked religious fears that gay rights will soon lead to new hate speech laws and will force pastors to perform same-sex nuptials. Via Right Wing Watch.

Says Cruz:

If you look at other nations that have gone down the road towards gay marriage, that's the next step of where it gets enforced. It gets enforced against Christian pastors who decline to perform gay marriages, who speak out and preach biblical truths on marriage, that has been defined elsewhere as hate speech, as inconsistent with the enlightened view of government. I think there is no doubt that the advocates who are driving this effort in the United States want to see us end up in that same place.

Later in the interview, Cruz expressed his fears that America is on the brink of collapse. "If we keep going down this path, we're risking losing our nation; we're risking losing the incredible oasis of liberty."

No reports yet on any pastors being forced to perform gay marriages that would signal this collapse, but when they surface we'll be sure and let you know!

Check out Cruz's interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

And for those interested, People For the American Way has put out a report on the broader effort of religious right leaders to portray equality advocates as enemies of faith and freedom. Interesting stuff.


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  1. And the problem is... ?

    Posted by: ChrisQ | Jul 24, 2013 10:14:45 AM

  2. Is he insane? Can he point to just ONE example of a pastor who has been FORCED to perform a same-sex marriage ANYWHERE? Canada? The Netherlands? Spain? Norway? Iceland? Etc.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jul 24, 2013 10:15:37 AM

  3. The sky will fall!!!

    I am guessing he doesn't understand our Freedom of Speech, the likes of which is not found in countries he is using in comparison. Nor has any pastor ever been forced to perform anything but a shotgun wedding.

    And, yes, people see right through your charade of using your bible as the excuse.

    Posted by: Michael | Jul 24, 2013 10:15:41 AM

  4. Listen to the pope and bishops, it is hate speech

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Jul 24, 2013 10:16:12 AM

  5. Never mind America's freedom of speech: Canadian here, married nearly 10 years, and literally nothing in his speech is true. Period.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Jul 24, 2013 10:16:49 AM

  6. Good, people will see it for what it is then.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jul 24, 2013 10:17:38 AM

  7. They're just running scared!

    Posted by: Howard | Jul 24, 2013 10:18:28 AM

  8. Read your Bible. Christianity is hate speech.

    Posted by: Continuum | Jul 24, 2013 10:18:48 AM

  9. Ted Cruz is no real Christian. Neither are any if the folks shouting gay-hatred. Anyone with half a heart knows Jesus would never do such a thing. Even George W. has caught on.

    Go to he&&, Ted Cruz.

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Jul 24, 2013 10:21:41 AM

  10. Sen. Cruz, have some more rope.

    Posted by: Alex | Jul 24, 2013 10:22:11 AM

  11. It must be terrible to have become accustomed to saying whatever derogatory thought you can come up with, only to find out that's not how the world really works.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Jul 24, 2013 10:29:45 AM

  12. Pastors should be forced to perform same-sex marriages so long as our governments continue to give those pastors the power to perform the legal ceremony required for a valid state marriage. They want to have their cake (act as agents of the state in performing legal ceremonies) and to eat it too (refuse to provide the state's license to some people that they choose unworthy).

    A simple solution is to separate legal and religious marriage. But just try to suggest this to religious organizations! You'll see that the argument is not really about any "rights" of the churches, as Cruz wants everyone to believe. It is - in regards to marriage and everything else that religiosos are on the news complaining about - maintaining the privilege that they have traditionally enjoyed, of telling other people how to live their lives.

    Posted by: Oxnard Rick | Jul 24, 2013 10:30:46 AM

  13. How about, I don't know, just be nice people for a change? He is basically admitting that Christians are nothing but hateful jerks.

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 24, 2013 10:33:18 AM

  14. christ didn't spew a hateful message, christians do.

    but don't worry, it'll work out if you pray long enough. ask dan savage.

    Posted by: northalabama | Jul 24, 2013 10:38:54 AM

  15. All religion is "us against them". Christ-inanity is pretty fierce...even deadly.

    Posted by: Geoff | Jul 24, 2013 10:41:48 AM

  16. This man is a classic demagogue. He is dangerous. He is the Sen Joe McCarthy of the current era.

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 24, 2013 10:42:50 AM

  17. @northalabama
    Matthew 15:21-28

    He also hated fig trees for some reason. Never mind that he introduced the concept of eternal torture, something that didn't and doesn't exist in Judaism.

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 24, 2013 10:44:22 AM

  18. "how is that even possible?", say all the non-bigoted Christian denominations who support and champion LGBT Equality.

    look, Christards, when you pick and choose what parts of the bible you wanna rail on about, and you specifically choose the hateful bigoted ones, you're just making yourselves look bad.

    you could very well be picking all the bits of scripture that encourage violence against women, abuse against one's own children, and the MYRIAD passages about sacrificing people to appease God.

    you're choosing all the anti-gay bits, and it's realllllly clutching at straws. because they're actually not explicitly anti-GAY.

    the "Christianity" isn't the "hate" part; it's the hate part that's the hate part. It's like I said to my Great Aunt: "I'll stop calling you a racist old biddy when you stop saying that President Obama is a Kenyan born muslim socialist who wants Iran to have nukes because he hates America and wants to see it blown up"

    i'm not saying she's a racist just because she hates Obama. I'm saying she's a racist because her "reasons" for hating Obama make it pretty darn clear that she's just a hack job right-wing radio listening racist.


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 24, 2013 10:52:18 AM

  19. He's right about one thing - if we continue down the path of letting religious people exempt themselves from the rules that everyone else has to follow, and let individuals declare for themselves what is and isn't sufficiently religious to let them ignore the rules, yes, what we built in this country will collapse.

    Its strength (when it has been strong) has always been in making all the rules apply equally to everyone. And in extending that understanding to people who have been excluded in the past, never by restricting it in new ways.

    Posted by: Lymis | Jul 24, 2013 10:53:24 AM

  20. Christianity hate speech? And how inaccurate would that be?

    Posted by: David C. | Jul 24, 2013 10:57:33 AM

  21. In many social democracies going to church is now seemed immoral.

    Posted by: barney | Jul 24, 2013 11:02:21 AM

  22. I'm not anti-christian, I'm pro-lion.

    Posted by: Dearcomrade | Jul 24, 2013 11:03:08 AM

  23. When will this man and those like him learn that NO ONE is against him practicing any religion he wants to? Welcome to America. What we DO want is for them to keep their religion to themselves and stop pushing THAT down our throats. Stay out of my bedroom and I'll stay out of your church. Deal?

    Posted by: noteasilyoffended | Jul 24, 2013 11:06:36 AM

  24. Yep, as Holden Caulfield says:
    "Old Jesus would just puke."

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 24, 2013 11:06:57 AM

  25. Of course it will - that is in reference to the the way some people who call themselves Christians use and abuse Christianity as a weapon to accuse others of sin/wrong/evil. An eariler post referenced popes and bishops and yes, sadly it isn't always the fringe elements - a lot of time it is the leaders. There is a very twisted strain of jdugemental hate in many of the practitioners of Christianity. They have a problem, but I and my brothers and sisters (figuratively) are not the problem. I doubt they will ever see it that way. Sad

    Posted by: Rob | Jul 24, 2013 11:07:54 AM

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