1. Jeff says

    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.

  2. Michael says

    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.

  3. Just_a_guy says

    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.

  4. Hey Darlin' says

    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.

  5. Oxnard Rick says

    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.

  6. Steve says

    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.

  7. says

    “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.


  8. Lymis says

    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.

  9. noteasilyoffended says

    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?

  10. Rob says

    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

  11. Ray T says

    Christianity is hate speech. It will be so as long as Christians defy the word of Jesus and continue to judge others. Judging others is born of hate, hate is born fear, and fear is born of ignorance. “Judge not lest you be judged and found wanting.”

  12. bructer says

    The country is coming to an end?, but if we turn it over to the Christian Taliban everything will be OK. This makes perfect sense, in what reality?

  13. jamal49 says

    Dear Ted:

    See Uganda, Cameroon, Vatican pronouncements, Dominican Republic, Haiti, etc. etc., all of which are countries with either a strong Catholic and/or evangelical presence.

    In other words, review comments from those countries regarding LGBTQ people and the hateful rhetoric spoken by same Catholics and evangelicals, and oh yes! Don’t forget Pat Robertson’s hateful speech on The 700 Club!

    See, Ted, Christianity promotes hate speech because such hate speech have its foundation firmly set in the violent, vulgar, pornographic, misogynistic book of your religion, The Bible.

    So, um, Ted? Sit down and shut up.

    Thank you.


  14. DB says

    Clearly Ted Cruz knows nothing about Christianity. The Bible says, “There is neither male nor female, there is no Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, we are all one in Christ”. To God, same-sex couples and different-sex couples are the same. As Christians, we are called to follow that message of love as Jesus did. Most mainstream Christian denominations and many congregations in other denominations already have same-sex Christian marriage (e.g., United Church of Christ, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Disciples of Christ, Quakers, Presbyterians, Unitarians, etc.). Hatred and judging other are grave sins, as is the blasphemous attempt to use the pure name of Christ to justify selfish anti-Christian bigotry.

  15. Hyde says

    Well Christianity is pretty hateful. I just call all Christians pedophiles and child molesters these days since they are so hateful and ignorant.

    They get to taste their own medicine.

  16. Onward Christian Soldiers, I guess says

    He’s just looking for a way to garner votes. He may be miscalculating, expecting that all Christians will support his agenda of getting the gays.

    I think the pinnacle of success for Christian hate speech was Hitler’s Holocaust. Their best days are behind them. It isn’t working anymore.

  17. john patrick says

    Hate speech is hate speech, whether it is religious or not. Cruz and his kind don’t want to admit to that fact. Nevertheless, identifying certain speech as hate speech does not make it illegal. It just makes it more unacceptable as society becomes more accepting of LGBT people.

  18. Sam says

    Really, Senator Cruz? Perhaps your version of Christianity practices hate speech, but at my church the policy is:

    “We welcome all people into the life of this church, and celebrate and give thanks for our diversity of race, ethnicity, citizenship, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical and mental ability, faith background, economic status, appearance, marital condition, political persuasion, education, and life experience.”

    Perhaps the Senator needs to find a more Christ-like church to attend.

  19. val says

    A gift for you….truth.
    The true Gospel is now delivered to you from the wilderness Rev 12:6 as a witness Matt 24:14.
    Our heavenly Father will NOT put any child of his into a hell fire no matter what their sins. Sin doesn’t scare God! He created it Isa 45:7 to teach us all the knowledge of good and evil Gen 3:22 for our eternal placement in his coming kingdom. Throwing a child of his into a hell fire has never entered the heart or mind of God to ever do such a thing Jer7:31, Jer 19:5. Anyone preaching a hell fire for any child of God has been deceived into teaching lies. The whole world has been believing in a god of hate murder and revenge (The devil Rev 12:9). The true word of God John 1:1 is now delivered Rev 12:5 here

    God chose a woman Rev 12 to be the prophet like unto Moses Num 12:3 and Elijah Matt 17:3, Acts 3:21-23, Luke 1:17 proven by the word John 1:1 delivered Rev 12:5. Those professing themselves to be Christians would be wise to hear all Acts 3:23 BEFORE making any judgment. The proof of what I tell you is in the hearing.

    Prove ALL things 1 Thes 5:21. Satan has deceived the whole world Rev 12:9 until now. Turn your heart to the children of God for a better placement Ezek 37:26 in God’s world Rev 21.

  20. Randy says

    You don’t need to raise gay issues to correctly identify the Bible as hate speech — just look at how it relates to any other belief systems — sending them to a pit of fire with an emphasis on gnashing of teeth.

    However, hate speech is legal in the US, so what are these folks whining about?

  21. Chuck Mielke says

    So, “gay marriage will turn christianity into hate speech,” eh? Does that mean that christianity only exists as the ability to tell people they’re sinning? The christianity I grew up with had a lot to do with telling people how much god loved them. Looks to me like Sen. Cruz has a rather negative view of christianity. But if gay marriage will hasten an end to that kind of christianity, bring it on, I say.

  22. SoLeftImRight says

    I have zero problem with certain religions opting not to marry whomever they want. They get to choose their own rules. They do not, however, get to force those beliefs and deny the rest of us, who don’t follow their particular brand of whatever, our inherent rights as citizens.

    Also, tax all churches!

  23. andrew says

    @Sam: Does your “Christ-like” church have bibles in it? Do the people believe what is written in so many hate filled sections of that book? Or do you like every Christian and Jew pick and choose the things you want to believe and ignore the rest?

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