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Ted Cruz Thinks Marriage Equality Will Turn Christianity into Hate Speech

Ted Cruz Thinks Marriage Equality Will Turn Christianity into Hate Speech

In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said that if marriage equality sweeps the Land of the Free, Christianity will be defined as hate speech.

As reported in Raw Story:

“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,” Cruz agreed. “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.”

Ummm, no.

Here’s the thing I’ve noticed about privilege people, like those in heterosexual relationships whose relationships are automatically considered legitimate: Many times, when their privileged attitude is called out, they get hyper defensive.

When I see this happen, I try not to judge too harshly. I mean, it’s hard to recognize unfairness in the world, and we all like to think that we don’t benefit from hundreds of years of injustice. But, if you are in the dominant class, you have, and it could take some time to come to terms with that.

However, some times you just have to tell someone to sit down and be quiet because they’re talking hogwash. I think this is one of those times.

I don’t think anyone has suggested that we need to require churches to perform, or even accept, same-sex marriages. I mean, the Catholic Church doesn’t consider a marriage to be valid if it wasn’t performed by a Catholic priest, deacon or bishop, but that doesn’t keep the state from recognizing said marriage. There hasn’t really been any indication that once same-sex marriage is recognized nationwide that churches will be required to do anything they don’t want to.

Furthermore, I don’t think it’s necessarily appropriate to assume that because other nations have more strict hate speech laws than the United States marriage equality will somehow tip us over the edge to some kind of 1984 nightmare state. The first amendment provides a lot of protection to what could be considered objectionable speech.

But just because an anti-gay sermon probably wouldn’t hit the high, high level of hate speech, that doesn’t mean it’s not hateful. All you have to do is change a few words in a hypothetical anti-gay sermon to realize how epically misguided it is. For example, how about we change “same-sex marriage” to “interracial marriage?” Suddenly, it’s a racist tirade and basically the worst thing in the world.

Even if a church somewhere would spend considerable capital to get anti-miscegenation laws back on the books, most people would rise up against such efforts. Just believing something doesn’t make you immune from criticism. Just because it’s part of your religion doesn’t make it not hateful.

I do understand that it’s hard to see past your own nose when you’ve been steeped in privilege for so long. Getting that privilege pointed out can, to the privileged, seem aggressive. But it isn’t.

Cruz and his ilk have been living in a fantasy bubble, where their hateful and bigoted beliefs were allowed to grow and fester unchallenged. Those days are over. But make no mistake. The only threat to bigots is that everyone else will finally see just how bigoted they are.

(Side note: I know that a lot of people don’t like equating the fight against racial discrimination to the fight for LGBT rights. However, given the irrationality of both forms of discrimination, I think it’s an appropriate comparison.)

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4:48AM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

This is the most ridiculous article I have read in a long time. I have been married to the same man for over 30 years. Does that make me privileged? My husband is retired from the Dept. of Correction here in VA. He has been working since his retirement because we are too young to collect our Social Security or medicare. He lost his job over a year and a half ago and hasn't been able to find anything else. Are we really privileged? His pension pays the bills (which includes a mortgage on our house) and buys food but leaves little left over so we sit at home all the time. Are we REALLY privileged? I think NOT!

8:18AM PDT on Aug 1, 2013

Deport this a-hole Christian Taliban leader and his cronies to freakin' Mars!! Maybe there they can start a society in "their own" image.

12:27AM PDT on Aug 1, 2013

How can Senator Ted Cruz of Texas be a Senator when he believes the Bible, not the Constitution is the law of this country?

11:21PM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

EVERYBODY ought to read & share how HOMOSEXUALITY is perceived in Heaven.
In fact, this should be printed in every religious book & taught in all schools, along with HONEST history & not a bundle of LIES & blatant 'cabal/Illuminati' self-self-serving untruth!!!
MatthewBooks.com ~ Matthew's Messages ~ April 11, 2013 message
~South Africa~

12:47PM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

"Just because it’s part of your religion doesn’t make it not hateful."

Very true.

Just look at the KKK and how tons of them go to church on Sunday yet they hate anyone whose skin color etc. isn't the same as theirs.

People who preach hate in the guise of so-called being Christians or good-Catholics should be ashamed. What they don't seem to know is that karma is a bitch/bastard...and she/he is on a bus coming to their town (the so-called Christians and Catholics) real soon...they just don't know it...yet.

11:55AM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

Don't believe Christianity is hate speech already? Just listen to Westboro Baptist. They claim to be Christian, but spew more hate than even Jesus could bear.

12:44AM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

noted

7:13PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

Mandy H. I hear you. After all, even though I am a Christian myself, I have had the terrible experience of working for a small cleaning service that was run by a pair of Right Wing Fanatics, who are the reason that I coined the phrase--"Holy Ghost Fill Pain in the A$$. After all, they were so wrapped up in their own holiness any employee whom they 'discerned' as being 'Witches', they were free to 'take them for what they were worth'. This even included the Lutheran Church which we cleaned, because one sister could find reasons to accuse both Pastors for being less than true believers. The young one, whose last name was Peter's, Peter being Hebrew, she accused of being of the Synagogue of Satan. Even the senior pastor who enjoyed the movie-Inception, was undoubtedly accused of 'Witchcraft', because she decided that it wasn't science fiction and the last time she referred to his office, she made a point of calling him Mr. instead of pastor. This is my cross that I bare, since I was there when we were talking about movies, and she asked me what we were talking about, So I simply answered her, only to find out later that I got innocent people in trouble and a church ripped off, since any one whom they can accuse, they were free to rip off.
After watching extreme couponing, I sometimes wonder how many garbage bags, which the one sister took home for safe keeping, that the church paid for-- ended up at their yard/garage sales

6:24PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

LLOYD H. you completely misread me, I support marriage equality.

9:21AM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

Um I think the missing point is that Christianity is ALREADY hate speech but its given a free pass for all it's hateful behavior simply because it's a religion. The list of people that the Bible says shouldn't be allowed to live or to be treated fairly is horrendous and hateful. Even the simple "us and them" mentality the church has is a simple yet compelling argument, if you can't convert someone they're instantly a bad person who shouldn't be respected. How many times have you been told you're going to hell because you meditate? As a proud Pagan I've been called everything from a heretic to devil worshiper (note that in order to BE a devil worshiper you actually need to BELIEVE in the devil, which I don't) to out and out immoral...I even had one Christian blame my being raped on my being Pagan. If that's not hate speech then I don't know what is!

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