Ted Cruz has sure been making his way around lately, spotted in Iowa, an anti-immigration rally hosted by a known racist, cruising around with his pop, and now in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network.
What wisdom did the aspiring potential 2016 Republican presidential nominee have to share with the world this time? Gay marriage will lead to hate speech laws and the persecution of pastors and Christians.
“Everywhere I go people are afraid for the future of our country;” Cruz says during the interview. “I think we're at the edge of a precipice. If we keep going down this path, we're risking losing our nation; we're risking losing the incredible oasis of liberty.”
Watch the interview and read why Cruz is wrong about gay rights after the jump.
“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 told David Brody during the interview aired by the Christian television network on Friday. “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,” Cruz further argues.
Other countries have passed hate speech laws. Cruz might be referring to a closely followed case in Sweden back in 2003. Pastor Ake Green delivered an anti-gay sermon following Sweden's passage of hate crime legislation that covered attacks against gay people. He sent it's text to the local newspaper, questioning whether being gay is “genetic or an evil force that plays mind games with people,” linking homosexuality to AIDS, bestiality and pedophilia. He denounced homosexuality as a “sexual abnormality,” and “a deep cancerous tumor in the entire society,” warning Sweden faced risks of natural disasters by God because of the country's tolerance of gay people.
Green was indicted, convicted and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. He remained free pending appeal. An appeals court threw out the case in 2005, saying it was not illegal to offer an interpretation of the Bible and urge others to follow it.
There's more good news for Cruz. There is no secret “gay agenda,” and there won't be any persecutions of pastors and Christians by gay civil rights advocates in the US. In fact, our country already has individuals like Green preaching against the acceptance of gay people, i.e. the Westboro Baptist Church, whose very hateful messages are protected by the First Amendment.
Which also protects refusing to perform gay or lesbian weddings.
At this rate, however, there won't be anyone left to be victimized by this gay agenda. 58% of Americans support marriage equality, numbers that only continue to solidify.
A lot of these people are Christians. As the issue continues to hit home for many Americans, more and more religious folks and Churches are standing up for equal basic marriage rights for all loving couples, of all orientations.
As gay people continue to come out — now at a much younger age — Americans are realizing just how personal the issues of equality are to them. Their best friend might be gay. Their son and daughter may have come out, or sister and brother. They might be one of the two millions of children being raised by LGBT parents.
Just how can anyone demonize those they love so dearly? They don't. And they don't take lightly when someone else does, either.
Perhaps this is the persecution Cruz is talking about. That in the future, people like himself won't be able to bully the gay community and use gay rights as a divisive issue to further advance his own personal political agenda. Essentially, all Cruz is doing is nagging that he won't be able to be mean to gay people anymore and get away with it.
It's not unusual in order to gain votes for Republicans to poke nudge at the hyper sensitive fear response Conservatives have (read the study here), even if it this means spreading lies.
Despite this, we should congratulate Senator Cruz for beginning to realize the United States will soon one day join other countries in achieving marriage equality.