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Cruz’ Fact-Free Fear Mongering

Ted Cruz is putting on a full court press, throwing red meat out to the rubes as fast as his hands can go. In an interview with CBN “journalist” David Brody, he says that same-sex marriage will lead to the end of the First Amendment.

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.

He’s right that some nations have wrongly censored anti-gay speech, but where has a pastor been forced to perform a same-sex wedding? In what country? And what would that have to do with the United States? Cruz graduated from Harvard Law School. He knows damn well that there is no remotely plausible scenario that could lead to such a result in this country. None. There are so many levels of protection against that happening — the ministerial exception, the Free Exercise Clause, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and identical state laws, dozens of court precedents — that the only possible way that one could pretend it’s a likely outcome is either ignorant or lying. And Cruz is not ignorant, so I can only assume that he is lying. And he’s doing so to create unjustified fear. There’s a word for that — demagoguery.

Comments

  1. abb3w says

    Once more, for the exercise….

    If you look at other nations that have gone down the road towards gay interracial marriage, that’s the next step of where it gets enforced. It gets enforced against Christian pastors who decline to perform gay interracial 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.

  2. slc1 says

    As I have said on 2 other comments on this blog, Cruz is the most dangerous potential Rethuglican candidate in 2016 as he is much to intelligent to believe any of this crap. What it does show is that he is willing to say anything to pander to the fuckken born agains and, as he demonstrated in Prof. Dershowitz’s classes, is quick enough on the draw to make what sound like plausible arguments supporting his positions. Cruz is the ultimate demagogue.

  3. machintelligence says

    The rebuttal should be the one used since time immemorial by children who were urged to clean their plates because there are children starving in India: Yea? Name two!

  4. cptdoom says

    Cruz’ argument is also bull because in many if not most of the countries with marriage equality , the religious ceremony isn’t legally binding.

  5. moarscienceplz says

    Cruz is not ignorant, so I can only assume that he is lying.

    Hmmm, well let’s see…yes, he is a Republican, so yes, he is lying.

  6. John Pieret says

    Cruz is just providing constituent services … the Xian fundies he’s courting just love their persecution fantasies. It doesn’t matter that it would take a constitutional amendment, supported by two-thirds of both houses of Congress and ratified by three-fourths of the states for what he’s talking about to happen. He’s providing good scary fun for the masses who are in no more danger than the audience at a Freddy Kruger film.

  7. Chiroptera says

    Cruz has a point. Why, the other day, I was shouting at some gays as they were walking into a church to get married, and they, like, totally ignored me and went on by! It was a violation of my freedom of speech, I tell you!

  8. georgelocke says

    Afaik, The only country with a law approaching what Cruz describes is Denmark, where the church of Denmark is required to open its facilities for gay marriage. Note that A the Church is actually part of the govt in Denmark, so, aside from the obvious objections to state sponsored religion per se, there’s no cogent argument for why the state shouldn’t dictate official church policy, and B only the facilities are made available: individual clerics are not obliged to do anything.

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