Rick Warren went on CNN with Piers Morgan, forming what is undoubtedly one of the most irritating combinations of people seen on TV together since Sarah Palin appeared with any other human being, and gave this incredibly incoherent argument against marriage equality:
Megachurch pastor and now diet guru Rick Warren sat down with CNN’s Piers Morgan last night to discuss his views on a wide variety of issues, including same-sex marriage.
“How can you espouse genuine equality if you don’t allow gay people the same rights to get married as straight people?,” Morgan asked.
Warren claimed that he believes in equality, but admitted he cannot support same-sex marriage because, he said, “I don’t get to change what God says.”
This is absurd on several levels. First, “what God says” is utterly irrelevant to public policy. This is not a theocracy. Second, if you accept that others have the freedom to practice religions other than your own, you’re already changing what God says. God commands that gay people should be put to death. He also commands that you keep the sabbath holy and have no other gods before him. Which means that if “what God says” is supposed to be the basis of the nation’s laws, freedom of religion is just as much against “what God says” as same-sex marriage.
But last night, Warren decided that his real issue with same-sex marriage is semantics.
“I’m more against the redefinition of the term marriage than anything else.”
And then came Warren’s real semantic argument.
“I don’t think other groups get the opportunity to redefine a term. For instance, if a Muslim says this is a term we use and all of the sudden I take that term and mean it for me. Well, that’s not right,” the pastor stated.
“Don’t take a term and and make it something different. Orwell talked about doublespeak, where words mean the exact opposite of what they used to mean.”
But Muslims don’t get to define the law any more than Christians do. You can refuse to call same-sex marriages marriage all you want, but the law doesn’t have to agree with you. And we’ve already “redefined” the term marriage many times over. Every single argument against marriage equality is just so bad.
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