Sen. Ted Cruz says that Christian business owners should be allowed to discriminate against LGBT people. That’s no surprise. But the argument he makes for that position quite plainly would void all anti-discrimination in the Civil Rights Act completely.
Christian business owners should be able to discriminate against LGBT people and others if they believe the Bible tells them to, said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
“Everyone has to reconcile their own faith with how they interact with others, and that’s a choice you’ve got to make based on your understanding of biblical teachings and based on the best understanding you can come to it,” Cruz said Friday at a Houston Baptist University forum on Faith in the Public Square.
The Tea Party favorite said Christians should not be forced to sell wedding cakes to same-sex couples or photograph their marriage ceremonies, although he personally had no problem doing so — although conceded he was a terrible cook.
“I’m very much a believer that the scripture teaches that you hate the sin and love the sinner, and so, you know, from my perspective I am perfectly willing to interact with anybody,” he said. “Look, I work in the U.S. Congress. But at the same time, I don’t think the law should be forcing Americans to violate their religious faith.”
So if it’s up to every individual to decide what their religious beliefs demand in terms of who they should discriminate against, all anti-discrimination laws would have to be eliminated. There are Christians who firmly believe in discriminating against black people and virtually every religion contains people who think that women should not be allowed to work, which would mean the end of laws that forbid discrimination in hiring. So does Cruz really favor repealing the Civil Rights Act? He should be asked that question directly and pressed to answer it head on.