Diaz: Gay Marriage Means the ‘Criminalization of Christianity’

Mario Diaz, the legal counsel for the Christian right group Concerned Women for America, was on the radio show of Tamara Scott, a Republican National Committee member, and said that if the Supreme Court strikes down state bans on same-sex marriage, that will mean the criminalization of Christianity.

Scott, who is also a Republican National Committee member, told Diaz that LGBT rights advocates, “the group that exploits the term ‘tolerant’ as their poster,” are actually “so incredibly intolerant to anyone with an opposing view.”

Diaz agreed that a collision between LGBT rights and religious liberty is “inevitable,” and that a Supreme Court marriage equality victory would lead to the “criminalization of religious beliefs.”

“And it is one of the great tragedies that I think I put now at the feet of the Supreme Court, if they are considering finding a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in the Constitution, they must consider, and I hope they are, that they will be effectively opening the door for the criminalization of religious beliefs, especially Christian beliefs.”

I know, right? Just like striking down state laws against interracial marriage opened the door to the criminalization of Christianity because of all those Christians who were against miscegenation and could no longer force their beliefs into law. Wait, that didn’t happen at all. Fascinating.

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  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    And don’t forget all those mass arrests of Christians in Canada who oppose same sex marriage.

    Oh, right, there weren’t any, and we’ve had it for a decade now.

  • tbp1

    Remember when divorce was legalized and as a result being Catholic became a crime?

    Oh, yeah…

  • U Frood

    Religious Freedom has not been a sufficient defense for breaking drug laws (except for Christians, of course, who are still allowed to give wine to minors during their ceremonies). It’s not a sufficient reason for breaking anti-discrimination laws.

    But just allowing same sex marriage in all 50 states? There’s no religious freedom argument there at all.

  • Chiroptera

    …“the group that exploits the term ‘tolerant’ as their poster,” are actually “so incredibly intolerant to anyone with an opposing view.”

    Once again, they don’t understand what “tolerance” means. It doesn’t mean accepting whatever anyone says and does no matter how awful they are; it means leaving people alone as long as they leave people alone, but also getting in the face of those who aren’t willing to leave other people alone. Like homophobic bigots.

  • Saad


    Yup. And they certainly don’t understand what “opposing view” means. Making it illegal for two consenting adults isn’t exactly what it means. So sick of these Christian theocrats playing the victim.

  • Saad

    Oops, that should say “two consenting adults to marry”.

  • felicis

    “Christianity” — They always pretend to speak for *all* Christians, ignoring the multiple denominations that not only are ok with same-sex marriage, but have been performing those weddings. It’s not against ‘Christian’ values, only the values of their (shrinking) specific subgroup.

  • petemoulton

    U Frood@#3: “But just allowing same sex marriage in all 50 states? There’s no religious freedom argument there at all.”

    I think you may be underestimating the xians’ willingness to twist anything and everything to make it look like the persecution they crave so desperately.

  • Trebuchet

    My state, where the voters approved gay marriage in 2012, has been arresting Christians left and right. Not because they are Christians, but because the vast majority of citizens, and therefore arestees, are Christians.

  • marcus

    @ 9 So you admit it! You realize it is just a small step from arresting someone who happens to be a Christian to arresting someone because they’re a Christian! It is the same way it is just a small step from allowing two same-sex consenting adults to marry to allowing someone to marry they’re dog.

  • jnorris

    timgueguen, at #1, don’t you remember God smitted Canada all to atoms, dust, and tiny dead bunnies because of Gay Marriage? And that’s why the Arctic is melting.

  • thebookofdave

    @jnorris #11

    Expansion of the sunbelt and exposure of millions of acres of northern shore to beachfront development is the result of god’s curse? No wonder sodomy is becoming so popular in Canada.

  • dugglebogey

    These people are flying very close to the “Unless you are intolerant of homosexuals, you are anti-christian” sun.

    That is how they are going down.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ dugglebogey : In one sense of the words anyway! Pun (not?) intentional?

    But yes, they are definitely losing very badly and irredeemably and don’t they just hate it. Just like the anti-interracial marriage scumbags hated it too.