Marco Rubio did the obligatory interview with the 700 Club that all Republican presidential candidates must do and threw the usual red meat out about how gay marriage is going to lead to Christians being turned into criminals under those hate speech laws that don’t actually exist.
In a new interview with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network featured on Tuesday’s episode of The 700 Club, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) warned that the momentum of marriage equality and other LGBT equality advances pose a threat to religious freedom. Specifically, he worried about the impact of categorizing opposition to LGBT equality as “hate speech.”
“We are at the water’s edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech,” he explained, “because today we’ve reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage, you are labeled a homophobe and a hater. So what’s the next step after that, after they’re done going after individuals? The next step is to argue that the teachings of mainstream Christianity, the catechism of the Catholic Church, is hate speech. That’s a real and present danger.”
This is just demagoguery and fear-mongering. That’s how you keep people perpetually alarmed and clamoring for your protection, to borrow a phrase from Mencken, whether that means keeping the money flowing in or convincing people to vote for you.