Rafael Cruz: Gay Marriage = Slavery

Rafael Cruz, father of Ted, continues his national How to Embarrass My Son Tour by declaring that if the Supreme Court upholds the right of gay couples to get married, it will be the death of religious liberty and — get this — will mean that we’re all slaves.

The gay marriage case at the Supreme Court, he claimed, “is not about homosexual marriage, it’s about religious freedom. Because if the Court rules that homosexual marriage is a right, mark my words, the next thing will be going to a church and saying ‘you must perform homosexual marriage, or we’ll put you in jail’ or ‘you must hire a homosexual pastor, or we’ll put you in jail.’”

Cruz added that marriage isn’t necessary for gay and lesbian couples since civil unions — which his son has fought against — are legal in a number of places.

This attack on religion, concluded Cruz, is an attack on the liberty of conservative Christians and “of course, if you don’t have liberty, you’re a slave and if you’re a slave, you can’t pursue happiness.”

Wait, I thought Obamacare was the worst thing since slavery, not gay marriage. I can’t keep up with all this ridiculous rhetoric.

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  • StevoR

    I think he’s seen / imagined something somewhere about gimps and consensual gay role -play and really really misunderstood things.

  • D. C. Sessions

    All bad things are equal to each other.

    The radical thing about this is that slavery has moved to the”bad things” column.

  • Mr Ed

    Joke all you like one minister has already been sent to jail over same sex marriage (link)

  • StevoR

    Wait, I thought Obamacare was the worst thing since slavery, not gay marriage. I can’t keep up with all this ridiculous rhetoric.

    Benghazi! Benghazi! BEBGHAZIII!!!!!!!111!!!

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    A hypothesis: Ted Cruz’s wants his father to say things that are even beyond what he can say because it positively cements his image with the worst wingnuts voting in the primaries. If he were to get the nomination, Dad goes quiet and enter more moderate sounding wife of Ted Cruz to convince general election voters that Ted is really not as extreme as he seems. It’s just an act. Why else would this reasonable person be with him?

  • StevoR

    Benghazi has not appeared in front of me btw. Must only work with Bloody Mary – at a crowded bar.

  • busterggi

    Ted’s dad is his own subconcious speaking – note that Ted never rebukes/corrects/disagrees with his old man.

  • tbp1

    Why is it that everything they don’t like = slavery and/or Nazism?

  • StevoR

    @ ^ tbp1 : Well, that’s not always true – sometimes its Communism, socialism or Islamism!

  • Big Boppa

    @8

    Why is it that everything they don’t like = slavery and/or Nazism?

    Which, oddly, are both things they like very much.

    I think rightists use Nazism and slavery as a sort of special pleading. They know that liberals believe both are bad so they compare things they don’t like to either, or both, as a way to convince us to agree with them. Sadly, their stunted sense of comedy makes it impossible for them to understand the futility in doing so.

  • abb3w

    The interracial marriage case at the Supreme Court, Reverend Turgidson claimed, “is not about interracial marriage, it’s about religious freedom. Because if the Court rules that interracial marriage is a right, mark my words, the next thing will be going to a church and saying ‘you must perform interracial marriage, or we’ll put you in jail’ or ‘you must hire a pastor who’s in a racially mixed marriage, or we’ll put you in jail.’”

    48 years since the ruling came down for Loving v Virginia, and it still hasn’t happened yet. The ecclesiastical abstention doctrine and ministerial exception remain in place, to prevent either.

  • Glenn E Ross

    Cruz added that marriage isn’t necessary for gay and lesbian couples since civil unions — which his son has fought against — are legal in a number of places.

    What the government now calls ‘marriage’ IS a civil union. It is a civil contract of rights and responsibilities to which the ‘married’ couples are civilly bound.

    Rename all marriage contracts the government issues to civil unions and give back the imprecise term ‘marriage’ to the religious. Problem solved.

  • D. C. Sessions

    @12:

    They might have been able to get buy-in on that ten-plus years ago, but they chose to go all-in with SSM as the hill they would die on instead. Too late now, nobody on either side is listening .

  • Michael Heath

    Rafael Cruz states:

    . . . mark my words, the next thing

    I would take that bet nearly 100% of the time for every conservative Christian I ever encountered.

  • whheydt

    Re: Mr Ed @ #3…

    Read the article… The minister wasn’t convicted over the wedding so much as doing it *in* the probate office (so it’s rather more of a trespassing or “time and place” issue), it looks like the 30 day sentence was suspended (so no *actual* jail time), and I can’t say I’m surprised that it was a Unitarian minister. Unitarian minsters died (3 or 4 of them) during the Civil Rights actions in the 1960s, way out of proportion to the number of Unitarians in the US (about 200K or them at the time).

  • Michael Heath

    Ed writes:

    Rafael Cruz, father of Ted, continues his national How to Embarrass My Son Tour . . .

    I don’t think Rafael Cruz is embarrassing his son. I think Dad’s rhetoric advantageously benefits the son’s marketing of himself. Rafael attracts the nuts to Ted while Ted gets plausible deniability if he were ever to respond to what his dad states. I doubt he has to respond much, both men exist in a bubble the mainstream media isn’t prone to popping with inconvenient questions.

  • colnago80

    I doubt he has to respond much, both men exist in a bubble the mainstream media isn’t prone to popping with inconvenient questions.

    That’s why it is termed the lamestream media.

  • scienceavenger

    Every time I see someone compare something to slavery, I wish there were a descendant of slaves there to punch them in the face. Nothing compares to slavery.