Ted Cruz is putting on a full court press, throwing red meat out to the rubes as fast as his hands can go. In an interview with CBN “journalist” David Brody, he says that same-sex marriage will lead to the end of the First Amendment.
If you look at other nations that have gone down the road towards gay marriage, that’s the next step of where it gets enforced. It gets enforced against Christian pastors who decline to perform gay marriages, who speak out and preach biblical truths on marriage, that has been defined elsewhere as hate speech, as inconsistent with the enlightened view of government. I think there is no doubt that the advocates who are driving this effort in the United States want to see us end up in that same place.
He’s right that some nations have wrongly censored anti-gay speech, but where has a pastor been forced to perform a same-sex wedding? In what country? And what would that have to do with the United States? Cruz graduated from Harvard Law School. He knows damn well that there is no remotely plausible scenario that could lead to such a result in this country. None. There are so many levels of protection against that happening — the ministerial exception, the Free Exercise Clause, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and identical state laws, dozens of court precedents — that the only possible way that one could pretend it’s a likely outcome is either ignorant or lying. And Cruz is not ignorant, so I can only assume that he is lying. And he’s doing so to create unjustified fear. There’s a word for that — demagoguery.