Rick Perry: Marriage-Equality Supporters Are “Silencing The Religious In The Cause Of Tolerance”

rick perryThere have been demonstrations in support of same-sex marriage all over the country, but our opponents have been massing the troops as well: Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke to about 200 people in Austin, where he attacked same-sex marriage and efforts to ensure civil rights for the LGBT community.

“This is a very unsettling time in our nation’s history,” said the former presidential candidate. “These are the days when a person is vilified when they state that they believe fundamentally that marriage is between one man and one woman.”

The protest was organized by Texas Values, which opposes premarital sex, no-fault divorce, comprehensive sex education and, one can only imagine, fluoride in the drinking water.

Perry, who masterminded Texas’ constitutional ban on marriage equality claimed the Supreme Court was determining whether or not to “trump the votes of our citizens and state capitols to again judiciously legislate morality.”

The AP reports:

“The underlying problem is that there is this very vocal, very litigious minority of Americans willing to legally attack anybody who dares utter a phrase or even a name that they don’t agree with,” Perry said. “In a twisting of logic, they insist on silencing the religious in the cause of tolerance. Now I ask you, where is the tolerance in that?”

Religious politicians should be allowed to rely on their faith when determining the country’s laws, he added.

Okay, so lawmakers and judges shouldn’t decide morality—unless it lines up with his version of biblical morality. Got it!

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  • bigomega73

    So he would like us to be tolerant of his intolerance of our tolerance? Yes. Makes perfect sense

  • Polaro

    Yes, and fuck you very much, Rick Perry. Its called separation of church and state.

  • kurt_t

    More and more it looks like marriage equality foes have adopted a strategy of rhetorical misdirection. I think they’ve figured out that their two core arguments– that same-sex marriage will degrade the institution of marriage and that marriage is a divine invention that should be exempt from legislative tinkering– don’t make any sense. These are unintelligible positions not based on historical or scientific reality.

    So what do you do when your cause is based on unintelligible nonsense? Well, if you’re a politician pandering to a constituency that’s not ready to let go of the cause, I think you start misdirecting. You stop talking about same-sex marriage, and you start talking about a gay conspiracy to sue churches and attack decent church-going people, and stopping same sex marriage is now a way to weaken your enemy. The misdirection shuts down the conversation about marriage equality and starts an entirely new conversation about a malevolent Gay Agenda that must be stopped at all costs.

  • Jim Hlavac

    They make us, and they hate us. They did something, these heterosexuals, and they are mad at us for them having created us. They birthed us, and many of them are not happy they did.

    Meanwhile, they have the perfect right to say God Hates Fags.
    They have an 8-1 clear Supreme Court decision.

    They can hate us kids, as we all are, children of our parents — all the live long day.

    It’s not decent, but the Court has said they can. What is their problem now?

  • Caliban

    No one is being silenced. You can believe and say whatever the fuck you want. You just can’t discriminate or legislate based on “Well, the BIBLE says……”

    The Bible says all sorts of shit, that slavery is hunky dory, women should keep their traps shut and hold no positions of power over men (which is partly why women in the US weren’t even able to vote until less than 100 years ago), and if a man rapes a virgin he can marry her if he pays her father for damaging his “property.” Then there’s that whole stoning adulterers thing, which according to the Bible includes those who divorce and remarry.

    So basically these “Christians” follow almost NONE of the rules of their own alleged religion except for the parts that don’t inconvenience themselves, that they can use as weapons against others.

  • 2eo

    @bigomega73: It only works one way. They are allowed to hate us, murder us, fund squads that behead us in Uganda.

    But if we fight back and say we’re sick of being treat like we belong in a concentration camp then it is “intolerance”.

    I have no respect for anyone’s religion, under any circumstances and I will fight it every single step of every battle to get it out of public rights and personal freedoms forever. Their faith should have no bearing on me in any capacity, ever.

  • greybat

    What? Can’t hear you, Rick! Your microphone’s too loud!

  • Dakotahgeo

    What Jesus said and What the Christian Lunatic Fringe Hears.
    By Robert De Filippis

    As stated in the article above, “So what’s going on in Christendom? Valerie Tarico, gives us something to think about in her article on on September 26, 2012 titled, “Why Do the Craziest Religious People Get the Most Attention? “There’s no question that religion can have some ugly moral and social consequences. The homophobic and misogynist attitudes of many American Evangelicals come straight out their sacred texts.[“] The fact is, putting God’s name on Iron Age morality contributes to Iron Age behavior.”

    So this statement above is one of hundreds of faux pas that the irreligious unrighteous radial American christian Taliban (AcT) have committed and fallen out of the graces of intelligent ordinary citizens. I/We no longer fall for the cheap lies that the faux christians throw at us because we’ve wised up to their intolerance!

    So next time someone asks you where the conservative fringe, the Tea Party clubs have gone, just remind them of the Whig and John Birch Society!

  • Dakotahgeo

    @Dakotahgeo: *Whig Party.”


    “The protest was organized by Texas Values, which opposes premarital sex, no-fault divorce, comprehensive sex education and, one can only imagine, fluoride in the drinking water.” Great quote. It sounds like this organization is paving America’s way into the 21st century, lol.

  • Cam

    We’ve heard this B.S. before, it means they are running scared and desperate because they don’t have a legit argument anymore.

    What Perry has basically said is that we should tolerate rape, because arresting somebody for it would mean we were intolerant of rapists.

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