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Ted Cruz Thinks Marriage Equality Is The Death Of Free Speech

Ted Cruz, the Republican Senator from Texas who bears more than a passing resemblance in looks and temperament to Red-baiter Joe McCarthy, has a novel take on marriage equality. It’s the end of free speech. In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network (of course), Cruz claimed that supporters of marriage equality will soon pass laws forcing ministers to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies and force them to stop speaking out against marriage equality.

“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,” said Cruz. “It gets enforced against Christian pastors who decline to perform gay marriages, who peak 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.”

Of course, no one has floated that idea outside of the Fantasyland in which Cruz resides. Still, that doesn’t stop Cruz from seeing the End of Civilization As We Know It looming.

“Everywhere I go people are afraid for the future of our country,” he said. “I think we’re at the edge of a precipice. If we keep going down this path, we’re risking losing our nation; we’re risking losing the incredible oasis of liberty.”

We’ve become accustomed to this level of rhetoric from Cruz by now. Two things to keep in mind: Cruz has presidential ambitions, and he wouldn’t be where he is today if  he hadn’t been bankrolled with gay money. 

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  • Larry

    He doesnt understand what free speech is. Its not just for him. Its for EVERYONE. He would be happier in a communist country if he was the leader.

  • Jackhoffsky

    “Fantasyland in which Cruz resides” – well put. Cruz thinks MANY things that seem to get progressively bizarre as the weeks pass. But here he’s using a very classic technique of “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Tim. 3:12) and if they are not going to be physically persecuted, then they will pull persecution out of their f**k’n ass and bitch about it. In this case, the apparent gay police going around forcing gay marriage on hetero churches.

  • tardis

    Overtime I hear Republicans says “we fear for the future of our country” I can’t help but wonder what type of past do they feel they’re being taken away from? One that’s oppressive, bigoted, violent and downright hostile towards those that aren’t part of the status quo? Cruz is nothing but an ignorant radical politician that is the voice to the small minded masses. Boo-hoo, Cruz. Cry me a river, you’re nothing but a pandering hypocrite.

  • hyhybt

    Queerty, please check that headline again. That’s not what “think” means.

  • MK Ultra

    And Ted Cruz is the death of subtlety. What a un-properly medicated drama queen.
    What’s next, Cruz? “If gay marriage is passed, the terrorists have won!”

  • ncman

    “Cruz claimed that supporters of marriage equality will soon pass laws forcing ministers to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies”

    Where do they get this? The Catholic Church has been refusing to perform marriage ceremonies for straight couples throughout its entire existence and no one has tried to pass laws to force them to perform the marriages. Why would same-sex marriages be any different?

  • jwrappaport

    The UK, Canada, New Zealand – what hellholes. Ted Cruz is right to fear turning into countries with low incarceration rates, relatively few gun-related deaths, and with such an infuriating commitment to environmentalism and international cooperation.

    American “liberals” are center-right at best, but our conservatives are on another planet entirely. I am wondering why I applied for jobs in a state that would send that schmuck to the Senate. Good god.

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  • fredhotman

    Arrogance in ignorance. Where did the “learned” get his knowledge. I would say God save America from such disaster as Ted Cruz, Santorum and the likes. Illiterates of the best sort.

  • Ottoman

    Studies have found that people with right wing views tend to have larger fear centers in their brains, causing them to be paranoid and cling to authority figures. Cruz is just another snake oil salesman who’s decided to profit on the manipulation of these people.

  • CaptainFabulous

    No, when the death of free speech comes around we’ll be able to have you jailed for advocating the oppression of people’s civil rights and for defying the equal protection clause of the US Constitution.

  • Cam

    Just so I have this straight.

    Me wanting to live my life is an attack on HIS free speech.

    Him demanding that my life be made illegal, and forcing laws on me that do not allow me any freedom of association or marriage, are still his free speech and have nothing to do with me.

    You can see now why the right wing wants to cut education spending. They want the voters to be so ignorant that they won’t spot these ridiculous lies of theirs.

  • Joetx

    Ted Cruz is Exhibit A as to why this nation is f’ed up. The majority of our fellow citizens keep electing these EXTREMISTS to all levels of government.

    What I “like” most about Ted Cruz is his mind-boggling hypocrisy. He’s against immigration reform & says people should immigrate legally like his father, a Cuban, did. Well, it’s easy to immigrate legally from Cuba b/c the U.S. has a special law for Cuban immigrants.

    Another Tea Bagger Latino darling, Marco Rubio, has this same hypocritical position.

  • Jayson

    It’s Texas people…move on!

  • Sara Hoyt

    I always find is funny how certain people preach that this country is getting “darker” and falling away from the “Lord” and that they want things to be like back when this country was established as a nation “under God”, but back in those times, there was so much worse Sh!t going on. Their own holy book was used to justify slavery. though that doesn’t seem much different than today, where it’s still used to justify their negative opinions and hatred about groups of people.

  • fredhotman

    Ted Cruz is right!!! In the USA they should bring back the burning of “Witches” that was done according to the good book. Oppression, suppression, repression were the best also according to the good book. Ted Cruz’s background would be an ideal in following the inquisition, in his liberty he would be able to preside “Auto da Fee” and burn all gays with faggots. He would be well suited to the middle ages as thorough hypocrite who takes pride in his ignorance. Pity, he knows very little about the good book but headline but no substance.

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