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Ted Cruz Claims Pastors Will Be Persecuted For Telling Biblical “Truth”

Ted_Cruz,_official_portrait,_113th_CongressUntil someone repeals the First Amendment, it seems unlikely that Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) needs to worry about anyone passing legislation that would make it illegal for pastors or other Christians to “preach biblical truths on marriage.” Of course, the fact that they might get slammed for calling the lies they spew truths is another matter all together.

Cruz spoke to the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody when he stated that “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.”

He goes on to say “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.”

We would, of course, challenge Cruz to actually produce the names of the nations that have banned preaching about the ‘evils’ of same-sex marriage, but I fear he may have a hard time coming up with them. Some nations have very strict hate speech laws which have tripped up a number of pastors. Ironically, Equador appears to be the only one that has actually arrested and fined someone for preaching against homosexuality.

The thing is, the United States has tried to pass hate speech laws, but been unable to under the First Amendment. What Cruz is hoping is that people do not realize that most nations do not have as liberal a free speech law as the United States. Under the Canadian Constitution, hate speech is illegal against anyone who is listed as a protected group.

In fact, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in a 1992 ruling for the majority that hate speech was protected. In fact, there is a ton of case law saying that hate speech is protected by the Constitution.

Unfortunately, that isn’t going to stop Cruz from fear mongering and trying to convince the ignorant that their bigotry is protected by the Constitution.

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4 Responses to Ted Cruz Claims Pastors Will Be Persecuted For Telling Biblical “Truth”

  1. Ken

    July 27, 2013 at 10:30 am

    When I was in seminary, I observed to a professor (who was also a pastor) that if you want to know what a church truly believes, you don’t read their creed, you invert their worst heresy. One of his colleagues could hypothetically deny the incarnation, the virgin birth, the resurrection, or reign of Jesus Christ, and as long as he denies only one of them, he will still be in good standing. If he marries a gay couple, however, he is punished and his church has to be liturgically fumigated. His denomination’s worst heresy is being gay, their highest sacrament is marriage. Therefore its religion is about sex, not Christ.

    The professor had an I-never-thought-of-that-before look on his face, and found himself unable to disagree.

    I must add that most, but not all, of the horrendous rhetoric comes from pastors of rogue churches who are not affiliated with organized religion.

  2. Ken

    July 27, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I look through the Bible again and again and I fail to find an emphasis on marriage. It doesn’t even describe a wedding! The closest it gets is an incident that occurs at a wedding reception (John 2). John even says TWICE that the whole point of the gospels is to tell the story of Jesus.

    So I wonder if these pastors haven’t wandered from Christianity into the Old Testament, to the deprecated worship of the fertility deities of Baal and Asherah.

  3. Herald

    July 24, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    “But, he sounds so sincere!” Ok, getting serious it is simply more of his fear mongering and polishing his credentials with the tea party / haters set. This is totally baseless and dare I say devoid of truth.

    Of course we would like to see all hate speech stop. However that will not happen via the courts, after all they affirmed Westboro Baptist’s freedom of speech rights.

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