Marco Rubio: Mainstream Christianity will soon be ‘hate speech’

Sen. Marco Rubio, in an interview with Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcast News:

“If you think about it, we are at the water’s edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech. Because today we’ve reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage you are labeled a homophobe and a hater.”

“So what’s the next step after that? After they are done going after individuals, the next step is to argue that the teachings of mainstream Christianity, the catechism of the Catholic Church, is hate speech. And that’s a real and present danger.”

Please. Spare us the pandering, melodramatic persecution complex.

In a country in which 70 percent of the people identify as Christian and 56 percent say religion plays a very important role in their lives, there is no “real and present danger” that mainstream Christian theology will be labeled hate speech and somehow banned, as Rubio implies. It’s not going to become against the law to oppose or disagree with gay marriage. That is the rhetoric of a demagogue trying to terrify people into voting for him.

Now, will people criticize you for taking a stance opposed to gay marriage? Yes, they will — welcome to the rough and tumble of democracy. If you express an opinion on a controversial political subject, criticism usually follows, and claiming that your opinion is drawn from your religious belief does not make you immune to that criticism. Ask the folks in the early days of the gay-rights movement about how it feels to be the target of public intolerance.

These days, when Pat Robertson complains that gay lobbyists are going to force people to say that they like anal sex and oral sex, when he later equates gay marriage to someone marrying a dog, when he says that Facebook ought to install a “vomit” button so he can respond properly to pictures of gay couples, then yes, I suspect that somebody somewhere probably did accuse him of hate speech and homophobia. They would be right to do so.

Unlike Rubio, however, I do not believe that those of Robertson’s ilk represent “mainstream Christianity.” Nor do I believe that the teachings of the Catholic Church in any way require that you discriminate against gay Americans or gay married couples, any more than they require you to discriminate against divorced Americans or those who use contraception. And while that’s merely the opinion of this secular journalist, it seems to be shared by some much more informed on the topic.

“If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?” Pope Francis, the leader of Rubio’s church, said recently. “The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well. It says they should not be marginalized because of this (orientation) but that they must be integrated into society.”

Imagine. The catechism of the Catholic Church says that gay people should not be marginalized, they should be integrated into society. And Francis makes that statement even as he continues to state that gay sex is a sin and that gay marriage is wrong in the eyes of the Catholic Church. Somehow, he doesn’t have trouble negotiating that space between defending his own religious beliefs while treating others with respect and even love.

Look, if your faith teaches you that gay marriage is wrong, nobody is going to force your pastor to conduct gay weddings in violation of that faith.  Nobody is going to force your church, synagogue or mosque to open its facilities to gay couples seeking to get married.  Nobody is going to force you to attend your gay cousin’s wedding. Most of all, nobody is going to outlaw your belief or prevent you from stating and defending that belief. The First Amendment is a stalwart shield for you, as it ought to be.

On the other hand, if you believe that your faith requires you to discriminate against gay Americans by refusing to employ them or to accept them as customers, then yes, I suspect that you’re going to have a conflict that can’t be resolved by citing your religious faith. If you are a business owner and you believe that your faith requires you to deny marital benefits to a legally married gay employee and his spouse, then yes, you’re probably going to face a conflict at some point in the future.

Because the days of officially tolerated and even officially encouraged discrimination against gay Americans is coming to an end.

 

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truth_2_tell
truth_2_tell

Re: " just because people oppose same-sex marriage or same-sex equal rights doesn't make them a homophobe or a bigot"


If it were "just" that, he might have a point.


But, here is what the 'christians' actually say about gay people and their relationships (culled from myriad 'christian' websites). They are the equivalent of "rape", "murder", "necrophilia", "bestiality", "child-molestation", "marryin' a plant/rock/bicycle", "worse than terrorists", and "should be rounded up in electrified pens until they die off".


NONE of these things are "Christian teachings" and they ARE homophobic, bigoted AND hateful.

GaGirl53171875
GaGirl53171875

Georgia GOP voters don't care about the integrity or former job performance of their elected officials. Nathan Deal resigned from Congress in disgrace in 2010 and was immediately elected Governor. David Perdue sent thousands of jobs to China and was elected senator.

It's time to educate yourselves Georgia Republicans. If your the "Christian" party, how about electing folks with actual Christian values?

To do that, you're going to have to vote Democrat.

stogiefogey
stogiefogey

Sen. Rubio needs to guard against aligning himself too closely with bible thumpers if he realistically hopes to be the next President.

While he certainly has the right to air his views as a private citizen most Merkins don't want their politics and their religion served up on the same plate.

td1234
td1234

@stogiefogey And yet Republicans have won over 900 state legislative seats, 31 Governors, 64 House seats and 13 US Senators since Obama has taken office running on those same religious grounds. 

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

"our imminent threat is climate change"


No, our imminent threat is those who believe our imminent threat is climate change.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@JohnnyReb 

No, our imminent threat is those who believe our imminent threat is those who believe our imminent threat is climate change.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

Revision -


No, our imminent threat is those who believe our imminent threat is climate change, and the heathens.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@JohnnyReb 

"...our imminent threat is those who believe our imminent threat is...heathens"?

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@barkingfrog @JohnnyReb - yea, I don't why I amazed that the same people who want to take my money and give it to someone who won't work and has made very poor life choices wants to take even more of my money and give it to foreign governments so they won't generate electricity with coal.

If you remove the "take someone elses money to fix the problem" from the equation, Dems have nothing, zero.

dreema
dreema

@JohnnyReb The Pentagon thinks so (yeah, those left-wingers). They have plans in place for responding to international violence exacerbated by flooding, droughts, land loss, etc. caused by, yup, you guessed it - climate change. 

straker
straker

53%  - "the libs no. 2 man's brilliant position"


Looks like looking out for number one is your main priority.

Cupofjoe
Cupofjoe

I check under my bed every night for "religion"-  it frightens me.


Regardless- our imminent threat is climate change.  Don't forget to light your (remaining) hair on fire promptly 4:30.  It is GMT  NOT EST!!!!

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@Cupofjoe Climate change, what, the climate changes???? You mean it is not going to be exactly the same year after year forever and all time????? Oh noooooooooooo.........

LeninTime
LeninTime

@Cupofjoe 

I check under my bed every night for "religion"-  it frightens me. 

**
It frightened the framers of the Constitution.

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

Check out the libs no. 2 man's brilliant position on starving children.


"The whole size of the economy and the GDP doesn't matter if people continue to work longer hours for low wages and you have 45 million people living in poverty. You can't just continue growth for the sake of growth in a world in which we are struggling with climate change and all kinds of environmental problems. All right? You don't necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants or of 18 different pairs of sneakers when children are hungry in this country. "  Bernie Sanders


Let me guess, libs, you get to decide which deodorant brands are allowed to continue...... geez.....  The clown doesn't even pretend to have a friggin clue and you pawns fawn all over him like he's a friggin genius.  

Paul42
Paul42

@fiftythreepercenter

You said that would tell us his brilliant position on starving children.

So...  where in that quote is his position on starving children?

Got a brilliant answer?  (Not the statement on deodorant sales you somehow think refers to starving children).

Paul42
Paul42

@fiftythreepercenter

So from that quote you think his position on starving children is what?

That they should eat deodorant?


Or maybe use it so they won't smell bad when they're starving?

Do you even think things through before you repost those things you find heaven knows where?

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Jay seems to have all but forgotten the city of Houston going after preachers for hate speech in their sermons.

Paul42
Paul42

@MiltonMan

What I find funny about Texas is less than a month ago Gov Abbot deployed the Texas Guard to oversee military exercises to keep Obama from taking over the country, moving dissenters to abandoned WalMarts that were converted to holding camps manned by UN troops

And now he and Cruz are asking Obama to help with the flooding.

So much for Texas nationalism and secessionism.

honested
honested

@Paul42 @MiltonMan 

Should have used that oil money to prepare for the inevitable.

Maybe they can cry to isreal for some help.

Paul42
Paul42

@DownInAlbany

Yeah, DiA, it's lke Nick said.  Just because they're hypocrites doesn't mean they should be denied help in times of natural disasters.


Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@DownInAlbany @Paul42 @MiltonMan 

I'm quite compassionate to those who are afraid the federal government is planning to invade Texas, and hope that they receive the help they so desperately need.

truth_2_tell
truth_2_tell

@MiltonMan The floods in Houston are "God's punishment" (TM, all rights reserved) for Texas's hate-on for its gay citizens.

straker
straker

Imagine all the money most of the GOP hopefuls will waste trying to get the nomination instead being spent on homeless shelters, battered women's shelters, healthcare for the poor and school lunch programs for poor students.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@straker For BOTH the Dems and the GOP add the PAC's, the super donors, the focus and energy of thousands of campaign workers and put that toward better uses as you identify above...it would be much more indicative of a true Christian Nation...

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@straker Imagine what could be done with the $2.5 Billion that the Clintons have lying around, huh?

LeninTime
LeninTime

@MiltonMan @straker 

Mary Nunn and Jason Carter? Weren't they 'GOP hopefuls' too basically? 

It was Georgia after all.