Ted Cruz Happy to See LGBTQ Discrimination

Ted Cruz recently fielded a question on the issue of LGBTQ discrimination while he was grilling pork chops at the Iowa State Fair. The question came from a young woman wearing a hat and sunglasses. The woman was Ellen Page, a Hollywood actress known for roles in the X-Men films and many other great films—some you have probably never heard of (I highly recommend Whip It). Of course, Ted Cruz responded with the typical Republican talking points, most of which make little to no sense. And the ones that make any sense, only serve to remind us all of Republican shortsightedness, short memories, and general coldness.

Cruz’s first talking point is, of course, that businesses have the right to refuse service to gay people if those business owners believe homosexuality is a sin. How the Texas senator does not see that as blatant discrimination is mindboggling. We cannot have it both ways, folks. If you call yourself a Christian and you refuse to serve someone you think is a sinner, then you are a liar. Because Christ, the namesake of Christianity, never refused anyone, regardless of the sin, well, except perhaps for hypocrisy. I find that interesting considering the Republican rhetoric. If these “Christians” believe it is right to discriminate gay men and women because those “Christians” feel like it is a sin, then so same “Christians” must show no prejudice in their discrimination. Christian business owners who refuse to serve “sinners” must also refuse service to people with tattoos, people who have stolen anything, people who have coveted a neighbor’s wife, people who break the Sabbath, people who have abused, etc. And how could we forget “anyone who is angry with a brother or sister … [or] anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca’ … And anyone who says, ‘You fool’” (Matthew 5:22 NIV).

From there, Cruz’s argument meanders into the completely absurd, when he proclaims that we would never make a Rabbi perform a Christian wedding. As my wife is fond of saying, “What does that have to do with the price of rice in China?” Confused? Then I have made my point. However, it is probable that a Rabbi would marry people who are Christians, considering that as a member of a clergy, she or he has the legal ability to do so.

In the end, Senator Cruz weasels his way out of further discussion on the matter in a blatant twisting of Page’s words because that is all men like Ted Cruz are really capable of when they find themselves without valid talking points founded in truth. I’ll let you enjoy that all on your own. It enrages me when politicians try so hard to make this issue all about religious liberty. It appears that history will, yet again, repeat itself, as people continue to use their religious beliefs as as excuse to discriminate against an entire group of people.

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  1. Really disappointed in this article. You are better than this! Blatant or ignorant misinterpretation of scripture and of the exchange between Mr. Cruz and Miss Page. You define service as an economic exchange in a capitalist world??? Shame on you! To serve someone has nothing to do with a capitalist exchange of money for a wedding cake! It is more than possible to differ in opinion or views of morality or religious conviction, not participate in whatever that activity may be and still love and serve that person or community. This article is very disappointing as it is clear disingenuous political pandering.

  2. Has Mr. Silverman ever actually read the Bible? When I read the Bible I read about a Jesus Christ who was very intolerant. I read of a strong, manly, stern, and bold Savior. Compassionate, yes. Forgiving, of course. Loving, always loving. But not particularly tolerant. He condemned. He denounced. He caused trouble. He disrupted the established order. On one occasion — or at least one recorded occasion — He used violence. This Jesus saw the money changers in the temple and how did He respond? He wasn’t polite about it. I’d even say He was downright intolerant. He fashioned a whip and physically drove the merchants away. He turned over tables and shouted. He caused a scene. [John 2:15] Personally, I’ve studied the New Testament and found not a single instance of Christ calling for a ‘dialogue’ with evil or seeking the middle ground on an issue. I see an absolutist, unafraid of confrontation. I see a man who did not waver or give credence to the other side. I see someone who never once avoided a dispute by saying that He’ll just ‘agree to disagree. I see a Christ who calls the Scribes and Pharisees snakes and vipers. He labels them murderers and blind guides, and ridicules them publicly [Matthew 23:33]. He undermines their authority. He insults them. He castigates them. He’s not very nice to them. Jesus rebukes and condemns. In Matthew 18, He utilizes morbid and violent imagery, saying that it would be better to drown in the sea with a stone around your neck than to harm a child. Had our modern politicians been around two thousand years ago, I’m sure they’d go on the cable news shows and shake their heads and insist that there’s ‘no place for that kind of language. Jesus deliberately did and said things that He knew would upset people. He stirred up division and controversy. He provoked. He didn’t have to break from established customs, but He did. He didn’t have to heal that man’s hand on the Sabbath, knowing how it would disturb others and cause them immense irritation, but He did, and He did so with ‘anger’ [Mark 3:5]. He could have gone with the flow a little bit. He could have chilled out and let bygones be bygones, but He didn’t. He could have been diplomatic, but He wasn’t. He was VERY intolerant of those who sinned against God. He convinced the mob not to stone the adulterer [John 8], and you’ll notice that He then turned to her and told her to stop sinning. Indeed, never once did He encounter sin and corruption and say: “Hey, let’s all just get along.”

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