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.