By Allen Clifton | 27 May 2015
I think it’s time to finally be honest about the whole “gay marriage debate”: It’s total and complete nonsense. Most of these Republicans couldn’t care less whether or not gay Americans are allowed to get married, and most know that preventing them from doing so is unconstitutional. What this all boils down to is the GOP using the gay marriage issue to get their voters worked up into a frenzy, to distract them from just how terrible the Republican party is for the vast majority of Americans.
And it’s worked. I’ve met plenty of conservatives who mainly vote Republican based on religion, opposition to gay rights and abortion.
Naturally, as Republicans are realizing that they’re on the precipice of losing the “gay marriage debate,” their rhetoric about the issue has become more absurd than ever. To listen to many of these people talk, they honestly believe that if we legalize same-sex marriage in this country, we’re going to incur some sort of horrific wrath from God.
It’s always amazing to me how these people blatantly ignore that 19 countries have already legalized same-sex marriage and none of them have experience any sort of “wrath from God.”
Another common talking point for Republicans here is the idea that those of us who support equal rights for homosexuals are somehow “waging a war on Christianity.” Somehow in their twisted “logic,” preventing them from forcing their views on millions of gay Americans is an “attack on their rights.” In their minds, the relationships of others are somehow their business.
It’s completely ridiculous.
Well, apparently in an attempt to prove that he’s every bit the fool as almost every other Republican, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) declared gay marriage a “real and present danger” to the country and asserted that we’re headed toward a time when Christianity would be seen as a hate group.
“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,” Rubio said. “So what’s the next step after that? After they’re 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. That’s a real and present danger.”
I guess Rubio is completely unaware that many people used the Bible to defend slavery, segregation and bans on interracial marriage. Or is he saying that nothing in the Bible should be seen as “hate speech”? The last time I checked, the Bible supported all kinds of horrific behavior that wouldn’t just be seen as “hate speech,” but absolutely barbaric by today’s social standards.
Let’s be honest, when it comes to the Bible, people pick and choose what they want to follow. And, yes, as long as people continue to try to use their religion to justify hate, bigotry, judgement and intolerance, their speech will be labeled as hate speech.
Just like this country did to those who, in the past, used religion to support slavery, segregation and bans on interracial marriage.
Watch Rubio’s comments below via Right Wing Watch:
Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column.
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