Ted Cruz Has A First Amendment Problem
Ted Cruz appeared recently on the Christian Broadcasting Network, where he made his case against same-sex marriage. As a graduate, with honors, of both Princeton and Harvard Law (and editor of Law Review!), you might expect Cruz to have a firm grasp on constitutional principles. After all, he is repeatedly touted both on the right and throughout mainstream media has something of a genius.
Unfortunately, his case against marriage equality is actually an argument in favor of protecting the rights and feelings of those who oppose it.
“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,” the senator told Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody in a very, very dark room.
“It gets enforced against Christian pastors who decline to perform gay marriages, who speak out and preach Biblical truths on marriage and that has been defined elsewhere as hate speech — as inconsistent with the enlightened view of government,” he added. [National Memo]
At least he’s not suggesting gay marriage will lead to man-dog betrothals, I guess. But what Cruz does say is no less ridiculous. As Jason Sattler at National Memo points out:
To make this argument, Cruz has to pretend that the First Amendment doesn’t exist. He also has to pretend that the civil rights movement has resulted in racists — who still exist in America, where they freely spout hate and post it on the Internet — being arrested by the truckload for hate speech.[…]
Cruz’s argument that churches would be forced to perform gay marriages might make sense if we didn’t have more than 200 years of American history where rabbis have never been forced to marry Christians and priests have never been required perform weddings for Muslims…
So maybe they’re right; maybe Ted Cruz is a very smart man. But if so, he clearly doesn’t think CBN viewers are very bright. Then again, there’s nothing unusual about those who would oppress the liberties of others suffering fear of persecution themselves.