Monday, June 29, 2015

Another Press Fail

Ted Cruz appeared on The Today Show, interviewed by Savannah Guthrie.
"If a state clerk refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple, would you agree with that too?" she asked Cruz on Monday morning, noting that people who once objected to interracial marriage used religion to support their beliefs.
"There’s no religious backing for that," Cruz responded.
The natural follow up would be something like, "But in the 1940s and 50s, people were claiming religious backing for their opposition to interracial marriage, just as you are doing today in opposing gay marriage.  Today, we look back and say that those people were using religion as a cover for their bigotry.  Aren't you concerned that fifty years from now, people are similarly going to be saying that you're using religion as a cover for bigotry?"

And if Cruz pointed out that the Bible condemns homosexuality, a further follow up might be, "Yes, but as well as homosexuality, the Bible also condemns eating shrimp, eating raw meat, eating rabbit, wearing linen and wool at the same time.  Does your religion mean you condemn people who do any of those things?  Do you never do any of those things because your religion forbids them?"

But network interviewers are too namby pamby to press politicians like that.

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