- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio has warned Christianity faces a “real and present danger” of being classified as hate speech as a result of the growing intolerance toward those who support traditional marriage.

“We are at the water’s edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech,” the Florida senator told CBN News in an interview published Tuesday. “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.”

“After they are 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 and there’s a real and present danger,” Mr. Rubio warned, without elaborating further.

He said the U.S. has a duty to lead, and he’s ready to face the challenge.

“You don’t want to be engaged in every conflict on the planet. We’re not the world’s policemen,” he said. “But I question — what would happen in the alternative? If America doesn’t lead, what happens? Well, what happens is chaos.”

As for the presidential election, Mr. Rubio said that it was up to God and the voters.

“My view is you go out and do the very best you can and ultimately it’s going to turn out the way voters and God decide,” he said.

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