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Ted Cruz: ‘I’m OK Talking to Gay People, But Christians Should Not Have to Do Business With Them’

Ted Cruz is alright associating with gay people, but he wants fellow Christians to know that it is okay if they are not.

On Friday, at the same forum in which Houston Baptist University President Robert B. Sloan, Jr. compared gay people to arsonists and alcoholics, Cruz made it clear Christians should not have to do business with gays if they do not want to.

“Everyone has to reconcile their own faith with how they interact with others, and that’s a choice you’ve got to make based on your understanding of biblical teachings and based on the best understanding you can come to it,” Cruz told the HBU audience during the Faith and the Public Square forum.

He then said that while he thought no Christian should be forced to do business with the LGBT community, that in his own Christian walk, he was willing to work with anyone, including gays and fellow members of Congress.

“I’m very much a believer that the scripture teaches that you hate the sin and love the sinner, and so, you know, from my perspective I am perfectly willing to interact with anybody,” Cruz continued. “Look, I work in the U.S. Congress. But at the same time, I don’t think the law should be forcing Americans to violate their religious faith.”

He then warned the at the Obama administration was working hard to take the religious liberties from people like hardworking Christian business owners and Catholic nuns.

“The Obama administration is litigating against the Little Sisters of the Poor, trying to force them, trying to extract millions of dollars of fines to force them to pay for contraceptives and abortion-providing drugs for others,” he said, drawing his audience’s attention to a current lawsuit about the requirement to provide contraceptive coverage for employees of faith-based organizations.

“Now, these Catholic nuns don’t want to do so, and the idea that the federal government would be going after Catholic nuns, trying to force them to violate their religious faith, really demonstrates how utterly unmoved we have come from the constitutional liberties this country was founded on,” Cruz concluded, failing to mention faith groups can opt-out of contraception mandate, something the Supreme Court recently upheld.

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