If you ask MSNBC's Chris Hayes, it’s the religious right who is depraved when it comes to the issue of gay marriage. The December 23 edition of All In with Chris Hayes featured guest Sam Seder comparing gay marriage opponents to ISIS, while the host suggested that traditional marriage supporters are morally bankrupt.
After Hayes and his guests cheerfully talked up the supposed emerging consensus surrounding the issue, Sam Seder of the Majority Report took things to an alarming level. He argued: “There seems to be a concession on some level from long-time opponents. Almost to a point where you see it leveraged about in places. You know, ISIS, you should see the way they don't allow gay people to get married.”
Of course, we all know just how similar gay marriage opponents are to a group most famous for viciously murdering American journalists and Iraqi civilians! Isn’t it obvious? Just kidding.
Chris Hayes was not content to terminate the conversation at that absurd point. He chimed in that the belief of marriage as a union between a man and a woman “has become an indicator of moral depravity. The persecution of gay people has now become a human rights violation and an indicator of moral depravity for people that conservatives want you to hate.”
If you ever had doubts that there is a drive toward a secularist crusade in American politics, tune in to All In one night. You will not be disappointed.
The relevant transcript is below.
All In with Chris Hayes
8:49 p.m. Eastern
December 23, 2014
SAM SEDER, Majority Report: Over the summer, there were two – one was 90, one was 91 years old, women in Iowa, who finally, after 72 years in relationship got married together. And, um, that story stuck with me the whole year. I thought that was such a – imagine to wait 72 years.
TARA DOWDELL, MSNBC contributor: For anything.
CHRIS HAYES, host: And hopefully it wasn’t disappointing that first day.
SEDER: That, to me, was sort of illustrative of what has happened so quickly, it’s seems. I mean, obviously it's been years in the making and it’s been an incredible struggle. But marriage equality is basically, we're on the other side of that issue, you know.
DOWDELL: We hit the tipping point.
HAYES: And a year after, you know, the DOMA decision, and the Windsor (decision) came down last year. This year was the year in which all of these district courts and the appellate courts basically said, you know, this is not constitutional. You can’t –
SEDER: That's right. Scalia’s own words, he predicted it and he was right. It fell like dominos. And it's basically, it’s almost – there seems to be a concession on some level from long-time opponents. Almost to a point where you see it leveraged about in places. You know, ISIS, you should see the way they don't allow gay people to get married.
HAYES: Yes, I know, exactly! That's exactly right. It has become an indicator of moral depravity. The persecution of gay people has now become a human rights violation and an indicator of moral depravity for people that conservatives want you to hate.