Marco Rubio warned Tuesday of a “real and present danger” that Christianity will be labeled hate speech.
“If you think about it, we are at the water’s edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech,” Rubio told CBN News. “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,” he warned.
In the wide-ranging interview, the Republican Florida senator and 2016 presidential candidate also spoke of his campaign, his family, and his faith.
Rubio said he’s ready to face danger, but cautioned against America becoming “the world’s policeman, adding, “If America doesn’t lead, what happens? Well, what happens is chaos.”
Rubio said he believes his most important role in life is that of a husband and father.
“If I can’t do that right, I can’t lead a nation,” he said.
“One day I will no longer be in politics. One day I will no longer be a senator or a president or anything else. But I will always be a father and I will always be a husband.”
Running on a campaign theme of “A New American Century,” Rubio told CBN that America is falling behind because of the Democrats’ policies on health care and debt.
“The family is the original cell of society,” Rubio said. “It is the first and most important government. It is the first church. The family is the singular most important institution in society. It existed before government. It existed before laws.”
As to the 2016 race, Rubio vowed to simply give it his all.
“Ultimately my view of it 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.