Uh Oh. Cruz Doesn’t Like Putin.

Sen. Ted Cruz has tried mightily to pander to the Christian right on one issue after another, but a speech he gave at the Heritage Foundation on Tuesday might be a problem in that regard. Cruz strongly criticized Russian strongman Vladimir Putin for his “increasingly autocratic” ways and also slammed the Obama administration for not standing up for human rights in Russia. Right Wing Watch points out the obvious conflict:

Second, Cruz is clearly at odds with anti-gay and anti-abortion leaders in the U.S. who have been busily praising Putin as the defender of traditional values and savior of Christianity. Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber, for example, has said Putin is being allowed to “out-Christian our once-Christian nation.” The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer has called Putin “the lion of Christianity, the defender of Christian values, the president that’s calling his nation back to embracing its identity as a nation founded on Christian values.”

In fact there is a whole gaggle of Religious Right leaders who have, as Miranda has reported, fallen all over themselves to praise Putin and his anti-free-speech, anti-gay crackdown. And some of them have done more than just praise Putin. Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage traveled to Russia to build support for anti-gay legislation. The Illinois-based Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society is excited about heading to Moscow for its 2014 “World Congress of Families” summit.

Cruz was eager to criticize the Obama administration for not advocating more strongly for human rights in Russia, but what does he have to say about his Religious Right pals who are actively praising and enabling Putin’s anti-democratic moves? And who have attacked the Obama administration’s efforts to promote the human rights of LGBT people abroad? We’re listening.

Cruz didn’t say a word about Russia’s brutal and totalitarian anti-gay laws, of course.

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  • colnago80

    Here’s an idea, let’s get up a petition to ship Ted Cruz back to Canada.

    http://goo.gl/ZUzHN7

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    colnago80 “Here’s an idea, let’s get up a petition to ship Ted Cruz back to Canada.”

    Oh, sure, back when he was simply foreign and mysterious you couldn’t get enough of him, but now that you’ve tired of his exotic Canadianness you want to send him back. Well, Canada says “No”. They held a vote and everything. He’s yours now. Bieber, too.

  • scienceavenger

    Let’s not forget Bryan Adams.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=153100784 Michael Brew

    I wonder how long it will take for the majority of GOP politicians to endorse both positions at the same time.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    It will be interesting to see what happens when the Russians begin a crackdown on American evangelists in Russia. The Orthodox Church doesn’t like other religions horning in on their territory, and Putin has done quite a bit of pandering to them.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    Ann Romney just came out and said that Putin is a better president* than Obama. Which, in my mind, is another proof of racism because they would rather praise a white person who really, really is a dictator than a black man who is not a dictator.

    * You went full ‘bagger, Ann. Never go full ‘bagger.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523300770 stuartsmith

    We already let you send Celine Dion back, and now we’re stuck with her. Never again!