Cruz Wants Prayer to Stop Equality

Ted Cruz continued his tour of the right wing fever swamps in an interview with Janet Mefferd, where he went on about how “heartbreaking” it is that more and more gay people have been allowed to get married. And he said the most important thing people can do to stop it is prayer:

“I think the most important thing your listeners can do is simply pray,” Cruz said. “Because we need a great deal of prayer. Because marriage is really, really being undermined by a concerted effort. And it’s causing significant harm.”

You need a “great deal of prayer”? Why is that? Is it the amount of prayer that will finally stir God to do something? Millions of people are undoubtedly already praying to stop gay marriage. Is that just not enough? How much is required to get God to do something? And what is it you want God to do, exactly? Change people’s minds? That would eliminate that whole free will thing you fall back on to get out of the problem of evil. Send plagues of locusts and earthquakes?

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  • http://Reallyawakeguy.blogspot.com somnus

    Well, in his defense, it is perfectly appropriate to seek an imaginary remedy through prayer in order to address the imaginary “great deal of harm” that is caused by gay marriage.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Las Vegas: proof that prayer does not work.

  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    “Prayer: the means by which a True Christian can tell the Almighty Creator of All that His divine plan for you is flawed, and shockingly stingy.” — Betty Bowers.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Betty is, indeed, awesome.

    In the meanwhile, it would be nice if more of the Faithful had more faith and less reflexive resort to secular compulsion.

  • anubisprime

    And it’s causing significant harm

    To right-wing religiously inspired ignorant, pompous, hate filled bigotry maybe…fuck all else!

  • cptdoom

    Oh, by all means Ted, pray away. It’s working out so well for you so far isn’t it? Let’s see Catholics prayed 600 years ago that the Protestants would be thwarted by God. Those Protestants then prayed that Catholic kings and governments would fall. Results on both sides were mixed, to say the least.

    In a more modern example, during every pro football game, good and faithful Christians on both sides pray for their team to win. Approximately 50% get their prayers answered, and an equal amount do not. It’s almost like prayer really doesn’t do anything.

  • steve78b

    Prayer does work.

    I prayed for a pony when I was 6 years old and I have faith it will be here any day.

    I’ll turn 61 next month…. gotta have faith.

    Steve in OK

  • roggg

    If the religious right truly believe int heir convictions, they should rely on prayer to get this done. That’s right, they should all go home, kneel down, clasp their hands together and mutter incantations. Meanwhile, the rest of society can move forward.

  • ImaginesABeach

    By all means, concentrate on praying against equality and stop trying to legislate against it.

  • Matt G

    If you don’t have confidence in a “prayer only” approach, you must not have that much faith. Just sayin’….

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

    I’m going to follow his plan and do nothing to prevent marriage equity.

  • eric

    I think the most important thing your listeners can do is simply pray

    He’s wrong. The most important thing to do is complexly pray. God loves clauses and subsections.

  • felidae

    If prayer worked, very few soldiers would be killed or few students would fail tests and the GPA’s at Oral Roberts and Liberty Universities would be a solid 4.0

  • Chiroptera

    Is it the amount of prayer that will finally stir God to do something?

    I think that they’re saying that God’s level of activity is quantized, and they need to make a certain threshhold to bump him out of the ground state.

    That would imply, of course, that their god is very tiny, which would explain a lot.

  • D. C. Sessions

    In a more modern example, during every pro football game, good and faithful Christians on both sides pray for their team to win. Approximately 50% get their prayers answered, and an equal amount do not.

    Even if it doesn’t work all the time, 50% ain’t bad.

  • freehand

    Well, I’ll tell Sen. Cruz that I already prayed – just once – that gay marriage would not hurt traditional marriages, and it’s been holding up for some years now. You just need sufficient faith, and to pray for the right things. Maybe Cruz can give up on that arrogant idea that he can make a difference, and instead get all of his fanbase to join him in prayer asking God Himself to give the Republican base all of the political rewards they deserve. You can do it, Teddy Cruz! Stop wasting time on self-service and get your real reward.

  • John Pieret

    Send plagues of locusts and earthquakes?

    No, for maximum effect God should kill the first born son of every politician who isn’t sufficiently against marriage equality. That’s the only way he can show how much he loves his people.

  • Chiroptera

    John Pieret, #17:

    Remember, though, that God doesn’t have an up-to-date list of good vs bad politicians, so the anti-marriage equality politicians need to remember to kill a lamb and splatter its blood over their door posts.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Remember, though, that God doesn’t have an up-to-date list of good vs bad politicians

    Not terribly smart, that. He could make a deal with Santa Claus for a copy of his.

  • dingojack