Rafael Cruz Willing to Die Over Paranoid Bullshit

We can see where Ted Cruz got his penchant for substance-free fear-mongering. His father, Rafael, says that gay marriage is part of a plot to destroy America and that he’s willing to die before allowing something that can’t happen actually does.

While boasting that his son, Ted Cruz, has introduced two measures in the U.S. Senate to block a Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, Cruz told the audience that “we are going to have to stand firm on the agenda to destroy America.”

“I lost my freedom once, I’m not willing to lose it again. I will die fighting before I lose it again and so should you,” he added.

Cruz said that America is experiencing “a lot of persecution against Christians” and predicted that if the Supreme Court rules to “legalize homosexual marriage…the next thing that is going to come is the government coming to your church and saying ‘you must hire a homosexual pastor, you must perform homosexual marriages.’ We are going to come to a crossroads in America. We’re going to have to decide whether we obey God or we obey government if that’s what’s coming. This is about religious persecution.”

That is so incredibly brave of you, Mr. Cruz. You’re willing to die for something that has no chance whatsoever of happening. We don’t require any church to hire any pastor for any reason, nor do we require them to perform any wedding at all if they object to it for any reason at all. There’s this thing called the 1st Amendment that prevents it, along with two centuries of court rulings on the ministerial exception and statutory law as well. This is not about persecution, it’s about selling fear to the masses for financial and political gain.

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  • hunter

    “This is not about persecution, it’s about selling fear to the masses for financial and political gain.”

    Considering the ignorance and gullibility of his audience, he’s on safe ground.

  • StevoR

    Rafael Cruz Willing to Die Over Paranoid Bullshit

    Well if a pile of bovine excrement somehow demonstrates not only an intelligence but communicates its unreasoning terror I’d probably try to defend it from its possible attackers (dung beetles?Flies?) etc ..too. It’d be a scientific wonder and worth much study and as a unique sentient , umm bull pat, still deserve reassurance and treatment for its mental health issues!

    “I lost my freedom once, I’m not willing to lose it again. I will die fighting before I lose it again and so should you,” – R. Cruz

    Um, he did? What happened? Failed to pay his taxes or something?

    (I did try a quick wiki check but the only Rafael Cruiz I found was a Brazillian footballer /soccer player.)

  • scienceavenger

    …the next thing that is going to come is the government coming to your church and saying ‘you must hire a homosexual pastor, you must perform homosexual marriages

    Its a pity we can’t get everyone with the power to enact these things to offer to sign a pledge never to do so, but only if all the Rafael Cruz’s of the world sign a pledge to STFU on the issue forever. It’s small potatos relative to dying, o it should be no sweat…unless its just empty posturing.

  • colnago80

    Re StevoR @ #2

    Rafael Cruz was a follower of Castro until they had a falling out shortly before the Batista Regime collapsed.

  • birgerjohansson

    You know, I am willing to die before allowing the Space Empire to take over Earth.

    Ditto for the Crab People (of South Park).

    (Lightbulb moment) -You know, maybe the gay people are a proxy for the crab people?

  • raven

    Rafael Cruz:

    “I lost my freedom once, I’m not willing to lose it again. I will die fighting before I lose it again and so should you,” he added.

    Rafael Cruz:

    “A friend of the family — a lawyer friend of my father basically bribed a Batista official to stamp my passport with an exit permit,” the elder Cruz said.

    Rafael Cruz is lying. No surprise.

    He left Cuba during the Baptista regime for U. of Texas, Austin.

    He never lived under Castro or communism.

    The closest he ever came to losing his freedom was living through the Disco era.

  • dan4

    “…a homosexual pastor…”. That part was funny to me. Considering what the bible actually says about homosexuals and homosexuality, that’s pretty much equivalent to “an anti-Semitic rabbi.”

  • StevoR

    @4. colnago80 : Okay thanks.

  • zenlike

    dan4,

    Would you say the same of a pastor who eats shrimp? Every christian, including the clergy right up to the pope, is a cafeteria christian, picking and choosing from their holy menu card what they like.

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

    That’s weird. The Right is normally for the agenda to destroy America.

  • dan4

    zenlike,

    The bible comes out a lot stronger against homosexuals and homosexuality than it does against eating shrimp. For example, it says that homosexuality is (among many other things) “worthy of death.”

  • zenlike

    dan4,

    So is adultery. And yet you will find almost no christians today advocating death penalties for that.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    Or for a child being overly disobedient.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Do the Cruz family know they are telling lies and continue doing so because they can make a lot of money from their gullible followers, or do they think they are telling the truth and the money is just an unexpected bonus?

  • lorn

    On the up side it is good to see that Ted Cruz didn’t develop this sort of rhetorical terrorism on his own, he came by it naturally.

    Rafael Cruz is practicing what might be described as rhetorical jingoism. He is raring for a fight that is unlikely to take place and he is willing to die in this hypothetical cause. Of course, even if it was real it would be a fight in which he risks nothing. His entire involvement has been, and will remain, inflammatory rhetoric, hortatory exclamations, and otherwise cheering from a safe distance. That is the nature of jingoism. Pushing for a conflict they have no intention of fighting in.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    I asked this before on another thread. In what sense is he willing to die? What is his dying supposed to accomplish? Is this a threat to kill gay couples who try to marry, meaning he’s willing to then die at the hands of the police?

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    Cruz told the audience that “we are going to have to stand firm on the agenda to destroy America.”

    Yeah… I figured.

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    @Dan4:

    Don’t be a disingenuous ass. Many things are condemned just as strongly in the bible, or more often, and more frequently.

    Lashon hara (“the evil tongue”) is a Jewish expression for speaking ill of others. It is specifically distinguished from “lying”. So we know its not lying. It appears to be approximately “telling the truth about others or speaking your true opinion about others, but having bad motives for so speaking” and/or “telling the truth about someone or about your opinion of that someone when you know that that person will be hurt by you so speaking” and/or “voicing your negative opinions when others might be hurt to hear your negative opinions of them”. It is frequently translated “gossip” which, frankly, gathers in a great deal more behaviors than (individually or collectively) the three attempts to get at the heart of what constitutes lashon hara that you can find above. Really. Read the bible. It tells you not to speak hurtful words.

    Lashon hara is condemned repeatedly. Over and over and over and over. It is condemned in old and new testaments so many more times than than queer sex is condemned (and typically in clearer language) Christians who read their bibles can’t possibly have missed it.

    And yet… they get up in public and speak ill of queers. All the fucking time.

    Pastors, who are PAID for their knowledge of the bible get PAID to go on radio or TV or just go up to a lectern before the congregation and say shitty things about queers, to say hurtful words.

    When the Christian community believes that pastors who speak hurtful words couldn’t possibly be real pastors, then you would have a beginning point for saying that the sins less condemned, like sex between gay men, or sins uncondemned, like sex between two really hot bisexual women with long, enameled finger nails who totally crave sausage but just can’t get it right now, so why not? might, just might, arguably make one a bad representative of the priesthood. It would still be a ridiculous stretch to say that such sins would make it logically impossible for one to be a member of the priesthood, but you’d at least be able to make a pathetic tu quoque argument against such “shepherds”.

    So please do call when all the pastors everywhere who think that two men kissing each other is, like, totally almost as gross as giving your wife a reassuring touch on the cheek forty-six days after your daughter was born, every single last one of them, shuts up about both those things forever.

    I’m depositing a penny in a low-yield interest savings account to buy an interstellar yacht on that great day.

    ========

    In the meantime, you could ask yourself why people who deliberately look for their horoscope in the paper are allowed to get married, teach in schools, and even get up in front of city councils and argue in public about how immoral it is that those queers actually wrote a book that some library purchased because what are libraries doing buying a whole bunch of different books anyway?

    It’s a fascinating question. I’m sure Focus on the Family will be proposing model legislation to stop this assault on Christian morality and Christian religious freedom in 3… 2… 1…