Republican presidential candidate and Texas senator, Ted Cruz told a crowd in Iowa last week that people of faith are under attack.
Playing on the fear of conservative voters, Cruz declared that, “There is a war on faith in America today.”
He said that in the last election, nearly 54 million evangelical voters did not turn out.
“I’m here to tell you, we will stay home no longer,” he said.
The narrative being driven by the Republican Party today is one that claims that when a religious person loses their right to discriminate against those they disagree with, that a liberty is lost. This is a talking point Cruz did not forget.
“If we cannot worship God, if we cannot live according to our faith …. all other liberties fade away,” Cruz said without ever mentioning what liberties would be lost.But more importantly, he did so without even providing proof that one would not be allowed to worship God. When has someone right to worship whatever god they please been under attack?
What Cruz is really upset about is, as mentioned earlier, the loss of the Christian Rights ability to discriminate against homosexuals and women at will. With the legalization of same-sex marriage and the continued fight to allow women access to healthcare and birth control, the Christian Right believes their rights are being trampled on.
Having to bake a wedding cake for everyone, equally is not a loss of liberty. Yet, Cruz left the audience with a grave warning. Their religious leaders could be next.
“Is the next victim of persecution your pastor?” Cruz asked. “Your charity, where you volunteer your time at a crisis pregnancy center?”
Fear mongering at its very best. And sadly, to the GOP base, this is the kind of rhetoric they eat up.
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