Ted Cruz not only wants to defund Planned Parenthood, but he wants to smash down the wall that separates church and state.
And for good measure, he is willing to ask churches to break the law to do so.
To borrow a brilliant line from The Daily Banter’s Ben Cohen, “If you are a Republican being soundly thrashed in the polls by a reality tv star who closely resembles an Orangutan, there is only one strategy to fall back on to claw your way back into the race: go to the religious crazies.”
Cruz has reached out to evangelical pastors in all 50 states in an effort to bring them onboard in his mission to defund Planned Parenthood at the federal level. In an email, Cruz writes:
The recent exposure of Planned Parenthood’s barbaric practices of harvesting the body parts of innocent babies and selling them to the highest bidder has brought about a pressing need to end tax payer support of this institution.
As the son of a pastor, I know you bear a high and holy calling on your lives. I am urging you to confront this evil in our nation by praying and preaching with an unbridled passion until funding for Planned Parenthood ends, and this barbaric practice is purged from the land.
Over the next two weeks, with the support of your prayers and the impact of your preaching, I intend to lead an effort to end taxpayer support of Planned Parenthood.
The battle we face is not political. It is spiritual. To enter this arena in a prayerless condition invites failure. May I ask…
1. Join me for a Pastors Conference Call on August 25th to hear how you can be a part of this effort.2. Preach a message on August 30th calling on your people to enter into this spiritual battle for the soul of their nation.
3. Lead your people in a “Day of Prayer and Fasting” on September 9th as thousands of churches call on God, during their Wednesday night services, to move in the hearts of men and women in government to vote to end the slaughter of the innocents.
These days are challenging. Those who have faced similar challenges did so with the courage of their convictions. When Esther was called to stand on behalf of her people, she was reminded that her life was not her own, and that God had placed her at a critical point in history do be an instrument for the protection of the innocent. May we be found as faithful as she, “For such a time as this.”
God bless America and God bless America’s pastors as they lead the way to the healing of this nation.
Senator Ted Cruz
Now, unless you’re a Republican, living under a rock, or both, you know the Planned Parenthood videos are fake. Yet Cruz, who most likely knows they are fake, just doesn’t care.
He is so far behind in the polls to Donald Trump he is desperate and apparently asking pastors to preach politics from the pulpit, a clear violation of the churches tax-free status is a step he is willing to take to appear like an actual viable presidential candidate.
Perhaps the IRS will actually do its job this time around and watch for churches following Cruz’s advice and shut down their tax-free havens if they choose to enter the political arena.
That’s best-case scenario, worst-case is a bunch of hungry evangelicals talking to themselves while congress votes on a bill to defund Planned Parenthood that would never make it passed the desk of President Obama anyway.
Desperation reeks, and it apparently smells like Ted Cruz.
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