They deserve each other: An obnoxious Ted Cruz announced his presidential campaign today by pandering to conservative Christians in a revolting display of faith-based politics.
Cruz began his 2016 presidential bid with an impassioned appeal to the religious right while speaking at the world’s largest Christian college, Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Cruz fed red meat to the conservative Christian base in a speech stressing faith in God, and belief in Jesus Christ. While the speech may have been appropriate for a pastor speaking at a church, it was an odd and uncomfortable display of faith for a sitting U.S. Senator publicly announcing his run for the White House.
Cruz told the story of his father, who left the family home when Cruz was three years old but later returned, having found redemption through Jesus. Cruz said:
There are people who wonder if faith is real. I can tell you, in my family there is not a second of doubt because were it not for the transformative love of Jesus Christ I would have been saved and I would have been raised by a single mom without my father in the household.
Cruz also exhorted Christians to come out and vote, noting:
Today, roughly half of born again Christians aren’t voting. They’re staying home. Imagine instead millions of people of faith all across America coming out to the polls and voting our values.
In his speech, Cruz also made the ridiculous claim that “our rights come from God almighty.”
Indeed, Cruz promised many things to the religious audience, including “to uphold the sanctity of marriage,” giving a nod to anti-gay conservative Christians angry about marriage equality.
Previously Cruz has argued that Christians should be allowed to discriminate against gays and lesbians if doing business with LGBT people violates their religious faith.
As a U.S. Senator, Cruz has a track-record of disaster. Cruz spearheaded a government shutdown that cost the economy $24 billion, voted against advancing a minimum wage increase and fair pay laws, and is a champion of a full Obamacare repeal.
Cruz is a dangerous Tea Party Republican who hopes to use gullible Christians in his bid for the White House. However, Cruz is not the only GOP politician pandering for the conservative Christian vote. Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum are both expected to also mount a 2016 run for the White House.
A transcript of Ted Cruz’s speech at Liberty University can be found here.https://youtu.be/3L18gLF_1pI