In the largest known donation so far in the 2016 presidential campaign, two Bible-thumping Billionaire brothers have purchased Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz for $15 million.
CNN reports Farris and Dan Wilks, billionaire brothers who made their fortunes in the West Texas fracking boom, have given $15 million to the pro-Cruz super PAC, Keep the Promise.
Friendly Atheist reports the billionaire brothers belong to and preach at the Assembly of Yahweh 7th Day in Texas. The fundamentalist sect holds the Bible to be infallible and interprets every word of the Bible literally.
In a statement to CNN commenting on the unprecedented donation, Farris Wilks said:
Our country was founded on the idea that our rights come from the Creator, not the government. I’m afraid we’re losing that. Unless we elect a principled conservative leader ready to stand up for our values, we’ll look back on what once was the land of opportunity and pass on a less prosperous nation to our children and grandchildren. That’s why we need Ted Cruz.
In another statement, Farris’ younger brother, Dan Wilks, said:
We need a true leader in Washington. A leader that will stand up for biblical morals. We need a leader who is proud of America, not one who apologizes for us. We need a leader who encourages hard work, not one who tells people who don’t work that they should make the same living as people who do. We need a leader who will make sure America doesn’t end up a socialist nation.
Last March Cruz announced his presidential campaign by pandering to conservative Christians in a revolting display of faith-based politics.
Speaking at the world’s largest Christian college, Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, Cruz began his 2016 presidential bid with an impassioned appeal to the religious right 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.
In that speech, Cruz also made the ridiculous claim that “our rights come from God almighty,” a claim echoed by the billionaire brothers.
The Cruz campaign is making big promises to religious conservatives, including “to uphold the sanctity of marriage,” and 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.
Cruz is a dangerous Christian extremist and 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. Indeed, at this point in time, the GOP is, for all intents and purposes, the party of conservative Christians.