MSNBC host Joy Reid accuses Ted Cruz of ignoring the U.S. Constitution while warning the theocrat would establish an Evangelical “National Church” if elected.
Saturday on MSNBC Reid spoke with Pastor Mike Gonzalez, the evangelical chairman of Cruz’s campaign and the senior pastor at Columbia World Outreach Church in Columbia, South Carolina.
Pastor Gonzalez, what do you say to Americans who are more secular who say what we don’t want is to have a president in the White House who is essentially using his own personal faith to run the country when the Constitution has a separation of church and state?
An obtuse Pastor Gonzalez replied by calling the separation of church and state a “myth.”
Reid pushed back against that non-sense by noting that the separation of church and state is a “constitutional fact” and a “part of our constitutional makeup,” declaring:
Let me just push back on you a bit. The separation of church and state is not a myth, it’s a constitutional fact. It’s a fact on the ground. It’s a part of our constitutional makeup. The founding fathers were explicit that they did not want to have a national church.
Reid was right to correct Gonzalez. The separation of church and state is not a myth, and to claim otherwise is simply dishonest.
Reid is also correct to note Cruz’s not so subtle desire to declare a de facto national church if elected president based on his intolerant brand of Christianity.
Indeed, the theocratic impulse of Ted Cruz is no secret. It has been a staple of his campaign from the beginning.
Speaking on the campaign trail in Iowa last month, the GOP presidential hopeful told a conservative Christian audience that his faith comes before his country, declaring:
I’m a Christian first, American second…
Last year Cruz said that atheists aren’t fit to be president, claiming a president must fear god and pray everyday. Appearing at the “National Religious Liberties Conference” in Iowa Cruz said:
Any president who doesn’t begin every day on his knees isn’t fit to be commander-in-chief of this nation.
Bottom line: If Ted Cruz’s loyalty is to the church first, and not the state, he has no business being president or a U.S.senator. If his loyalty is to the church first, he should be a pastor.
Watch the conversation below –https://youtu.be/NsRaO9rPBCU
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