Cruz Says GOP Candidates Afraid to Talk “Gay” Marriage

Ted Cruz

Taking on the competition in his run for the White House, GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz says that there are many Republican politicians who are scared to jump into the debate over same-sex “marriage” and religious liberty, including some of the candidates he’s running against.

Written by Michael F. Haverluck

While speaking at the Watchman on the Wall three day conference that ended Friday, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz told the crowd of more than 600 in the nation’s capital that he is not afraid to champion their religious freedom.  He wore his faith on his sleeve and addressed some touchy subjects other candidates have appeared to be a bit reticent to tackle.

Opening up the recent debate over the passage of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), the Texas senator addressed the topic of religious freedom, noting that the bill was grossly misinterpreted by the great majority of Democrats opposing the bill, according to the Christian Post.

Delving into the issue further, Cruz pointed out how the highly controversial Indiana bill was “substantively identical” to the federal RFRA that was relatively uncontested when President Bill Clinton signed it — a bill that passed with an impressive 97 Senate votes, while unanimously passing the House.

“[The federal RFRA] received the support of such famed right-wing nut cases as Ted Kennedy, Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden,” Cruz said in jest to the hall filled with pastors at the event, which was hosted by the Family Research Council.

He went on to explain why Democrats had a sudden change of heart over RFRA, mentioning how the bill was opposed by a number LGBT supporters with deep pockets.

“The modern Democratic Party, working hand-in-hand with big business, decided their allegiance to gay marriage trumps any devotion to religious liberty,” Cruz asserted.

Blues in Red’s clothing?

Cruz said it’s even more of a travesty that a large amount of Republicans cease to champion Americans’ religious liberty to avoid a head-on collision with activists pushing for LGBT rights, noting that several of them were running alongside him in the GOP presidential pool for the 2016 Republican ticket.

“I’m going to tell you something that was even sadder was just how many Republicans ran for the hills,” Cruz added, without pointing fingers. “I’ll point out that some of the Republicans running in 2016 were nowhere to be found when Indiana was being fought.”

Using other candidates’ silence to amplify his voice on the issue, Cruz emphasized that he will champion the freedom of expression and free speech rights of all in the faith community.

“And I can tell you this — I will always, always, always stand and fight for the religious liberty of every American,” Cruz promised.

Fighting persecution

He then revisited the latest attempt by the state to silence churches, reminding the audience how believers scored a victory over Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who unsuccessfully tried to subpoena pastors’ communications on homosexuality. Cruz said the scandal was overcome by Christians who applied “pressure and heat and light” to the situation — not allowing the government to quash religious freedom in the pseudo name of tolerance.

Cruz stressed that the threat to religious liberty is nowhere more rampant than in nations that are threatened by Islamic terrorists, where Christians suffer a level of persecution for their faith that few Americans can fathom.

“What’s happening here pales in comparison to what is happening across the globe,” Cruz insisted.

The senator from the Lone Star State went from ISIS beheading children to crucifying Christians for not denying Jesus Christ and submitting to the Islamic god, Allah.

He also brought up Meriam Ibrahim’s time in a Sudanese prison, where the pregnant mother was released before the Islamic nation’s judicial system could execute her for not submitting to Allah.

Attributing Ibrahim’s release to Christians’ “pressure and heat and light on the government of Sudan,” Cruz recounted meeting with the nearly martyred Sudanese Christian at a previous FRC event, sharing with the crowd a question he posed her. In response to Cruz’s inquiry about how she managed to not renounce her faith throughout her horrific experience in prison, Ibrahim simply told him, “Jesus was with me.”

Cruz used the response as a segue to incite gratefulness in Americans who complain about being discriminated against for their faith.

“Compared with that, problems in America don’t seem all that bad,” Cruz concluded.

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