Ted Cruz has just defied the Constitution and common decency, in well under two minutes. He is so unaware of the Constitution’s separation of church and state that he would actually put a religious test on entry into the USA. The Constitution, and even the venerated Republican St. Ronald Reagan, would both be offended that anyone — but in particular, the child of a political refugee who is now running for president — would even imagine such an un-American thing.
Religious tests, or requirements, for holding public office are specifically banned in the fourth article of the Constitution. This doesn’t specifically ban religious tests for entry to the US, but it surely shows that our forefathers were dead set against the federal government using religion to control any aspect of the governance of the country.
In 1984 Reagan gave a speech in Valley Springs, NY which makes his opinion on this perfectly clear:
We in the United States, above all, must remember that lesson, for we were founded as a nation of openness to people of all beliefs. And so we must remain. Our very unity has been strengthened by our pluralism. We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate. All are free to believe or not believe, all are free to practice a faith or not, and those who believe are free, and should be free, to speak of and act on their belief.
Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush have both suggested that we make Christian refugees a priority. This shows that not only would they apply a religious test for entry to our country, they would use a religion to also give priority to who is allowed here. Cruz would have us disregard the Constitution, instill religious bigotry in our way of life, and further the right-wing fascist nonsense that we are a “Christian Nation.”
We are a nation of freedom, of choice, and of equality: there is no room for religion, nor any other form of hatred, to be part of our Federal Government.
Of the 24,000 refugees that France had agreed to take in, they are saying that ONE of them was a terrorist. Seeing as the 9/11 terrorists made it into our country through regular immigration — and the myriad of white supremacists, radical Islam, radical Christian, and other terrorists who are already here — it seems that denying a new life to refugees for the purpose of blocking the ONE terrorist in 24,000 that may slip through is not only cowardly, it is as stupid as building a border wall and forcefully evicting 11 million people who are paying taxes. This amounts to nothing more than religious bigotry, and Reagan also had a thing to say about that:
We must never remain silent in the face of bigotry. We must condemn those who seek to divide us. In all quarters and at all times, we must teach tolerance and denounce racism, anti-Semitism, and all ethnic or religious bigotry wherever they exist as unacceptable evils. We have no place for haters in America — none, whatsoever.
Well, Ted (Rafael) Cruz, son of a political refugee from Communist Cuba, you are nothing but a religious bigot, and according to your own St. Reagan there is no place for you here. None, whatsoever.
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