If Ted Cruz has his way, no matter who wins the election will be required to have the exact right amount of godliness, which means very godly, but not the ‘love thy neighbor’ kind of godly. No, Cruz only practices the symbolic type of godliness and he expects the same of the next president.
Speaking at the National Religious Liberties Conference in Iowa, Cruz joined other GOP presidential candidates for a discussion about the persecution of Christians in the U.S. and around the world. After some very extreme, very weird comments about homosexuality, right-wing pastor Kevin Swanson introduced Cruz to the stage to ask him how important it was for candidates to submit to Jesus Christ as “the king of the President of the United States.”
“Any president who doesn’t begin every day on his knees isn’t fit to be commander-in-chief of this country,” responded Cruz.
Naturally, that violates the very Constitution that Cruz pretends to revere. There is no religious test for anyone who wishes to hold public office. Scratch that; there is no religious test for the presidency or other federal offices, but in seven Southern states, atheists are technically forbidden from holding office.
That’s generally not enforced, although I’d hate to be an atheist running for office in North Carolina.
Still, what Cruz is advocating is nothing short of Sharia Law. Would he be happy if the person praying in the Oval Office faced his prayer rug toward Mecca and instead of once a day, prayed five times a day?
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