Ted Cruz Says Americans Are Free To Either Worship His God Or Worship His God
Joe My God quotes Senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz as having the following to say about about Americans’ First Amendment rights: “Look at the jihad that is being waged right now in Indiana and Arkansas, going after people of faith who respect the Biblical teaching that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. We need to bring people together to the religious liberty values that built this country. It wasn’t long ago when this was an area of bipartisan agreement. When it came to the First Amendment we all stood together and said, ‘Of course! Every one of us has God-given right to seek out and worship God.’ This election needs to be about bringing together that consensus again.”
Anyone who understands the Bill of Rights realizes that, contrary to what Ted Cruz asserts, the First Amendment does not establish that “Every one of us has God-given right to seek out and worship God.” The First Amendment doesn’t have anything to say about any god. Concerning religion, it states that, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..”.
So, the consensus established by the First Amendment isn’t around the worship of any god at all, much less Ted Cruz’s particular Christian God. It doesn’t even establish a consensus around the practice of worship in general. The consensus created by the First Amendment is that the government can’t get involved in religious affairs, and that people in the United States shall be free to make decisions about religion for themselves. That means that Americans are supposed to be just as free not to practice any religion at all as they are to choose one religion over another.
Ted Cruz doesn’t see it that way. As far as he’s concerned, the First Amendment only provides people the freedom to choose between A) worshipping Ted Cruz’s god, and B) worshipping Ted Cruz’s god. In other words, Ted Cruz believes that freedom of religion only applies to Americans who share his own beliefs.
What’s more, Ted Cruz believes that the federal government should have the power to prohibit anything that does not comply with his own church’s narrow Christian sharia law. That’s why Ted Cruz believes he will have the power to enact a national ban on same-sex marriage if he becomes President of the United States. If it doesn’t agree with his own religious beliefs, Ted Cruz wants to make it against the law.
What’s next? Will Ted Cruz call for a prohibition of working on Sunday? Will he force American women to cover their hair and wear long dresses?
Ted Cruz wants to convert the United States of America into a Christian theocracy. Yet he has the nerve to accuse Americans who merely want to get married without the approval of his own church of waging jihad. There is no war being waged for marriage equality, of course. Americans are merely using peaceful, legal means to ensure that the Constitution’s guarantee of equality under the law is extended to all people.
If Ted Cruz wants to see what a dangerous religious fundamentalist looks like, he need only step in front of a mirror.