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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.”

Ted CruzAnyone 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.

20 thoughts on “Ted Cruz Says Americans Are Free To Either Worship His God Or Worship His God”

  1. M says:

    Just more dribble your comments about him make you look stupid!

  2. M says:

    Free to choose go back to the original intent not today’s anything goes it was all about Christianity then and it’s the Christians who are being harassed not the antichrists every other group that have immigrated here with false god religion muslims Buddhists etc go back to original intent religious freedom for Christians

    1. J Clifford says:

      M, show me where in the First Amendment, the document that Ted Cruz referred to, that shows “it was all about Christianity”.

      Freedom only for Christians is not freedom. It is theocracy.

  3. Charles Manning says:

    Let’s examine each sentence carefully. “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.”

    It seems likely that Cruz used the term “jihad” figuratively, intending that it be understood as a vigorous non-violent opposition, which is what really happened. Wikipedia tells us “jihad” literally means “struggle against those who do not believe in the Islamic God (Allah). . . .” Wikipedia also mentions the term is sometimes used without religious connotation, the way “crusade” is used. I think that’s what happened in this instance. Clearly Cruz didn’t mean to say that Muslims were going after “people of faith.” It wasn’t Muslims, but people who favor allowing gay marriage, and forbidding discrimination against gays, who opposed to the Indianan and Arkansas laws.

    (By the way, is Cruz right about the Biblical teaching on marriage? )

    “We need to bring people together to the religious liberty values that built this country.”

    Freedom of religion, including the right not to follow any given religion, is part of the “religious liberty values that built this country.” So I can’t fault Cruz for saying that.

    “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.’”

    Cruz knows there have always been people in this country who didn’t think rights had to be given by God. He’s talking about leaders in the two major parties, not everyone in the country, when he says “we all stood together” not long ago. I don’t read him as claiming the First Amendment affirms that God gave people the right to seek out and worship God.

    “This election needs to be about bringing together that consensus again.”

    Cruz seems to recognize that the belief that everyone has a God-given right to seek out and worship God doesn’t predominate in this country the way it used to. I’m not sure Cruz’s pining for yesterday amounts to wanting to convert the U.S. into a Christian theocracy. Sure, he wants same-sex marriage banned. We didn’t have a Christian theocracy before the laws and the courts started allowing same-sex marriage.

    Don’t get me wrong. I’m from Texas and think Cruz is in many ways a dangerous embarrassment. But he’s very clever. I’m inclined to believe your allegations about him are essentially correct. But I want to see more definitive proof than the quotation you’re relying upon here.

  4. ella says:

    Peregrin Wood: You seriously need to check out the different social strictures between the major covenanted one god worshiping groups. Christian do not follow sharia. It was acceptable, even a social fashion, for women to wear hats with veils in the US until up until after WWII. And many groups in the East and Asia still wear veils outside. Cruz isn’t so confused as to mix the two up. And for a fact: ‘Of course! Every one of us has God-given right to seek out and worship God.’ That is a basic right Atheists have been trying to do away with. Go ahead, argue with me. A few years ago, when Atheists asserted their right to seek self godhood, it was also their right to do so. It really does work both ways, but there seem to be those who think that only they are right about that and that Christians no longer have any rights. My, my, who could that be?

    1. J Clifford says:

      you and Ted Cruz confuse worshipping your god with forcing everyone else to do so, and doing it on the public dime

      1. ella says:

        (J Clifford) “you and Ted Cruz confuse worshipping your god with forcing everyone else to do so, and doing it on the public dime”
        I see you can neither read nor hear.
        (ella) “It really does work both ways, but there seem to be those who think that only they are right about that and that Christians no longer have any rights.”
        What is your proof that Christians are forcing everyone else to worship God.
        Here is your foundation for Atheism vs Theism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheism:_The_Case_Against_God “Atheism: The Case Against God is a 1974 book arguing against theism and for atheism by George H. Smith. The author describes the purpose of the book as to show that belief in God is irrational:”

        1. Mark says:

          ella,
          Quoting the author from the web page you cited: “It is not my purpose to convert people to atheism”.

          Can you give any example when atheists have ever tried to use public resources to convert people to atheism? Have atheists ever tried to have atheism taught in schools? Have public institutions ever granted atheists the ability to espouse their beliefs to non-atheists in controlled settings? Have public funds ever been used to erect monuments or displays advocating atheism? Have laws ever been passed granting atheists the authority use their beliefs to control the actions of or deny benefits to others?

          Christians have plenty of rights. You have the right to your religious beliefs and to attend the church of your choice. Churches are free to open just about anywhere they want to regardless of zoning laws. Churches pay no taxes. Churches are allowed to participate in the political process (although there are many people who would argue they should not be allowed to do so – but that’s a discussion for another time). Churches often receive public funds to maintain historic structures despite paying nothing in property taxes.

          Your religious rights, however, end the moment you attempt to use public money, institutions, or facilities to spread the word. You do not have the right to subject others to your religious beliefs and rituals and expect us to help you do so by using public resources. You may erect religious monuments on your own land, but you should not expect to be able to do so on public land. Your children are free to pray in school any time they want, but you cannot expect to be able to lead prayers at general events when non-believers are forced to either participate or exclude themselves.

          1. ella says:

            Here is a link to an Atheist church: http://firstchurchofatheism.com/

  5. Mark says:

    The first amendment to the US Constitution:
    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…”

    A government official leading a public prayer in a government setting is establishing that the official’s religion is that of the government’s. When the official is acting in a government role he/she is representing government polity and laws.

  6. ella says:

    Here is a public forum for learn about Atheism: http://www.seattleatheists.org/3rdthursday/

  7. ella says:

    “Atheist student groups have been organizing in colleges and universities for years, and their numbers are climbing at an astonishing rate.”
    http://www.alternet.org/story/150006/high_school_atheists_are_organizing_–_why_are_schools_pushing_back
    Humanistic teaching occurs in the collegiate level and has since when.

  8. ella says:

    http://www.thebible.net/biblicaltheism/doall.htm
    And how long has Humanism been taught in the public school system? 1933

  9. ella says:

    The pro and con of God or gods is an old story. It hasn’t changed, either you follow God or you follow the alternate. There have been numerous gods throughout our current history, the last 5000 years and more, but most civilizations finally come around to one. And then there is an immediate repercussion, usually proceeding a political downfall. At the very least a drastic governing change. Some civilizations did not consider their beliefs to be ‘religious’, just a certain part of life, a known fact that has no need to be questioned. And that was before they met with Europeans.

  10. ella says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madalyn_Murray_O%27Hair
    And here is the woman who started it all, or her stats. She rally did hate God, so did Hitler. But Hitler was a disenchanted Catholic. Oddly neither one of them disbelieved in God, just wanted others to. To hurt God it seems, by taking them away from Him. I don’t believe that most Atheists really know what they believe or what started their new found religion, much less why. One of the statistics I have picked up is that approximately 80% of the world youth are now atheists. Note, they are children.

    1. J Clifford says:

      Madalyn Murray O’Hair did not start atheism, Ella.

      Also, Hitler did not hate God. He was happy to use belief in God to promote his terrible agenda. He had his Nazi followers go to war carrying the motto “God With Us”. He worked with the Catholic Church to launder money and stolen goods. Get your history straight.

      1. ella says:

        “There was some diversity of personal views among the Nazi leadership as to the future of religion in Germany. Anti-Church radicals included Hitler’s Personal Secretary Martin Bormann and Minister for Propaganda Joseph Goebbels, the neo-pagan official Nazi Philosopher Alfred Rosenberg and security chief Heinrich Himmler. Some Nazis, such as Hans Kerrl, who served as Hitler’s Minister for Church Affairs, believed Christianity could be Nazified into “Positive Christianity”, by renouncing its Jewish origins, the Old Testament and Apostle’s Creed, and holding Hitler as a new “Messiah”. Hitler himself believed that in the long run, National Socialism and religion would not be able to co-exist, but was prepared temporarily to restrain some of his more radical instincts out of political considerations.[citation needed]” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Nazi_Germany
        Hitler intended to begin a church of his own making. Remember the Holocaust? The determination to eradicate Jews? History is clearer sometime to those who were closer to it. Hitler used the one he hated most to promote his propaganda. Not an uncommon deceit. Just like the way you say “He was happy to use belief in God to promote his terrible agenda.” Yes, “USE belief in (…)”, not his love of (…).

  11. Deb Meeker says:

    Love it!

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