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Ted Cruz Exploits Fear of Terrorism to Promote His Religious Vision for America

U.S. senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has never been one to shy away from mixing church and state. Decrying what he calls “the atheist Taliban,” Cruz has called for Christian priests to lead campaigns to elect only Christian candidates, saying that, “far too many Christians have ceded the public arena to people who aren’t believers.” Cruz has urged the use of federal government funds to promote Christian religious beliefs, saying that Christian religious laws overrule the Constition, that “our rights, they don’t come from man. They come from God Almighty.”

This week, however, Ted Cruz is reaching deeper into the shadows of theocracy than even he has dared to go before. Cruz promised that, if he is elected President, he will institute a policy to force refugees to prove that they are Christian before they are allowed to enter the United States. Under the Ted Cruz plan, if refugees are Jewish, or Yazidi, or Muslim, or atheists, they will be turned away by the USA, told to go look for compassion elsewhere.

Upon hearing of Cruz’s plan, President Obama commented, “When I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which a person who is fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted, when some of those folks themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing political persecution, that’s shameful, that’s not American.”

The justification that Ted Cruz gives for religious discrimination by the federal government, in violation of the first and fourteenth amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America, is fear of terrorism. Cruz claims that there are terrorists among Syrian refugees, people who will try to kill as many Americans as they can once they arrive here.

Actually, there is no evidence whatsoever of any plan by Syrian refugees to engage in acts of terrorism here in the United States.

There have been zero Syrian refugees who have participated in terrorist attacks in the United States.

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Cruz doesn’t worry about these facts. He knows that large portions of the American population have become accustomed to the belief that there are Muslim terrorists all around them, always on the verge of terrible violent attacks that can only be stopped through massive violations of the Bill of Rights. Cruz knows that many Americans are hungry for extreme authoritarian measures in the name of Homeland Security, and he is happy to exploit this zealous terror for his personal political benefit.

Even though Ted Cruz is far from being elected President of the United States, his agenda of fear is spreading quickly throughout the country. Using the same crude and cruel ideology as Ted Cruz, David Bowers, mayor of the city of Roanoke, Virginia, has instructed officials to stop helping Syrian refugees. He wrote, “I’m reminded that Franklin D. Roosevelt felt compelled to to sequester Japanese foreign nationals after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and it appears that the threat of harm to America from ISIS now is just as real and serious a threat as that from our enemies then.” Bowers thinks that the mass imprisonment of American citizens of Japanese ancestry during World War II was a brilliant idea, and is striking the first blow against due process by denying help to people in need. Bowers believes that, somehow, leaving victims of the war in Syria bereft of food and shelter will prevent terrorist attacks.

What politicians like Bowers and Ted Cruz don’t understand is that their own cruelty is used in turn by violent terrorists to justify their brutality. Hate in response to hate never defeats hate. It just builds the mountain of hate higher.

The Fourteenth Amendment to our Constitution gives us a better standard: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

13 thoughts on “Ted Cruz Exploits Fear of Terrorism to Promote His Religious Vision for America”

  1. ella says:

    ISIS is making current threats to attack the United States. Doesn’t that concern anyone? True the Japanese that were Americans were rounded up and put in camps for the duration of the war, but who is to say that some of them might have been sympathetic to their nations war? That did not help those who were not, granted. These refugees are a different matter, they are not currently American citizens, nor have they ever lived in the U.S., and are fleeing from an active conflict between their own countrymen and women. Shouldn’t they be made more comfortable in communities developed for them near their own country? Admittedly, their own neighbors don’t want them. Why?

  2. J Clifford says:

    The Islamic State has made lots of threats. Manuel Noriega threatened to attack the United States.

    How about we have a policies that are based on measured assessment of risks, rather than hyper reactions to threats made by puffed up bullies?

    Presumption of guilt is not the American way, Ella.

  3. Mark says:

    Even if a few potential terrorists slip into the US under the guise of being refugees, it’s not like they’re going to be bringing weapons and bombs in with them. They’ll still need to find organized terrorist cells in the US to get the munitions needed to carry out attacks. I think that the US police agencies along with the NSA and FBI have proven themselves capable in rooting out these potential terrorists and stopping them before they can carry out an attack. We’ve heard a few stories about planned attacks being thwarted by our government forces, and I’m sure there are many we have never heard about.

    Because the US is in no small way ultimately responsible for the rise of ISIS and the war in Syria due to our invasion of Iraq, we owe it to the refugees to provide them with a safe haven.

  4. Bruce H says:

    The last thing I want is a religious vision to guide anything. That’s what we have with ISiS. What we don’t need is a world saying my daddy can kick your daddy’s a#%. No thanks Donald – a religious vision is feel good pablum for the huddled masses of unthinking. It is after all, pandering to lemmings.

  5. Leroy says:

    Please contact the mayor (ahh, Roanoke, Virginia… I’ve been there several times – a highly unenlightened center of racism) and tell him (as obviously – like many posters here – he’s as ing as a bucket of tadpoles) that THIS is the full history:


    President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the deportation and incarceration with Executive Order 9066, issued February 19, 1942, which allowed regional military commanders to designate “military areas” from which “any or all persons may be excluded.” This power was used to declare that all people of Japanese ancestry were excluded from the entire West Coast, including all of California and much of Oregon, Washington and Arizona, except for those in government camps.[9] Approximately 5,000 Japanese Americans voluntarily relocated outside the exclusion zone,[10] and some 5,500 community leaders arrested after Pearl Harbor were already in custody,[11] but the majority of mainland Japanese Americans were evacuated (forcibly relocated) from their West Coast homes during the spring of 1942. The United States Census Bureau assisted the internment efforts by providing confidential neighborhood information on Japanese Americans. The Bureau denied its role for decades, but this was finally proven in 2007…

    In 1980, under mounting pressure from the Japanese American Citizens League and redress organizations,[16] President Jimmy Carter opened an investigation to determine whether the decision to put Japanese Americans into internment camps had been justified by the government. He appointed the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) to investigate the camps. The Commission’s report, titled Personal Justice Denied, found little evidence of Japanese disloyalty at the time and, concluding the incarceration had been the product of racism, recommended that the government pay reparations to the survivors.

    In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Civil Liberties Act, which APOLOGIZED for the internment on behalf of the U.S. government and authorized a payment of $20,000 to each individual camp survivor. The legislation admitted that government actions were based on ‘race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.’ The U.S. government eventually disbursed more than 1.6 BILLION DOLLARS in reparations to 82,219 Japanese Americans who had been interned and their heirs.”,

    And what about the lack of patriotism and loyalty and honor by those dastardly slant-eyed bastards?

    Well…

    There’s that notorious and infamous unit of Japanese-American soldiers and mostly (at first) 442nd Regimental Combat Team. It served in the European Theater for less than a year of combat duty (having had to go through an amazing amount of political resistance to even being formed).

    “The 442nd Regimental Combat Team of the United States Army was a fighting unit composed almost entirely of American soldiers of Japanese ancestry who fought in World War II. Most of the families of mainland Japanese Americans were confined to internment camps in the United States interior. Beginning in 1944, the regiment fought primarily in Europe during World War II, in particular Italy, southern France, and Germany.

    The 442nd Regiment was the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the history of American warfare. The 4,000 men who initially made up the unit in April 1943 had to be replaced nearly 2.5 times. In total, about 14,000 men served, earning 9,486 Purple Hearts. The unit was awarded eight Presidential Unit Citations (5 earned in one month). TWENTY-ONE (21) of its members were awarded Medals of Honor. (Completely unreal for a unit of that size and in that time frame – and actually way less than deserved due to bias against them)…

    Members of the 442nd individually received 18,143 awards, including:

    – 21 Medals of Honor
    – 52 Distinguished Service Cross
    – 1 Distinguished Service Medal
    – 560 Silver Stars (plus 28 Oak Leaf Clusters for a second award)
    – 22 Legion of Merit Medals
    – 15 Soldier’s Medals
    – 4,000 Bronze Stars for Valor (plus 1,200 Oak Leaf Clusters for a second award)
    – 9,486 Purple Hearts

    Them damn Zipperheads… should have used them for slave labor until they were skin and bones and then gassed them.

    1. ella says:

      “Them damn Zipperheads… should have used them for slave labor until they were skin and bones and then gassed them.”

      An emotional deception. The United States is not WWII Germany. No Japanese were “gassed”, or seriously mistreated. They were given food (not usually what they would eat, it as war time) and shelter (not the best), but they were not abused other than being confined for not moving from their homes to the interior.

      That said: Hillary does not consider any Muslim an enemy either. But consider this:

      “A new RallyPoint/Rasmussen Reports national survey of active and retired military personnel finds that only 15% have a favorable opinion of Clinton, with just three percent (3%) who view the former secretary of State Very Favorably. Clinton is seen unfavorably by 81%, including 69% who share a Very Unfavorable impression of her.”

      1. Jim Cook says:

        A factual deception on your part, Ella. From a history at PBS:

        “The order set into motion the exclusion from certain areas, and the evacuation and mass incarceration of 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast, most of whom were U.S. citizens or legal permanent resident aliens.

        “These Japanese Americans, half of whom were children, were incarcerated for up to 4 years, without due process of law or any factual basis, in bleak, remote camps surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards.

        “They were forced to evacuate their homes and leave their jobs; in some cases family members were separated and put into different camps. President Roosevelt himself called the 10 facilities “concentration camps.”

        “Some Japanese Americans died in the camps due to inadequate medical care and the emotional stresses they encountered. Several were killed by military guards posted for allegedly resisting orders.”

        Source: http://www.pbs.org/childofcamp/history/

        On your second point, reality is not the result of a popularity contest.

        1. ella says:

          Gassing camps and ovens were not set up in the US.

          1. Jim Cook says:

            Is anything short of gassing camps and ovens “not seriously mistreated”?

          2. ella says:

            Yes, of course there are many other ways to mistreat. I just don’t want anyone to believe that we actually were as bad as Hitler. I didn’t want to think we are as bad as Hitler! There were people that were loyal to Japan that were put in camps, but it seems that those who were, were given the opportunity to leave the country. Those that were ‘incarcerated’ were, by virtue of being ‘incarcerated’, seriously abused. The conditions under which they survived were like any camp like that – not at all good. Some of those people were wealthy or had good livings and people actually speaking for their loyalty to America. They were not treated properly and the survivors deserved payment for their inconvenience and suffering. But good heavens, don’t say we gassed them!

            I don’t equate what happened to the Japanese Americans to today’s problems with Muslims. I am reading “Unlikable” and learning things in a light that expansible Hillary’s attitude toward Islam and why she and Bill are so closely tied with the Muslim areas in the Middle East. Finally, even I have found out that Hillary is heavily influenced by Islam, goes to a Christian church every Sunday, but her two closest confidants and friends are Muslim, Islamist’s, and Huma (her closest ally for years) was closely associated with Osama and is head of an Islamist publication. This same woman she sent to Congress to set up for her ‘return’ to the White House.I equated Socialism, even Communism, but not radical Islam, with Hillary. Though I did know she and Bill are close to Arabs. That I did equate with an abandonment of principals. After reading what I have, it is obvious that it is not an abandonment of principles though, simply and achievement of completing them.

            Carson is actually right. We do not need to elect a Muslim to the White House – Hillary and group. He has good sense anyway, even if he couldn’t handle the job. I more back Trump now.

          3. ella says:

            “expansible” two different words and thoughts in one. “explains” is best I think.

  6. ella says:

    Just a note: Considering the many differences between Islam and Followers of Jesus, there is the one that stands out.

    Followers of Muhammad: Muhammad set up camp and made the people circle his tent while he interviewed each one. They had a choice. Either accept his version of following God or die. They were a vicious people and he converted them. I cannot quickly find anything on the net that corroborates that, just memory of the history. But this tells the story of the conversion to their faith. http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/quran/013-forced-conversion.htm

    Followers of Jesus: Jesus walked among the people and those who wanted to followed Him for as long and as far as they wanted to. He did do “miracles”, but the greatest one was of personal sacrifice. He was tortured and murdered in a most painful manner. Just to bring hope, law, and mercy to His followers. (Origin in the Bible and other historical documents)

    It is easy to see the main difference between the two religions. One obtains followers by coercion, the other by willing conversion. One calls for death through life. The other life through belief and after death.

    Both call for a following of law.

    One calls for a following of all of the laws after conversion, or suffer the consequences now and after death.
    The other calls for following the laws that can be learned by those who did not grow up in the teaching, and life after death.

    The one requires the continuation of the laws without a redeemer, a Messiah. Muhammad followed all of the Abrahamic laws, plus added some. Does not accept the Messianic law.

    The other follows the Messianic law and accepts the gift of Grace given and error forgiveness.

    One says kill all who will not follow the Abrahamic law, purge the world of sinners.
    The other says reach out to the sinners and offer the chance to learn forgiveness.

    It could go on, but there is enough to realize that the two cannot cohabit in peace. Live among those of your own faith. And they do, they have taken over neighborhoods and made them their own. It has been an improvement in many areas. It works for them, for both are will to die for their faith. But only one is willing to murder and commit suicide to convert other.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Have you actually met and formed friendships with any Muslim people, Ella? Or is this based on what you think without having met and formed friendships with any Muslim people?

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