Ted Cruz’s dad won’t “prostitute” himself by using the word “gay” (video)

Rafael Cruz, the fire-and-brimstone preacher father of Tea Party favorite, and government shutdown author, Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, is either more extremist than his already-far-right son, or is simply less tactful.

Either way, Senator Cruz has elevated his father to be his top political strategist and confidant on the road to the White House in 2016.

So it matters if Ted Cruz’s father is a far-right intolerant loon because he’s not just Ted Cruz’s father, he’s Cruz’s putative campaign manager, and his number one political adviser, confidant, and mentor.

Papa don't preach.  Ted Cruz's nutty father Rafael Cruz, who makes Ted look like a moderate, is his son's closest political confidant.

Papa don’t preach. Ted Cruz’s father Rafael Cruz, who makes Ted look like a moderate, is his son’s closest political confidant. He’s also a bit of a nut.

Robert Costa in the National Review explains the role Rafael Cruz plays in his son’s political life:

Beyond his oratory, though, it’s Rafael Cruz’s sway in his son’s inner circle that makes him a power broker. His son trusts his father’s political instincts, and instead of hiring a big-name Republican strategist to shepherd his ascent, he uses his father for the kind of guidance you’d expect from a consultant….

Sources close to Cruz say those who run Cruz’s operation, both in his Senate office and on the political side, have learned to work with Rafael, and that for many of them, their boss’s father has become a mentor…. He’s clearly the insider of insiders within Cruz’s camp…”

It seems every week of late we’re hearing about something bizarre and offensive that Rafael Cruz has said.

Last week it was that blacks are “uninformed’ and “deceived.”

A few weeks before that it was that President Obama should go “back to Kenya.”  (Cruz’s father had previously called the President an “outright Marxist.”)

And a third Papa Cruz utterance that I missed entirely was Rafael Cruz going off earlier this month about how offensive the word “gay” is (see video below):

We have to stop being politically correct. We have to stop acquiescing even to the wording liberals use…. It’s just like calling homosexuals “gays.” Gay means “happy.” You know, it’s just to try to dilute it so that it becomes socially acceptable. And if you say anything against homosexual marriage or anything, oh you’re not tolerant. So we’re supposed to prostitute our principles on behalf of tolerance. Well, I’ll tell you what, there are absolutes. There are absolutes. Start being biblically correct instead of politically correct.

There’s an odd genius in son-Cruz’s political embrace of daddy-Cruz.  As David Corn observes in Mother Jones, Cruz’s father is an interesting blend of Tea Party and religious right, at a time that many commentators are saying that the two extreme wings dominating the GOP are per se mutually exclusive, since they don’t share the same political real estate. Cruz’s father might prove otherwise, helping to bridge the crazy between the two powerful extremist fringes of the GOP:

The United States as a “Christian nation”; death panels; social justice a cancer; gay rights a conspiracy; the “wicked” in charge in Washington; women inferior to men as spiritual leaders; Obama a Muslim-favoring, God-hating, Marxist Kenyan; End Times; a UN worldwide dictatorship; states’ rights; free markets over all—Rafael Cruz blends the far reaches of extreme conservatism and Christian fundamentalism. He embodies the full synthesis of the tea party and the religious right. In fact, he has noted that the rise of the religious right in Ronald Reagan’s 1980 campaign “was the precursor of the tea party.” Rafael Cruz may well be key to understanding the ideas, desires, and long-term aims that drive Ted Cruz—a politician who is exerting an outsized influence on the GOP.

And just when you thought Ted Cruz couldn’t get any scarier.

The star-quality embrace the Cruz family has received in some conservative circles may help convince some less-informed moderates that Republicans really do like people of color, but it won’t win over too many people who actually are of color because, as always, the GOP has hitched its star to the crazy.  More from Beth Reinhard at National Journal:

Cruz’s Cuban-American heritage would appear to be an asset at a time when the Republican Party’s path back to the White House runs through the fast-growing Hispanic community. Except that he fiercely opposes two issues dear to Hispanic voters: comprehensive immigration reform and the new health care law. (A Pew Research Center/USA Today poll in September found that 61 percent of Hispanics approve of the Affordable Care Act.) “He took on a piece of legislation that’s more popular among Hispanics than the general population, so his biography is not going to help much,” said Gary Segura, a principal of the Latino Decisions polling firm and a Stanford University professor of American politics.

All Cubans are Latinos, but few Latinos are Cubans – in sheer numbers and by political philosophy.  Marco Rubio in Florida suffers from the same conundrum.  Latinos aren’t going to vote for you just because you’re Latino if your entire political platform is meant to undermine them.

Ted Cruz might be able to convince the Tea Party and the religious right to vote for him, and that might even be enough to win him the Republican nomination.  But good luck selling that nutty-burger to the American people in the general election in November of 2016.

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85 Responses to “Ted Cruz’s dad won’t “prostitute” himself by using the word “gay” (video)”

  1. weorjteajfe'[ says:

    Wow-seriously lost and uninformed.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The fringenuts are the vocal minority, not the majority. Strength in fake numbers…like George Bush’s photoshopped crowds in pictures.

  3. karmanot says:

    Salvation is a term that rises from the heresy of ‘original sin’.

  4. karmanot says:

    Same here, I got scrap metal rights.

  5. BillFromDover says:

    I’m hoping for a strat with one on those twangy bar thingies… perhaps left behind by Ted?

  6. BillFromDover says:


  7. BillFromDover says:

    Is there any demographic that these bigots have not yet inflamed?

    Yeah, rile up your base; rah, rah, rah, baggers… rah, rah, rah!

    Then watch the middle 10 to 20 percent of voters who determine the outcome of most elections take a humongous dump in your punch bowl!

    In other words, bring it on assholes because, at this stage, your movement is currently in a clockwise spiral down the fucking toilet bowl!

    Jesus Christ, we liberals can only hope for more of your ilk.

    Keep it up.

  8. The_Fixer says:

    Cruz’s dad is yet another example of the loonies that they used to hide in the back how being front and center.

    Oh, how true.

    When I was a kid growing up in the Chicago area in the 1960s, there was a guy named Howard Miller who had a prototypical right-wing talk radio show on WIND. In many ways, he set the mold for guys like Rush Limbaugh, Hugh Hewitt, Glen Beck and the others who pollute our airwaves these days. He was largely regarded as a John Bircher style “nut” in those days. Very few people with any intelligence took him seriously. Oddly, he had good ratings, probably because of the train-wreck quality of his rants.

    As wild as the 1960s turned out to be, there was a bit of centerism – honest centerism, not the right-wing kind we have today – that people embraced. Most people thought of religious nuts as being exactly that – nuts.

    Now those people – the vast majority of the electorate in the 1960s – would be considered godless left-wing radicals.

    That’s what happens when you give people like Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Jim Bakker and Billy Graham credibility. They view that as license to infect the government with religion, and encourage nutcases like Raphael Cruz to be as nuts as they want to be.

  9. The_Fixer says:

    Oh, it’s worth repeating :)

    Could be a little bit of both, I suppose. I chose that phrase simply because I’ve heard so many preachers use it. Regardless, they’re all hoping for a miracle that will never come.

    The “Silent Majority” reference that silas makes below brings back some horrible memories. Shudder!

  10. woodroad34 says:

    What’s so wrong with that? I fall back on Grimm’s Fairy Tales and Supernatural stories all the time; ‘Cause, they’re like real and stuff.
    Actually, I don’t know why everyone’s so upset about the Bible being put in a “fiction” section at Costco. It’s as much real as Diana Gabaldon’s historical fiction. In truth (now there’s a big word for religionistas), the Bible is probably more hysterical fiction.

  11. ArthurH says:

    Is there any way we could deport Rafael Cruz back to Cuba as an undesirable alien? Not that Cuba would except them any more than the criminals and mentally ill people Castro put on those “boat lift” fleets the Cuban community in Miami sent in 1980 to Havana to get their relatives. Some of those people are still sitting in federal prisons in Louisiana and elsewhere..

  12. ArthurH says:

    If they could have the Apocalypse now, Rafael Cruz would be their Capt. Kurtz.

  13. ArthurH says:

    Me too! Especially when they discover The Rapture is really space aliens collecting specimens for their zoos.

  14. dcinsider says:

    The crazy gene is dominant in that family.

  15. zorbear says:

    Actually, in that last sentence, you could move the period up to the word “hatred”, and it would still be true…

  16. silas1898 says:

    That old “Great Silent Majority” that are all really closet wingnuts. Sure.

  17. chrislib says:

    I still think of him as an @$$hole, so what does that make me, a street walker?

  18. Monoceros Forth says:

    I could use one too, but anyone convinced they’re going to be raptured is probably driving some hulking SUV that gets eight gallons to the mile. Or maybe a decrepit old American sedan that looks like it was designed with no other drafting tool than a straightedge.

    You know, it’s been a while since I’ve seen one of those “in case of Rapture this car will be unmanned” stickers. The smug belief that Jesus is certain to take you to Heaven stinks of pride to me. Isn’t pride the worst sin?

  19. stingray68 says:

    The outlook of many Christian conservatives today on social issues is indistinguishable from Satanism- worship of the rich and powerful as “masters” and disdain for the poor and unfortunate as “slaves,” and of course their easy acceptance of violence as a means for dispute resolution and revenge. They only differ from Anton LaVey in his embrace of sex as bacchanalia, although behind closed doors they no doubt indulge heartily that doctrine as well.

  20. Monoceros Forth says:

    I live in a Tea Party area and I know some TPs who are most concerned about their guns being taken away. There are others who are most concerned about abortions. There are some who are most concerned about the name “God” being deleted form anything. The fact that there are a lot of people who harbor some of the severe religious beliefs from decades past allows all these people to be rolled into the TP rhetoric.

    It’s this sort of news that reinforces my conviction that really there isn’t any “Tea Party” in the sense of a coherent organization or body of doctrine, just a loose and heterogeneous assortment of people with various illiberal and reactionary views, never mind that some of them contradict others. If there’s any unifying principle it’s simple hatred of anyone thought to be liberal.

  21. olandp says:

    When the wacko gave the exact date last year or the year before, I asked all my clients for their jewelry and car keys.

  22. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    I hope they leave their car keys. I really need a new car.

  23. olandp says:

    The Rapture can’t come soon enough for me!

  24. olandp says:

    You left out priests f*cking children.

    Sorry about the f word earlier John, I forgot where I was.

  25. Blogvader says:

    Well, we’re Christian when it’s convenient, like when someone highly placed wants to drop a bomb on a few Muslims having lunch in Yemen.

    When it comes to ACTUALLY adhering to Christ’s core principles, like feeding the poor and hungry, we’re about as Christian as Anton Lavay.

  26. Terry Cooper says:

    Mono: maybe we’ll get lucky and the they’ll all disappear in the “rapture”. lol..

  27. Terry Cooper says:

    I think this is a way to hand over a big salary to old. Raphael. Cruz is backed by the Kochs. It seems the Kochs favored means of control and manipulation is to invest in entitites that prey on fears, and prejudices within a variety of groups that are by themselves relatively small, fringe groups. I live in a Tea Party area and I know some TPs who are most concerned about their guns being taken away. There are others who are most concerned about abortions. There are some who are most concerned about the name “God” being deleted form anything. The fact that there are a lot of people who harbor some of the severe religious beliefs from decades past allows all these people to be rolled into the TP rhetoric. They all find something in it that appeals to that part of their particular socio-psychological makeup.

  28. lynchie says:

    Of course he did it for free because there was no copay at the time.

  29. lynchie says:

    Well they all interpret the bible in whatever way they want. They are constantly telling their flocks that the bible means this or that and that they have a direct line to God who speaks to them while their spanking their monkeys late at night. I am tolerant of people’s belief, if it gives them solace fine, but please don’t tell me i have to change to accommodate your narrow view of a world that has no connection to reality. Go to your church, dance with snakes, speak in tongues and wait for the rapture but leave me out.

  30. John, you shouldn’t insult loons by comparing Raphael Cruz to them! Would he “gay” himself by using the word “prostitute”? Should we insult him by calling him a hybrid of the Tea Party and Religious Right? What would be a good word for “hybrid”? Frankenright?
    As we approach the fiftieth anniversary of an assassination I barely remember (also on a Friday, but a coincidence), I long for the days when this kind of political Reaganomics was seldom heard and ignored if heard.

  31. goulo says:

    Sarcasm is a risky gambit at political websites, alas… Poe’s Law makes it too easy to be misunderstood…

  32. goulo says:

    Some of it is probably projection (the common psychology fallacy of thinking that most other people think like you do). For them, not being a Christian fundamentalist is so alien and weird that they probably imagine the number of non-CF people to be much smaller than it actually is.

  33. Thom Allen says:

    The wise Republihistorians think that John Adams is a beer.

  34. Thom Allen says:

    Let’s not forget that Paprocki was going to exorcise someone yesterday. Not sure if it was supposed to be the Illinois legislature, gays and lesbians, the governor, demons (maybe all of them are the same in his 16th century mind) one hour after the legislation was signed. Wonder why he waited an hour AFTER it was signed? Supposedly a group of over 14,000 catholics in the Illinois area signed and sent a petition to ask him to not hold the exorcism. But apparently he went on with it. Wonder if he’ll announce public stonings after the law goes into effect? Is he having new ropes made for his rack? Devotions to the Jesuit Inquisitors? Wonder why Satan isn’t exorcised for all of the failed marriages? The people using birth control? Women having abortions? Gun nuts killing children? The people who no longer attend church?

  35. Thom Allen says:

    Or, the more “rational” of their followers, will expect their anointed RepubliCONS to step in and block voters like women, blacks, Latinos and win by treachery.

  36. BeccaM says:

    That’s probably what drew me to Eastern religions, especially Buddhism.

    There is no ‘salvation.’ Only enlightenment.

    Then there’s my baseline mistrust of any religion that feels it must fashion a Supreme Deity in man’s image — and then use ‘God commands’ as justification for any damned thing some powerful man or men want.

  37. benb says:

    I’m relieved and so pro ‘Biblical Correctness’ . Nothing will piss off all your neighbors than having you put your own interpretatiohn of BC into law.

  38. AnitaMann says:

    I’m not even going to bother watching this link. Every time I see this kind of shit it diminishes me just a little bit more.

  39. Monoceros Forth says:

    The whole notion of “salvation” has always bothered me. What does it really mean? The Eastern Orthodox concept of theosis, a gradual process of bringing oneself into greater and greater concert with God–a process that requires work (praxis to use another Orthodox term), makes the most sense to me, but that’s not really “salvation” in the sense that it’s normally used in.

  40. woodroad34 says:

    Having grown up in a Methodist/conservative Baptist household and extended family, you’ll get no argument from me on that. My mom, who at the age of 78 went to Northwestern to get a doctorate in theology, couldn’t understand her son (my older brother) for becoming a literalist, conservative Southern Baptist. Methinks it had something to do with his wife.

  41. Monoceros Forth says:

    Yep, repeating myself *wry smile*

    I’m not sure it’s about wishing outright for a miraculous change of hearts; I figure it’s more the hope that there’s a large bloc of godly would-be voters who normally don’t vote at all because they’re turned off by the venality and immorality of the usual crop of politicians, but who would come forth and vote for a candidate who was sufficiently inspiring and “principled”.

  42. The_Fixer says:

    I may be misremembering this, but wasn’t he the guy that got his book pulled because it was discovered to be a bunch of bullshit? IIRC, it had sections about Jefferson, religion and the constitution.

  43. The_Fixer says:

    Yes, I understand your concern. What bothers me about the candidacy of people like Santorum and Cruz is that so much time and money is wasted on stupid peripheral or non-consequential stuff. It functions as an effective diversions from the real problems and the real solutions that need discussion.

    You also mentioned this below referring to Ken Cucinelli – he true believers, when faced with impossible odds, actually think that a miracle is going to happen and God is going to step in and “change the hearts” of the voters at the last minute if they pray hard enough. Good thing that doesn’t actually happen in real life. It is what the dominionists are counting on.

  44. emjayay says:

    They already knew how to fish.

  45. emjayay says:

    Well, they (Christianists, not the real Christians) read four versions of the life of Christ and then ignore all his messages and base their version of the message of Christ on a few lines in the Old Testament, which he said he was here to replace and start a new deal. And then they ignore the rest of the Old Testament besides.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Christianity is as much about control as it is about anything else. Its basis is to assume people cannot make their own decisions and need to be “saved.” Dangerous when combined with politics.

  47. Anonymous says:

    2000 years of exploiting people’s fears…and you want them to give up now?

  48. Anonymous says:

    I guess my sarcasm was lost online.. I was being satirical of Christians who refer to the poor as “freeloaders.” But the fact that you thought I was a real Christian proves how crazy they’ve gotten now :/

  49. Monoceros Forth says:

    Yeah…it’s a bit hard to see Ted Cruz as any more serious a candidate than Rick Santorum. But then I never thought George W. Bush would stand a chance either.

    The Christian fundamentalist message does not resonate with the vast majority of the electorate.

    Do they grasp this, though? I still think that a lot of fundies in politics cling to the hope that some mighty prophet will emerge from among them and rouse the faithful.

  50. Bomer says:

    Yeah, I’ve mentioned that to those people before but they just ignore it and continue bleating about how this is a Christian country. When I toss out the treaty quote they usually stop talking to me which tends to make me happy.

  51. Bomer says:

    Steal away! ^_^

  52. Thomas says:

    I am so tired of hearing people bring up the bible in political debates… If your argument is so futile that you have to fall back on a bible, then you should not be a politician in the U.S.

  53. The_Fixer says:

    I had seen this video earlier (a week ago or better?). It amazed me in its pure fundamental Christian craziness.

    But having such a duck as your campaign manager/political advisor is not only questionable from the point of view of normal, non-crazy people, I think it’s strategically wrong (for him).

    It’s no question that he can bring in lots of small dollars (preachers do that very well). But big dollars necessary to win a presidential campaign? The big-dollar people don’t want Ted Cruz as president. They remember that he was an architect of the government shutdown. The big money people want to stop any flow of money to the little guy – but they want that flow of government dollars to continue to them. TEA party die-hards want as little government spending as is possible; big-money people want as much as they can get. Serious TEA party people would love to slice the Defense Department budget; a lot of big-money people live in defense-supported industries.

    The Christian fundamentalist message does not resonate with the vast majority of the electorate. They really comprise about 25 percent of the population. Keying your message to religio-fascists and tightwad TEA partiers is not going to get you a majority of the votes.

    Raphael Cruz’s slams against gay people do not resonate with the majority of American voters. As time and the campaign roll on, it is guaranteed that he will offend another bunch of the voting public. He’s just too volatile not too.

    Strategically, for him, it’s a mistake. But it is certainly one that I can live with, it means he won’t be elected. And that’s a Good Thing®.

  54. JONES says:

    Cruz Senior is another Dominionist. (That’s two today, Josh) Theirs is the militant segment of Evangelical fundamentalism that both works for and looks forward to an Apocalypse. Dismissing Senior Cruz simply for his homophobia without digging deeper is a mistake. Besides being a homophobe and a racist his biggest failing is that he is an anti-government zealot who believes that after the US falls that Christian leaders will be the new Kings that lead the world to salvation. (This is also the same belief used by the Orthodox Church in Russia) Little Cruz was brought up in this atmosphere and with this man’s guidance yet major media gives him a pass on making him define his stance on the views espoused by his father. Obama got no such pass for Reverend Wright, nor should he have, and yet Ted shrug’s it off with a ‘that’s my pappy, he’s a preacher’ and that’s supposed to somehow make it OK. Christian Dominionists are one of this country and possibly the world’s greatest dangers.

  55. Whitewitch says:

    Like watching Rove’s (I think it was Rove) melt down when Romney was clearly losing….it is sad to watch…I watch my grandmother pass and it was hard…but the peace that fell over her in the last day was sweet and a release for her from her suffering.

  56. Monoceros Forth says:

    Sometimes when something is dying it is louder and thrashes about….I hope that all this loud craziness of late is a sure sign of the death of at least the brand of Christianity that villianizes the poor and blames the sick for their own suffering.

    You might be right. The trouble is that as the crazies’ numbers grow smaller their craziness is getting more and more concentrated–not to mention their paranoia. Fundie rightism already has a paranoiac slant, since they see enemies to their faith in every shadow. Imagine how much worse it will get as their cause sinks ever further into irrelevance.

    I think we saw a taste of that with the recent defeat of Ken Cucinelli. As his campaign entered its final weeks and it was clear that he was in big trouble, his fixation on sexual decorum just got worse and worse. Maybe he really thought that there was a vast but silent army of voters obsessed with “morals” (i.e. sex) that would emerge from hiding and sweep him into office but it didn’t happen.

  57. Monoceros Forth says:

    I wonder if people like that are so used to “dog whistle” language that doesn’t really mean what it says (e.g. the right-wing usage of such words as “family” and “character”) that they are incapable of reading a document like the Constitution without seeing things that aren’t really there.

    It’s so ridiculous anyway. So the Founders were devout Christians and yet felt they had to hide their piety behind indirect quotations and coded language? It’s laughable.

  58. Whitewitch says:

    Sometimes when something is dying it is louder and thrashes about….I hope that all this loud craziness of late is a sure sign of the death of at least the brand of Christianity that villianizes the poor and blames the sick for their own suffering. That thinks teaching someone to fish who is hungry and letting them starve as an incentive to learn is a wonderful moral act.

    As I said earlier tonight on another spot…my mother was not a religious woman, but she always said…there but by the grace of god go I….and what she meant was help that person suffering as you would like to be helped because that could be you save the luck of the draw.

    So help your fellow man ….period….help them. Don’t judge…just help.

  59. Houndentenor says:

    A few years ago (while he was still president) George W Bush slipped and said gay in public. It was a big deal to people who know how to read the right wing dog whistles. The social conservatives were outraged! Cruz’s dad is yet another example of the loonies that they used to hide in the back how being front and center. They avoid using the word gay but they don’t usually say anything about it like this because it makes them look like nutjobs to the rest of the world. Cruz is too insulated from the rest of the world to realize that.

  60. Whitewitch says:

    I shall be stealing this quote from you my friend…I have never heard it and you have made me abundantly happy this night.

  61. olandp says:

    “Historian” David Barton says that entire sections of the Constitution are taken verbatim from The Bible. He never says what those sections are however.

  62. Monoceros Forth says:

    That, plus the inconvenient fact that there’s not a single reference to Christianity or any other specific religion in the Constitution, ought to lay the matter to rest, but of course it doesn’t. I suppose any number of excuses have been devised to explain why the supposedly fundie Christian Founders neglected to write their fundie Christianity into the nation’s founding document if that’s what they really meant for us. I vaguely remember coming across some specious argument that certain sections of the Constitution are paraphrases of Biblical passages, or something.

  63. olandp says:

    What the fuck are you talking about? Can you even read? I said nothing about teaching people to fish. I was talking about the miracle if the loaves and fishes. I can’t believe that as an atheist, I have to explain the bible to you. Just goes to demonstrate what research has proven, atheists know more about The Bible than the ‘good’ Christians do.

  64. Monoceros Forth says:

    We have to stop being politically correct. We have to stop acquiescing even to the wording ecumenists use…. It’s just like calling papists “Catholics.” “Catholic” means “universal.”

  65. JefferyK says:

    Gosh — where I come from, TOLERANCE is a principle.

  66. Bomer says:

    I always like pointing out article 11 of the 1796 Treaty with Tripoli, signed by John Adams, to them: Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of
    America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no
    character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Mussulmen; and, as the
    said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation,
    it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever
    produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

  67. Monoceros Forth says:

    But he likes “states’ rights” so he ought to be OK with this, right? (Sorry, couldn’t quite keep a straight face while typing that.)

  68. BeccaM says:

    And may Pastor Cruz choke on the fact that Illinois is now the 16th state with full marriage equality for GAY and LESBIAN couples in America.


  69. Seemed like a pretty big dick to me.

  70. Thom Allen says:

    “So we’re supposed to prostitute our principles on behalf of tolerance.” No, not at all. If you are an ethical person, your principles should already include tolerance. And, as a self-professed “christian(ist)” you should at least be reaching out to others, not condemning them. But, hey. you’re already trying to remake America in your own image, you might as well remake christianity to suit your prejudicial beliefs, too.

    I’m not sure if he’s trying to become the Cuban Pat Robertson or the Cuban E.W. Jackson.

  71. FLL says:

    Pastor Cruz needn’t use the word “gay.” He could just say “friends of Ted Haggard,” which would be just about right for Pastor Cruz and most of the other fundie Xtian closet cases. Knowing Pastor Cruz, however, he’ll probably start a Cuban anti-communist rant and start saying “friends of Raul Castro.”

  72. woodroad34 says:

    One has to wonder about the claims America is going down the drain for being compassionate and helping others to help themselves, when these virtual anti-Christian people will do everything in their power to actually ruin America. The irony is lost on small minds and venal personalities

  73. woodroad34 says:

    He’s an a**…maybe that’ll help.

  74. pricknick says:

    At the very least, prostitution has a reason.
    Ted senior, none.

  75. Zorba says:

    The United States is a “Christian nation”? Really? Never mind that many of the Founding Fathers were not Christian, but Deists.
    And never mind that they embedded freedom of religion (and freedom from religion) into our Bill of Rights.
    But that doesn’t seem to matter to the Cruz family and their radical supporters. :-(

  76. Anonymous says:

    They have warped and sullied any good intentions of religion.

  77. Anonymous says:

    Teaching people to fish? Sounds like benefits for freeloaders to me. In today’s world they would be the takers, not the makers.

  78. olandp says:

    Ok, you want to Biblically correct? Jesus was a LIBERAL. He healed the sick, never sent a bill. He fed the multitude with fishes and loaves that he took from an onlooker, with out paying him, then didn’t charge those who ate. He said to pay your taxes. He said to love your enemy.

    You have a long way to go before you can be in any way correct, much less Biblically correct.

  79. BeccaM says:

    Aye, although somewhat frightening in that Preacher Crazypants’s son is now a United States Senator.

  80. karmanot says:

    Makes sense. The Cruz family are fascist trash that were run out of Cuba for good reason by Fidel Castro.

  81. cole3244 says:

    it all comes down to that hateful community of cults called religion and aholes like the elder cruz, myself i won’t let a bigot preach to me on any subject gay or otherwise.

  82. John De Salvio says:

    He should prostitute himself. But I don’t think his dick is long enough.

  83. judybrowni says:

    Pretty hysterical, ain’t he?

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