If it’s one person the nation can thank for shutting down the government, it’s Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. His far-right wing politics, pathological obsession with the Affordable Care Act, and his complete unwillingness to compromise has lost him a great deal of support in the Senate – even among his own party – but endeared him to a large percentage of the rural, religious, “heartland” citizenry.
You know, the people who would benefit from the very thing they’re blindly opposing.
Anyway, I’ve known for a while that this guy was a number of legs short of a full centipede, but it was only recently I gained a full appreciation of the sheer magnitude of crazy to which this country has now been exposed. This, my friends, is one of the examples of how religion and politics can mix to yield explosive results, and if this guy stays in power, we’re just seeing the beginning.
You can tell a lot about a politician by the kins of company he regularly keeps. In this case, we’re told volumes after seeing Senator Cruz receive an “anointing” from a whole host of people who have a plan for this country that involves Christian theocracy, divine judgment, and the re-writing of our history to convince future generations that America was intended to be nothing less than a Christian nation. The video is here:
Among the people surrounding him and chanting were David Lane and David Barton.
David Lane, who only a few weeks earlier had written an op-ed that called upon the faithful to “wage war to restore America to our Judeo-Christian heritage”.
Only a few days after blessing Senator Cruz, Lane stated that “car bombs in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Des Moines, Iowa” would be merciful punishment from God for legalized abortion and “homosexuals praying at the Inauguration”. Without such divine “mercy”, suggested Lane, America might “get judgment like Nazi Germany.”
I have to be honest, I’m used to hearing people ranting incoherently about the end of the world, but it gives me pause to realize that we have a member of the US Senate and serious contender for the 2016 presidential election taking these ideas and the person behind it very seriously.
It makes me wonder how the conservative voting public will view him if it comes down to him and a Democrat like Hillary or … umm … well, I guess it’s just Hillary. I remember the manufactured outrage at then-candidate Obama and the sermons of his controversial pastor who had the audacity to say that America should face damnation in response to our atrocities like slavery and the Native American genocide.
Eh, who am I kidding? When faced with a choice between a caricature of their own beliefs and someone they’re convinced will destroy their way of life and lead the world into a dark age of atheism and compulsory sexual permissiveness, they’ll go for the evil they know every single time.
David Lane also has connections with the American Family Association and its spokesperson Bryan Fischer, about whom I’ve written a number of times before. He’s the one who advocated kidnapping the adopted children of same-sex couples “Underground Railroad” style in order to rescue them from a life so indescribably horrible, twisted, and insidious that social scientists have yet to prove they exist. He’s also on record for comparing the public outcry regarding Todd “legitimate rape” Akin to, well, rape. He’s also been trying to get people scared of “Big Gay”, which is apparently some sort of multi-million dollar left wing lobby that does things like force Tim Tebow to cancel speaking engagements at Christian universities and other really important things. Oh, and this:
AFA spokeperson Bryan Fischer has stated that “Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews.”
I’m not sure if Bryan was awake during history class or if he’s just trying to see exactly what sort of crazy shit he can say before someone in his listening audience pops their head up and says, “uhhh … hang on a minute ….”
Along with Lane and his radical connections, we have “historian” David Barton – the man who was described by Cruz himself just last month as “a good man, a courageous leader and a friend” whose “historical research has helped millions rediscover the founding principles of our nation.” As you can see from the link above, a number of people disagree with the “re-discover” part on the basis that its adherence to the facts are sketchy at best, and completely fabricated at worst. Hell, when the Discovery Institute calls you out for being full of shit, and you’re on the same side, you know there’s a problem.
[Barton] has played leading role in creating an entire genre of Christian nationalist revisionist history used to promote the myth that the United States was created as an expressly Christian nation. The genre is used to stoke anger among the faithful – because America’s Christian heritage has allegedly been subverted and stolen – and thus fuel Christian right political activism.
Barton maintains that Jesus opposes the minimum wage, and claims the United States Constitution was based in concepts drawn directly from the Old Testament including the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy. He also claims there’s no such thing as the constitutional principle of the separation of church and state.
Last, there’s his father Rafael – a businessman and pastor whose diatribes about the evils of same sex marriage and America’s inevitable path toward destruction as a result of its legalization leave little mystery behind where Ted gets the idea that ” … our rights come not from a king or queen, not from government, but from the Lord God almighty.”
To anyone wondering why atheists like myself “waste” so much time fighting against a God we don’t believe in, this is the reason why. It’s not God we have a problem with, but the people who are so convinced of it all that they want to turn this country into something it was never meant to be, and force the rest of us to live under their rule. Cruz is a living, breathing violation of the First Amendment and I am convinced that he has a solid shot at something greater in the current GOP.